Mandrake Memorial "3-Part Inventions"
Well, here's what the label says about it: "Having made two superb psychedelic albums and gigged with The Doors, Frank Zappa, Pink Floyd, The Velvet Underground and many others, in June of 1969, The Mandrake Memorial came to London. The plan was to record with famed producer Shel Talmy (The Kinks, The Who, Pentangle), but when that fell through, they persevered alone. Long thought to be lost, "3 Part Inventions" anticipates the woozy, dream-like vibe of their 1970 masterpiece Puzzle, combining eerie vocals, trippy guitar and otherworldly electronics to create a unique whole. Transferred directly from the master tape, it's released here for the first time, together with a detailed band history, rare images, two previously unheard outtakes from a 1969 acetate, and a rare radio interview." FYI the interview is with me talking about building synthesizers. Some things don't change!
You can find Mandrake albums here.
Electronic Ear Candy Loop Library
Listed by reverb.com as one of the best music software highlights of the new year!
When your music needs some serious sweetening, turn to some Electronic Ear Candy. The core is 185 loops with a vibrant, rhythmic mojo that functions similarly to adding percussion tracks, but with melodic, step-sequenced, and tempo-modulated processing that can really drive a song—watch the Demo Video to hear just a fraction of these. Also, individual layers are broken out separately from multi-layered sounds so you can mix and match different layers to create an almost unlimited combination of loops, from simple to super-complex.
You’ll also find some tasty FX files for breaks and transitions, Electronic Drum loops (with one-shot drum sounds so you can augment the loops or create new ones with the same sounds), and eight groups of Melodic loops that recall loop construction kits because they can provide the basis of a song.
Although there are 387 loops and 2.2 GB of content, the content has been curated carefully to provide maximum versatility; files typically stretch over 90 to 165 bpm. The files are also excellent for cutting up into smaller loops. This is truly “electronic ear candy” that will add novel, percussive accents to your tracks.
Purchase the Electronic Ear Candy digital download from Reverb.com for $29.95.
Craig Anderton’s AdrenaLinn Guitars Loop Library
From ambient-friendly arpeggios to soul-ripping sounds for hardcore techno, AdrenaLinn Guitars delivers 560MB of fresh, creative, carefully crafted loops. With Roger Linn’s innovative AdrenaLinn processor serving as a sonic foundation, each loop takes on rhythmic, animated characteristics that integrate synthesis with the guitar’s human, organic qualities. For maximum fidelity, all files were recorded in two keys (Bb and E) to avoid the need for extreme transposition. The Acidized WAV and REX files can typically stretch tempo from 90 BPM to at least 150 BPM. This re-issue now includes FLAC files as well. Resolution is 44.1 kHz/16 bit. When the library was first released, reviewer Dave Hill Jr. wrote:
“Anderton routes his trusty six-string through instrument inventor Roger Linn’s latest bending-edge musical contraption, the AdrenaLinn effects pedal. The results are a barrage of freakily filtered rhythmic and subtle harmonic explorations...You may not always recognize these sounds as emanating from a guitar, but that is entirely the point. Anderton, who often plays in Europe as an electronica artist, has made some creative yet practical sounds that could work in a wide variety of musical compositions.”
Purchase the AdrenaLinn Guitars digital download from Reverb.com for $19.95.
The Huge Book of Cakewalk By BandLab Tips
This lavishly illustrated eBook features over 400 pages, and covers a wide range of topics including signal processing and DSP, MIDI, loops, FX chains, step sequencing and beats, workflow, AudioSnap, patch points, synth recording, Melodyne, automation, control surfaces, colorization, pitch shifting, and more. The book consolidates, updates, and adds even more tips to the long-running “Friday’s Tip of the Week” thread in the Cakewalk forums, which has amassed over 750,000 views since its inception in 2014. “The Huge Book of Cakewalk By BandLab Tips” is a direct result of users asking for an updated and expanded version of this incredible resource.
Far from being like books that basically re-write the documentation, “The Huge Book of Cakewalk By BandLab Tips” delivers unique, practical, and innovative techniques—it’s essential reading for anyone who wants to get the most out of Cakewalk By BandLab.
Purchase The Huge Book of Cakewalk by Bandlab Tips as a PDF digital download from Reverb.com for $19.95.
The first three books in the Musician's Guide to Home Recording are here!
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Back in the days when home recording meant a four-track tape recorder and bouncing tracks to tape get around track limitations, I wrote the book Home Recording for Musicians. It was very well-received, but over time became outdated, so I always wanted to update it.
However, as the world of home recording became more complex the idea of a single book became impractical. Mac or Windows? Beats or linear recording? MIDI? Virtual instruments or miking conventional ones? Hardware or plug-ins? There are too many different aspects of recording, and too many ways to record, to fit in a single, sprawling volume.
The Musician’s Guide to Home Recording is a series of books that covers a variety of topics in detail. Readers can choose individual books to increase their knowledge in specific areas, or treat the series as a complete course and cover selected topics at their own pace. The first three titles are How to Choose and Use Audio Interfaces, How to Apply Equalization, and How to Record and Mix Great Vocals. The next three books - tentatively titled Microphones for the Recording Musician (written with Phil O'Keefe), How to Create Compelling Mixes, and How to Get the Best Sounds Out of Amp Sim Software - will be appearing next, with more to come.
The books are available in print as softcover titles, or as a new type of electronic publication being introduced on Reverb.com. The electronic versions load fast on desktop or mobile (even with cellular connections), auto-resume across devices, allow quick search / note taking / bookmarking for easy reference, and have a mobile-responsive book design that looks great on smartphones and tablets.
For more information or to purchase the individual titles, see the links below.