All You Need to Know about the Best Typing Lesson

In today’s age, the skill of typing extends far beyond the scope of only professional use. People who belong to a few decades backs into the nineteen hundreds can still remember how typing was specific solely for a select group of people. Beyond the world of journalists, writers, official typists, and receptionists, people seldom typed for themselves. Then, as the world became familiar with mobile phones and computers, typing became something for everyone. The evolution has been quite amazing, so to say! 

Continuity of traditions

Today’s kids are born in a world where they soon become familiar with the sights and sounds of these household gadgets. So, as responsible parents, you should definitely see that they are getting the best introduction to these. As you know, the internet for kids always needs parental advisory. There can be many things that should not be accessible to innocent minds. At the same time, it is necessary to remember that kids, drawn by their natural curiosity, always tend to do what you would tell them against. So, the best way to find the right solution is to take control of your own hands. 

Find a way of safe and colorful introduction of the online world so that the children can make the best of it. Make it farther positive by helping them to learn something very useful such as how to type without seeing at the keyboard. It is really not anything to take granted because even highly accomplished regular computer users may not be able to do it perfectly! The secret is in memorizing the position of the keys with respect to all ten fingertips. As you see, there are two main issues in achieving this perfection. 

Firstly, the keys on the keyboard are not in their regular order as alphabets. You may think that it would probably have been much easier to memorize if the keys were in the regular alphabetical order. However, the QWERTY keyboard is actually a much earlier invention, much ago the age of computers. It was in the 1870s that Christopher Latham Sholes first developed this ‘scientific’ array of alphabets in the typewriter.

You may believe it or not, but the first versions actually had the keys alphabetically, but it resulted in several technical issues. So, the first Sholes and Glidden typewriter (1873) with this new format became successful and later paved the way for Remington Number 2 in 1878. E. Remington and Sons purchased the first model nonetheless. Since then, it has been in widespread use! Such wonderful bits of trivia definitely make the entire experience very interesting. 

Keep practicing

The other problem is that many people accustom with the use of only the forefingers and the thumbs to type. Although this can also result with good typing speed, yet it can be difficult to type and not stare at the keyboard once in a while. Essentially, it is a matter of very basic practice. The module-based best typing practice for kids help with both these issues in a step by step manner. As parents, you ought to see that only when the previous lesson is over, the learner proceeds to the next chapter, and so on. The modules include practicing finger placement for combined keys (such as Alt + Tab, Ctrl + enter, etc), numbers, and signs. 

Each module is accessible by an interesting flash animation design, where the learner goes through the lesson guided by an animated animal character who is the ‘tutor’. Be ready to meet a wide array of characters such as the rooster, the queen ant, the hippo, the snake, octopus, ninja turtle, yak, flamingo, and of course, the cat! (Seriously, how can anyone do without the cat?) Making matters more interesting is the fact that at the completion of each successive lesson, the characters stage a brief ‘musical show’ celebrating the success of the young achiever. 

Now, speaking of young achievers, it is always encouraging to find a fresh outlook on things. Whether it is a cool band that you are in, or you are doing something totally creative, give the best you can. Check out these lads from Bristol making some really neat noise. (Hint: They are not The Beatles.) 

So, after that slight bit of a musical break, here you are again back with the typing lessons overview. All these musical shows tend to make life colorful and meaningful, in totally anything that one does. Proper typing is something that requires very specific practice. It is surprising that so many people do not bother to follow the right format of finger placement. Practical experience shows it to be highly beneficial to improve speed manifold. Whether you realize it or not, every time that you glance on the keyboard, you are actually losing tiny bits of time that adds up eventually. Once the kids get the practice well in the young age, they would never forget it.         

3 Serious Mistakes You Should Avoid When Setting Up Your Studio Monitors

I’m guessing you’re probably reading this blog post for either of the two reasons:

It’s either you’re finalizing on the process of setting up your first home studio, and you just don’t want to test the waters  – you want to get it right from the start.

Or you have an established home studio, but everything seems to be in a mess – you’re not pleased with the sound coming out from your recordings, and you want to fix that ASAP!

Well, the good news is that you’re in the right place. In this post, we are going to show you the three serious mistakes you should avoid when setting up your studio monitors and how to fix them.

Without further ado, let’s look at the:

3 Serious Mistakes To Avoid When Setting Up Your Home Studio

1. Purchasing Over-Hyped Monitors

You may be fast to think that studio monitors that improve the sound of your music are the best, but you’ll be disappointed when you hear your track sounds from outside – you may feel like biting the bullet.

On the contrary, your objective is to get a flat frequency response like that of Lucia that’ll recreate your music as accurately as possible.

But listen to this: Some studio monitors are designed to enhance your music to sound better; which make it difficult to judge whether your music has a low-end or high-end. Avoid such studio monitors.

If you had already bought such a studio monitor, don’t fret, you can still rectify that by lowering the end to make your track weaker and thin – if you’re listening from outside your studio.

If you were in the process of setting up your home studio monitor, consider purchasing a more balanced pair rather than an over-hyped monitor, then spend some time to habituate yourself to the way your new device sound in your home studio.

2. Being Tempted to Place Your Monitors Against the Wall

The chances are that you’re going to turn your minimalistic room into a home studio and you’ll probably be tempted to create some space to make room for your monitors; placing them against the wall, or even worse, in one of the corners of your room.

But it’s not wise to position your monitors next to a reflective surface because doing so will make the sound bounce back. In a nutshell, when your studio monitors are too close to the wall, they become less effective.

Besides, situating your studio monitors against the wall can influence your decisions about the mix. Therefore, position your monitors some few feet from the wall, for example, a third length from the walls.

3. No Acoustic Treatment

This is where things get interesting. Did you know that the main difference that lies between a home studio and a pro studio is how the room you’re using for your audio activities is the design?

Pro studios are designed professionally to match the needs of a studio; from high ceilings to no parallel walls, acousticians make sure they have a design a room that will match the requirements of a professional studio.

Let’s be honest; it’s not going to be a walk in the park – “you’re going to require more than egg cartons” on your studio walls to get the professional sound records that appeal to you.

You’ll need professional acoustic treatment to solve some of the problems in your room, for example, you’ll not require carpets on your studio walls, you’ll want to do away with any foam on the ceiling, and probably eliminate any blankets draped near your studio. Don’t test the waters – go for materials like rock wool, mineral wool or fiberglass.

Usually, most acoustic problems result in bass frequencies that are trapped from your studio corners – though you can solve this. Position the bass traps along the edges of your room; and continue positioning these bass traps in all the eight corners of your studio room – from the floor to the ceiling, until you can feel that the low-end is perfect.

You’re trying to make a pro studio here, so you need everything to be perfect. So once you have solved the low-end problem, the next thing is to give your full attention to the reflection points. The reason why you should address this is that music bounces back off the walls from the monitors – which is one of the causes of acoustic problems such as comb filtering and flutter echo.

Identifying the reflection points isn’t going to be easy, and as such, you are going to require some help. Get a friend to help you hold a mirror against any of the walls while you sit in the sweet spot. Let your friend rotate the mirror across the wall and if they see a reflection of your studio monitors, ask him or her to stop. The last step is to mark these points and treat them acoustically.

Bottom Line

Setting up your studios as you can see isn’t a walk in the park, but with professional guidance, you can get things rolling in a couple of hours.

Now that you are aware of the most severe mistakes people make when setting up their studio monitors, you can now avoid them by implementing the suggestions.

Regime’s Discography

Regime is an up and coming Welsh band located in Bristol. The 5 man brand specializes in a unique combination of hip-hop with undertones of dancehall. Reggae and rock. It consistently tackles sensitive political themes, often using song to raise awareness to different social problems. Its unique message-filled songs make it an uplifting yet fun band to listen to. Being relatively new, the band has released two albums, push and 3db, that are already very popular. They are available on the band’s site as well as on iTunes, Deezer, and Spotify. Despite being new the band has garnered a following of more than 5000 people on Facebook and has even featured on BBC sounds. This article will shed more light into the two albums, highlighting the best songs from each.

Push

Push was the band’s first album and was released in 2015. The album has 9 songs, each dealing with a specific socio-political issue. Indeed, even the album’s cover has a political message. Featuring a generic looking man with his hand stretched out, dangling a puppet on strings, the album’s artwork evokes feelings that governments are becoming increasingly controlling in their citizens lives. Below are two of the greatest tracks in this album:

Queenie

This song deals with the politics of war. Its message is simple, that for as long as there is profit in war, the world will never know peace. In the song uses the Queen of England as a metaphor representing British leaders that champion policies allowing the sale of war machinery for profit. The song begins by declaring that the queen is a gunslinger and a gun seller. By cleverly twisting the patriotic expression “God save the queen” to “God save us from the queen,” the band manages to highlight the fact that at times, leaders who advocate for peace and democracy speak from both ends of their mouths by condoning acts such as arms selling. Though dealing with a sensitive issue, the song still manages some humor. One such instance is when it uses wordplay by saying that although the Queen may indeed be a Queen, she is also a killer bee. This song is a must listen!

Big Brother

The title says it all. The song, an extended metaphor inspired by George Orwell’s book with the same time is a cautionary message warning people to be aware that the state is increasingly intruding on people’s privacy. In the songs music video recorded live at factory studios, the song praises whistleblowers such Edward Snowden, who rose up against excessive surveillance by state intelligence agencies. In keeping with their tendency to soften their messages using humor, the band humorously admonishes people not to confuse the Big Brother being referred to in the song with the reality tv program that goes by the same name. A cry against the unnecessary intrusion of the right to privacy, this song is deep.

3Db

The album 3Db was released in 2017 as the band’s second installation. It has 10 songs. Although all of them are amazing, below are some that stand out.

Hard work

The song begins with the sound of birds chapping, evoking a feeling of dawn break. This artistic expression goes perfectly with the theme of the song for it deals with the fact that some jobs require working for long hours. It acknowledges the easily forgotten, overlooked and under-appreciated jobs such as mining, plumbing and raising children, and thanks the job doers. This song is a great addition to the album.

Robbing Us

The Big Brother extended metaphor started in the first album is continued in this song. The song begins with an aggressive almost heavy metal like a tune. When the lead singer comes onto the scene, he laments that Big Brother is a bully and a thief. He continues to lament on governments poor consumer prices policies and the consumerist, capitalistic system in general. This song is short and straight to the point just like its message. An amazing quality about this song is the manner in which the band manages to create a unified sound out of 3 unusual genres. The tune combines heavy metal, hip hop and reggae undertones together, perfectly. The band’s artistic rigor is really evident in this song.

Dizraeli, Aberystwyth, Soundcloud

Thanks to everyone who came to the Dreadzone gig, we thouroughly enjoyed ourselves.

We are playing in the Aberystwyth student union on Tuesday the 28th of February followed by a support slot with Dizraeli and the Small Gods in The Fleece on Thursday the 1st of March. Get in touch via facebook for more info and cheap tickets!

Lastly, check out our soundcloud page to hear 5 tracks recorded at Mwnci Studios last year. www.soundcloud.com/regimesound.