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Tony Newnham

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In Topic: Servite Priory Fulham

12 August 2017 - 08:45 AM

Hi

 

I think Colin may well be right in his suggestion that the 16ft is intended - at least in part -to counterbalance the shrillness of high pitched mixtures.  The same thinking, it seems to me, applies in reed organs, where a manual 16ft is an early addition to the stop list to balance the significant harmonic development of free reeds.

 

Every Blessing

 

Tony


In Topic: Caleb Simper

24 July 2017 - 07:14 AM

Hi

 

Simper's organ music is, I think, underated.  It's not great music, but it's tuneful - and usually pretty easy to play.  I have a number of the volumes of voluntarys "for organ, Harmonium or American Organ" - and they sometimes get an airing when I need something suitably vintage and (near) sight-readable.  I don't recall seeing the piece you mention in them though.  I'll try & have a look later today.

 

Every Blessing

 

Tony


In Topic: Music That We'd Rather Not Play

06 June 2017 - 08:15 AM

Hi

 

Pleased to see that I'm not the only fan of "The Crucifixion" on here.  That, & Olivet to Valvary serve a purpose.  They may not be the greatest music, but there are many people out there who don't connect with "great music" (however you define that!)  Such presentations help present the gospel message to many - and that's what the church is all about.

 

Every Blessing

 

Tony


In Topic: Music That We'd Rather Not Play

05 June 2017 - 08:15 AM

Hi

 

There's far more to choosung church music than personal preference.  Maybe it had been chosen for a very good reason.  IMHO you should have checked with the person responsible for choosing the music before changing it.  I repeat - personal dislike is rerally not a good enough reason for rejecting something, and nor is musical elitism.  If the music helps the congregation (or a part of the congregation) to connect with God, then it's fine.  

 

Personally, I don;t have any great problem with "Shine Jesus Shine" where it fits the them of the service - and I can think of far worse songs!

 

Every Blessing

 

Tony


In Topic: Microphone for laptop/audacity?

28 April 2017 - 08:21 AM

Hi

 

Colin's scond suggestion is probably the best way to go for simple stereo recordings - it's what I often do.  However, the question involves multi-track recordings, building up a part at a time - and obviously, the various parts need to be in sync.

 

Personally, I'd forget about the 1/8th inch input on the computer - audio quality usually leaves a bit to be desired.  The simplest way is probably a USB mictophone - Maplin offer a number of lternatives, some under the £100 mark (http://www.maplin.co...usb-microphones) - Amazon or a pro audio dealer are other sources - or even your ocal music shop if they cover home recording equipment.  I can't make any reccomendations as I use an external soundcard and mics that cost rather more than £100 when I do need to record direct to computer.  I think my son told me that he uses the Blue Snowball for his podcasts - but it was a while ago.

 

Going back to the 1/8th in. input, dynamic mics are indeed another option - although some computer inputs have a small voltage on them to power electret mics, so some care might be needed (that said, I've used dynamic mics into a MMinidisc trecorder that has plug-in-power with no problems).  I sue AKG D190's - but they were over 50UKP when I bought them some 30 years ago!  Long discontinued - last price I saw was around150UKP new.  I have some cheaper dynamic mocs by Shure & Audio-Technica but I primarily use them for sound reinfrcement (or I did when health allowed!)

 

Good luck with your project.

 

Every Blessing

 

Tony