7 Insider Audio Secrets for Your NEXT HIT SONG! by Khaliq Glover

30 12 2006

As a musican and aspiring “Audio Engineer”, I would like to introduce a good friend of mine (if you do not already know about him … LOL)
Ladies and Gentlemen… Mr. Khaliq Glover..!

Khaliq Glover
Khaliq Glover (also known as Khaliq-O-Vision) is a Grammy Winning Recording Engineer (2001 – Marcus Miller/M2), Producer and Songwriter based in Los Angeles, CA. He began working for Kenny Rogers at Lion Share Studios from 1982 through 1986 as an apprentice to learn engineering from the top engineers in the music industry (such as Humberto Gatica, Tommy Vicari, and John Guess). He soon became a 1st engineer on records by Jermaine Jackson, Donna Summer, Kenny Rogers, Jeffrey Osborne, and many others.

He was also one of the many engineers to participate on the “We Are The World” project produced by Quincy Jones with an all star cast including Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Diana Ross, and many more…

Khaliq received a Grammy Award in 2001-2002 for the legendary Bassist/Producer Marcus Miller’s M2 album and has received Participation Certificates as a Producer and Engineer for some Grammy nominated albums (see below). He also did recording and mixing on the album “Beautiful World” by 7 time Grammy Award winning vocal group Take 6 (produced by Marcus).

Recent projects include working with Prince, and Justin Timberlake, as well as doing engineering and production duties for Herbie Hancock including his collaboration CD “Possibilities” with artists such as John Mayer, Christina Aguilera, Stevie Wonder, Santana, Sting, Brian Eno, Annie Lennox and others and also Herbie’s “Future To Future” album and “Future To Future-Live” DVD.

Other clients include Smokey Robinson, Jeffrey Osborne, B2K, Narada Michael Walden, Kenny Lattimore, Faith Evans, Theolonious Monk Institute of Jazz, and more.

Khaliq-O-Vision recorded, mixed, and produced on Jeffrey Osborne’s Grammy Nominated album “That’s For Sure” in 2000 – 2001 and produced 2 albums for the “Rance Allen Group“. The first album, entitled “Phenomenon”, logged 15 weeks at #1 in Billboard on the contemporary gospel chart and that album was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1991 and also the follow up album entitled “You Make Me Wanna Dance”.

KOV 7 Insider Audio Secrets

**Now that you now know a little bit about Khaliq, “I wanted to share some information with you…”
If you are like me,  a musician and aspiring “Audio Engineer”, who owns some type of a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation), whether it be Digidesign Pro Tools, Steinberg Cubase or Nuendo, Cakewalk Sonar, Adobe Audition (formely Cool Edit Pro), Sony ACID , Apple GarageBand or any one of the myriad of choices out there, chances are you are relatively new to the game and dream of a day when your music sounds close to what the ‘big boys’ are cooking up in the major studios..!

Well, both you and I know there is no ‘magic formula’ for making that happen and the only way to get your music sounding great is to
a) Hire a professional engineer who has the skills or
b) “do the time” and hone your skills through countless hours of trial and error.

Either approach is fine depending on the circumstances and how much of a “do-it-yourself” person you really are..! I know I try my best to wrap my mind around concepts such as; when to use compression, limiting and overall EQ and somedays I feel like my brain will explode being that these are all “time-honored” skills and for the most part, just do not become part of your bag of tricks unless you experiment, seek answers and “do the work”.

Khaliq just put out an eBook called 7 Insider Audio Secrets for Your NEXT HIT SONG! and needless to say Khaliq’s book answered just about every issue that has confronted me while working in the digital realm.

While working on my “symphonic guitar” arrangements, I end up with “a lot” of guitar tracks and managing all the different voices can be rather daunting and Khaliq shares some great information on “Trusting your instincts and not second-guessing yourself”, “improving the clarity of the most important parts of the song” and lot’s of great tips on how to ‘think’ like a pro engineer… which is where most ‘how-to’ recipe books fall short…

I definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to make there music sound better!

Not to mention, I feel humbled and honored that Khaliq asked me to provide a testimonial on his eBook which you can listen to on his homepage http://www.khaliq-o-vision.com/

Stop on over and say hello to Khaliq and sign up for his free eBook while you still can..!

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Dan Sindel – Podcast #3 – Vivaldi Four Seasons – The Spring

22 12 2006

Dan Sindel - Podcast #3 - Vivaldi Four Seasons - The Spring

Podcast #3 – Vivaldi Four Seasons – The Spring
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 Welcome to “Symphonic Guitars” podcast#3
This is the complete works of Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons – “The Spring”; also known as “Concerto For Violin, Strings & Continuo In E Major”.

For your listening pleasure I have emulated a string quintet on this most famous classical selection using my 68′ Gibson SG and recording direct with a Line6 Flextone3 amp.
A minimum of 250 tracks of electric guitars were used to complete this sonic tapestry and all 3 movements (Allegro, Largo and Allegro) are incorporated into this musical epic..!

About the project::
This project was a quantum leap in my progress of understanding how to record myriad guitar tracks; the process was fairly straightforward whereas the majority of the task for this piece was the actual learning of the written parts. The instrumentation of this Baroque period classic is comprised of Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola and Bass.

The intertwined melodies between first and second chair Violins is especially interesting in the first section where all instruments play off each other in a succession of trills..!
I chose to make this a “mix” while tying all three parts together with a little “digital signal processing” fun 

About Antonio Vivaldi ::
Born in Venice on March 4th, 1678, Vivaldi was employed for most of his working life by the Ospedale della Pietà. Often termed an “orphanage”, this Ospedale was in fact a home for the female offspring of noblemen and their numerous dalliances with their mistresses. The Ospedale was thus well endowed by the “anonymous” fathers; its furnishings bordered on the opulent, the young ladies were well looked-after, and the musical standards among the highest in Venice. Most of Vivaldi’s concerti were intended for performance with his many talented pupils. He was also deeply involved with opera, both in composition and staging, mainly at Venice’s Teatro Sant’ Angelo.

At the end of 1717 Vivaldi moved to Mantua for two years in order to take up his post as Chamber Capellmeister at the court of Landgrave Philips van Hessen-Darmstadt. His task there was to provide operas, cantatas, and perhaps concert music, too. Here he made the acquaintance of the singer Anna Giraud (or Giro), who moved in to live with him, and they stayed together until Vivaldi’s death.

Vivaldi also wrote works on commission from foreign rulers, such as the French king, Louis XV – the serenade La Sena festeggiante (Festival on the Seine), for example. This work cannot be dated precisely, but it was certainly written after 1720. In Rome Vivaldi found a patron in the person of Cardinal Pietro Ottoboni, a great music lover, who earlier had been the patron of Arcangelo Corelli. And if we can believe Vivaldi himself, the Pope asked him to come and play the violin for him at a private audience.

Despite his stay in Rome and other cities, Vivaldi remained in the service of the Ospedale della Pietà, which nominated him “Maestro di concerti.” He was required only to send two concertos per month to Venice (transport costs were to the account of the client) for which he received a ducat per concerto. His presence was never required. He also remained director of the Teatro Sant’ Angelo.

In 1725 the publication Il Cimento dell’ Armenia e dell’invenzione (The trial of harmony and invention), opus 8, appeared in Amsterdam. This consisted of twelve concertos, seven of which were descriptive: The Four Seasons, Storm at Sea, Pleasure and The Hunt. Vivaldi transformed the tradition of descriptive music into a typically Italian musical style with its unmistakable timbre in which the strings play a major role.

These concertos were enormously successful, particularly in France. In the second half of the 18th century there even appeared some remarkable adaptations of the Spring concerto: Michel Corrette (1709-1795) based his motet Laudate Dominum de coelis of 1765 on this concerto and, in 1775, Jean-Jacques Rousseau reworked it into a version for solo flute. “Spring” was also a firm favorite of King Louis XV, who would order it to be performed at the most unexpected moments, and Vivaldi received various commissions for further compositions from the court at Versailles.

In 1738 Vivaldi was in Amsterdam where he conducted a festive opening concert for the 100th Anniversary of the Schouwburg Theater. Returning to Venice, which was at that time suffering a severe economic downturn, he resigned from the Ospedale in 1740, planning to move to Vienna under the patronage of his admirer Charles VI. His stay in Vienna was to be shortlived however, for he died on July 28th 1741 “of internal fire” (probably the asthmatic bronchitis from which he suffered all his life) and, like Mozart fifty years later, received a modest burial. Anna Giraud returned to Venice, where she died in 1750.

Podcast #3 – Vivaldi Four Seasons – The Spring

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Dan Sindel featured on Homegrown PodCast 6

21 12 2006

Dan Sindel featured on Homegrown PodCast 6

Today we are going back into the time machine. 
As of one year ago from this writing I was included in Nic Treadwell’s Homegrown PodCast series #6. The reason I bring this out of the archives is for the mere fact I wanted to let you know about Nic’s fantastic work in the Podcasting community just in case you are not already familiar with it.
Homegrown at this point in time is at the 58th episode and no signs of slowing down!

My song Ole’ was featured and it is a song loosely based on the popular Spanish Traditional melody of Malaguena and it is one of my very first attempts at recording with my Digidesign Pro Tools LE system.

As usual, the project includes an array of clean and distorted electric guitars. On this track I chose to use my ’68 Gibson SG as well as my Agile AS-820 (Gibson 335 clone).
** click here for a direct mp3 download of Ole’

Nic talks about his show:
HomeGrown is a weekly podcast dedicated to new unsigned, unpublished, under-represented independent music, poetry and prose.  All material used in the programme is Podcast Friendly , permission being sought from artists to use their material before inclusion. The programme is presented by me, Nic Treadwell, I live in Birmingham UK. I prefer the a laid back kind of late night feel radio, and thats what I am hoping to achieve here. I also aim to make the show personal by adding my own humour and inane observations on life. I want the show to be truely interactive so if you are an artist and have music or prose that you want to expose, please feel free to post them to me. Or point me in the direction of your music mp3 downloads and Ill use them in a future show. If you have poetry or prose and can record yourself reciting it, please also send Mp3’s of those. I look forward to receiving your contributions. And I hope you enjoy the programmes.

HomeGrown Podcast: http://homegrownpodcast.co.uk/

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Direct download: homegrown_prog6.mp3

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Guitar Lessons with Ted Greene – “The Flintsones” sound clip

19 12 2006

Ted Greene

Guitar Lessons – In Memory of Ted Greene “The Chord Chemist” part3 

This is the “first” in the series of clips I will share with all you fine, friendly folks..!

I have many hours of Guitar Lessons with Ted on cassette tape and am in the process of digitally archiving them and will continue to add to the library for those who “miss his voice” and for those who never had the honor to meet Ted.

*The cassette tapes were seriously plagued with “tape hiss” and I did my best to reduce some of the background noise with a great Pro Tools plug-in called BIAS SoundSoap

“The Flintsones” 3_23_04 (playing time 5:20)
This is the perfect illustration of how much fun it was to spend time with Ted!
Here Ted asks me to goof around a little bit and play the lead lines to the Flintsones whilst he adds “Companion Chords” and then the jamming (and fun) begins…



Thank you for listening and be sure to visit www.dansindel.us for Guitar Driven Classics – Mp3’s, Videos and More…

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Guitar Lessons – In Memory of Ted Greene “The Chord Chemist” part2

17 12 2006

Ted Greene - The Chord Chemist 

In Memory of Ted Greene
(The Chord Chemist) – Legendary Jazz Guitarist
Sept. 26, 1946 – July 26, 2005

Welcome to part 2 of my Guitar Lesson section and this  example is also from my “first guitar lesson with Ted Greene” on January 13, 1983…
The information presented here is quite rudimentary but nonetheless extremely importatnt to learn as the ‘shapes’ snap together like puzzle pieces and help you visualize and unlock many new avenues on the fretboard.

The 5 main areas of the Fingerboard:Root in Bass Voicings   

“first guitar lesson with Ted Greene” - Dan SindelTo see the full lesson sheet either click the thumbnail or click here to go directly to my site

The emphasis of the lesson is learning to visualize shapes and patterns even if you can not quite yet form the shapes on the guitar.

The 5 main areas of the Fingerboard are broken up into three main sections:
Major – Minor and Dominant 7 and all voicings are presented with Root in the bass.

The Blues scale and the Pentatonic (5 note) scale are also presented correlating to each main chord shape. And as an extra bonus (bottom right corner in red pen) Ted instructed me that when approaching the blues/pentatonic scales and play 2, 3 and 4 note “adjacent string voicings” an Oriental sound could be produced.
I reach back in my memory and remember Ted demonstrating this technique and it sounded sooooooooooooooooooo good!

As always… It was quite the challenge to complete the excercise and if you the ‘practicing musician’ choose to go to my site and print the lesson sheet and study the concept it would be well worth the time and effort.

**for extra points (time permitting of course – follow Ted’s sagely advice and cycle through the keys and become familiar with each key center and tonality

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Dan Sindel – William Tell Overture (aka The Lone Ranger)

16 12 2006

Yes one of these days we will post properly ‘produced’ video footage but in the meanwhile (LOL) here is yet another ultra-low budget jamming Guitar web cam video recorded with my Line6 Flextone3 and a real cheesy 50 cent PC microphone. Here we interpret Rossini’s William Tell Overture (aka The Lone Ranger)!

Some parts were worked out and others based on improv. Enjoy!


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“Excerpts From Handel’s Messiah” added to “The Classical Archives”

11 12 2006



Once again, we are very pleased to announce that Dan Sindel’s “Symphonic Guitar” interpretation of  “Excerpts From Handel’s Messiah” has been added to The Classical Archives along side many well respected classical artists honoring the immortalized works of George Frideric Handel (1685 – 1759)

Click here to visit The Classical Archives
The Classical Archives is the largest classical music site on the web:
(40,055 full length classical music files by 2,093 composers. )

George Frideric Handel (1685 - 1759)

Excerpts From Handel’s Messiah” by Dan Sindel:

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**This is truly an “Excerpt” of “Excerpts From Handel’s Messiah”!
Download mp3 of Dan Sindel’s version of Handel’s ”HALLELUJAH CHORUS”


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