Clinton The Musical – Keyboard Programming

Clinton The Musical, my first Off-Broadway show, opens at New World Stages tonight! I spent the past month or so programming this show with Tom Xi, and we have tons of cool things to tell you about. The four piece band is 50% keyboards. K1 is purely a keyboard book, and K2 doubles on acoustic and electric guitar. We decided to go with a MainStage rig with Mac Minis (2.6 GHz i5, 8 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD) and MOTU UltraLite-mk3 audio interfaces. Each keyboard rack contains a power conditioner, two … [Read more...]

How to Change Amplitube 3 Presets with Program Changes

IK Multimedia's Amplitube 3 is one of the best sounding guitar amp modeling plugins in the industry. It's super easy to use in a studio environment where there's time to audition and record sounds, but Amplitube is a great option for live playing as well. In this tutorial, you'll learn how to use program changes to select specific presets in Amplitube 3. First let's go over the differences between a preset and a patch, and why we want to use program changes to switch between presets. Here's … [Read more...]

Focusrite Forte Premium USB Audio Interface Review

The Forte is a two input/four output premium audio interface from Focusrite. Designed to be a portable unit with outstanding sound quality, the Forte features two high end microphone preamps based on Focusrite's flagship RedNet devices, and high quality conversion operating up to 192 kHz/24 bit. I've had the opportunity to spend a few weeks with the Focusrite Forte in various production and performance situations. While the Forte does have a few small drawbacks which I'll highlight later, its … [Read more...]

How to Order Downloads Alphabetically in Checkout Theme

Checkout is a new WordPress theme from the awesome people at Array. It's designed to be used with the free Easy Digital Downloads plugin, and it's quickly become my favorite digital product marketplace theme. In this tutorial, you'll learn how to order products and downloads alphabetically in Checkout's downloads page template. Before you start, make sure you download, install, and activate the Checkout child theme. This will ensure any changes you make will stay intact following theme … [Read more...]

How to Sample Software Instruments with Auto Sampler

Auto Sampler is a new sampling plugin in MainStage 3.1. In a previous tutorial, you learned how to sample hardware synths with Auto Sampler. In this tutorial, I'm going to teach you how to easily sample software instruments with the Auto Sampler plugin in MainStage 3. Configuring the Channel Strip In order to sample a software instrument, you'll need to set up an instrument channel strip loaded up with the instrument you want to sample. In the example screenshot, I've loaded up an instance of … [Read more...]