Lee Sklar—the bassist on over 25,000 recorded songs, many of which are multiplatinum hits—shares his expertise, experience, and the expectations required of a studio bassist. He will also share some great anecdotes from the golden era of the Los Angeles recording scene.
Norman Ludwin, a well-respected orchestrator from Hollywood, California, who also teaches in the University of California Los Angeles Extension's Film Music Department, will present a talk about orchestration in Hollywood. Having recently worked on the films Jurassic World, Inside Out, Star Trek into Darkness, and Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol, he will take us on a journey through the daily working life of a Hollywood orchestrator.
Samplers are powerful sound manipulation devices. With them we can craft both stunningly realistic reproductions of acoustic instruments and never-before-heard sounds. This ability makes samplers an essential tool for the producer looking to create his or her own unique sonic identity. This workshop will look at Kontakt from Native Instruments. Part of the Komplete bundle, Kontakt is the industry standard software sampler, easily accessible to new users but also with a deep feature set that rewards those who master it.
Following up on our recording event from the week prior, we will examine the craft of mixing, looking at the tools and techniques you can use to make professional-sounding mixes using the modern digital audio workstation.
Duo Scorpio is a professional harp duo with New York harpists Kristi Shade and Kathyrn Andrews. They commission new and experimental pieces for their duo and arrange existing repertoire to expand the literature for two harps. They will speak about their projects and working in New York.
Michael Manring, a pioneer of the art of solo bass, utilizing alternate tunings, harmonics, and chords in unique ways, gives a master class. Manring is also a great educator, accompanist, and purveyor of great tone. His solo albums and collaborations with innovative guitarist Michael Hedges are incredibly musical.
Thor is Reason's flagship synthesizer, inspired by the world of modular synthesizers but with a contemporary twist. This workshop will show you how to create screaming leads, fat basses, and complex pads using Thor's synthesis building blocks and powerful modulation matrix.