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Instrument Review: NI Massive X

I - like many of us in this industry - am a creature of habit. I have my go-to instruments. Which is not to say that I don't absolutely have an open mind with regards to new things. I love new toys, and I love experimenting outside of my comfort zone when it comes to my tools. But I do balk at change in my template. If it's not broken - don't fix it. With that said, I've been a Massive® user for the better part of 11 years. It was an integral part of my sound when producing rock and pop records, and remains an integral part of my sound design workflow today. So it was a bit surprising when - after almost 13 years on the market and no change - Native Instruments decided to not just update it, but give it a complete overhaul.

In direct reference to my being a creature of habit, I sat on this thing since June. It was a quick and easy update, if I allowed myself to do such a thing. But I didn't. I continued in my ways with the OG Massive. Which wasn't a problem. The original and unchanged Massive was...

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Coming Soon: Mini Tutorials

I like to consider myself a lifelong learner. As macabre as it may sound, if you've stopped learning, your arrogance has either transcended the human experience, or you're dead. One of the two. I've also long believed in the sharing of knowledge. Sure - for those of us that either do this for a living or aspire to, we have a "sound." We've developed a method of doing things, and with any luck, we've developed something original, identifiable and unique to our art. But the very foundation of what we do isn't at all unique. We make music. And there are some out there that are either new to the art, or have been musicians their entire lives but haven't a clue as to where to start.

Whether you're a seasoned pro, or fresh on the scene and in need of that foundation, beginning this Fall, I'll be putting out mini tutorials. They'll cover workflow, general processing, mix methods, tips & tricks, loudness, deliverables, and much, much more. I have my ever evolving sound and style. But my workflow...

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Signal Flow

Late Night Thoughts: Signal Flow

Deceitful headline alert. I should really call these "Early Morning Thoughts: Blah Blah Blah." Either way, buckle up, because this one is some next level OCD meets nitpicking grandpa sh*t. I've long been a gear geek. For as long as I can remember. When I was a child, while I did have music in all forms of access, having received my first guitar at 2 (adorably nicknamed "Bamba"... do the math.), I was obsessed with the way things worked. In the 80's, it seemed to have been commonplace for families to naively purchase vacuum cleaners from door-to-door salespeople. For all you young-bloods out there - that was a thing. Anyways, I was around 4 when my mother and grandmother made the ill-fated decision to purchase this chrome monstrosity made by Kirby. I don't know what model it was. All I know is that it was absurdly expensive and gave an aircraft engine a run for its money in decibel level. You could rock your Walkman...

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Sony Scoring Stage

Mix Magazine Presents: Sound for Film & Television

So... In my ripe old age of 33 and some change, I've become of a particular brand of hermit. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing. I have my people. And I love them dearly. But I also recognize the need to network outside of the realm of "the box." With that said, it's beyond me that in the 5 years that I've been actively at this thing we call post-production (because that's what we as composers are - we ARE post-production), that I've managed to miss 5 whole years of Mix Magazine's Annual Sound for Film & Television event at Sony.

Enter Instagram - In all of its glorious creepiness, Instagram catered to my need to leave the dungeon I like to naively call "the writing suite," and summoned me 359 miles south of the Bay Area to...

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