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Hearing Reverb While Tracking

A few years ago, I was faced with this question. I wanted to record my guitar AND I wanted to hear it with a reverb effect as I played along with pre-recorded tracks. I did not want to record the reverb. I wanted the guitar to be recorded 'dry' without reverb. How to do this with my small studio setup?



The key is in how you route your outputs.

signal flow:

guitar > guitar amplifier > microphone > mic preamp >…
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Added by Doug Lauber on October 3, 2010 at 12:49pm — 2 Comments

Edgy Electronica

I just discovered this excellent video. Music by 'Download'. The Sidewinder EP and Download III are must haves...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clPHmGnYCl0&feature=related

Added by Doug Lauber on September 21, 2010 at 2:44pm — 3 Comments

Symphony of Psalms Stravinsky ??

I cannot remember who, at this forum, directed me to this masterpiece.
?? Please send me a personal message. Lately this composition has been at the top of my listening list.
Who ever told me to check it out- thanks! It's fantastic. Especially the first movement.

Added by Doug Lauber on April 3, 2009 at 3:00am — No Comments

Mountain, LVB's 6th

My latest thrill is listening to Mountain's Nantucket Sleighride- mostly fantastic album, with a heaviness that swings, unlike later metal bands. Beethoven's 6th is sounding better and better as I get older. It's full of the usual cleverness, but without the bombastic quality, although he still plays the hero. I think it shows his best sense of 'balance' in terms of lengths of sections, lengths of moods and emotions. The way he slowly morphs one section into another is beautiful and works in an… Continue

Added by Doug Lauber on March 31, 2009 at 12:22pm — 1 Comment

electric Bass Guitar

...signed by Noel Redding.
Man, I'm rusty. Rather sloppy playing. Today I recorded various bass ideas for Osaka Suite, Part 1. It is a pleasure to play to music with a fantastic drum track. ...but, he's raised the bar for me.
I'll continue working on the bass track tomorrow morning.

Added by Doug Lauber on March 16, 2009 at 1:06am — No Comments

Drums...

This morning I received the much anticipated drum tracks for Osaka, parts 1 and 3. Back to work...

Added by Doug Lauber on March 12, 2009 at 1:19pm — No Comments

Stravinsky and Bartok anyone?

Lately I've been listening to S's Symphony of Psalms and B's Piano Concertos. My brain is slowly adjusting to various degrees of dissonance.

Today, I'll continue work on Osaka Suite, focusing on the saxophone.(for part 1)
Part 1 - Fusion style
Part 2 - Orchestral, adagio
Part 3 - Heavy Metal

Added by Doug Lauber on March 9, 2009 at 1:12pm — 1 Comment

Mathis der Maler anyone? (Blomstedt)

San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.



I am now addicted to this composition/recording. The first two movements are perfect. The third is too scattered for my tastes.



Yesterday, I spent about 6 hours transforming the instrumentation for Osaka Suite- the new name for the 3-part composition, 'Equinox'. I have quite a few synth patches that I have never used in a recording, so I took the time to record a number of them, to be possibly used in lieu of the electric piano patch,… Continue

Added by Doug Lauber on March 7, 2009 at 11:33am — No Comments

Tonight's Tune: Peter Gabriel's 'Red Rain'

Before retiring for the evening, I gave a listen to one of my fusion favorites. This recording contains a variety of interesting instrumentation, with a surprising number of synth patches, from spacey elec piano to ethereal ambient sounds. The power comes from an unusual sounding elec bass which possesses a lot of very low end without being muddy. The percussion performances are awesome, a real assault on the senses, with a 'world' busy style that is never too much, always tasteful. The… Continue

Added by Doug Lauber on March 5, 2009 at 11:33pm — No Comments

Preparing for orchestral sequencing...

Today, I went through my orchestral samples and setup an orchestral template, for the purpose of composing for orchestra, using Sonar. I previewed each sample type, choosing those that sounded acceptable. I wasn't using a sample library, instead I was using samples in a Roland orchestral sound expansion module, the M-OC1, and also some samples in my Alesis Quadrasynth Plus. I've created a template in Sonar that lists all of the 'OK' patches for orchestra. I have them arranged vertically as MIDI… Continue

Added by Doug Lauber on February 16, 2009 at 6:30pm — 4 Comments

'Palladium'

Lying in bed, late last night. Headphones and a pillow. Weather Report was not a forecast on TV, but an iPod tune called 'Palladium'. Gotta love it- crispy, punchy, dramatic, a simmering stew of alternating powerful melodies and perfect improvisations. Just about as good as it gets. Pulsing with life. Album- 'Heavy Weather'.

Added by Doug Lauber on January 29, 2009 at 4:41pm — 1 Comment

January 4th '09

Lately, I've been listening to Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms, Hindemith's Mathis der Maler(Blomsted), Orff's Carmina Burana, and before sleep I usually listen to Pink Floyd's 'Time' for the inspiring guitar solo and awesome background arrangement. Last night I opened my eyes in the middle of the night, obsessed with various ideas for the beginning of the second movement of Equinox, which will be a more 'serious' section, whatever that means. I guess I'll be trying for something profound,… Continue

Added by Doug Lauber on January 4, 2009 at 10:57pm — No Comments

'Equinox' v2 update

Hey there. I'm about to upload this newer version of Equinox, for your perusal. I've settled on this length and structure, and from here I'll work... to make it work. I'm eager to get to the next level -version 3, which will include bass and drums. The last phase will involve refining the mix, cleaning up mistakes, possibly re-doing guitar solos, and hopefully the addition of saxophone tracks. I'll send this v2, to a drummer on Nantucket Island, for his collaboration.

Added by Doug Lauber on December 20, 2008 at 12:00pm — No Comments

A new composition- 'Equinox' version 1 sketch

As I get back into recording and composing, I thought I would post different versions of the same composition, as the composition/arrangement/recording evolves. Today I posted the first sketch version. Looking at the info page in Sonar, this version represents about 40 hours of work, and it's only about half finished. It might be interesting for some people to see how a composition changes with time, before completion.

Added by Doug Lauber on December 4, 2008 at 2:32pm — No Comments

Acquiring gear, ..getting psyched!

Recently, I've been adding various gadgets to my small studio, with the

idea of playing guitar in a band, which will do my original material.

I want to put a band together It's been years since I was in a band.



I've got a new Fender Hot Rod Deluxe combo amp, to compliment my

Marshall and Peavey combos. I'm experimenting with playing through

two amps at once in stereo. Great sounding effects pedals include

Roger Mayer's Spitfire, Fuzz Face, Big Muff, Zvex Fuzz… Continue

Added by Doug Lauber on July 19, 2008 at 2:42am — No Comments

Kontakt 3, etc.

How is everyone doing today? I imagine everyone is starting to fast, in preparation for Thanksgiving's stuffing, self-stuffing.



I received an upgrade to Kontakt 3 a few days ago. Sounded terrible,

but then I figured out the 'buffer size' was set a little too 'fast'

and now it sounds great. (after going through every conceivable system

option within Windows, Sonar, and MOTU's 828. I then spent a couple of

hours playing K3's various samples. ..Who can get pleasure… Continue

Added by Doug Lauber on November 10, 2007 at 12:36pm — No Comments

The Trials and Tribulations of Software Installation...

I've been so busy this summer that I haven't had time to install some new software-

Sonar 6 and NI's Kontakt 2.



No time until yesterday. Sonar 6 installed easily, (as usual for Cakewalk products)

Kontakt 2 was a bit of a fiasco.It's a software/computer based sampler. For many years I had wanted to get an external hardware sampler, like Akai's S5000. I never did, so I was looking forward to using Kontakt 2.

My primary source for orchestral samples had been my Alesis… Continue

Added by Doug Lauber on September 17, 2007 at 8:11pm — 1 Comment

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