Tuesday, March 30, 2010

April Showers will bring you to the Co-Op...

Wed, March 31, 5:30 - Final Cut Pro 202 with David Webber
Final Cut Pro is the industry standard software for editing video. Learn methods to create great projects in simple ways that make sense in FCP. David Webber follows up his FCP 101 with this class, going over his secrets & techniques for editing in Final Cut Pro. He’s even going to assign (optional) homework where you can come in and edit with some stock footage and send him your final project! Boy, this guy is good. 5:30pm @ the Co-Op.

This year, April showers are bringing back the Tipitina’s/Valcour Song Contest!
During the month of April, Co-Op members have THREE hours to record a song and submit it to Rachel, who in turn will turn all of the songs into Lucius, Joel & Phillip over at Valcour records. They will then select ONE song (it’s hard!) to receive $200 cash, a year membership to the Co-Op, and Artist of the Month over at Valcourrecords.com!!!! WHAT?! I know. And they are looking for ALL GENRES! Click here to get all the info. Must be a Co-Op member from Acadiana to enter.

Wed, April 7, 5:30p How to record an awesome song in Pro Tools by Chase Dugas
Chase Dugas has been in the audio business for 12 yrs doing everything from running sound for live bands (Third Eye Blind, Josh Kelley, Dave Mathews, and Spank the Monkey, just to name a few) to building and repairing audio gear. With the song contest on everyone’s mind, Chase will be here next week to teach us how to record a killer song in pro tools with only 3 hours at the helm! It will be a fast based class going over the basics of using Pro Tools, what kind of mic’s to use, frequencies, and lots else. Come with questions and maybe even with some coffee in your belly!

Tipitina's/Valcour Records Song Contest!!

We are excited about the second Tipitina's/Valcour Records Song Contest that will take place during the month of April 2010!!

The way it works is that Co-Op members have three hours to come in and record one song. It can be a band, your solo project, you can have your own engineer that you bring in or do it all yourself. Rap, indie, folk, whatever you make we want you to record it!
Then the men over at Valcour will listen to all the entries and pick ONE recording
(talk about a hard job!) to win $200, artist of the month on ValcourRecords.com, and a year membership to the Co-Op!!

And don't think you need a lot of bells and whistles to win. Just make a quality recording of your best song. You can read about last year's winner, Christine Peirce, here! She did the whole thing by herself in one sitting, it's awesome and we can't wait to hear what else is out there!!

Feel free to call the office or send in an e-mail to book your time for the month of July!

Here's the rules & guidelines:

All entries must be recorded at the Tipitina’s Music Office Co-Op (at 510 Johnston Street) in Lafayette during the month of April 2010.

Participating artists and bands must consider their home base to be within the 22 parishes of Acadiana (and must provide a mailing address in Acadiana).*

All entries must consist of original material.

Only one entry per Artist or band (if two different bands share one member, that is fine, but different bands cannot contain two or more of the same members).

All entries must be recorded and mixed from start to finish during a single three hour recording session (it is fine to use songs previously written and worked on, but all recording music take place during the three hour session).

Song entries must be between two and four minutes in duration.

Entries will be judged by the partners at Valcour Records, LLC; criteria will include, but are not limited to: songwriting, instrumentation, vocals, creativity, performance quality, production quality, and likability.

Checks will be made out to a single recipient indicated at the time of entry, and any distribution among participants thereafter will be solely the responsibility of the artist.

Participants under 18 years of age must provide the name of a parent or legal guardian to accept financial winnings on their behalf.

All genres of music are welcome and variety is encouraged.

Contest rules are subject to change without notification.

*Acadia | Allen | Ascension | Assumption | Avoyelles | Beauregard | Bienville |
Bossier | Caddo | Calcasieu | Caldwell | Cameron | Catahoula | Claiborne |
Concordia | De Soto | East Baton Rouge | East Carroll | East Feliciana |
Evangeline | Franklin | Grant | Iberia | Iberville | Jackson | Jefferson |
Jefferson Davis | La Salle | Lafayette | Lafourche | Lincoln | Livingston |
Madison | Morehouse | Natchitoches | Orleans | Ouachita | Plaquemines |
Pointe Coupee | Rapides | Red River | Richland | Sabine | St. Bernard |
St. Charles | St. Helena | St. James | St. John the Baptist | St. Landry |
St. Martin | St. Mary | St. Tammany | Tangipahoa | Tensas | Terrebonne |
Union | Vermilion | Vernon | Washington | Webster | West Baton Rouge |
West Carroll | West Feliciana | Winn

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

It's March!

I know I am always saying that what I have to say is important, but it’s really how I feel! Of course!

So read over this table of contents, decide what’s relevantly important to you, and scroll down for the details.

Just a reminder the
March survey is going on, if
you come into the Co-Op prepare to spen
d a couple minutes with Rachel answering some questions about who you are and your finances over the last two years to collect info needed to secure our funding.

Table of Contents
-Thank you to YOU

-Thank you to Show & Tell Productions

-New Equipment is in!!!

-Valcour/Tip’s song contest returns!

-March Workshops: Grants & Final Cut Pro 202

Thank you to YOU
First off, thank you to those members who helped put on the fundraisers we had a couple weeks ago. We were able to raise some money for our Co-Op and also let more people know about who we are and what we do!
But a very special and loud thanks to those of you who came out and donated to help us continue the work we do.

Thank you to Show & Tell Productions
And a big warm thank you to Paul over at Show & Tell Productions for donating not one, not two, not three, but FOUR awesome brand new guitars. We now have two electrics and two acoustic-electrics for your recording pleasure and are so thankful to Paul. If you ever need live sound for an event, give that man a ring!

New Equipment is in!!!

We now have a brand spanking new 27” imac with the latest Pro Tools LE & Final Cut Pro Suite 3!!
I AM SO EXCITED! Just give me a day to do some rearranging before you all start running in. Thanks to the Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation for providing us with a grant to get the new equipment.

Valcour/Tip’s song contest returns!

That’s right! Valcour Records and the Tipitina’
s Music Office Co-Op are teaming up again with the Song Contest! For the month of April, come into the Co-Op and do the best recording you can in only 3 hours! At the end of the month, I’ll send them all off to the guys over in Eunice & they’ll pick their favorite (it’s hard to do!) and the winner will receive a spotlight as Artist of the Month on the Valcour Records website, $200 cash, and a year membership to the Co-Op! Details are forthcoming, but if you just can’t wait contact me and I’ll fill you in.

March Workshops: Grants & Final Cut Pro 202
We’ve got two great workshops this month, check em out!

Thurs, March 18th, 5:30 – Gwen Richard presents: Grants

Grants are one of the keys to making money as an artist, but it can be hard to wrap your finger around which ones are right for you and just how to write them. Gwen works with the grants over at the Acadiana Center for the Arts and will be giving a presentation to help you know about grants that are available and the best way to get them.

Wed, March 31st 5:30 – Final Cut Pro 202 with David Webber
Final Cut Pro is the industry standard for editing video. David taught FCP 101 recently, and for those of you who already know how to start your own project but need a boost in your ways of editing, etc, in FCP
202 we will learn ways of creating great projects in simple ways that make sense. There may even be pre-class homework, but I’ll let you know before hand if so. The way David Webber teaches, you feel like he could teach you to sit on the beach in cool, dark sunglasses drinking your favorite beverage out of a coconut. He’s that good at empowering you.

*Photos, top to bottom: Christine Peirce; Bonsoir, Catin; Russell Cormier. Thanks to them as well as Marty Christian, Andy Cornett, D'Jalma Garnier, & Joe Hall for helping with the benefits!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Build Your Own Tube Amp Workshop Details!

Date: April 12, 13, and 15
Time: 6-8PM
Registration deadline: March 15
Non-refundable deposit due by deadline: $350, mailed to the following address

872 Highway 758
Eunice, LA 70535

The deposit includes:

Pre-drilled chassis
Mains Transformer
Output Transformer
Tubes (4: 1-12AX7, 2-6V6, 1-GZ34)
Tube Sockets (4)
Jacks (2)
Pilot lamp
Power Switch
Potentiometers (2)
Power Cord
Fuse and Fuse Holder

Note that the neither the cabinet nor the speaker is included in the deposit.

Circuit description: 15W Class A tube amp with Volume and Tone control. The preamp will consist of a single 12AX7 and the output section will be made up of two 6V6 tubes in parallel.

Each person is required to bring the following:

25-35W Soldering iron
Silver Bearing Solder (ie. Radio Shack) no exceptions
Small Sponge
Small Wire Snips
Wire Strippers