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  1. I've been fiddling around (pun not intended!) with some VST instruments from Arturia. These are 'Virtual' instruments that can be run inside a sequencer (known these days as a Digital Audio Workstation, or DAW, for short). The DAW I use most is Ableton Live, but the excellent Cakewalk is available for FREE if anyone would like to try it out. There a many good, FREE, VST instruments available on the net too, so it won't cost you a penny to start making music.

     

    I have over 30 different VST's from the Arturia V Collection, including many old favourites from way back, such as the Fairchild CMI and the Mellotron (of The Beatles 'Strawberry Fields' fame). Here's a short video I made tonight. It's 'Send In The Clowns' (appropriate for the upcoming Election, eh!?) by Sondheim. It's only a simple, 2-instrument, bog-standard MIDI file, but shows how nice it can sound through a Grand Piano and Mellotron VST. The Mellotron is playing the Flute sound ...

     

     

     

     

    Just shows what you can do, even when you're as crap as me! 🤣

     

    Keep watching till around 2:06 for the lid to be lifted to show the wonderful workings of the Mellotron!

     

     

     

     

     

     

  2. Ok, I know there are already a couple of popular music threads going at the moment, but this one is intended for people who make music at home as a pastime, or hobby, or simply to keep the old brain ticking over!

     

    So, if you're fond of tickling the ovaries ivories, strumming your banjo, or simply sitting back enjoying a blow of the Old Tin Sandwich (Harmonica!) then this could be the place for you. I'd like to see a wide range of musical matters discussed, no matter young, old, tone deaf, or have a disability. Making music is for EVERYONE to enjoy and (like me!) you don't have to be very good at it, as long as you enjoy doing it.

     

    My own background is -

     

    • Got my first acoustic guitar aged 7
    • We had an old upright piano that I took a few lessons on but could never get much past 'The First Noel'
    • The acoustic guitar became an electric guitar (from my Mam's catalogue!) at about age 15
    • Owned a Fender Strat in my late 20's, swapped it for an Atari Games machine, then bought a Westone Thunder III guitar around 1982, which I have owned ever since
    • Never played in a band
    • Got interested in music sequencers and still enjoy using them (Ableton Live at the moment). Love all the VST instruments I can get for it, including bagpipes which enable me to produce a very realistic Highland Pipe & Drum band!
    • Currently upgraded an old Yamaha PSR-320 keyboard for a brand, spanking new Yamaha PSR-E473. Sounds great!
    • Also, at odd moments, trying to play Blues harmonica, but still having a few problems with note bending

     

    Over the last few days I've been loading MIDI and Audio WAV files onto a USB stick for my Yamaha keyboard so that I have a lot of backing tracks to play along to. I've also been looking at Karaoke (.kar and .mid files with embedded lyrics) for the grandkids to sing along to, which brings me to my first entry to kick of this discussion ...

     

    I can edit Karaoke files, both the lyrics and the MIDI tracks, to get them as good as I can. Here's a one I've just tweaked and uploaded to my host ... The audio is just from my PC, not my keyboard, but it doesn't sound too bad ...

     

    https://webtrek.co.uk/karaoke/Any_Dream_Karaoke.mp4

     

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    I hope to do a lot more of these, but even being retired makes you wonder where all the time goes!

     

    I'd really love others to pick up on this discussion, as I'm sure many of you will have tinkered (musically!) over the years.

     

    Let the good times roll!

     

     

     

     

     

  3. Someone has posted these images on the TCW site today ...

     

    (Herts/Beds area, I believe, morning time) ...

     

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    Same place but a little while later and the sky is completely overcast ...

     

     

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