Review: Boss VE-8 Acoustic Singer
Something’s got to go in between your microphone and your PA system! Over years of working with doo dads and widgets, I can testify, there are many devices that belong nowhere in your setup. But if you find that thing that goes after the mic and before the speaker, it may turn out to be more important than either the mic or speaker! Continue reading “Gear Review: Boss VE-8 Acoustic Singer”
So, I saw a great band, and they did this song, so I went home and figured it out. The only problem is, I’m not as great as they are!
But I’m trying! Playing with a Boss VE-8 Acoustic Singer pedal, with no amp. The electric guitar is plugged into the pedal, which goes into my recording DAW. The pedal arrangement on the VE-8 is quite excellent. In all my time playing with audio equipment, I’ve never Continue reading “Love Yourself (Sheeran) – Mark Urso”
I wrote today on Quora about YouTube, and wanted to share my article. It’s all about YouTube and how they’ve moved from ad-based to subscription … and it’s not a pretty picture for the average user!
Blame YouTube music videos!
The original question was … Why is Google’s YouTube increasing a number of ads shown per each video and what is your opinion?
Because after many years building the company based on giving everything away for free, supported by advertising (which worked well, creating a trillion dollar company) … Google is finally creating a subscription model.
Here’s The Background
YouTube is a video website.
It’s in the name – You-”Tube”
But there’s music on there. In fact, you’ll find what you’re looking for on YouTube when you can’t find it on Spotify or anywhere else. YouTube didn’t do this, the users did – they contributed James Taylor’s album discography without asking anyone’s permission, using still images of the album cover. At first the users were told, NO you can’t upload that! But a few years ago, YouTube started talking with artists and managers, Continue reading “The Evolution of YouTube; Dipping Toes in the Subscription Model”
It’s a reset, and it’s worldwide, supported by many countries including the US and Canada, and it’s being done now because Coronavirus is convenient.
So put your best thinking caps on, and put the pieces together. There is no more mystery around all the havoc and chaos. It’s intentional. Continue reading “Trudeau Lets the Cat Out of the Bag”
This statement was released today, after many media outlets published they were “calling” the US Presidential race for opponent Joe Biden, a skinny old guy who likes vanilla and chocolate ice cream, but who we know little more about.
Here’s the statement in full:
“We all know why Joe Biden is rushing to falsely pose as the winner, and why his media allies are trying so hard to help him: they don’t want the truth to be exposed. The simple fact is this election is far from over. Joe Biden has not been certified as the winner of any states, let alone any of the highly contested states headed for mandatory recounts, Continue reading “Statement From President Donald Trump”
If you’re not a Twitter expert, I’ll fill in some info …
Here’s a screenshot of a poll taken by a Twitter user:
It’s easy to see, Trump is winning, according to this poll! But, really, Mark, what’s it worth? Other polls (many of them) show Biden winning, or a neck to neck race! This is crazy. Stop posting ridiculous things!
But wait! I’ll explain!
Tiffany Anderson has only 303 followers. That’s important, because Continue reading “Tiffany Anderson Twitter Poll Shows Crazy Result”
Twitter offers, you might say, a lens into culture, personalities and current affairs. Most of your favorite people are on there, and most of the big players in current news stories have something to say, sometimes a lot!
There are articles, videos and opinions on Twitter you won’t see anywhere else! And, with President Trump leading the way, government officials would be negligent not to use the platform. While there are rules, there are few Continue reading “Twitter is The New News Media”
It’s one thing to be at the bottom of your class.
It’s another to be at the bottom of your class and lie about it.
Joe Biden ran for president in 1988. Many may have forgotten, because he dropped out, because he lied too much.
And no, this is not a lie! That’s the entirety of comic relief I’ll provide; Joe can take it from here.
“The 1988 presidential campaign of Joe Biden, the longtime Democratic U.S. Senator from Delaware, began in June 1987. He was considered one of the potentially strongest candidates in the field. However, in September 1987, newspaper stories stated he had plagiarized a speech Continue reading “Joe Biden Gives “Class” a New Bottom”
That headline — I didn’t make that up.
It’ll all fall into place for you soon! Let’s go to Oakland!
This is just plain fun. From a news reporter’s point of view, which is how I read all this stuff. Previous to this article, please remember if you were insensitive and confused and mistakenly called a protester who was throwing deadly weapons a rioter, you were probably a racist and should do everything possible to protect yourself and your family from imminent physical retribution. It’s all very holy. Continue reading “Protesters Are Not Rioters. They Are Terrorists. Well … It Depends …”
Anybody want to go for a ride?
Got this new camera …
Counting the Padiddles!
Osmo Pocket Gimbal Camera Dash Cam, Westerly, RI
A short road trip to Walmart to pick up some Continue reading “Testing the DJI Osmo Pocket Gimbal Camera as a Dash Cam, Westerly, RI”
This is an original!
Reaper with Addictive Drums 2 plugin
Hagstrom HL550 Jazz Guitar with DR Pure Blues 10’s
Peterson “Sweetened” tuning
Egnater Tweaker 112 Guitar Amp Continue reading “Hey Up There! – Mark Urso – Egnater Tweaker 112 1X12 Combo Amp”
DJI Osmo Pocket Handheld Video Camera
Both “Dreams” and “Gunpowder and Lead” were recorded with the gimbal camera. You can hear less audio compression being forced onto the signal by the camera on this song, just because the song is not as loud. The audio compression on the camera Continue reading “Review of the DJI Pocket Gimbal Camera”