Lynx Bishop – Truth Be Told

2011-10-19 - 14:40 | SIRA Entertainment | One comment

Scripture- Genesis 1:26
Then God said “Let us make human beings” in our image, to be like us.  They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.
                                   “REAL SAD”
What’s “REAL”?  What’s real is the fact that in Life we are all subject to going through some Trials n Tribulations, some Pains, some Discomfort, and some Losses; but the question is, are we going to go through with CHRIST or without HIM.
What’s REAL is that with CHRIST you have everything to gain and nothing to lose.  Its like being given the opportunity to invest in the greatest project ever, but not being required to put up any money towards the investment, yet be automatically placed in direct line to receive the benefits and rewards that come from it.  So what do you have to lose.
What’s REAL is that with CHRIST you can exercise faith in the concept that good deeds will be rewarded while at the same time be comforted with the understanding that the evil, that is so prevalent among us, will also be dealt with; therefore inducing a faithful acceptance to the ramifications of injustice, the bewilderment of unanswered questions, and the end result to the unsolved Mysteries/Kidnappings and Murders, etc. that plague our society.
What’s REAL is the fact that GOD not only made us in HIS image but in HIS likeness, which means we are to strive to be like HIM.  The intent being that if we acknowledge, accept and perform in that position, the position that HE has PURPOSELY “Designed and Prescribed” for us, than we will know and take our rightful place.  Then and only then can we operate as HE operates: Strong Willed, Powerful, Creative, Courageous , Optimistic, Intuitive, Authoritative, etc.  Given that position, it is proclaimed that we are ordained to conquer, predetermined to “Reign” over all things made and rule over all of the Mountains in our lives, all the Circumstances, all the Obstacles, whether they be Physical, Spiritual, Economical, Emotional or Financial, etc.
Whats REAL is the fact that by going through with HIM we will come to terms with the reality that our issues will not miraculously disappear but they will definitely be either easier to bare, or they won’t last as long, or both. 
What’s REAL is the fact that with CHRIST there is HOPE which is a necessary commodity for enduring through it all, in-spite of it all, in order to overcome it all. – Now that’s what’s REAL…       
What’s “SAD”?  What’s SAD is the fact that the devil wants us to do it alone, his desire is to have dominion over our minds, to introduce ideas into our thoughts, which speaks to the way we feel and dictates the way that we act. 
What’s SAD is the fact that we often under mind the devils determination to succeed in deceiving us in to believing that Death is easier than life, which results in the contemplation of suicidal thoughts and actions, falsely advocating the idea that we can escape from life.  This is wrong, hurtful and permanent. It is ungodly and in correctable.  When we decide to end the greatest gift that was given to us, LIFE, we actually end joy and happiness, all of past, present and future memories.  We end all prospects of change and opportunity; and invoke a devastating pain to our loved ones that is excruciating and irreversible.
What’s SAD is the fact that We take ourselves out of position; we blame others for our own demise and shortcomings.  We pacify ourselves by minimizes our faults while  strangle others for theirs.  By not operating in Christ we subject ourselves to handling things from our own perspectives, knowing that we are imperfect and fall short of the Glory; knowing that we fail and era yet not giving ourselves the benefit of the dought by accepting these humane conditions.   
What’s SAD is that we deprive ourselves of our abilities and replace them with in-abilities by not knowing who we are in HIM.  We can not do it alone.  We can not make it without HIM.  It is virtually impossible to reach our full potential if we don’t even know what that is.  And even with the concept of knowledge, they say knowing is half the battle; they say be hearers and doers, they say learn and apply, so we still need to learn HIM so that HE can show us how to get there.  How to get over the mountains and through the woods, how to handle the curves, the roads that’s under construction, the wrong directions, and the bumps and the bruises along the way. 
What’s SAD is that we forget we are in the physical and the spiritual, and that our spirit man should lead our physical man; we frown at the concept that its ok to not be perfect, when the actual importance and necessity is in the striving for perfection.  We lose sight of the fact that when we set a goal, and reach the top, God can set a new top.  It’s sad that often we don’t recognize this as GOD’s way of leaving us room for advancement, room for growth and betterment.  And we wonder where are our Blessings.     
What’s SAD is the fact that we were given a will to make our own choices yet we’d rather believe that our cards were dealt and our hands were forced, that we are lost sheep thrown into pasture, with no way out.  God does not leave us, we leave HIm.  God is not looking for us, HE is waiting for us.  We have to stop blaming others, including ourselves and especially GOD, and choose HIM.  Or live like your dead until such time as we die. –  Now that’s what’s SAD.

-Lynx Bishop


2011-03-02 - 00:38 | Music Production | One comment

With this new digital age of production where many producers are working from their home studios, you find an increase in music producers working with each other on tracks or you find singers and rappers recording more  at home instead of major studios.  With  proper engineering skills producers are able to push out the same quality work that has been created in major studios for years.  As is the goal of pro-audio there is another ease of use and that is the sharing of recording sessions.  Previously producers or artists had to go to another studio to work on tracks or record but now one can work on a track from home then send it to another producer or even to an artist’s home who has a small studio and that artist or producer can complete a track or record.  This can be done on both the Macintosh as wells as the PC platform but they involve different programs.  By no means are the programs we are stating here the only programs you can do this with but these are the two we are presenting you with.  Let’s start with the PC platform.  One of the best programs for recording and sharing is Adobe Audition. Audition is a great program for recording and mastering and retails from around $99.00 to $355.00.  To read more on Audition go to  The first thing you want to do is create a folder on your desk and name it the same name of the track you produced.. We are going to call this folder “Fever”.  Next open Adobe Audition in multi track view.  The object is to get your individual audio on tracks and there are several ways to do this. 1) You can use any production program for this but just for reference we are going to use Fruity Loops. The Track should be complete in Fruity Loops before starting this process (completed in song mode).  Lets say you have 4 tracks 1 is the kik 2 is the snare 3 is the top music 4 is the bass groove.  You would mute out tracks 2-4 and export track 1as a song to the “Fever” folder.  You would mute  out track 1,3,4 and unmute 2 then exported that track to the Fever folder.  Do this with all the individual tracks.  Once  completed go back to Adobe Audition.  Go to File/Import/desktop/Fever and import each track one at a time.  Once completed you’ll see all 3 tracks in Adobe Audition on the right side.  In Audition click on the first track you see and drag it to the first line.  Click on the second track and drag it to the second line and etc. Once completed you have all on your music in Audition. This is the easiest way to bring things tracks in however it posses a problem.  Let’s say your snare did not start until you forth bar and you music didn’t start until your eighth bar.  Doing it this way you would need to move the audio around on the line until it lines up completely where you need it.  If nothing was edited and everything starts from the beginning this this way would be fine but often produces edit sons so here’s another way. 2) If you are doing production in the same computer you are using Audition with then take a chord and run it out of your speaker out put  of your computer and directly back into your computer.  Press the “M” for mute on the first track of audition and hit the ”R” for record.  In Fruity Loops mute tracks 2-4 and unmute track 1.  Hit record in Audition and play track one in Fruity loops.  If you do this with each track to each line in Audition the tracks will line up much better.  The only draw back is you won’t be able to hear the audio recording.  3) Next way to do this is by slaving whatever program you’re using for production to Audition.  There might be limitation but you can manually redirect the tracks you used in your program to automatically record into the audition tracks.  Check you tube for how to slave to Audition.  Finally when all your audio is record go to file save as and save the audition file into the “Fever” folder.  You can zip the entire folder or choose not to depending on how your transporting.  Now you can take this entire session anywhere or upload it to an online backup site like Adrive or Mediafire and send a note to your fellow producer or artist to download the file.  They’ll open it and all the production will be there for them to record or mix, master, or engineer.

Don’t Just rely on Software Talent is the Key

2010-11-23 - 15:43 | Music Production | One comment

I opened my first major production studio back in the early 90s with friends who were very musically and electronically inclined.  Prior to opening I was a rapper and writer working with live musicians and also sampling on analog equipment so using software was new to me.  When we opened the studio we used PC based Cakewalk that ran in midi of which has evolved into digial Cakewalk Sonar today.  The studio was in that location for about a year before we moved to a different space across the street.  We bought an Esoniq EPS, a Korg 01W and a four track.  At the time Macintosh was offering much more in the arts of music as well as graphics as compared to PC so we left the PC platform and went over to Macintosh by buying a GSII.  This computer was state of the art at the time and hard disk recording was unheard of.  Everything ran through midi.  We ran MOTU (Mark of the Unicorn) Performer software.  During the 13 years the studio was in operation, through our eventual 3 moves to bigger locations, the computer would change from GSII to a Mac G3 to finally a Mac G4.  The 4 track would change to 8 track, Adat, to finally hard disk recordings.  The EPS Esoniq would change to an Akai MPC sampler.  Software changed from Motu Performer to Motu Digital Performer to Motu Digital Performer 5.  We also had a host of modules that ran through patch bays. 

With the emergence of digital software, our $50,000 worth of equipment would be valued eventually at $8,000 .  The reason for this is because analog equipment was no longer needed so all those modules (Planet Phatts, and etc), adats, midi machines, drum machines and etc were now obsolete.  We could now get those sounds in digital packs.  By the end, the only thing the studio ran on was the computer, MPC 3000, an expensive microphone, and a nice size mixing board. And this leads me to the point of this commentary.  Software is a vehicle to reach an end result. That end result being music production.  I went to college for sound engineering and film.  So I learned how to splice sound on a reel to reel manually.  By the time I graduated everyone was using software.  Yes I did some software in school but still it is the point that by learning how to splice tape manually I was able to develop my ears for sound engineering which seems to be a problem with many producers today.   Today’s producers can do some amazing things but still the best producers have either had some formal training, play an instrument, or know enough about an instrument to play something on their track.  With several of my fellow producers we often discuss musical theory and why, in theory, something would sound right if we did this or that to the music.  Using software is a great technology that expands the instrument capability of the producer.  I literally must have over 12000 instruments at my disposal. But still there are some who don’t concentrate on the music aspect   of producing.  Yes producing is music but a producer can simply sample and put together a musical compensation that has little or no instrumentation which in the end could compromise the musical integrity .  Obviously that is fine if the musical outcome is reached however I would suggest you push the envelope and begin using the instruments (digital or analog) that will enhance your music further and not just your software sounds and samples.  If only because it could limit you in your musical growth.

Music has evolved and with it, the attitude towards it should evolve especially from a production stand point.  I except the way production is done today and at least half the time I produce the way production is looked at today with my own twist.   This I have to do because I am a selling producer and therefore I have no choice but to abide at least to a degree by the music that is current.  But for all of you older producers past the point of 30 who remember the era you come from, remember your training and use your skill when producing.  Newer producers, don’t forget  sounds and software are great but it is your creativity that makes the track.   If you are  talented I would say it almost does not matter which software you use because in the end nobody cares.  People just care about the output.  Still you can be a musician and not just rely on software to make your composition.  But of course you are grown so you can do what you will.

Rock Jersey (Dwight Walker)

General Manager SIRA Media Group

The Grooming of Music Artists

2010-01-27 - 00:54 | Music Production, SIRA Newsletter, SIRA Track Team | One comment

By Dwight Walker

Gen Mgr.


In watching a film called Cadillac Records which in real life was a record company that developed people such as Etta James and Muddy Waters, I began thinking about all of the record companies that groomed artists including Motown and Chess Records.  Since the 1940s the practice of record labels has always been to groom and market artists and groups to the public.  Grooming included how to; sing  perform, dress, give interviews, and in some cases, how to sit at a formal dinner table.   The record company would be patient in it’s development as it would work with artists and groups with the understanding that it was creating a total package for the public.  When an artist makes a hit he or she will know how to conduct him/herself accordingly depending on the genre of music.  Artists/groups who went through this type of development stages included; The Four Tops, Temptations, Phyllis Hyman, Patti Labelle, Michael Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Mobb Deep, Alicia Keys and many more.  There were companies such as Double XL who specialized in artist development as well aiding in the development of the public image of an artist.


It is inevitable that music evolves in all it’s genres however the tactic of the development of the artist has 

remained constant until the early 90s.  At the time, I worked for various recording labels and I saw first hand how many in  upper management of the music industry felt they could save more money by basically taking an artist off the street provide them with a song and hope for a hit.  If there is no hit then the artist gets dropped from the record label.  This new way of dealing with artists has an impact not only on the quality of work but also on the longevity of the artist.  ging in the living room or singing with a garage band right now.  For those rappers doing a cipher (in a circle in the hallways somewhere.), artists singing with a garage band,  or  college kid in a dorm room who just hooked up a track and now he’s putting down lyrics for that Saturday performance at the local recreational center.  A label may sign them, (and who knows they may do very well and live the dream),  But the questions to ask would be, how long will they last.  Based on the behavior of artists lately will the lack of development also be a lack of integrity and discipline to the craft as well? 


2010-01-19 - 16:27 | Approval Committee, Music Production, SIRA Media Group, SIRA Newsletter, SIRA Track Team | 2 comments

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2010-01-19 - 09:30 | Approval Committee, Graphic Design, Music Production, Poet's Corner, SIRA Media Group, SIRA Newsletter, Uncategorized | No comments

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