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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Create Ambient Soundscapes with Logic Pro X Plugins and Presets

Learn how to create haunting ambient guitar soundscapes 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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Analog Tape Shootout #4 – Copy a Full Band Digital Mix to Tape: Is It Magic?

This is the 4th in a series of digital to analog comparisons. In this episode, I bounce/copy a full band digital mix to my Tascam A3440 tape deck, then copy the audio back to the computer and compare the results. Does the tape processed mix get some of that tape “magic/mystique”? You decide!

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Create Ambient Soundscapes with a Convolution Reverb

In this video, we look at how almost any piece of audio can be loaded into a convolution reverb plugin and be used to create cool ambient soundscapes!

 

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Analog Tape Shootout #3 – Copy/Bounce Digital to Tape

This is the 3rd in a series of digital to analog comparisons. In this episode, I bounce/copy a digital recording to my Tascam A3440 tape deck, copy that back to the computer and compare the results. 5 different recordings. 5 different sounds!

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Download a Logic Pro X Ambient Guitar Project!

So there I was, creating a test recording with Logic Pro X, working with some of the presets and stock plugins to achieve some ambient guitar tones. As always, I discovered some interesting ambient guitar tones. I decided to make a video showing how the project was created AND make the project available for download here. Check out the video, and then fill out the form below to download the project and play around with it! I’ve included all the audio tracks in addition to the exact settings that I use in the video. Have fun!

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Waves Audio Kramer Master Tape / V-Comp Shootout

This is a follow-on to the “Analog Tape Recording vs. Direct to Digital Shootout” video, in which I compare identical digital and analog tape recordings. In this episode, I demo the Waves Kramer Master Tape plugin, using it to see if I can tweak the same digital recording and make it sound as close to the corresponding tape recording as possible. I also demo the V-Comp Vintage Compressor plugin.

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Part 1 (Analog Tape Recording vs. Direct to Digital Shootout)

Analog Tape vs. Digital Shootout!

I am a fan of classic analog tape. I’ve owned reel to reel tape decks for more years than I care to admit, and am always amazed at how good the old tape recordings I created waaaay back in the day sound. I’ve had friends ask me what effects/compression/EQ I used on the old stuff to get that “sound”. The answer is, of course, “nothing”. It’s just the native sound of the tape.

Anyway, I’d been spending time doing some album planning for 2015, and I couldn’t get my mind off my beloved tape. So I decided to do a “shootout”, comparing a single acoustic guitar performance recorded simultaneously to tape and to digital to help me decide if tape really is better than digital.

I’ve included links to the results below. Listen to the 2 recordings, think about which you like better, and then watch the video to find out which is which. Of course, your audition is not the same as mine. I can hook my tape deck up so there is no digital conversion going on, and hear a completely analog sound direct from my Teac tape deck. You have to make do with a digital copy of the tape recording. Check it out though and have fun!

 

Recording 1 (24-bit/48KHZ WAV file)
http://chordsoforion.com/dl/Shootout-Recording1.wav

 

Recording 2 (24-bit/48KHZ WAV file)
http://chordsoforion.com/dl/Shootout-Recording2.wav

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Frippertronics Style Ambient Guitar (MainStage 3)

If you’ve been listening to Chords of Orion for any length of time, you know that Robert Fripp’s tape looping technique called Frippertronics is a big influence (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frippertronics). Although I have several reel to reel tape decks and can get a good Frippertronics sound with them, I really wanted to see if Apple’s Mainstage 3 live performance software was up to the task. This piece is the result. It’s all MainStage 3 and its native effects, along with a volume pedal and an EBow. There is a lot of potential to create great sounding ambient guitar patches using the “stock” Mainstage 3 components. I predict more experiments in the near future!