May I Be Excused?

To whom this may concern,

Please excuse me from my usual tasks as a music creator for a while.  I can’t help but feel that this latest global crisis, the coronavirus, is thwarting my Creative Brilliance. 🙂

What’s that you say? You say I should be writing up a storm, given the lack of distractions? That I have all the time in the world? That I have no excuses now for my lack of motivation?

But that’s just it! Days seem to drag on forever.  The TV talking heads drone in the background, the numbers escalate, and I seem to have become nearly numb to the daily reports of human misery on a colossal scale.  I long for reassurances from our leaders with phrases like, “The buck stops here!” and “We have nothing to fear but fear itself!” and “Courage is not having the strength to go on, but going on when you don’t have the strength.”  But all I get (from one particular leader, anyway) is stuff like, “I take no responsibility at all!” and claims that what we are witnessing before our very eyes is a hoax or a conspiracy. Or maybe, somehow, that everything is hunky-dory! That there are plenty of supplies for all our health care workers and first responders. That we will pull out of this predicament within a couple of weeks.  (Even though we can’t escape the images of doctors and nurses swathed in Hefty bags and bandanas. Of seasoned health care workers weeping. Or the image of a long refrigerator truck parked outside a hospital in Queens.) (more…)

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Meldaproduction – MAutoDynamicEq

Review by Anto Kovacic

The name of this plugin reflects its three main purposes: it’s a dynamic equalizer with frequency-matching functionalities. Actually, this plugin features many more options and possibilities, which makes it a very powerful multifunctional audioproduction tool. In-depth explanation of every option and possible production usage would take up a lot of space, so I will restrict this review on marking the basics of most important functions and options.

Important general features. The plugin has usual stereo and mid-side channel routing options, as well as other channel combinations, including surround. Automatic gain compensation (AGC) function equals output with the input gain. On the right side of the panel, the plugin has 8 slots (marked from A to H), for storing and comparison of various eq settings. In most cases, A-B comparison is enough but sometimes is very useful to have more than that.