Using Dynamic Split and Stretch Markers to Quantise Audio in Reaper!

In this video I meander around various subjects including: • Using Stretch Markers to Quantise Audio to the Grid. • Using Dynamic Split to Insert Stretch Markers at Transients. • Using Dynamic Split to ACTUALLY SPLIT AUDIO. • Whether it is always WISE to quantise. As always, I appreciate your feedback, especially the comments that say: “WORST TUTORIAL EVER JUST…

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Using Playback Live – Some Thoughts

Using Playback Live – Some Thoughts If you are a musical director, session musician, playback tech or band member who regularly uses backing tracks as part of their live show, then this post is for you. Whether you are using Ableton Live, Digital Performer, Reaper or Pro Tools, I hope there are some ideas here that you find useful or…

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Quanthumanise!?!

Here’s a quick custom action tutorial. Zoom to midi items, quantise, then humanise. I really like the humanise function in Reaper, as it avoids quantised notes layering up exactly on top of each other, and gives the mix a bit more breathing room.

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San Francisco Sep 2017

The last three shows of the US leg of this tour will be San Francisco, San Diego and LA. Every show has been incredible so far. Amazing audiences. Looking forward to getting to Australia and New Zealand – they have a lot to live up to now! We will be saying goodbye to our US lighting tech Eric Morriss, who…

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Washington, Philadelphia, Boston 

Two shows into the Alison Moyet US Tour and everything is sounding great. Very enthusiastic audiences. Having a lot of fun playing new songs and new arrangements of familiar songs. This is tonight’s venue in Boston. Day off tomorrow and then we play New York.

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These are the days we wait for…

Just had an amazing week in the studio with my buddy and fellow Scissor Sister Bridget Barkan. Very excited to get these songs mixed and mastered and out into the world. So glad that we managed to find time this year to get together and record. Looking forward now to the rest of my summer dates with Alison Moyet. This…

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Long drops and quick dips

On Saturday I was at Glastonbury Festival with Alison Moyet, witnessing the Jeremy Corbyn frenzy and struggling with technical difficulties on stage, and now I am in a luxury hotel on the Palace Promenade in The Hague. Amazing where this job takes you sometimes; such contrasts in small timeframes. Although Ableton decided to reset all our midi routing in the hour…

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Other by Alison Moyet out today 

I am very proud to be involved in the making of this album. Sean McGhee and I co-wrote The Rarest Birds with Alison and Reassuring Pinches with Alison and Guy Sigsworth. Looking forward to touring new material in the Autumn.

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The Rarest Birds by Alison Moyet 

Yesterday (3rd June 17) Graham Norton played The Rarest Birds, another song from Alison Moyet’s new album Other, on his BBC Radio 2 show. The lyric video is linked above. The song was written by Alison, Sean McGhee and myself. 

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Alison Moyet – New Album, 2017 Tour Dates

Listen to the gorgeous title song from Alison’s new album “Other”. Sean McGhee and myself co-wrote TWO songs on this album. I’m beyond proud, and ridiculously excited for this record to come out. Alison is writing some of her strongest material, and it’s a huge honour to be working so closely with such a talent at the height of her…

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Tales of King Arthur, Tales of the City; From Glastonbury to New York

This month sees TWO reunions; the first reunion is of my old band Mauve la Biche.  We are supporting the Cary Grace band at The King Arthur, Glastonbury, Saturday March 25th. Founder member Andy Budge and myself will be joined by David Payne on drums and Victoria Reyes on Keys and Vocals. I’m also playing guitar in the Cary Grace…

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Dyads and Triads – are your chords “Too Jazzy”?

Something that I picked up from working with great singers was that harmony is there to support the song and the singer. When I first worked with Alison Moyet in 2002, I had been playing a lot of jazz, so my natural impulse was to fill out harmony with three-, four- or five-note voicings. Alison picked me up on a…

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Reaper for Live Playback – updated Videos, Feb 2017

Here’s an updated playlist of videos outlining a method of using Reaper for live playback (backing tracks) on stage. There are five videos: Import Template: multi-channel routing for your audio interface and setup for midi program change. Import Audio: how to import multiple tracks to your playback session Import Audio Custom Actions: explanation of the custom action for importing audio…

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Hard Times – Part Three: Personal Challenges

Here is the third and final instalment of my blog about enduring and overcoming “Hard Times”. I didn’t want it all to be from my perspective, so I asked around for some input from friends and colleagues. The following shows my questions in bold, their responses in italics, and my thoughts in plain text. If it sounds like I’m giving…

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Hard Times – Part 02: Working With Difficult Clients

I wanted to write a piece about enduring and overcoming “Hard Times”, but I didn’t want it all to be from my perspective, so I asked around for some input from friends and colleagues. The following shows my questions in bold, their responses in italics, and my thoughts in plain text. If it sounds like I’m giving advice, please feel…

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Hard Times – Part One: When There’s No Work…

I wanted to write a piece about enduring and overcoming “Hard Times”, but I didn’t want it all to be from my perspective, so I asked around for some input from friends and colleagues. The following shows my questions in bold, their responses in italics, and my thoughts in plain text. If it sounds like I’m giving advice, please feel…

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Completed Pedal!

New Handmade Pedal from Muyte!

My mate Chris McGrath, aka Muyte, has made me a very special “warm overdrive” pedal, which might be a clone of a well-known three-letter pedal… But this one has a couple of extra nobs. There’s a 9v/18v charge pump, high peak/low peak switch and a bass cut. I have already had a play with another build of this pedal in my studio and…

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DO WHAT YOU LOVE, DO IT EVERY DAY, NEVER GIVE UP

To some people this may seem impossible. Or maybe one of these things is possible, but not all of them. I agree. Some days I look at a statement like this and think – “that’s just not possible”. But the point is, what else is worth striving towards? Part of the problem that I have encountered when thinking about my…

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What I Pack for Local Gigs / International Tours

Sometimes I tour with roadies/technicians who look after all the gear for the band. Sometimes I do a local gig where I am responsible for bringing all my own gear. I thought I’d write a breakdown of the two different scenarios. It’s mostly relevant to keyboard players, but there may be some crossover for other musicians. If you’re interested, read…

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Everything I Know About Being on Tour

Here are some thoughts on touring, based on my experience touring with Scissor Sisters, Alison Moyet, Marina and the Diamonds and others. My first proper “tour” was in 2000 with a band called Alpha (if you don’t know it, look up their album “The Impossible Thrill”). In 2002 I toured with Alison Moyet, followed by Scissor Sisters in 2004. I…

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Alison Moyet on Graham Norton’s Christmas Show, BBC Radio 2, 19th Dec 2015 Alison and I performed “Have Yourself a Very Merry Christmas” and “Don’t Go” on Radio 2’s magical Elton John piano…

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Cary Grace cover of David Bowie’s “Black Country Rock” featured on BBC Radio6Music Gideon Coe Show, 9th Nov 2015 I had the pleasure of recording some guitar and synths on this track, featuring Cary Grace on vocals and Moog, Andy Budge on Bass and David Payne on Drums.

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Alison Moyet at The Burberry Spring/Summer 2016 Womenswear Show It was a very special treat working with Burberry and Joe Duddell on an orchestral presentation of four of Alison’s songs for their SS WW show in Hyde Park, London. Regular tourmate Sean McGhee was leading the backing vocals, and the orchestra was led by the excellent Sonia Slany. We also…

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Alison Moyet releases deluxe editions of The Turn, Voice and Hometime Sean McGhee (of Artmagic) and myself mixed the live bonus tracks on the re-release of The Turn by Alison Moyet. Always a pleasure working with Alison and her management at Modest Management. 30th July 2015

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Alison Moyet – Minutes and Seconds Live released 10th Nov 2014 Live recording of the minutes and seconds tour with Alison Moyet from 2014, mixed by myself and Sean McGhee. 10th November 2014

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Everything I Know About Being A Session Musician

Someone asked me for some advice about finding work as a session musician. My reply is printed below. It’s a personal response, so may not apply to everyone, but I hope it is useful to some… FINDING WORK It’s hard to advise on finding work, as that’s always a mysterious process. The best thing to do is get out there…

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Alison Moyet at The Burberry Spring/Summer 2016 Womenswear Show

It was a real pleasure working with Burberry and Joe Duddell on an orchestral presentation of four of Alison’s songs for their SS WW show in Hyde Park, London. Regular tourmate Sean McGhee was leading the backing vocals, and the orchestra was led by the excellent Sonia Slany. Also had the pleasure of working with two outstanding mix engineers: David…

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