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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Gear Review

This past week I had just finished up recording tracks, mixing and mastering my latest song titled 'Stay', , for my new EP , 'It takes a Village'. While I was rehearsing the electric guitar track parts for the song I came across some really amazing VST plugins that I had downloaded several weeks prior. The first is a really punchy VST amp plug in called Juicy77
I used it on both electric guitar tracks which are panned hard left and right in the stereo field. Both guitars sound completely different due to the Juicy77's great tonal control and some use of other effects used in their respective effects chain. If you listen close to the guitar panned hard right you will hear a fairly overdriven guitar tone with a bit of grind. How I achieved this sound is by using the Juicy77 along with a very colorful compressor called the DC1A from Klanghelm . I love this compressor, it adds some vintage color that works great on guitar tracks. The greatest thing of all about these plugins is that they are all FREE! Yes FREE! Okay, so moving on to the guitar panned hard left. Again I used the Juicy77 with slightly less overdrive, the DC1A compressor and for a bit of grease I added the Classic Chorus from Kjaerhus . I am completely satisfied with the results of these freeware VST effects and the realistic sounds they conjure up. This is proof that you don't need to break the bank or spend a dime to get some great guitar tones. Keep on pickin' and grinnin'.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Andrew Russe, the UK's best kept secret.

Recently I had joined and created a profile on a music sharing and distribution site called . My main purpose in doing so was to eventually share music that I am currently working and to create a fan base. In doing so I uploaded a backlogue of old material that I had recorded throughout the years in hopes to garner some attention, feedback and maybe even some laughs! ( some of my old stuff leaves much to be desired.) Anyway, most of the Hendrix cover song material that I posted was getting some great comments, especially from one cat. His name is Andrew Russe, a singer, songwriter and musician from the UK. After some flattering  comments on my music I opened up his profile and gave his music a listen. First off I would have to say he has a great command and a dynamic voice, a sort of  Cat Stevens / Ed Roland quality but truly unique one. Once you realise this, it is apparent that the music that surrounds his vocals completely compliments it in every way imaginable. He creates a seemless marriage of instrumentation and song. No one instrument or element is more powerful than the other. There is alot of attention to detail here and the payoff is some great music. If you want to here some great Indie music from Andrew Russe click on the link below. I know you will enjoy his music as much as I did.