I'm supposed to be a teacher, right?

Well, here's me on youtube, trying to teach about music technology.

If you've never head of Adobe Audition, don't know what EBM is or aren't sure about pitch and frequency, these may mean nothing at all to you. But assuming they're not complete gobbledegook...are they useful non-gobbledegook?

Or interesting, watchable, listenable...and worth doing more? I need your guidance.


  1. Fascinating! A couple of comments.

    You must have a title sequence and introduce yourself at the beginning of each video.

    I'm not sure if the background music is helpful. Once you start getting into the drum creation I wanted to hear the result of each of the steps.

    Your voice is good, the speed of delivery worked and the instructions were clear. I could easily see you getting a following!

  2. As a matter of interest, what programme did you use to put the films together in?

  3. @Camy:

    A title sequence? You mean like...proper professionals have?

    Well, I'm not a proper fact I'm an improper amateur...but it would be good to have one. A title sequence I mean...and a proper professional would be nice too.

    The background music is mainly there to cover the lousy microphone I'm using, but people on other forums have commented that it gets in the way, so I'll drop it.

    I'm still working on the voice - I tend to speak quietly, rather nasally and with too much breathing. I still have to remember to slow down and enunciate more clearly than in ordinary speech.

    As a matter of interest, what programme did you use to put the films together in?

    The video recording was done in VirtualDub, and the editing in my own stripped down and portable version of Sony Vegas. I prefer Vegas to Premiere in lots of small ways - it's more configurable, has less wasted space, and you can actually set the timeline ruler to a tempo. Makes editing to music a lot easier.

    The commentary was recorded in Audition 1.5 and, just for variety, processed in Audition 3.0.

    Vegas is good for video encoding, but it turns out VirtualDub is better for sound encoding, so I code the video to DivX first with WAV sound in Vegas, then convert the result's sound to mp3 in VirtualDub. TMI?

    These videos were for practice. I reckon I could do them better now, so I'll redo them at some point.

  4. Very nice job on these. They'll be handy to a lot of people looking for this kind of information.

  5. Thanks. There are, as I say, rough and done partly for practice. I'm working on perfecting a way to zoom in and out for detail, and some graphics to splice into the video.

    But hey, I've got two subscribers already, and people are saying nice things about my speaking voice :-).