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Website -up and running!

I finally got my website uploaded. I'm sorry for the delay. Check it out:

Added by Doug Lauber on March 25, 2014 at 1:34pm — No Comments

Notation software?

What are your thoughts about notation software? 

Added by Doug Lauber on February 8, 2014 at 6:37pm — 2 Comments

Recordings: New LONG excerpts posted!

Hey there! I've just posted new longer excerpts for your listening enjoyment. Let me know what you think of this- my first album. 'One' can be described as a fusion of jazz and rock. There are also two songs with vocals by Darl Chryst. I co-wrote a tune with Christopher Alpiar- track 6, 'Ostinato Trip'. Chris plays saxophone on many of these tracks. Superb drums by Adrian Peek and also Seth Burkhart. I played guitars, bass, and…


Added by Doug Lauber on October 22, 2013 at 9:32pm — 2 Comments

New excerpts here at CF. Fusion Galaxy 'One'.

Today I created short excerpts of the tunes on my new album- Fusion Galaxy 'One'. Please stop by and have a listen. Thanks! -doug

Added by Doug Lauber on July 14, 2013 at 9:40pm — 1 Comment

Fusion Galaxy 'One': beautifully mastered, CD's ready,

Exciting! Today, I am working on the new website. Hopefully, I'll have it up and running soon. Ian Shepherd did a great job with the mastering. The album includes 8 instrumentals and 2 with vocals. -doug

Added by Doug Lauber on July 7, 2013 at 11:47am — No Comments

My album goes to Ian Sheperd for mastering!

My album, 'One' by Fusion Galaxy, now goes to mastering. This is an exciting time for me. I've never produced an album before. It has taken over three years to complete. I have hired session musicians to help realize my musical vision. The first session guy I found was CF's own Christopher Alpiar. The moment I heard his saxophone solos, I knew he would be great to work with. Seth Burkhart on drums was also an early discovery. He plays with his jazz group all over…


Added by Doug Lauber on March 16, 2013 at 8:30pm — 5 Comments

'Vortex' -new recording!

I've re-worked this composition, arrangement, recording, mix, etc. This features Chris Alpiar on sax and Adrian Peek on drums.

Added by Doug Lauber on August 20, 2012 at 9:10pm — 1 Comment

A free Video series about mixing audio by Dave Pensado on YouTube:

Pensado is a mixing engineer who has worked with Beyonce, Elton John, Kelly Clarkson, etc. His Youtubes contain a wealth of information. Also, on Facebook, you can join a group called Pensado's Students.

Added by Doug Lauber on April 15, 2012 at 12:08pm — 1 Comment

Creating a new instrument in Kontakt 4! Wish me luck.

This is all about my Alesis D4 drum module. It's dying. It has a particular kick drum sample that I use in most of my recordings. I often replace the actual kick drum of the player's drum kit, with this particular sample. It has a nice low tone that hits you at a gut level.

The problem is that the D4 is dying. Its LCD menu screen is becoming unreadable. Note parameters are mysteriously changing to unchosen samples, mono to stereo, added reverb, etc.

So, I need to salvage this…


Added by Doug Lauber on March 18, 2012 at 1:42pm — 2 Comments

Ronan Chris Murphy on recording bass guitar

Added by Doug Lauber on February 11, 2012 at 9:49pm — No Comments

Mixing and sub-mixing

Just a few thoughts on the mixing subject. I'm no expert, but after many hours of experimentation, I've come to the conclusion that it's helpful to establish sub-mixes:

drum tracks (without kick drum)

electric bass guitar

kick drum

submix of the remaining instrument tracks

optional vocal track

The creations of these submixes greatly simplifies the mixing process. It makes it much easier to produce a final stereo mix.

I often create many…


Added by Doug Lauber on January 31, 2012 at 5:04pm — 1 Comment

January 21st 2012 update: recordings, effects pedals

Hi all. What's new? two new effects pedals for my guitar and bass:

BBE Sonic Stomp

BBE Opto Stomp

I will report back to you, after I do some recording with these gizmos that I must point out: manufactured in the USA. They were $100 each. I read online reviews and acquired them to possibly improve the sound/recordings of my Fender Jazz Bass. Also curious to see how they might improve my electric guitar tone.

On the recording front,…


Added by Doug Lauber on January 21, 2012 at 10:39am — No Comments

Road Trip v3

I just completed a 3rd version of the Road Trip mix. I created it because I wanted the vocals to be louder and the bass guitar to be a little quieter. I also added a little compression to the lead guitar tracks. All it needs now is pro mastering...

BTW, soon I'll remove the earlier mix versions, and get back to work on a Bossa-inspired composition. 

Added by Doug Lauber on October 3, 2011 at 9:05pm — No Comments

Road Trip v2

With a little luck, today should be the day that I finish version 2 of the mix...


On a separate note, I have rediscovered an old composition from 10 years ago and somehow I was able to open it in Sonar X1, my DAW. The tune has a lot of potential- the lead guitar track sounds good! It'll probably be an instrumental, but maybe I can design a melody for a lead vocal.

Added by Doug Lauber on September 28, 2011 at 12:39pm — 2 Comments

September 10th, 2011

I spent most of the day re-mixing the song, 'Road Trip'. I added a little more compression to the elec bass. I created a new drum sub-mix, made sure it was nice and bright. I separated the two kick drum tracks, so I can easily adjust them without messing with the rest of the drums. I also adjusted the panning of a few of the tracks. I re-did the reverb on the drums. They sounded too far back. I added more compression to the vocals, for a smoother flowing sound. Next… Continue

Added by Doug Lauber on September 10, 2011 at 9:44pm — No Comments

EQ'ing a Kick Drum?

A difficult mixing task is the problem of separating the frequencies of a kick drum from the frequency range of the electric bass. I've been placing the kick drum lower than the elec bass in the frequency spectrum. Using drum replacement software (in Sonar) has allowed me to transfer the audio kick track, to a MIDI track, which I then use to trigger a sample. I've been using  a kick drum sample in my D4 sound module. It has very strong low frequencies, around 43 hz.…


Added by Doug Lauber on September 7, 2011 at 12:22am — 2 Comments

Getting Close to Finishing 'Road Trip'

A few days ago I finished tracking, which means all of the instruments have been recorded. Now I'm tweaking each individual track. Each part might have anywhere from 1 to 4 tracks. For example a mono guitar part might require a separate track just for reverb or delay. Or another version of the track might be heavily compressed and then mixed with the original track for fullness. I've finished the lead vocal tracks, except for reverb. I've finished the bass track which… Continue

Added by Doug Lauber on August 26, 2011 at 6:11pm — 1 Comment

'Road Trip'

Today's task at my DAW: fill out the center instrumental break section, by adding vibes to the existing tracks- (bass, drums, a few lead guitar fills, and Rhodes elec piano). The section is not very long, but as usual, it took multiple takes and quite a lot of improvisation to come up with some appropriate/usable riffs. The vibes are now done for this section, so after dinner I'll adjust the timing to make sure it isn't too sloppy. So far, the tune has a kewl vibe.… Continue

Added by Doug Lauber on August 21, 2011 at 9:44pm — No Comments

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