DIY 360 – Photographer Tony Nelson Today, Jay Perlman on Video YouTube

Tony Nelson Photography – Today at 3:00

Join us today at 3:00 pm in Robinson Hall when Twin Cities’ best music, editorial and event photographers joins host Kevin Bowe for DIY 360. Tony Nelson specializes in music – especially rock & roll. Tony has done editorial photography for publications such as Spin, Rolling Stone, Interview, City Pages, London Times, and Cake, where he served as Photo Editor. Advertising clients include Olsen, Hunt Adkins, Blu Dot Design, and Carmichael Lynch, among many others. Record companies including but not limited to Sony, Epitaph, Atlantic, MCA, Capitol, and A&M have all contracted his services. Don’t miss this one!

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Image via Tony Nelson Photography’s Facebook Profile

Jay Perlman – Live Sound at Minneapolis State Theater

Also, be sure to check out video from last quarter’s visit from Jay Perlman, Twin Cities and touring live sound engineer.

Jay Perlman joins Kevin Bowe for a detailed Q&A about his career. Jay discusses his first impressions on sound. Conversations include his first impressions on sound as a young child, earliest club gigs, touring with Trip Shakespeare (Dan Wilson) and other bands nationally. Later in his career Jay learned corporate sound which lead finally to his current eleven year stint at Minneapolis’ State Theater.

DIY 360 is a recurring event at IPR hosted by Kevin Bowe. The goal is to introduce students to professionals in the field who have been successful, frequently by adapting to changes in the business where they make use of multiple skill sets. Guests share information about their careers, their philosophies about professionalism and their art. Guests often give advice to budding artists, entertainment business professionals, producers and engineers. DIY 360 is an opportunity for students to network with those working in the field and with each other as they work toward career success.



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IPR Students Support Local Music Education

One of IPR’s Global Citizenship classes teamed up with the North Saint Paul Community School last quarter to help develop the charter school’s music program.  Through several events and efforts, IPR was able to donate two acoustic guitars, two cases, four packs of extra strings, two bags of picks, a tuner, a capo, and an instructional book with a DVD to North Saint Paul Community School. The school will use the guitars in a songwriting class.

To raise funds for the guitars, the Global Citizenship class held an Open Mic event for IPR students to perform their talents.  Local businesses donated food and drinks for this event, and students and staff purchased the refreshments while listening to their classmates perform.

This was part of a quarter-long project with North Saint Paul Community School; earlier, a few IPR students even visited the high school students to talk about the careers they are pursuing as musicians and engineers and about life at IPR.

“The students did an amazing job of telling why they chose IPR and what it offers both in terms of skills and knowledge through different programs and the kind of teachers and community culture it has,” said North Saint Paul Community School teacher Randee Edmundson.  “We very much appreciate their generosity in coming to our school and being open and enthusiastic in answering students’ questions.”



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4 Ways to Make Your iPad a Music Production Studio with Free Music Apps

iOS Music Technology in the Classroom

This winter quarter at The Institute of Production and Recording students received iPads as part of a scholarship program called edUX (Education User Experience). Education User Experience brings the latest technology into the classroom to provide students with a more interactive and engaging learning experience. To help maximize our iPad experience at IPR, I organized tools from the app store into 4 easy steps. For those of you who are on a student budget (AKA free stuff! woo!) seeking ways to transform your iPad into a mobile studio there are a lot of free downloads for music production that can amplify your music making experience.

1. Download Free Synthesizer Apps

Nanologue Synthesizer

Nanologue is a virtual analog synthesizer, which comes with 50 preset lead, bass and effects sounds. You can choose from two waveform choices and a multitude of parameters to play with to adjust your sounds. The synth looks like a prop that came out of a sci-fi film. I personally think that this app sounds the best and has the most detailed quality sound. This is my top pick for free synthesizer apps. It doesn’t have any sequencing abilities in comparison to the Alchemy app but you can accomplish the same thing through inter-app audio connectivity in Garageband.

Alchemy Synthesizer

Alchemy Synth Mobile Studio is an expansive workstation which allows you to choose from audio samples, synth parts, drum beats and pads to record into it’s 4 track sequencer. When playing a particular sound you have the option to manipulate preset and custom parameters including X and Y pads. An added bonus feature of this app is the inertia and tilt options which enable you to physically move your iPad to change parameters. This app is a must to check out! This is the second app of my top picks for free synth gear for the iPad.

 

 

These next two apps have interesting features that are worth noting, but I found that I got more functionality out of the first two apps. However, I recommend deciding for yourself. I had fun playing with all of them. They are all worth playing around with depending on the type of music you are choosing to make. These last two synthesizers are great, but in my opinion, they are more geared towards the production of electronica music.

Novation Launchkey Synthesizer

 

Novation Launchkey contains 80 synth sounds to choose from. The key component that makes this app stand out is it’s unique performance area. You can modify and adjust parameters of the sound by moving the circular graphics in the performance area with your finger. This app also connects with Novation Launchpad allowing you to create even more dynamic performances and recordings.

TF7 Synthesizer

 

 

 

TF7 Synth is loaded with crazy sounds that when yielded by the morphing pads, transforms them into a wide landscape of sound effects. I spent hours creating and playing with the pads in the performance space of this app. Creating great sounds from this app comes easy, especially without needing the knowledge of a keyboard to play.

 

 

2. Download Free Groovebox Apps

Novation Launchpad Groovebox

Novation Launchpad is an all-in-one groove box with 8 preset sessions. This free download is my top pick for groovebox apps. I immediately dove right in compiling loops by easily switching tracks on or off with pads. I was building dynamic loops in seconds. The free download comes with built in effects pads including low pass, high pass, band pass and stutters. At first glance this app seems like it takes little talent to create good music but with the effects offerings you learn quickly that this app makes better music based on your skill of maneuvering your pad combination choices. When you are satisfied with your performance, hit record and simply send to your Dropbox, Soundcloud or email for instant sharing. Launchpad also syncs with Novation Launchkey for simultaneous app performance. Very entertaining!

Tabletop

Tabletop is my second top pick for groovebox apps because it took me longer to understand how to use this app. Once I had it running right it felt like a really cool virtual studio environment. This app comes with 14 musical devices, which you can connect together any way you choose. Included is a sampler, keyboard, tone matrix, 8 channel mixer, EQ, effects, turntable and more. You can design your own workspace, your own songs and your own live performances.

RD4 Groovebox

 

 

RD4 Groovebox is last, but not least. This app is chocked full of features including a synthesizer, drum machine effects, recording and mixing capabilities. You can either perform with pads and keys or write in your own note data on the piano roll. This app is currently is not inter-app audio compatible but can still be used to create extensive sequences and loops.

 

 

3. Download Free DAW Apps

GarageBand DAW

GarageBand allows you to record up to 32 tracks with keys, drum machines, touch instruments and it’s on board microphone. This app blew me away with how easy it was to use. The navigation of this app is really easy to work with which makes my workflow process fly by very fast. This app includes tons of loops to jam with, mixing capabilities and effects. If you are familiar with the desktop version of GarageBand, the app is very familiar, intuitive and equally as awesome.

Tape DAW

 

 

Tape is as bare bones as a DAW can get. Just record, edit and playback your recordings all inside this app. Includes mastering effects, audio trimming, metronome, tape art and social media connectivity. Keep it old school with this vintage 2 track!

 

Hokusai Audio Editor

 

 

 

 

Hokusai Audio Editor makes basic audio editing extremely simple. Record or import sounds and edit inside its clean workspace with no frills tools. When you are done editing, just export to Dropbox. Great app for quick edits.

 

 

 

4. Utilize Inter-App Audio Connectivity

Apple recently updated to iOS7 and one of the features of that update is inter-app audio connectivity. This feature gives input and outputs to individual apps which are compatible with inter-app audio connectivity for iOS7. This allows you to connect one app to another to create a signal chain which can be used for recording in Garageband. If you are using Tabletop be sure to try out the inter-app audio connectivity option for the Tabletop keyboard. You can select a keyboard app outside of Tabletop and utilize the Tabletop keyboard as a controller for that app, thus adding it into your complete Tabletop mix. Prior to this update on iOS7 there was a free app called JACK which enabled you to do the same thing with any apps which were JACK-compatible. The recent update has caused JACK to not work on iOS7, but as of December 2013 they announced the future possibility of JACK support for iOS7.

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Peter Anderson Joins IPR’s DIY 360

Monday, November 25th, 3-5p in Robinson Hall

Peter Anderson is not only one of the first call drummers in this area, he also engineers and produces at Flowers Studio. If you play indie rock in Minneapolis, you know him or you need to. Join us for an interview session with him and Alison Scott bandmate, producer and Grammy Winning songwriter Kevin Bowe.

Peter Anderson Profile Pic

Image courtesy of Peter Anderson Drums official Facebook page.

Bio – as excerpted from www.alisonscott.com:

A two-time recipient of the Minnesota Music Award for best drummer, peterandersondrums has appeared as a drummer/percussionist on over 75 albums, and performed over 1000 shows in North America, South America, Europe, and the Caribbean.

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Successful Minneapolis Graduates Join IPR’s DIY 360

A panel of IPR alumni working in Minneapolis talk about their experiences post-graduation. Panelists include Youa Vang (City Pages, Adam Levy, Chris Koza, Rogue Valley), Michael Fisher (Sway Heavy, Matthew 18), Noah Hollander (The Pearl Recording Studio), and Dillon Marcus (Communist Daughter, Junebug and Edward the Confessor).

DIY 360 is a recurring event at IPR hosted by Kevin Bowe. The goal is to introduce students to professionals in the field who have been successful, frequently by adapting to changes in the business where they make use of multiple skill sets. Guests share information about their careers, their philosophies about professionalism and their art. Guests often give advice to budding artists, entertainment business professionals, producers and engineers. DIY 360 is an opportunity for students to network with those working in the field and with each other as they work toward career success.



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IPR Presents Minneapolis Alumnus All-stars @ DIY 360

Youa Vang heads a panel of IPR grads who are tearing up the Minneapolis scene.

Today, Nov 11th, 3pm in Robinson Hall

Youa Vang is an IPR Graduate from the Music & Entertainment Business program, promotions and management professional, photographer and writer, who currently contributes regularly to the City Pages’ “Gimme Noise” column, amongst other music and entertainment publications.

Youa Vang Headshot

Headshot from Youa’s Google Profile

Today, Youa leads a panel of IPR alumnus discussing what they’ve done to find success in their field.

DIY 360 is a recurring event at IPR hosted by Kevin Bowe. The goal is to introduce students to professionals in the field who have been successful, frequently by adapting to changes in the business where they make use of multiple skill sets. Guests share information about their careers, their philosophies about professionalism and their art. Guests often give advice to budding artists, entertainment business professionals, producers and engineers. DIY 360 is an opportunity for students to network with those working in the field and with each other as they work toward career success.


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Live Sound & Show Production Program Launch Party – Saturday, November 23rd-First Draft

New Live Sound & Show Production Program

IPR will be presenting it’s latest addition to it’s associate’s degree offerings, the Associate of Applied Science in Live Sound & Show Production. Join us for an event on Saturday, November 23rd. Doors open at 12:30 and the event starts at 1pm. A reception will follow from 3-4pm.

IPR is located at 300 First Avenue North, with the event taking place on the fifth floor (proceed to the elevators through the atrium.)

Performances by Desdamona and Mary Jane Alm

The event will feature performances by internationally-renowned, Minnesota-based hip hop artist Desdamona and Minnesota Music Hall of Fame Inductee Mary Jane Alm.

Mary Jane Alm

Desdamona

Informational Session with Program Chair Jay Fleming

Jay has been in the industry for over 25 years, teaching for over 20. He’s mixed well over 3000 shows and done countless installations of live-sound, lighting and video-wall systems. Jay will present information on this exciting new program and be available to answer questions for potential students and interested industry partners alike.

Jay Fleming Headshot with Avid SC48
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Live Sound & Show Production Program Launch Party – Saturday, November 23rd

New Live Sound & Show Production Program

IPR will be presenting the latest addition to it’s associate’s degree offerings, the Associate in Applied Science in Live Sound & Show Production. Join us for an event on Saturday, November 23rd. Doors open at 12:30 and the event starts at 1pm. A reception will follow from 3-4pm.

IPR is located at 300 First Avenue North with the event taking place on the fifth floor (proceed to the elevators through the atrium.)

Performances by Desdamona and Mary Jane Alm

The event will feature performances by internationally-renowned, Minnesota-based hip hop artist Desdamona and recent Minnesota Music Hall of Fame Inductee Mary Jane Alm.

Desdamona

Mary Jane Alm

Informational Session with Program Chair Jay Fleming

Jay has been in the industry for over 25 years, teaching for over 20. He’s mixed well over 3000 shows and done countless installations of live-sound, lighting and video-wall systems. Jay will present information on this exciting new program and be available to answer questions for potential students and interested industry partners alike.

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Mary Jane Alm – Minnesota Music Hall of Fame Inductee

IPR’s Mary Jane Alm Will Be Among This Year’s Group of Minnesota Music Hall of Fame Inductees

On Friday the first of November, the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame will honor it’s latest group of inductees. The museum, located in New Ulm, Minnesota, honors musicians who have made notable contributions to Minnesota’s musical history, past and present. Past inductees include names such as Bob Dylan, Prince, The Trashmen, Judy Garland, Bobby Vee, Eddie Cochran and Sounds of Blackness.

IPR music, songwriting, and vocal performance instructor Mary Jane Alm will be among the latest group of inductees. She will be joined this year by Leo Kottke, Lorren Lindevig, Leon Olsen, Dennis Spears and the St. Olaf Choir.

Mary Jane Alm

I sat down with MJ today to ask her a little bit about the honor, where she is in her career and where she envisions the future of her career.

Asked to speak in her own words about what this prestigious recognition means to her, “[the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame] recognizes Minnesota Musicians who have had a lifelong contribution to the music community,” says Mary Jane.

MJ has more than a healthy dose of humility when discussing her accomplishments. She has been a mainstay in Minnesota music for more than 25 years and has won countless of awards previous to this one, but she is still cautious in accepting the praise she so deeply deserves.

“It’s a little weird, I’m honored and thrilled about it, but I feel like I just have so many really talented musician friends who belong there before me. I still feel like I’m in my twenties. I still feel that same fire when I hear a great song, I have just as much passion for singing as I did then. I feel like I haven’t reached my peak as a songwriter. So, I basically feel like in another ten years I might really deserve this.”

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Pro Tools 11 New Bounce to Disk and Quicktime Tutorial

We recently spent some time with Avid’s product specialists, getting an in-depth, under-the-hood look at the new Pro Tools 11 to prepare for our next training sessions.

In this short tutorial, Brian Jacoby introduces the new Bounce to Disk and Bounce to Quicktime features in Avid’s Pro Tools 11. Enhancements include: Offline bounce (faster than real time), bouncing multiple sources or stems to multiple files, including multiple stems as tracks within a Quicktime file, outputting MP3 mixes at the same time as full-fidelity mixes, including compressed MP3 audio in a Quicktime bounce, transcoding non-Quicktime compatible media into Quicktime on bounce, and the automatic inclusion of a “Bounced Files” folder within the session directory.

Brian demonstrates the new features and discusses some of the advantages and limitations of the new options. Avid completely redesigned the audio engine in this latest version of Pro Tools, making many new features and enhancements possible, including many of these enhancement to the bounce feature. Where there were formerly debates about the quality of “internal” versus “external” bounces, and advantages of using alternative DAW’s for long-format material, Pro Tools has come a long way in closing the gap.

This overhaul has also increased the efficiency of the audio engine, allowing more native processing, better memory usage and less latency when recording.

Stay with us for more video tutorials highlighting the new features of Pro Tools 11.



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