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Friday, July 10th, 2015, 5:03am

How to Fix Hum / Radio / Inteference in the MXL 770 Condenser Microphone

Categories: Journal | Tech / Nerdery

Hey peeps; just another nerd post. I'm going to attempt to explain the cause of, and provide a solution for, a problem I had with my microphone awhile back, where it was picking up the radio and interference.

MXL 770
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One of the microphones I frequently use for my music is the MXL 770. It's a consumer level cardioid condenser microphone with an XLR output; really great for home recording on a tight budget. Dollar for dollar it's a huge value. I plug it into my little usb audio interface and make tracks for iTunes or youtube. [...]



Wednesday, July 8th, 2015, 12:38am

The Hills

Categories: News

What's up you dudes!

As usual, I have another cover song for your enjoyment.... but before I post the link, I have a huge disclaimer.

This song contains explicit lyrics


I chose to do this song for a number of reasons, mostly being that the lyrics have a very deep and dark meaning that just won me over artistically. On the surface, however, many people might find this song too offensive.

If you're offended by extreme cursing or songs about drugs, sex, etc ... you may not want to watch.

Having said that - I think I did an okay job and I'm hoping most of you enjoy it. I know I had a lot of fun not just learning and playing the song, but learning about the artist and watching his original music video as well. It's really great. Check it out. [...]



Thursday, July 2nd, 2015, 3:54am

New Song! "I Was Made For Loving You" (Tori Kelly Cover)

Categories: News

Woot, here's my latest release you dudes!

This week I learned to play a song called "I Was Made For Loving You" by Tori Kelly. The original also featured Ed Sheeran as a sort of duet, but I'm so freaking cool that I just did both parts ... lol.



Thanks for watching! [...]



Friday, June 26th, 2015, 6:04am

It's Dark Over Here, on the Kyle Green Show

Categories: Journal | News

Hello friends! I had the pleasure of hanging out with Kyle on The Kyle Green Show recently. We talked for a bit, I played some songs, and I majorly lost a game Kyle had us play on the air.

We took a drive down early Saturday afternoon and went into the studio. I plugged in some of my gear and we fumbled around with microphone connections for awhile, until we finally realized the power switch was simply off, haha.

Then we talked and screwed around a bit. I had employed some emotional blackmail to get my mom to come down and help film and wrangle some of my stuff, so naturally this was paid back by teasing her just a little bit. [...]



Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015, 8:01am

This week's song: Stole the Show (Kygo)

Categories: News

Hello friends!

I've just finished a new cover song video! This week, it's a song called "Stole the Show", by Kygo featuring Parson James. I was inspired by an overseas youtuber's version of this fun song, and had to try my own. I also ramble just a tad after I play music, so watch it all the way to the end if you'd like to laugh at my tragic silliness.



Hope you all enjoy!

~Mike Peralta [...]



Friday, June 19th, 2015, 1:49am

New Cover Song! Martin Garrix featuring Usher - Don't Look Down

Categories: News

Hey friends! This is just a quick update. I've just posted up my humble attempt at that new song "Don't Look Down", by Martin Garrix / Usher. I found the "Towel Girl" video so endearing that I just had to try covering it. Hopefully I did it at least a small amount of justice. Enjoy!

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Friday, June 12th, 2015, 6:02am

How to use a Lightroom Catalog on a Network Drive

Categories: Tech / Nerdery

I think I just had a "Eureka!" moment with Adobe Lightroom. Basically, there's this thing where Lightroom prevents you from using a Catalog over a network, presumably because it's too slow and/or could be destroyed if more than one person accesses it at a time.

Well damn it! I want to use a catalog over the network! It's more convenient, more centralized, more... blah, adobe. Blah. Plus, I'm the only one using my catalog, but I want to be able to use it from more than one computer at different times.

Anyway, it just occurred to me that Lightroom might not be smart enough to detect something called a "Symlink", which is sort of like a shortcut that behaves like it's a normal directory. I tried it ... and Eureka! It works! [...]



Tuesday, June 9th, 2015, 6:44am

New Cover Song! Photograph :)

Categories: News

Hello people!

I've just posted my attempt at "Photograph", by Ed Sheeran. I hope you like it!



~Mike [...]



Monday, June 1st, 2015, 5:00am

Want to Want Me - Jason Derulo

Categories: News

Aloha, people!

I've just released my cover of "Want to Want Me", by Jason Derulo. Let me know what you think in the youtube comments!



~Mike [...]



Saturday, May 23rd, 2015, 3:17am

Flashlight - Jessie J (Pitch Perfect 2 Soundtrack, Cover Song)

Categories: News

Aloha you dudes!

My latest cover is out! For this one, I picked a song called "Flashlight" from the new movie "Pitch Perfect 2". It's pretty cute and gooey and stuff, and I loved the way that F-chord sounds on my guitar.

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