Moving to Logic X

I’ll cut to the chase.  My first impressions of Logic X:

Firstly, how much faster does this thing load! My MacBook Pro isn’t new (2010 MBP – I did install a SSD though) but it loads ready to open a session within 5 secs. Compared to close to 1 min on V9 – with the same 150+ plugins – this is a big improvement. Good start.

Visually it’s nice to have a change. Ive heard people complain it’s dark but no qualms here. Of course, there’s always new skins that can be installed as mentioned in my previous reblog.  Overall, all the familiar windows are here, sometimes renamed, but there isn’t anything too fearful. I was able to load an existing session from V9 and open it up without problems. Within a few minutes I was able work my session in much the same way as in V9 (you can retain old key commands). Navigation is simple and the new features, although I haven’t looked at them in detail, are easy to spot for when I want to. Looks to be a gentle learning curve for previous user’s.

Finally, I use my iPad for work regularly and now I can incorporate it into my studio setup via Logic Remote. I was able to get things connected easily and within a few minutes play around with my session from the comfort of my sofa. Adjust the flow of the song, rebalance the faders, adjust pans, vary the sends etc etc – really, it couldn’t be simpler! And the possibilities with this tool over future updates is pretty exciting.

Also, it’s dirt cheap.

No regrets yet then.

 

The Fender Strat

So christmas has been and gone and as I’m a little old for Santa I decided to buy myself a present. I went to GuitarGuitar looking for a cheap 8 string Ibanez to mess around with and walked out with a USA Fender Strat. Once I tried it, i couldn’t go back. Its surf green, 3 single coils (my other strat is HSS) and the V-neck shape. What can i say…I love it. It inspires and makes me play things I wouldn’t on a Les Paul.  Also, did I mention it looks totally bitchin’??

In conclusion, so it is with Strats and Les Paul’s just like with blondes and brunettes. You might like both but you ALWAYS prefer one….Ive called her Josephine.

 

brunettes and Fender Strat

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New monitors

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Felt it was time for a studio upgrade. General opinion is the most important part of the studio is the monitors so invest wisely and as heavily as you can. I tried a few out and went with the Adam A7X. You know what, they sound monstrous! Nice and balanced, clear and great value. Love em’

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The Kemper Profiler!

This is my Kemper Profiler. If you play and record guitar go and buy one. It’s that good, its changed the game.

Think of it as taking a picture of the sound and dynamics of a real amp. It doesn’t model someone’s interpretation of an amp like a pod or axe fx it actually captures a real amps sound just like you would if you we’re recording a record and allows you to reproduce it.

Ive only touched the surface of its uses and functions here, suffice to say I haven’t played this much guitar since I was 17 and wanted to be John Petrucci (actually, kinda still do). Honestly, don’t know how I lived without it.

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Guitar Solo’s!

Here’s a collection of my guitar solo’s I recorded with HookahTheFuzz. Ive edited them out of the original tracks. Really hope you enjoy them! They were all recorded at Foel Studio in Wales by Chris Fielding. I used my Mesa Boogie Mark IV for all of them, often boosted with a modded tubescreamer. Guitars were either my Musicman JP6 with BKP’s, Les Paul Standard also with BKP or my Fender Strat with Seymour Duncans.

If you do follow me on soundcloud too :) Show me your tracks .

Ernie Ball Skinny Top, Heavy Bottom

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, a photo by alexander doyle on Flickr.

Ernie Ball make great strings. Highly recommended. I usually use 10’s on a guitar setup in standard tuning but i’m using this slightly different set on my Les Paul which is tuned to Drop C. The extra weight on the bottom strings really help keep the tension but overall the guitar plays very comfortably due to the more traditional gauges on the higher strings