FREE Track: “Alice”

AliceNow that Halloween is over, I’d like to make this information more widely available:

AN EARLY MORNING LETTER, DISPLACED presents ‘Alice‘ – a free download made especially for Hallowe’en. This composition, nearly 8 minutes in length, is partially inspired by the Švankmajer film from which many of the incidental noises have been sampled. Both atmospheric drama and musical arrangement, there is a story to tell here…

Do as you will.

Donate to Cure Juvenile (Type-1) Diabetes

This is the first time posting something of this nature- I do so hoping that someone will stumble upon it and be moved to make a donation.

Tara and Mike of Lycia are participating in the JDRF’s Walk to Cure Diabetes on November 1st and it would be super if more people could make a donation in their name!  Lycia was a huge inspiration for myself and many others and they are directly affected by this disease.  Please help out if you are able!

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Sonar 8 PE Review

Sonar 8 was released a few weeks ago.  Being in the middle of a project at the time, I’ve had a good week or so to check out some of the new features.

Here are some things I like:

SONAR Performance Optimizations
How can you not like this?  I haven’t had a huge problem with projects in the past, but do notice a significant decrease in resource usage in this new version, all the same.

Dedicated Instrument Track
This is more of an organizational preference than anything else- but I do find it a bit cleaner than the old way of grouping a midi and synth track within a track folder.  Another good thing is that you can switch back and forth whenever you want and apply the feature to only those instruments you want.  Very flexible!

Dimension Pro
Very similar to Dimension LE that shipped along with Sonar 7 PE- the most noticible thing for me so far is that we get over 7 gigs of material with the pro version.  Wow.

Z3TA+ / Integrated Step Sequencer
Two tools from the previous version I feel compelled to mention here since they are just so great.  Z3TA+ is a waveshaping synthesizer with a wide array of options for generating some really, really incredible sounds.  The step sequencer provides an alternate midi pattern generation environment from the traditional piano roll.

TL-64 Tube Leveler / TS 64 Transient Shaper
Any tools that give me more control over the sound are always welcome.

TL-64 provides intuitive controls to determine the level and character of analog tube saturation, from subtle “warming” to hard-driving saturation. The TL-64 plug-in features a unique selectable Dynamic Response Filter control that when engaged employs a dynamic (versus static) tube model algorithm.

Here are things I could care less about:

Beatscape loop performance instrument / Loop Explorer 2.0
I don’t work with loops… so this is pretty useless as advertised.  However, as with many other tools, it may be useful when applied in some other way?

Native Instruments Guitar Rig 3 LE
Similar to above… I wonder what running some vox through this would do…

I’ve been using this software since version 3 and normally upgrade every other version.  I obviously have broken that tradition with the purchase of Sonar 8- the overall improvements on an already solid piece of software were too good to pass up for another year.  There are lots and lots of other things to mention, but these are some initial observations after a week of use.

More nformation can be found at http://cakewalk.com/Products/SONAR/.

A Prison of Oneself – Now Available!

Fractured Vision Media is pleased to present A Prison of Oneself, the new collection of recordings from studio recording artist An early morning letter, displaced. The recordings on ‘Prison’ span almost four years of wavering activity and countless personal setbacks.

“A Prison of Oneself” is a dense collection of work recorded over the course of four years. Dark and crushing. Ambient textures interlaced with swelling, almost violent extremes. Edgy soundscapes filled with hope, despair, and a persistent, uneasy current reflective of the mind’s inner hell.