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Sun, Jan 29 2017 10:23 | Software
Disappearing Track AlternativesThe 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.
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!
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.