Song of the Week: March 25 – “Through a Glass Darkly” – Strawser Music Studio

Song of the Week: March 25 – “Through a Glass Darkly” (via

I thought I’d try and continue in the spirit of an earlier entry and doing another ambient soundscape type of a thing this week. This tune had it’s start…

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VST Cafe – good, free vst plugins, presets, soundsets, tutorials (about synth programming etc.) …

Great site for free VST synth plugins…..check it out!

VST Cafe – good, free vst plugins, presets, soundsets, tutorials (about synth programming etc.) ….


O-Bow 5th prototype

Cool MIDI controller with a violin bow.


Song of the Week: March 18 – ”Raincheck” – Strawser Music Studio

Lagging behind over here lately, on account of school and other contract work. Also, it seems that I’ve run out of space on my free SoundCloud account, so I’ll instituting a change of venue for storehousing the song files. Kind of a drag, since SoundCloud can tell me how many plays I get and all. Oh well….guess I’ll have to pony up and start actually paying for the service.

In the meantime, my latest offering was borne out of a rainy Sunday afternoon stuck inside, doing my best to put off doing actual work. I felt obligated to put “rain” in the title, and now that I think about it, I guess I was giving my actual work a “raincheck” so to speak. Anyway, I was trying to go for a more upbeat, groove-oriented fusion vibe for this tune. I’ve been listening to a lot of gospel stuff lately (Kirk Franklin, Richard Smallwood, etc.), and I was hoping for some of that to influence me somehow. Not sure it did, but I was thinking about the syncopation in that music and how I might emulate in a tune.

Again, I was trying to be a guitar player….I should just start apologizing for that up front. I do have plans of tracking a real guitar part in the places where you hear “synth guitar”, so just bear with me. Also had a time programming the drums. I should probably take a class on it or something.

Some items of note: found a pretty cool compressor plug called Molot by vlagd/sound, which I used on a buss for the drums and bass. Also broke out the ES1 for the bass synth, which I’m really digging. Two others I don’t mess with too much were the EVD6 and Ticky Clav by Big Tick Audio, both of which added a lot during the “funk synth solo” section. Most everything else are stock plugs that I use pretty much all the time:

  • Scarbee (Rhodes)
  • SampleTank (drums)
  • EXS24 (trinagle)
  • EVD6 (clavinet)
  • Ticky Clav (wah-wah clav comp)
  • Obxd (brass synth)
  • NI B4 (Hammond)
  • Kontakt (guitar/guitar solo)
  • Arturia 2600 V (synth melody/1st synth solo)
  • Arturia Mini V (2nd synth solo)
  • KV331 Synthmaster (pad)

via Song of the Week: March 18 – ”Raincheck” – Strawser Music Studio.


Song of the Week: March 6 – “Baggage Claim” – Strawser Music Studio

Song of the Week: March 6 – “Baggage Claim” – Strawser Music Studio

This week’s offering is more of an ambient soundscape than an actual song. I thought about developing the main motif a bit, but decided against it.

I ran across a site called freeSFX that has some great sound effects, which is where I found most of the ambient airport background noise and laughing kids and stuff. I also used a VST plugin produced by Tweakbench called Field, which has some need ambient sound effects. Another cool synth I pulled out is Plucked String by Synapse Audio (makers of Orion). It really doesn’t sound like a guitar, but it does sound pretty cool. Finally, I used Reaktor Spark (NI) for the sequenced 8th-note bass synth, and SynthMaster by KV331 Audio for the spacey pad sound heard throughout.

  • Tweakbench Field (ambient sound effects)
  • freeSFX (ambient sound effects and samples)
  • Obxd (bass filter sweep)
  • Reaktor Spark (bass)
  • KV331 Audio SynthMaster Player (synth pad)
  • Arturia CS80V (synth melody)
  • NI Kontakt (electric guitar)
  • Synapse Plucked String (acoustic guitar)

The Keyboards of John Paul Jones

The Keyboards of John Paul Jones.

Some interesting discoveries here on this site, like John Paul Jones’ use of a Hohner electra piano for the bass and accompaniment on Stairway to Heaven!