The Answer Is Yes – Videosong Collaboration with Polkadothaze

This is the first in what will hopefully turn out to be a series of videosong collaborations with the uber-talented Lucy Hirst (aka Polkadothaze).
For those interested, the video for this was all shot between Christmas 2011 and January 2012 using an iPhone 4, which also handled most of the audio recording due to the lack of a proper microphone. It came about while I was researching a tutorial article for MacUser magazine on how to make videosongs on your Mac – I figured that the best way to research the topic was to actually make a videosong of my own!
The track was put together in GarageBand and the video was edited in Adobe Premiere Pro, largely because of iMovie’s limited split-screen effects capabilities. Luckily for me, the leg-slapping was achieved in one take, so no major bruising was suffered! The article was eventually published on page 84 of the 17 Feb 2012 issue of MacUser (Vol.28, No.4). (See post below). Check it out if you want to find out how the video was done.
If you like how it turned out, please do like the vid on YouTube and subscribe to Lucy’s channel, as there’ll hopefully be more songs from this amazing new talent appearing soon.

Retrologue Cabin: My unofficial Cubase 6.5 demo

Q: What do you get when you combine Cubase 6.5, a 4-year old white MacBook, 6 hours, 18 instances of Retrologue, LoopMash2 and a splash of DJ-EQ? A: This!

As you’ll know if you’ve read the post below, I spent last weekend reviewing Steinberg’s new audio production package Cubase 6.5. One of the main additions in this version is a brute of a soft synth called Retrologue, a dual-oscillator noisemonster full of great virtual analogue sounds. I put this demo together in just six hours using a selection of its presets, so if you want to hear what it sounds like, have a listen!

Such a joy to be using Cubase again! If I close my eyes and squint a bit I could be on my old Atari 1040ST. Well, not really, but on some level, it still feels the same as it did years ago, only much, much better.

Superhero – The Dave Clews Remix

Fresh for 11/11/11, and in something of a departure from my more recent writing activities, I recently found the time to complete a remix for my good friends Nat and Chass, otherwise known as the excellent Frequent People. The Dave Clews Remix of Superhero is available as a free download from http://www.frequentpeople.com from tomorrow, so if you’re into tasty electro house bangers, check it out!