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Edgehill University PGCE in Computing here I come

2015-2016 SKE

2015-2016 SKE

It’s been a while since I have posted something here as an update for this blog…

Anyway, things have been great and I’m back to University doing a PGCE in Computing with Edgehill University, Ormskirk.  I manage to secure a Teacher Training Scholarship from the British Computer Society/NCTL full-time and maxed out.  Coming from Salford University School of Computing, Science, Engineering and Acoustics the passion in learning still is alive in me.  I love teaching as well and a combination of experience and training in Audio Engineering, Video Engineering, & Web Content Creation as well as Business Development and Management wow what a journey I’m having through all these years.  Of course, the notes and rests as well as chords and lyrics will always be there with me as well as the live performances as a musician, singer and songwriter.  It’s a busy life…

Thanks again to all my friends and classmates as well as colleagues and the people who have been part of my life.  Hey !  I’m educating myself again at Edgehill University… I just love it !!!

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Evangel Ric Lapore Showreel

Here’s my final showreel … have a look at what things you can get and learn… BSC in Professional Sound and Video Technology is a combination of Audio Engineering, Video Engineering and Web design and Engineering.  Basically, media / content creation at a Professional level.

More than 20 years of mixed music industry experience from gigging musician, to singer/songwriter, composer/arranger, live sound dj and engineer, film maker and video technician, video producer, music producer, web designer and web content creator.

Achievements from  UK Songwriting top 2, USA Songwriting Finalist, Pacific Australian 1st place winner all in 2008.  Album music composer for Vangel and Rico, musical arranger and former Dyna Recording artist with No.1 hit in the Philippines in 2001 with the song “When you remember Me”.  Collaboration projects for the mobile video filmakers ELVSS12  with New Zealand and France. Workshop tours and lectures in Audio and English,  TEFL Romania and Poland as well as in the Philippines.  Collaboration projects with Allan Ayque lyricist of Philippine hitsongs “SAY THAT YOU LOVE ME” and “TELL ME”. Worked with Jay Durias of South Border for the album Vangel and Rico.  Musicmasters UK trainings with producer Dave Tolan and Jim Spencer.  Mastering sessions with mastering engineer Paul O’brien at Manchester College and Manchester MIDI School.

BBC Archives project for Social Technologies ” Life is a Mixer” with Kabir Birdi. See Faculty TV Productions under Dr. Wilfred Darlington (ex-BBC Manager) at Salford University covering the Vice-Chancellors Lecture Series and other independent film shoots in Multi-camera Deployment.

Polycosmic Records, Dyna Records, Soundchaser, and a lot more…

Deanship achieving level 2 accreditation for the BSBA Department at Brokenshire College, Davao City, Philippines.

Music is the Language of Mankind (let’s take a closer look)

We will have a bit of diversion folks as Easter’s gone so we are heading to the midyear sale.  And while surfing my way to some of my musician friends posts… I came across this very interesting piece of music… You need to take a closer look though in order to play them right… so, here it is

Is Music really the Language of Mankind look closely and you will realize why...

Ask yourselves if you can read these notes… and you should… if not then you are not really human… might be something else…

Is music really the language of mankind ?  we will see if you can play them notes and maybe hear your comments about it…

I think the answer all depends on you… so please share your answers ok… this is just to refresh your imagination about the real human language…

walaaaaaaaaa……

Vintage Synths (a flashback my story)

The First Workstation Synth I used and learned MIDI Sequencing and Electronic Music from... the Ensoniq VFX-SD ... thank you so much...

Music Production … Studio Production … Audio Engineering… Music Technology… Synthesis … these has  always been a passion for me and time after time I keep on searching for the best and producing the best results I could possibly get from what tools are available to me.  It all started in 1991, when I met an American professor at Silliman University in the Philippines when he brought with him the first workstation keyboard I came across in my life… the Ensoniq VFX-SD.  Big thanks to Prof. Danford Byrens who introduced electronic music to me and synthesis.  I did from cover to cover read the operations manual of the Ensoniq for about 6 months and trained myself to sequence in MIDI using 24 tracks on its on board sequencer.  This was the only workstation keyboard I know which does 24 tracks on board as a sequencer, the quantization was not as accurate as computer sequencing softwares now a days but the sound up to this time is amazing. Polyphony was a problem as well because it limits the number of instruments you can add up to that sound you want and the layers you love (if you know what I mean). It was 21 then upgraded to 32 voice polyphony meaning when you have 33 fingers in total when you played the 33rd note at the same time it will not sound.   As well as note capacity… the saving was done using a floppy disk as well.   I then progressed to find local studios to record my vocals on a four track tape recorder (analog) then progressed to digital recording to a four track MINI DISC Sony Recorder.   Later, got hold of a Korg O1W/FD (floppy drive) synthesizer sequencer (not mine) and same thing limited to 16 sequencing tracks and the piano sounds were not as good as the Ensoniq.  Oscillators – 48 MB ROM using AI2 synthesis system (digital). 32  sounds, 32 oscillators (single mode); 16 sounds, 32 oscillators (double mode). from Vintage Synth Explorer.  Because I was facinated with the sounds of the Ensoniq there was a time when I got to use an Ensoniq TS10 and TS12 these are samplers this time which got far superior sound quality than the VFX and the KORG o1W/FD.  There was a Songwriting Competition in my City and the Radio Station who was sponsoring that event asked me to be their musical arranger and director so this time I again explored to use a Yamaha SY85 sequencer and an SY99.  I couldn’t afford to buy one for myself so, my technique was to be friends with  the sales/store manager and sales staff so they let me play on their display synths and samplers. Everytime I was in the malls I  got my floppy disk collections and loaded my own sound patches that I’ve created and played my compositions.   It was a songwriters/musicians struggle until I got hold of my own Roland MC50 sequencer which was slightly cheaper than the workstation keyboard.  Then a friend got into trouble with debts and sold/swap with me his Roland XP50 workstation keyboard.  This was 2nd hand but it was mine… and he did an album using that workstation (Freestyle Band)  as well as me (Vangel and Rico)… along with Cool Edit and a Pentium 3 PC… hahaha…  I looked after that workstation and did a lot of projects with it and when I left to UK my brother unfortunately left this keyboard in a taxi cab and we never got it back and never had found it again.  What a heartache when you loose something you have worked hard for … for years… the lesson was know that,  ” Other people won’t care and value things if they didn’t work hard for it … and sacrifice for it  ”  for me it was a treasure but for them it was just a synth forgotten.   Anyway…

I got a loan in UK,  a car and guess what ?  A Korg Triton Extreme 76 keys… wow brand new a dream come true… two sets of monitor speakers from M-audio and a condenser mic.  And while playing live on weekends I got to use a Yamaha Motif XS workstation keyboard… Also, this time the sequencing was done using a combination of two popular platforms used in the USA and the EUROPE and the world.  Which is Pro tools and Cubase.  I still kept my synth and used it as a controller keyboard for projects but over all… I guess I did travelled a long way with Synthesis, Electronic Music Production and Studio Production. I hope you got something out of this learning experience …enjoy the journey…

Studiospares M1000 Studio Monitoring Headphones (a review)

You won’t believe my story but this is one cool very informative piece with a video… Another Audio Goodness blog from the man on the keys… I went to London to see the Queen but she was too busy so I decided to go to my favorite shop online and in London… Studiospares at 964 North Circular Road corner Waterloo Road NW2 7JR wow… I did memorize their postcode now.   I love Audio Engineering and Studio Production specially dealing with speakers, monitors, interfaces, effects processors and everything you will find in a recording studio really.  Gear lust they call it but nothing wrong with that…anyway,  after two hours boarding the train from Picadilly Train Station Manchester I was in London Euston.  In the tube to Brent Cross Station then took the 232 bus to get to the nearest point to Studiospares.  When I got there,  wow there were all these speakers in their small show room… I loved looking at them… the SN10’s, the Seiwins, the smaller Seiwin SNs’ and others.  I believe in their products even if they are not like the leading brands in the market which are priced too much … too dear.   For example their studio monitors I have heard them myself firsthand and they are great.  They are at the fraction of the price compared to the leading brands in the market but their quality is superb… amazing I would say.  Check them out …. google http://www.studiospares.com.

So, we had a short chat with Richard Venable who manages Studiospares.  Very accomodating man and he gave me a tour of the whole warehouse and shop.  After our chat he surprised me with a pair of Studiospares M1000 Studio Monitoring Headphones… very happy to have a pair from them.  He said,  thanks for coming down to London and for the hassle you can have these. Great !!! very chuffed about it… when I arrived in Manchester at about 9pm straight away I got home and tried to compare them with my Audio Technica ATH-M30 and a Sony and a Panasonic studio headphones at the same price range.  Guess what ? which was the best of all ?  to my surprise all the other three headphones were no way near the sound quality of the studiospares M1000 headphones.  Very flat response which is what you need in a monitoring system.  Clear on the highs, mids, and the low.  It is well balanced all around and they are not ear fatiguing like other headphones.  They are very comfortable as well to the ears specially if you are mixing for hours on them.  This is why I have this blog because after I tried them myself I have persuaded a few student engineers from Salford University, Media City Manchester to try them in the studio.  These are Bsc Professional Sound and Video Technology students who knows what they are doing really.  So, see for yourself what they have to say about these headphones…

part 2

Thanks to Nathan, Jay and Kabir also me … for being the camera man and video producer and editor of this you tube video.

Nuendo Live vs Pro Tools (Musikmesse 2012)

Hello there folks… were back on the go again in the audio world and now… introducing the latest from Steinberg which is the Nuendo Live : Streamlined DAW for LIVE RECORDING… wow…

Nuendo Live from Steinberg...

Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH today announced Nuendo Live, a dedicated live recording software solution for recording engineers, production houses and rental and staging companies. Based on the award-winning Nuendo audio workstation, Nuendo Live’s sole purpose is to deliver the very best in multitrack recording to live professionals the world over. (from SOS)

Basically,  the objective of Steinberg was to deliver a new product to give us users… ease of use, advanced capabilities and foremost is premium sound quality.  Well, as an avid fan of Cubase and Nuendo I find them both really easy to use specially when you are doing your edits… i find cubase easier and quicker to use and very similar to Nuendo.  MIDI implementation and sequencing on these platforms I would personally say is still the best out there.  I don’t know if some of you would argue but as a  Steinberg Certified user for Cubase I find it over all easy to use and with these developments the NUENDO LIVE which they will be releasing coming 2nd quarter of 2012 this will be another exciting software designed for the live recording musician and engineer.

I would like you all to check this out as based on my experience with the older Cubase and the newer versions… the sound has improved a lot.  And Nuendo Live is even more better according to the numbers.  192khz if possible of course dependant on your interface card or converter.  And Steinberg is known for their 32 bit floating point engine. They say,  “Premium sound quality is guaranteed by the widely acclaimed Steinberg Audio Engine, bringing out the finest nuances of any live performance owing to its 32-bit floating-point resolution.” according to Steinberg.  So, specs below … Comparing it to pro tools well I prefer Cubase or Nuendo when editing and MIDI… would you still use pro tools ? hahaha

Features at a glance (from SOS)

• Dedicated live recording software featuring a straightforward single-window operation, a live record panel, pre-record buffer and more

• High-quality recordings through Steinberg’s award-winning audio engine with up to 192 kHz lets your production stand apart from the competition

• Nuendo Live Record Panel shows all essential session information at once — creating confidence in demanding live situations

• Advanced Session Management with auto-naming of recorded files, multiple folder creation, easy-to-use marker track, auto-save and notepad

• Zero setup time thanks to automatic track creation functions that make Nuendo Live record-ready in less than a minute

• 24+ hours recording time ready thanks to EBU-compliant RIFF 64 broadcast wave format in standard recording mode

• Virtual Sound Check allows for easy use of previous recordings for soundcheck, including marker recall and 1:1 output

• Deliver with confidence through standardized rendering formats and compatibility with Nuendo for post-production

• Nuendo Live includes essential editing functions, making it possible to create a rough edit of the recordings after the show

• Seamless integration with Yamaha CL consoles for controlling essential Nuendo Live functions from the live console

http://www.steinberg.net/en/products/nuendo/nuendo_live.html

Multi-camera filming / Live Internet Streaming (SEETV Team University of Salford, MediaCityUK)

This is just a sample of our teams work at the Vice-Chancellors series of workshops/lectures at Salford University, Media City UK in Manchester.  It’s a mixture of some footages taken while the teams walking towards the venue at the Old Fire Station UoS, Manchester.  With all our kit Sony Z1 Camcorders,  wireless mics tuned to a simple frequency and  Manfrotto tripods plus the kit for the live streaming… a digital vision mixer and a small format Yamaha audio mixer the team was able to stream live in the internet.

We covered various events from the Airbus at Manchester Airport, Away Day at Media City UK, Allan Yang, and more (it’s in my other blogs… )  very similar technique.

Working with Dr. Wilfred Darlington and Derek Leather for almost two years now the team gained a lot of industry experience in 3-4 camera shoots and deployment.  Plus the complicated edits of about 8 separate 1-2 hours of footages which is very tricky to sync and time consuming to edit if you don’t know  the technique.  But this is a sort of Thank You for the valuable efforts & rare opportunity Dr. Darlington and Derek Leather has given and shared to us.  With sincere thanks I salute you SEETV team… from me, kabs and nick.

For you who’s reading this hope you get something out of this short video clip and maybe experiment on how to… wideshot, close-up, profile, audience…