Archive for March 15th, 2011

Cloud-based Production and GrooveZoo

I’ve been researching cloud-based production and found quite a few high-end producers/engineers are using it for various purposes. For example, Robert Venable in Nashville uses the Cloud to store his audio toys. He says, ” I keep some of my drum sample collections in Dropbox to be able to pull them when needed. I do a lot of work at other studios, in other states, and it’s one less hard drive to lug around or check at the airport.” Watch for an in-depth feature on the Cloud in the May Mix from Blair Jackson and Tom Kenny.

In my outreach via FB and Twitter, I also found the Groovezoo. It’s an online studio thatgz_logo-copy.jpg promises enhanced connection with musicians, producers, and songwriters, sharing of files in organized sessions and mixes plus the ability to set up work for hire and royalty split contracts with other musicians.

We’re watching the future of audio unfold and the cloud is where it’s all going. It will become more common as bandwidth deepens and becomes more affordable.

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Neil Dufallo

Had breakfast this morning with Cornelius (Neil) Dufallo at TOAST, on Broadway, a couple of blocks south of 125th St. Neil’s a member of ETHEL, one of a handful of great string quartets that specialize in modern music. Besides being a kick ass fiddler, Neil’s also a very good composer. Check out his website,, when you get a chance. He’s posted lots of intriguing music, including selections from his solo album, “Dream Streets.”

Ethel’s been spending time at Bicoastal Studios lately, recording their next album. Look for this Innova Recordings disc- devoted to New York composers- in the fall of this year.

Neil heard a midi version of my string quartet, “The Amazing X-Ray Machine,” liked it, and suggested that we meet. He’s going to play the piece for the rest of the members of the group and, if all goes well, the group will perform it at some point. If I’m really lucky, they’ll record it!

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