Sunday, July 31, 2011

Mic Test - Mike Prodigy: Session_073011

We tested the Condenser Microphone yesterday...

Friday, July 29, 2011

Gameboy & Microphone - Unboxing

I got these two boxes yesterday. I already opened them, and seen what's inside of it. Which is a Gameboy Gray and a Microphone. Like most of my online orders, I used Amazon.

Here are the boxes already opened from yesterday.

First box would be the Gameboy Gray, all bubbled wrapped.

Inside the bubble wrap, is this geeky looking' black with purple striped fanny pack type bag. Probably from the 80s as well.

Inside that bag are these. Gameboy with some games and accessories. All functioning right, it sounds good, and it's used but still looks new. Came with 4 games: Tetris, Mortal Kombat II, Urban Strike, and Killer Instinct. Played them all, even with my Gameboy Advance, and it's all good. There are only 3 game guides, the one for Tetris is missing. Then there's this charger also. I think it's a charger. Although it is collectable item now, and they can go up to 500 bucks if it's brand new, but I order this not for playing games, but for musical purposes. An instrument called LSDJ (cartridge u can get online for 100 bucks). I've purchased a Gameboy Color before this, but I barely see whats going on in the screen, making me order another one. I doodled around to it already, I just need to take few tutorials before I go any further to it. Because man, this may seem like a toy, but it can really make some awesome 8-bit sounds. Even as samples from the games itself. What this Gameboy needs to complete as a functional instrument are to sync it with other instruments like: This Is Not A Bomb with TR-808 Drum Machines or any of them Roland TR Series Drum Machines. Even Korg Electribe EMX-1.

A sample video syncing it with "This Is Not A Bomb" and "Korg Electribe EMX-1."

LINKS source of syncing LSDJ:

Now to my next box, which I also opened yesterday…

It's a new microphone. I usually use my Edirol R-09 when recording live sounds.. Now, I got me a C-1 Studio Condenser Microphone. I'm going to use it to record acoustics (simple chords), percussions, random objects that can produce sounds I like, and for vocals <--- I have few teenage cousins that can flow rhymes and they say they wanted to be big as MCs someday. So I say, alright. I'm just a hobbyist, but I do have the basic gears that most Hip-Hop producers has, and we'll see where that goes.

It came with a warranty and this thick plastic case with foams in them. I can always store it away whenever I want.

There it is, It's a lot cheaper than the one I was originally planned of ordering which was the MXL 990/991. Except C-1 has a better ratings, and good reviews. Plus like I said, it's also cheaper.. excellent bargain. Hopefully, dammit.

The Phantom Power for the Condenser Microphone.

The Microphone Table Stand with Pop Filter. Which I got a day before the two boxes arrived. This gear is going to be standing on my music lab's table. I'm still waiting for another cable that would be connected to my mixer. I'll try posting a video soon or later, of me recording some random instruments or objects etc… then lay those sounds to my MPC 1000 and make a track out of it...

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Norway Rampage

I've seen this in the news earlier today, after getting up between my sleep from a grave shift (partly sleep walking to the fridge, with a heartburn). The old man was watching it in a Filipino TV News (TV Patrol). The reporter was speaking like a machine gun, I couldn't understand what he was saying. But the TV screen shows the word Norway, footages of a bomb wrecked buildings, and words like gun massacres. I thought it was some sort of a Osama Bin Laden type retaliations.

A picture of Anders Behring Breivik taken from a book downloaded from a link posted …

SUNDVOLLEN, Norway (Reuters) - A suspected right-wing fanatic accused of killing at least 92 people deemed his acts "atrocious" yet "necessary" as Norway mourned victims of the nation's worst attacks since World War Two.

Police were hunting on Sunday to see if a possible second gunman took part in the shooting massacre and bomb attack on Friday that traumatized a normally peaceful Nordic country.

In his first comment via a lawyer since he was arrested, 32-year-old Norwegian Anders Behring Breivik expressed willingness to explain himself in court at a hearing likely to be held on Monday about extending protective custody.

"He has said that he believed the actions were atrocious, but that in his head they were necessary," lawyer Geir Lippestad told independent TV2 news.

Police said Breivik gave himself up after admitting to a massacre in which at least 85 people died, mostly young people attending a summer camp of the youth wing of Norway's ruling Labour Party on an idyllic island.

Breivik was also arrested for the bombing of Oslo's government district that killed seven people hours earlier. Norway's toughest sentence is 21 years in jail.

Survivors, relatives of those killed and supporters planned a procession to mourn the dead at Sundvollen on Sunday, near the island where the massacre took place.

King Harald would attend a service in Oslo cathedral, a few hundred meters (yards) from where a bomb devastated government buildings including the offices of Labour Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg.

Police said they were seeking several missing people and the toll could rise to 98, in the worst case.

Lippestad, speaking late on Saturday, did not give more details of possible motives by Breivik.

Breivik hated "cultural marxists," wanted a "crusade" against the spread of Islam and liked guns and weightlifting, web postings, acquaintances and officials said.

A video posted to the YouTube website showed several pictures of Breivik, including one of him in a Navy Seal type scuba diving outfit pointing an automatic weapon.

"Before we can start our crusade we must do our duty by decimating cultural marxism," said a caption under the video called "Knights Templar 2083" on the YouTube website, which took down the video on Saturday.

A Norwegian website provided a link to a 1,500 page electronic manifesto which says Breivik was the author. It was not possible to verify who posted the video or wrote the book.

"Once you decide to strike, it is better to kill too many than not enough, or you risk reducing the desired ideological impact of the strike," the book said.

Norway has traditionally been open to immigration, which has been criticized by the Progress Party, of which Breivik was for a short time a member. The Labour Party, whose youth camp Breivik attacked, has long been in favor of immigration.

About 100 people stood solemnly early on Sunday at a makeshift vigil near Oslo's main church, laying flowers and lighting candles. Soldiers with guns and wearing bullet-proof vests blocked streets leading to the government district.

"We are all in sorrow, everybody is scared," said Imran Shah, a Norwegian taxi driver of Pakistani heritage, as a light summer drizzle fell on unusually empty Oslo streets.

"At first, people thought Muslims were behind this," he said of some initial suspicions that the attacks might have been by Al Qaeda perhaps in protest at NATO-member Norway's role in Afghanistan or Iraq.

Some terrified survivors of the shooting rampage said bullets came from at least two sides.

"We are not at all certain" about whether he acted alone, police chief Sveinung Sponheim said. "That is one of the things that the investigation will concentrate on."

Police took almost 1.5 hours to stop the massacre, the worst by a single gunman in modern times. "The response time from when we got the message was quick. There were problems with transport out to the island," he said, defending the delay.

Witnesses said the gunman, wearing a police uniform, was able to shoot unchallenged for a prolonged period. He picked off his victims on Utoeya island northwest of Oslo forcing youngsters to scatter in panic or to jump into the lake to swim for the mainland.

"I heard screams. I heard people begging for their lives and I heard shots. He just blew them away," Labour Party youth member Erik Kursetgjerde, 18, told Reuters.

"I was certain I was going to die," he said. "People ran everywhere. They panicked and climbed into trees. People got trampled."
The bloodbath was believed to be the deadliest attack by a lone gunman anywhere in modern times.

The suspect, tall and blond, owned an organic farming company called Breivik Geofarm, which a supply firm said he had used to buy fertilizer -- possibly to make the Oslo bomb.

Home-grown anti-government militants have struck elsewhere in the past, notably in the United States, where Timothy McVeigh killed 168 people with a truck bomb in Oklahoma City in 1995.

The district attacked is the heart of power in Norway. But security is not tight in a country unused to such violence and better known for awarding the Nobel Peace Prize and mediating in conflicts, including the Middle East and Sri Lanka.

(Additional reporting by Walter Gibbs, Anna Ringstrom, Henrik Stoelen, Terje Solsvik, Patrick Lannin, Johan Ahlander, Wojciech Moskwa, John Acher and Ole Petter Skonnord in Oslo, William Maclean in London; Writing by Alister Doyle; Editing by Matthew Jones)


RIP - Amy Winehouse

I can't believe Amy Winehouse is dead already. I haven't even bought any of her albums yet.


‪Amy Winehouse - "Rehab" Live on David Letterman‬.

My quick research online:
Being only 27 years old at the time of her death, she now joins the infamous 27 Club.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues:
eating disorder, paparazzis, relationship issues, heroin, ecstasy, crack, cocaine, ketamine, and alcohol.

The singer’s father also reported that doctors have warned Winehouse that, if she continued smoking crack cocaine, she would have to wear an oxygen mask and would eventually die.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Sailing - Christopher Cross

Just beautiful…

I never payed attention to the lyrics growing up from this song. I was more intrigued by the guitar chords and the vocal melody of it.

Sailing by Christopher Cross in 1980.

It's not far down to paradise
At least it's not for me
And if the wind is right you can sail away
And find tranquility
The canvas can do miracles
Just you wait and see
Believe me

It's not far to never never land
No reason to pretend
And if the wind is right you can find the joy
Of innocence again
The canvas can do miracles
Just you wait and see
Believe me

Takes me away
To where I've always heard it could be
Just a dream and the wind to carry me
And soon I will be free

It gets the best of me
When I'm sailing
All caught up in the reverie
Every word is a symphony
Won't you believe me

It's not far back to sanity
At least it's not for me
And when the wind is right you can sail away
And find serenity
The canvas can do miracles
Just you wait and see
Believe me

Thursday, July 14, 2011


I am interested of trying to experiment on to this type of music. It may sounds a little funny to some folks, but to me it sounds more like Transformer meets Vultron in a breakdancing battle. Really aggressive and intense type of music. I've already done few wobbly basses experimental sessions on my synths, but it's not quite the ones I want. Making me wish of having a Korg MS2000B to grab some of that rugged wobbly bass sounds. And then lay that out to my MPC. Then bring it back to Logic Pro to lay other sounds to it.

I know you can pretty much use any synthesizers to make a dubstep track, but here are the gears I would use:

Korg MS2000B

MPC 1000


Reggae Samples

Logic Pro

I don't dance like this dude here on the video, but it's awesome to see some youngsters out there dancing to it. All poping and crumping like a machine.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

MINOLTA X700 - Photo Results

I had the chance to try out the Minolta x700 camera somewhere around the neighborhood yesterday, instead of just around my house. The results are okay. All shots I took came out. It's not really what I expected to look. But it does has it's own quality. Maybe because I got it developed from Walgreens instead of the Photo Labs that focuses only on photography, which I am going to get it developed on my next session with the camera. Including using a high quality 35mm film, or even a slide film from a Photography Store. Photo Labs like Wolf Camera, and they are located not too far from my house. The camera was set in auto aperture, the only manual was the focus. Therefore, I got to learn few more functions about the camera later. Bottom line, the results are pretty interesting. Sorta americana from the 60's. I bet it looks cool on blondes or redheads with freckles, or people with really dark dark skin tones. Even golden brown skinned people. I like it how it's bright. Not the typical smooth effects that most digital cameras has but that's another type of photography. This is a under 150 bucks SLR camera. With an interesting results that brings you back in time.

I used two rolls of the three 12 exposures that came with the camera. I am not going to use the last 12 rolls man. I had to pay the same amount as of to pay a 36 rolls of films. That would be cool though, if they invent a portable film developer and you just pretty much scan the films, with professional result.

1000_50MM LENS_FILM_08
The 50mm 1:2. FIlm scan.

Another shot of the 50mm 1:2. Not a film scan. Last roll of the 12 exposures Kodak film.

The Zoom Lens Vivitar 85-205mm 1:38.

The Zoom Lens Vivitar 85-205mm 1:38.

The Zoom Lens Vivitar 85-205mm 1:38.

Next to test-out is my Point & Shoot Canon Sprint 35mm Film Camera.

Monday, July 4, 2011

4th of July - 2011

This was taken from the front yard, but I missed the big finale.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

SIGMA 18-200mm Lens - Unboxing

I waited for over a year for this lens. At first I was going to buy me a Tamron 17-50mm. The Tamron is a good lens, specially for Rebel users. But I still need to carry a zoom lens regardless. For now, I just want a standard walk-around lens where I can only use one lens for almost anything I want to photograph: from standards, macros, to zoom. At a price range from 300 bucks to 500 bucks. I say, I picked just the right lens for my Canon 20D, which is the SIGMA 18-200mm. Optical Image Stabilizer (only in good lightings or with a flash, it can take steady shots even when lens is shaky). I got it from Amazon for under 400 bucks. Used, but still looks brand new.

June 30th, 2011. The box arrived.

Packed pretty securely, with popcorns and bubbled wraps.

There it is. Typical SIGMA design.

With the Lens Hood, @18mm.

With the Lens Hood, @200mm.

The Sigma 18-200mm Lens with my Canon 20D.

Lens Hood gives richer color for your captures, and protects from sun flares and glares. But flares and glares isn't so bad once a while, so I keep the hood backwards like this, It also gets in the way when using the built in flash indoors.

Weak point is low light areas. Blurs badly when subject is moving, even when I set the shutter speed to Sport Mode. Unless using a flash, or have some good photo studio lightings.

Around the same price range, I picked this lens over these lens:
-Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3
-Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS
-Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
-Canon EF-S 18mm-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS










I also recently bought this old school point & shoot film camera. Canon Sprint 35mm. I won it from eBay for under 11 bucks.

I still haven't shot my Minolta X-700 yet. I will post some results on that later.