My latest book, The Big Book of SONAR Tips, is now available. This 311-page PDF eBook contains 120 advanced tips for Cakewalk's SONAR recording/sequencing software, and includes chapters on MIDI, Signal Processing, Workflow, Automation, Step Sequencing and Beats, Melodyne, and much more.
The book organizes, categorizes, updates, and supplements the tips presented in my "Friday's Tip of the Week" thread on the Cakewalk web site, which has amassed over a third of a million views. Although most tips are SONAR-specific, many of them can be adapted to other DAWs as well.
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.
I'm writing a series of articles for Harmony Central on the differences among the various 2017 Gibson Les Paul models. These aren't reviews, but instead, explain (for example) what makes the Traditional model "traditional," and how something like the Les Paul Classic differs from other models. I'm learning a lot about guitars in the process, so I hope other guitar players find it interesting as well.