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New Logic 10.3 update is great except for Track Alternative bug!

Disappearing Track Alternatives
The new Logic 10.3 update was unleashed last week and we love it…kind of. It's overall a fantastic update and introduces a bunch of new features. A favorite new enhancement is something I've longed for since I "switched" from Digital Performer to Logic many years ago; The ability to make another underlying "playlist" ala Digital Performer or Pro Tools. Apple calls this feature "Track Alternatives". Unfortunately theres a big bug whereas when one does an edit to the top most "Track Alternative" track, the hidden Alternatives may disappear. The work around is to always show the hidden Track Alternatives while doing any kind of editing. In the long run this isn't very practical so I'm hoping that this gets fixed in the next update. I made a video documenting this bug and hopefully will prevent others from losing too much hair over this issue.
Update: As of the latest 10.3.1 Logic X update, this bug has been squashed!

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Happy New Year 2017! Check out these killer guitar player demos!

Guitar Demos!

It’s a few days into the new year and I’m busy writing and recording some great electric guitar demos. A few years ago I bought a Kemper Profiler Amplifier. The Kemper is basically a computer type guitar amp that’s soul purpose is to capture the sounds of real amps and store them so that one can have virtually any amp with them at any time. Many people (including myself, Dave Chamberlin) “profile” their own amp collection and store it in their Kemper. This is great as it allows one to recreate their exact guitar sound at a later date, even if they’ve sold their original amp (which I’ve also done). There are many great commercial resources for these profiles. I’ve invested in a ton of them and enjoy the variety. One of my favorite commercial vendors is a company out of Germany called “Soundside”. I’ve created demos for many of their amps for use on their website. Check out the sound samples below. Keep in mind that I wrote and recorded these demos in under 2 hours each! It’s also a reminder that when you come to DBW that you have an excellent studio guitarist at your disposal;-) Thanks for listening!





Warning, Mad Scientist Stuff!


Those of you who know me know that I like to run musical “experiments”. Well, many times I’ll run actual real experiments. Especially when it comes to my guitar sound. Lately I’ve been doing some subtle mods to my 92’ Les Paul Standard guitar. By swapping out the tone capacitor I can easily alter the sound of my guitar. I documented one such “experiment” below. If you’re still awake after the video give yourself a gold lollipop!

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In The Studio, August 2016

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VocalSynth by Izotope, plugin of the month!

We just can’t help ourselves (which is good for you) and have purchased a few more plugins. Yes, you can never have enough plugins as my grandmother always said… or was it money? At any rate, this is what we’ve added to our arsenal this month!

Waves Mix Centric


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We love our Waves plugins and have been using them for what seems like 20 years now. They’re always innovating and coming up with cool unique plugins as well as some great emulations of classic hardware. The first one we bought this month is kind of it’s own thing. It’s called the “Greg Wells Mix Centric” plugin. Although very simple to use this sucker does some complex stuff under the hood. You put it on your master bus and then just turn the knob and listen to the magic! To our ears it’s adding some compression and eq changes which can be pretty subtle or extreme depending on how far you turn the knob. We like it and have used on several new mixes this month.






Waves API 560



Waves API-560
Up next is the Waves API 560. This is an emulation of a classic API hardware graphic EQ. Although pretty simple to wrap your head around this is still a very versatile EQ and has a pleasing punch. We likey.











Izotope VocalSynth!!!


VocalSynth allows you to turn any kind of a vocal, spoken word, sung, barked by a dog, etc, into something melodic or crazy evil sounding. It’s nuts and very fun to use. Check out the video for a short example of how I sang a simple straight vocal line and then turned it into something else. I went for more of a retro sound but that barely scratchers the surface in terms of what this plugin can do.


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