"Live recordings, sounds, styles & mixes - by Michael Brick"
This site is 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 therefore also be called "couch rock", especially since it was almost
always composed "on the couch" and was spontaneously recorded "live" with guitar 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.
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 Player , Foobar2000, 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:
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 !!!
Users of other operating systems may need an "MP3 player" that can handle
*.m3u files (playlists), like for "Apple users" e.g. "Foobar 2000" or "VCL media player".
In the corresponding players, the following entry must be made in the configuration line
provided for this purpose in the settings, e.g. under "Playback location" for "Foobar2000",
or for execution with a suitable Internet browser, observing upper and lower case,
or transferred by "copy & paste": http://www.xdigits.com/MyMix1.m3u
Play all takes on this page
Own collection of titles
Download and open playlist
Individual songs can also be played or listened * here *.
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 !)
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*
Play CD "Couch Rock Selection" (password protected; for Windows user only): Start
Here are a few quick examples:
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":
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.
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
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).