New Music - Ashes

This is an electronic piece I wrote on the iPad using MODSTEP as a sequencer, and CUBASIS to arrange and perform a basic mix.  I then imported the project to CUBASE on the big machine for further editing and final mix.  

Steve Turner - Ashes (REVmix)

Then, after buying WAVES AUDIO "Revolution" Kontakt instrument I completely redid the drums.  Revolution is an excellent reproduction of 14 classic hardware drum machines and sounds bloody amazing.  The sequencer is second to none for workflow and ease of use.  I…Read more

New Amp Day. Ceriatone DZ30

The black box below is a neat little Ceriatone 30 watt Matchless DC30 clone.  It has a sweet and focused sound that is really inspiring.  I am running it with my Achillies V30 2x12 presently, but will am having another 2x12 with Heritage and Greenback speakers built for later this year as a more suitable combination.  

Ceriatone sound and build quality are exceptional.  Nik is very responsive to emails and requests and this is my second amp from his business.  The first was a Trainwreck clone I used for 99%…Read more
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New Music Update - Bass Tracking

Today Evan Harris visited with his NS Stick and Chapman Stick instruments.  He recorded bass parts for two songs being "Water Colour Sun" and "For the Memory of a Swan".  They are going to sound great with his melodic and thoughtful deliveries.  We also planned the parts for the ELO cover which should be recorded in a few weekends time.  All in all, progress is being made towards completing my triple EP project.  We used an Avalon U5 direct box and my JLM Mic Pres and the sound was wonderful.  


For the Memory of a Swan

So here is a short piece I wrote to test the recording capabilities of my iPad Pro.  I am using Cubasis and the built in microphone.  Acoustic live instruments are the electric and acoustic guitars and the shaker.  The rest are synthesized within the iPad.  I am using an Apogee JAM96K to connect the electric guitar to BIAS / Jamup.  

For the Memory of a Swan - Soundcloud

Studio progress and some inner reflections

Rob Brens attended my home again today and we finally nailed the percussion performances for the ELO cover. Anyone can play a cover of something someone else wrote. Six months of guitar lessons and you can play a huge number of songs, if you want. But to rebuild the song from basic materials as if you wrote it yourself, that is what takes time. 

This song is sounding amazing and I love the original so much that doing it any other way would be an unacceptable personal failure. Thanks so much for your time…

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DIY Project: Acoustic Panels

I just finished building and mounting six acoustic absorption panels for my studio.

Check out the process and final results HERE

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Percussive Maintenance

Rob Brens came over to my place and we worked on some percussion sounds for the ELO cover I am recording for the first EP.  Rob was using a mallet and my Steinberger case to replicate a kick sound and it came out great!  

Steinberger really produced amazing instruments back before the Gibson takeover.  Incidentally, the GIbson developed Steinberger guitar cases sound terrible as percussion objects. What a shame. 

The ELO cover a reinterpretation that reorchestrates the already amazing work of Jeff Lynne in a…Read more

DIY Project Page

As part of getting my home studio refreshed I am building a few things to create a more functional environment.  I am documenting these Do It Yourself projects because I am getting some great results even though my skills are pretty limited.  I am certainly learning as I am going.  

Right now I am working on some acoustic absorption panels which will be documented in the next few days.  So, get into it guys - if I can do it, you probably can too unless you are completely useless!

Audio Monitor stands - sand…

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