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7 Reasons Why Zoom R8 Is the Easiest Multitrack Recorder to Use

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With the market buzzing with a multitude of multitrack recorders, each more expensive and intricate than the last, making a decision about which one to go with becomes a complex mess. As a practicing musician with over 4 years of experience, I will shed some light over what separates the Zoom R8 from the mulch.

What do you look for in a multitrack recorder?

With a mind-numbing array of multitrackers on the market right now, it’s very difficult to single out one decent entry-level workstation from the rest. People wanting to step into the formidable world of music recordings are daunted by the sheer choice and the fear of making mistakes by choosing wrong equipment. Most of them end up buying a workstation that compromises

– User experience, with 74,000 different modules and a manual the size of a dictionary.

– Sound quality – because the unit could not deliver, or they didn’t know how to “dial in” to their sound.

The worst part about this is that they shell out thousands of dollars on these wrong choices.

What should an ideal workstation offer?

For the sake of this article, I will distil 4 years of recording experience and tell you that you can analyze an entry level multitrack recorder on the following points:

– Usability and user interface

– Sound Quality

– Price

Why Zoom R8 is heads and shoulders above the rest

These 7 features of the Zoom R8 make it immediately evident that it stands out; and it delivers on what it sells.

1. Usability

In terms of usability, the Zoom R8 boasts of an extremely easy-to-understand, intuitive UI. The acid test I put it through when I purchased mine was to break into the functions of the unit – without reading the manual. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that most features were very straightforward and intuitive. I could apply send and return effects with a little trial-and-failure. I only got stuck when I reached the drum machine programming portion.

Usability: 9/10

2. Features

One thing that the Zoom R8 does not lack is features. For a machine with the footprint of a standard A4 sheet of paper, the unit is crammed full of features that would take months to explore fully. Yes, the most basic of these can be mastered in a very short time, but this is just the tip of the iceberg. With an amp simulator, a drum machine, sampler and inbuilt control surface, this packs a major punch.

Features: 8/10

3. Sound

The sound on the Zoom R8 has sparked rabid praises around the Interweb with people raving about the crisp sound quality and the amazing dry tracks that this machine produces.

Sound: 9/10

4. Sound FX and Presets

The unit is a powerful effect engine as well. With around 150 DSP effects and 370 guitar patches, guitarists like me are spoilt for choice. I especially love how this can emulate the G2 Nu Guitar Effects processor.

FX: 9/10

5. Samplers and the drum machine

The drum machine has 10 kits to choose from. It takes very little effort to recall presets, or even to make your own drum tracks. The drum tracks sound as organic as possible, but I was a little disappointed with the overall barely-organic tone of the drums.

Drum Machine: 6/10

6. Easy USB setup with Cubase

This workstation also functions as a DAW Control surface. With Cubase bundled along with it, connecting and using it with your computer becomes a piece of cake. This gives you a high degree of control over your tracks and final mastering.

Ease of USB Setup: 9/10

7. Price

One of the most competitively priced units on the markets; it packs the most punch for its price. It’s one of the best under $500 multitrack recorders out there.

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Unbiased Ex2 System Review

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Problems come in different forms and shapes. If you are having problems with your relationship right now because of breakup, it is just normal. But don’t fall into depression because that is where the problem becomes abnormal. If you are looking for a solution on how to restore the relationship, you can count on e-books that will provide you information about the techniques and strategies to get an ex back.

But to get the one that can meet your needs, you have to read reviews because they will tell you what is ideal and what is not. In this regard, you can try to read the Ex2 System review. This article will provide you with an unbiased review of this e-book.

Matt Hudson – The Creator

The creator of this e-book is the relationship expert Matt Hudson. He used his expertise in psychology to solve the problems of people when it comes to their relationship. In this book, you can read the step by step ways on how you can take advantage of female psychology and her hot emotional buttons. So, you will be influenced on how to be a real man.

The Don’ts

There are things that you should not do right after the breakup. They are what you need to learn in order to ascertain your success in getting your ex back. Of course, to make sure that everything will be successful, there are also do’s.

The other things that you will know are the secrets that you need to know to win back your ex and the ways on how to make her love you even more and never get dumped again.

Now that you already know what this guide can provide you, it is time to discover its advantages and disadvantages.

The Pros

According to the majority of users, this guide is complete that is why it is perfect to use. There is also a money back guarantee within the first 60 days of purchase. So, if this e-book is not working for you, you can still return it and have your money back. You will also feel satisfaction because of the special bonus guide entitled ‘How To Train Your Girlfriend?’

The Cons

Yes, this guide uses lots of psychological tricks to get your ex back but some of them might be dirty. This is so far the only disadvantage of this book.

Hope this unbiased Ex2 System review helps.

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Halloween – UK History and Traditions

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The festival of Halloween in the UK is over 2000 years old, dating back to the time of the Celts (600 BC-50 AD). The Celts celebrated the end of summer and the gathering in of the harvest with a festival called ‘Samhain’, which took place on the night of 31 October. Even then, this date had links with ghosts and the spirit world, as on this night the Celts believed that the boundaries between our world and the next would weaken, allowing the souls of dead to cross over and communicate with the living. A large part of the celebration involved the building of huge bonfires, which were thought to welcome friendly spirits and ancestors, but ward off those considered dangerous. People would dress up in animal heads and skins, and burn sacrifices and gifts in thanks for the harvest.

Samhain was also a time for divination and the telling of fortunes. Apples feature widely in these divination techniques. For example, when bobbing for apples, a tradition that still survives until today, the first person to take a bite out of an apple would be the first to marry that year. In addition, when peeling an apple, the longer the unbroken length of peel, the longer you would be destined to live.

Following the invasion of the Romans in 43 AD, two Roman festivals came to be celebrated at the same time as Samhain. The first was Feralia, a day when the Romans commemorated the passing of the dead. The second was a day in which they honoured Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruit trees who was symbolized by the apple. The Romans were very open to the cultures of people they invaded, and they sought to merge their beliefs with those of the indigenous Celts. It is perhaps easy to see why these two festivals became linked closely with Samhain.

Christianity had spread into Celtic lands by the 800s and the Christian church appears to have practiced its usual policy of adopting pagan celebrations by converting Halloween into a Christian observance. By moving the old Christian festival of All Saints Day to 1 November, however, they maintained the link with remembering the dead. On All Saints Day, a mass was held to honour the saints and martyrs, and this was preceded on the day before (All Hallow’s Eve or Eve of All Saints – in Old English, hallow meant holy) by an overnight vigil. According to the early Christian church, this day also marked the release from purgatory of all souls for 2 days. All Souls Day, which commemorated the faithful departed, followed on 2 November. Together, the three festivals – the Eve of All Saints, All Saints Day and All Souls Day – became known as Hallowmass.

The custom of ‘trick-or-treating’, today a large part of Halloween celebrations, could possibly have part of its roots in the tradition of the baking of soul cakes. This was an important feature of All Souls’ Day (similar to the way we associate hot cross buns with Good Friday today), when beggars would wander from house to house, receiving gifts of food and money. In return for a soul cake, these ‘soulers’ would be expected to say prayers for those who had recently died, to speed up their passage through purgatory and into heaven. The ‘trick’ part of the custom appears to have arisen in the USA in the 1930s, where Halloween became to be associated with the playing of pranks and jokes.

Although the Church was successful in establishing Hallowmass as a Christian festival, many of the populace continued to practice the ancient customs and traditions linked with Samhain. With the reformation of the Church in the 16th century, celebrations of this sort were discouraged even more. However, following the Gunpowder Plot in 1605 many traditional Halloween practices, especially the building of bonfires, were transposed to 5 November (now known as Bonfire or Guy Fawkes Night). Although in England the celebration of Halloween gradually fell out of fashion in favour of Bonfire Night, the tradition was maintained for longer in both Ireland and Scotland, because of the strong Celtic links in these countries.

The resurgence in the celebration of Halloween that we have seen over the past 20 years or so, with its emphasis on dressing up as ghosts and witches, has largely been imported from the USA. Halloween and its more pagan traditions were first brought to the USA in the mid-1800s, when huge numbers of Irish immigrants fled to the USA following the Irish Potato Famine. Over time, the festival and its traditions evolved and crossed back over the Atlantic – giving us the celebration that we know and love (or hate!) today.

Conclusion
The celebration that we today know as Halloween dates back to an ancient festival of the Celts – Samhain. Despite the passing of 2000 years, it is still possible to trace some of the traditions we associate with Halloween – bonfires, and the link with ghosts and the spirit world – back to this early celebration of the end of summer and the gathering in of the harvest.

Sources:

  • en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween
  • woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/customs/Halloween/history.htm
  • ucc.ie/fecc/samhain.html
  • bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/christianity/holydays/halloween.shtml
  • americancatholic.org/Features/halloween/
  • chalicecentre.net/samhain.htm
  • bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/paganism/holydays/samhain.shtml
  • new-life.net/halowen1.htm
  • hauntedbay.com/history/bobbing.shtml
  • britainexpress.com/History/Celtic_Britain.htm
  • britainexpress.com/History/Roman_invasion.htm
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How to Become a Street Photographer

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Street photography is probably one of he most difficult genres of photography, as it is based on the unknown. You can select a frame shot, but you can never select the characters in it or how they will behave to make your picture look good. In modern terms you could call street photography an art snapshot. It is a snapshot after all.

There are street photographers who are like ghosts. You don’t notice them and you certainly don’t notice them photographing you. They carry small cameras and they have learned the trick of focusing the lens by judging the distance between the subject and the camera and adjusting the focus ring based on that distance. Basically, they shoot from the hip, with wide lenses to compensate for framing defects as they don’t actually see the frame, they can only guess it. With such a behavior, it is normal not to see them. They are not paparazzi, but the people tend to control themselves when a person aims a camera at them. By shooting without their knowledge, you can capture genuine expressions which are the heart of street photography.

Stalk people. It’s not illegal on the street. See a person you like, walk with them, follow them until you can get a shot of them. Go for public places so you won’t get the police on your head. Try to follow facial expressions and move like lightning when one that you like comes up. It’s all in the expression, and that’s what you’re supposed to be hunting. Never take close shots. Make the subject and the surroundings a part of your composition. Some bland in, some stand out, but that’s the diversity and the fun of it. A suit and tie in an abandoned factory looks better than a homeless in an abandoned factory. Contrast is the key.

Carry small equipment. Do not go street photographing with big heavy cameras and lenses that look like bazookas, people will notice you right away. Use small cameras, the smallest possible, because quality is not an issue. the best street photography in the world has some of the worst image quality as well.

Always ask for permission afterward. Take your shots, then talk to your subjects. It is extremely unfair and annoying to them to find out they were photographed later on, when your work becomes public. Respect them and, if required, respect their privacy.

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