Category Archives: Podcast

058 R&D – Grounding Your Signal | Rice Krispies? | Who Are Rollz & Dice?

Ground Your Signal

ALERT! You may be susceptible to audio interference. Make sure you are grounding your audio signal! Otherwise, your music is gonna sound like crap! Make sure your noise floor is set at a reasonable level. Then, if you continue to hearing some weird interference, you gotta investigate. Trace the chord back to the wall checking every cable in your signal flow. You will find the culprit, I promise you.

Rice Krispies?

Rice Krispies are a healthy part of your balanced diet. Just kidding, stick with vegetables… Rice Krispies are the pops and clicks you hear when you’re listening to your dad’s old vinyl records. *crackle crackle*.

Vinyl records are a big part of the Rollz and Dice sound. *pop pop*.

Who Are Rollz & Dice

Who are you? Better yet, who are we? Listen here:

-Rollz

057- Metallica Or Van Halen? | Edible Duet | Noise Floor Explained | Would Rock And Roll Be Different If Jimi Hendrix Didn’t Die So Young?

Who was the bigger band – Van Halen or Metallica? Who was more influential? How would rock and roll be different if Jimi didn’t die so young? We discuss in this episode. Also, I share a song from an awesome New Hampshire-based (non-metal) band called Edible Duet. They are currently in the studio working on the full album, but we’ve got a sneak peak of one of the mixes here in the episode.

Finally, for the audio geeks, we explain the concept of noise floor in recorded audio. Give a listen and please subscribe! Thanks!

-Rollz

056 R&D – A Dope Track From Justin D | In The Mix With Brian B | Audio Upgrade

We intro the show with a jam written by Justin Depew. Then, Dice gets into the Akai MPC talk. Finally, we troubleshoot Dice’s new laptop.

-Rollz

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055 R&D – The Best Way To Broadcast Live | Akai MPC Talk | Hip Hop Wives Tales

The best way to podcast/live-stream over the internet is via a hardwire connection through an ethernet cable. If you want to get into live streaming on Google Hangouts with any kind of quality standard, you will want to make sure you have a hardwire connection on a computer. This way, you won’t experience as many dropouts. Also, you expand your ability to connect external devices like audio interfaces and microphones while using a computer.

In this episode, we go over the best practices for connecting over the internet and then we get into Akai MPC talk. Here is a picture of an MPC Sound Library Card (mentioned in the episode):

Finally, we talk about some hip hop wive’s tales when it comes to licensing and law suits at the highest level of the hip hop world.

-Rollz

054 R&D – The Machine | The Connection | Beat Making Guide Update | Coming Clean With Greyface

Right now, we’re in a situation where we’re beefin’ up Dice’s home studio. Since we write and record music and communicate primarily over the internet, it’s important that our CPUs are robust and our internet connections are solid. In this episode, we talk about our latest technical enhancements and shortcomings. It’s funny because we actually experience some dropouts and technical difficulties during the recording of the episode as we address our internet connection and strive to better our show.

After that, we disclose our upcoming to-do list regarding The Rollz and Dice Guide To Beat Making and finally, we crack some jokes with our pal Greyface.

-Rollz

053 R&D – Overcoming Obstacles | Dice Shares Music | eBook Feedback | Gilbert

We’re back at it after a week off! We get into a conversation about a couple beats that Dice has made and what obstacles he has overcome with the Akai MPC 1000.

After we recorded episode 52, I sent a copy of the Rollz and Dice Guide To Beat Making to Dice. In this episode, Dice tells me how he feels about it and finally, Gilbert Gottfried tells us what he thinks of all of this!

-Rollz

052 R&D – Monthly Stats | Podcast Versus Live Show | Norm | Guide To Beat Making

Episode fifty two for me and you. Get into the groove.

This week, we jam on monthly stats, question the difference between our live show versus our podcast, and spill the beans on The Rollz and Dice Guide To Beat Making.

Finally, Norm MacDonald calls in and gives us one of his jokes. Listen through the end… It’s pretty funny…

-Rollz

051 R&D – Dawn Of End | The Documentary

Dice’s band has got some shows coming up! They play metal and are called Dawn Of End. Here is a link to their website. http://www.dawnofendofficial.fourfour.com/.

In this episode, we chat about what is going on with Dice’s band. We also hash out the plans to record a video documentary of the making of our next album.

-Rollz

 

 

050 R&D – The DJ Hat | A Story About The Warehouse Times | Is Warehouse Funk Played Out?

The snow has finally granted Dice a night off! Dice is back at his house and not out plowing the snow from the streets of New Hampshire. As we catch up with each other, we develop some new tactics. We realize that the next time we will be able to get into the studio together will be later this year so we come up with the idea to just do a stress free session where we transfer ideas over an offline phone call. More on that to come. Then, Dice shares his feelings about conceptual ideas for lyrics on the next album. We question if the topic of Warehouse Funk has played it’s course. Are we beating a dead horse? I also share a cool interaction with a new person.

-Rollz