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'July Tides':

add vibraphone samples

add additional guitar tracks

add bell accents 

yesterday I added some vibes to the opening section, along with some oboe samples from my Roland M-OC1 external module. -sounds good!



Added by Doug Lauber on August 16, 2011 at 3:43pm — 3 Comments

New Samples! Vibes...

In the near future I'll be testing my new sample library from Acousticsamples.

Looking forward to using these vibraphone samples in my recent recordings that are in the works...

Added by Doug Lauber on August 11, 2011 at 10:43pm — No Comments

Pressing Keys?

I really urge those composers who don't use a keyboard to branch out and try using one. It really isn't that scary. Dive in. Sure, it's a little tough at first, but anything worthwhile requires some effort. Being able to perform with an instrument will give you a huge advantage over composers who use only notation programs that lack human timing and subtle dynamics. A performance ability will help you to convey emotions that would otherwise be impossible.

Added by Doug Lauber on June 29, 2011 at 1:40pm — 4 Comments

June 29th 2011 bossa?

I've got the day ahead of me. I'll use the time to get into a new Bossa Nova composition. I'm building basic sections by recording elec guitar parts, with a MIDI drum accompaniment. At this point I'm focusing on the basic structure, while trying various ideas as I improvise and then refine details- riffs, phrases, etc. Sometimes a motif can appear out of nowhere and I'm sure this happens for most composers.…


Added by Doug Lauber on June 29, 2011 at 12:29pm — 1 Comment

Recording a Vocalist: Mission Accomplished!!

I just finished recording an excellent vocalist- Darl Chryst


She's a true professional with a great expressive voice. The session only required a little over an hour.…


Added by Doug Lauber on June 10, 2011 at 5:57pm — 3 Comments


Everyone knows what a 'composer' is. The definition is general and inclusive rather than narrow and specific. 

: one that composes; especially : a person who writes music

Yes- it's that simple and it's a definition…


Added by Doug Lauber on June 8, 2011 at 11:57am — 1 Comment

June 2nd, 2011

After a few hours of composing, I'm taking a short break from 'Tsunami', the post-minimal piece I'm working on today. It's coming along well- just as I expected, so I'm happy. It will contrast busy/chaotic sections with smooth/simple sections. I'm using a few previously untried instruments from my Kontakt VSL collection- celesta and xylophone, along with old standbys like True Tron from my Quadrasynth and my trusty Jazz bass.…


Added by Doug Lauber on June 2, 2011 at 6:30pm — No Comments

May 29, 2011

Today I'm continuing to work on the elec bass part for 'Road Trip', a tune I wrote for a female singer. I'm replacing the existing bass part, which was just a quickly recorded sketch. Hopefully, I'll record the singer in the next week or two...

Added by Doug Lauber on May 29, 2011 at 1:06pm — No Comments

Earth, Wind, & Fire!

I just saw Earth Wind & Fire tonight. Excellent! Great solos- trumpet, sax, keys, two different guitarists, numerous percussionists, and great singers. They've got it all. We're talkin' 'fusion'. A fusion of jazz, blues, funk, R&B, and rock. Very tasteful arrangements. People were dancing in the aisles...  :)

Added by Doug Lauber on May 26, 2011 at 1:23am — 1 Comment

Please- No Story Behind the Music!!

There should not be any story behind the music. A 'story' can change our perception of the music. The music should exist on its own. I don't want to hear that the composition was the result of the author's desperate desire to get a divorce or as a warm tribute to his or her pet kitten, or... A composition should touch on universal emotional reactions, not programs. The only exception might be 'multi-media'… Continue

Added by Doug Lauber on May 8, 2011 at 12:56pm — 14 Comments

Bossa Nova and Post Minimalism and a Pop-ish tune with vocals.

I've always liked John Adams 'Harmonielehre'. How can one NOT like it?

I'll revisit my drawing board, where I'll draw with my ear. I cannot do notation. I'll begin to build a piece that is inspired by Harmonielehre, by creating fragments/phrases that will repeat in overlapping time signatures. There will be sharp/hard elements and…


Added by Doug Lauber on May 7, 2011 at 12:54pm — No Comments

'Instamatic' added to Fusion Galaxy's player

I finished the mix yesterday morning. Please give it a listen.

Added by Doug Lauber on April 25, 2011 at 4:54pm — 1 Comment

'Instamatic' stages of mixing

Hello friends. Today I worked on balancing the levels of various tracks within 'Instamatic'. Additionally, I worked on EQ'ing the DRUM submix, and then creating a couple of different versions of the track- two different approaches to compression. I ended up with three different versions of the drum sub-mix, all of which I am using for the final drumkit conglomeration: the primary drum track, plus two different compressed tracks that act as…


Added by Doug Lauber on April 20, 2011 at 12:15am — No Comments

Which DAW? ....Sonar?

Basically there are two platforms for DAWs: Mac and PC. That starting point can narrow our search for a DAW. 

I'm often amazed at the capabilites of my DAW software- Sonar X1b.

I'd really like to know what other software can do.

What can PT, Cubase, Logic, and DP do that Sonar cannot do?

Added by Doug Lauber on April 9, 2011 at 11:08pm — 1 Comment

Mixing 'Instamatic'

I made a lot of progress today mixing 'Instamatic'. I'd say just a few more days of work and the first mix version will be finished! I almost named this tune, 'Harsh and Tender', because the tune combines two different approaches- a tender, sensitive jazz-ish mood, with sections that are harsh, aggressive, and driving. The tender sections use piano and fr horn, while the harsh sections use distorted guitar improvs that alternate with sax improvs, and for those…


Added by Doug Lauber on April 9, 2011 at 10:50pm — No Comments

Convolution Reverb

I'm working on a new tune, again with Chris Alpiar on sax and Seth Burkhart on drums. I've tried a different approach to the drum sub-mix, by applying mid/high frequency boosts, and a couple of different types of compression, AND a modest amount of convolution reverb. I applied convolution reverb to the lead guitar part and drums, so far, and I think it sounds great. I had downloaded convolution reverb impulse responses from the internet. The site asks for a donation… Continue

Added by Doug Lauber on April 8, 2011 at 12:17pm — No Comments

New Mix- final? 'Ostinato Trip'

Today I added some B3 stabs to the tune at the 3:00 mark. I think it adds some pizazz. Let me know what you think. For this version I put a lot of time into adjusting levels again and brightening up the upper mids. I think it's done now...  I added it to my play list.

That's TWO recordings finished and about…


Added by Doug Lauber on March 26, 2011 at 7:45pm — 1 Comment

Mixing is Never Finished

I've learned a few things while mixing Ostinato Trip. I used the Katz method of parallel compression. Fantastic! Another great discovery- kick drum replacement. This technique allowed me to create a MIDI track which triggered any available kick drum sample. I combined the track with the new sample, with the original kick drum recording, with excellent results.


Now that I am comfortable with these two new techniques,…


Added by Doug Lauber on March 13, 2011 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

Back-up Our Files!

A friend recently shared a tragic story. His hard drive failed. Thousands of hours of work were lost, representing many compositions...     Something to think about. At the end of a mixing or composing session, I always copy the new files to a similar folder on another external hard drive. Hard drives are relatively inexpensive now. I urge you to back-up your work.

Added by Doug Lauber on March 13, 2011 at 10:53pm — 1 Comment

Completed! 'Ostinato Trip'

Check it out!

Added by Doug Lauber on March 9, 2011 at 11:23pm — No Comments

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