Jazz great, Freddie Hubbard passes
Freddie Hubbard was a tremendous jazz musician. Actually, if I’m not mistaken my friend (and boss) Tony Guerrero gave him a trumpet lesson once ;) Right Tony? (It’s a funny story… maybe he’ll tell it on his blog.) Anyway, since I’m a trumpet player who marvels at good jazz (‘cause I’m not that good at it) I felt the need to mention Freddie’s...
Hey guys. I thought I’d post this article I found. I have a great amount of hearing loss in my left ear. The high end is gone and my stereo image is off. It bothers me a great deal because I wish I had been more careful. So, I plead with you… turn down the monitors, get a sound pressure meter for your studio and protect your ears against loud noises. ...
Keith Everette Smith and Timbaland
Hey guys. I just had a chuckle to myself. I’ve recently begun working with a company called Open Labs. These guys make fantastic keyboards! Their Meko and Neko series keyboards are actually fully functioning studios based around a powerful PC computer. Anyway, Saddleback used our new custom Neko during our Christmas special for the Fox Network. I was interviewed for their website. I...
If I could only have 2 plug-in bundles!
I am a talker… especially when it comes to recording. I could go on for hours about new toys, techniques and music. What I don’t want to do is make you salivate over all the stuff you can’t afford. No one’s spouse likes us spending money we don’t have. BUT if you are mixing your own music there are a few plug-ins that I believe every musician should own. At this point, I literally could not...
Composers and Inspiration
I played a concert for the Presbyterian Church of the Master Sunday night. It was fun. It was pretty much a classical gig playing trumpet. I really miss classical music. That used to be most of what I did. I played in orchestras, concert bands and many brass ensembles growing up. Though my personality ultimately didn’t fit in with this crowd, as a trumpet player, I am probably best...