How To Create Drum Tracks Using Fruity Loops Studio 9 and Ableton Live 8

Fruity Loops Studio is one of the world's most popular and exciting music production systems. Everything you need in one package to compose, arrange, record, edit, mix and master professional quality music.




Ableton Live is about making music; for composition, songwriting, recording, production, remixing and live performance. Live's nonlinear, intuitive flow, alongside powerful real-time editing and flexible performance options, make it a unique studio tool and a favorite with live performers. If you'd rather be "making music" than just "using music software," Ableton Live is for you. Live 8, the latest version, includes a wealth of new techniques and improvements with a new groove engine, revamped warping, live looping, new effects, crossfades in the Arrangement View and a reworked MIDI editor.



For this lesson, I'm gonna teach you on how to create and compose drum tracks for your songs in minutes using Fruity Loops Studio 9 and Ableton Live 8.





Gear Review: VOX Tonelab EX

VOX Valvetronix products are renowned for their realistic amp sounds. The Valve Reactor circuitry uses a real 12AX7 vacuum tube to create that true-tube tone. With new performance elements added especially for live use, the ToneLab EX is the latest VOX multi-effect pedal to inherit the sound of the Valvetronix series. Expanding on the powerful Valvetronix amp and cabinet models you're already familiar with, the ToneLab EX now
provides 11 stand-alone distortion pedals. These distortion pedals can be used in place of one of the amp head models, providing a truly diverse range of tones to cover many musical styles. Following the cabinet models, the ToneLab EX features a full complement of spatial-type effects such as modulation, reverb, and delay allowing you to complete your guitar sound without requiring any other equipment. A full-sized VOX expression pedal ensures stability while performing. The intuitive Stomp Box mode places six effects on a virtual pedal-board at your feet, with real stomp-box control! The ToneLab EX is the perfect live-performance solution for any guitarist's multi-effect needs. 

 For more specifications, CLICK HERE.


Gear Review: Seymour Duncan SH1 / SH2, Digitech Digidelay, VOX 847a Wah and VOX Pathfinder 15r


Wondering what tone will it create when you put a Seymour Duncan SH1 on the bridge and SH2 on the neck of your beloved guitar? How about adding a Digitech Digidelay and a VOX 847a wah on your pedalboard going through a VOX Pathfinder 15r amp?


Seymour Duncan SH1 gives you a Late-'50s, vintage-correct, humbucker sound. Warm and crystalline clean tones. Full and bright distorted tones. Smooth sustain. Classic appointments include plain enamel wire, long legged bottom plate, vintage single conductor cable and no logo. Compared to the SH-55 Seth Lover, the '59 has slightly more scooped mids and is vacuum wax potted for squeal-free performance.

Seymour Duncan SH2 provides an articulate and clear tone. Great for fast runs. The brighter tone has slightly less output and is a good match with most bridge pickups. When distorted, the tone is full and bright. Smooth sustain. Compared to the SH-1 '59 Model, the Jazz has slightly less output and a more detailed treble response. Comes with four-conductor hookup cable.

Digitech Digidelay provides you with up to 4 seconds of delay, which is more than most studio processors, your creativeness will have no limits! The DigiDelay pedal gives you 7 different types of delay to choose from which include tape, modulated, reverse, and a looper that will allow for an infinite amount of 4 second layers. 

VOX V847a Wah-Wah pedal is an enhanced version of the most famous guitar effects pedal of all time. Based on the specifications of the original pedal developed by VOX in the '60s, the new Wah-Wah offers guitarists the same legendary tone with the addition of AC power capability and a buffered input jack for preserving the unprocessed guitar tone when the pedal is not engaged. The pedal’s inductor has undergone a redesign to be closer in specification to the original VOX wah inductors, for improved dynamics and tone. These additions will benefit players of all genres who use a wah pedal as an integral part of their sound.

Pathfinder 15r houses a wonderful sounding, vintage Tremolo effect and is extremely versatile when it comes to tone. Its distinctive, maroon coloured top panel features a Gain Boost switch plus controls for Volume, Gain, Treble, Bass, Tremolo Speed and Tremolo Depth. Both the Gain Boost and the built-in Tremolo are footswitchable via an optional, VOX VFS2 dual footswitch, offering you even more performance power.

Gear Review: M.V. Electronics Shredhead



The Shredhead is a proudly Philippine custom made distortion pedal from M.V. Electronics. Mark Villar, its creator described it as a "Marshall In A Box" (it is actually modeled based from a Marshall 6100LM).This pedal is increasingly becoming popular not just in the Philippines but abroad as well. 


 For more details about this awesome pedal, CLICK HERE.


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How To Play Separate Lives By Stephen Bishop




Guitar Chord Diagrams For Separate Lives

Don't know how to read guitar chord diagrams? CLICK HERE

Gear Review: Korg PX5D Multi-Effects





The Pandora series for the mobile age! Back in the 1990s, the first Korg Pandora placed its indelible stamp on the pocket multi-effects processor category. Today, Pandora is still king of the category. Today's highly-evolved Korg PX5D is your personal rehearsal hall, an all-hours amp shop, your own audio recording suite as well as your digital doorway to the modern studio.
And best of all, the battery-powered PX5D still fits in your pocket, so your great sound is always with you! Despite its compact size, the Pandora PX5D is laid out with game-controller efficiency - so you can spend more time playing and less time wishing you were already playing! Modern and up to date, the PX5D serves double duty as a stereo USB audio interface, allowing you convenient access to audio recording software on your computer. 

For more specifications, CLICK HERE. 


About This Bedroom Guitarist

Hi! I'm Poly, a guitar enthusiast. I started playing guitar when I was 17 (quite late!). I really have a bad taste for music during my elementary and high school days, listening to crap novelty and rap music. Until I enter college where I met a classmate who plays the guitar really well. Almost everyday, he brings his guitar and shred away with Gun's N' Roses and Mr. Big's tunes. I guess that's the point when the guitar bug bit me and became obsessed on learning how to play the instrument.

Soon after, I purchased my first guitar (a very cheap acoustic guitar) and tried to learn songs from Freddie Aguilar, John Denver, Guns N' Roses and a lot more. Not long enough, I was already in a band. The 90's was the period where Philippine local bands and grunge music raided the airwaves. Nirvana and The Youth stuffs were always on our set lists. It was really fun to be in a band during those days because battle of the bands and gigs are everywhere. I also became a guitarist for a catholic church choir for sometime.

The band thing ended when I finished college and started practicing my career (I'm an Electrical Engineer by profession). Since then, I have no more spare time to jam with other musicians. So I ended up being a "bedroom guitarist" ( a guitarist who is most of the time jams with himself). I  also can't count the number of guitars and gears I have bought and sold through the years. My musical taste also changed as I grew old: my first love was grunge (Nirvana, The Youth), then I was hook to hard rock and rock and roll (Guns N' Roses, Led Zeppelin, Eagles, Scorpions, AC/DC), metal (Metallica, Pantera, Megadeth), shred (Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, John Petrucci, Andy Timmons), blues (Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, John Mayer, Joe Bonamassa, Jonny Lang) and lately with acoustic music (Noel Cabangon, James Taylor, Tommy Emmanuel).

The guitar virus have hit me hard, really hard! The feeling that I get whenever I strike those strings is immeasurable. The reason I put up this blog is to share with you the excitement and happiness I get whenever and wherever I play this awesome instrument.


Rock N' Roll!!!

Films About Bands: Rockstar

Rockstar Movie Scene
Rock Star is a film from 2001starring Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer AnistonAlso in this film are notable musicians;  bassist Jeff Pilsonguitarist Zakk Wylde, drummer Jason Bonham and vocalist Myles Kennedy.

Plot


The story is about Chris Cole (Mark Wahlberg), an office buddy by day and by night, lead singer of Blood Pollution, a Steel Dragon (an iconic 80’s band) tribute rock band. Chris was so passionate about Steel Dragon that he wants every nuances of its music to be incorporated into his own band. This created the tension in the band that led to an on stage fight between Chris and their guitarist Rob and eventually Chris’ ejection from the band.

Coincidentally, Steel Dragon has its own conflict inside the band and wanted to fire their lead singer Bobby Beers (who admitted to be a gay!).  One day, Chris received a surprise call from Steel Dragon’s founding guitarist Kurt Cuddy asking him to audition for the band. Of course Chris didn’t believe it at first but what he didn't know, their last show was caught on video and was sent to Steel Dragon. But after Chris realized that he’s talking to the real thing, he flew to the Steel Dragon’s mansion and landed the gig.

Chris, who is now called Izzy, started to live a rock and roll life. Big arenas, legions of fans, endless parties and orgies. These changes created a great impact on Chris’ life which also resulted to his break up with his girlfriend Emily (Jennifer Aniston).

Finally Chris hits rock bottom when during the recording of the next album, his songs were rejected. This prompted him to leave the band (on stage!) and go back to his home town.

Chris became friends again with Rob and started a new band singing songs he composed for Emily. He and Emily were also back in each other’s arms again.

Highlights

Chris Cole sings at the top of his lungs during a Steel Dragon concert. His singing voice was so good that caught the attention of Steel Dragon's vocalist Bobby Beers.
Rockstar Movie Scene
Rockstar Movie Scene

My Guitar Effects Pedalboard Evolution

Every guitarist, in his pursuit of ultimate guitar tones, is most of the time being attacked by GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome). In my case, in my pursuit to imitate  the guitar tones of my favorite guitarist, I ended up having various pedalboard setups through the years.

This is my very first pedalboard. From left, a ZOOM G2 Multi-effects for my modulations and delays, an MXR Doubleshot Distortion Pedal for my drive and a Cry Baby GCB95 Wah.


Guitar Pedal Board

Backing Tracks

Backing Track is an audio or a MIDI recording minus the guitar. It is a very important tool for practicing your guitar chops. And for a bedroom guitarist like me, who have no time to jam with other musicians, this is a good thing to have.




Guitar Backing Tracks is an awesome guitar website for downloading free guitar backing tracks. Better check it out!



Guitar Hero's Rigs

We all have our guitar heroes. Most of the time, when we hear them wailing on their guitars on our favorite records, we can't help ourselves wonder what guitars and equipments our heroes use. 




 If you want to know your guitar heroes' rigs, check out this awesome website: Guitar Geek. This website contains database of guitar rigs of famous guitarist. What make this site awesome is that they presented each guitar player's rigs in illustration. Check out the screen shots below. This website also have a forum where you can interact with guitar players around the world.



Guitar Hero Rigs

Guitar Hero Rigs

Mahal Pa Rin Kita (Love You Still)

  Mahal Pa Rin Kita

Nasaan na ang aking mahal
Siya ay aking hinahanap
Ang tamis ng aming samahan
Di maalis sa puso at isipan

Sana ay iyong madinig
Itong munti kong awit
Upang kahit na isang saglit
Ay iyong maisip na.....

Minahal ng lubos at tunay
Inalay ko'y buo kong buhay
Ito pa ba ang siyang kapalit
Ng lahat ng mga pasakit
Ako ba'y may pagkukulang
At ako'y iyong iniwanan
Nais ko lang iyong malamang
Mahal pa rin kita

Sana'y muling makita
Nang sa iyo'y ipadama
Ang tamis ng pag-ibig at pagsuyo
Kailanma'y di maglalaho

Di ko sinasadya
Na ikaw ay aking nasaktan
Tanging hiling ko lang
Ako'y muling pagbigyan

Home Recording Review: Native Instrument Guitar Rig 4


Native Instruments Guitar Rig 4  is all-in-one virtual guitar and bass software for great custom tone. The included It delivers 14 amps, 25 matched cabinets, 48 effects, 17 guitar and 6 bass cabinets, 4 rotary speakers, and 9 microphones recreated in stunning detail. There's also a new-to-the-series Control Room module, which provides selected vintage speakers and high-end microphones for natural sound reproduction and professional studio tones. 


Guitar Rig 4 also offers stereo processing for all components, a master effect section that retains reverb and delay settings when changing presets. The improved preset browser has extensive search functions and KORE 2 format compatibility, a redesigned GUI, and improved overall workflow. You also get an integrated tuner, metronome, 2 tape decks, a loop machine, advanced modifiers, including LFO, step sequencer, envelope follower, and multi-step envelope.

Guitar Rig 4 have everything you need for studio and stage. Other features include a snapshot function for realtime control of multiple parameters via one switch, balanced stereo output, and separate headphone monitoring. 

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