Tech Articles

Solton 24 Programmer Setup

Posted by on Apr 19, 2016 in Stories, Technical | 0 comments

The Solton Programmer 24 is an excellent arranger with plenty of rhythms and other features to make playing quite a lot of fun, however, it has to be programmed to listen in on specific midi channels before it can work with the Elkavox 83 accordion.

Here is that process…

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Mackie 1640i Mixing Console

Posted by on May 12, 2016 in Stories, Technical | 0 comments

The Mackie Onyx 1640i mixer features 16 mono mic/line inputs, each with a 4-band Perkins EQ, 4 subgroups and full 16X16 channel in/out streaming to the computer thanks to the FireWire interface, this is a diamond just wanting to be used hard and often! This is the story of how I acquired this great piece of kit…

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Bose 802-E Equalizer Issues

Posted by on Oct 14, 2016 in Stories, Technical | 0 comments

In going through the system, I have found another source of hiss, and it’s a bit difficult to deal with. It seems that the Bose 802-E equalizer has developed a good hiss. Here is how I am dealing with it.

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Custom Microphone System

Posted by on Oct 21, 2016 in Stories, Technical | 0 comments

Well, I am officially jumping off the deep end even thinking about such a project. I am wondering if I could somehow, all by myself, make a sonically high quality microphone setup for my Hohner that comes close to being as good as the HATools system, just of course for a lot less. Here is where this rabbit hole leads me!

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FR-8x Tech Info

Posted by on Nov 19, 2016 in Stories, Technical | 0 comments

This is a place holder for all the stuff that is technical and concerns my Roland V-accordion.

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Protected: FR-8x Tutorial Videos

Posted by on Nov 23, 2016 in Technical | Enter your password to view comments.

All the tutorial videos I make of me and my Roland FR-8x V-Accordion.

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Foot Pedals for the BK-7m

Posted by on Dec 19, 2016 in Stories, Technical | 0 comments

My BK-7m backing module did not come with any kind of a foot pedal, as they normally don’t, even from the factory. Here is how I tackled this challenge!

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Bad Bass Vibrations

Posted by on Jan 15, 2017 in Stories, Technical | 0 comments

I saw online where some people experienced an annoying vibration noise from the left side of their accordion when using settings that produced deep bass at maximum volume. Well, I was testing out the maximum volume of my 8X, and there it was. This is how I dealt with this issue!

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Recording the Accordion Part 3

Posted by on Jul 9, 2017 in Stories, Technical, Videos | 0 comments

In this article, I look at a few details of what it takes to record the accordion. Here is that story!

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Video Editing: The Basics

Posted by on Aug 12, 2017 in Stories, Technical | 0 comments

I created a series of short educational videos in response to my friend Ed’s specific questions in areas he wanted some fill-in info on and I tossed in a few hints to aide him in making his videos a little better.  So, this is my way of taking that info/work and making it public.

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Video taping yourself with ONE camera

Posted by on Aug 27, 2017 in Stories, Technical, Videos | 0 comments

Video taping yourself with a single low end camcorder… it can give you good results. Use these tips and learn how to draw the most out of your accordion videos using these 5 simple tips!

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Video Camera Settings

Posted by on Oct 4, 2017 in Stories, Technical, Videos | 0 comments

When using one or two cameras, and trying to get the best possible results, the preparation can start to get a little complex, so I created this page to help me keep track of those little things I want to configure. Here is that story.

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FR-8X Firmware Update to V.2.50

Posted by on Oct 14, 2017 in Stories, Technical | 0 comments

I put together the recordings that I made during my own update process and shared it, with the hopes that it helps a few people.

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Small Lighting Upgrade

Posted by on Jan 7, 2018 in Stories, Technical | 0 comments

Ever since I did my little Silent Night videos, I’ve wanted to get a little more in to the green screen thing, but I had a couple of limitations. Here is the story of how I dealt with those challenges.

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External Condensor Mics

Posted by on Feb 6, 2018 in Stories, Technical | 0 comments

I love my toys! Here is the story of my condenser microphones, the supporting accessories, an unboxing and impressions discussion and several great hints about making good recordings with them!

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Uber cheap voice recorder!

Posted by on Mar 25, 2018 in Stories, Technical | 0 comments

This is the story of how I got my audio finally up to snuff!

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Going All Wireless!

Posted by on Apr 1, 2018 in Stories, Technical | 0 comments

One of my very old dreams was always to have had an amplified stereo setup but with no wires between me and the amp or mixer. Well, I’ve taken the first step to begin this process… here is that story!

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Recording Acoustic Accordions Part-1

Posted by on May 5, 2018 in Stories, Technical | 0 comments

A super nice set of quality condenser mics, a high quality recorder and a set of mic stands and cables to tie them all together. This is the story of how I got those!

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Recording Acoustic Accordions Part-2

Posted by on May 20, 2018 in Stories, Technical | 0 comments

As a continuation of the last post, the experimentation about various mic techniques finally starts a bit… read how this story goes!

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How Strong?

Posted by on Aug 30, 2018 in Stories, Technical | 0 comments

What is the most minimal computer strength needed to capture your accordion? I explore this question and offer my answer. Read that story here.

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Christmas Bananas

Posted by on Dec 20, 2018 in Stories, Technical | 0 comments

Always thinking and looking at how to take my videos to the next level, this is the story of how I made a big jump in the quality of my vids!

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Travelling with the FR-8X

Posted by on Jan 15, 2019 in Stories, Technical | 0 comments

Travelling with your 8X? Read this story of how I did it for some valuable information!

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The New Toys

Posted by on Jan 23, 2019 in Stories, Technical | 0 comments

Exceptional video quality… the next step in my evolution to eventually making superb looking short musical stories!

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Video Recording Yourself – Part 2-A

Posted by on Feb 1, 2019 in Stories, Technical | 0 comments

This post is the first in a series of posts where I sort of place my thoughts to paper and then place them here and discuss my process on how to record and capture video.

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Recording Tips & Techniques

Posted by on Apr 3, 2019 in Stories, Technical | 0 comments

My system of creating music videos. This is a fairly big post… so be ready… here is that story!

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Tips On Audio Processing

Posted by on May 6, 2019 in Stories, Technical, Videos | 0 comments

This is the story of how I post process my audio files. Enjoy!

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Zoom F4 V.3.00 Firmware update

Posted by on Jun 6, 2019 in Stories, Technical, Videos | 0 comments

The story of how the Zoom F4 came to get a new firmware update. Here is what’s new and how to install it!

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Custom battery for the FR-8X

Posted by on Jun 18, 2019 in FR-8X Specific, Stories, Technical | 0 comments

New battery packs for the FR-8X, and the story of how I am making my own super battery!

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QSC Touchmix 8

Posted by on Jun 30, 2019 in Stories, Technical | 0 comments

The Story of how I found my new small portable digital mixer!

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