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.
NEW BOOK! Equalization is crucial for creating pro-level recordings, yet it’s often taken for granted. Today’s technology offers more equalization options than ever: emulations of classic equalizers, linear-phase equalizers, special-purpose equalizers, and equalizers that introduce features possible only in a virtual world.
It’s essential to choose the right tool for the right job, and apply the right type of EQ for the task at hand. EQ De-Mystified is a 105-page PDF-format eBook that starts with EQ basics (including info on mid/side techniques, phase-linear operation, parallel processing, and more), and then describes representative EQ types used in popular software, correlates EQ curves to musical styles, and describes 28 presets for mixing and 30 presets for mastering to provide a point of departure for your own projects—along with general tips, guitar-specific EQ techniques, and much more.
Packed with illustrations and loaded with practical, hands-on information, EQ De-Mystified is a must-have book for anyone who wants the best possible mixes and masters.
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.