Mixdown Tips for Audio Engineers through Sound Engineering Courses...

By Sujain Thomas Mixing sound can be fun, but can be daunting as well if you are not on the right track. An aspiring audio engineer or music producer must know some basic mix-down techniques for getting better outcome from an audio mix. Begin, Listen And Set Up With Effective Sound Engineering Courses: Begin Mixing Session: You may have received a particular sound track from the tracking engineer, just start listening to them with some audio mixing sessions. You can import the stems and set up the faders at zero decibels to let it play. As soon as the song is involved in the mixing, you will not require arranging, editing, vocal tuning, drum replacing or re-amping. All these processes must be completed before the actual mixing sessions begin. Listen: Yes, listening to the reference songs is very important before you start the mix down session with your sound track. If you already possess a predetermined idea regarding the sonic characters of the mix, you can start without the supplied references. Make sure that your client is satisfied before you customize with drastic changes to the original music. Set Up: You must set up groups so that your workflow takes place efficiently and quickly. Every group must contain their individual track and you must understand their work process clearly. In the groups, you can set fader, bypass, solo, mute independently. Your sessions will start growing as you start growing as an experienced audio engineer. Start simplifying the large sessions within few minutes so that you can keep the stress level to a minimum limit. Even experienced audio mixers can face a difficult situation when the clients are waiting for them just for a simple track. Understand, Route and Limit with Sound Engineering Courses: Understand: If no pan is present, you are required to understand that pan cannot be combined with hard right or hard left through sound engineering courses. This process may be required during double tracked backing vocals, choir recording, piano recording and double tracked guitar performances. An entire audio mix can fail if your panning is very wide in nature. So you should not make it a habit by default that you will pan whenever you are opening a mix. Route Track: Try routing your buses with a single master level control for the whole instrument. For example, if you possess 15 guitar tracks, 18 drum tracks and 3 bass tracks, you can use all of them to...

Don’t Waste Time! 9 Tips Until You Reach Your Ideal Private Jet Charter...

Looking to charter a private jet? Fantastic! Private jet travel is a great experience, here travelling can be easy, comfortable and you feel like you are in your own living room. Since, it is your first experience, selecting a right private jet charter can be daunting task. Following tips for private jet charter will help you to find a right jet charter. A/B/C or D! Pick Your Air Charter Broker Wisely! : Nowadays it’s quite easy to discover plethora of jet charter companies in seconds on web. However it’s obvious that you won’t decide on basis of a website’s pretty themes. Surely you can list out those pretty looking websites. Call them, explain your basic needs and analyze the agent’s knowledge regarding their industry & services prior asking about the price. Analyze who is considering your preferences and who is looking to make a quick buck off.  Along with that you should judge regarding the quality of company’s products, reliability and even aircraft quality. Within seconds you will know which company to go with. Accumulate Your Knowledge With Aircraft Types & Sizes : Most of the individuals never know that there are different types and sizes of aircrafts being quoted! Fortunately, with this post, now you are aware about it. Most of the charter companies immediately quote entry-level jets as they are aware that you just consider the prices. Experienced charters consider the type and size of aircraft for every tour. If you are looking for cheapest price, you have to lower your expectation on aircraft’s physical appearance and size. Comprehend The Reality About Empty Legs : Numerous charter companies regularly get calls regarding solving their query about empty leg flights on basis of the story they have read online or someone once told them over the phone. A company that serves private jet services in Dubai told that empty legs do exist, however with specific circumstances only they will benefit you. Look For ‘Sliding Departures’ Facility : Accidental circumstances may ask you to arrive late or miss the jet. In case, if you are not coming on time, the private jet can schedule itself around you.  Just like general flights you don’t have to arrive early for departure, for private jets your departure time is actual departure time. There are a few cases where a traveler will arrive hours late be that as it may; this can represent an issue. Most of the time there will be more...

Himalayas – what makes it an excellent location for leisure traveling?...

By Alfred Stallion If you mention the word Himalayas you will probably conjure up images of snow capped mountains with the mighty Mount Everest rising above all of them. In fact, the Himalayas are home to nine of the world’s ten highest peaks. But there is much more to this area than these mountains. The mountain range and surrounding countryside have been home to people for many thousands of years, there are a variety of trails across and through the mountains; many of which are suited to those who simply enjoy a good walk. In fact, there are a great many places which should be included in a visit to the Himalayas: Ladakh – a heavenly travel spot to relax and rejoice This place is known as India’s little Tibet. It is home to huge khaki colored valleys and rock walls from which you can see an odd green splash. There are an abundance of monasteries which the Tibetan monks still live in and celebrate medieval dance festivals; an experience in itself! Wild Tibet Tibet is often known as the roof of the world simply because this high plateau is the highest point of Asia. The great plateau is home to many Tibetan monks and it is well protected from the rest of the world by the huge Himalayas sat behind it. There are huge expanses of grasslands and beautiful, deep blue lakes; it also provides the best view of Everest’s North face. The treks are adventurous and wild, the people are modest but welcoming, and the landscapes are breathtaking here. Tibet is a unique, spiritual place where travelers come to find themselves and meditate. Nepal This is the perfect starting point to explore the mountains properly; on foot. Travel from Nepal and see lines of spinning prayer wheels.  You can get close to and really appreciate just how big Everest is and visit Sherpa villages; where you will always find a warm, comfortable bed for the night.  From here it is a short trip to the Kathmandu Valley; an experience which should not be missed. When you arrive here you may be surprised to see everyone is still wearing the traditional dress; in many ways this is the Himalayan Kingdom which time has forgotten. There are very few modern technological devices and it is an experience like no other. There is an abundance of attractions here, as well; the Paro Valley with its Tiger Nest hermitage, the tiny capital...

Super Bowl Cocktails

Hey there, Hope you had a great weekend. So the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers are headed to Santa Clara to face off in Super Bowl 50 to see who takes home the rings! With the big game this weekend, it’s time to start prepping for your Super Bowl parties. And there’s no Super Bowl party without cocktails, right? We have the perfect cocktails for each part of the game day. The Kick Off The Half Time Show The Touchdown Let me know your thoughts! The Kick Off – 1800 is the go-to tequila for an effortlessly cool, masculine cocktail and is renowned for being expertly aged and consistently smooth 100% blue agave Tequila. Whip up this 1800 cocktail to get the big game started! 1.5 oz. 1800 Silver 0.5 oz. Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice 0.5 oz. Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice 0.5 oz. Lime Juice Cordial 0.25 oz. Green ChartreuseShake with ice and strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. The Half-Time Show – We’re half-way through the game and Beyonce and Coldplay are ready to take the stage. Enjoy this delicious Santera Tequila cocktail. It’s light and refreshing while you dance along during the show. 2 oz Santera Blanco Tequila 1.25 oz Fresh Lime Juice 1.50 oz Mint Simple Syrup* 3 Lime wedges or wheels 1 Fresh Mint Sprig Club soda to topIn a shaker, combine tequila, juice and simple syrup. Add ice and shake vigorously. Fill a Collins glass with fresh ice and add lime  The Touchdown – You’re team just scored and it’s time to do a victory lap. Cheers to your team with this cocktail from Hangar 1 Vodka, made in the Bay Area from fresh grapes and grain. 1 oz. Hangar 1 Mandarin Blossom Vodka 1 oz. Sweet Vermouth ¾ oz. Fresh Lemon Juice ½ oz. Simple Syrup 2 dashes Angostura bitters Seltzer WaterAdd ingredients except seltzer water in a cocktail shaker. Briefly shake with ice and strain into an ice-filled Collins glass. Top with seltzer.  Maralyn D. Hill, The Epicurean Explorer Executive Editor, Luxe Beat Magazine    Digital Edition now online at http://luxebeatmag.com/magazine/ Editor-in-Chief, Where and What in the World Member: International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) Member: Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) Member: Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Luxury & Culinary Journalist, Speaker, Food Judge ment’or – Inspiring culinary excellence Blogs: Where and What in the World & Success with Writing https://authorcentral.amazon.com Follow me: @maralynhill google.com/+MaralynHill831 FB: http://www.facebook.com/The.Epicurean.Explorer,,  http://www.facebook.com/Success.With.Writing Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/maralynhill If you would like to submit a guest post on food, wine or travel to Where and What in the World, I would be happy to feature your travel...

Cuba? Yes!

By Jody Hanson Why visit Cuba? Because it is one of the most relatively unspoiled islands in the Caribbean with friendly people, great music, bland food and low prices. After the Americans imposed a trade embargo in 1960, the island went into a kind of time-warp stuck in the 1950s. Cars have been kept running with parts from other vehicles, a bit of snare wire, and sheer mechanical determination. Coke bottles have now been recycled so many times that the name etched in the glass is smooth. While Americans have been prohibited from travelling to Cuba, other nationalities – particularly Canadians – have been going there forever. I made my first trip to Cuba in March 1978 and my second in February 2015. And I can report that things haven’t changed all that much. Avoid the Hoards People who just want a break by the ocean tend to head for all-inclusive resorts that range from super-cheap – by western standards – to luxury. Here tourists can lie on the beach, soak up the sun and be fed and watered without having to do anything other than saunter up to the table. Those who are more adventurous – and really want to get to know the people and the place – can opt for local accommodation. Options include bed & breakfast, a room in a private home or renting a villa. Mixing and mingling with the locals gives you the opportunity to see the country from a more informed perspective. Renting from the people who live there also helps support the family – and most can use the money. So instead of supporting the multinational hotels, stay with some Cubans and help boost the local economy. The Internet Geeks and Internet addicts beware. The only country with worse Internet connectivity than Cuba is North Korea. The government Internet shops cost $4.50USD an hour – and you have to use their old, slow computers. And as they have a limited number – like five or six – you may have to wait. Wi-fi at five-star hotels – where you can use your own laptop — comes in at a whopping $10USD an hour. Further, because Cuba is off limits to Americans PayPal may block your account – even if you don’t use it. After my sojourn to the island it took me 77 days – complete with numerous phone calls and emails –to get the block lifted. The fact that I...

Michaels Modified No-Bake Cheese Cake...

This scrumptious no bake cheesecake is from our writer friend, Michael Ditton, from southern California and Banderas Bay in Mexico. When Maralyn was staying here this month she could see the old fashioned cooking methods in our small village, often without a stove. Yet the food was always fresh and flavorful, using few ingredients. ~Brenda Growing up in Santa Barbara, California, with my father, General Manager of the Santa Barbara Biltmore, there were many family meals out at some pretty fancy places. It didn’t matter where we were though; there was one thing for sure. When it came to desert, there was only one thing on the menu, as far as I was concerned. My folks used to joke about it with the wait staff and tell the story over and over to their friends. I was a cheesecake connoisseur and there was no cheesecake in the area I had not sampled and shared my pre-teen opinion about. With this love for cheesecake having grown over the years and it becoming increasingly difficult to prepare my own as I traveled, sailed extensively up and down the Pacific Coast of Mexico and never having either the proper ingredients, cooking arrangements or cooking utensils, I searched out and found a No Bake Cheesecake recipe that I was able to modify and meet the demand of my picky taste buds. Today I would like to share with you, Michael’s Modified No-Bake Cheesecake Here’s to enjoying the best homemade cheesecake you have ever tasted. Michaels Modified No-Bake Cheese Cake Ingredients: 1 envelope unflavored gelatin ¼ cup boiling water 2 8-oz. packages cream cheese, at room temperature ½ cup sugar Method: 1 cup your favorite flavored yoghurt (I like blueberry) 1 prepared 8″ graham cracker pie crust (make your own or (cheat) purchase preformed) Empty the gelatin into a small bowl, pour in the boiling water, and stir until gelatin dissolves thoroughly. Set aside. In a medium bowl, blend cream cheese and sugar until smooth (a fork and lots of strength or an electric mixer, if available). Fold in yoghurt. Stir gelatin again and fold into cream cheese mixture until incorporated. Spoon mixture into pie crust, cover and chill for 2 to 3 hours. Serve plain or topped. *** Michael is also author of Dreams, Goals and Adventure which you can find on Amazon’s Michael Ditton Author Page FB:  Michael Ditton FB Action Twitter:  Michael Ditton Tweets Pintrest:  Michael Ditton Pin-Ups Google+:  Michael Ditton Googling Linkedin:  Michael Ditton Pro ID Goodreads:  Michael Ditton-...

Past and Future Collide in Lima...

By Hannah Vickers While Cuzco is the more popular city to explore Peru’s ancient past, the noisier, dirtier and more modern capital of the country has quite a few hidden gems. Lima’s large number of historical sacred ruins are known locally as ‘huacas’ and are strewn around the city. As the sprawling capital has grown up around these hulking reminders of its past over the years, it’s had to grow around these ancient monuments. Most of the huacas aren’t particularly preserved, apart from a fence to keep out visitors, but Huaca Pucllana, in the heart of the wealthy Miraflores district, is open to visitors. Strolling around Miraflores, taking in the wide streets and modern architecture, you could be forgiven for looking a bit confused when you come across the pre-Inca adobe and clay pyramid smack bang in the middle one of the city’s most modernised areas. The impressive, but slightly sinister looking temple is made up of seven staggered platforms, rather like the Andean terraces you’ll see elsewhere in the country. The view of the cityscape rising up behind the squat, crumbling, adobe structure makes for disconcerting, but spectacular viewing. The site is still being excavated and artifacts are constantly being uncovered, as well as the odd mummy. So far, there have been three adults discovered in a tomb, as well as the remains of a child who was sacrificed. While most of Lima’s huacas are somewhat neglected, the Huaca Pucllana has been a historical and cultural park since 1991 and is still being investigated by historians and archaeologists who use the site to learn more about Peru’s pre-Hispanic cultures. It’s been of huge interest to travellers since the 19th century and is thought to have been built during the Lima Culture, which existed in the area from 200 AD to 700 AD. The temple has two distinct areas: the administrative sector and urban area, which are believed to have been used for public meetings and decision making forums, and the ceremonial section, which contains the impressive 500 metre long adobe pyramid and where priests conducted ceremonies honouring the gods and ancestors. Archaeologists have been hard at work in the area for some time and have uncovered textiles, ceramics, bones, stone tools and remains of animals and food, including alpacas, the popular guinea pig, ducks, fish, corn, pumpkins, beans, and exotic Peruvian fruits. All these findings help us to get closer to the original ‘Limeños’ in the area. You...

One Year Ago: Team USA Wins Silver at the Bocuse d’Or...

ON JANUARY 28 2015, WE MADE HISTORY One year ago, Team USA won Silver at the 2015 Bocuse d’Or. Congratulations to Chef Phil Tessier and Commis Skylar Stovar on the anniversary of this tremendous achievement. Team USA 2017, Chef Matthew Peters and Commis Harrison Turone, are already hard at work. Help us make history again! Donate to ment’or today, and be a part of our commitment to culinary excellence.    Maralyn D. Hill, The Epicurean Explorer Executive Editor, Luxe Beat Magazine    Digital Edition now online at http://luxebeatmag.com/magazine/ Editor-in-Chief, Where and What in the World Member: International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) Member: Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) Member: Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Luxury & Culinary Journalist, Speaker, Food Judge ment’or – Inspiring culinary excellence Blogs: Where and What in the World & Success with Writing https://authorcentral.amazon.com Follow me: @maralynhill google.com/+MaralynHill831 FB: http://www.facebook.com/The.Epicurean.Explorer,,  http://www.facebook.com/Success.With.Writing Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/maralynhill If you would like to submit a guest post on food, wine or travel to Where and What in the World, I would be happy to feature your travel experience , drink, special wine tasting, or family or simply delicious recipe. If you go to submission tab, you will see how to submit, as well as have the opportunity of telling me if you would like to would like to be a regular contributor. When uploading a file for submission, you are also able to upload jpgs. Please feel free to put a last paragraph about you and a link to your profile. No html please. You can also include a head...

12 Best Places to Retire in 2016...

By Kathleen Peddicord The secret to taking control of your retirement in 2016 and making this phase of life a grand adventure, even if your retirement nest egg is modest, is expanding your horizons. Take your retirement global and you can maximize your quality-of-life return for every dollar spent. Where should you go?   Here are your 12 best options for where to retire overseas this New Year: #12 City Beaches, Panama One of Panama’s greatest assets is its beachfront. This is a little country with two long coasts and several clusters of outlying islands, meaning lots of different beaches, Pacific and Caribbean, touristy and undiscovered, developed and emerging, accessible and remote. Among them all, the most convenient and comfortable is the stretch of Pacific coastline known as the “City Beaches,” thanks to their proximity to capital Panama City. This strip of Pacific beach communities stretches from Chame to Playa Blanca. These are the beaches you can most easily escape to on a regular basis, and many Panama City residents do, driving out on Friday afternoons and returning Sunday evenings (making for mega-traffic headaches on the Pan American Highway and crossing the Bridge of the Americas during those times). The most developed, established, and fully appointed beach community along this stretch is Coronado, about two hours from Panama City. This fast-growing coastal region offers a high quality beach lifestyle with all amenities and services you could want. Coronado town has developed into a busy commercial center that makes for a turn-key retirement choice, and, indeed, this is the direction this former weekend retreat is evolving into a full-fledged retirement community with an established population of full-time foreign residents supported by a developed infrastructure, including good medical facilities. Coronado is an affordable place to live but not as cheap as other top beach choices in this country. The trade-off is access. The more affordable choices are also more distant from Panama City. One of the biggest advantages of the City Beaches area is that it’s in Panama. Panama has held the position of world’s best country for retirement for more than a dozen years. Panama uses the U.S. dollar for its currency, meaning retirees with retirement incomes in U.S. dollars have no currency-exchange risk or worry. Medical care, particularly in Panama City is international-standard and affordable. And the country offers a gold-standard retiree residency visa program. Coronado, only about an hour outside Panama City, offers the most turn-key and most expat-ready ocean-front lifestyle available...

5 Healthy Travel Trends for the New Year...

The New Year is a time when people announce resolutions and work to create new habits. However, out of the 45 percent of the population that is estimated to make them, only around 8 percent actually achieve them. Even within the business travel world, there are plenty of resolutions and trends that people will set, as they make their way around the country and world in the name of business. There are some emerging trends for the New Year that will help keep travelers healthy as well as happy. “Anytime we can maintain healthy habits while traveling, we are doing great,” explains Jayne McAllister, of Jayne McAllister Travel Wellness. “Traveling can be demanding for anyone who is even remotely health conscious, but times are changing as indicated by exciting new trends that facilitate keeping a healthy mind and body on the road.” Here are 5 healthy travel trends for the New Year: 1.    Health Oriented Hotels. It used to be that you stayed in a hotel that boasted a mediocre workout room down the end of a dark corridor and a restaurant with one menu item highlighted as heart healthy. Business travelers now have true wellness options in the shape of hotels whose brand is geared toward the health-conscious traveler. IHG’s EVEN Hotels has been going strong in the mid-price range for a couple of years now. At the luxury end of the market, famed gym brand Equinox is entering the hospitality business and developing its first hotel in Manhattan which is due to open in 2018. The property will include a 60,000 square foot fitness center. The trend has filtered to mainstream properties, which have amped up their facilities for healthy travel. Westin has long led the way with its WestinWORKOUT rooms, followed by other hospitality groups such as the Trump Hotel Collection’s Trump Wellness signature program. Since 2012, the MGM Grand in Las Vegas has offered dedicated Stay Well rooms, designed by Delos, which include – among other features – an air purification system, aromatherapy, long wave night lighting, and vitamin C-infused showers. 2.    Work out at the airport.  Passengers are taking advantage of airport down time to get moving to counter the effects of being sedentary and stationary. Many airports now boast walking paths and yoga rooms. In 2016, gyms are joining shops, restaurants and bars as airport concessions thanks to a startup company called AirFit. Facilities will include a state of the art workout room, showers,...
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