My new guitar


I have recently just aquired a new guitar, well new to me anyway. Its a 1995 Fender (Made in Mexico) Stratocaster in Lake Placid Blue. Thi …

New Single - Whore Left Me


Just thought I would post an update as my new single "Whore Left Me", a blues track has been released on Bandcamp. …

Multiband compression

Compression is a complicated enough subject for some people without introducing "Multiband Compression", but my friend Graham Cochraine over at The Recording Revloution has done a great job of explaining how you can use Multiband Compression to tighten up the bottom end of …

Welcome to Jamesstoddern.net

Welcome to my Blog, where you will be able to find all of my ramblings, development tips, photographs and the music I write.Content, Content and more ContentI used to have blogs all over the place, some in Wordpress, one in Joomla, a couple of old ones in Blogger and then there were all the photo sites as well. …

new Jquery Plugin - Equal Height Columns

Have you ever been in the situation where you need to use floated columns on your web page and want them all to be the same height as the tallest column? If you have, then you will probably know that you can achieve it with CSS. However, I don't like this approach, and quite frankly have never understood it fully anyway. As I used jQuery in prac …

Jumping on the bandwagon - YouTube Videos

It seems that everybody these days is posting videos on YouTube. Its either a video about unboxing the latest apple product or its a video showing how to do something on a computer. Well, the latter is what appealed to me, and its something I've considered doing for a while. I'm not saying I have a great desire to post videos but I am n …

The subjective part of mixing your own vocals!

backgroundI have always been pretty confident with my mixes and often find it quite easy to put instruments in their place in the mix, whether they be panned off center, straigh down the middle, or placed in the background slightly by using EQ and reverb. However, I have always struggled to get my vocals to sit well. I can't te …

Are you listening to your speakers or your room?


When you start getting into recording music with a DAW for the very first time you probably think its going to be easy. Just plugin a mic …

On fire with sparks


Recently I have used a couple of great libraries for Codeigniter which I downloaded as Sparks. Sparks, is a package management framework f …

Sublime Text 2 - Video Intro


I decided to have a go at doing a screencapture, something I wanted to try for ages. This simple video just shows a few of the features I …

Sublime coding


Like most software developers I imagine, I have probably tried every development IDE known to man and when you find one you like, you stic …

Getting rid of the Visual Deals malware in Chrome


There has been an annoying piece of malware floating around recently which seems to really latch onto the Chrome browser. Up until today I have fai …

Content Management System


What sort of CMS does this site use?Well, quite simply, its a bespoke system I wrote for the site. There's little sense in using …

Out with Avid

Its the end of an era. I have been a Pro Tools user now for several years, since version 6 in fact. I was lucky to get one free updgrade if I can remember, I think it was from 7.4 to 8 and I was delighted with this. Then when nine came out I just had to buy the upgrade as it promised a new openness from Avid. For a start you could use practicall …

SEO friendly urls in codeigniter - the challenge


Codeigniter is generally quite good at providing friendly urls, mainly due to its url segment approach. Instead of the traditional querystring appr …

New Image Uploader - plupload


I've been wanting to implement a better uploader for the blog, and came across "plupload", which is a jquery plugin which allows multiple …

The importance of Gain staging


Eh, What?I know, Gain Staging sounds from the outset like its going to be a complicated topic. In reality it just comes down to c …

Big Brother is watching - google analytics


Having recently launched the site I plugged in the Google Analytics script so that I can start tracking visitors. I know who one visitor i …

Pro Tools 11 is coming, at last!


The last few weeks have been excting for Pro Tools Users, with the release of Pro Tools 11 announced. So what is different with this release, and w …

Codeigniter Language Packs

a folder or two to start withIf you have been thinking about making your codeigniter site multi-language then this may be of help. Download the attached file and you will see a series of folders for each country, for example "EN", "FR, "DE" etc. Inside these folders are a bunch of translated files for each language which will a …

jQuery Tutorial - 4. When to use the $ command, and when not....

This is the first video from my new series 'The jQuery Ninja'. In this episode I will be showing you why you need to be careful when using the $ symbol instead of the l …

jQuery Tutorial - 3. Using selectors and event listeners

This is the first video from my new series 'The jQuery Ninja'. In this episode I will be showing you how to use the Console in your web browser to write debug and infor …

Equal Height Columns the easy way with jQuery


Here is a video to accompany my previous post about the easy way to achive equal height columns with a sim …

Add This plugin running slow?

The problem If you have an "Add This" plugin running on your site, the chances are you will notice how it slows everything down. This is particularly the case if you are displaying lots of articles which all have share buttons on them. The reason for this is that the plugin has to make several queries across the web to retriev …

Store your snippets with Github Gist


If you are coding a lot then you probably have chunks of re-useable code which you copy and paste into your applications to save time. The …

A moment of clarity, literally!


One of the areas of music production I have always struggled with is Reverb, particularly on vocals. I have often dialled up a good soundi …

Gobbler - your professional audio saviour


Nowadays it is essential to have one's backup strategies in place, particular if you are in the pro audio/video game as a single lost file can real …

Song writing Basics

My usual problemI've been playing and recording music with Pro Tools for a few years now, but like many I suspect, don't have a great deal to show for it. I have a folder of PT projects called "Song Ideas" and a folder called "Ready to Mix". I can tell you now that there is a damn load more projects in "Song Ideas". The problem …

New Single Out Now - Smile


I've just released my first Single - Smile, which can be found at …

jQuery Tutorial - 2. Using selectors and event listeners

This is the first video from my new series 'The jQuery Ninja'. In this episode I will be showing you how to select dom elements on the page by 'class' and 'id', as well …

The Studio


In case anyone is interested in a sneak peak of part of my studio, here you are: …

jQuery Tutorial - 1. How to use jQuery in your web page

This is the first video from my new series 'The jQuery Ninja'. In this episode I will be showing how to include jQuery in your web page and start using some of its basi …