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Logic X Baby!

Logic X Rocks big time!

Logic X Rocks
I admit it. I’m a bit of a software “junkie.” If there’s a new plugin out or software instrument, I want to demo it. If I like it then I want to buy it. It’s a real problem for me :-). So the day Logic X came out I bought it and went to town learning it and incorporating it into my work. Now admittedly, most of my clients didn’t know I used Logic 9 (or cared for that matter) so the fact that I upgraded didn’t really mean much to people. But for me, it’s been amazing. I still talk to fellow producers today, almost a year since it came out, who are clueless to the improvements of the newer software. That’s fine by me as it’ll be my little secret.

Here are some of Logic X’s highlights

  • Drummer Plugin: imagine having many “live” drummers available at an instant to try out on your song! This plugin combines great (human) midi drum grooves and combines it with fantastic sounding drum sets. This has become my favorite drum library, and I own quite a few of them.
  • New Synths: One can never have too many cool sounding synths. Well, Logic X ships with a new “Retro Synth” VI that sounds amazing. Anything from nice ambient pad sounds to fat Moog basses are easy with this guy.
  • Built in graphical “Flex Pitch” pitch correction: I own and use both Auto Tune and Melodyne, which are the standards in professional pitch correction but now I have a 3rd option, Logic’s “Flex Pitch”.
  • New Guitar Amps and FX: Being a guitar/bass player, this was a no-brainer for me. There are now some nice virtual Bass amps and some additional guitar FX. Fun stuff.
There are many, many other little improvements that make my workflow quicker that you can check out at Apple’s website. Suffice it to say that I love Logic X and am happy to be using to producer your next hit single!

Studio News May 2012

I’m back

David Chamberlin
Wow, I can’t believe it’s May already and I haven’t blogged!! Well, here goes nothing.
I’ve finished a few nice projects this year so far. The latest one was a nice 4 song EP by long time client, David Wheeler, aka “The Wheel” (inside joke). Dave started working with me probably about 14-15 years ago. We’ve done tons of songwriter demos together and have worked with many great musicians. Smash cut to 2012 and Dave is making his debut as an actual artist! I feel very fortunate to be involved in his long career and wish him much success with his new endeavor. The music is acoustic based and has kind of a timeless, “organic” vibe. I’m playing guitar, bass, keyboards and adding backing vocals but Dave has also enlisted the services of some other great LA session pros. On latin percussion is Ronnie Gutierrez, supplying some great grooves using congas, bongs and a cajon (box drum). On female backing vocals is the fabulous Rachael Lynn. David Wheeler should do very well with this project so keep your ears and eyes open for him!

It’s all about the clients
Golana and his flute
Golana, aka Scott Cunningham, is finishing up his 9th CD of native american flute music with me!!! I think we started working together back in 98” or so. He’s signed to Spring Hill Records and can be heard internationally and on Sirus Satellite radio. I imagine the new CD with be out before the end of year so look for it everywhere!
Dolores Marantz
Earlier in the year I finished a huge country music project with veteran songwriter, Dolores Marantz. Dolores enlisted the vocal talents of Randy Crenshaw and Teresa James on some great country songs with your’s truly suppling all the backing tracks. I even played my new square neck dobro and lap steel which was a blast!

(Below: Randy Crenshaw and Teresa James)
Randy CrenshawTeresa James

Cal Curtis

Cal Curtis
Veteran songwriter, Cal Curtis, came in to lay down tracks for a new country song he wrote. Cal wrote the mega hit song “Second Chance” that was recorded by 38 Special. This song has been played over 1 million times on the radio! I did my thing and played guitar, bass, keys and drums while Cal handled the vocals.

Rob Golisch
The award for the client that has to have been with me the longest goes to……Cindy Lora….OK, well, this isn’t Cindy, but, Rob Golisch started with me right after I opened my doors to my last studio. So, that deserves some recognition. I’m going to guess it’s been about 15 years or so. Anyway, Rob came in recently and brought in his very talented granddaughter, Vanessa. Vanessa has a great voice, kind of in the vein of Taylor Swift. She sang a Bob Dylan remake that Miley Cyrus covered. I covered the cover by recreating it. Confused yet? I hope to see Vanessa and Rob back in here in the not too distant future. Check out the little slide show below.

Charles Meeks
A big welcome goes out to new client, Charles Meeks! Charles is a bassist, vocalist and a songwriter who is best known for his work with legend, Chuck Mangione. Charles played bass and toured with Chuck. In fact, it’s very likely you’ve heard him on the mega hit, “Feels so Good”. I’ll be playing guitar on this project and look forward to working with Charles and his family so stay tuned.

Charvel Wildcard 5
I have some new “babies” here at the studio. One is a very cool new Charvel “Wildcard” guitar complete with Floyd Rose and tiger stripped maple finish. I’m having a lot of fun playing that guy. I’ve also been studying square neck dobro and am playing a very nice Goldtone. That in turn has made me play more lap steel guitar. I love learning new things, especially when I can use them on my productions.

Yes, I’m insaneAnd finally, here’s a song I wrote for the Adam Carolla podcast. I took an old rant Adam did back from a 2005 Love Line broadcast, chopped it up and made it into a song. Instead of Autotune I’m using Melodyne software to make him sound like he’s hitting certain pitches. I’m playing all the instruments and singing backing vocals. Enjoy!


Studio News December 2011

Wow, it’s already December. Where did the year go? Well, lots of music has been recorded and some great things have happened. Here are the highlights.

Fitzdog Greg Fitzsimmons Podcast
I am now supplying original music for comedian Greg Fitzsimmon’s podcast! You can hear my stuff on regular bits like “Talk your way out of it (featuring the vocals of Kevin Meaney)” and “Male Bag”. So far these podcasts have been downloaded by millions of listeners! I’m proud to be a part of the new media revolution and am a true fan of Greg’s and the show.

Richard Burr Avenue 256
Richard Burr’s latest music CD entitled “Avenue 256” just hit #1 on the Roots Music Report! This is our 3rd CD together of great alternative country style music. He sings and plays drums and I do most everything else (guitars, bass, keys, backing vocals, etc). It’s great fun as we really experiment with production ideas and sounds and try to break new ground with every CD we do.

The Browne Sisters Miles Through The Night
The infamous Browne Sisters & George Cavanaugh have released a new CD. It’s been a long time since we did the last one (Ready for the Storm) and their fans have been very patient. I’m happy to report that the new album sounds fantastic! It’s called “Miles Through the Night” and features 16 tracks of mostly cover songs. Laura Browne has a beautiful original on there as well called “The Hanging Gale”. They came into the studio in July for 2 weeks to record their vocals along with one guitar track per song. Then it was up to me to supply the rest of the instrumentation and mix with the deadline being the first week of August. It was a lot of work but well worth it as the CD sounds fantastic. You can pick up a copy at just in time for the holidays!
Check out this fun behind the scenes video as well.

I’d like to welcome some very talented new clients to the studio.

Elinor Benhamo is a very talented singer/songwriter who has an amazing bluesy soulful voice. She does a one take scratch vocal and it sounds like a million bucks!

Clark Brolly
Former actor Clark Brolly was in doing some demos and sounded great. We breezed through 3 songs in about 4 hours. Clark has a cool edgy “Nivrannay” sound.

Destiny from the Christian group “Colorz of Heaven” (I recorded their first CD) was in working on some solo material. Destiny is a supper talented artist with a spectacular voice. She started working with me at the age of 5 and is now a veteran at 15!

Dave Wheeler and Rachel Lynn
Long time client Dave Wheeler is working on his very first solo EP with me. Dave is a drummer turned singer/songwriter. He has cuts features on a few Indy artist’s CDs and is now doing his own. I’m playing all the instruments and Dave is singing. He’s also enlisted the vocal talents of Rachel Lynn (pictured) and the monster percussion chops of Ronnie Gutierrez.

New Gear
In my (never ending) quest for sonic nirvanna I’ve added the cool UAD plugin which emulates a classic Ampex mixdown tape machine. I didn’t want to like it but I made the mistake of trying the demo and heard a nice improvement. This means that my mixes are continuing to improve. Now, I don’t want to give my gear all the credit as I think most of it is me just getting better but it’s nice to have tools that help the process. I’m also playing square neck dobro. This gives my country/folk productions a nice authenticity but I plan on using it everywhere (Chris Blake are you listening?). Last year I added harmonica and had also resurrected my clarinet skills. Finally, I’m playing more and more hand percussion and have worked hard at recording myself in my live room with help using my ipad as remote control for my computer. I’m getting great tambourine and shaker sounds as well some killer djembe (hand drum) sounds. I love it!

New Singles
In addition to my clients new releases I also have been putting out some singles available on Itunes. Some of the new songs include the guitar instrumentals: “Viva Renee“ and “Desert Wind”. I’m working on a full length CD worth of songs entitled “Pieces of Me” which I plan on releasing early next year. In the meantime, be sure to check out some of my current tunes.

I hope everyone has a great holiday season. I look forward to working with you guys more next year!


Studio News March 2011

I can’t believe it’s already March! I’m happy to report that I continue to be busy with both old and new clients. I welcome Andrew Kuhlman to DBW. Andrew did a self-produced rap song here and since then has shot an outstanding music video that should be out shortly on YouTube.

Speaking of YouTube, here’s a video I made of Paul McCallum and Paul Weitz as they were recording tracks for their new Jazz Duo CD. This was done completely live as I was recording them in Logic. “The 2 Pauls” will be coming in shortly to finish tracking for the CD and we should have something out within the next 2 months.

Pizza Night
Why the huge graphic for the new smash hit, “Pizza Night?” Well, for one thing I wrote the song and for another I think it’s pretty funny looking! That’s my good friend, Walt Whitney on the cover. Walt’s also saying “Pizza Night” on the recording. Never had a lesson. I wrote the song at his house on his lap top and then rewrote it a year later in my studio with the inspired direction of his nephew, Connor. Then, Walt and I were talking a few days ago and he said, “why don’t you put Pizza Night on Itunes?” So....I did! It’s a dance/electronic/heavy rock/searing guitar solo song.
Elisa Lynee Believe
Long distance and long time client, Elisa Lynee, released another single (the 2nd in 4 months). Elisa lives in New Hampshire and sends me the rough song idea via email. I then flush out an arrangement that she records her vocals to back east. Through the wonders of the internet we wind up with a finished product! Like her first single, this song’s profits go towards bringing awareness to the Lupus foundation so make sure you buy it today and help out a good cause! It’s available on Itunes now.

Henri Valle
Henri Valle is back in DBW for the 2nd time and just finished a second single called “Come Closer to Me” now available on Itunes proving once again DBW is one versatile music production house! This song is in the power pop/dance vein. I did much of the arranging and instrumentation on the track as well as mixing and mastering. We plan on doing an EP this year which should be a blast to do!

In The Beginning-Gary and Cindy Renard
Cindy Lora-Renard and husband, Gary Renard’s new CD, “In The Beginning” is now out available via The CD is a mixture of covers and originals and features some behind the scenes production work by yours truly. Gary plays guitar and sings and Cindy sings and plays keyboards. I mixed and mastered the CD here. On a side note, I’ve been recording Cindy for close to 20 years now!

Linda Dewar
I just saw an old friend/client this weekend who did a wonderful folk CD with me a few years ago and has since moved to a very small town in Scotland called Alberfiny (population 1900), Linda Dewar. We talked about doing some possible collaboration via the web on her upcoming project. Linda does authentic Celtic music and now lives in a place where many of her heros reside. I miss her but am happy she’s found her home and continues to thrive.

Long time client, Vince Raceanu, is back in the studio collaborating with Dave on a reggae song. Vince typically comes up with the melody and lyrics, emails me the idea after he records it on his iphone and then has me go to town creating a track around it. It’s a process I now have down to a T. The key is that Vince records with a drum loop and sings pretty well in pitch. This is harder to do if one sings it entirely a cappella  (but is still possible, just takes longer).

And yes, I have new gear (what else is new...)! I got a cool lap steel guitar for Christmas that I love and just picked up a killer little guitar amp made by Blackstar called the HT5. This amp is only 5 watts but it sounds BIG. It does a decent clean sound but really shines on the slightly broken up to nice crunchy Marshall and Vox sounds and is a nice addition to my collection. I also have been using a device called an “Ebow”. It allows me to sustain a note infinitely via it’s magnetic interaction with the guitar string and pickup. These are not new by any means and can be heard on many famous recordings (U2’s, “With or Without You” for example). I’ve also incorporated my Ipad into my studio setup. I mostly use it as a controller for Logic but am experimenting with it for the actual sounds it can produce with some of the instrument apps out there. It’s a very cool device and I highly recommend them.
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