Dynamics Music Inc. http://dynamicsmusic.net Piano Lessons in Jackson TN., Guitar Lessons in Jackson TN., Drum Lessons in Jackson TN., Vocal Lessons in Jackson TN., Music Lessons, Music Studio & Pro Audio Equipment Mon, 22 Aug 2016 01:53:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.3 Principles of Minstrel-Ship: Serving Faithfully http://dynamicsmusic.net/2016/07/principles-minstrel-ship-serving-faithfully/31 Sun, 31 Jul 2016 17:44:28 +0000 http://dynamicsmusic.net/?p=3064 As I sat down at my keyboard at church today….I realized that I’ve been playing for the same church for almost 22 years! Which in this day and time most musicians won’t stay at a church for 22 months nonetheless 22 years…I realized that I’ve been here not because I didn’t have any other opportunity…or […]

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As I sat down at my keyboard at church today….I realized that I’ve been playing for the same church for almost 22 years! Which in this day and time most musicians won’t stay at a church for 22 months nonetheless 22 years…I realized that I’ve been here not because I didn’t have any other opportunity…or because family was here…cause I’ve had PLENTY of amazing offers and money etc…but I’ve been here because I understood and know that I’m supposed to be here spiritually…that I’m supposed to serve here…not for the money…not for the position…not for the people…but for purpose…and I’ll continue to serve here until God directs me otherwise…I didn’t leave when things in ministry got tight and they couldn’t pay me a lot…I didn’t leave when people upset me(there have been too many of those situations to count) I stayed because it was what God has told me to do…I stayed because I understand the value of having a spiritual father…I stayed because I understand the value of faithfulness and servanthood! Too many times musicians look a church as a “Gig” and quite truthfully it is so much more than a way to pay your bills…I can remember quite vividly a time where I didn’t make a dime for it…but I did it because i felt It was my service to God. And he provided for me in various other sources…nowadays musicians will leave a ministry and run to another for $10 more than what they making. I can without doubt or reservation say that I am where I am now today in my spiritual life…my marriage, my family, my finances, and my businesses because of my service and my faithfulness to my ministry and my man of God. And sadly too many cats have and will forsake an untold amount of blessings because they don’t understand the value of serving faithfully!!




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Ask John Mike: Setting Up a Headphone Mix for My Band http://dynamicsmusic.net/2016/07/ask-john-mike-setting-headphone-mix-band/27 Wed, 27 Jul 2016 03:48:15 +0000 http://dynamicsmusic.net/?p=2992 The post Ask John Mike: Setting Up a Headphone Mix for My Band appeared first on Dynamics Music Inc..

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Gospelmultitracks.com that has several thousand members. I teach one on one Skype lessons weekly to people from all over the world. And I answer dozens of questions a week via all of my message accounts and emails, which is where I draw a lot of my inspiration for my youtube videos. I get asked a lot of great questions from people from everywhere So I figured I would start sharing some of these question and answer sessions in the form of an weekly “Ask John Mike” segment. (To protect the identity and privacy of the person asking the questions all names besides mines will be anonymized) This Week’s Question comes from Max:




Max Asks:

Max

Max

“Hey John Mike, hope you are okay! I’ve got a small band, and we trying to get in ears for our live performances. How would this exactly work? My band is comprised of 4 people btw, 2 keys, bass and drums.”

John Mike

John Mike

 “Hey Bro! I’m Great! Thanks for asking! If you don’t have an expensive sound system and don’t use Avioms or any other hearback system and depending on where everyone is located on the stage you might can maybe get a couple of small baby mixers…like a Behringer Xenyx 502. But it really depends on how complex or how simple you want the routing to be…it can be really simple with everybody hearing the same mix…which really simply you can just run extensions from the one output source…or it can be really complex with multiple outputs carrying multiple sub mixes with everyone having control over their own mix or multi-output with you controlling everyone’s mix. That again all depends on what all you are trying to do…wether it’s send click tracks and or stems to everyone and or having one or multiple talkback mics…that will determine wether you need one to two pieces of equipment or 6-7. Maybe Explain a bit deeper the end result of what you are trying to accomplish totally and then I can advise you further from there.”

Max

Max

“Ok, Gotcha! So when we go out and play we usually play songs on top of tracks or clicks that we made.. And often we struggle to hear them, even though there might be enough monitors on stage because of the overall noise. So mainly, being able to hear the tracks, and other instruments.”

John Mike

John Mike

“Gotcha! There are many ways to go about setting this up…What I would do in your situation is get a multi-output audio interface…like a PreSonus FireStudio….a PreSonus AudioBox 44VSL or a Focusrite Scarlett 4i4 or 6i6…and create submixes for everyone inside of the software you use and route them to their perspective outputs (it will vary from program to program on how to do this) and then utilize the multiple outs on the interface to send those sub mixes to those respective band members. Additionally, to give each band member control over their own mix you could give them each a personal headphone mixer like the Behringer HA400(costs about $15 bucks on eBay-Amazon) and run the multiouts to the headphone mixers and allow them to control the volume on their personal mix that you send them so you don’t have to always control it unless they need more volume. Hope this helps!”

Max

Max

“Right. I’ll look into that then. Thank you so much brother!”

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13 Ways to Manage your CPU in Mainstage 3 http://dynamicsmusic.net/2015/03/13-ways-to-manage-your-cpu-in-mainstage-3/23 Mon, 23 Mar 2015 03:43:33 +0000 http://dynamicsmusic.net/?p=1947 MainStage is an amazing program. There isn’t another application out there that can do all mainstage can do. But it’s easy to set things up in a way that is not best for your CPU. I use mainstage every time I play And i typically get about 20-50% of CPU usage as I play. there […]

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MainStage is an amazing program. There isn’t another application out there that can do all mainstage can do. But it’s easy to set things up in a way that is not best for your CPU. I use mainstage every time I play And i typically get about 20-50% of CPU usage as I play. there are serveral things I’ve learned over the years about using mainstage live:




 
1. Don’t stack and stack and stack sounds on top of sounds…if you do map them to different areas of the keyboard..(map strings and pads above C-3 etc instead of all across the board)
 
2. If you use multiple kontakt instruments…use it multi-output mode as oppose to having several channel strips open and mute them instead of trying to bypass them
 
3. Another thing with layering…use your patch list and setup 3 to 4 layers for each song you play plus that helps you stay organized as oppose to trying to fumble for a button to try to reset your layers for each song you do…this way your layers and click tracks and stems are always ready to go at one click…
 
4. To conserve ram use an alias of a plugin that you use often…I use the MKsensation all the time so I have it aliased on all my patches
 
5. Increase your buffer…I keep mine around 256…some interfaces will allow you to go up to 512 without any latency..
 
6. Turn off your i/O safety buffer…when you get close to maxing out your buffer…the safety buffer increases it and decrease automatically to compensate latency…but increases cpu to do so
 
7. Turn off auto save…it can cause audio issues and midi issues during a background save
 
8. Use mainstage in performance mode and not edit mode…uses more cpu in edit mode cause it’s always waiting on you to hit save…
 
9.May sound crazy…but clean off your desktop…the desktop is basically the interface of Finder..and Finder renders all videos, audio and all files on the desktop for immediate viewing when the space bar is hit…a junky desktop will slow your computer performance way down and uses a lot of reserve cpu…I keep only a few items at most on my desktop
 
10. Keep your volume from peaking..audio clipping can cause CPU spikes… If you need more volume try to compensate by using your interface or amp as another gain stage to try to keep from peaking. Plus Audio distortion is not a desirable effect.
 
11. Watch heavy sustain pedal usage on build ups and “rolls” I ease up as I get into those…heavy sustain will push CPU
 
12. Don’t use a lot of heavy plugins on the channels…use aux buses and the sends for reverbs and delays…
 
13. Get a faster Hard drive and more ram…at least 8GB of Ram…and a 7200rpm hard drive




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Principles of Minstrelship: Skilled vs. UnSkilled http://dynamicsmusic.net/2015/03/principles-of-minstrelship-skilled-vs-unskilled/12 Thu, 12 Mar 2015 13:29:35 +0000 http://dynamicsmusic.net/?p=1909 I’m definitely not saying that musicians should not strive to be better…to practice, to perfect etc. I myself put hours of time weekly into practicing and learning and perfecting my craft….Honestly that is a given when it comes to playing any instrument…However this post was not meant to target that….more so to engage the minds […]

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I’m definitely not saying that musicians should not strive to be better…to practice, to perfect etc. I myself put hours of time weekly into practicing and learning and perfecting my craft….Honestly that is a given when it comes to playing any instrument…However this post was not meant to target that….more so to engage the minds of the minstrels to focus more on the spiritual aspect of playing….Anyone with the proper practice can play our music…but it is the spiritual that separates us from secular musicians…We all got the chops…and if you don’t the chops are only a couple of youtube videos and a few hours of practice away from learning….the problem is that now in this day and time musicians spend more time on their playing style and not enough time on Lifestyle….they can play the contemporary gospel west coast style…they can play every shout bump that comes out…they know how to back the preacher up….but they lack character…they don’t have integrity, they don’t reverence God in their day to day living, they surf Facebook and instagram while the preacher is preaching…..oh but they are SKILLFUL….Skill is good (and you should be skilled to some degree if you want to be a musician) but skill is not necessarily a requirement when it comes to God moving…..So many instances across scripture where God took someone that had no skill in a particular area and empowered them to do amazing things….Abraham was 100 but God made him a father of nations….Moses stuttered and was a coward yet God used him to speak to nations….David himself was a Shepard that God made a king…Jesus was a carpenter from an impoverished town called nazareth that became the savior of the world! and so on and so on….truth that skill is good…and i’m not putting it down…but truth be told after looking at all of the examples across scripture you will find that sometimes God just needs a willing heart and faith! Again understand I am NOT putting down skill…I think if you call yourself a musician there are certain competent factors that prove that you are one just like any other field of study…doctors, lawyers, preachers, should all have a level of competency and credentials that prove that they are capable of operating in their field of study. With that said there are always a code of ethics that they must follow in their particular fields…this post is a reminder to musicians of the code of ethics they should abide by in this field…not an attack on their skill level….but an encouragement to remember that it’s not just about skill in this field…like I said anyone skilled enough can play…but it’s that spiritual focus that will guide you through no matter what skill level you are presently at.




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MainStage Tips and Tricks: How to Speed up or Slow Down Backing Tracks http://dynamicsmusic.net/2015/02/mainstage-tips-and-tricks-how-to-speed-up-or-slow-down-backing-tracks/21 Sat, 21 Feb 2015 04:19:50 +0000 http://dynamicsmusic.net/?p=1825 In this Video I will show you how to speed up or slow down you’re backing tracks, Stem tracks or Click Tracks inside MainStage 3!

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In this Video I will show you how to speed up or slow down you’re backing tracks, Stem tracks or Click Tracks inside MainStage 3!

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Modern Musicians Dictionary: How to Run Click Tracks Live http://dynamicsmusic.net/2014/11/modern-musicians-dictionary-how-to-run-click-tracks/20 Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:33:45 +0000 http://dynamicsmusic.net/?p=1362 Now that we know what a Click Track is it’s time to explore the different ways to set them up and play them in a live church service. There are several effective ways to do this and will explore a few different methods in this post. Creating a Click Track The first step is to […]

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Now that we know what a Click Track is it’s time to explore the different ways to set them up and play them in a live church service. There are several effective ways to do this and will explore a few different methods in this post.

Creating a Click Track
Screenshot 2014-10-21 01.14.20The first step is to create a click track using a sequencing software, drum machine or keyboard. There are several different types of beat machines on the market made by Native Instruments (check out Maschine), Akai(check out the MPC) and other companies. There are also mobile apps by these same companies(check out iMaschine and iMPC) and others that are well capable of getting the job done. If those aren’t available to you then you can create them in computer applications like Fruity Loops, Reason, Logic Pro, Ableton Live, Studio One and others. If those softwares are not available to you then you could use your keyboard if it has a sequencer built in. If none of these options are available to you then check out our click tracks section of this site we have some Free Click Tracks as well as a few paid packs. Check out the videos at the bottom of this post to dig more into how to create a click track.

 

Photo Creds: Tirel PI Torcido

Setting Things Up
Now that you have created your tracks the decision now must be made on what you want to use to play them back in a live situation. This (like in the previous section) depends on what type of equipment or software you own or have access to. If you have created them on a Maschine or MPC then obviously you can use them for playback. But lately the trend has be leaning more towards using softwares like MainStage, Ableton Live, Logic Pro, Reaper, etc or mobile apps like iMaschine, iMPC, GarageBand, or many others to run the tracks live. Click on the links of any of those softwares above to see how to setup and run click tracks in those softwares. Once you have set things up then you are ready to run them live.

Running Click Tracks Live
So you’ve created the clicks and set them up to run so now what? How do you actually play them out in a live situation? This again like the other sections depend solely on what equipment you are using and or have access to. There are a million ways to set things up so I’m just going to cover a few basic scenarios in this section. A few key things you will need no matter what equipment you are using is a line output from whatever device you are using, a monitoring system such as an amplifier or headphones and a way to route your audio to your church PA system(or FOH).

Mobile Device
If you are using a mobile device such as an iPhone or iPad to play your clicks then you can simply run a 1/8 inch(headphone jack sized) line out from your device’s headphone jack to your amplifier, headphone amp, or other output device(adaptor may be needed)check out the pics below to see the different types of cords you can use. Additionally, there are also several types of audio interfaces that will work with your iPhone or iPad but they might require different other cords or adapters to make them work(click here for search results on different types). Lastly, make sure you put your phone or device in airplane mode before using live to prevent any phone calls, texts or other notifications from playing out loud during church.

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Computer or Laptop
If you are using a computer or laptop I suggest that you use an audio interface, but if you don’t have access to one then you can use the same method described for the mobile device using the headphone out jack on your computer. The purpose for using an audio interface is to give you more control over your audio before it gets to the output device(amp, monitor or headphones)and to give you more routing options as well. A good interface will have multiple outputs allowing you to send audio to your headphones, monitors and to the PA(FOH). Any audio interface will work because most come with at least 2 main outputs and a headphone jack. If you are just running click tracks only I don’t suggest anything more than that unless your church has a complicated routing configuration or you just want to use multiple output sources. There are literally a bazillion interfaces out there on the market so choose one based on your budget and routing needs. Most can be found cheap used on websites like craigslist, eBay, or Amazon. Lastly similar to the phone make sure you’ve turned off wifi and any other chimes or notifications that might play spontaneously during a service.

 

Keyboard or Drum Machine.
If you are using your keyboard or Drum machine then you can just use your regular outputs to play them out. Additionally you might want to take advantage of the headphone output on your unit to gain more routing options.

Conclusion
Once you’ve got those elements in place then the only thing left to do is press play and then troubleshoot to make sure everything is flowing properly. Additionally you may want to invest into a headphone amplifier or small mixer if you have other musicians playing with you so that they can hear the tracks as you are playing them out(especially the drummer) wether it be through headphones or an additional monitor close to them. In the end it all depends on what equipment you have access to and what your budget is. But no matter what that is it can all be done easily with the equipment you probably already have. Check out the videos below for more info on creating and running click tracks.

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Modern Musician Dictionary: What is MainStage? http://dynamicsmusic.net/2014/11/modern-musician-dictionary-mainstage/18 Tue, 18 Nov 2014 20:04:00 +0000 http://dynamicsmusic.net/?p=1353       So what is MainStage? MainStage is a performance software for musicians that is used to play and or utilize virtual instruments and effects from your computer in a live setting. It is also the sister software to Logic Pro, a digital audio workstation or DAW used by world renown producers and studios […]

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      So what is MainStage? MainStage is a performance software for musicians that is used to play and or utilize virtual instruments and effects from your computer in a live setting. It is also the sister software to Logic Pro, a digital audio workstation or DAW used by world renown producers and studios around the world for music production mixing and mastering. MainStage houses all of the software instruments and effects that have been used in professional recordings for over 2 decades! And now with this software you have the ability to use all of these sounds and effects in your live playing for a fraction of the price of what it costs to buy logic! MainStage only costs $29, I mean some of us we spend more than $30 a month at mcdonalds…why not spend it on something to help further your music? But If you are reading this post you have probably either purchased this software or are looking to buy it and wondering what this software has to offer you? Well..If you’re a keyboard player you can plug in your midi keyboard via USB, pull up a couple of sounds and start playing. If you’re a guitarist, their are a plethora of amps, effects and even a virtual pedalboard where you can play with a variety of pedal combinations to create your perfect sound for that lead guitar solo after the bridge. Are you a drummer? MainStage is for you too! You can hook up a Drumpad to trigger some drum sounds or even plug in afull e-kit and play some of the built in drumkits that MainStage has to offer. Singers can use the same studio class vocal effects that built in in a live worship service. Heck, even Front of House guys can use this as a virtual mixing environment. So no matter what you do, musically that is, MainStage has something to offer you to help you enhance your ministry of music.

 

Check out my Video Series below on YouTube that has plenty of videos that dig deep into some of the features of MainStage!

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Modern Musician Dictionary: What are Softsynths? http://dynamicsmusic.net/2014/11/modern-musician-dictionary-what-are-softsynths/16 Sun, 16 Nov 2014 03:27:38 +0000 http://dynamicsmusic.net/?p=1343 A softsynth is just what it sounds like it’s a software based synthesizer. Hence the word “soft synth” it’s also known as a VST. Softsynths and VSTs are virtual instruments that reside on your computers hard drive and are played by connecting a midi controller to your computer and accessing them from a vst host […]

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A softsynth is just what it sounds like it’s a software based synthesizer. Hence the word “soft synth” it’s also known as a VST. Softsynths and VSTs are virtual instruments that reside on your computers hard drive and are played by connecting a midi controller to your computer and accessing them from a vst host software like mainstage or kontakt

Here’s a video that I did a while back that goes into more detail about some of the different softsynths that are out on the market and some of the VST host softwares you can use to play softsynths. Check it out!

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Modern Musician Dictionary: What are Stems? http://dynamicsmusic.net/2014/11/modern-musician-dictionary-what-are-stems/15 Sat, 15 Nov 2014 22:17:42 +0000 http://dynamicsmusic.net/?p=1340 So you’ve heard someone say the word “Stems” and you are now curious as to what they are. A stem track is basically pre recorded material that you play along with in a live performance or church service. It’s function is to enhance the sound and flow of the song. Maybe there is a part […]

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So you’ve heard someone say the word “Stems” and you are now curious as to what they are. A stem track is basically pre recorded material that you play along with in a live performance or church service. It’s function is to enhance the sound and flow of the song. Maybe there is a part that you want in the song that you are not able to play at the same time as another part. Like you might play the keyboard and might not have a live bass player but you want bass in the song or it might be a string part that you want to play as the song goes along. In this case you could pre-record the bass line or string part on your sequencer or in your computer recording software or DAW. And then during your performance you can play them back live and play along with them. The individual pre-recorded sound or sounds that you playback live are called a stems. Check out the video below for tips on how to prepare your stem tracks for church or performance.

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Modern Musician Dictionary: What is Layering? http://dynamicsmusic.net/2014/11/modern-musician-dictionary-what-is-layering/15 Sat, 15 Nov 2014 20:40:56 +0000 http://dynamicsmusic.net/?p=1337 So what is layering? You maybe hearing guys saying stuff like “Doc that is a phat layer” or asking “man what kind of layers is he using?” A layer is simply a combination of more than one sound on your keyboard or using softsynths on your computer. It’s real simple…say you have a piano sound […]

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So what is layering? You maybe hearing guys saying stuff like “Doc that is a phat layer” or asking “man what kind of layers is he using?” A layer is simply a combination of more than one sound on your keyboard or using softsynths on your computer. It’s real simple…say you have a piano sound on the keyboard or on your computer. And then you add a string sound to it. Suddenly you have an awesome combination that adds more depth and richness to the chords or notes you are playing. A layer can be as simple as two sounds or as complex as 8 or 9 sounds. It’s up to you to experiment with different sound combinations to come up with your own layers that compliment your style.

Check out this amazing video of Abel Mendoza using some amazing Layering on this song he’s playing using his custom patches that he has created for MainStage and Logic Pro called Synthstation! If you are interested in purchasing this pack of sounds check his website:

www.abelmendozaproductions.com

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