Author: Jay Asher

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Auganizer

Every once in a while, some clever people come up with a solution to an issue that the DAW developers simply have not addressed

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Update or Hold The Fort?

In the famous words of Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry, “You’ve got to ask yourself one question. Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?”

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Thunderbolt Audio Interfaces Are Here, Should We Care?

Before this year there have been a goodly number of audio interfaces in various price ranges available that were more than good enough in most ways

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Do You Need the New Mac Pro?

Let’s assume first of all that regardless of how many machines are in your rig, you are committed to using a Mac as the primary machine. Then the question becomes which Mac?

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The Digital Doldrums

What a great time it is to be a composer working with digital products! This last year has seen major revisions to almost every DAW, packed with lots of new features

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Apple Redux?

“Think Different.” Anyone remember that slogan?

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What We Like and Do Not Like About Our DAWs

People often write me about the pros and cons of switching from another DAW to Logic Pro

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1.0: What Can We Reasonably Expect?

We spend a lot of time with our Digital Audio Workstations. We spend a lot of time learning them. We spend a lot of time developing a workflow around them. And every time a competitor comes out with either a cool new feature or reminds us of a feature it has long had that ours does not, we want it NOW!!!

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Logic Pro X: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

Jay Asher discusses Apple’s brand new Logic Pro X

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The Copy Protection Conundrum

Thirty years ago it was pretty much universally accepted that intellectual theft was commensurate to physical property theft and that therefore companies had the right to employ copy protection methods to prevent it

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Ocean Way Studios Plug-in: Breakthrough?

Jay Asher discusses his thoughts on Ocean Way Studios Plug-in

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The Empire Strikes Back!

With all the DAW zealots out here in the tech universe proclaiming their DAW of choice as the best, there is simply no denying that in the professional world of film and TV composers, engineers, and post production houses, ProTools has always been the industry standard

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TEControl USB MIDI Breath Controller

The first real journey into the world of synthesizers came when I bought a Yamaha DX7 in the early ‘80’s. To say it caused a sensation is an understatement. Among its revolutionary features was the BC1 breath controller that came with it

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Who Rules, Man or Machine?

If you are a young composer who wants to make a career scoring films and television shows, the simple reality is that with the budgets that are prevalent today, you will have to use sample libraries and computers a lot

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Moving Forward, and NAMM Thoughts by Jay Asher

It used to be so much easier conceptually to be a film composer

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Looking Back, and Trending?

This is a technology column and therefore at the year’s end it should be a celebration of all came our way this last year, right?

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Video Slave- A New and Affordable Alternative to Virtual VTR for Mac Users

With all the major DAWS for the Mac (Logic Pro, Cubase, Digital Performer, etc.) it is possible to host a QuickTime Movie inside the DAW and sync to it and it works just fine.

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Is Traditional Notation for Film Composing Dying?

When I first arrived in Los Angeles in the early 70’s, most scores were still composed for real players and prepared for sessions the way they always had been

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That Old School Feeling

Jay Asher discusses the analog and digital age

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Thinking Small(er)

It has literally been one year now since I began my public ruminations in this magazine about my process of upgrading my composer’s rig

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Your DAW: getting engaged, married, or divorced?

Most of us spend a lot of time composing in a DAW so which we choose to use is a big deal

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Mike Greene Fills a Void with Realivox

Jay Asher interviews Mike Greene, the mastermind behind the Kontakt based vocal library, “Realivox-The Ladies”

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In Praise of the Synthesizer, Be It Hard or Soft

Lost in the furor of the latest and greatest advancements in sample libraries is return of the synthesizer. Did it ever really go away?

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How Do You Want That, Baked, Half-Baked Or Ready To Be Baked?

For many film and TV composers, creating sample and virtual instrument based compositions has become an important part of their work

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Power Down, Dude?

Jay Asher discusses powering his studio and its various elements on/off or leaving them on 24/7

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Mike Verta: From a Mockup to an Orchestral Recording

Last January, composer Mike Verta spent his own hard earned money to take a short piece that he had written for an orchestra and record it at the famous 20th Century Fox Scoring Stage

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A New God for Project Studios?

Jay Asher reviews Universal Audio’s Apollo

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Great Expectations

Jay Asher shares his thoughts on sorting through sample libraries, how to avoid being disappointed, what users should expect from developers and what developers expect from users

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The Sky Is Falling! End of the line for Mac Pros?

While no one Jay Asher knows at Apple will say it, his guess is, yes the Mac Pro line will be discontinued… eventually

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I Am Now a Slave Owner

Jay Asher makes the decision to acquire a second computer, commonly referred to as a slave

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