A while ago, at the request of my friend Moondog the Cleveland Cavaliers mascot, I put together some music for a short video created for QTV. QTV produces the entertaining content that is shown on the huge scoreboard screens during Cavs basketball games.
This particular piece was done to the tune of Billy Joel’s “Piano Man”, so I had to lubricate my pipes before I cut this vocal. Overall I was happy with the result.
Then Moondog invited me (and Charley from DD69/Skinny Moo) to join in the video shoot. We went down and had a great time mugging for the camera as referees wearing big old glasses.
I just got a copy of BFD2, which is a virtual drum instrument. I’m using it as a plug-in in Pro Tools, mainly to demo out drums and get a decent idea of how a song could sound.
I’ve got some songs that are written with very specific drum parts in mind – the kind of thing where I want all of the rhythm instruments to be locked together. At a recent studio night, my friend and drunkdude69 collaborator Mike suggested that for those songs we just use the BFD2 drums as the permanent tracks rather than doing a session with a live drummer and “making the drummer play like a drum machine”.
He’s definitely got a point. I think in those cases it makes sense (financially and production-wise) to get exactly what I’m after without putting my drumming friends through an irritating studio session.
Now I just have to learn how to use BFD2. Lots of parameters and control, which is awesome, but which also translates to a steep learning curve.