Roger Adleris a four-time Emmy nominated composer, producer, and performer. He is an endorser and clinician for the iGuitar by Brian Moore Guitars and his work is recognizable in over 1000 television commercials. Adler performed at the Presidential Inaugural Ball in Washington D.C. as recently as 2005 and his recordings include appearances on the Groundhog Day feature film soundtrack and The Garage Album. He is widely recognized for his role as Music director for the A&E television series "The Best of Comic Relief" starring Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, and Whoopi Goldberg and for 16 years as Music Director for the popular series "Wild Chicago." Adler’s recording studio, studioA, is located in the Lakeside Legacy Arts Park in Crystal Lake, IL. In addition to facilitating the Daily Guitar Jam Widget, Adler produces the popular Podcast Show "Rock Your Computer" which broadcasts to an international audience via Apple's iTunes Music Store.
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How to Easily Connect any Electric Guitar or Bass to your Computer via USB
The answer is now simple...just use the IK Multimedia StealthPlug. It is a guitar cable and USB converter in one. Just plug one end into your guitar or bass and the other into the USB port on your computer. This makes it easy to play the virtual amp and effect sounds found in GarageBand, Logic and other programs. One thing to remember, this is for inputting the audio from your guitar...it is not a MIDI connection.
At well under $100, it is a convenient way to make any guitar a "USB" guitar.
Guitar Recording Tip
When recording your guitar track in GarageBand, copy your finished performance to a new track and have it play through a different amp model. Then pan the 2 guitar tracks left and right for a big, stereo, multi-amp sound.
Choosing a Keyboard Controller
There are many considerations. There are several that are shorter and more portable and designed to use in a mobile way. They also take up less space in your workspace and are ideal for non-keyboard players who just need to play in parts one hand at a time. If you do have "two hand" keyboard skills, you will probably prefer at least a 49 key or 61 key controller. M-Audio makes controllers in all sizes that are excellent. They all have USB built-in so can connect easily to your Mac. They also work with most older Macs, PCs and newer Intel Macs. They even have an 88 key weighted action (like a piano) controller that is top notch.
Converting Music from Records and Tapes
The ideal solution to your needs is the inexpensive Griffin iMic Audio Interface. It is a USB audio interface. You would plug your audio output from your tape deck (rca jacks-male) into the rca female inputs on the cable that comes with the iMic. You need the FREE software from www.griffintechnology.com called Finyl Vinyl. This simple recording application allows you to record tracks from your tapes (records too) onto your desktop as CD quality files. From there, you can put them in iTunes. At that point you might choose to convert them to MP3 files so they take up less room on your hard drive. It is also simple to then export them onto your iPod. The artist names and song titles will not transfer, you will have to enter manually for each song......a bit time consuming! This is a "real time" job and as such, you may want to only select your favorites to convert. On the other hand, perhaps you have the time to do all of them!
Chasing The Dream
We help you find the right tools to make your music a reality and we want to also give you some helpful advice. Many people ask how to get their music out there for sale and on iTunes. There are 2 excellent ways to do so. One is called CD Baby. They will store your CDs in their warehouse and sell them from their site for only a small percentage of the sale price. They also then get your music on iTunes and other digital download sites. The other way is called TuneCore. For a one time flat fee that is very small, they get your music up on iTunes and other digital download sites. So by all means chase your dreams with your music and feel confident using one of these companies to help you market your music to a worldwide audience!
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