Suze Rotolo with Bob Dylan captured on the cover of Freewheelin Bob Dylan

Suze Rotolo Bob Dylan’s girlfriend from the 60s dead at 67

In memory of Suze Rotolo, immortalized on the cover of  The Freewheelin Bob Dylan and in many of his early songs like Don’t Think Twice

Suze Rotolo with Bob Dylan captured on the cover of The Freewheelin Bob Dylan

Suze Rotolo, one of Bob Dylan’s most famous girlfriends, has died after a long illness at 67. “Village Voice critic Jim Hoberman wrote that she died in her New York apartment “and the arms of her husband of 40 years, Enzo Bartoccioli”. BBC Continue reading

Sonar X1 Skylight interface (photo gearwire)

Cakewalk Sonar X1 audio recording software not ready for prime time

Despite the glowing reports in the audio and recording trade press, Cakewalk Sonar X1 is not ready for use in production recording of music

Sonar X1 Skylight interface (photo gearwire)

Update - after a 6-month debacle of trials and tribulation with Sonar, the misery has ended. Sonar X1c is the flashy new DAW Cakewalk should have waited to ship.

X1Cakewalk’s Sonar X1 digital audio recording software (DAW) was released in December to initial enthusiasm amongst Cakewalk’s customers and then bitter disappointment as the program literally would not work as advertised.  Continue reading


Cakewalk Sonar X1 Diary

The great, the bad and down-right ugly of Sonar’s X1 release in December 2010

Sonar X1 Skylight screenThis is my Sonar X1 Diary until I quit in January and went back to Sonar Producer 8.5.3.

I probably wasted 2-3 weeks of time in the process and didn’t learn anything other than an old lesson: don’t believe software developers that a first release isn’t beta and don’t install beta software when you need to get work done.

Update – Sonar X1b now ready for prime time

The diary is edited from my comments on the Cakewalk Sonar User Forum and old include my words to avoid copyright issues or breach of confidentiality. It tracks day-to-day comments up to version X1A with the ASIO patch.

Cakewalk announced they hope to fix most of the bugs by March 2010 in release X1b.

December 08, 2010 What is your overall thought of Sonar x1 so far?

I am having a great time with X1. The first download didn’t work so I did it again. Big deal. The install was smoother than 8 and the authorization process a breeze.   Continue reading

Neil Young, Dave Howard and Daniel Lanois recording LeNoise at Silverlake Studio, LA (picture Sound on Sound)

Daniel Lanois dislikes the sound of Pro Tools DAW

Lanois and his long-time engineer Mark Howard avoid the industry standard DAW Pro Tools

Neil Young, Dave Howard and Daniel Lanois recording LeNoise at Silverlake Studio, LA (picture Sound on Sound)

Daniel Lanois has won three Grammy Awards as producer for album of the year. He also likes to avoid Pro Tools and other software based audio recording software.

“I don’t like the sound of Pro Tools, and I also don’t think it’s a reliable platform: it crashes too often,” Lanois’ engineer Mark Howard told Sound on Sound (Feb 2011).

That statement is heresy in the world of music recording where Pro Tools is the creme de la creme of digital audio workstation software.

Lanois has been known for unconventional thinking in music production. His last two albums were Neil Young’s LeNoise and Black Dub.

Neil Young won the 2011 Grammy for Best Rock Song for Angry World off Le Noise. Lanois must be doing something right.   Continue reading

Radiohead Lotus Flower

Radiohead Lotus Flower

New single going viral

Radiohead Lotus Flower

Radiohead’s new CD with the video was released just before Friday. The video is going viral while critics pan it.

King of Lambs can be purchased online from but not surprisingly on iTunes.

Pricing is from $53 for WAV plus a vinyl release in May to $9 for mp3 download.

The all digital distribution has some holes in it says WebConnoisseur. We found it more or less straight forward except they take your $53 now and ship the vinyl 3 months later – nasty way to finance your business with our money.

Critics say:

“The King of Limbs, the new Radiohead album, balances beautifully the band’s gift for melodic rock, energetic electronic rhythms and crafty musical experimentation . . . The King of Limbs leaves us yearning for more from these sessions.” Wall Street Journal

“With eight tracks spanning 37 minutes, The King of Limbs is surprisingly short – but it’s also typically rich with electronic texture.” Rolling Stone

James Taylor guitar lessons

James Taylor is giving free guitar lessons

Fire and Rain singer songwriter has free guitar lessons on his website

James Taylor guitar lessons

If you’re a fan of folk-style finger-picking or James Taylor, he is giving free lessons on his website James Taylor.

He said he’s wanted to do this for a long time.

He is actually showing us his style.

So far he has posted three and plans to add more.

You can sign up for more, all free.

If you want to buy some great James Taylor music try these.

Where to buy in USA

I love this DVD.

The original great album that introduced James Taylor

Where to buy in Canada