• Musicians and singers have many misconceptions about each other. Often, musicians see singers as non-musicians, as people who haven't done the work they've done to learn their instrument. Many musicians are frustrated by what they see as an unfair advantage that singers seem to have, in that they often are paid more because they are dressed up and out front while the musicians do the heavy lifting, both physically and musically. They do all the work, and the singers get all the attention. And when it comes to humping equipment, the singer is nowhere to be found while the musicians are setting up and tearing down. Often the singers know little or nothing about sound equipment, or even what kind of cord they should use to hook up their mic. Another area of difficulty is when singers have little or no education about the music they sing, such as keys, tempos, time signatures, chord changes, intros, outros, tags, vamps -the language of working musicians. I'm not talking a classical education -just the nuts and bolts of musical communication. It is a language musicians share, and if you don't speak that language, you will be marginalized to some extent. Musicians who are not singers also think that singing is really easy. Now, let me state that there is a difference between someone who sings and a singer. If your guitar player can squawk out "Old Time Rock & Roll", he doesn't see what the big deal is about singing. My definition of a singer is someone who takes their instrument seriously, and has done the work to develop their voice. A real singer has put just as much work into their axe as any instrumentalist - scales, lessons, hours of practice. What is more, the voice is the one instrument that cannot be replaced. A guitar player cango down to Guitar Center and get new speakers if he or she blows out a Marshall stack, but a singer cannot buy a new voice. Musicians have a hard time understanding why a singer can't just sing over the band, and they interpret any requests to turn down as 'diva' attitude. I have learned through hard experience that the bandmates who want you to scream your guts out for them are not going to be there for you when you lose your voice. They'll simply fire you and hire someone else whose voice is not blown out. That 'take it for the team' crap is just that -crap. Are they are prepared to support you when your livelihood is taken away? I didn't think so. So they have no right to ask you to injure yourself so they can play as loud as they want to. There is also –and I hate to say it –sometimes a (ahem!) ‘gender issue’. Ladies, you know what I’m talking about. Things have certainly improved from the way things were 30 years ago, but even today there is a preconception that female singers are less intelligent, less knowledgeable and less professional than male musicians. When you’re a female singer, it’s very likely that you are the only woman in the band, and are treated differently than everyone else. Sometimes it’s ‘special’ treatment, but more often you’re isolated in a way from the rest of the band –you’re not ‘one of the guys’. It’s really easy o get a chip on your shoulder when you’re constantly confronted with that attitude from the musicians you work with – even if you’re a player yourself. I carried that chip around for many years, and as a female musician competing in a man’s world, you get really tired of being condescended to – especially when you’re as competent or even better than the guys you play with. When I was starting out there were very, very few high-profile female musicians, and very few working female musicians in general, so I had to try twice as hard to find my place and my respect among the musicians I worked with. Things have come a long way since then, thankfully, and now there are great female players everywhere, but there’s still an assumption that, when you get up on the stage with people that don’t know you, if you’re female, you’re expected to be not as good as a guy. Then when you deliver the goods, everyone amazed – which is gratifying, but at the same time, it shouldn’t be a big deal! It should be expected. Today I don’t have that chip on my shoulder, railing at the unfairness of it all –I just do my thing and enjoy what I do without caring whether people have high or low expectations of me, and I have a great time playing no matter what. But even male singers can face this issue, too, if they don’t play an instrument. Anyhow, as you can see, this can lead to a somewhat uncomfortable musical experience, with the 'musicians' on one side and the 'singer' on the other. Even if it's your band, if you haven't learned to think like an instrumentalist, it can be lonely and frustrating. If you are perceived as a 'diva' (or 'divo'), the band will not go out of its way to be helpful to you. There will be eye-rolling, whispering behind the hand, laughter followed by sudden silence when they notice you're standing there. This is not enjoyable. At least, not for the singer.


    Musician & MIDI file


    • MIDI stands for Musical Instrument Digital Interface and has been the rage among electronic musicians, because it's a powerful tool for composing. It allows musicians to be more creative on stage and in the studio, it allows composers to write music that no human could ever perform, and, it allows the distribution of music in a standard format. MIDI is a standard communications protocol that allows electronic musical instruments to 'talk' to each other.

      In it's early days, MIDI sounded like a cheap low quality form of musical imitation, but with the development of better equipment, samplers and sound cards, it has become the choice for musicians around the world. MIDI composers (known as sequences)became more proficient and quality continued to improve. Commercial companies came along and created and distributed these MIDIS...or MIDI files. Unfortunately, many of these files began appearing on Internet web sites and newsgroups.

      While listeners were thrilled about finding these treasures, the companies (and music publishers) were not since they were now being illegally distributed from one person to another. The companies were losing sales and the Artists were losing royalties.


      Is there is a solution? was created out of a distinct desire to resolve and preserve two distinct issues on the Internet. Many unlicensed websites operating illegally are posting MIDI files with the idea that they are "file sharing" with the public. However, the demands of the music industry, and compensation to the artists, publishers, composers and record companies are not being met. BENGKELMIDI preserves the act of file sharing (between BENGKELMIDI and it's members) and at the same time provides compensation to the artists for the use of the "underlying" music. BENGKELMIDI are professional quality digital audio sequences.

      BENGKELMIDI are different than other sequences you have heard. We sequence different than others. Some may even believe that our formula is unorthodox...but we don't care! For example, sometimes we'll use 2 separate sounds to create another sound that wouldn't be possible without doing it this way. How about using a piccolo fade in to simulate guitar feedback? Or cutting out guitar notes to preserve polyphony? Those are just a couple of our methods. The result is not just a MIDI, it's a BENGKELMIDI.

      Our sequences faithfully reproduce the actual underlying music and are perfect for performances by musicians, or just listening to by the casual music fan. Each MIDI contains complete vocal accompaniment, which can easily be muted for voiceovers/karaoke. Every MIDI is so incredibly detailed, you may even think you're listening to the original tune!

      In addition to having the option of purchasing each MIDI individually, has a membership option. To obtain the MIDIS, you pay a nominal membership fee and are granted access. From your fees, we cover the cost of creating and licensing the MIDIs, and other related costs to the operation of the site. Prior to joining, you may sample any MIDI without charge to decide if membership is right for you. Although some folks may simply require 1 or 2 MIDIs, most will find that membership is an incomparible value!

      But doesn't end at MIDI. We have created BENGKELMIDI MP3s, recorded versions of our MIDIs, perfect for musicians looking for an end product without the need for expensive equipment. You can pick these up either individually, or in multi-packs. And in addition to MIDI music, we offer MIDI and Music gear, Sheet Music, CD's, and more. These are available to non-members as well as members. Visit us and see for yourself how we enhance the sound of the net!



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