Studio One 2: New Ampire XT Stomps Effects!

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There many big new features in Studio One 2 that are getting a lot of attention. But sometimes it's the small feature that opens up new creative opportunities. For example, the Ampire guitar amp simulator gained new amp models and cabinets and a set of eight new stomp box effects. Of course you can use those stomp pedals to design some awesome guitar tones but what I find interesting is that you can bypass the Ampire amp and cab modules entirely. Ampire XT includes the following stomp effects: Wah Wah, Tube Driver, EQuilizer, Modulation, Pan, Tremolo, Delay and Reverb. If you bypass the amp model and the speaker cab then you can use these effects for mixing any kind of track not just guitar. For example modulation makes for a great chorusing effect as a vocal insert, the Pan auto panner works great on synth lines and Tube Driver is cool for roughing up the drum loops or the drum bus. I have even experimented using Delay as a master send effect on lead vocals. At first glance it looks like Ampire gives us so new options for guitar tone, but if you look closer, PreSonus has slipped in eight new effects we can use to add all kinds of interesting details to any aspect of the mix.

New Groove 3 Training Videos

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In January, Groove 3 released a new tutorial series named "Ozone Explained". This is the third video series written by Lilac Writer creator Bill Edstrom.

Izotope Ozone is specifically designed for audio mastering - the last step before releasing a recording. If you are recording your songs at home, Ozone is great way to add a professional touch to your completed mixes. Ozone Explained will help get the best results from Ozone.

See for more details. You can get a special 25% discount on Studio One Explained, Studio One Advanced, or Ozone Explained by using the discount code "lilacwriter25" during check-out. This offer ends February 28, 2011.

Interview with Lilac Writer User Al Oomens

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Al Oomens is a songwriter, guitarist and Lilac Writer user. We recently took the opportunity to talk to Al about his music and his approach to songwriting. This is an excerpt. Read the full interview online at

Lilac Writer (LW): How did you get started with music and songwriting?

Al Oomens (Al): My mother got me started playing guitar. When I was about 10 or 12, she suddenly announced that she was going to learn to play guitar, and bought an acoustic guitar. Now that I think of it, I don't remember her ever actually playing it though. She left it around the house in conspicuous places, and eventually I picked it up and started playing with it and then started taking lessons. She never said so, and passed away several years ago, but looking back I'm pretty sure that's what she had in mind all along.

LW: Tell me about your songwriting process. How does a song go from the idea stage to become a finished recording?

Al: For songs with lyrics, I almost always complete the lyrics before even thinking about any music. To me the lyrics are the most important part of the song. I want the lyrics to be able to stand on their own. If I can create lyrics that have a "rhythm" and "melody" in themselves, then it will be that much stronger when put to music. I am also always writing pieces of music. When I have completed lyrics, sometimes I find that they work well with some music that I have already written. Other times I write the music to fit the lyrics. Once I'm satisfied with the song and the arrangement, I start recording.

LW: How does Lilac Writer fit into your songwriting process?

Al: I have bits and pieces of lyrics and ideas around all the time. With Lilac Writer I can just jot down an idea or part of a lyric wherever I am. I can log in anywhere I can get an internet connection. I don't have to worry about copying files, or syncing or anything like that. Everything is in one place. I find myself doing things online (in the cloud, so to speak) more and more these days, and have been using a Google ChromeOS Laptop (which is completely web based) which allows me to access the internet from anywhere. Lilac Writer is perfect for this, being a web based app.

Read the full interview with Al here:

Listen to samples of Al Oomens' music at

February Album Writing Month

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As February approaches, many Lilac Writer users are getting ready for February Album Writing Month (FAWM). If you aren't familiar with FAWM, you can get the details at The challenge is simple however - writing 14 songs in 28 days.

Lilac Writer is a great tool to organize your FAWM lyrics or collaborate with other "fawmers." During January, we have had a great number of new users sign up getting ready for February.

To do our part, we have made some adjustments to our pricing plans. Even though we haven't officially kicked off the subscriptions, we want to make sure you have enough room for all of your songs. The free accounts will now support 100 songs (up from 10). In addition, free accounts will let you invite up to 5 collaborators per song.

To see the details, check out the revised Pricing and Plans page:

If you need a song writing challenge to re-activate your creativity, consider signing up for February Album Songwriting Month:

Happy Songwriting!

The Lilac Writer Team

Studio One training videos are available!

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If you follow the Lilac Writer YouTube channel you are probably aware of the recording tutorial we have been posting. It started with some Pro Tools 8 tutorials but really took off when I started working with Studio One. I think Studio One is a great option for songwriters because it is easy to use yet powerful.

I am happy to announce that we worked with to produce a two part series of training videos for Studio One. The videos cover Studio One and the recording process end to end. If you want a fast way to get up to speed on Studio One check them out at!




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