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Archive for the ‘Video’ Category

Video: Russian Circles Rig Rundown

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Premier Guitar always has great gear videos. I’m a big fan of Russian Circles‘ music so I was pretty stoked to find this video interview and run through of the guitar and bass gear. There’s also some interesting info on the recording process, particularly with combining amps. The video was recorded at Electrical Audio in Chicago.


There’s some more in the article here—russian-circles-mike-sullivan-brian-cook

Video: Toontrack EZDrummer 2 Review Part 2: First Impressions

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

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For part 2 of my EZ Drummer 2 review I’m exploring the interface and demonstrating some of the presets. Gotta say, so far this is pretty damned intuitive and I’ve barely dug into it yet.

The plugin is out next month, check out the video below for a preview.

Are you already an EZDrummer user? Thinking of upgrading? Are there any features you want me to dig into for the 3rd video? Let me know in the comments below!

Video: EZdrummer 2 Review Part 1: Install

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Toontrack sent me EZ Drummer 2 this week to try out and make some videos. Prior to this I had never used EZDrummer but I could usually identify it in indie releases. It’s pretty exciting to be one of the first reviewers of this product. My first impressions of it are very positive.

The first video is a bit boring, I admit. Install went perfectly as it should. I intended to show more in the first video but my screen recording had major sync issues, user error. So I’ve broken it up into a few parts, part 1 below covers the install and authorization, part 2 explores the interface, and shows off the sounds and patterns, first impressions kind of stuff. Part 3 will be my final review after using the software on a few projects, this should be done by the end of the month.

Check out part 1 now, and stay tuned for part 2 and 3.

If there is a specific feature you’d like me to cover in part 3, please leave a message here, on Youtube or email me directly.



The Story of the Focusrite Studio Console

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

focusrite_studio_consoleFocusrite has produced a really interesting documentary about the Focusrite Studio Console. There are only 10 in the world and they travel to see them all. During the production of the video one of the consoles was destroyed.

Rupert Neve designed the console to be the absolute best quality, with a transparent but larger than life sound. There’s no shortage of hyperbole in the quotes from musicians and engineers here, but it really is a special piece of equipment and history.

I think you’ll like this one

Video: Michael Brauer Q&A

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

MIX With The Masters is a small-class workshop with world class music mixers. After the events some Q&A videos are posted free on the YouTube. While you may have missed the seminar, there’s still a lot of good insight into the workflow of the mixers.

I’ve recently been trying a multi-mix bus parallel processing chain inspired by Michael Brauer and really enjoyed these videos. Brauer’s mixes sound so polished, big and wide and deep. Even if you don’t like the music he tends to work on, he has serious skills and you can learn a lot from him.

Best part of this first video happens at 8:39

Q&A from session 2

Video: Cry Baby – Wah Pedal Documentary

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

I was talking to Ryan Canestro about guitar pedals this week and he let me know about this documentary on the Cry Baby wah pedal.



Cry Baby: The Pedal That Rocks The World tells the story of the wah wah effect pedal, from its invention in 1966 to the present day. Musicians, engineers, and historians discuss the impact of the pedal on popular music and demonstrate the various ways it has been used, as well as how its evolution has improved the ability of artists to express themselves musically.

The film features interviews with Brad Plunkett, the inventor of the pedal, plus many other musical luminaries such as Ben Fong-Torres, Eddie Van Halen, Slash, Buddy Guy, Art Thompson, Eddie Kramer, Kirk Hammett, Dweezil Zappa, and Jim Dunlop. These professionals explain how a musical novelty transcended convention and has become timelessly woven into the fabric of modern pop-culture.

Full Film

A question for you

As much as I love the novelty of the wah guitar in the Shaft Theme, I think my favorite use of wah pedal is incredibly subtle in Adam Jones’ solos through Lateralus. Adam uses the Dunlop 535Q.

What’s your favorite wah pedal and/or use of wah in a song?

Video: Guitar Recording Tips with Misha Mansoor

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

In this video Misha Mansoor (Periphery, Bulb) shows his current guitar recording setup including the AxeFX II, Cubase 6, double and quad tracking, and basic EQ. I don’t agree at all with his gain staging and signal to noise ratio explanation but other than that it’s a cool video.

Via Top Secret Audio