Live recordings ...

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

This page is intended for friends and acquaintances who are interested in musical and

sound activities. The "live recordings" stored here were made over time, until 2017.


Besides my notebook and my Fender Stratocaster guitar with GK3 pickup system

as well as my Ibanez musician electric guitar and my Cort Western guitar, I used my

ROLAND GR-55 board (Guitar Synth & Modeling), my ZOOM G3X board
(Guitar Effects & Amp Simulator), various VST plugins, an ESI audio interface
and for styles or backgrounds my own, self-programmed MIDI software "RMCA Pro".


 The improvisations, "takes" and "snippets" are based on backing tracks or loops,

were always recorded directly and only post-processed sound-wise.


The entire musical material can therefore "justifiably" also be called "couch rock",
especially since it was almost always actually created "on the couch" and indeed
quite spontaneously "in one go" with guitar recorded "live" and thus freely
improvised. So no "overdupping", but completely "recorded in one piece"!


The CD "Couch-Rock-Selection" mentioned below was produced later, in early summer 2018.


                                   

  

                                 ROLAND GR-55                                             ZOOM G3X                                                     ESI UMG96



Ibanez musician     Cort Western    Fender Stratocaster



All takes on this website have been recorded "live" 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 or THU 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 mainly used my old guitar, "Ibanez musician", from 1977.


Most takes 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 ( > 3 hours ) is available, it might be a good idea, play all takes of this page
(Playlist). 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 settings, e.g. under

 "Play location" at Foobar2000 the following entry has to be made or transferred by "copy & paste:


http://www.xdigits.com/MyMix1.m3u 


And please PLEASE: Use headphones or earbuds 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 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 
 Reverse own title compilation  

 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 15 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 takes 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" - 13 Instrumentals:  Start


Attention: The underlying "playlist" can only be used by Windows users without any restrictions. As already stated above, other operating systems may require an "MP3 player" that can handle *.m3u files". For this purpose, please copy the following direct link and paste it into the appropriate MP3 player:



http://www.XDigits.com/music/cr-selection.m3u


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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" - without any preparation completely spontaneously - by my friend Juergen on electric bass and me on electric guitar to backing tracks which were generated by my software "RMCA Pro":



Juergen is a so-called "studied professional musician" as well as a guitar
 and bass teacher and can be contacted via the Internet as follows:

www.juergen-wuensch.de

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Video Clips I


"Slideshows" with photos and background music by Michael Brick

1. The first example for the musical use of RMCA Pro is a slideshow 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 slideshow 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

3.  The third example is a slideshow of about 7 minutes about the Baltic Sea island of Rügen.

 


  Ruegen 06-2019

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Video Clips II

"Slideshows" with photos by Michael Brick

The following videos are password protected and only for friends and acquaintances.

- Paris, France
- Surroundings of Fuessen, Germany
- Barcelona, Spain
- Manchester, United Kingdom
- Zurich and surroundings, Switzerland
- Lago di Lugano, Switzerland
- Surroundings of Merano, South Tyrol
- Würzburg, Deutschland
- Biarritz and surroundings, France


 Select a video ...

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No permanently installed Internet connection is required to play the above film files, since the files - just like the music files on this website - are stored online in a format that allows them to be streamed "out in the open" as "mobile data", e.g. via LTE (Long Term Evolution).

With the mobile network, as is well known, mobile data can be transmitted in larger quantities and at higher speeds over the air interface. To do this, please activate your network for mobile data playback and then call up the website 

 http://www.topsection.com

 in your cell phone or your Internet browser.

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Thanks a lot for listening and watching !


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