MEETING NEWS

By Diana Black

FUTURE MEETINGS

October 1

Bobby Lanz of the Bobby Lanz Band will speak to the membership about pop music and writing for that market. Lanz regularly gets airplay locally for his records. He also writes with former LASC board member Ron Gambrell.

October 15

Critique session. Please bring ten (10) lyric sheets with your tape. Sign-up is first-come, first played.


AUGUST MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS

Doc Dockery and Charlie Walls brought the membership to its feet at the August 6th meeting. Only minutes into their demonstration on how to use a 4-track machine, Prez Paul suggested everyone join the two studio men at the front of the meeting room so everyone could get a closer look at the two systems furnished for the evening.

Larry Standiford, who was out of town on business and not able to make the meeting, had supplied Doc with the Fostex 250 system. It was a quality machine that enables one to start with a drum beat, then add bass, guitar and vocals. Bouncing tracks back and forth, a process commonly called "ping ponging" allows one to add even more to the demo by recording two or three completed tracks onto one and using the remaining track(s) for other instruments or vocals.

The digital system Charlie demonstrated was furnished by Kenny Deweese, owner of Far Out Music. The system was a Tascam Porta 05 which produces excellent sound while allowing the same versatility as the above mentioned system. To better illustrate the process, Alan Morris grabbed a guitar and with the help of Doc and Charlie, made a demo on the spot.

The evening's demonstration allowed those members not familiar with 4-track machines the opportunity to "get used" to them and see that they are not as difficult to operate as they appear.

During a discussion on the time it takes to become adept with a machine of this nature, Lisa Murray mentioned that U of L and IUS have electronic lab courses for those who want to learn more.

Anyone thinking they may be interested in purchasing a 4-track can rent one from Doo-Wop Music to decide if they want to invest the money. It was suggested that before leaving the store it would be wise to have someone demonstrate how to use the leased machine.

Many thanks to Charlie, Doc and Larry for supplying us with yet another tool to use in honing the craft of songwriting.