Geek, Music, Recording

Trying Out Apple’s New “Music Memos”

I thought I’d try out Apple’s new iOS app for song writers, called “Music Memos”. I posted a video about it earlier in the week.

The interface and functionality is similar to Voice Memos on iOS, except Music Memos will add accompaniment automatically to your song recordings, in the form of bass and drums.

My initial test was a vocal recording, with no instruments. It was not able to detect tempo properly, nor was the generated bass line anything I could use.

I then grabbed my guitar and used a section of Chris Tomlin’s “At The Cross” to see how it performed. This yielded much better results. The strumming of a guitar seemed to give the app a little more to work with.

In the screenshot above, you’ll notice how it added the chords and detected the time signature. You can toggle drums and bass at the bottom of the screen. There is also the ability to add notes, etc. and tag your ideas for future retrieval.

A number of sharing options are available — Garageband, SoundCloud, Email, etc. I exported the song direct to SoundCloud so I could embed it in this post. You can listen to the results below.

It’s not amazing, but it may be a useful tool to add some body to rough song ideas. If you haven’t got it already, it’s a free download from the Apple App Store.

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Recording, Resources

Apple releases new ‘Music Memos’ iOS app for songwriters

Check this out! Apple have just released a new app for songwriters called Music Memos. You can download it now for free from the App Store.

Source: Apple releases new ‘Music Memos’ iOS app for songwriters | 9to5Mac

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My Music, Recording

New Original Song: With All Of My Heart

I wrapped up a new song last night. I’ve been sitting on this one for a while, having only one verse and a chorus. It wasn’t until recently when I was inspired by a verse in Ruth, that I sat down to complete this version of the song.

I wrote three further verses a couple of nights ago. Then last night it all came together: the original verse became the chorus and the original chorus became the pre-chorus.

I’ll try to make a video of this when I polish it up a bit more. Let me know what you think (listen below).

This draft is recorded in Garageband, with a Focusrite audio interface, an SM58 microphone for the vocals and the guitar plugged direct.

The lyrics and chords are here: With All My Heart.


If you have trouble with the player, you can download the mp3 here.

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My Music, Recording

New Track Added To NoiseTrade

Today I recorded another old song of mine called I Worship You O Lord.  It’s quite a wordy song, and I actually rewrote some lyrics of it this week.  The previous version was trying to cover more themes than was necessary for this song.

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Recording

Adventures In Recording (Part 6)

microphonesThis is part 6 of a series of blog posts following my experience of recording with Logic Pro and learning as I go. Thanks to everyone who has contributed so far with suggestions – it has been really helpful.

In parts 1-5 of this series, I have been working on the song Strength.  In part 6, I have moved on to a different song – Be Thou My Vision.  We’ll come back to Strength in the future.

For this recording I recorded the acoustic guitar a little differently.  On previous recording sessions I recorded the guitar using line-in and a Shure SM58 dynamic microphone at the sound hole.  This time Darrell was kind enough to lend me two condensor microphones.  I used one on the sound hole, and the smaller pencil condensor around the 12th fret.

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My Music, Recording

Adventures In Recording (Part 5)

This is part 5 of a series of blog posts following my experience of recording with Logic Pro and learning as I go. Thanks to everyone who has contributed so far with suggestions – it has been really helpful.

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I spent a little time today removing the limiters off all the channels and putting it on the output channel only.  I had to spend a good deal of time playing about with the compressors to removing the clipping on the guitar and vocal channels.  I don’t quite understand the difference between the three vertical sliders on there (click on screenshot to see larger view), so I’m not sure the settings I have selected are optimum.

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My Music, Recording

Adventures In Recording (Part 4)

This is part 4 of a series of blog posts following my experience of recording with Logic Pro and learning as I go.  Thanks to everyone who has contributed so far with suggestions – it has been really helpful.

Delay

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So after yesterday’s post, I decided that the delay effect needed to be adjusted. When I listened to the track with another set of head phones it was apparent the effect was too present. The speakers and/or headphones you use will make a difference to your mix – now I know!

Above is a screenshot of the delay settings. You may notice that I have pulled back the wet mix slider to give a cleaner vocal on the track.

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