Music Composers Unite!
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!
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
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.…Continue
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.…Continue
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…Continue
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.…Continue
Added by Doug Lauber on June 2, 2011 at 6:30pm — No Comments
Added by Doug Lauber on May 29, 2011 at 1:06pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Doug Lauber on May 7, 2011 at 12:54pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Doug Lauber on April 20, 2011 at 12:15am — No Comments
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?
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…Continue
Added by Doug Lauber on April 9, 2011 at 10:50pm — No Comments
Added by Doug Lauber on April 8, 2011 at 12:17pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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,…Continue
Added by Doug Lauber on March 9, 2011 at 11:23pm — No Comments