4PocketsAudio Interview of the Month – Brazilian Guitarist Marcos Kleine

Marcos Kleine Welcome to the 4Pocketsaudio Interview for September, we are very pleased to be joined by Marcos Kleine an internationally recognised Guitarist, Award Winning Film Composer and Music Producer.

Marcos has been a member of a number the highly successful bands including Vega, heavy metal band Exhort and more recently Ultraje a Rigor.

As a producer Marcos is working with acclaimed Brazilian acts such as journalist turned singer Celso Cardoso.

Marcos is also known in Brazil for his passion for SE Palmeiras soccer club, he is also a favourite of their fans for his live guitar version of the clubs anthem.

I would like to thank Marcos for taking the time to do the interview, as my Portuguese consisted of being able to order a large beer Marcos kindly agreed to do the interview in English, so thanks to Marcos on both counts.

So on with the interview.

Q. You are a talented musician on several instruments so what made you focus on the Guitar.

A. When I was 10 years old I had an affair with drums, but at that time I lived in an apartment and I would never have money to buy a set. So I played drums everywhere, pillows, sofas, it was fun and my first experience playing in a real drums was at 14 years old.

But on the 10 of march of 1985 a guitar came in my hand, just for holding the guitar my mind blows up and I got crazy. I also can play Keyboards and Bass, but the guitar really got me

Q. Who are your guitar hero’s and inspirations.

A. My first “guru” was Randy Rhoads. I tried to play all the solos from the Ozzy Osbourne songs.

I am also huge fan of Jeff Beck, Stevie Ray, Brian Setzer, Robben Ford, David Gilmour, Jimmy Page and of course Jimmy Hendrix.

Q. You seem to be incredibly busy how do you find the time to perform with Ultraje a Rigor, produce and your film work.

A. Wake up early, optimize my time and discipline. At the moment all my focus is on Ultraje a Rigor, but I still have some little time to do productions, soundtracks etc..

Q. There are a number of videos of you using an iPad in gigs, do you see a trend of more musicians using iPads.

A. I love to use iPad in rehearsals, it’s amazing. I never imagined in my life be able to use this kind of equipment. I lived in a time that was difficult to get a good guitar, amps and stomps. Especially in Brazil were we pay 3x more for anything that comes from abroad.

I think the iPad is something that will change the way we play and practice our instruments. I can see as the iPad becomes more a more established piece of equipment for musicians that we will put on gigs with 3k of equipment instead of a truck full of amps and pedals.

Q. As a regular user of StompBox for the iPad, how do you find using the iPad instead of traditional effects units.

A. For big shows, live performances I prefer to use my stomps, but I used Stompbox on TV shows, rehearsals, workshops. It’s friendly and the sound is magical. I love it! Who knows soon it goes with me on stage

Q. A lot of guitarists have names for their guitars, Brian May has Red Special, do you have names for your guitars?

A. Yes, my white one is called ANE, from “ANEMIA”, I think I don’t need to explain why heheh.

The purple one is called “Hematoma”. Well, I think the names fits well

Q. I know you are a big fan of Star Trek and have done guitar versions of the Star Trek themes and composed tracks for the spoof cartoon Sev Trek so what message would you send to JJ Abrahams to persuade him to let you to do a track for the next movie.

A. Ok, I will be honest!
Give me a chance J.J. I didn’t like Michael Giacchino score for the last Star Trek movie. I can do better (or not)”. You have nothing to loose, trying me is for free…

Check this out…

Q. What’s next for Marcos Kleine?

A. I never know what is coming next, but I hope I can have health and strength to keep working, I love music and to play guitar. This is my life since I was 15!

I am also thinking about recording 6 more instrumental songs to release an instrumental album.

Ultraje is in a great place at the moment, we are the band of the late show Agora é Tarde and this is a great experience.

Soon I will be working on a soundtrack for a movie and a new cartoon project. But the details are secret for now hehehe..

Q. The 2016 Olympics will be held in Rio, knowing your love of sport how much would it mean to you to play at the 2016 Olympic Opening Ceremony”.

A. I would be honoured if I am asked, but I think it will be easier for Brazil to beat China or USA in the medal table than someone on the Olympic committee invite me to play. All the indications are that Samba will be the soundtrack of the Olympics, but I would it would be a great honour to play at my home Olympics.

More information on Marcos can be found on his website: Marcos Kleine

StompBox is featured in Apples “Love iPad” TV Commercial

Further information on StompBox Guitar Effect App can be found on 4Pocketsaudio.com

Marcos Kleine puts StompBox Guitar Effects App for iPad from 4Pocketsaudio through its paced

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StompBox Guitar Effect App for iPad on Sale

StompBox Guitar Effects App for iPad

StompBox Guitar Effects App for iPad

StompBox Guitar Effect App for iPad that featured in Apple’s “Love iPad’2 TV Commercial has been reduced from $19.99 to $9.99.

StompBox turns your iPad into a fully fledged digital effects unit, complete with chromatic guitar tuner, metronome and loop recording tools. StompBox allows you to build a rack of effects in any order and then save your settings as patches that can be recalled at the press of a button.

With StompBox you get the best of both worlds, a rack of professional sounding stereo effects (with far more control than simple foot pedals) and a foot controller to access a tuner and all your patches.

Simply listen through a pair of headphones, or attach to an external amplifier or hifi to truly experience the program in all its glory! StompBox uses stereo routing between effects, which results in a very professional sounding experience.

Marcos Kleine puts StompBox to the Test

4pocketsaudio Interview of the Month – MashUp Artist DJ Flashard

DJ FlashardWe thought it would be great to learn a bit more about who is using the 4PocketsAudio range and what they are using it for so it give me great pleasure to welcome you to our very first 4PocketAudio.com Monthly Interview.

I am a big fan of MashUps, as well as enjoying the tracks I am fascinated by the process that artists go through to create them. So I am really pleased that the award winning DJ Flashard has agreed to be the first of monthly interviewee and tell us a bit more about Mash Ups.

Q. Tell us a bit about yourself and what got you interested in MashUps.
A. “I’ve always been interested in music – certainly from a very early age. I was always going out spending my pocket money on the latest chart music – 7” vinyl singles and, if I could afford, LPs. One of my earliest memories is buying the original Village People – YMCA records and playing on loop on my Dads record player (until he asked me to stop – presumably because he’d heard it too many times!). So I kind of grew up listening to music, from the sounds of the late 70’s, through the 80’s and the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (I’m a bit of a rocker at heart!), and up to today’s tracks. Having done a bit of DJ’ng work in my late teens, I was always interested in different remixes and the idea of creating a continuous mix by blending records in to one to create sometime new. Then, one day in early 2009, some years after my DJing days were over, I stumbled across a website where you could download separate instrumental and acapella tracks from various artists, which set me on the road to finding and falling in love with mashups. Around the same time, I also discovered a website call MashStix who let you post your own creations and people gave feedback / their opinion on what you’d done. This was (and very much still is) a very friendly place and where I am now a moderator for the site. Kind of feels like a home, having grown up through the ranks”.

Q. What gives you the inspiration for a Mash Up, do you just hear a track and think yes I want to work with that?
A. “Sometimes, yes, I’ll hear a track and think ‘that will work nicely with such and such’, but it really depends if you can find and download the parts (acapella, instrumental or stems) freely on-line. Normally, when I’m looking for material, it will be a track I know and like – I do this as a hobby, not as an income, so I like to work with music I enjoy myself. Otherwise, it’s trying to find tracks that key match, have a similar tempo and you’re able to work with the structure of the tracks to ensure the verse and choruses can be made to match”.

Q. When I look at your Mash Ups you don’t seem to go for either easy or obvious matches, I am thinking of your Beyonce vs Greenday, and Edwin Star vs Genesis vs Public Enemy vs Beyonce (War and Confusion) so How do you decide which tracks will work together?
A. “Key matching is the key, excuse the pun! The keys have got to match, otherwise it will sound awful. I use a programme called Mixed In Key to help. Most Mashup producers will aim to bring artists from different genres together in their work – certainly there is more kudos in the scene for mashing different styles and genres together and making something new. For my War and Confusion mash, it was for the final of the MashStix Mash Challenge from 2011 – they had very clear rules on what was required for the final of the competition, but I also wanted to run with a theme on that one, and doing a multi-source mash was certainly outside of my comfort zone (although I did okay as I won the comp!)”.

Q. I know this is going to sound a really simplistic question but once you have got your tracks how do you go about mashing them?
A. “On my PC, I use a programme called Sony Acid Pro to mix the different sources together (although they are others available). I start by laying down the instrumental and setting the tempo right. I then add the vocals / acapella on the top and set the tempo of that to match the instrumental. It’s then a case of matching up the verses and choruses, trying to match the chord progression, adding some effects to the vocals, volume balancing the sources and generally trying to make the various parts blend together to sound like an original track”.

Q. I know you have used your iPad for some of your Mash Ups, how do you find working on it compared to your desktop.
A. “Using Meteor is great for mashing whilst I’m away from my home PC. I just upload the sources I want to use, then mix away with my earphones on. The only niggle I have is that I struggle to be accurate enough on the iPad (compared with a PC). My finger, or stylus, isn’t as accurate as a mouse, and sometimes you need to place a vocal one pixel to the left, for example – easy with a mouse, but with your finger it takes longer”. (The zoom feature on Meteor will help you with this Flash)

Q. There are a great range of quality music apps available for the iPad, do you think this is leading to it being considered as a mainstay of the recording studio rather that something they can use when they are on the move?
A. “I only really use Meteor on my iPad. I have other music apps like keyboards and drum machines, but I’ve yet to use them in producing a mashup (although I love the idea of programming my own drum loops and use stems to replace the original drums with my own). I guess with apps like Garage Band and Meteor MultiTrack Recorder being more and more popular, there shouldn’t be any reason why producers and remix / mashup artists won’t start using iPads and tablets in more scenarios”.

Q. What advice would you give to someone who wants to make their first Mash Up?
A. “Obviously, apart from getting the right software to enable you to create a mashup, you need sources. Having a large pool of sources downloaded and available helps – build up your collection over time. All mine are already run through Mixed In Key, so I can just go to the programme and it tells me which tracks key match which and the tempo. From there, it’s finding two (or more) tracks that you think match and taking it from there. Post your creation on a forum (like MashStix.Com) to get feedback from other people. Finally, don’t be too precious about what you think is the final mash and be able to take advice and criticism from others – be willing to change or adjust what you’ve done to make it sound better – if we were all that good, we’d be getting paid for what we do and making a living out of it!”

Q.What does the future hold for DJ Flashard
A. “I don’t really know. Probably more of the same. As I said, this is a hobby for me, so it’s finding the time away from my work, family and social life to make more mashups, although I find it an absolute honour and privilege to be asked to contribute to a number of mashup albums that are put together and freely available online (Envision’s Smash the Genre and SoundUnsound’s Summer Booty 2012 albums, to name just two – check them out!). I also enjoy entering competitions, so, time permitting, I should look out for a few more of those. Otherwise, watch this space and check out my blog”.

We hope you have enjoyed this feature, many thanks to Flashard for taking the time to talk to us it is really appreciated. For further information on DJ Flashard and to hear more of his great Mash Ups check our his blog DJ Flashard Blog

Also check out MastStix.com its a great place to head for if you want to know more about Mash Ups.

Look out for next months interview is with Milos Twilight, Producer of the Gothic Assassins Movie.

Jazz icon Indra Lesmana released iPad only Track

Two Steps at a time

Jazz icon and head judge of Indonesia Idol Indra Lesmana has released an iPad only track, “Two Steps at a time” was created on his iPad using Meteor Multitrack Recorder.

Everything you hear in this song is recorded and mixed with the new iPad using meteor DAW and virtual instruments, Tascam IU2 audio interface, Electro Harmonix vocoder, Moog Littlephatty and Hammond melodica 44 with pitch to midi converter controlling various soft synths from Logic Pro.

Aurora Sound Studio HD Sequencer for iPad now on Special Offer

Aurora HD Sound Studio - Light & musical sequencing software the iPadAurora Sound Studio HD is our pattern based musical sequencing software for the iPad. By simply choosing a musical scale every note you play is in perfect tune, leaving you to make your own great sounding music. Now on Special Offer £13.99/$19.99

If you are a more accomplished musician you simply switch Aurora to advanced mode and you get full control over the built in instruments and effects, as well as many advanced modes such as the Atomizer and XY Mode which allows you to manipulate sound in real-time. You can create your own instrument from recordings made using the built in microphone. Just think, a full drumkit of you beatboxing into the microphone!

Auroraallows a mixture of pattern based recording and live performance. You can piece together complete compositions or simply improvise a performance. All of which can be captured to a file, for use as a ringtones, or to share with others.

The expression bar in Play Mode allows you to apply pitch bend, vibrato, volume and filter glides and modulation in real time whilst soloing over a sequence. You can even pitch shift drum notes, or even a whole drum layer!

An integrated mixer, combined with the ability to add audio effects and layer automation means that you achieve a sophisticated sound in a fun and user friendly way.

MIDI Out Support allows you to use an external keyboard as a sound source replacing the internal synthesiser engines. This new feature can be used by the sequencer and for live play.

PasteBoard support means you copying of all or part of a songs audio to other applications.Aurora also allows you to copy multi-track audio directly into our multi-track recorder Meteor.

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