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 X and the author of the book Going Pro With Logic Pro 9.

Articles by Jay Asher

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Creating Custom Sound Design Patches in Logic Pro X Alchemy Using EXS24

Logic Pro X 10.2's Alchemy is a super synth. It's deep, powerful and yet easy to get started with. In this tutorial, Logic Pro genius, shows a cool way to use EXS24 instruments inside Alchemy!

Review: StrumMaker IV Acoustic Guitar

Jay Asher rarely feels unhappy about his existing audio tools... but then StrumMaker IV found its way into his studio. It includes two Kontakt instruments for strummed and non-strummed guitar parts.

Audio Compressor Plugin Comparisons: Do You Really Need More Than One?

Do you really need lots of software compressors? Jay Asher provides audio examples along with his years of experience to investigate whether hardware emulating compressors are really all that unique.

5 Common Beliefs About Song Copyrights, Some True, Some False

Confused about copyright in the music industry? Unsure how similar your song can sound to an existing one before you're infringing upon copyright? Jay Asher explores 5 common beliefs here.

Music Theory Basics: Sus 4 and Add 2 Chords

It's time for another music theory helper. In this short tutorial-article, Jay Asher takes a beginner's look at how the popular Suspended 4 and Add 2 chords can be used in your productions.

10 Logic Pro X Key Commands That Will Rock Your Workflow

You might be a Logic Pro X expert, or you might be a novice. It doesn't matter. These key commands from Jay Asher (there's actually more than 10) can improve your workflow. So check them out now.

Review: Soundizers StereoMonoizer, your mixes new best friend?

StereoMonoizer from Soundizers promises to become the best friend for anyone preparing their audio files for a mix. Jay Asher explores this useful app and finds out if it comes up trumps.

Creating Multiple Mixer Views in Logic Pro X in 7 Simple Steps

Logic Pro X is one flexible DAW. Jay Asher is here to help you make the most of the Logic's mixer by creating different mixer views and saving them to screen sets. Plus, it's easy once you know!

New Automation Trim Options in Logic Pro X 10.1.1

Discovering the inner working of Logic Pro X (10.1)'s new automation trim options has made many veteran Logic users very happy indeed. Here's Jay Asher to share the knowledge.

Music Theory: Learning To Hear Specific Intervals Using Familiar Songs

Following on from the tutorial on techniques for strengthening melody and motif during composition, Jay Asher shows how to identify specific intervals using popular songs.

Create Custom Scale and Mode Patterns with Logic Pro X's Brush Tool

The new Brush tool in Logic Pro X is simply fantastic for quickly entering in notes into the Piano Roll. Jay Asher shows how to easily create custom scale and mode patterns using it.

Music Theory: Building Chords Chromatically Instead of Diatonically

If you've been building chords diatonically i.e. building chords relating to scale or key, then this article by Jay Asher will help you explore chromatic alternatives. A must read music theory piece.

Why You Should Start Using Logic Pro X's Event List

If you've ever felt shy about opening up Logic Pro's Event List, it's time to take some courage. In fact, it's not a scary place and can be incredibly useful as Jay Asher explains here.

Music Theory: How To Write Memorable Motifs and Melodies

So you're writing melodies and motifs that sound good... how can you improve these? How to make them sound better and work better in your songs? Jay Asher has some advice to share.

Review: Numerical Sounds Universal Sordino

There's lots of string libraries to choose from but not many include muted samples. Numerical Sounds Universal Sordino provides IRs for convolution reverbs to simulate the muted sound you're after.