Live recordings ...

"Live recordings, sounds, styles & mixes - by Michael Brick"


This site is only intended for friends who might be interested in music- and sound gadgetry.
The recordings were spontaneously created over time until 2017
. Appart from my notebook and my
Fender 
Stratocaster guitar with GK3 pickup system I used a Roland GR - 55 Board (Guitar Synth & Modeling),
a ZOOM 
G3X Board (Guitar Effects & Amp Simulator), a variety of VST plug-ins, an ESI audio interface and
for 
styles 
my own age-old, self-programmed MIDI-software "RMCA Pro". The improvisations, takes and
"snippets" are based on 
backing tracks or loops and were directly recorded and only reworked for sound.

The complete musical material can rightly be called "couch rock", since it was
mostly actually created "on the couch", i.e. was recorded "live" with guitar completely
"in one go" and thus freely improvised. So no "overdupping", but "recorded in one piece"!

 

  

                                 ROLAND GR-55                                             ZOOM G3X                                                     ESI UMG96



Ibanez musician     Cort Western    Fender Stratocaster


The CD "Couch-Rock-Selection" mentioned below was produced later, in early summer 2018,
using the following equipment:

  • Arrangements & instrumentation : RMCA Pro (my own, self-developed software).
  • Drums : DrumCore 4 (software by Sonoma Wire Works)
  • MIDI-SoundFont : Black Tyros24 GM Edition by JaZMan
  • Guitar amp modeling : TH3 by Overloud and S-Gear2 by Scuffham
  • Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) : REAPER (software by Cockos Incorporated)
  • All songs recorded and mastered with HP ProBook 450 G1


For the recordings I used my old guitar, "Ibanez musician", from 1977.


All songs of the CD are my own compositions, which were written in the course of time

using my software "RMCA Pro" (Realtime MIDI Chord Arranger Pro). For further information,

audio- and video- demos, tips and tricks etc. please refer to the XDigits.com - website.



 To the XDigits.com web page



  


If enough time is available, it is recommended to play all takes of this page. Depending
on the system, the correct "MP3 player" should be loaded and used.


Required is an MP3 player that can process *.m3u files (playlists),

 such as the Windows Media PlayerFoobar2000, the VCL Media-Player or AIMP.

In the corresponding players at the configuration line provided for it in the attitudes,

e.g. under "Play location" at Foobar2000 the following entry has to be made:

http://www.xdigits.com/MyMix1.m3u 


And please: Use headphones and then "TURN UP", if possible!


Enjoy listening and I hope that I will always have time and

fun making more shots and improving this website



 

The following 3 playlists are only directly usable for Windows users !!!

 Play all takes on this page  

 Own collection of titles  
 Download and open playlist


Individual songs can also be played or listened * here *.


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The "special thing" about the music files - some of which were created more than 13 years ago - is that they are "mastered" in an optimal and modern way (i.e. suitable for all sound systems - no matter whether very small or very large). This applies to the uniform sound, regardless of when and how the recordings were made, as well as to the frequency response, dynamics, volume and sound, which is now essentially optimized over all years of creation and independent of the instruments and technical possibilities used, and which corresponds to the so-called "industry standard" (e.g. for studio recordings of drums, guitars, bass & keyboards).


All 68 songs of this website (Playing time: 3 h 39 min.) are available within a zip-archive as *.mp3-files and can be extracted into one directory after the download without any problems. This may be recommended, because it offers the possibility that within this directory a possible random selection refers to all songs from all periods!


Store all takes as mp3 files: [419,03 MB, 68 takes] - *Download* (extract all files into one directory !)


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Wave-files (music by Michael Brick)


It is also possible to download from here all songs as *.wav files and burn them in alphabetical order onto CDs. 
For this purpose 3 CDs with corresponding capacity are required


     -  CD 01: [652,63 MB] - *Download*


     -  CD 02: [654,29 MB] - *Download*


     -  CD 03: [745,43 MB] - *Download*

 
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Play CD "Couch Rock Selection" (password protected; for Windows user only) Start


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Here are a few quick examples: 

 






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The following two instrumental tracks (CoolBeat and JazzBlues) were recorded live by my friend Juergen on electric bass and me on electric guitar to backing tracks that were generated by my software "RMCA Pro":





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Video Clips

1. The first example for the musical use of RMCA Pro is a slide show of about 15 minutes about the city "Liverpool" and the "beginnings" of the so-called "Beat music" as well as about the exhibition "The Beatles Story" there.

   Liverpool


2.  The second example is a short slide show of about 3 minutes about beaches and boats in France
at the Mediterranean Sea and at the Atlantic Ocean as well as in Barcelona/Spain..
   Boats & Beaches

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Thanks for listening and watching !


The text passages of this web page were translated into "English" with the help of the DeepL translator (free version).