How to edit songs or song clip. For example there a few songs downloaded in my mindows media player and i only like the middle part of it. So how do i cut the part in the middle and save it. Basic sound editing. Do i have to download a software or something? Plz and thank u for the reply. To edit song lyrics, go into “Edit” mode with the “Pencil” button at the right of the window or use the Ctrl+E keyboard shortcut. Enter the song verses one below the other. Standard features of common word processors are available. When a verse is too long to fit on a.
You may not know this about me yet, but I used to be a Computer Science major in college. After two years, I changed my major, like many students frequently do, to Management because I decided that I would rather spend most of my time in life working with people rather than typing and debugging lines of code in a computer lab. I probably could have double-majored as much of my day is still spent typing away on a laptop, and many of my nights are spenting working with people. Many of the projects at church find me equally dependent upon my computer and my management skills. Who would have thought that I’d end up a pastor where both skills come into play?
When it comes to leadership, I’ve been a huge fan of John Maxwell’s books on leadership. He has many, many books on the topic if you’ve never read any of them. My favorites are…
Developing The Leader Within Youand
I’m starting this Leadership topic because I just finished the final dress rehearsal for our upcoming Christmas Musical, and it has been a long journey to get here. There have been many tasks and projects that helped to stretch me in my God-given gift of leadership. Much of the daily “ins and outs” of my job as a pastor have to do with leading and managing people. Maybe some of these posts will help clarify some of the qualities that I strive for in my own leadership style, and in turn, help you develop more as a leader yourself.
I believe that one of the most important qualities of a great leader is that a leader is relational. That belief was either started or reinforced through reading Maxwell’s books. If one can’t maintain a solid relationship with others as one leads, especially when working in a volunteer setting like a church, people will pull out on the task or project, and there will be great difficulty in accomplishing the goal. You may accomplish the goal but alienate people, who are far more important than the goal, in the process. In fact, when it comes to leadership, people are always the goal. A manager doesn’t necessarily have to be relational to accomplish the task, but a great leader does. By that, I mean, you don’t have to actually like a manager at work, yet you’ll still be held accountable to do your job. But if you don’t like a leader in an area where you volunteer, that leader can’t hold you accountable to complete the task, so you will most likely just quit volunteering. It takes more relational skills to be a great leader than it does to be a manager.
Putting together all that we have done for this Christmas Musical required a great team of volunteers to accomplish the original vision. As I’ve led, there have been some tasks that were very difficult and required a great deal of time and energy to be able to accomplish them. At times, it was a great struggle, that stretched myself and others on the team. The cost in volunteer man hours and the commitment level needed were great. Without a strong relational tie and a genuine friendship with those on the team, I don’t think we could have accomplished what we have together when things got tough and stressful.
So to all of my co-laborers in this act of love and worship of our God in performing this year’s Christmas Musical…
I thank you for the many hours you have sacrificed to make the vision possible. I’ve worked hard, and you’ve worked equally as hard at my side and on your own to accomplish this mission. But most of all, thank you for the relationship we have as friends that makes it possible to accomplish such great things for the Kingdom together. I hope that you are as happy and excited as I am with the finished project. But more than that, I hope that the process was one that deepened our relationship with each other and developed and stretched your own leadership gifts. I hope that you will be even more excited to join PD’s team for next year’s musical…or the next idea or project that PD comes up with…for God’s glory.
BTW, one of my favorite quotes on leadership is “He who thinks he is leading and then turns around to find no one is following is merely taking a walk.” Don’t know if that was a Chinese proverb or a Maxwell quote.
A Savior Is Born: Part 2 – Peace
Sunday was Part 2 of the Special Christmas series at Grand Heights called “A Savior Is Born.” It’s really been fun getting to add the extra Special Music numbers and Videos now that we have the two extra video projectors. I’ve not personally heard that much feedback on them from you at Grand Heights, but I think they look awesome and have really added to the Worship at Grand Heights. Not only do they help visually in the Praise & Worship sections of the service, but they add to the sermons as well. The movie-quality video illustrations really help setup the sermons nicely, too.
If you like this as much as I do, know that we have even more surprises in store for the upcoming Christmas Musical: God Coming Down on December 22nd. It’s going to be the BEST MUSICAL YET at Grand Heights as we’re incorporating the new video projectors and programming lighting effects in a whole new way…even more dramatically than is being done in these Special Christmas Services in December. I hope that you are planning to attend the Musical this year and are inviting family and friends already.
If you haven’t invited someone to Grand Heights Special Sunday Christmas Services…PLEASE PICKUP ONE OF THE CARDS and invite someone. Only two weeks are left in the series. And invite someone TODAY for the Christmas Musical while you’re at it.
Here’s a setlist of the songs from the service…
- Not So Far From Bethlehem (Point of Grace) – Becca’s Special Music
- O Little Town Of Bethlehem (Traditional Carol)
- Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne (Traditional Carol)
- A Cradle Prayer (Rebecca St. James) – Lydia’s Special Music
- Once In Royal David’s City (Traditional Carol)
- Perfect Peace (Laura Story) – Jen’s Special Music
Here’s some of the albums that these songs were taken from…
So I realized…
So I realized today that my “Worship @ Grand Heights” page isn’t really a Blog that you can post regular updates to. It’s more like a single Web Page…hence the name “Pages” in the WordPress Dashboard. Duh. So, I’m going to attempt to edit it from being a page and turn it into a new Category instead that can be posted to regularly.
The search for a Custom Header
So in setting up this Blog, I initially decided that I would just use my current web host provider to Blog with the internal Blog application that came with my service. It was a version of WordPress, so I figured it would be the easiest way to begin Blogging. And, indeed, it was…in the space of a few hours I had purchased a new domain, setup a new Blog, and linked it to my new domain. I chose a template (maybe you saw the snowboarding theme on Day 1 of the Launch) and entered my first post and first page. All was well…until I decided that I wanted my own custom image for the header.
Today, I discovered that a custom header was not possible if I continued to use my host’s Blog application. Bummer.
So, I had to start all over again. I spent a great deal of time researching how to make a custom header, and I discovered a REALLY GREAT Blog in the process. Check out this Blog if you want to see an example of someone who Blogs for her children’s benefit…and she has seven of them…I’m sure you’ll find much to read there that is encouraging. www.myblessedhome.wordpress.com
So, basically I setup a whole new Blog, exported my original Blog, imported it into my new Blog, created the header and background, and tweaked and tweaked and tweaked. I hope you like it. Next, I need to delete my original Blog and link my domain to this new Blog. Hopefully, it will work.
If you’re reading this on www.PDsBlog.com right now… then it did! Yeah…what a relief!
A Savior Is Born: Part 1 – Hope
This past weekend, we started a new series at Grand Heights called “A Savior Is Born.” A lot of work has gone into this special 4-part Christmas series planned for every Sunday in December. One of the ideas I had was to add some additional video projectors to our current stage setup, so that we could use them for a 3-screen effect for these services. It was a lot of work, but with the help of a few good friends (Aaron, Angie, Rocky, Ken, and Jim), we were able test the idea, remove some shelving, repair and paint the walls, run some wiring, and install and setup the 2 new projectors all in one week! I was so excited to see the idea become a reality. I hope you were as “Wow’d” as I was when you entered the auditorium. Make sure you tell them you appreciated all their hard work next time you see them.
Here’s a setlist of the songs from the service…
- Light Of The Stable (Selah) – Lydia, Regina, and Susan’s Special Music
- Infant Holy, Infant Lowly (GH Version)
- What Child Is This? (Traditional Carol)
- You’re Here (Francesca Battistelli)– Regina’s Special Music
- Joy To The World (GH Version)
- Come Thou, Long Expected Jesus (Traditional Carol)
Here’s a couple of the albums that these songs were taken from…
A reason to Blog…
Thanks for coming to www.PDsBlog.com to read my personal Blog. This is my first post. For those of you who blog all the time, Kudos to you! I’ve not really spent much time out there in the Blog-o-sphere.
Being a youth pastor, I first learned about social media type websites a few years ago when the MySpace craze hit a lot of our teens at Grand Heights, and I had to explore their world and get a MySpace page to understand what in the world they were talking about. By the time I started getting used to it, many of them had already migrated to Facebook and many of them claimed to never really get on MySpace anymore.
So then I started a Facebook account, which almost every one of our college students was using. Today it seems that Facebook is still going strong with even my mom and dad getting on there; however, my wife has yet to start a Facebook page. Many of the teens are still using Facebook, and some still use MySpace, but most send a couple thousand of text messages on their cell phones instead.
So now that you can surf the web, post on your Facebook wall, text message, and Tweet all on your cell phone, I suppose I’ll have to get me an upgraded cell phone to keep up with my Blog too. But personally, I like using a laptop and a real keyboard for all those things…bigger screen, faster typing, etc.
Well Pastor Waldo got his Blog setup before mine (www.WheresPastorWaldo.com) and with our new church website (www.GrandHeights.org) launching this week, it’s time to start an official Blog for PD. I’ll try to post at least once a week here in the beginning. But please be patient as I figure out how all this works. I’ll try to tweak my Blog to my own personal style, and hopefully many of you at our church, and those of you who may have intentionally or unintentionally stumbled upon my Blog will keep coming back here to read more.
I’d imagine you may have wondered what the life of a youth and worship pastor is like, so hopefully you’ll get a sampling of that, reading it here. But more than that, I hope you get a better understanding of what it means to live life as someone who is developing the heart of Christ.
And maybe…just maybe…you’ll come to embrace that same life for yourself.
Phil Hall, one of our PSR Performers, was recently asked by one of the yahoo-psr-songs forum members, Harry Leff, to provide some advice on how a recorded song, which had the modulation wheel set far too high, could be adjusted after it was recorded. Phil obliged and also pointed out how additional adjustments can be carried out before recording and saved in registers. He also showed how one could make these adjustments to a song even after it was recorded. Sometimes that little bit of tweaking after the song is recorded can make a big difference!
Phil was kind enough to send me a copy of his correspondence, which he thought PSR Tutorial visitors might find useful. I heartily agreed and checked with Harry, who graciously agreed to let us use his 'original' recording as well as the modified recording that Phil worked on. Both are available below. Phil's response was incorporated into his 'reply' to Harry's letter. I've kept that general format, editing out some non-relevant material and adding a helpful screen shot here and there. Thank you, Phil and Harry.
-- Joe Waters
I'm writing you after getting a wonderful recommendation to you from our mutual friend Julio. Julio explained that you had a terrific command of the PSR-2000 and would be willing to help me a bit.
I have been playing a number of songs and sending them in to the group. While well received as to my playing ability, I seem to not have the clarity and purity that may well be desired. They tend to believe it might be that the modulation wheel needs to be used in the proper manner.
I personally believe that the modulation wheel should be turned all the way toward the performer and left there (equal to zero). It does serve its purpose with some instruments played in certain ways. Julio does use it well, but sparingly with some guitars. There is a way for us to know that -- I'll get to it later. I think that you will find that most people, who do use it, use it primarily while 'multi tracking.' That is adding tracks and instruments to a song after it has been recorded. This allows you to add sounds with the right hand and manipulate the wheel with the left hand. This also applies to the pitch bend wheel. It is very difficult to control satisfactorily while playing the song with two hands. Will Stewart is probably the pro with the pitch bend.
As for the wheel, I don't even know what it is there for.
Dr eggman's mean bean machinenewinnovations. The purpose of the modulation wheel is to provide added vibrato -- or the slowly raising and lowering of the pitch (as opposed to volume). I'm sure you have watched violinists rocking their left hand back and forth as they hold a note or a singer wiggle their Adams apple up and down as they hold a note, or a trombone player moving the slide in and out a little on long notes. It gives that little extra something to an otherwise boring note. To sound its best it would only be applied to notes that are held -- and not turned up very far at that.
Of the songs that you have submitted to the group, the best example of what not to do was 'Solace.' In that song you had the modulation wheel turned up as far as it would go, and you had two voices being played in the right hand. The modulation was being applied to both voices, and there were many 'short' notes. Since the PSR was trying to make the pitch go up and down slowly, some of the notes were sounded while the pitch was higher than normal, and others were sounded when the pitch was lower than normal. It made it sound like a violin or trombone player 'looking' for the right pitch (instead of just putting some vibrato on the end of the note). This problem was amplified in Solace because there were two instruments trying to find the right notes.
I noticed myself that Julio's instruments seem so much purer and have a much better tone. In any case, I wonder if you could give me any enlightenment as to what I can do to improve my music.
I wish I could make mine sound like his, too! But in listening to your songs, I think there are two things that you could do to make them sound 'cleaner.' The first does not apply as much to Solace, but is more noticeable in many of the others. The volume of the lead voice is too low. You hear the accompaniment, left hand voice and/or the layered voice equal to or louder than the instrument that is trying to carry the melody. I didn't pay attention to whether or not you were using the OTS voices or selecting ones of your own -- but it doesn't really matter, because those things can be changed after you record the song.
The other thing that he does and you can do to give the voices some life is to add some reverberation. This can easily be done with the PSR-2000 after you record the song also -- although I usually set up my voices using the Registration buttons and add the reverb and adjust volumes there --then when I record, I get what I hear. I think it allows me to get more feeling into the music that way (Julio's 'Feeling Button').
I am attaching the last song I sent in. It is an original I wrote a while back called 'A Walk In The Woods.' Perhaps you could listen and get an idea from that.
As I mentioned earlier, I chose to modify Solace because I think it will allow you to hear the differences more clearly. I don't know about you, but I don't have Julio's ear for detecting smaller differences in songs.
Any other suggestion or critiques are more than welcome and I certainly appreciate your time if you feel you can help. Many thanks in advance and I will be looking for any of your songs also.
If you've been watching for the last week or so, I'm the grandfather who has been uploading songs from the album of music I've played and recorded for my grand daughter's upcoming wedding.
[Phil Hall is one of our PSR Performers, as is Julio Cazes. Harry is a regular contributor to the psr-songs forum.
Click on the links here to download Harry's original version of the Solace midi file and Phil's revised version.
Psalms In Song Form
Below are Phil's extended comments on editing midi files. -- Joe]
What is a midi file?
Now, let's talk about what I did to Solace -- and what you can do to all of your songs. First of all, since I don't know anything about your knowledge level, let me be sure that you know what a midi file really is -- and is not. Unlike a .wav file or a CD music file, it is not millions of samples of electrical voltage levels commonly referred to as a digital recording. A midi file is more like the old piano roll from a player piano, but it is also a lot more. When you record a song on the PSR, it records every button you pushed to set up the keyboard such as the tempo, the voices, the style, the main ABCD variation, etc. Then, when you start playing, it records what time you pressed each key on the keyboard and how hard you pressed it. It also records when you release each key. So, when you play a midi file on your keyboard, the file just tells the keyboard -- select the JumboReggae style, set the tempo to 126, turn on left-hand hold, turn on DSP, set the modulation wheel to 127 (as high as it goes), set the volume of track 1 to 109, select the track 1 voice to trumpet, etc. etc. Then the clock starts ticking (and it's a very fast clock -- thousands of ticks per second. When the clock gets to when you played the first chord in the left hand, it says play G1, play C2, play E2, later it will send three commands to stop playing those three notes. If you press the 'C' variation button a little later, it will tell the keyboard to change it. Watch the lights when a song is playing; you'll see them change.
Again -- all of these things are recorded in the file. When you load a song into the keyboard that you have previously recorded (or someone else recorded), you can 'go into the keyboard' and see all of these commands -- AND CHANGE THEM.
I'm going to go rather quickly through the rest of this, because there are some very good tutorials in Joe Waters' web site (PSR Tutorial) on how to edit songs and styles. You can get the info from there with pictures. If you have never been to this web site, it is an absolute must! Go through all of the tutorials on the keyboard -- there is so much info there that is not in your users' manual and it is much easier to understand.
Changing the Modulation Setting
Okay -- I loaded your Solace into my PSR by floppy (you can't save changes if you just do it with midi cables). Then I pressed the [DIGITAL RECORDING] button. Then button [A] for SONG CREATOR (it's also the song editor ). Then using the [NEXT] button, I went over to the tab that says 1-16. That stands for tracks or channels 1 to 16.
(The Tyros3 screen shots illustrate that Phil's instructions still hold true for the more recent keyboards. They are used for illustration and do not reflect the actual changes made by Phil in the Solace midi file. - JW)
After a few seconds, the commands for track 1 will come up on the screen. You may have to use the 'up arrow' (button [A]) to get to the top of the commands for that track. But somewhere you will see a line that says modulation over on the right side. On your version of Solace, the number just before 'modulation' was 127 -- as high as it could go. By using the [A], [B], [D] and [E] buttons on the left side of the screen, I moved the highlighted box to cover the 127, then turned the data entry's wheel to change it to zero. Then I pushed the [F] (CH) button to display track (channel) 2. (No modulation setting there). Pushed it again for track 3. Ah -- another modulation = 127. Changed it to zero.
In the screen shot here, from a PSR-2000, there is no 'Modulation' line visible. That is because a 'FILTER' is in effect that is hiding some of the commands, in particular, the CONTROL COMMANDs are hidden. If you don't see 'Modulation' on the sample file, press [H] (FILTER) to get to the Filter Screen and press [H] again there to set 'ALL ON'. Press [EXIT] to get back to the 1-16 tab. -- JW
Save Your Changes
I like to save changes regularly; that way, if I goof or have a power failure, I don't have to start from scratch. So press the [BACK] button to get back to the tab called CHANNEL. Press [B] enough times to highlight [5 SET UP].
If the word 'EXECUTE' next to the [D] button is not highlighted, press the [REW] button over on the left near the record button. Then press [D] EXECUTE.
This puts your changes into the file in the keyboard. But we still need to SAVE it to floppy or it will be lost when the power is turned off. So press [I] for SAVE, then [NEXT] to get to the FLOPPY tab (or USER, CARD, USB, or HD tab). Then SAVE it as you would any other song. I usually rename it so I can go back to the original if I want or need to.
Next, I pressed [EXIT] once to get back to the screen that says SONG CREATOR at the top, because I wanted to make some more changes. I then pressed the song [START/STOP] button (the one up in the [REC] row), and started listening. Once it got past the intro, it sounded better already.
Now, to the Mixing Console
But not good enough. So I pressed the [MIXING CONSOLE] button. This button cycles through four screens and remembers where you were last. So press it a few times until it says 'MIXING CONSOLE (SONG CH1-8)' at the top of the screen. (There is a difference between channel and track, but when I use them, they mean the same).
Now we can change things on tracks 1, 2 and 3 that you recorded. 1 is the main voice, 2 is the left voice and 3 is the layer voice unless you force it to do differently when you set up to record a song.
Notice that there are 5 tabs at the top of the window. They are all fun to play with, but the ones that are the most important are VOL/VOICE and EFFECT. So use [NEXT] or [BACK] to get to VOL/VOICE if it's not already there.
With this window you can change the instrument used for the track, you can change the panning (whether it sounds like it is coming from the left, right or center of your 'orchestra,' and you can change the volume of each track. To change anything, press [C], [D] or [E] to select which row of things you want to change, and then  –  up or down to change the item. If you select instrument, it will take you to another screen to select the instrument. When you get done selecting the instrument, just hit [EXIT] once or twice to get back to this screen again.
NOTE: If you changed voices or volumes during the recording of the song, the file will still contain those changes, so these changes only affect the first part of the song. The others can be changed, too, but that's another lesson elsewhere on the PSR Tutorial site.
Adding Reverb or Other Effects
Now let's hit the [NEXT] button three times to get to EFFECT. Adding some reverb to a track can make a world of difference in the way an instrument sounds. There are also many different kinds of effects that can be added besides reverb. You can play with these at your leisure and see what they do. But for now, press [C] if that row is not highlighted. Press [F] (TYPE), and the bottom or top of  to select 'Hall 3'. That has to be good -- it's my last name. Then [EXIT] once to get back to the previous screen.
Press [C] (to select the knobs for 'reverb'. Use the ,  and  buttons top and bottom to adjust all three of those knobs to about 50. Press the [STOP] button (up top) if the song is still playing, and then the [REW] button. Then press [EXIT] and we should be back into the SONG CREATOR. (If not -- press DIGITAL RECORDING, SONG CREATOR and [NEXT])
Okay, we see the CHANNEL tab, '5 SET UP' and EXECUTE highlighted? If not get them. Press [D] (EXECUTE) and then press [I] to SAVE and go through the save procedure like before, but I suggest you add a number to the file name or something to make it easier to back up a step when you need to.
Okay, that is what I did except I also used the MIXING CONSOLE on channels 9-16 to adjust the volume and panning on some of the accompaniment. Most notably up on the bass volume (track 11 is standard for the bass) and down on the clarinet (track 15 in this song -- it sounded very monotonous to me -- doing the same thing all the time).
All of this 'tweaking' is, of course a matter of taste; but it is also a lot of fun to play with. And as long as you never 'SAVE' a song to the same name, you can go back and do it over and over till you get it sounding just the way you want it.
Okay, now you can go ahead and listen to at least part of your original of Solace and then to the attached file and listen for the changes now that you know what to listen for.
Songs Written From The Psalms
Hope you get some tips from this and that maybe it enhances your enjoyment of the PSR-2000 I sure enjoy mine.
Psalms Songs Youtube
This page updated on April 26, 2019 .