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Sound Synthesis and Virtual Instruments - Common Terms Explained

audio midi setupVirtual instruments play a significant role in the vast majority of the music made today.  With the ever-increasing processing power of computers, software synthesizers have become an extremely capable, convenient, and affordable option for the recording artist in comparison with their predecessors.  This article summarizes the fundamentals of sound synthesis, some of the associated terms and commonly-used acronyms, and how it is predominantly incorporated into modern recording environments.

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Q and A

Which video stabilization device is right for me?

Glidecam 2000 ProSome readers have asked what kind of stabilization system I use when recording video. I often use the Glidecam 2000 Pro.

The Glidecam 2000 Pro is a less expensive alternative to a Steady Cam for those floating-type shots.

There are many types of video stabilization devices availalble, each with its own set of benefits and applications.  You'll want to think carefully about what types of shooting you'll be doing.

If you are considering a Glidecam 2000 Pro, it is likely that you were inspired by a certain type of shot that you'd like to be able to achieve.

I'll cover the applicaitons and benefits of this product, as well as some alternative stabilization methods you ma want to consider if this will be your first purchase of a video stabilization device.  

Hopefully this discussion will get you thinking about some specific goals you have for your video shooting, and how a stabilizer can help you achieve them.

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Setup and Configuration

DJ 101 - Virtual DJ MIDI Mapping

numark vdj midimapping MIDIMappingVDJLogoVirtual DJ provides the user mapping capability to support almost any external MIDI controller today.  Virtual DJ uses its own action scripting called, “VDJScript”, when assigning the functionality of a MIDI controller.  This tutorial will demonstrate how to edit and assign controls from within the Virtual DJ software to a MIDI controller.

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