Recreate a Yamaha UD-Stomp Patch with Logic Pro X Plugins and Presets

Learn how to recreate patches from the Allan Holdsworth inspired Yamaha UD-Stomp with Logic Pro X and it’s powerful set of plugins and presets. No hardware effects were used to create these sounds!

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All Hail the Awesome E-Bow!

Learn how to use the Heet Sound EBow (E-Bow) to create luscious legato violin-like sounds with your guitar! This video covers:

1. Introduction
2. Generating a basic sound with the EBow / amp setup
3. Pickup and guitar settings to get a good EBow tone
4. EBow Dynamics
5. Reverb, delay and volume pedal use
6. Switching strings and related techniques

Create Ambient Guitar Drones with the Strymon Timeline and Ditto X2 Looper

Learn how to create ambient guitar drones using a (Strymon Timeline) and a looper (Ditto X2). If you have different equipment, no worries. The concepts can be used with any delay and/or looping device.

As work on the new album progresses, I’ve been creating backgrounds drones/pads that provide a tonal foundation for the songs. The “glue” that holds everything together. Creating a nice sounding drone is easier than you might think and does not require dozens of pedals. Get some ideas going. Watch the tutorial!

TC Electronic Ditto X2 Looper

A short demo of the new (March 2014) TC Electronic Ditto X2 Looper. This video focused on the new looping effects – reverse and 1/2 speed. A great looping unit at a great price. Well done TC Electronic!

Equipment used:
TC Electronic Ditto X2 Looper
Carvin Holdsworth signature model HF2
Morley Steve Vai Little Alligator Volume Pedal
Avid Eleven Rack
Strymon Timeline

Signal path — Carvin to Eleven Rack to Effect send to Volume Pedal to Ditto X2 to Strymon Timeline to Effects return back to Eleven Rack.

Ambient Guitar Loop Challenge Part 1

As the video below indicates – I’ve set myself a challenge.

I normally create ambient guitar loops using hardware. Amps, effects pedals, the like. I do from time to time, need more flexibility, and thus sometimes create loops withing my recording (DAW) software. I can then ensure that the tempo is exact and reconfigure the loop in the middle of the recording or mixing process. SO – the challenge is to see if I can create loops in various software packages that sound the same or very similar to a hardware-based loop. Hopefully, you will find this challenge to be of use, in particular if you need software-based looping capabilities.

The first part of the series introduces the challenge and demonstrates how I set up the hardware-based loop that I will be comparing the software packages to.

Equipment used:
Carvin Holdsworth signature model HF2
Morley Steve Vai Little Alligator Volume Pedal
Avid Eleven Rack
Strymon Timeline
tc electronic Ditto

Signal path — Carvin to Eleven Rack to Effect send to Volume Pedal to Strymon Timeline to Effects return back to Eleven Rack.