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I will be getting new business cards with the following images… Which one do you like best?

1.  FL Studio Backgroundmini card

2.  Analog Cassette Tape

3.  City Background

4.  San Antonio, Texas Backgroundmini-card4

5.  Protools/Reason/FL Studio Backgroundmini-card5

You have been hired by a new radio station to record drops to be used to transition between shows and music selections. 

I’d like for you to record yourself doing typical drops.  Also, comment with a list of radio personalities and segments that you like and listen to.

Have you ever sat outside at night under a sky filled with twinkling stars?  What do you think about when you look at the stars?  Do you feel small in comparison to the universe above you, or is your focus on something else altogether?  Describe your thoughts under a starry night sky.

Next compose an instrumental in FL Studio that fits your thoughts and mood.

Use the following websites to complete the scavenger hunt for information about pop music.  Use Yahoo! or Google to locate additional information.  Remember to double-check your facts!

American Pop Music 1950-Present
Popular Music
Pop Music of the 1990s

1.  The 1950s offered a combination of sounds, name five?

2.  Who became the “first rock star” in 1956?

3.  How many people attended Woodstock?

4.  LeAnn Rimes’ debut record, “Blue” entered Billboard’s country chart at number  __________________.

 How old was she?

5.  Who became the music director and arranger for the NBC“The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” in March, 1992?

6.  What year did MTV come on the air?

7.  What year did the digitally recorded compact disc become available?

8.  In 1982, what album was realesed that would go on to be the top selling album in history?

9.  Who recorded “Rapper’s Delight” in 1979?

10. In 1986, who released the first multimillion-selling rap albums?

11.  Name two popular sound track albums of the 1990s.

12. What is techno?

13. What is grunge?

14. Name 4 hit songs by Whitney Houston from the 1990s.

15. Name 4 hit songs by Mariah Carey from the 1990s.

After using boot camp for a couple months, we have finally moved on to bigger and better things.  A moment of silence for Boot Camp and an enthusiastic welcome to Parallels Desktop. 
I think you will all enjoy this platform much more.  No more having to hold down the option key when booting up, no more having to reboot to switch between Mac OS X and Windows XP, it is much easier to use and both operating systems run simultaneously.


Watch the video below, then click HERE to answer questions


RETAIN – To Keep possesion of.

PATENT – Exclusive right granted by a government.

TRADEMARK – any name, symbol, figure, letter, word, or mark adopted and used by a manufacturer or merchant in order to designate his or her goods and to distinguish them from those manufactured or sold by others.

TANGIBLE – real or actual, rather than imaginary or visionary.  capable of being touched.

ABSTRACT – thought of apart from concrete realities, specific objects, or actual instances: an abstract idea.

Today, we will all learn how to easily stream audio online… FREE.  Okay, but before we even get to that point, we have to create some ORIGINAL audio and in order to do that, we will be using FL STUDIO 9.

What I would like y’all (yes, y’all, I’m from TEXAS!) to do is log on to the Windows partition in Boot Camp and open up the FL STUDIO 9 program.  Here, I would like for you to create a simple drum track with a BPM between 90-100.  Feel free to add an instrument or two using the Piano Roll feature (or grab a USB MIDI Keyboard and playout your sounds).  Create 2-3 PATTERNS and then switch from PAT (PATTERN) to SONG.  Go to View and select PLAYLIST and layout your patterns to have a few change ups.  Repeat and add different patterns until you have  atleast a One Minute track.

I will be selecting a few of your audio tracks to add to the Class Recordings section of this blog, so take your time and come up with a banger.

Once you are done with that, go to FILE and then EXPORT.  Once you roll your mouse over EXPORT, a  drop down menu will give you format options.  Click on MP3 and save your file to a folder on the desktop with YOUR NAME.  (you may need to create this folder)

Once you have the ORIGINAL MP3 created, go to and create a free account.  Use this website to upload your MP3 and use the DASHBOARD link to find your different sharing options (embed, direct link, etc.)

I will be here if you have any questions or need help.  Now get to producing!  ♥

Today is the first day for the After School Parent Technology Classes.  We will be having parents coming in to get a hands on learning experience.  Students will be on hand to assist, teach and learn at the same time.  Take a little time to think about the statement below and comment with a paragraph or two.

Parents and children often claim to be misunderstood by each other.  Explain one thing you think your parents (or other people their age) don’t understand about your generation.  Then explain one thing you think your parents would say your generation doesn’t understand about them.

What products does Propellerhead make?

What is Propellerhead Reason?

What is the cost for Propellerhead Reason?

What is Propellerhead Record?

What is the cost for Propellerhead Record?

What is Digidesign Pro Tools?

What is the cost of Digidesign Pro Tools?

What is FL Studio?

What is the cost of FL Studio?

Which product(s) do you think are better?

Which product(s) do you most look forward to using?

What are some products available from M-Audio?

How much do they cost?

What are some products available from Digidesign?

How much do they cost?

What is Sony Sound Forge?

What is the latest version?

What is the price for the latest version of Sony Sound Forge?

What is a Midi-Controller?

What product or software would you most like to use?

October 2009

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  • Producing Natural-Sounding MIDI Notes
    When making electronically-produced music, you’ll find yourself often programming notes rather than playing them. People who don’t understand the medium will say that this makes the music cold, mechanical and lifeless, but they simply don’t understand the amount of work and craftsmanship that goes into manually arranging notes. A composer needs to take into […]
  • Weekly Music Writing – Like lifting weights made of creativity
    A while back I wrote about writing music constantly in order to build your skills and flex your creativity. I’ve been making music for several years now and my biggest project had been a 16 track score for a tragically unreleased computer game, which I finished in about 6 months. This was a great exercise, […]
  • Microphones, Cables and Everything Else in Your Studio
    This is the final part of the Makeshift Musician’s Comprehensive Guide to Building Your Own Studio So, you’ve got your room for your studio, you’ve set up your computer, hooked up your audio interface and installed your recording software. What’s next? Actually, a lot of stuff. Microphones Unless you’re an all-software kind of musician, you need […] […]
  • Audio Recording Software for Your Studio
    This is Part 4 of the Makeshift Musician’s Comprehensive Guide to Building Your Own Studio We’re now down to the last big component of your beast of a studio. To add this last piece, we need to dive into the prickly, sometimes confusing realm of software. Luckily for you, though, there are a lot of easy […]
  • Audio Interface, or, How to Get Sound into Your Computer
    This is Part 3 of the Makeshift Musician’s Comprehensive Guide to Building Your Own Studio Now that you’ve got a computer, it’s entirely possible that you’re now standing in front of it with your guitar or piano or whatever, your eyes slowly moving back and forth between the two objects in a confused manner, wondering how […]

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  • Just Blaze on Ghost Production, Musical Styles
    Just Blaze on the evolution of musical styles, the state of New York hip-hop, DJ’ing, and ghot production. “A lot of these guys employ people who do their music for them.” “Some of these DJ’s that are constantly on the road are also constantly putting out new music.  How… because they have guys under them […]
  • Battle Of The Americas Beat Battle f/ Young Guru
    The Beat Academy presents The Battle of The Americas Beat Battle featuring judges Young Guru, Symbolyc One (S1), and Jake One. On Saturday June 21st 24 producers from USA and Canada will go to war in the ultimate team beat battle! Grab tickets or visit Beat Academy for more info. Video of The Road to […]
  • DJ Premier Explains Iconic Gangstarr Logo
    DJ Premier explains how Guru and Big Shug designed the Gangstarr logo and how it’s been used throughout all of their albums.  Primo also talks about how Mass Appeal was created with the intention of being a radio hit.

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