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...
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...