'One Minute With Dec' 31 Jan 2010

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“3 Minutes on the Radio With Dec” –

"My Emails Are Written With Good Humour And Should Be Read With A Smile"

[-The views of any contributor to 'One Minute with Dec' are not necessarily the views of Dec Cluskey-]

"I've learned....

That I can't choose how I feel, but I can choose what I do about it.”


    Rotary, what a brilliant job they do quietly. [support them?]
    Gibson Previews New Slash 2010 Appetite Les Paul Guitar at NAMM [now this is a tasty product]
    Afraid of hackers? [How to keep your computer safe]
    Testimonials [Demo Consultation?]
    Subscriber's Section [ compressing groups when mixing ]
    The gags: ..... [ WATER...... from Paul ]

Rotary, what a brilliant job they do quietly. [support them?]

My brother, Con, is a very keen, active supporter of Rotary International. I know their work well from my contacts with them … my band do a lot of concerts to help them.

In the Haiti earthquake disaster I noticed that Oxfam were the charity who got all the credit … but on the news each night I did notice the hundreds of green boxes and knew that it was Rotary who were sending them. What were they?

Rotary call them ‘Shelter Boxes’ and they are truly amazing. Designed by a Rotarian, originally, they are compact boxes containing enough equipment, water purification, tools and shelter for ten people in tough winter conditions for up to three months..

Con sent me a link to show what happened in Haiti with the boxes …. Be amazed and think about contributing to Rotary next time you have a chance. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTGkuGvnMw4

The boxes contents can be seen at: http://www.shelterboxusa.org/InsideAShelterbox.aspx

"I've learned....

That when your newly born child holds your little finger in his little fist, that you're hooked for life.”

Gibson Previews New Slash 2010 Appetite Les Paul Guitar at NAMM [now this is a tasty product]

Gibson Guitar offered guests of NAMM a special sneak peak advance showing of the upcoming release of the latest Slash 2010 “Appetite” Les Paul.

Inspired by the axe that the legendary Guns and Roses guitar hero played on the multi-platinum selling “Appetite for Destruction” album and practically every recording since, this may be the most highly anticipated guitar launch of the year. As a result Gibson offered a “sneak peek” preview of this amazing work in progress at the Gibson/Monster Booth #4242 at the Anaheim Convention Center. Take a good look at the latest in a series of prototypes being skilfully constructed by the Gibson USA Division luthiers for Slash’s, and your, inspection.

Check out: Slash guitar

"I've learned....

That everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you're climbing it.”

Afraid of hackers? [How to keep your computer safe]

Re routers:

If you can't eliminate the radio network, then you could always use a "fixed IP address" for each PC, rather than use a DHCP server (which may be your router, or one designated PC).

Since most routers come with DHCP active, it means they'll give out IP addresses to any PC asking this side of the router, which is how people can hack in. And given that most of them use "standard" internal address ranges, it isn't too much work for a hacker to use one of these bog standard addresses and start hacking.

If you specify an address range manually instead, it means that anyone roving the radio waves for a network to hack will not be able to get an IP address for your network without your prior knowledge - simply put, they will have to ask for a "spare" IP address by asking you what address to use.

If you go into your router set up, you will see DHCP can be configured to provide a range of IP addresses when a PC requests one, and you can set a duration for how long this address "license" will last. If you only have 3 PC's in the office, set up a small range of maybe 4 addresses. That leaves one spare one you can hand out if you need to. The address range you can set is pretty much arbitrary - anything like "198.x.y.z" with subnet of "" will do.

And crucially, make sure you change the administrative password on the router, so people cannot get in and adjust the settings without you knowing.

Since this can happen over the network this can happen without someone being in your office. They're nearly always set to "admin" or "password" or blank. Easy to guess! Only you, or your network administrator, should know this password.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

with kind regards

David Day

Studio 9 Ltd. UK


“Always remember you're unique. Just like everyone else.”


“Hi Dec,

Just a quick line to say thanks for your help. I am four months into my membership and finding

the material very helpful, especially the positive thinking stuff, this has made a real difference, and not just with my music, but all aspects of my life!! thanks

I am starting to see results too, I have just recently had one of my tracks included in a major TV ad.

now gaining national UK TV coverage and going out to nine European countries! wow!

Also I have just set up a website http://www.admotivemusic.com check it out if you get a minute let me know what you think.

Kind Regards

Paul Tony Longland.”


"Never test the depth of the water with both feet.”

Subscriber's Section [ compressing groups when mixing ]

“Hi Dec,

Good day to you. It's been a while tho'...hey! I've missed you..I wonder if that puts a smile on your face....does it? lol!

Okay, let me get serious. You wrote something about compressing grouped channels on the Soundcraft mixing desk. On my Live 4 desk it provides 4 channels of groups but I am scared of doing this because I feel I might destroy the audio signal passing thru' those paths by over compressing some signals and also some audio signals might get distorted really badly while doing this.

Like some signals that have reverb effects on them e.t.c

So what I do is to compress each signal one after the other...a really long journey tho'.

Will you advice me to try compressing my group of channels....

Thank you very much and will like to read from you.

Hey! I didn't ask you...How are you doing...I am doing great U know...




My Reply:

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Compressing a group is normal practice in mixing [not recording]

You simply assign which of the channels are routed to a pair of groups [left/right in the eventual mix]... Assign them by the grey buttons at the top part of each fader.

The compressor will affect the way the groups sound and you will adjust the mix to make best use of the compressor.

You will still have the original recorded information on hard disc or Protools, or whatever you are using to record...so there is no danger of destroying any original material with over compression.

A golden rule is to never compress when recording ... Compression can never be undone [just like reverb]

The only instruments we compress when recording are guitars and maybe bass.


Dec [Cluskey] dec@makehits.com

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The gags: ..... [ WATER...... from Paul ]

“It has been scientifically proven that if we drink 1 litre of water each day, at the end of the year we would have absorbed more than 1 kilo of Escherichia coli bacteria found in faeces, in other words, we are consuming 1 kilo of poop!

However, we do not run that risk when drinking wine or rum, whiskey, vodka, beer or other liquors) because alcohol has to go through a distillation process of boiling, filtering and fermenting.

WATER = Poop


Free yourself of Poop, drink WINE!!!

It is better to drink wine and talk shit than to drink water and be full of shit. There is no need to thank me for this valuable information, I am doing it as a public service.

Have a nice day... “


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  • Enjoy video for a song I co-wrote with extraordinary Dutch singer Jenny Lane.
    I have 2 co-written songs on her great new album Monsters.
    Thanks for all the continued support & advice... Mick Lee.

  • In 2010 film, just budgeted in LA, for full theatrical in the US for $8.7mill with Paul Kay attached.
    Two Liverpool 08 commissions. First with 200 choir Second a major CD Brass Band album with Fairey Brass Band ... Phil Lawrence [UK]

  • I had my first Top Ten Hit in Germany as a songwriter, great things are happening ... I'm on tour all over Europe with the band that I'm producing. We're the official support act for 50 Cent. 15 shows in the greatest countries of Europe. Marcell Brell [Germany]

  • We played The Cavern Club in Liverpool
    Patchwork Grace were the best thing they'd ever seen!!
    Ian - Thanks again Dec! [UK]

  • I was asked to play at the Pepsi Music festival in Buenos Aires. The most important festival held on the whole South American continent. it lasts 10 days every major local star, as well as many international acts like Megadeath, The Wailers, Die Toten Hose, etc. Thanks again Dec ... Emiliano Canal [Argentina]

  • Recently I have finished a score for an independent movie called “Treehouse”. I am now composing tracks for various music libraries for licencing and am also discussing publishing the MUNKIE catalogue with various publishers. Jason Clarke. [N. Ireland]

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  • Hi Dec, some good news regarding my girlfriend Erin's songs, 3 are being used on a new American TV show. Anyway thanks again for your invaluable support, knowing your there makes this leap into the publishing world feel a lot safer ... Roger O'Donnell [The Cure]

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