When the iPad was first released, I saw it as a great tool for creating music in a portable, easy-to-use way. We’ve come a long way since April of 2010. Egoist is a groove instrument from Sugar Bytes that has now been released for the iPad. Egoist is a well-thought-out tool set to sketch a loop or a complete song. It combines a slice arranger with a beat and bass section. It enables experienced musician to create original pieces on a professional level. the two features that appeal to me are the exporting/bouncing options and the ability to access your iTunes library.
We’re big fans of iZotope and they’ve just released Ozone 6, an audio mastering platform that features an elegant and radically redesigned workflow centered around creativity. Elevate a good-sounding mix to a professional-sounding master with Ozone. iZotope’s critically acclaimed mastering software has all the tools you need to produce a full and polished sound. With a striking new interface and a modern workflow, Ozone 6 both guides and inspires your creativity at every step.
Sometimes working with other people’s music can inspire your own creations. About a year ago I joined Blend where producers share source project files (Ableton Live, Pro Tools, Logic, GarageBand, Maschine, Reason, etc.) to not just remix but completely reimagine, learn from, and inject new life into them. Moby has shared a number of songs to tweak including ‘The Perfect Life’ from his album Innocents. It features vocals from Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips. Project files for Moby’s single “The Last Day” from the same album are now available exclusively on Blend.
I’ve been listening to the new single Crystals from New York based herMajesty over the past month. Its generous, passionate and magical spirit is conveyed through the imagery of the lyrics, seductive keyboard lines, lush orchestral arrangements and exotic male and female vocals. Complementing the hypnotic aesthetic of the song is the psychedelic guitar work of Jody Porter from Fountains of Wayne. The band consists of JP (vocals, rhythm guitars, programming), David Leatherwood (guitars, backup vocals), Joan Chew (bass, backup vocals), and Konrad Meissner (drums, percussion). Keyboards were handled by Dayle Raymond Jellyman.
Crystals by herMajesty was released on July 30th, 2014 and is available below to stream or download. We understand that the band will be releasing more music before the end of the year. Stay tuned!
I’ve worked with a number of artists who have used lopping pedals in their live performances. From the Line 6 JM4 and TC Electronics Ditto Looper pedals to BOSS‘s complete line of Loop Stations, these pedals can add depth to your playing style. The new BOSS RC-1 Loop Station is an entry-level model that makes it easier than ever for guitarists, bassists, and other musicians to incorporate the fun of looping into their live performances and practice sessions. Check out the video above to see how Joe Robinson uses the new BOSS RC-1 Loop Station.