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May 31, 07

My attempt to be a roadie by air...

Once upon a time, a classical pianist had the luxury of snickering at his fellow musicians lugging around violins, cellos, or worse - double basses - and dealing with the hassles of airline carry-on restrictions, rough security inspectors, hostile stewardesses, and occasionally the nightmare of baggage claim (poor double bassists...) He would prance lightly onto the plane with nary a bag to weigh him down, save for perhaps his music bag. His only downside of being an unencumbered musician was the hassle of dealing with sub-par pianos at the concert hall. If he were an easy-going fellow, he'd just shrug his shoulders and not let the disappointment of piano quality from venue to venue ruffle his feathers too much. If he weren't so easy-going, he'd either go through the trouble of learning to tune and adjust his own pianos, or have a nervous breakdown fighting with venue piano technicians (if they were even to be found)...or, plunge into the insanity of bringing his own instrument.

Getting transport info for oversized musical instruments from airlines is an exercise in hair-pulling. I made the first mistake of grabbing the cheapest flight to Denver, Colorado via Cheaptickets.com without realizing that the AirTran plane was too small to accommodate oversized luggage over 100 pounds in weight. Fortunately, the customer service department for AirTran was fantastic (wish ALL airlines could be as friendly and helpful as them!) and helped me refund the ticket right away (actually, i had to do a bit of a runaround - AirTran had just signed a new contract with Cheaptickets.com, changing the way tickets are canceled, so i had to contact Cheaptickets.com directly and get that squared away. Despite horrible english pronunciation from both the cubicle call operator and his supervisor, they extended a one-time courtesy cancellation.)

With a little more careful study of the available flights from Philadelphia to Colorado, i was able to determine that USAir offered direct flights on what appeared to be a larger airplane (the Airbus A320, second most popular plane right behind the Boeing 747). Trying to call USAir to get confirmation that they could accommodate oversized musical instruments was another three-ring circus runaround - first operator said, go look at USAir.com (i couldn't find any info on musical instruments there); then she gave me the number to their cargo department. The cargo department didn't have that info, then directed me to call USAir (grrrrr...). Finally got a supervisor who was able to determine that most USAir flights to Colorado used planes large enough to accommodate my instruments. More calls this morning to finally nail down their fee structure for oversized luggage:

  • If the item's outer dimensions exceed 62 inches (width+height+depth), it is considered oversized and will be assessed an $80 fee. Note, total outer dimensions cannot exceed 100 inches.


  • If the item is over 50 pounds, it is considered overweight and will be assessed a separate $80 fee.


  • Total transport fee for a digital piano looks to be $160 with USAir.

    British Airways, interestingly, makes it quite clear on their website that they accommodate the transport of musical instruments, and make exceptions for them when it comes to weight limits. The fee for a trip to South Africa would be 120 GBP (pounds) if you pay at the airline counter, or 84 GBP (approximately $167 at the time of this writing) if you arrange to transport the instrument online ahead of time. Definitely want to plan ahead and grab that significant savings online.

    Next dilemna: hard cases for my Roland RD-700SX and my QSC HPR122i loudspeakers.

    I had no idea what to look for in terms of transport cases for my piano and loudspeakers, so i gave the folks at Sweetwater.com a call. They recommended the Gator Roadready ATA keyboard case, running about $369. ATA stands for cases that are specifically designed for airline transport. Unfortunately, they didn't have anything for the loudspeakers, so i had to search elsewhere for those cases.

    Loudspeaker cases, it turns out, are custom-made affairs. Starcase.com is one company that offered a ready-made ATA loudspeaker case for about $458. Unfortunately, overnight shipping would be in the order of around $200+...the Calzone Case Company also seems to provide loudspeaker cases (they seem to do a lot of cases for big-name rock stars, which might explain why they didn't bother to call me back for info...).

    KeyboardCases.com, based in Massachusetts, can make a custom-made heavy duty ATA keyboard case with wheels, which would run about $379. Being custom made, it would take about 2 weeks to manufacture and 2 days to ship via ground (about $28 for shipping).

    Well, after all that research and armed with new terminology, it turns out that my local Guitar Center store carries a small stock of ATA keyboard cases under the Road Runner label. $369 for the Road Runner case that would fit my Roland, with the advantage of no shipping fee of course!

    As for the loudspeakers, it's getting hard to justify the enormous expense of transporting them, on top of the cost of the cases themselves...it might be better to just find local music stores to rent loudspeakers from if flying to the venue is involved.

    Anyway, that's my brief foray into roadie research...more details to come as i actually go through the experience of lugging my instrument through the airports (my violin and cello colleagues will be snickering at me now...)

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    May 29, 07

    Back to workout roots...

    Dave Ramsey is making me crazy!
    Getting a hold of my monthly budget has been a bit akin to taming a bucking bronco, but i've been finding that whittling things down bite by bite has been more effective than i would've thought. My cable tv service will be shut off at the end of this month for a $30 savings (keeping the high speed cable internet! no way i can sacrifice that!!) - i've vowed to terminate my subscription to Audible.com, much to the literary dismay of my iPod ($24/month) - Starbucks is pretty much a pipe dream at this point for my daily caffeine boost (wow - i think i was spending upwards of $70-$100 monthly just for cups of coffee at my neighborhood cafe!) - and now, my latest bit of budgetary surgery involves terminating my gym membership for another $60 monthly savings.

    Don't get me wrong - i actually love going to the gym, especially the one that's as nice as ours. i have no plans to let my body go to rot, after having worked so hard over a number of years to get it in shape - instead, i'm returning to my workout roots by resurrecting my home gym.

    Out of clothes drying duty, back to burning muscle!

    A brand new chinup bar for my favorite new workout

    Lately i've been finding that my workouts have been simplified somewhat - a good chinup routine seems to take care of a lot of upper-body stuff in one fell swoop. Weights have been more a nuisance at the gym, given that there's either a shortage of benches or weight-appropriate dumbells, sometimes both. The fitness machines are always mobbed and sometimes more time has been wasted waiting my turn than actually using them. (Yeah, this is my attempt to find things to whine about so that my departure from the gym will be somewhat less painful...)

    I'll really miss the treadmill runs where i can park my video iPod to watch episodes of "Heroes" or "Battlestar Galactica" to pass the time...and i'll miss the wonderful sauna and hot whirlpool! But the budget bronco is calling for all hands on deck to tame the wild dollars in any way possible, so it's hard to justify a weight lifting workout at the gym when i have all the equipment i need right at home, or a treadmill run when the neighborhood is so beautiful to jog through.

    Actually, it's nice not to have to listen to my music through tinny sports headphones from my iPod now - since the home gym is in the basement where my Windows Media PC is located, i can just dial up that wonderful internet radio site Pandora and listen to a custom music blend through decent speakers! My cheap weights aren't as quick and easy to change as the professional ones at the gym, but at least i don't have to wait in line to move between exercises now. I just hope i can get back to the routine of outdoor running after so many years of indoor treadmills...

    Here's to Mr. Ramsey and my attempt to keep in shape - on the cheap!

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    May 28, 07

    Lesson sharks?

    Who would've thought that the music lesson listing business would get lucrative enough to attract sharks?

    According to a commenter on the Music Teachers Helper blog, (a fascinating site, btw - i want to take some time to explore their music studio management program!), two sites - ClickforLessons.com and relative newcomer GetLessonsNow.com ***- seem to be engaged in deceptive Google ad practices, where they list the names and addresses of their client teachers but substitute their own website phone numbers, making for a real runaround for the teachers and bad business siphoning from the potential pool of students.

    It should be noted that from the Music Teachers Helper article, PrivateLessons.com holds the top spot by quite a wide margin with regard to Google searches for music lessons. Given that they've been in business since 1996, their longevity speaks volumes about the loyalty they seem to garner from their client teachers and students.

    If there's a lesson to be learned here, it's that good business practices will win out in the long term. It's also quite encouraging to see that the private music pedagogy business is thriving so well!

    ***Note: Brian Gilman, co-founder of GetLessonsNow.com, has posted a comment below stating that his website no longer creates the Google Local Listings that were the source of the complaints. Many thanks for that clarification and positive policy change!


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    The most famous teacher of our time?

    Seems that one of my articles got 'accidentally' dropped into the middle of a discussion regarding the listing of "who are the most famous teachers of our time" on the PianoStreet forums...if only i could be so flattered! LOL

    It's an interesting discussion in any case, well worth following up on - particularly the merits (or demerits) of grad school for music majors...

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    Spring Cleaning the Website

    While i've generally enjoyed working with the open source Nucleus CMS (content management system) as my freebie blog template, one design problem has been the bane of this site since i switched over to this particular skin design ("slick"): it's incompatibility with the Internet Explorer browser.

    (Note: With most CMS programs, you can switch between various skin templates on the fly)

    I've been a Firefox browser fan and didn't notice the design snafus until i started viewing my site via my office computer (stuck with IE 6). Not being all that comfortable with CSS (cascading style sheets, the design template file that dictates a website's general layout), i had no way of knowing how to correct the problem. A code hack posted on Nucleus' support forum helped minimize the damage, but my right menu bar was left hopelessly floundering within IE.

    The recent upgrade to IE 7 seemed to solve the right menu bar issue, but i was still left with a weird collision from the bottom footer bar through the middle of my top blog posts. Much sighing and shrugging ensued, and i just tried to pretend IE 7 readers didn't exist...

    Fortunately, a good friend came to the rescue and helped me identify the offending </div> tags within the skin template - removing the "footbar" and "footer" tags gets rid of the annoying bar cutting across the middle of the blog post, thereby solving that nasty design flaw within the slick skin design (well, at least with IE 7 - please upgrade if you're still using IE 6!)

    Big hurrah! That was a design thorn-in-my-side for the longest time - nice to have that finally solved!

    Another bit of upgrade was the addition of a colorful row of bookmark links which you should now see lining the bottom of each blog post - i've been wanting to add an easy way for readers to tag posts to the likes of digg.com, technorati or del.icio.us (tagging is a neat way of "bookmarking" web pages or blog posts of interest where you add keywords describing the page/article and in the process share your discovery with other subscribers to the bookmarking service). I tried using a Nucleus plugin called "AddThis", but once again the code did strange things to the website design within IE 7 (my Firefox browser is rolling its eyes...) A resourceful coder from Croatia on the support forum came up with a simple html solution to add basic post links to a number of social bookmarking sites, and voila! (in case i need to retrieve this bit of code in the future, i'm posting it as blogbookmarks.txt on my site...having your own website can be a terrific repository for stuff you don't want to forget!)

    Hope you enjoy the slightly cleaner interface and the new bookmarks!

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    May 24, 07

    Music Meets Tech #30: Lidia Kaminska, Classical Accordionist

    In this episode, Hugh Sung interviews Classical Accordionist Lidia Kaminska. Ms. Kaminska plays the Chromatic Button Accordion, which is capable of a wide range of musical expression. Ms. Kaminska demonstrates some Scarlatti and explains how the instrument works. This is Part 1 of a 3 part video interview series, originally posted on www.HughSung.com. Ms. Kaminska is currently affiliated with Astral Artistic Services.
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    May 18, 07

    Music Meets Tech #29: How to Set Up a Pianoteq System

    Pianoteq is an amazing piano simulation program that allows for unprecedented musical expression on digital pianos. If you're new to digital pianos and virtual instrument plugins, this episode will help untangle all those wires and break down the setup process into easy steps. I start with simple diagrams for either a computer or dedicated sound module setup - aka, the Muse Receptor - then follow with a "live video" example of a computer setup with the help of a talented young pianist, Katie Tran.
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    May 17, 07

    Music Meets Tech #28: Visual Recital Pilot with Astral Artists (smaller version)

    In this semi-documentary, i collaborate with three musicians from Astral Artistic Services to present a pilot outreach program for the Meade School in North Philadelphia, utilizing my Visual Recital techniques. A behind-the-scenes look at how the show is set up, followed by the presentation itself. The kids had a blast, particularly with the visualizations for Paul Schoenfield's "Cafe Music"! Other pieces featured were a movement from Beethoven's Piano Trio in C minor, Op. 1 No. 3, and the Adagio movement from Brahms Piano Trio in B major, Op. 8.

    Musicians:

    • Jennifer Curtis, Violin
    • Susan Babini, Cello
    • Michael Mizrahi, Piano

    Note: this is a smaller file size version for faster playback at reduced video quality

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    Music Meets Tech #28: Visual Recital Pilot with Astral Artists

    In this semi-documentary, i collaborate with three musicians from Astral Artistic Services to present a pilot outreach program for the Meade School in North Philadelphia, utilizing my Visual Recital techniques. A behind-the-scenes look at how the show is set up, followed by the presentation itself. The kids had a blast, particularly with the visualizations for Paul Schoenfield's "Cafe Music"! Other pieces featured were a movement from Beethoven's Piano Trio in C minor, Op. 1 No. 3, and the Adagio movement from Brahms Piano Trio in B major, Op. 8.

    Musicians:

    • Jennifer Curtis, Violin
    • Susan Babini, Cello
    • Michael Mizrahi, Piano
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    May 15, 07

    New Link: California Music Academy

    I just received an email from California Music Academy, a music school billing itself as "one of Southern California's largest music schools", requesting a link exchange. According to their website, they offer piano, guitar, and vocal lessons in private settings, and for very reasonable tuition rates (their family discounts seem particularly attractive). It appears that introductory lessons are free - a terrific idea for folks who are new to music lessons and want to get their feet wet. Their website also has a really nice list of links to terrific music education (and general education) resources, everything from musical organizations to theory instruction sites, educational games and homework help - the links list alone is a tremendous resource!

    I applaud California Music Academy's work in providing what appears to be a terrific curriculum of music pedagogy! They seem to have a really impressive roster of teachers and a well-rounded approach to classical, jazz and popular music lessons - my only pet peeve is that their website design leaves something to be desired, especially when it comes to the auto-play YouTube videos (um...is a Billy Joel video of him singing "Piano Man" in a smoky booze-filled bar really appropriate for a site that's supposed to be a resource to parents and kids?) Hopefully they'll take my advice and at least have the videos set to "mute" on first load (i made that same mistake myself with my first embedded videos, which prompted some immediate responses from readers begging me to shut the volume off!)

    If you run a music program, i'd love to hear from you and set up a link exchange! I'm a firm believer in the fact that there can't be too much of a good thing, especially when it comes to music education! Just be sure to set your videos on mute, please...




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    May 14, 07

    Good gets Better: Indaba Music launches Version 2

    I received word over the weekend that the collaborative recording music site, Indaba Music, has now been upgraded to version 2. If you recall from my earlier blog post about collaborative music sites, i complained about Indaba Music's primitive DAW (Digital Audio Workshop) interface. That interface has now been vastly improved, bringing it at least on par visually with other sites like Splice and Jamglue, and even surpassing them with other features like LED level meters, adjustable volume changes over the timeline, moveable markers, and stereo mixdowns.

    Indaba Music's much-improved DAW interface

    I really appreciate the addition of waveform graphics in the track views - it makes the alignment of various tracks so much easier now. Still no interface option for viewing lyrics, lead sheets, or (imagine!) music notation, but hopefully that will be something that they will address if enough musicians ask for it...

    A really nice new feature is the Indaba Music Player that features a random selection of (i assume) finished session mixes:

    Indaba Music's Music Player

    It's nice to hear an overview of some polished works which really sound good! I wish there was a 'genre selector' of sorts on the player, but i'm sure that will improve with time. For now, it's a neat way to have some truly Indie music playing on your computer while you get through your work day.

    Kudos to the Indaba Music team for some terrific improvements!




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    May 12, 07

    Music Meets Tech #27: Inking Digital Scores with PDF Annotator v. 1.5

    In this screencast, Hugh Sung demonstrates tips and tricks to inking fingerings, rhythms, and page-turn look-aheads with the new features of PDF Annotator v. 1.5



    Links:

  • PDF Annotator


  • Snippet - part of the Microsoft Experience Pack for the Tablet PC





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    May 09, 07

    Pain and Secrets

    Worse than a pronated grip chin-up routine, Schubert's fiendish "Erlkönig" provides a tortured muscle-flailing workout like no other:

    Schubert's Erlkönig - an exercise in repetitive muscle pain

    Think of it: 4 minutes of spastic, non-stop, high-speed, highly coordinated repetitions...my arms feel like falling off barely a third of the way through! What i'd give to be able to play this on a nice, light 19th century Pleyel instead of our modern Steinway elephants...

    My old teacher, Jorge Bolet, was the quintessential master of pianistic cheating. Hand over substitutions, clever fingering, subtle note omissions - his point was as long as it sounded good, who cares how you get the results? Here's my humble approach at cheating the fearsome Erlkönig:

    My Erlkönig cheat

    The red lines indicate where the left hand leaps up to give my right arm some relief - both hands simultaneously finger out the octave orgies with 3-2-1's.

    Interestingly, a YouTube video of Fischer-Dieskau's pianist (whom i suspect to be the famed Gerald Moore, but i could be wrong...) reveals an even cleverer cheat - look carefully at the pianist's hands at the very beginning of the video:



    Here's what this cheat looks like on paper:

    Hey, if it works...

    Essentially what's happening is that the pianist is taking the first note of every right hand triplet (wherever possible) as a single note with the left hand (omitting the top octave note of the right hand). Hey, sounds good to me - and sure is a LOT easier than being slavishly faithful to the masochistic muscle shredding score!






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    May 08, 07

    Final touches for the perfect Blip.tv video

    Ok, so i figured out how to get a decent looking video with CD-quality audio converted into FLV flash format, compatible with Blip.tv's video viewer programs by using a terrific freebie program called Super(c). The vids look and sound great...but there was one more bug to fix, namely the fact that the scroll bar wasn't working to enable fast forward or reverse views. Blip.tv's support staff does a terrific job of responding fast to technical questions! Apparently, time coding metadata was missing from my FLV files, so they directed me to http://www.buraks.com/flvmdi/, where you can find a neat little applet that adds the missing metadata time and frame code info back into the FLV file. You can use the main program (FLVMDI 2.94) by itself if you're comfortable with using a text only command line interface (you need this program at least to run the metadata encoder), or you can be a chicken like me and add a windows-friendly GUI (graphical user interface) to run on top of the basic program (FLVMDIGUI 1.05).

    FLV MetaData Injector's GUI

    Check the 4 boxes beneath the "Options: Extra Data" area and you're FLV video will be good to scroll!

    Note: current version 2.94 can only handle FLV files up to 700-750MB. The developers state on their website that version 3 should remove that limitation.



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    Getting a Stereo Videoclip Posted in Blip.TV

    You may have noticed that i've recently signed up with a new video distribution website called Blip.tv - this is a neat freebie service that promotes user uploads as continuous series, with some amazing distribution capabilities (i can automate the cross-posting of my videos in Blip.tv to this blog and my MySpace blog simultaneously, for example). The interface is clean, simple, and really easy to navigate. Setup is a breeze and you can be posting your own channel's worth of content in minutes. A wide variety of video formats is supported, making for super-easy uploads.

    Blip.tv automatically converts uploaded video files to FLV formats. FLV is a Flash video format created by Macromedia, and appears to be the default format for a growing number of popular video sharing sites like YouTube, DailyMotion, MySpace and the like. FLV excels at delivering nearly instantaneous playback of video files, as opposed to the typical wait or delay for playing back other types of older video file formats like Quicktime's .mov or Window's .wmv. There is a corresponding degradation of video quality that seems inevitable in order to ensure speedy playback, but for most web-embedded presentation purposes the reduced visual quality is minimal.

    There is, however, one BIG drawback to Blip.tv's FLV conversion process, particularly if you're trying to post musical or rich audio content: their video file converter automatically changes audio content to mono. I've been banging my head all day trying to find a stereo workaround, and i think i've finally come up with something: a nifty freebie program called Super (c).

    Super (c) enables you to convert between a huge number of video file formats, FLV included. The main website is really funky though, and it can be a major headache to try to find where the download links are - the direct download page is here, and you need to scroll to the bottom to find the "Super (c) setup file" download links from 4 different servers. Oh well, i guess you have to pay some sort of a price for free software...

    The website's download servers can be excruciatingly slow, so be patient - the alternative is to spend hundreds of dollars for other video conversion programs like Macromedia itself, Flix, or Sorenson Squeeze for Flash (Mediacollege.com has a terrific article comparing the various FLV video converter programs.)

    Once you have Super (c) downloaded and installed, you'll see the main interface window:

    Super c video converter's main interface

    It took a LOT of experimentation, but i think i found the optimum settings to convert a 320x240 Quicktime .mov file to a decent looking and great sounding (in 48K stereo!) FLV video file:

  • In the "Video" panel, be sure to set the frame/sec to 29.97 and Bitrate kbps to 3600

  • Right next to the Bitrate box, click all the available video options ("Hi Quality", "Top Quality", etc.)

  • In addition, click the "O" Other Opts button and DE-SELECT the "Deinterlace" option - interlaced video looks MUCH better and sharper

  • Next, in the Audio section, set the Sampling Freq to 44100

  • Make sure 2 channels are selected

  • Set Bitrate kbps to 128


  • Drag and drop the desired video file into the bottom box and hit the "Encode (Active Files)" button, and you should be good to go!

    To see and hear my latest video in technicolor stereo, go to www.musicmeetstech.blip.tv.




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    May 07, 07

    Music Meets Tech: Pianoteq Part 2, Capabilities and Possibilities

    Pianist Hugh Sung explores the expressive and sound customizing capabilites of Pianoteq, as well as the new possibilities this piano simulation software presents to bring Classical Music to broader audiences. This version features stereo audio.





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    A Silent Page Turning Footswitch Solution

    Chris Neff, a resourceful reader, has generously contributed this fantastic solution for creating a silent page turning footswitch, using a Digital Keyboard pedal controller and a USB/Serial Switch Connector interface. Many thanks to Chris for generously allowing me to repost his email message:

    Like I said yesterday, I have the switch connector that I've told you about and I finally got the chance to set it up. It turns out (like most laptops nowadays) I didn't have a serial port, so I had to get a USB serial adaptor too, so my solution would be the same as what yours would be:

    1) This serial switch connector: http://www.sensorysoftware.com

    But do to the weirdness of this whole world of handicap accessible computing where they are found, the only place I could find that sells them is zygo-usa.com, and you have to call to order. Make sure you ask for the two input serial switch connector with a female serial port. They screwed up and sent me the one input serial connector the first time that I had to send back. Cost: 15+15 shipping (yeouch) + tax = about 32 bucks. Also you need the software from the sensorysoftware site for setting the switch inputs to PgUp/PgDown.

    2) A USB-Serial connector if you don't have a serial port (I don't think stylistics do). This was the one I got: http://www.newegg.com

    It works great. Some other USB-Serial connectors had reviews where it said that every time you unplugged the USB side and plugged it back in, the serial port would change (which would mean every time you would need to see what it changed to then update the software for the switch connector, not my idea of fun). This one doesn't have that issue. It just works like it should after installing the drivers that come with the CD. Cost 15+5 shipping= 20 bucks.

    3) A keyboard footpedal with a 1/4" -> 1/8" adapter, which you already have. Or even better, two of them ;)

    And there you go. After setting up the Sensory Software program (I'll go into more detail on how if you ever buy it), it just works. One switch input now controls PgDown, the other controls PgUp, and best of all you now have a portable footswitch solution that doesn't make noise and can be used with any keyboard foot pedal. I am very happy with the outcome. Only issue is I don't have an extra footpedal! Need to go buy one so I can have my sustain pedal back :)




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    May 05, 07

    Music Meets Tech #25: Pianoteq by Modartt

    Pianoteq by Modartt

    In this episode, I take a look at Pianoteq, a revolutionary new approach to Virtual Piano technology. Instead of relying on static, pre-recorded samples of acoustic pianos, Pianoteq is a VST program that actually simulates the acoustic physics of all the various components of a virtual piano in realtime. Part 1 explores the primary differences between Digital Pianos and Pianoteq.






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    May 04, 07

    Murphy visits the debt snowball again

    Sigh...this time, Murphy's visit came in the form of a "check engine" light in my minivan, with repairs singing to the tune of $1006...YEOUCH!!!

    (that total is actually a combination of the $700 repair costs for the spark plugs and ignition coils/wires, a $130+ freon recharge for the air conditioner, and a long-overdue $24 oil change, along with all the requisite taxes...)

    Oh well, i guess all that work with the Philadelphia Orchestra for the viola and violin auditions will be funding my brand new spark plugs. Yay.

    On a more positive note, i feel like i'm actually getting better with the whole budget thing - Quicken is a terrific tool for tracking and categorizing expenses! The third of six debts should be wiped out this month, and hopefully even after the car repairs there will be enough leftover to take a big chunk out of debt #4...so despite the big speedbumps, it looks like the snowball is rolling along nicely! I'm trying that cash envelope system for certain expenses, and it definitely makes a big difference (paying with cash hurts so much more than swiping plastic!)

    Funny, no more sudden overdrafts on my checking account...amazing what having a monthly (or in my case, weekly) budget does to keep those dollars tamed from flying every which way!

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    May 02, 07

    100,077 hits (and counting!)

    Woo hoo! Just crossed the 100,000 hit threshold today - i remember being excited about hitting the first 10,000! This one almost slipped by, if it hadn't been for a late check on my sitemeter report...
    More articles to come soon! I'm recovering from lots and lots of audition playing for that orchestra down the street!

    Many, many thanks to all the wonderful readers out there for visiting, re-visiting, and for all your helpful comments and words of encouragement as this site continues to grow!

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