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New gigs = new digs: Western Carolina University September 7, 2012

Posted by Damon Sink in : Composing, degrees in music, sample libraries , 1 comment so far

Hey everyone,

Damon here. I am very pleased to let you know that I have begun a new teaching position at Western Carolina University in their Commercial and Electronic Music program. I am teaching classes in audio editing, sequencing and advanced midi applications as well as directing the Technology Ensemble. Our recording studio, including a digital SSL console and world class microphone closet, is really first rate–you can check it out in an article here— and exists in combination with the broadcast production rooms in the Center for Applied Technology.

Our degree program is a bachelor of music, which includes training in music theory, listening (aural) skills, composition, orchestration and applied music (instrument or voice lessons). The program director is Dr. Bruce Frazier, and we maintain around 55 students in the program at any given time.

Look for more from me and my new students here at The Studio Files in the upcoming weeks. One quick story that I can share is about Brandon Chapman, who graduated from Western Carolina last spring. He is the trumpet playing talent behind the new, very affordable, sample library from Embertone called Chapman Trumpet. It’s been getting a little bit of buzz on VI-Control and is worth checking out.

More soon! Keep making it happen.

The Studio Files

Music for Film in Logic Pro February 23, 2010

Posted by PJ in : Composing, Digital home recording studios, Logic Studio 8, Projects , 6comments

Hello everyone!!

In this article I will cover how to use Logic Pro to compose music for film. I’ve been using Logic for over 2 years now and recently I was asked to help write music for a short film.  Naturally my program of choice was Logic (I’m still on version 8 but this article should apply to 9 as well).  So here I would like to share my experience and provide an intro tutorial for working with video in Logic.

First, we need to get the video into Logic. This can be done easily by navigating to Options – Movie – Open Movie.


Find People. Make Music. Online – Indaba Music May 11, 2009

Posted by Damon Sink in : collaboration, Composing, social media , 5comments

Find People. Make Music. Online – Indaba Music

OK. This looks pretty cool. I haven’t had a chance to check it out thoroughly yet, but I would be interested to know if there are any Studio Files Users out there who would like to do a project with me to check it out together. What do you say?

Indaba is an on-line music creation/collaboration site with a browser format mixing environment. So I would lay down a beat on my end, you add a vocal or other overdubs, or vice versa. Heck, we could make a whole Studio Files album this summer! But we’d have to call it something better than “The Studio Files Album”

I’ll suggest this “Nothing in the Way”

The Studio Files

PJ’s Pick: Website of the Month December 29, 2008

Posted by PJ in : Chit Chat, Composing, GarageBand , 2comments

Hooray for new segments on the Studio Files!  So here’s the deal, I’m going to pick and write about a website related to the world of audio every month. First up is…



AOTD: VI December 9, 2008

Posted by Damon Sink in : Composing, Digital Audio Workstations, Virtual Instruments , 1 comment so far

VI: Virtual Instrument. This can be an emulation of a real instrument like a trumpet or violin, or a strictly synth-based sound. It’s called “virtual” because your computer is creating the sound from digital information and instructions in the VI programming. You play a keyboard controller and the instrument responds. All of this sound generating used to be done strictly by “standalone” (now sometimes called “outboard”) synths–either with keyboards (think DX7) or without (think Roland 1080).

A great resource: Virtual Instruments Magazine

Examples are Garageband instruments, Spectrasonic Triology Bass instrument, NI-Kontakt (sampler), or Play (from East West Soundsonline). Yours truly has too many of these to count. If you are in the market, ask a question and I’ll be glad to help.

The Studio Files

Making my Bones in Tinseltown: Part 1 May 26, 2008

Posted by Miles Hankins in : Composing , 4comments

Making My Bones in Tinseltown

(Being the tale of one NYC kid’s musical adventures in the Wild West)
by Miles Hankins
Part 1: The Westward Expansion

Two things happened to me today:

1. After considerable time plucking away at fruitless Google searches, I finally found the secret recipe for Fuddruckers hamburger seasoning.

2. My friend and yours, studio guru Damon Sink, shot me a gentle reminder to submit an entry on StudioFiles.com detailing some of my run-ins with the law as an aspiring film composer coming out to LA.


More Impressions: Acoustica Mixcraft 4 March 24, 2008

Posted by PJ in : Composing, Digital Audio Workstations, GarageBand , 11comments

PJ here and I’m back with more impressions on Acoustica Mixcraft 4 or as we at The Studio Files call it, Garageband for Windows. If you missed it, you can read my first impressions of Mixcraft here. I left off with an introduction of the impressive collection of software instruments included with the program. (more…)

GarageBand – Musical Typing Explained March 8, 2008

Posted by PJ in : Composing, Digital home recording studios, GarageBand , 24comments

If you are making music in a mobile envornment (say on your laptop), or if you don’t have access to a MIDI keyboard, you can still program music very efficiently. (But, if you don’t own a MIDI keyboard, you might want to take Connor’s advice here and pick one up.)

In the meantime, you can still create some great tunes in GarageBand by using just the keys on your keyboard. (more…)

Composition: MIDI Makes the Difference March 1, 2008

Posted by Damon Sink in : Composing, Notation, Virtual Instruments , add a comment

Composers have always pursued talented musicians in the hopes of convincing them to perform new pieces of music. The main challenge is communicating some sense of our musical ideas in a way that will let the performer know what we are all about–that is, we try to answer the questions in advance: “So, what is your music like?” “In what style do you write?”

The real question behind these polite, superficial questions is, “Will I, as a performer, find it rewarding to spend the time necessary to learn and perform your new piece?”

This is a really good question. If your art form is painting or sculpture, then you can produce new works on your own, fully formed, without ever really relying on the (more…)

Composing: Virtual Instruments 101 February 12, 2008

Posted by Damon Sink in : Composing, Notation, Virtual Instruments , 3comments

If you want to write music with a computer, no matter what software you decide to use, you will probably want to start employing virtual instruments to let you hear the most realistic playback of your sketches in real time. Virtual instruments are essentially computer programs designed to respond to MIDI messages and then play the sound(s) of a particular instrument back for you. Most often, this is accomplished through a detailed process of sampling (recording) the notes of the instrument and then programming an interface that will mediate the MIDI performance information (turn this note on, hold it for this long, make it louder, etc.) and “trigger” the appropriate samples.

For many years this sort of functionality was the province of external hardware synthesizers or the synthesizers built in to a MIDI keyboard. You would record or notate (more…)

Composing with Finale® February 9, 2008

Posted by Damon Sink in : Composing, Notation, Virtual Instruments , add a comment

The blank measures stare back at me, defying me, mocking me…

Well, not exactly. But I am getting started writing a piece for piano quintet that I am going to talk about here. Maybe even post snippets. The main thing is to go through the process of using a notation program to create a piece for live musicians to play. For me, this is where music technology started… way back in 1993 when I got my first computer. (more…)

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