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041 R&D – Google Rollz and Dice | Friday The 13th

We’ve reached the top of the Google charts!! haha just kidding, but we are number 1 in search when you google Rollz and Dice. It may not sound like a big deal, but we believe it to be! When we first started out, some gambling site showed up, but not anymore!

In this episode, we talk a bit about Google and then Dice goes Zodiac on Friday the 13th!


Brian Buckalew Of ProVizion Studios – Mastering Audio In-The-Box

I interview Brian Buckalew from ProVizion Studios in response to his YouTube video “Mastering in Pro Tools (with stock plugins)“. I stumbled upon the video while attempting to put together a decent-sounding mix. I used to be able to produce some pretty good mixes, but they weren’t quite up-to par with some of the music that I listened to on a regular basis. So I Googled something like “mastering in pro tools using stock plug ins” or “stock plug in pro tools mastering” and Brian’s video popped up. I was so inspired by the video that I reached out and asked if he wanted to be a guest on the podcast and he was all about it!

In the interview, we talk about Brian’s journey from violin player to bass player to audio engineer, graphic designer, and studio owner. We then proceed to deconstruct the technicalities related to mastering and signal flow. Here’s a breakdown of Brian’s signal flow for self-mastering in Pro Tools (version 10.3.4):

Brian Buckalew’s Pro Tools Stock Plug Ins Mastering Chain

  • Create a new session.
  • Set input monitoring to on (Track > Auto Import Recording).
  • Create 2 stereo audio tracks, 2 stereo auxiliary tracks, and 1 stereo master track.
  • Name the tracks as follows:
    • Audio Track 1 – Beginning Audio
    • Auxiliary Track 1 – Sub Mix
    • Auxiliary Track 2 – Stereo Print
    • Audio Track 2 – ***PRINT***
    • Master Track – Master 1
  • Record Enable – ***PRINT***
  • Import your audio into the Beginning Audio track.
  • Set up a bus from the output of Beginning Audio to the input of Sub Mix.
  • Add the EQ3 7-Band plug in and roll a few decibels off the low end around 60 hz and the high end around 20,000 hz.
  • Next, add the Pro Tools Compressor/Limiter as the second plug in. Use the “Clean Limit” preset and toggle the threshold until you are compressing no more than what the preset output is boosting (about 2 decibels).
  • Then, add and set the BF-76 Peak Limiter plug in.
  • Then, using a new bus, send the output of Sub Mix to the input of Stereo Print.
  • Use the Maxim Limiter set the threshold to -0.3 and toggle threshold until you have the sound you want.
  • Send the output of the Stereo Print (using another new bus) to the input of ***PRINT***.
  • Add Dither plug in.
  • Set the playhead to the beginning of the track and record the session to print the audio to ***PRINT***.
  • Export new audio.

My description of Brian’s Mastering chain is an oversimplified one. He explains in depth in his video here:

Anybody looking for help regarding audio, graphic design, or general recording studio needs can find all of that at

Brian Buckalew can be reached at his email or his studio line Monday through Friday from 10:00 am – 9:00 pm (Eastern) at (850) 352-1194.


040 R&D – Weekly Touchbase | Wireless Vs Hardwire Internet Connection | A Cool Interaction | Monthly Stats | After Party With GreyFace

Dice and I have our normal warm up for the first 15 minutes, then we troubleshoot WIFI vs Hardwire internet connection, I share a cool interaction I had, then GreyFace Killah takes us into our after party.


039 R&D – | 30 Challenge Concluded | New Year and 2017 Goals | We Write A Song On Air

As a conclusion to our 30 Day Challenge, we decided to write a song on air. In this episode of the Rollz and Dice Show Podcast, we do just that! Also, we discuss 2017 goals. Check it out!


038 R&D – 30 Day Challenge Updates | An Idea Is Born

We got some updates from the 30 Day Challenge and also decide that on the 30th day of the challenge, we will write a song on air. Join us for the live stream Friday, December 30, 2016 @ 9 PM Eastern/6 PM Pacific.

Beats From The 30 Day Challenge

Day 9 –

Day 10 –

Day 11 –

Day 12 –

Day 13 –

Day 14 –

Day 15 –



037 R&D – High-Definition Video | Days 3-9 Of The 30 Day Challenge | Rollz Beats and Dice Rhymes

Writing one beat a day for the first eight days of the 30 Day Challenge has proven to be extremely difficult, but I have a support system in my friends that keeps me going. Check out the progress below (or at depending on where you’re reading this episode description) and let me know what you think. We also play a few of the beats and rhymes.

In this episode, Dice and I give progress updates on the 30 Day Challenge and Dice shares his progress via a rhyme. Listen to the podcast to hear it! Also, we discuss a friend’s idea to take our video to a high-definition format.

30 Day Challenge Beats

Day 1 –

Day 2 –

Day 3 –

Day 4 –

Day 5 –

Day 6 –

Day 7 –

Day 8 –

036 R&D – A Track From A Friend | A Beat | Dice Rhymes | Download Stats


In this episode, we showcase our current progress of our 30 Day Challenge. I share a beat and Dice a rhyme. Also, I share a track written by my good pal Justin Depew who is joining us for the challenge. Additionally, we get a call from a guest and talk about monthly stats.


035 R&D – “Shootin’ The Breeze” | Lore Podcast | 30 Day Challenge Starts Thursday, December 1st


We love catching up, and this podcast is definitely adapting as we go. Honestly, we’re just hanging out in these podcast sessions. As an update, over the past few days, I’ve been listening to a new podcast called “Lore”. It’s dope and inspiring and has achieved the ultimate success that a podcast could. The host started the show as a podcast and now has signed on to do a TV show. That’s one of our Rollz and Dice goals! Oh yeah, and a record deal, and a million dollars, and a whole bunch of stuff… just kidding. But seriously though, Dice and I are just pluggin’ away doing our thing and regardless if we ever hit, we will continue doing our thing. In this episode, we shoot the breeze and will continue to do so! Check it out!


034 R&D – New Metallica | Helping A Friend In Need | A Guest Speaker | R&D Updates


The metal fan in Dice comes out while talking about Metallica’s new album, we get serious for a minute about a friend in need, we get a call from a surprise guest, and then we wrap up with some R&D talk. If you’re on the website, click the playhead above. If you want to subscribe in iTunes and listen there, follow the link below and then subscribe:

Other Links And Things Mentioned In This Episode

Our friend Charlene Marie King needs help. I can’t put it any better than my sister Erin Taylor already has, so here it is directly quoted from her Facebook page:

“Before I share the story, here is the long & short of it: Charlene Marie King, a disaster recovery champion and friend to many of us, is in trouble and she needs your help and your donations today.

All of you have given your time and your money at some point to assist Americans affected by what seems to be more constant natural disasters over the past 10 years. And still others of you experienced these disasters first hand. It was Hurricane Katrina that brought many of us to meet each other, and Charlene Marie King. She was a long-term volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, and is now a mentor of mine and one of my closest friends. I believe many of you feel that way too.

Perhaps, due to the experiences we had, we have never forgotten Katrina; Waveland, or Slidell, Pearlington, Mobile or Biloxi; we haven’t forgotten the ice storms in Missouri and the fires in South Tahoe either. But we all watched the church groups slowly forget, while people continued to struggle to rebuild their homes, their lives, and their sanity after the groups stopped coming. Many of you know that Charlene was so altered by the sheer magnitude of the work to be done and by the dwindling numbers of volunteers that showed up as the months went by and the “sexiness” of the latest natural disaster faded for the news media, that she started an organization.

She registered her new organization as a 501c3 nonprofit, and christened it the Not Forgotten Project, because Charlene decided that she would never forget; not just Waveland, not just Biloxi; but the site of every major natural disaster for the past several years. Every year, sometimes more than once a year, she organizes groups of people to head to these forgotten places, years after they were torn apart, to help rebuild. And within this framework, she focuses on recruiting youth–developing them as leaders and as citizens during each trip. She not only brings her skills, but her spirit and her warm hugs to the people of these communities.

Charlene lifts people up out of the dark. I have watched her garner the love of so many with her giving nature–from the Mayor of LaVerne California on to the man behind the counter at the convenience store. Which convenience store? All of them. There is no one in the world who Charlene doesn’t have time for, no matter how much time there is or isn’t.

And that’s why I’m writing. Because believe it or not, there may not be a lot of time left. Charlene told me earlier this week that she has a brain aneurysm. Though it is completely possible that this is operable and fixable and everything is going to be fine, I’ve spent this week entertaining the very real possibility that it might not be. Yeah, I was one of those people who truly believed that Trump couldn’t get elected. I got a rude awakening (I know many others saw it coming). So if something as crazy as that could happen, I’ve had to entertain the possibility that one of my closest friends, a mentor, someone I consider family—could die.

I flew out to see Charlene on Wednesday. If this is the first you’re hearing of her condition, rest assured she is doing well–greeting it with peace and positivity as always. She goes on every day, trying to keep up with the student groups she mentors at LaVerne University, follow up with her youth leaders, and plan the next trip.

Charlene is Not Forgotten’s only employee; and she doesn’t even get paid. It’s clear that she is having a hard time keeping up because of medical stuff getting in the way. Her fall fundraisers, which pay the rent for the Not Forgotten office, were beyond the scope of her ability to run this year. And so now, she’s behind on rent and facing eviction from Not Forgotten headquarters.

But not if we act. If just 60 people were to give $50 each to Not Forgotten, the rent would be all paid up through the New Year. If 100 people give, then Not Forgotten will be all set through February. Since Charlene has an appointment with the neurosurgeon next week, I’m thinking it’s plausible that she could get through surgery and recovery over the next few months… and then hopefully be back on her feet running. But for now we need to buy her time, and we need to alleviate the stress of eviction from her shoulders. Nobody dealing with a brain aneurysm should be dealing with this kind of stress.

So, I’m asking you for $50 for Not Forgotten today–right now, because the past due rent is needed on Monday. I know it’s almost Giving Tuesday. I know you’re all amazing and have other causes you work for. And I know that Trump just got elected and you’ve probably been giving money left and right. I also know that some of you may be strapped for cash right now, and I understand. But this is a good cause, and now is the time Charlene needs you the most.

I give to Not Forgotten as often as I can, and will be giving again today. If you can’t do $50, of course any amount is welcome and wonderful; but if you think you can do more, that’s even better. We already have 3 pledges, so that’s just 57 to go in order to avoid eviction.

In addition, you can spread the word. If you know anyone who has a heart for disaster recovery and youth leadership development, or who is a friend to Charlene, now is the time to call on them. Please invite them to this group!

So will you join me in giving $50, or whatever you can, right now? Go here and click DONATE:

(this is the correct link; I replaced the one I posted earlier that was giving some of you trouble)

I can’t stress how important it is that if you can do it, you do it today. I appreciate your time and your love, and so does Charlene.

I’m all ears and available if you want to talk about any of this, and so is Charlene. I love you all. I hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving. I’ll be in touch and keep y’all posted on the outcome of this fundraiser!

Love very much,

Erin Taylor (ET)”