Happy Birthday to Starr Ackerman’s Music Production Blog! 1 Year Old!

•August 12, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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A throwback to some of the best posts, interviews and articles on music production from my blog!

Originally posted on Starr Ackerman's Music Production Blog & PR/AR:

On Feb 10, 2010, I created this music production blog to help other people find inspiration and helpful information to make music. Today, Starr Ackerman’s Music Production Blog is 1 Year Old! Here are links to some of the best posts from last year:

For musicians who are starting out and just want to learn how to make music, or build a computer music studio:

Making Music in the 21st Century- VST, plug-in, DAW Software, iDevice or DIE!

How can I plug my guitar into my computer to record? Audio Interface

What is a MIDI controller? Why do I need one to make music?

Best / Funniest Demo Video (and artist participation!):

The iPhone and iPad gets a condenser microphone: iRig Mic Video Demo with Starr Ackerman and CJ Pierce, guitarist for Drowning Pool!

Best Artist Video Interviews on Music Production with Software/Hardware (best showcase of my artist relations/public relations coordination and…

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iRig Mic HD Released from IK Multimedia, + CNN iReporting using iRig Mic Cast

•August 7, 2014 • Leave a Comment

IK Multimedia is known for providing solutions…whether it’s an tablet stand, a USB controller, a high-powered virtual instrument, or a serious sounding microphone that’s compatible with both your mobile devices and your Mac and PC; IK Multimedia announced the iRig Mic HD at NAMM in January 2014, and ever since, broadcasters and musicians have been writing me and calling, asking “When will the iRig Mic HD be released? I need one!”. Of course you need one. Until now, there hasn’t really been any competitive, low-priced, high-quality digital mic out there that works with both your iPhone and in the computer recording studio.

 How can I record interviews and movies with high-quality audio from my iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac/PC? iRig Mic HD.

iRig Mic HD for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac & PC, exclusively in Silver at Apple Stores! High-quality digital microphone for broadcasting and recording.

For example, CNN’s iReporter, Joyce Chow, has been using IK Multimedia’s iRig Mic Cast (a very small, unidirectional microphone) to conduct interviews. If you watch the interview below from Comic Con, you can see how easily she is conducting her interviews by using an iPhone and the iRig Recorder app to capture sound without all the background noise. Now, with iRig Mic HD available, she has the opportunity to capture high-quality audio to make these CNN iReport interviews sound even better!

On CNN iReport vetted for use on CNN – Toy Story that Time Forgot – Kristen Schaal – Comic-Con 2014

Joyce Chow interviewing at Comic Con using her iPhone and IK Multimedia's iRig Mic Cast.

Joyce Chow interviewing at Comic Con using her iPhone and IK Multimedia’s iRig Mic Cast.

 Click here to visit the IK Multimedia website to learn more about recording with iRig Mic HD.

Thanks for reading Starr Ackerman’s music production blog, public relations article for IK Multimedia.

For Girls (and boys): GM Diet Day 8 weight loss – 8 lbs total

•July 27, 2014 • Leave a Comment

GM Diet Weight Loss Day 7 : Zero change on the scale! Lost 7 lbs so far though.

GM Diet Day 8: -1 lbs, total lost: 8lbs!

Not really a surprise to me though, since I felt like I ate tons of red meat and calories. I also went to the gym this morning and had zero energy for cardio??? I basically did like 35 mins cardio and then some abs/stretching, that was more than enough for me.

I modified Day 7’s diet slightly from the original. Instead of having brown rice, I’m ate a gluten-free, sugar free protein bar (for breakfast – 280 cals, 20 grams of carbs, 20 grams of protein). And in the evening had protein and vegetables too: crab legs and broccoli. The reason for this is because I didn’t want to end the diet and cheat/go crazy eating pizza, chocolate and drink alcohol. I am really craving sugar…so this will do.

Here’s the chart of weight loss so far for the GM Diet:

Day 1 : Start (Fruit day)

Day 2: -2.2 lbs (Veggie Day)

Day 3: -2 Lbs (Fruit & Veggie Day)

Day 4: -1.4 lbs (Milk and bananas Day)

Day 5: 0 lbs (20 oz meat and 6 tomatoes Day)

Day 6: -1.4 lbs (feast day, all meat and veggies, any quantity)

Day 7: 0 lbs (brown rice and veggies day)

Total: -7 lbs so far, but I still have to weigh in on Day 8, which ends the first cycle (or whole cycle) of the GM Diet.

 

UPDATE:

Day 8 on GM Diet weight loss  – 8 lbs total. 

For Girls (and boys) GM Diet Day 6, weight loss: 1.4 lbs, 7 lbs total so far!!!

•July 27, 2014 • 1 Comment

Day 6 of the GM Diet is “feast day” – eat as much meat and veggies as you want, and drink 14 glasses of water.

GM Diet Day 6 Weight loss: I was really happy to see the scale dip down again after the stall on Day 5. On the morning of Day 6 of the GM diet I have lost another 1.4 lbs. That means I have lost 7 lbs in 5 days of following the GM diet properly!

Day 6: I ate 4 meals: breakfast was a tomato salad. Lunch was ahi tuna steak over romaine lettuce. Snack was a light steak (2 oz) salad over tomatoes/basil and red onion. Dinner was a full steak (10 oz) with broccoli.

Day 6 was a Saturday – and seriously thank The Lord that I could actually eat that day, because we usually go out and eat and drink all day. Of course, it was a little tough to find meals eating out that I didn’t have to completely modify, but I wasn’t craving alcohol or anything, even if we did sit at the bar for both lunch and dinner.

We even went to the boardwalk in Asbury Park and sat on the beach deck at this bar called the Watermark…and I realized they had more food that I could eat at that bar than the nice restaurant we just came from during lunch! I watched my boyfriend drink another two beers and had zero desire to drink anything except water.

I had a little more energy for the gym that morning, worked out with weightlifting and a little cardio for almost an hour. My boyfriend and I went bowling at night after we had dinner too. I sucked at bowling, but we had fun. I seriously think I bowl better when I’ve loosened up with a few drinks!

At night, all I could think about was ice cream…chocolate, anything sweet! Ugggh…bread too. I settled for two of my gummy multi-vitamins!

That night – I actually dreamt that I stole a cookie from someone’s desk. And the guy started asking who stole his cookie, and because I was eating it so slowly…savoring each chocolatey chip bite…I still had half a cookie to give back to him! Lol. This diet is making me crazy…if it weren’t for the excessive weight loss, I would have quit already.

Continue reading my experience of the GM Diet, Day 7 Weight loss.

For Girls (and boys): GM Diet Day 5 weight loss – zero!!!

•July 26, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Yesterday kinda sucked. Milk and bananas day on the GM Diet went horribly. The first part of the day was fine…then towards the end of the day around 7pm I had a headache. Of course, my boyfriend suddenly gets a serious craving for cherry cheesecake ice cream!!! And so we have to find a DQ and go get the blizzard… Kinda funny, he came out with his blizzard and a banana & water for me! But my head was aching…then it was really hard for me to fall asleep that night – like – my whole body was aching, even my hands. I think my body was in potassium overdose.

GM Diet Day 5, weight Loss: Stepped on the scale on the morning after shitty milk and bananas day, and lost zero lbs from the day before. Uggh!

Day 5 menu of the GM diet is 20 ounces of beef and 6 tomatoes.

Started the day off with the gym for 45 mins, light weightlifting and like 5 mins of cardio. Came home and made myself a beef stew with 5 oz of filet mignon, tomatoes, onions, garlic and basil. Was damn good! Snacked on 2 raw tomatoes diced with basil. Then repeated the stew for dinner. I think because I had to step up the water intake to 14 glasses, I wasn’t hungry enough to eat another ten ounces of steak.

I was in a pissy mood for most of the day… Guess it was the severe diet change. Fell asleep with no problem though.

Click here to continue reading the results of my experience with the GM Diet, Day 6.

For Girls (and boys) GM Diet Day 4, weight loss article: 1.4 lbs lost – 5.6 lbs total!

•July 24, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Day 4 of the GM Diet, Weight Loss Review:

Yeah baby! There is nothing like getting on the scale every day and seeing that sucker move down! On day 4, I have lost another 1.4 lbs on the GM Diet. That makes a total of 5.6 lbs for following the diet for 3 days, since I weigh myself right when I get up in the morning.

I have to admit, I think the constant shed is a combination of the low calories, unprocessed food and exercise. Every day so far, I have eaten nothing but fruit and veggies, and today’s diet is “3 glasses of skim milk and 4 bananas” (plus 10 glasses of water and vegetable soup if I want it). I have also exercised every day (yesterday I went to the gym during lunch, and last night my boyfriend and I went bowling…sober!)

I will also admit that I was sweating a LOT during lunch at latin dance class today. Jeez. My teacher noticed and said something about it. Whatever! Then afterward, I was kinda spacey. I had a little bit of a hard time concentrating on work until I had another serving of milk and bananas.

Seriously though, I’m wondering if I will actually lose ten lbs or more on this diet by Day 7 (or Day 8)? Tomorrow is Day 5 – 20 oz of beef and 6 tomatoes. Wow…wondering if I will actually be that hungry???

Want to read the GM Diet guidelines for day 4? Click here.

SampleTank 3 Released from IK Multimedia! Watch the video!

•July 24, 2014 • 1 Comment

Pro audio lovers have been waiting for the new version of SampleTank to come out for a loooooong time now! And from the new features and dazzling sounds offered in SampleTank 3, it has been well worth the wait!

Check out this video of SampleTank 3 for an overview of the amazing sounds inside – 33 GB library, 4000 instruments!

Visit the IK Multimedia website to get the feature list of this hot, new virtual instrument/standalone version of SampleTank 3, click here.

Thanks for reading Starr Ackerman’s Music Production Blog.

 
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