Shavano Music Online - Who the Heck is Jens Moller?
I started playing guitar in 1964 as a result of seeing the Beatles perform on the Ed Sullivan show. I've been in many bands, hundreds of jam sessions and done some solo work. If there is one thing that I've learned about the music business, its that when you start trusting it and think that you have it all figured out, something changes. If you don't change with it, and you are depending on it for income, you may find that there is no place for you in it for a few years.
Some aspects of the music industry are consistent. It makes no difference if you are performing Rap, Country, Metal or Bach Concertos - if your sound is off, you'll never get anywhere. If you can't be properly heard, then your performance was wasted. There are a multitude of things that musicians discover over their career, and most of them are adaptable to most any music or performance style. I hope to share what I know about these topics and possibly, help allow some of you be more successful in the performance aspect of your careers. I've learned a lot from many musicians over the years, some professional, others never left their basements - talent is not always recognized by the general public.
I have built guitars, speaker cabinets, cases, lighting systems and audio effects. At one time I was pursuing an Electrical Engineering degree, but have long switched over to Software Engineering. This site will contain as many relavent experiences and solutions that I came up with or discovered since I first started out. I welcome comments or suggestions from any of you.
I think that it is an important aspect of being a musician to develop a good working relationship with Music Shops - the people who work there know many of the working musicians in town, and many of the shops put on seminars and can help you meet people that have been successful in the same sorts of areas that you might want to develop. I reccomend that you get to know these people and when they can give you a good deal, that you buy from them (they need to survive too). I do buy some things mail-order, but If I can get what I need locally, I support my local music shop.
I often find that I can save some money (but not always) by building some of my own gear. I'll be documenting many of these things here. Forgive the hand made drawings (that I scan in), but I have yet to find a good PC based drafting program that converts diagrams and text properly into GIF of JPG files (I could leave them as postscript files, but not everyone will have access to a postscript printer. Maybe I'll write a program to do this).
For those who have asked about my current recording setup: I use Voyetras Digital Orchestrator Pro on my Cyrix based P-166+ system to do digital/MIDI song building. My systems sound card is an Ensoniq AudioPCI card. I have outboard Roland Rack mount MIDI gear (D-110 and MT-32) as well as a Yamaha FB01 (some real retro digital synth sounds on this baby). I use a MIDI keyboard to enter my sequences with. Digital audio recording is done using a variety of mixers and microphones. I prefer to record guitars using a low wattage guitar amplifier and an SM57 microphone to pick up the sounds (I never liked using a direct box for this). Keyboards and bass guitar are directly connected to my mixer. I don't record live drums, instead requiring that drummers play pads connected to MIDI triggers and then I save the drum performances as a part of a MIDI sequence.
Think creatively and maybe you'll make it big - never assume that you won't have to work for it. Nothing is ever as easy as it looks.
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