Carefree Days (new song)

I’m pleased to have a new song demo up, showcasing my MIDI rendering skills, songwriting, and production.  In this track, called Carefree Days, I used all virtual instruments, except for the voice, which comes from the talented Adena Cahill.  The lyrics are by Justin Hart, and I wrote the music, and did all the production […]

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Studio Updates

We’ve had lots of software come to the studio lately, some of it upgrades and some of it new.  Among the upgrades are Native Instruments Komplete (now version 8), AudioBro LA Scoring Strings (now version 2) and MusicLab Real Guitar products (now version 3).  New products include two fantastic suites from Izotope (Ozone 5 for mastering […]

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Expressive MIDI Performance

Some say that the key to a realistic sounding MIDI performance is micro-quantizing of notes to create a human timing element. Positions of notes is certainly important, and their position relative to a grid depends very much on the style of music you’re writing, just like in real life. But there’s something more important than […]

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The Trumpet

I’ve had quite a hiatus from sample library purchases of late, but recently I broke down and bought a small library that I’ve had my eye on since its release – Sample Modeling’s The Trumpet.  This library has a lot of feeling.  Here’s my first track…  a tribute to Miles Davis.  Very spontaneously improvised using […]

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Spinoza Gambit

I’m pleased to have now finished mastering Jason Hayward’s forthcoming release, Wayward and Upward.  This has been a fun and intense project over several months, during which I explored a genre quite unfamiliar to me, with Jason’s help and his compositions.  This was a great collaboration.  We’re both delighted with the results, and I can’t wait […]

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