Jay Asher

Jay Asher

Jay is a Los Angeles-based composer, songwriter, arranger and orchestrator, conductor, keyboardist, as well as vocalist. As a composer, he is best known for scoring the New World Television series Zorro. Among the films and TV movies he has arranged, orchestrated and/or conducted are Paramount Pictures' Blame It On Rio and NBC's TV mini-series JFK: Reckless Youth. He has written songs that have been recorded by Julio Iglesias, Whitney Houston and Donna Summer, among others. Jay is an Apple Certified Trainer for Logic Pro 9 and the author of the book Going Pro With Logic Pro 9.

Articles by Jay Asher

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Review: Dexibell Vivo S7 Digital Piano

With their new Vivo S7, Dexibell have mounted a strong challenge to Nord, Roland and other digital piano makers. Jay Asher tinkles the ivories.

Review: Ancient Era Persia

If they'd had virtual instrument libraries in ancient Persia they might have sounded like this. But what is a Kaval, anyway? Jay Asher found out with help from Best Service.

Bedroom Producers: Why You Need An Audio Interface

So you just know you’ve got the goods to make hits: you’ve got the ears, you know the trends, and you’ve got the nerve. Now you need the gear. Here's why you need an audio interface in your setup.

Review: Fluffy Audio Rinascimento

Some virtual instruments cover fields you've never even heard of, and that is certainly the case with Fluffy Audio's Rinascimento. Let it open your eyes and ears to new possibilities...

Get Your Groove On: Basic Swing Notation

Notating swing has always been difficult, and various techniques have emerged over the years. Jay Asher explains what they are and how to approach this task.

Review: Spitfire London Contemporary Orchestra-Strings

Spitfire Audio has a reputation as a heavy hitter in the world of meticulously sampled orchestral instruments. But would their latest release win over Jay Asher?

Improve Your Mix In Logic Pro X With This Simple Channel Strip Settings Trick

Stock plugin chains on instruments might provide immediate "wow factor", but they're rarely suitable for building a whole mix. Here's why.

Review: Slate Digital VMS Virtual Microphone System

Getting hold of multiple high-end classic microphones is a daunting task. Luckily, Slate Digital has come up with a hardware and software alternative. We put it to the test.

Review: Strezov Sampling Arva For Kontakt

Building your own choral phrases from sampled sources has been possible for a while, but can Strezov Sampling Arva For Kontakt stand out from the crowd? We find out.

Composing Tips: Basic Jazz Horn Arranging: 4 Way Close

Arranging your jazz horns is equal parts art and science. Learn about how the masters did it with this quick tutorial.

Review: Logic Pro X 10.3

New GUI, TouchBar support, and much more from selection based processing to track alternatives to more busses to improved workflow with sidechaining, Logic Pro 10.3 aims high. Does it hit the target?

Review: Apogee Element 24 Thunderbolt Audio Interface

Apogee promise really low latency with their new sub-$600 10-in and 12-out Thunderbolt audio interface for Mac users. Jay Asher hopes it hits the sweet spot. Here's what he discovered.

11 Tips To Help Your MIDI Orchestration Stand Out

If your goal is to make your MIDI-based orchestration compositions stand out you may not want them to sound more realistic. Jay Asher shows how to make them sound great rather than authentic.

Creating Harmony Parts in Logic Pro X with Flex Pitch

Making vocal or instrument harmony lines in Logic Pro X is now incredibly easy thanks to Flex Pitch. Jay Asher shows you just how quick and simple it can be.

How To Create Outstanding Ostinatos In Logic Pro X

An ostinato is a repeating musical phrase and can be found in many rock and pop songs and game and film soundtracks. In this tutorial Jay Asher demonstrates how to create great sounding ones in Logic.