KING MORELLI – “We’re Coming” – instrumental

KING MORELLI – “We’re Coming” – instrumental

In anticipation of KING MORELLI’s new album, I share with you the beat behind the our track: “We’re Coming” I’d been listening to a lot of James Blake when I did this, but when KING came over and shared his idea for a song over the beat, it shifted. The vibe needed some guitar love, so I asked NYC based STL guitar wizard and engineer to lay some ideas down.  The human element added so much more depth, so I decided to add drums.  KING contacted another high school friend of ours, Grover Stewart to see if he’d be into tracking something,  so over Thanksgiving, we hopped into RED PILL STUDIOS in St. Louis with Jacob Detering and laid down a few takes. Wait for the big 808 DROPS at the...
Stream a mix from your DAW straight to your iPhone

Stream a mix from your DAW straight to your iPhone

As KING MORELLI and I finalize a series of mixes for his next album, I realized that he and his fans are mostly listening to tracks over their iPhone speaker.  As much as I would rather they listen on headphones, car stereos, or boomboxes, I understand that this is the reality of how music is consumed these days. Thankfully, a clever producer named Jorge Castellanos has made an amazingly simple streaming tool that can stream your mix from your master bus to your phone!   Instant reference. Get the app and plugins from the website here: https://audre.io Check out the blog post on the site as well....
Universal Audio Apollo 8 review

Universal Audio Apollo 8 review

Considering the UAD Apollo for your step up in the music world? Maybe you’re looking at the Apogee Quartet or a MOTU 828x or something by Focusrite?  The later is all amazing and wonderful hardware options, but the flexibility and sound quality of the Apollo unity preamps, paired with a preamp emulation is worth the extra $1k in price alone.  If you get the aforementioned hardware, you don’t get the hands on, audibly inspiring sounds of the onboard DSP processing powered UAD plugins. Have you recorded something with a cheap mic through your computer or I/O and think, not the best sound I can get, but I’ll fix it later…Then when later comes, you sit their trying all the different EQs and compressors out there, not sure what the best combination is…then suddenly you have 7 plugins on a track bogging down your computer? Well those days are done.  You now have the option to commit early on and be happy with the results using the UAD  Console software for the Apollo.  Hands down the coolest mixer around.  PLUS! The Apollo comes with 4 unity preamps that can emulate, a Neve 1073 and 88RS, the API vision strip, and the vintage UA 610. The image below shows someone using the API Vision Strip in their first channel with a Studer tape machine inline.  Gotta try that tape machine! After working for people with real vintage Neve 1073 and API channel strips, I started to realize how important and game changing a solid signal chain is!  Imagine what a bass sounds like through a real vintage neve 1073 pre into...
Mac Book Pro with Apple Cinema Display

Mac Book Pro with Apple Cinema Display

If you’ve recently purchased an Apple cinema display to pair with your laptop, be aware that tapping the brightness button on your laptop keyboard will only change the brightness on your laptop.   Using it with a 2nd keyboard will give you control of the cinema display brightness.  Just close your laptop lid and increase brightness from your 2nd apple...
Digital Performer 9 tip: Open Instrument Hotkey

Digital Performer 9 tip: Open Instrument Hotkey

Ever find yourself hunting for your instrument track? I always feel like it’s too many clicks away, but not anymore!  I just learned this assignable hot key from a composer here in LA. Go to your Commands window for customizing your hotkeys.  (shift + L) Type in Instrument Then click the box under Key 1 in the Open Instrument row and type: H Now H has been assigned to open the instrument of the track you’ve highlighted. Here I highlight this track: Hit H: …and hooray!  Zebra shows up. Easy hotkey to increase productivity in...