Well I just got back from an amazing trip to Milwaukee to do campaigning and have an overall good time with my Political Science class. It was the best experience of my college life by far. I had a great time, lots of good stories. Our professor is amazing. He spared no expense it seems and he was even cool enough to hang with us.

I'm totally exhausted however. I have about 10 hours of sleep in the past 3 days and to top it all off I had to rush back to College today to perform a 45 minute livepa performance for an Arts festival. Needless to say the performance was mediocre. Anyways it was a great weekend, and I had a great time.



So this weekend Ill be traveling up to Milwaukee from Champaign to work some campaigning for the Kerry campaign. uhh yeah...
I personally am not one for the campaign trial, but this is for a class, and it will be kind of fun to get out of this dumpy campus town.

Also I got accepted to NIU graduate program. I'm very excited about it. It will be a lot of work, but will be good for me, plus I will get to live with my Girlfriend, which I am really looking forward to. Woot.

Well got to head out, as I have to wake up at like 5:45 tomorrow morning. ehh. Oh well.


Ive been fascinated with fractual images and art lately, and decided to give it a try. My first attempt has turned out to be quite amazing. Maybe this is something Ill get into a little more. A full size Hi-quality image of this pic can be found in my art gallery at my homepage. See the links to the right for a full view.


I'm in the process of helping my very talented and very beautiful girlfriend setup her own blog for her website. She's a great artist, but not very knowledgeable when it comes to computers. So we both sort of decided it would be best o use a blog for her to post her artwork and insights online.

Right now the site is a little bare, but she plans on uploading most of her work over time as well as post all sorts of crazy thoughts and ideas that come out of her head. I encourage you to check out her site, I think you may really enjoy the artwork.



Turoial #3. Vibrato

Heres a quick simply way to add vibrato to your synth lines. vibrato is essentailly modulating the volume of a sound. almost all singers do it and most musicians do it as well. when done well it achieves a "wha wha" up and down effect that you hear on sustained notes. vibrato is most commonly used on sustained notes to give them character and movement. a long held note is static is fairly boring. vibrato keeps it intresting

although creating vibrato is not that difficult. using it correctly so it achieves a realistic appeal is dificult.

never start a note with vibrato. this sounds un realistic. start instead with no vibrato then using the amount knob on your lfo bring in the vibrato.

never end a note with vibrato. always fade the vibrato out completly or partially before ending note. again we want this to sound realistic. if you think of the human voice. u simply cant start and end a note doing a vibrato. your vocal chords dont work that way.

the speed of the vibrato is one of the most important things to consider. too fast and it sounds synthetic. too slow and it sounds simply like fading volume control.

u want u set your lfo speed to oscilate somewhere with in each quarter note and each eighth note. the exact setting will vary depending on the effect u want and the sound.

setting up vibrato.
For this tut im using synth1. a freeware synth anyone can download. To experiment simply use the default synth1 brastring which is loaded.

goto the lfo section, and set it to only 1 lfo is on and assign it to the amp.
for the wavform i reccomend using triangle. if you happen to have pink noise on another synth for a lfo wavform option u might want to use that. pink noise is noise with a variable degree of randomness to its waveform. this randomness creates a much more realistic vibrato sound as it doesnt perfectly oscilate the same everytime.

fine a nice tempo or speed setting for your lfo. on the synth1 i have the speed setting to 12 o'clock.

play your note. u should hear your vibrato now.

to make your vibrato more realsitic automate your lfo amount setting. Play a phrase. At the beginning of your phrase you should have almost no vibrato. then gradually bring the vibrato in. At the end of the phrase u can either cut it or fade it out, but it should never be held over when a phrase ends, b/c u get an unrealistic vibrato sound.

remember vibrato should be subtle and should never dominate the sound.
attached is an example from what i did above.

for the example i assigned the amount to a knob and continually changed the lfo amount. nothing static.