Saturday, November 12, 2011

The Ichabod Suite is now available

The Ichabod Suite

The Ichabod Suite a six-song concept EP from The APOSTLE Fractal is now available for download or may be viewed on YouTube. The suite is delivered as an m4v video that may be played on any modern computer or smart phone. For best results use an iPod, iPhone, iTunes or QuickTime.

The video file can be downloaded below

Click to download Video

Also below is the YouTube version

The songs that comprise the suite are

  • Jeremiah’s Waltz
  • Hue and Cry
  • If I forget
  • Ichabod
  • Mediums and Excursions
  • Too in a Chord

Navigating the individual songs in the suite

The download version of The Ichabod Suite is divided into chapters. The chapters represent the individual songs as well as the Introduction and End Credits.

Here are some examples on accessing the individual songs via iTunes and Quicktime

iTunes chapter tab (Circled)

Quicktime chapter tab (Circled)

iPhone chapter tab (Circled)

iTunes chapter list

Quicktime chapter list
iPhone chapter list

I will be writing about the inspiration and lyrical content of the suite in later installments


I hope you enjoy the music!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Don has two new Drum Kits!

Many thanks to my dear Parents Les & Nina for giving me a Guitar center gift card for my B-Day. Since EZ Drummer is having a sale this month, I bought 2 new EZX's. “The Classic” and “Metalheads”

Below is a short clip I quickly produced last night using Metalheads. The song sample is “The Wall” that was originally recorded on our first album. The APOSTLE Fractal “A1

The Classic EZX

With The Classic EZX®, Toontrack® Music is merging the best of the past and the present to bring your music to the forefront of today.

The Classic EZX® is a contemporary sounding drum library, bringing together all that is good about modern recording techniques with the sound of a classic Helios recording console, as known to have shaped the production on albums by bands like The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Who and many others.

Be it the slamming 70's rock song or the slim and tight contemporary pop that tops the charts of today, the sounds of The Classic EZX® will sit right in any mix.

Top Features

The Kits
The Classic EZX® features instruments from three fantastic drum brands: Yamaha, Noble & Cooley and Craviotto.

The Console
The Helios has aptly been dubbed the "Musician's Choice" of recording consoles and is still after almost 40 years in existence considered one of the best sounding of all time.

The People
The Classic EZX® was produced by Peter Henderson (Paul McCartney, Rush, Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck, Tina Turner, Ringo Starr) and Chris Whitten (Edie Brickell, The Waterboys, Paul McCartney)

The Unique Mic Setup
Two interfaces and two EZX's in one! The Classic was recorded using two different setups; one contemporary multi microphone and one with only four microphones, a so called "4 mic setup". This setup is what helped shape the unique and organic production on many big albums of the 70's - a sound that is making an evident resurgence in the music at the top of the charts of today.

The Classic EZX® comes with two extensive libraries, played by Peter Fredlander as well as Chris Whitten himself. Peter's library is organized as different songs with variations of 4-8 bar building blocks. Each song also features a Jamtrack of the full song from start to finish. In Chris's library, he's laying down his patented groove by revisiting some of the greatest hits of his stunning recording and touring history.

The Classic multi-mic set up

The Classic four-mic set up

Metalheads EZX®

One world-renowned drummer, Tomas Haake, member of the extreme metal band Meshuggah.

One in demand producer, Daniel Bergstrand, whose mixing and producing credits include the likes of In Flames, Strapping Young Lad, Soilwork and Meshuggah, just to name a few.

Two Incredible drum sets, assembled and recorded to metal perfection, ready to bring your metal productions to the next level. And, for the first time in Toontrack history, we’ve included Separate mix channels in the EZdrummer mixer, containing kick and snare drum samples designed by Daniel Bergstrand, that augment these already amazingly recorded drums.

Twelve classic Meshuggah songs, captured flawlessly via MIDI by Tomas Haake himself, organized both as full songs as well as song parts so you can customize, dissect and use his grooves and drumming brilliance to inspire or create your next grand metal composition.

This is the next step in the evolution of Metal drum production tools.


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