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...
Midi CC Guide

Midi CC Guide

If you’re interested in writing music using a DAW and aren’t familiar with MIDI CC, here’s a quick easy guide that I found online. I also have something similar printed out at the studio I work at because every once in awhile, I hear “Justin, what’s the Midi CC for Foot Pedal?” etc… So it’s good to have a list nearby.  You can usually find CC lists for hardware synths as well.  The Nord Stage 2 occasionally will dump all sorts of CC into Digital Performer and this can wreck havoc when running that midi track to a different software synthesizer. List of Standard MIDI Continuous Controllers (CCs) 0 Bank Select (MSB)  Never re-route anything to Controller 0.  It will mess up your program changes. 1 Modulation Wheel or Joystick (positive polarity) (MSB)  Can be effectively remapped to other controllers on some synths 2 Breath controller sometimes Joystick (negative polarity) (MSB)  Can be effectively remapped to other controllers on some synths 4 Foot Pedal (MSB)  Don’t mess with it 5 Portamento Time (MSB)  Only use this for portamento time 6 Data Entry (MSB)  Better leave this one alone too. 7 Volume (MSB)  If you re-route to Controller 7, your software mixer will mess up 8 Balance (MSB)  Some synths use it 10 Pan position (MSB) If you re-route to Controller 10, your software mixer will mess up 11 Expression (MSB)  Roland synths use it.  Some synths use it for LFOs, some for crescendo/ decrescendo (loudness).  Sometimes routed to keyboard aftertouch. Also, Spitfire’s amazing sounding orchestral instruments seem to use CC11 for overall volume.  Which it seems CC7 also does fine, but in case you don’t want your faders moving...
Teaching Tuesdays Soldering Guide

Teaching Tuesdays Soldering Guide

OH!!!! This saved me this last weekend when I decided to rewire my Pbass again.  It still sounds like my Tone knob is not wired correctly, but I’m sure I can figure this out. After I get the bass rewired, I’m going to take it to a proper bass shop and get it setup for real.  The bass neck feels great, so I’m hoping I can get the electronics going.  The bass looks good too. RIGHT!? It looks good, after my haphazard paint job.  So, I look forward to getting this over with!     SOLDERING GUIDE by David King Bass Guitar Systems No modern rock musician is complete until he or she has mastered the simple art of soldering a piece of wire to the lug of an output jack or pot inside his/her guitar. The artist at once becomes eternally liberated from the nagging fear of showing up at a gig without a working guitar cable. They become empowered to overthrow the firm grip on their pocketbooks by those high priests of guitar repair. They come one step closer to the abyss of Geekdom. Nothing seems more difficult, frustrating or dangerous to the uninitiated than the clumsy wielding of a very hot and blunt implement against the odds of metallurgy in a concerted campaign to join three metals in an enduring, conducting union. Trust me, you too can solder with a little reading, a small investment and a little practice. What you need: i.) Get a respectable soldering iron from the ubiquitous local Radio Shack or hardware store. Get one that has between 15 and 45 watts...
Teaching Tuesday fIREHOSE Chemical Wire bass line

Teaching Tuesday fIREHOSE Chemical Wire bass line

Today’s bass line is by one of my favorite electric rock bassist, Mike Watt. The song is from the first album of the band fIREHOSE, which Mike Watt and drummer George Hurley made with EDfromOHIO after their first band, the Minutemen. I got hooked on Watt’s infectious electric playing when I got the Minutemen album “Double nickles on the dime”. Incredible playing on that album. I discovered fIREHOSE’s first album and probably learned how to play along with every song. I’ve since played with musicians in LA that Watt has played with and felt extremely humbled. He’s got some big shoes to fill!!!! Here’s the tune! fIREHOSE – Chemical Wire This song revolves around a series of riffs based in G pentatonic. Watt is famous for his riffs that revolve around pentatonic-esque movement. Catchy thunder! Chorus/Intro verse break breakdown verse x6 I will leave it up to you to figure out the order! Also, during the guitar solo, there are a series of harmonics. the first one is easy, the second one is AD over the 5th fret, EB over the 3rd fret on the A and E string then DG over the 5th. Here’s the song! Play!! Here is the bass I believe he played on the record. It sounds fretless....