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Fixed: Obelisk not working in Ableton Live

So when using the Frozen Plains Obelisk plugin in Ableton live 10 (I’m running10.1.15) following Frozen Plains instructions doesn’t work.
If you change the 2nd drop down on the synth/instrument track to Obelisk64 instead of Pre FX then it will work.

Additionally, if you don’t want record a whole extra midi track for the Obelisk track then instead of arming both track, just set to Obelisk track to In on the monitoring and then arm the instrument you want to record. This has the added benefit of being able to easily have multiple instruments using Obelisk and switch to record on whichever one you want to play

Ideal Obelisk and instrument settings.
Obelisk midi track set to monitor In.
Two different mini instrument tracks set to Obelisk64 instrument In and Obelisk64 instead of Pre FX or Post FX. One instrument track armed.

Custom Fit Keyboard Dust Covers UK

I had such a hard time finding a dust cover to cover my Akai MPK249

I’ve just placed an order with this company
http://www.pianocoversonline.co.uk/universal-keyboard-dust-covers-p-13026.html

Whilst it took a whilst to be delivered, which is fair enough, they were hand making it to order, I’m very happy with my keyboard cover.

I’ll definitely use this company again for when I inevitably buy a full size keyboard ūüôā

Weekend Project: Battery Powered Sonos Play:1

Following this video guide and the step up booster converter from ebay below I’m going to make a Sonos Play:1 battery powered so I can enjoy some lovely music on the balcony over the summer.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/XL6009-DC-DC-Voltage-Step-Up-Boost-Converter-replace-LM2577-3-32v-input-UK-Fast-/400858208676

International Pillow Fight Day 2014 Photography eBook

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So, technically I’m now a published author, albeit self published. As part of a project I’ve embarked on I’ve made a photographic journal ebook and published it in the following places

Google Play Books | Kobo‚Ä謆|¬†Issuu¬†|¬†Scribd

Its been a very interesting project so far for a lot of different reasons. Its forced me to learn InDesign for starters, but has also made me think about narrative, graphic design, layouts and the constraints on then and how they change the feel of the content.
It’s also made me revisit processing choices made when I originally processed the photos. And also realise that I have changed the way I process photos massively, and for the better I feel.¬†I’ve also had to learn using Lightroom’s soft proofing and proof copies.

I’ve also had to learn about self publishing ISBNs and each publishing platforms nuances. By far the easiest to publish to was Google Play Books.

An enjoyable process and now I’m in a position I can produce these quicker, but a lot of the design decisions will change from theme to theme of each eBook.

SOLVED: Spotify desktop client communication failed

If you receive the message¬†Spotify desktop client communication failed when trying to¬†Login with Facebook to the Spotify app here’s why and how to fix it.

Reason

It was because I have 2 factor security turned on.

Resolution

  1. Go to https://www.facebook.com/settings?tab=security&view
  2. On the line App Passwords click Edit
  3. Click the Generate App Passwords link
  4. Click the Generate App Passwords button
  5. Enter a friendly name for what this is for i.e. Spotify
  6. Click Generate Password
  7. Copy the password in the normal spotify logon password box.
  8. enter your FB email address as the username.
  9. HEY PRESTO!

Lyrical Challenges – Tips To Write Song Lyrics

A friend asked me to write a piece on setting lyrical challenges for myself so I thought I’d post it here as well.

The Goal is to Have a Goal

First things first. When setting a lyric challenge having a goal is the key. If you’ve got no reason to write a song you won’t get a word written down.
Often the reason is heartbreak or sitting there bored with your guitar in hand and happening upon something to explore. Setting a goal with a song challenge is a more proactive way of writing songs.

Once you have a goal you have something to work towards, whether it’s write one song by the end of the day, or write a song a day.

A Creative Goal

The next thing is to have a goal that inspires some interesting creative angles. It’s very easy to become stale in musical style and lyrical theme, something to put your outside your comfort zone, but also something to make you take different approaches to those you’d would normally take.

For instance, a title for a song normally doesn’t come to mind till you’ve written a song. Start with a handful of titles, pick one and and explore what it could mean.
“See you on the¬†other side¬†of goodbye” – Could be about the end of a relationship, or it could be about what happens after a relationship has ended and lovers want to remain friends. Or it could be about someone dying and the morning process.

Your Starter For 10

Ok so there’s a few suggestions for lyrical challenges to get your started

  • Title Ideas¬†http://www.lyricideas.com/¬†– Lists 10 potential song titles (and lyrics) per day
  • Write a Reply – Find a favourite song and write a reply song
  • A novel idea – Try and capture the main theme of a favourite character in a novel in a song
  • 5 Minute Rush – A great way to quiet¬†your inner critic set a timer and write as much of a song as you can in 5 minutes.
  • Change Position – If you’re songs are normally written in the first person, or normally from a narrator’s point of view then switch it up. Force yourself to use another perspective.
  • One a Day – Similar to some bloggers, taking a 30 day challenge of a song. Write one song a day for 30 days. It doesn’t have to be a good song. But the act of writing every day will encourage your brain to generate more lyrics all the time and doing anything for 30 days in a row is a great way of starting to form a habit.

Take Advantage Of Your Little Thoughts

Whilst this doesn’t quite fit in as a challenge, I implore every lyricist to buy some of these soft pocket notebooks¬†and carrying one of these very pocketable pens¬†and take them absolutely everywhere with you! The times when I’ve written the most lyrics are the times when I’m most idea and my brain has time to wander.

I might have a few minutes on a bus or a tube and my mind idly wanders through one thought or another, maybe driven by what I see in front of me, or maybe I’m lost in my own mind. But then BAM! I’m hit but a beautiful turn of phrase or way of perceiving something that I’d not thought of before.
If I can capture that right there and then I have a chance of working it into a song.
Otherwise it’s gone forever!

I’ve tried to mimic this spontaneous note taking using my ever-present smart phone instead. However there’s something so unforgiving about typing text into a phone that means I lose the meaning almost as much as if I’d never written it down at all.

Good luck with your lyric writing!

HDR the next step

Today I made steps to further my playing with HDR. A little urbex jaunt so I thought I’d take my, much underused, tripod along. Using this I’ve been able to shoot 3-6 different exposure levels for shots.
This should give me a fantastic dynamic range which I think could lend itself to urbex well. The human eye can see such amazing contrast ratios technology has yet to come close in one shot, but hopefully I can bring the light to the shadows using this technique.

I’m not going to end up doing all shots in HDR, some shots I only took the one exposure level and others that I don’t think benefit from HDR I will select the best exposure level from the ones I shot and process it in Lightroom.

Additionally I shot a few photos on my phone just where there was no way for me to get the shot I wanted with my lens. I’ll add one to this post to give you an idea what we experienced.

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