Software Collaboration with BigCat Instruments

Hello fellow audiophiles! I’ve got some interesting news for any of you who produce your own music or demos. I’m excited to announce a collaboration between myself and Joe Stevens, the tech wizard behind BigCat Instruments. This small non-profit from Denver, CO is best known for their large suite of freeware orchestral VSTis.

While the name of the plugin is yet to be determined, I can tell you that we are building guitar emulation software. Get ready to kick out your guitarists, folks!

Right now, we’re in the process of back and forthing samples, so a mock VSTi with a temporary gui can be used for preliminary testing. After a quick test, it will be time to hunker down, and record lots of samples for lots of notes.

Keep an eye out for updates, in time, we could have an a whole line of BigCat Rock-ware!


The Man Strikes Again, Free to Download!

Hello again, lovers of rock and metal! It’s been a couple weeks now, Monteith Mania has been available to the public, and we’ve decided to open up the downloads on one of our favorite tracks!

The Man Strikes Again, give it a download off of soundcloud, and inject it straight into your veins. To see them play this live is something transcendent, but this audio fix should get you to your next MONTEITH show.

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REAPER : Render Queue

One of the features that keeps me stuck to REAPER unlike any other DAW, is the Render Queue. If you find yourself dealing with multiple songs on a single session, or just have multiple formats you are expected to deliver, this function can be a godsend.

Let’s say you’ve recorded a live set at a venue, have your processing on each respective mic, and your client asks for a WAV+MP3 of each song. This lets you save your selection and render options, and queue as many instances necessary before running through the sequence.  REAPER’s render queue turns a 2 hour task, into 10 minutes, and walking away. Continue reading

Starting a Fresh Mix

Hello ladies and gentlemen, it’s your good pal Jake from The Underground Alliance! Today, We’ll be talking a little bit about starting a fresh mix, assuming the tracks have just finished been recorded or handed over to you as the mixing engineer

This is very much an opinion piece. None of these are rules, just the order I tend to do things to keep my sessions clean to work with, and sounding the best I can possibly get them.  I’ll be working with the multitrack for a MONTEITH tune, but Cambridge has a wealth of mutitracks to practice with if you’d like to follow along.

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Jake Duffie here, from The Underground Alliance, and today I’ll be giving my two cents on the quickly popularizing  recording Software, REAPER! Justin Frankel, the lead designer of REAPER is best known for developing WinAmp in  1997, which is still being used today. I’ve been using Reaper for a little over 3 years now, being my primary DAW  for most of that time. Does Cockos deliver a DAW that can compete with the likes of Pro Tools, Logic, and Cubase,  or will it fade away as software that just didn’t make the cut? Let’s find out! Continue reading

Control Your DAW With a Gamepad

Hello, Jake again from The Underground Alliance, and today I’ll be teaching you how to control your DAW with most  USB controllers. I’ll be using Reaper for the sake of this tutorial, but this meathod will work with any Windows DAW. There are ways to set this up as a Control Surface/Midi Control, but we will be using JoyToKey as middleware to control the keyboard. Continue reading

Mixing With Impulse Responses

Hello, friends and strangers! I’m Jake Duffie, from The Underground Alliance, and I’ve been doing this audio thing  seriously for about three years now. Though I am still quite fresh to the profession, I’ve spent my whole life toying with the software as a hobby, and spent a year at Recording Arts Canada to get a solid baseline knowledge of recording standards, and techniques.

Now that I’ve introduced myself, I’m going to talk a little bit about Impulse Responses. An impulse response, or “IR” is a short audio file (about 0.5-2 seconds) that captures the audio effect of a room, reverb, cab/mic simulation, or any number of audio modifying clips, meant to have a primary sound being pushed through it. Continue reading

Captain’s Log

Here I sit, beer cans and dishes scattered around me, as will pile up when I am working against tight deadlines and stressful work. We have finally done it! Our masterpiece, Monteith Mania is finally in our hands, and I have finally gotten a moment of silence to ponder how we’ve gotten here, and how far we have come. Continue reading

Disks are in for Monteith Mania!

We’ve finally done it! For those of you that have been following the building success of the Monteith Clan, you may already know how long a time this has been coming.

The minigun drumming of Chaddus Provost, Shaun with a voice from a tainted heaven, and Daniel with shredding talents from other lands, all of the pieces come together to bring rock and roll back from it’s shallow grave. Continue reading