29 November 2017

Sample Library organization

Organizing your sample library is always problematic. When you're on a roll and want to find a specific sample quickly but can't remember where it is.
Well, perhaps Coggle can help.

Coggle is a freeware mind-mapping web application. Like other mind-mapping software, Coggle produces hierarchically structured documents, like a branching tree.

What this means is, at the least you will be able to layout your sample folder structure so that you can decide, in a simple visual way, what structure will best suit your style of music.

Here is my complete folder structure, including business and client folders.

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And here is a view of part of my Sample Library structure

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Give Coggle a try. You can save the structure to PDF and print it out as you want.

21 November 2017


A new Ambient Industrial track to accompany a privately released video commision.

1 September 2017

Using Trello as a Master Project template


Trello is a collaboration tool that lets you organize your projects into boards. In one glance,Trello tells you what's being worked on, who's working on what, and where something is in a process.

Trello lets you lay out information across a Board which can contain many Lists, each of which can hold many cards into which you can add comments, upload file attachments, create checklists, add labels and due dates, and more. Best of all, it's free (unlimited Boards, Lists, Cards, Members, Checklists, and attachments).

I have found that using Trello to help me remember and comment on each step of my music production has been very useful.
My Music Project Board hold many Lists, filled with cards, which can be about any aspect of your music production. I have cards covering musical key structure, production notes, sound design tricks, and so on.

30 July 2017

Princess Parizade

A new piece exploring the use of story telling narrative as a composition aid. This is developed from 1001 Arabian nights.

24 July 2017

Roland sale!

These were recently auctioned on ebay. Don't get excited ... it was just the empty boxes. Which went for around $40 each. Luckily I always keep my old boxes.

11 May 2017

Learn music production with Ableton

Ableton has created a fantastic online tool to teach the basics of music production.

I can see this becoming a very popular tool with music teachers as it gets the basics across in a very easy and imaginative way allowing you to test out different rhythms, basslines, melodies etc.

The Learning Music website includes chapters on beats, chords, melodies and basslines, which all come with examples from established songs like Joy Division’s ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’, Inner City’s ‘Good Life’ and ‘Single Ladies’ by BeyoncĂ©

Start here - Learning Music

8 May 2017


Lament. A new piece where I focused on better balancing of tracks and mastered separately. Hope you enjoy it.

2 April 2017

Father of Roland and the 808 has died

Word is spreading that the maestro, Ikutaro Kakehashi founder of Japanese giant Roland, known affectionately to fans simply as “Mr. K,” has died today at the age of 87

24 March 2017

Studio time 60 for all day recording

An actual advert seen on Craigslist. It almost seems too good to be true ;)

12 March 2017

6 of the Best Unusual Software Titles (2017)

Here are some of the more unusual plugin titles so far this year. Starting with the iZotope Neutron which takes some of the housekeeping work out of your mixing.

Aeris: Hybrid Choir Designer - the clue is in the name

Sonic Academy Kick 2 - a serious upgrade on the original, which was already pretty very good.

Toontrack Dream Pop EZX. What you expect; drums, foley and hybrid percussion

Best Future Nightmare – Big Fish Audio Cyborg. A collection with a dark and twisted side, full of drones, atmospheres, crunchy guitars and effects.

6 March 2017

Fabfilter Pro-R Review

FabFilter, who by consensus can seem to do no wrong with their plugins, are now offering Pro-R, the company’s first ever reverb plugin. And it's beautiful. Bedroom Producers Blog have a review of here

4 March 2017

Fancy a piece of the dark side of the moon?

The Abbey Road Studios EMI TG12345 MK IV console used to record Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon is going up for auction in New York later this month.

The EMI TG 12345 MK IV console has been referred to as the greatest console ever constructed due to the collaboration with Abbey Road and EMI engineers, with the production of every component being built to military precision.

Abbey Road studios was the recording studio of choice for experimental and progressive artists to use throughout the 1960s-1970s and is still a busy venue today. The sound recording of Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon is testament to the superior engineering of this recording equipment.

Due to be sold as part of Bonham’s ‘TCM Presents…Rock and Roll Through the Lens’ event on 27 March, the desk was housed in the facility’s iconic Studio Two between 1971 and 1983, commissioned as an update for the MK II model and one of only two consoles custom-made by EMI engineers for Abbey Road.

I suspect you will need a very friendly bank manager.

Update - it was sold for $1.8 million

25 February 2017

Moog Indigo

One of the most influential composers of early electronic music, Jean-Jacques Perrey’s 1970 album Moog Indigo is getting a vinyl reissue for the first time in 45 years.

Look what I found in the studio archives ...

24 February 2017

All about da bass

They say tight, punchy, well separated, and clearly defined bass separates the men from the boys / women from the girls.