Taylor Jolin

Technology Solutions Consultant, Musician, Animator

Category: Music


Trying out Logic Pro X…

I have become a total Mac enthusiast over the past few years and this is even further down the rabbit hole. I used to use Reaper as my primary DAW but decided to try Logic out finally. I love the editing features of Logic and am now a full convert. This mix in this post is using Logic Pro with the built in EQs and Compressors.

On the master track I have used the Slate Virtual Mix Rack. The guitar tracks are pretty straight forward; my Ibanez 8 string into my old, trusty AxeFX Ultra.


Pulling out old gear…

So I decided this weekend to play around with some of my old guitar gear and see what sort of sounds I can get out of it.

I have an old Rocktron Chameleon that I found used in a pawn shop here in the Seattle area. Ever since I was a kid, I wanted one of these units. I used to see them in the adverts in Guitar World all the time and it killed me.

Of course, I plan on using my Axe-FX for recording but this little monster is amazing and sounds great and will stay in my collection forever.


Production Mix/Tone Test – Black Crown Initiate Cover

So I have been spending my free time working on pre-production for my Behold A Pale Horse project. Since I have a large amount of the actual material completed, I figured I should work on crafting what the project is supposed to like.

Finally, after three weeks of messing around; I have found the perfect blend of tones and room and came up with this: a cover of Black Crown Initiate’s, A Great Mistake. I also wanted to try a guitar mic’ing technique that I saw on YouTube. It is supposed to be how In Flames achieved the “Clayman” sound.

Check out the recording here!

This test was recording using:
Ibanez RG2228 8-String (Stock)
Boss SD-1 Overdrive (With Monte Allums GT Mod)
Rocktron Chameleon 2000 Preamp
TC Electronics G-Major (EQ & slight delay on guitars)
Rocktron Velocity 300 Power Amp
Orange Clone Cab (with WGS Veteran 30 speakers)
Sennheiser e845 (Fredman/on cone)
Grenelli/Shure SM57 (Fredman/off-axis)
Crappy Behring 4ch Mixer
Focusrite Saffire Pro 40


New Creative Venture

Ever since I was young child, I had a dream to become a successful musician, and cartoon creator. Though when I was younger, a career in either of these fields was nearly impossible for the average person. You had to know the right people, or have a near infinite supply of money.

Thankfully, technology has allowed us to all pursue our dreams on our own. And even more, social media has allowed us to share, market, and network with others in the same interest groups.

So, enough of my rambling about how great technology and the internet is; and please allow me to introduce you to Milktoast Productions!

Milktoast Productions is the irrational, irresponsible adult answer to the dream I have had since childhood.


New Demo Track

This is a quick tone demo. I am working on a few new projects and have spent the last few months really getting my drums and bass to sound right on my monitors in the new house. I am overall very happy with the drums and bass but wanted to take the time to get a solid foundation for a rhythm guitar tone.

Anyway’s.. a few years ago I found Vasili Kartakou. He hand-built me a Colossus Preamp… which is modeled after the old school Peavey 5150s. I promised him a demo of the preamp some time ago and… hear it is… better late than never. This is an outstanding preamp that sounds great. I have ran it through a bunch of different rigs over the last few years and it sounds fantastic through each and every one.

So for the details on this demo – my recording chain:
-Ibanez RG7620 with EMG 7/81 in bridge (Tuned to drop A)
-Modded Boss SD-1 (TS-9)
-Kartakou Colossus
-VHT 2:50:2 Power Amp
-Orange 2×12 Cabinet
-Shure/Greneli SM57
-Focusrite Saffire Pro 40