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Old 07-27-2008, 12:08 AM   #1
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Default Practice Chanter Challenge

Anyone remember the Practice Chanter Challenge? Was wondering if anyone might be interested in bringing it back. I don't mind taking the reins so long as people are interested in participating.
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Old 07-27-2008, 07:17 AM   #2
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sure
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Old 07-28-2008, 10:43 AM   #3
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Heck ya!!

I didn't get to do the other one so this would be kinda cool..

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Old 07-28-2008, 11:32 AM   #4
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So, are you going to pick the tune?
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Old 07-28-2008, 12:27 PM   #5
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Will do--some other stuff has to be worked out before anything officially gets started. What kinds of tunes would you all like to do? I've got some ideas for future challenges, but would like to keep the very first challenge in the same basic format as the original.

However, one major change that is going to happen is that the challenge itself will be a bit more anonymous than it was originally. I've been told there were some pretty harsh criticisms of some of the beginner recordings-to the point of being mean rather than helpful, so I would like to avoid that if at all possible.

Some of the moderators have offered to help with this, so as soon as I figure out what goes where and such things can get cooking!
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Old 07-28-2008, 04:10 PM   #6
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This sounds like a great idea. Count me in (now I have to learn how to make MP3 recordings.) Might I suggest that you choose a four-part tune that could be used in competitions?
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Old 07-28-2008, 10:58 PM   #7
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There is a free open source program you can download to make your recordings: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ Quick, easy, pretty much point and click: record and then export as mp3.
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Old 07-29-2008, 06:16 AM   #8
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There is a free open source program you can download to make your recordings: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ Quick, easy, pretty much point and click: record and then export as mp3.
If you download the Windoze version, you need to make sure to also download the LAME plugin that allows you to export to mp3. Not sure, but the licensing for LAME is not as free as audacity. But if you run Linux, and are a stickler for purity in your open source software, you can download a plugin called toolame that allows you to export to MP2, which is a format that can generally also be recognized by most desktop mp3 players.
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Old 07-29-2008, 08:26 PM   #9
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I just use the sound recorder that comes with Windows. It saves it as a .wma (Windows Media) file, but if you open it with iTunes it converts it to .mp4. I presume anyone can hear .mp4 the same as .mp3?

Okay, I just recorded myself on the PC using the above process, and converted to .mp4. Let me know if it works okay. Please excuse the background-- Daddy Urquhart had a hard time getting through The Conundrum with Baby Urquhart next to him!


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Old 07-29-2008, 08:52 PM   #10
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Great. I think Baby was perfectly in tune!
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