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9 Vital Reasons to Disconnect from Technology a Little More Often.

I have a love/hate relationship with technology. For the record, I am an electronic musician for a living. My entire income is based on the daily use of cutting edge audio/video technology, as well as the ability to connect to a worldwide audience via the internet in order to share my work (Don’t think that I don’t see the irony in all of this). However, the fundamental reason why I use this technology, is to connect with people emotionally via music, and maybe even more importantly, people themselves on a more personal basis.

9 December 2017 Articles  Summer Channel Read more

10 Extreme Changes That Have Improved My Life, Immeasurably.

Looking back at the last 43 years of my life, I realize that I’ve employed a lot of self-destructive habits in the past which I now distance myself from. Admittedly, I haven’t always been the man I am today. I often reflect on how lucky I am to have survived a barrage of near debilitating life experiences and events over the years (like child abuse & abandonment, drug addiction, etc.) which, thankfully, taught me a lot about the person I don’t want to be.

30 November 2017 Articles  Summer Channel Read more

How Sports Impair Human Evolution.

I know I’m gonna catch a lot of flack for this. History dictates that people (almost always) lose their capacity to reason when their way of life is challenged in any way, shape or form. It doesn’t even really matter how or why.

31 August 2017 Articles Read more

Ilio Releases Revolve For Omnisphere 2!

ILIO introduces a new patch library for Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2™ consisting of inspiring, arpeggiated sounds.

30 July 2017 Announcements  Sample Packs  Summer Channel Read more

Ilio Releases Hardwired For Omnisphere 2!

ILIO introduces an amazing new patch library by Summer Channel & Kris Northern for Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2.1™ transporting you into the cutting edge vortex of modular synthesis.

24 June 2017 Announcements  Sample Packs  Summer Channel Read more

Ilio Releases Robotica For Omnisphere 2!

ILIO introduces a diverse new patch library for Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2.1™ that brings the sound of the A.I. future to your DAW, today.

28 March 2017 Announcements  Summer Channel Read more

Now Offering Private Audio Production Lessons

Not everyone can sit through hours and hours of online video tutorials. In fact, it’s been proven that most people learn best through real-world, hands-on experience with teachers who are not only sensitive to the delicate nuances of individual personalities, but can also tailor their approach according to their student’s specific needs and goals.

27 March 2017 Announcements  Tutorials Read more

Learning To Trust Your Instincts

Some people call it intuition. Others call it instinct, or even a “gut” feeling. But no matter what you label it as, everyone one of us has experienced the sensation of “knowing” things before we know them, even if we can’t explain how.

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20 “Rules” To Help You Live A Better Life

I wrote these “rules” a few years ago, which were inspired by many of my life experiences, failures, successes, and simple things that got me through my days. I hope they inspire you all as well.

1 July 2016 Articles Read more

Ilio Releases Fire Water For Omnisphere 2!

ILIO introduces a diverse new patch library for Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2.1™ that is sure to bring out your inner synth dragon-master.

24 May 2016 Announcements  Sample Packs Read more

Why Mastering Your Craft Is More Important Than Ever

In today’s crowded and largely underwhelming music industry, it seems like sidestepping the crucial, and often, time consuming steps towards true and enduring proficiency has become the norm. In the quest for overnight success, fledgeling DJs and musicians seem to have forgotten (or never really knew to begin with) what music is truly about. This is why it’s more important than ever to become really good at what you do.

15 December 2015 Articles Read more

What I Learned From Feeding The Homeless

Yesterday, Naomi Sioux and I took our Thanksgiving leftovers to the homeless of Ventura, CA. This is what happened, and how it changed my life forever.

Make no mistake, I’m no saint. I’ve been too wrapped up in my own little bubble all these years to lift a Goddamn finger and do anything that didn’t revolve around me. My fiancee Naomi, on the other hand, is the kindest person I’ve ever met, and it was her idea to box up our leftovers and personally deliver them to the first few people we encountered on the street. While it seemed like a noble gesture, I was a bit uneasy with the ‘personal’ aspect. I’m not sure why.

We split the food into eight separate containers and then got in the car and headed downtown.  It hadn’t even been five minutes before we came across two homeless men in a Von’s parking lot. As I parked, my heart started pounding and my mind started making up random excuses for why I shouldn’t get out of the car.

‘Maybe they’re not homeless, and we’re gonna offend them by assuming,’ I thought. ‘Maybe they’re gonna complain about what we brought them, or maybe they’re just gonna be weird.’ I started coming up with every excuse I could think of to just let Naomi deal with it herself. She wasn’t having any of that, though. “C’mon, let’s go,” she said.

It was obvious there was no getting out of this, and so I grabbed one of the containers and followed her. Before I even had a chance to process what was going on, she was already shouting, “Hey are you guys hungry?” One of the wary looking fellows got up from where he was sitting and walked towards us. “Yeah, thanks!” he said as she handed him the box.

I walked up to the other guy sitting in the wheelchair (who looked like he hadn’t showered in months) and with a lump in my throat I asked, “Hey, are you hungry?” He looked up at me and smiled, and then said, “Nah man, I love starving.” I could tell it was an attempt to be funny, which made me laugh and feel like shit all at the same time. I handed him the food, and with the sincerest look of gratitude in his eyes, he took it and thanked me.

After talking with them for a few minutes (and realizing how incredibly hard this actually WASN’T), Naomi and I gave them both hugs, wished them a Happy Thanksgiving and walked back to the car. At this point, my heart was a blubbering mess of goo, and I couldn’t hold back the tears as we drove past them, out of the parking lot and on to the next location.

We parked the car on Main Street, in the heart of downtown, and took the remaining six boxes of food with us towards the park. We immediately spotted a woman and her two dogs lying down in one of the farthest corners, and made our way towards her. As Naomi started interacting with her, I could see a man and his wife looking at us and pointing, not too far from where we were.

We handed out the rest of the food to different people around the park, taking the time to talk to each of them, giving them hugs and making them feel as loved (and as human) as possible, while the same guy from earlier kept laughing to his wife and pointing at us. I was beginning to feel self conscious about what we were doing.

As we headed back to our car, the guy started walking towards us, and so I decided to see what his deal was. He asked, “Are you guys from the food bank?” “No,” I said. “We’re just handing out leftovers to people who might be hungry.” “Well, you shouldn’t be,” he said. “These people are a problem, and the food bank rounds them up on Thanksgiving and deals with them.”

Wow.

Pangs of anger and frustration made my chest hurt while I quietly sized him up. His smug tone clearly conveyed his sincere belief that Naomi and I were ‘part of the problem.’ It took every ounce of restraint I had to not bitch slap the condescending smile right off his face, in front of his family. Thank God Naomi grabbed my hand and pulled me away, because that’s exactly what I was planning to do next.

At that point, I was not only entirely overwhelmed with sadness for each of the homeless people we had encountered that day, seeing their horrible situations up close as well as experiencing their immense gratitude for being able to eat, but now I was equally consumed with a new kind of rage I had never felt before. A rage against the idea that homelessness is “someone else’s responsibility” and how people who are trying to help others NOT STARVE, are a problem too.

Naomi and I were silent as we drove home that afternoon, except for a few “Wow, I can’t believe that just happened” comments here and there. I didn’t know how to process any of it. Every assumption I had about what the day was going to be like was wrong, and the overwhelming feelings of anger, guilt and sadness were almost too much to bear.

Later that afternoon, I realized that it wasn’t that smug idiot I was mad at. I was mad at myself for not doing something sooner. You see, years ago, when I was making a ton of money, living the good life in my spacious downtown loft in Los Angeles, I remember feeling the exact same way about the homeless problem in my area. It wasn’t until I lost everything and had to rebuild my life from the ground up, before I actually learned any empathy. And really, it’s taken nearly a decade since then for me to get to where I am now, emotionally speaking.

Yesterday, I learned that a little love goes a long way. These people aren’t scary. They’re HUMAN BEINGS who have stumbled into an unfortunate situation. They’re cold, hungry, tired and lonely. All it takes is one person to reach out, to talk with them, to give them a hug, or a meal (or both) and make them feel like a real person again. I wish I’d had the courage to do it sooner.

Naomi and I are gonna start taking food to the homeless once a month now. It doesn’t cost much, and to be able to help someone in need is worth more than anything I could ever do for my own career. Truly.

But to be honest, part of it is that I’m just itchin’ for someone else to tell me I can’t do it, again.

Please. I dare you.

(Written by J. Scott G.)

What I Learned From Feeding The Homeless

As creators and curators of forward-thinking sonic weaponry, surrounding ourselves with virtuosity on a daily basis is a must. Truthfully though, we find it even more thrilling to surround ourselves with phenomenal people — brilliant, courageous, funny, driven, compassionate and enlightened minds who are here to make the world a better place and evolve humankind forward.

Also, we sincerely believe that a great (read: pǝʇsᴉʍʇ) sense of humor is paramount to life here on earth. You’ll often find us pulling ridonkulous stunts & practical jokes just to get a laugh. After all, anyone who takes themselves too seriously is missing out on what’s *truly* important.

So, if this sounds like you, then welcome.

P.S. – If you like what we do here, share us with your friends, and/or join the street team! We put a *lot* of work into bringing you our best, so show us your appreciation by being a part of our community!

Turn it up!

29 November 2015 Articles Read more

Up and Running With Omnisphere 2

Check out “Up and Running With Omnisphere 2” with J. Scott G., on lynda.com.

Spectrasonics’ Omnisphere is a synthesizer of enormous power, with a library of over 12,000 sounds. Its versatility makes it valuable for any kind of music production, including film scoring. In this Omnisphere training course, J. Scott Giaquinta explains what makes this amazing synth work, including the concepts behind headers, multis, parts, and layers, and shows how to find sounds in its extensive libraries. He also demonstrates how to use the Orb, a unique circular controller, and the granular engine to modify sounds, and build your own sounds with features such as the Modulation Matrix and FX modules. In the final chapters, J. Scott G. shows how to create two completely new sounds (a bass sound and pad) from scratch with Omnisphere.

Topics include:

  • Navigating the Omnisphere header and multis
  • Setting up automation
  • Managing presets and patches
  • Using the Orb to manipulate sounds
  • Exploring the Synth and Sample modes
  • Using filters, envelopes, and LFOs
  • Using granular to mangle sounds
  • Understanding the Arpeggiator
  • Using Stack and Live mode
  • Creating sounds from scratch

Up and Running With Omnisphere 2

As creators and curators of forward-thinking sonic weaponry, surrounding ourselves with virtuosity on a daily basis is a must. Truthfully though, we find it even more thrilling to surround ourselves with phenomenal people — brilliant, courageous, funny, driven, compassionate and enlightened minds who are here to make the world a better place and evolve humankind forward.

Also, we sincerely believe that a great (read: pǝʇsᴉʍʇ) sense of humor is paramount to life here on earth. You’ll often find us pulling ridonkulous stunts & practical jokes just to get a laugh. After all, anyone who takes themselves too seriously is missing out on what’s *truly* important.

So, if this sounds like you, then welcome.

P.S. – If you like what we do here, share us with your friends, and/or join the street team! We put a *lot* of work into bringing you our best, so show us your appreciation by being a part of our community!

Turn it up!

25 November 2015 Tutorials Read more

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