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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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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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It's Hereā€¦.

kemper
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!

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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!
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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 Amazon.com 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
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
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!

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