Jerome Rex

Hip hop with soul

Ableton Live Online Course – Week 2

Ableton Live Online Course – Week 2

Here I am, 2 weeks into my Ableton Live course, and all I can say is wow! I enrolled with the hope of improving my live show and, even though the focus of this course is geared more towards music production, it’s been very helpful. I’d advise anyone looking to learn the software to try 1 of these (FREE!!!) online courses. Youtube videos are useful, but a structured course has the...

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Ableton Live Online Course – Week 1

Ableton Live Online Course – Week 1

What a difference a few days make! As practically the default application for live music performance, I bought a midi controller and accompanying Ableton Live software in hopes of expanding my onstage repertoire with some fancy improvisations! Alas, the manual just proved too daunting to delve into by myself. Luckily my buddy Fruit Vendor recommended an online introductory course on the Ableton...

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My 10 Most Played Albums of 2014

And we’re back! I wrote this list a year ago and, since it’s that time again, I thought I’d make this an annual piece. Like last time, this isn’t a list of my favourite albums from last year – some of the releases on this list are older than 2014. Instead, these are the 10 albums I listened to most often over the course of 2014. So, in no particular...

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Controllerism is HARD!

Controllerism is HARD!

In case you missed it, I got myself a hardware controller recently. My idea at the time was to play it like an instrument, using it to trigger my instrumentals and backing vocals when I perform live on stage. Here’s an update! It’s a few months since I got my Launchpad Mini but, despite that, I’ve only really had a few hours of practice in total – hopelessly too little...

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Try Before You Buy

Try Before You Buy

I just had to write about the wild experience I had at SAE Cape Town this weekend. If you’ve never been to 1 of Scratch Lab‘s famous Lab Sessions, here’s the setup: most times it’s a product demo (usually professional audio equipment – this is a DJ school after all) that also gives you room to ask questions and maybe get some hands-on time with the hardware. And...

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Mark My Words

Mark My Words

First, let me clearly and categorically state that I have no desire to be a DJ. The great ones possess intutition and a special ability to get a crowd moving. I have neither. Still… I love music. And sometimes when you watch a DJ wave his arms over masses of dancing people, lights and smoke everywhere, don’t you secretly think to yourself: “that would be awesome”?...

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