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EDM to Jazz!This has been another busy year here at DBW. We finished a big classic rock CD where we incorporated a violin bow on our guitar (ala Jimmy Page), a Jazz CD, and helped launch a Hip Hop record label called “Tre Entertainment”! We’re also happy to be working with Mark Burnett Music Group artist “Destiny Malibu”.
DestinyI’ve been working with Destiny from the very beginning and by beginning I mean from the time she was 5 years old! She’s now signed to reality show mogul (producer of everything from “The Voice” to “Survivor”) Mark Burnett’s new music publishing company. Destiny is an amazing and versatile singer/songwriter who lately has been writing and recording EDM/Rap style songs but who can easily switch gears and do pop or even folk inspired material. This girl can really sing and it’s really exciting working with her again and being a part of the production “team”! To show her true musicianship, here’s a cover of the song “Here” by Alessia Cara she recorded with me that really exposes her voice. I’m playing bass guitar on this track and Dillon is on piano.
Here’s a cool EDM song she tracked here called “Love Hurts”. I recorded the vocals, mixed and mastered this.
G Money Baby!Galo (aka G Money) is back in the studio after taking a break. We recorded his debut Hip Hop CD called “It’s My Time” (available on iTunes) back about 10 years ago. One song even featured an up and coming actor named Shia LaBeouf! This time around Galo is starting his own label called “Tre Entertainment” and will be featuring not only himself but several other up and coming artists. You’re truly is co-producing and mixing and adding some magic here or there;-)
Long time friend and client, Paul McCallum, is back finishing up another Jazz project. This project features trio work with Paul on guitar and Domenic Genova on upright bass as well either Tom Buckner on Alto Sax or David Smith on guitar. Paul is one of the most versatile guitarist I know. He can flow from blue grass to jazz and everything in between. It’s always a pleasure working with him and usually leeds to me improving my own guitar skills.
The lovely and talented Linzi Graham came into DBW and sang a fantastic version of “On My Own” from Les Miserables. You might recognize Lindsey as being the former 2009 Miss New Hampshire. She’s a fantastic singer, actress and pianist!
Linzi singing “On My Own”
Amaya Rose came in and did an amazing job on the Linda Ronstadt cover, “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore”. Amaya actually won during last year’s Topanga Banjo and Fiddle Contest and is primarily a singer/fiddle player. Well, let me tell you, this girl can also finger pick a beautiful acoustic guitar! Amanda had apparently only been playing guitar for a few months but still recorded her tracks like a pro. She then nailed her vocal, first take I might add (and no pitch correction)! I then added a little percussion and we wound up making a nice demo. She then proceeded to blow me away by singing and recording (one take of course) “The Star Spangled Banner”. Not an easy song ;-) Great job Amanda! Keep up the god work. Here’s the video of the song we recorded.
While not “new” exactly but worth a mention, DBW regular, Charlie Brown, was back in DBW working on some tunes. Charlie is starting to get out again and can be seen occasionally at the Guitar Merchant in Canoga Park. He’s truly an amazing musician: great guitar player, singer, songwriter and harmonica.
The Kemper Profiling Amp! A guitar player’s dream come true
Guitar players rejoice! DBW Productions has added the extremely awesome Kemper Profiling Amp. What, you haven’t heard about the KPA??? It’s a rather new contender in the world of guitar amp modelers, except, it isn’t a modeler per sey. It actually samples or “profiles” real amps at the state they were in and allows you to use that sound later on. For example, let’s say we’re getting a great guitar sound using my uber cook VHT D60 amp going into a 2x12 cabinet and are miking it with a SM57 and a Royer R122 followed by a Neve 1272 mic pre. Let’s say you’d like to get that same exact sound at a later time on another day. Well, even if I write down all the settings used and take pictures of mic positions, etc. it’s next to impossible to get that same sound. Why? Because, amps don’t sound the same day in and day out, a tiny change in mic position can change the sound, the stars are out of alignment, etc. You get the idea. Well check this out: with the Kemper I can store the sound we’re getting in the Kemper and can then recall it and use it at a later date. Does it work? Absolutely! I’ve done many Kemper demos on my video page on the “tutorials” tab and be sure to check them out. In the meantime, check out this video where I go back and forth between my Fender Blues Deville and the Kemper version that I profiled and see if you can hear a difference.
Fender Blues Deville vs. The Kemper Profiling Amp
Dave Chamberlin Tearing It Up on the Kemper!
Logic X Rocks big time!
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.