[review]: “If you've seen movies such as The Grudge, Silent Hill, The Fog or 30 Days of Night you know that those types of spine-tingling, heart-stopping flicks demand strange and creepy soundtracks. Not to mention the work of an experienced composer in front of his orchestra or behind his mixing desk.
Such soundtracks create a sense of anticipation; give films a "tension and release" aura and put viewers on the edge of their seats. In other worlds, it'll make scary films scarier.
If you are a film composer or a desktop musician desperate for the right feel, composer and sound designer Justin Lassen has cut the work out for you.
White Rabbit Asylum is a construction kit library that contains 470 WAV files and is delivered in pristine 44.1Khz/24-bit formats. You'll get plenty of esoteric beats, odd FX loops, haunted melodies, drone-y beds, otherworldly ambiences & soundscapes to match and mix in Acid Pro sequencer or any other software that supports the WAV file format. WRA, for short, is an intriguing sample library.
Many of the 1.2GB of samples were recorded between 2002-2010. The recordings took place in some of the most unusual places imaginable using almost-unplayable instruments. Broken sounds? You get all kinds of them with just the right amount of twist. Some of the best loops in this sample pack are the heavily processed beats and the atmospheric beds are tops. WRA has all the starter ingredients ready to take your composition to the next level.”
- Wuzik Sound Magazine, Canada, May 2011 Issue
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Friday, May 20, 2011
I had a great time this week at Roland Corporation in Los Angeles. I was invited by Roland to check out the headquarters, meet Roland company people as well as the students/sales people they were training at “Roland University”. We all had a good time! Thanks Andy!
I got to play the new Jupiter-80 synthesizer! It is absolutely stunning! This is the next-gen!
My “hotel room studio” setup. A wonderful Roland Apro300 Midi Keyboard, my new brand new 2011 MacBook Pro 17, with 600GB Intel SSD, running Boot Camp/Windows 7 and Sonar X1 Pro! Also, that’s my talk/session composition that I utilized the Roland R-05 portable recorder and the Roland CS10-EM Binaural Headphones!!
In this photo, Justin Lassen, Seth Perlstein and Brandon Ryan. Love these guys! Here we are in the Roland lobby area saying our goodbyes after all the sessions. :) I got to talk about my White Rabbit Asylum (Sony) release in my session, and even got to show some of my talented singer friends from around the world during the session, like Naomi Mercer and ColeMarie Soleil.
It was an honor to meet Mr. Chris Bristol, the President and CEO of Roland Corporation U.S. Really passionate guy. Straight shooter and a guy that really cares about the people around him and MUSIC. His presentation about Roland in Japan was awesome, and I learned a lot about their history. Thanks Chris. You are the consummate professional with an aura of awesomeness.
This is the amazing Craig (CJ) Jones. I really enjoyed the parts of his session that I witnessed about the Roland VS20. Really warm, genuine guy and talented musician! He gave me a warm invitation to Nashville! CJ toured or performed with Edgar Winter, Tori Amos, Jay Boy Adams, Les Dudek, Leif Garrett, among others. Pretty cool! Check out his page on Myspace.
Here I am in the presentation room with Brian Alli, VP Sales. It was great getting to know him. His stories about Japan were awesome, and I learned a lot about their process. The thing I liked the most about Roland is that they are all passionate about what they do and make their artists and sales people feel welcome. Super pro.
This is Mr Ed Diaz. A Super amazing keyboardist from Roland! We chilled out this week quite a bit, and he did spectacular sessions! I think everyone should check out his YouTube Channel, especially this video at Music Power 2008!!! Witness the genius with your own eyes! That’s us with a Jupiter-80! :)
This is the ever fantastic man Dan Krisher who signed me with Roland. Really great meeting with him in person, a total honor. Takes care of me. :) Check out this video of him talking about the legendary Jupiter 8 the namesake of Roland’s new Jupiter-80!
Here I am in the “Roland Museum”, well, it’s a totally awesome room of working Roland gear throughout the years. I met the wonderful U.S. Customer Support people who help people everyday with their questions about the gear. The keyboard at the top near the orange sign, is the keyboard that got me into Roland, the XP-30! There was a ton more stuff there too… Honestly, it’s like a kid in a candy store… :)
This is the one-and-only David Holloway. We (Ed, David and I) spent several dinners hanging out at the end of session days. David does Director or Sales and Biz-Dev for Roland, He’s got an awesome sense of humor and outlook on things. Got to listen to a bunch of cool tunes they were discussing for an upcoming gig in Nashville. Wish I could be there! David and Ed let me try my first Eastern Indian food and stuff too. :) The trip was awesome. :)
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
- Grand Prize Photo Winner - Doggie Heaven
”This photo was taken at Pajaro Dunes which is adjacent to the mouth of the Pajaro river south of Santa Cruz, CA. (Pajaro by the way means bird in Spanish). My dog Duffy is a half breed retriever and just about my best friend. When I'm out taking pictures he's almost always with me and almost always manages to get in the way and mess up what might have been a good landscape. Over time we've learned to forgive one another our trespasses…[read more].”
- Grand Prize Video Winner - My Mini-Minneapolis in HD
”I'm Ray Rolfe, a visual artist from Minneapolis. I grew up in an extraordinaraly beautiful city, and so my life is very visual. Since digital photography has become very accessible, I've been making photos of my city, art gallery exhibitions, and fun events. At the time I made this video, I was enjoying a new camera I bought for myself pre-Christmas.
I was inspired by experiencing my city…[read more].”
CLICK HERE FOR THE Intel Website to meet the Judges and the winners! :)
Saturday, May 7, 2011
Enhancing Music Production with Solid State Drives: An Intel Case Study with Justin Lassen & Doyle W. Donehoo
“For musicians who rely on digital audio workstations for composing and recording, traditional hard disk drives can produce significant bottlenecks in the creative workflow. Composers Justin Lassen and Doyle W. Donehoo found that Intel® SSDs could help accelerate sample library load times and eliminate dropped notes, enabling them to capture creativity whenever it strikes.”
Check out the Case Study in PDF format here.
Spotlight on Justin Lassen
”Justin Lassen is a composer, remix engineer, and multi-instrumentalist with a varied array of credits to his name, including the symphonic suite “And Now We See But Through a Glass Darkly”; remixes for artists such as Lady Gaga, Garbage, and Linkin Park; and a collection of samples and loops produced for Sony called White Rabbit Asylum. He recently contributed to a video game produced by Blue Marble Game Co. and funded by the U.S. Department of Defense that helps with rehabilitation and therapy for service members returning from combat zones.”
Spotlight on Doyle Donehoo
”Composer Doyle W. Donehoo has scored a wide variety of popular and award-winning video games including Warhammer* 40,000: Dawn of War* II, America’s Army* 2 and 3, Savage* 2, and more. A former software engineer, Donehoo is deeply involved with integrating music and technology to deliver exciting orchestral works that could be equally at home in game, film, or television productions.”
Special thanks to writer and musician Michael Gallant for featuring me in an article about making “sweet beats” with virtual drums and other techniques. In I share some of my tips, tricks and techniques for drum production, sampling and remixing. M Magazine is a gorgeous print magazine worth subscribing to and on news stands now. :) It’s the issue with Foo Fighters on the cover