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: 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.

Music Theory Tutorial: ”Ice Cream" Changes-The I-vi-IV-V (or V7) Progression

Ice Cream or I-VI-IV-V is a popular chord progression that can be found in many 1950s and 1960s ballads. In this tutorial Jay Asher explores this early rock n' roll classic progression.

Review: Cinematic Studio Strings

Cinematic Studio Series says their new Strings library for Kontakt is bursting with character with stunning true-to-life dynamics and a wide variety of articulations. Jay Asher puts it to the test.

Creating Great Sounding Handclaps

Handclaps can be heard in all genres and styles of music. In this quick tutorial, Jay Asher explores how to easily and quickly create handclaps that sound great.

Review: Native Instruments Woodwind Ensemble

If you want 6 flutes; 6 oboes; 6 B♭ clarinets; 6 bassoons; 6 tenor saxophones; and 6 bass winds to punctuate your tracks, NI's Woodwind Ensemble for Kontakt aims to please. But does it?

10 Classical Music Terms That Every Musician Should Know

If doesn't matter if you're a classical music theory genius or play or produce modern tunes, these classical terms could help you in a number of ways.

Music Theory Tutorial: 3 Kinds of Minor Scales. Is that Major?

In this excellent music theory tutorial Jay Asher takes you through the three kinds of minor scales with some video examples.

Review: Acousticsamples B-5 Organ

Jay Asher (the reviewer) told us that becoming familiar with Acousticsamples B-5 organ was a case of not knowing that he was unhappy with what he had until he found something better. Read on...