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Cakewalk ProChannel vs. PreSonus Fat Channel

 As I continually revisit Cakewalk vs. Studio One, in this Blog Post, I review the differences and my preferences between the Cakewalk ProChannel and PreSonus Fat Channel Strips

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Three Tips to Optimize PC for DAW use

I bought a new computer.  This is the first time ever - I've always built from scratch.  But I found a good deal on a new one locally and was really over the idea of building it from parts and just wanted a working computer.  Even a well spec'd computer needs to be optimized - Especially for DAW use. 

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Cakewalk by Bandlab vs. Studio One in 2020

This post is about the differences and preferences between Cakewalk by Bandlab and Presonus Studio One 5.  Read on for basics.

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Waves - CLA Epic Review and Demonstration

 This is a quick overview demonstration and review of the Waves CLA (Chris Lorde Alge)  new plugin called EPIC

I've never used Waves plugins in the past, but this Black Friday, I had a chance to check out the new Waves EchoSphere, which led me to the purchase of the new CLA Epic plugin.

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Studio One 5.1 - Retrospective Recording

 Back in the days of a 4-track recorder, I was happy just to be able to record multiple tracks to a cassette recorder.  When DAWs came along, just expending on that simple 4-track concept was "good enough".  The new Studio One retrospective MIDI record option brings new capabilities to the forefront.

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Studio One 5.1 - Channel and Track Filtering

​The new version of Studio One is out - version 5.1.  There are a number of new features in this release, but one of the ones that initially eluded me as useful actually turns out to be a great DAW workflow enhancer.

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Presonus Studio One - Automation Quick and Easy

Automation is a Staple in any DAW application.  But for some reason, some are less intuitive than others.  Why?!?! These programs are supposed to make it easier, not harder.  In this post, I show how to use Studio One for the purpose. 

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Presonus Sphere - The First 60 Days

​When Presonus introduced the new Sphere Subscription, I was initially a little skeptical about the value it would bring and was, at the same time, hopeful that the updates that it brought would be both useful and valuable to me.  Check out what is new with the Presonus Sphere subscription.

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Fun with Delay in Studio One or any other DAW

I was playing around with the new Studio One 5 updates to the Analog Delay VST plugin and decided that a video was in order, going through some of the features and fun that can be had with ANY delay.

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Data Backups - Save Your Music From Yourself!

 As the owner of an IT MSP in the Atlanta area, I hear horror stories about people losing data too often to want to think about.  We always strongly recommend data backups to our clients so that they don't have to face that loss and the financial costs that come with it.  My opinion and advice for businesses or even hobbies that incorporate large amounts of data is to ALWAYS have a data backup, preferably including an offsite copy.

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Presonus Studio One 5 Upgrade or Presonus Sphere: Which is best for you?

 This post is about the decision to upgrade your DAW from an earlier version of Studio One or another product to the new Studio One 5 or to Subscribe to the New Presonus Sphere

 How should I spend my money?!?!?

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New Studio Room for 2020

 I have worked for the last weeks/months on rebuilding my Studio room to make it more functional and more inspirational. Whether I am recording or working, I want my room to be useful to me for creative inspiration or for just getting things done. This video is a quick review of the new updates I have done to my room to make it work better for my day to day use.

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Why You Should Get a 4k Monitor

This post is mostly about the visuals and will show examples of how a 4k Monitor can benefit you in using your PC and especially when using your DAW like Cakewalk, Studio One, Reaper, Pro Tools, or any other.

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Whatever DAW you use - It's all about the workflow

This post  might not be as "fun" as many of the other things you find on the internet about recording, DAW production, etc, but I think it is a necessary thing to put in place for yourself.  The last video that I put up, I had some conversation with one of the viewers and he suggested that "Actually, I think you should do a video on this topic, setting up and personalizing your workstation and workflow.".  So I did and here it is.

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Console 1 - SSL 4000e vs. British Class A

In my last post, I said I'd have an example up of the audio differences between the Console 1 SSL4000e emulation and the Bristish Class A emulation.  This post is to showcase the differences.

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Console 1 British Class A - Intro

I got the Softube Console 1 last summer and just got the SSL 4000e with it.  I thought it was awesome right out of the gate.  But since then, I've wanted to get another emulation, specifically the British Class A, which we all know to be a combination of Neve units loaded together into a single Channel Strip in the Console 1.  While this isn't an endorsed emulation, everything I've read and heard about it is that it is a good representation of what the Neve units sound like.  Their character and behavior are modeled nicely.

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Multi-track Drum Recording - for hire

​If you have been following my Blog or any my other online presence for any time, you know that I play the drums and specifically that I have E-Drums (or Electronic Drums).  I have been playing for many years and have done a ton of recording for other people over those years.

Now I am offering my drumming services to others over the internet.

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5 Reasons to Get a Console 1

I recently purchased my Softube Console 1 on eBay.  I couldn't really justify any other way to get this item, but now as I considered how to spend my money, I weighed out all the reasons I'd buy it, regardless of the money part of the equation.  Here's what I came up with in terms of some basic recommendations for those out there considering this purchase in no particular order.  I've also included a short video after with a verbal "monologue" to accompany this.

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Softube Console 1 - A Brief Introduction

My Console 1  has arrived

​As mentioned in my previous post, I bought a Softube Console 1 on eBay.  It arrived on Friday.  I got it setup on Friday night and played around with it a bit and then made this video last night as a quick introduction to the hardware and software.

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Softube Console 1 Arrives (tomorrow)

​I cannot wait until tomorrow, August 23, 2019 - a Friday at that!  I will receive my Console 1 MkII.  I will be using this new device to hopefully make my mixing process faster, more fun, more consistent, and more inspiring.

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