Whilst Native Instruments and Scarbee tend to make waves in the world of virtual guitar and bass instruments, it’s worth noting that Pettinhouse has been around for almost 10 years, providing its own version of such products. This Italian company, operated by Andrea Pettinao, has it’s own range of playable guitar libraries that range from acoustic to electric.
My quest for more interviews recently took me to Abbey Road Studios, where my friends at Waves had put me in touch with their Head Of Audio Products, Mirek Stiles. A veteran employee of the legendary studio since the 90s, he’s been around long enough to offer some comprehensive insight into the workings of the place, as well as fill … Read More
Most producers will at some point become familiar with the software behemoth known as Native Instruments, which will lead them to also become acquainted with a company called Scarbee. With their sample libraries taking up a chunk of NI’s production package, Komplete, Scarbee is responsible for some highly usable software versions of real instruments.
During my college years, long past, one of the few pleasures of an otherwise arduous and mundane period was to enroll in Audio I and II classes, which allowed my interest in music to briefly overlap the normally unbearable experience of academics. Lying at the core of why these classes proved to be enjoyable was the teaching provided by Joe … Read More
Unless you live under a rock, cut off from the kind of media that billions of people consume daily, you will have been exposed to both Charles Deenen’s (above right) and Tim Gedemer’s work (above left), though perhaps unknowingly. From blockbuster movies like Fast And Furious, to hundreds of film trailers, to music videos for Jay-Z, Beyonce and Britney Spears, … Read More
With help from my friends at Waves, whose interview I recommend reading, I was able to have a quick Q&A with electronic artist and DJ, Morgan Page, about his work in the plugin world alongside Waves, which has resulted in the release of the Morgan Page EMP Toolbox bundle.
(photo by Debe Arlook) Being such an avid fan of the Social Network soundtrack by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, I tracked down the guy who mixed the record, Michael Patterson, only to find out that he also mixed “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” soundtrack, some of Limp Bizkit’s best-selling albums, Nine Inch Nails material and was involved in … Read More
Clint Bajakian is currently working at Pyramind Studios in San Fransisco, but his career has seen him work at conglomerates like Sony to esteemed companies like LucasArts. With Pyramind’s growing name as a destination for music education and contracted audio work for games and films, getting to chat with Clint about his work and workplace was great opportunity.
Jason Graves’ resume stretches too far for me to fully go through but some notable game and franchises he’s scored are Dead Space 1,2, and 3, Devil May Cry: Vergil’s Downfall, Resistance: Burning Skies, Murdered: Soul Suspect and the reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise. With his music output not seeming to slow down, I figured I’d throw some questions … Read More
Moog Music Inc are in possession one of the most powerful and recognizable brands in pro audio and synthesis. They’re also one of the most respected, for their decades of work in creating instruments and sounds that have saturated popular and underground music since the 60s.
Continuing in my line of video game interviews with the companies at the forefront of the industry, I recently got the chance to talk to Adam Boyd over at Activision, the publishing division of Activision Blizzard. With his long-standing position within the game industry as an audio professional, I anticipated that he’d be able to offer some insight into the … Read More
After having randomly bumped into him at the Vintage King store in LA, I became acquainted with Troy Johnson, aka R8DIO, who was unbeknownst to me a producer and mixer with a background and resume in the music world that was to be envied. After becoming more familiar with one another, talk inevitably led to pro audio, the music biz … Read More
Following my chat with Blake Harden, I was able to further dive into the world of audio engineers by interviewing someone who’s experience has taken him from the American MidWest to the South, both as an audio professional and teacher. Jeff Edwards has a credit list that can be made long, covering most of today’s popular urban stars, which gave … Read More
In an age where millennials have been granted the kind of access to music-making technology unseen in times past, the volume of people trying to get into the music industry has soared in the 21st century. One of the popular ways to legitimize such efforts is to treat it with the same regard as one would customary academics pursuits: enroll … Read More
As much as I tend to talk to mixers, it’s important to remember that studio engineers play an equally important role in helping artists reach their musical goals. After all, no-one wants to mix a botched recording. That’s where the likes of Blake Harden come in, an engineer with experience across a wide spectrum of urban music, from Usher, Tech N9ne … Read More
With a resume that stretches from here to the moon, Tony Maserati hardly needs an introduction for those in the pro audio world. However, for those just getting into it, it might help to mention that he has credits as a mix engineer for everything from classic hip-hop and RnB records of the 90’s by the likes of Mary J … Read More
The SubPac is a product that quite a number of people within the world of electronic music and hip-hop are buzzing about, and when I came across it myself, it seemed like something from the future. But apparently the future has arrived, as the service this product provides to musicians is one that may become a game-changer for many.
Hopefully everyone has gotten a chance to read my XLN Audio interview by now, and have gotten up to speed with their newly released Addictive Drums 2. To help mark this release, I’m teaming up with XLN to give away an Artist Bundle for AD2, which allow the winner to choose any 2 Adpaks, 2 Midipaks and 2 Kitpiece packs!
After having talked at length with Crytek’s Audio Team, I was given the chance to partner with the company to further spread the word of their awesome work by giving my readers the chance to win any one of their games. So listen up:
Ken Lewis lacks for nothing in terms of a resume within the music industry. From songwriting to mixing, and being an all-around production powerhouse, his credits are littered all across popular urban music acts like Mary J Blidge, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Drake, Common, Jay Z and Beyonce, as well as famous names from other genres, like Fun and Krewella.