New free to download backing tracks uploaded

Four A minor backing tracks uploaded free to download at

Quick n dirty recordings of simple chord progressions looped for up to 4 minutes in length.

Perfect for honing lead guitar chops, runs phrases and licks.

Rock 101

Rock 102

Rock 103

Rock 104

Voxengo HarmoniEQ 2.2 harmonically-enhanced equalizer plugin released

April 8th, 2012: Voxengo HarmoniEQ update version 2.2 is now
available for download. Voxengo HarmoniEQ, available in AudioUnit
and VST plug-in formats (including native 64-bit support), for Mac
OS X (v10.5 and later), and Windows computers, is a parametric,
harmonically-enhanced equalizer plug-in for professional music
production applications.

Note that on Mac computers, HarmoniEQ now supports Mac OS X v10.5
and higher only, running on Intel processors. Mac PowerPC support is
not available.

Version 2.2 update includes the following changes:

* -6 dB/oct low-pass and high-pass filters added.
* Window resizing implemented.
* Native 64-bit AudioUnit and VST support on Mac OS X added.

Since the easiness of tuning was one of our goals when producing
this plug-in, HarmoniEQ features a single control surface to control
the equalizer curve. HarmoniEQ’s control surface workflow implements
our best findings in the area of “user-equalizer” interaction. Just
drag the filter control points to the right places. You can enable
up to 7 parametric filters, with the filter type freely-selectable
from peaking, low-shelf, high-shelf, low-pass, high-pass and notch
filter types.

HarmoniEQ features:

* Harmonically-enhanced equalizer
* Dynamic equalizing
* Real-time spectrum analysis
* 7 parametric filter bands
* Narrow-band sweeping
* User interface window resizing
* Stereo and multi-channel processing
* Internal channel routing
* Channel grouping
* Mid/side processing
* Up to 8x oversampling
* 64-bit floating point processing
* Preset manager
* Undo/redo history
* A/B comparisons
* Contextual hint messages
* All sample rates support
* 11 ms compensated processing latency

Voxengo HarmoniEQ is available for purchase on-line for USD 79.95.
Voxengo HarmoniEQ demo can be downloaded at the Voxengo web site:

The Pluginboutique – Loopmasters launch new webstore dedicated to selling music plugins! Free CDs

Loopmasters launch new webstore dedicated to selling music plugins!

The Pluginboutique is a brand new venture from the team at Loopmasters which is dedicated to selling Instruments, Effects and Studio Tools from leading music software companies worldwide.

The website was designed from the ground up to provide a custom solution to sell downloadable products such as Soft Synths, Music Plugins, Studio Effects and Synth Presets – and launches with some great names already involved including Fxpansion, Ohm Force, Flux, PSP, D16, Sinevibes, Waves, Sonic Charge and G-Sonique alongside many others.

The website features product ratings, instant download and authorisation, a service to ensure all your plugins are up to date, one login to see all your plugins from different manufacturers, free plugins, trial versions, and a virtual cash scheme which rewards you with each purchase.

Matt Pelling, Director comments “With such a fantastic amount of Digital Music Software currently available, we felt we could use our experience and knowledge in this sector to create a great looking website where all the best products could be easily compared, so producers can research, purchase and download the best audio plugins for their projects, and start using them immediately”.

As an introductory offer all first time purchasers at Pluginboutique will get a Free Sample CD from Loopmasters sent to them. Plus until the end of May every additional £100 you spend entitles you to another free Sample CD.
To claim your free samples simply leave a comment on the Pluginboutique facebook page with your order number and the type of music you produce – your mystery sample CD/s will arrive in the post

Create a quick and dirty bassline in GarageBand iPad 2

How to create a quick and simple bass line using GarageBand on the iPad.

The great thing about GarageBand is it’s simplicity.

Especially for guitarists, beginner or expert.

Creating a quick and easy backing track can be done in a matter of minutes.

This turns the iPad into a great practicing tool and a very fine notepad for composition.

For this tutorial I’m going to use a previous project that already has drums created.

This project was created in a previous tutorial on creating a quick drum track.

Let’s get started.

Open a previous project with drums or create a new project. It’s up to you.


If you opened a previous project you can add a new instrument by tapping the icon circled in red.

Scroll through and select ‘Smart Bass’

If you’re starting from scratch then scroll through instruments until you find ‘Smart Bass’


Tap the screen.


To keep things simple we’re going to leave the bass as it is, you can change the style of bass instrument if you want by clicking the icon circled in green.

Leave the icon circled in orange switched to ‘chords’

The icon we are going to work with is the one circled in red.


The dial can be switched from 1 to 4.

This changes from simple to complicated and works around the chord chosen.

To play a bassline:


On the example I’ve set the dial to ’1′ and then I’ve tapped the vertical strip with ‘Am’ written on it.

This will turn blue as it plays.

Before we go on have a play with the chords by tapping in time. By that I mean tap once on the first beat of 4 eg. 1 (2 3 4) 1 (2 3 4) – the ’1′ where you tap and the (2 3 4) where you let it play.

You could also try 1(2 3 4 1 2 3 4) – Tapping the chord on the first ’1′ then letting the bass play though the beats in brackets.

Try counting in groups of ’1 2 3 4′ at a steady pace before tapping another chord.

Ready to record?

Let’s keep it very simple to start.


Step 1:

Check that the progress icon is at the beginning of the track.

If it’s not recording will start wherever stopped previously.

Step 2:

Press the rewind icon, this will send the progress icon back to the beginning of the track.

I do this all the time, saves on mistakes.

Step 3.

Press record.

Wait for the pre click, count 4 and press ‘Am’

Once GarageBand gets to the end of the section it will automatically stop recording and will start to loop the track.

Voila you now have a very simple bassline.

If you used a previous project with drums then you’ve got a very simple backing track.

As a test why not write down 4 chords using the ones displayed and try and record them in time with the drums?

I think that should be enough at the moment.

I will sometime in the future delve a little deeper in regards to tempo and key.

As a quick note: the current tempo should be 120bpm and the key is C

Dropbox online free online storage and network folder sync

Dropbox free online storage

Looking for an easy online storage system that can sync files between all your computers?

Well Dropbox is in my opinion the perfect solution.

As a user for over a year now I have it installed on two pcs, my laptop, iPhone and iPad.

Primarily I use it to sync files across all my devices to save on using a USB stick.

Works flawlessly on all my devices syncing chosen folders across my network.

I use it to share and as a backup for my important files.

You can also share folders with other users of Dropbox which comes in useful for collaborations and teaching.

If you get a Dropbox account you can also get added storage by inviting people to join.

If you share files with those invitees you get more storage!

The only negative is that you can’t write protect files.

This means that if someone decides to delete a file it will delete it from Dropbox.

My advice is to share only one folder and ask that users do not delete anything.

Apparently there are lots of requests for write protected folders on the Dropbox website so fingers crossed.

You can of course pay for extra storage if needed.

Brilliant service and well worth it.

Check it out.

Dropbox free online storage

How to use a capo – Transpose a song

What is a capo?

‘A capo (short for capotasto, Italian for “head of fretboard”) is a device used on the neck of a stringed (typically fretted) instrument to shorten the playable length of the strings, hence raising the pitch. It is frequently used on guitars, mandolins, and banjos. G.B. Doni first used the term in his Annotazioni of 1640, though capo use likely began earlier in the 17th-century.’ – WIKiPEDIA

Using a Capo can be quite a difficult thing to get to grips with.

A lot of songs on the internet will state whether a capo is used a few don’t.

But besides playing a song in the way it was intended we can us a Capo for other reasons.

transposing a song to our voice without having to change chord shapes or when trying to avoid too many barre chords.

Why avoid barre chords?

The first obvious reason is that when we start playing guitar the barre chord is a deal breaker.

It’s damn hard for new guitarists to move freely to a barre chord and sometimes dammit you just want to play that song!

The other is that when finger picking we can use open chords to play more elaborately, also the preasure needed to apply barre chords while picking can be very wearing on the fingers and hand.

Below are some tables showing the transposed open chords when the capo is applied to each fret.

The ‘Black‘ letters indicate the Original Chord, mainly Open Chords apart from the ‘F‘ and ‘Bm‘ which can be Barre Chords.

The ‘Red‘ letters indicate the new chord.

I’ve used the most common chord shapes to keep things simple.

The way to use these tables is to write out your chords on a peice of paper and then look for the best solution.

Find the chords you have in the red row and then move the capo to that fret. Using the chord shapes form the black row will now give you the transposed version.

 Capo 1st Fret


Capo 2nd Fret


Capo 3rd Fret


Capo 4th Fret


Capo 5th Fret


Capo 6th Fret


Capo 7th Fret


Capo 8th Fret


Capo 9th Fret



These charts show only the basic chords so as to avoid confusion.

Only one 7th chord is used and no sus chords have been used.

If you find that your chord progression has any of these follow the chart below to replace or add.


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