Toby Pitman

Toby Pitman

For the past 20 years Toby has worked as a professional guitarist, programmer and producer. Clients include Sir Paul McCartney, George Michael, Shirley Bassey, Yusuf Islam, Giles Martin as well as the London 2012 Olympic Ceremonies. He has also worked extensively in TV, Advertising and Film. As well as composing himself he has also worked alongside many composers like David Arnold, Clint Mansell and Simon Franglen on many major film releases. An expert in synthesis and sound design Toby has also lectured for Apple on their Logic Pro music software which he has used since its days on the Atari. He has also worked as an educator for the International Guitar Foundation and the Brighton Institute of Modern Music teaching guitar. In his spare time (of which there is very little) he moonlights as a motion graphics artist specialising in Cinema 4D and After Effects.

Articles by Toby Pitman

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Using iZotope Iris on Drum Loops

With Iris, iZotope has given digital musicians something exciting to explore! It's one of those synths that truly deserves to be termed as "innovative". Toby Pitman puts it to work on drum loops.

Music Theory: Hollywood Scales, Part 3

In this short MPV Hub series, Toby Pitman explores how the best Hollywood composers convey emotion in their musical scores. Part 3 (of 3), focuses in on the Major scale for those heroic journeys.

Music Theory: Hollywood Scales, Part 2

In this short MPV Hub series, Toby Pitman explores how the best Hollywood composers convey emotion in their musical scores. Part 2 (of 3), focuses in on the Diminshed scale.

Music Theory: Hollywood Scales, Part 1

In this short MPV Hub series, Toby Pitman explores how the best Hollywood composers convey emotion in their musical scores. Part 1 (of 3), focuses in on the Lydian scale.

Review: McDSP Futzbox

You can never have too many options for creating distortion effects. Toby Pitman crushes, crumples, squeezes and mangles sounds using McDSP's Futzbox plug-in.

Build A Simple Synth In Reaktor, Part 3

Many programs exist for creating your own instruments, from Logic Pro to MAX/MSP. Few, however, are as musically immediate and satisfying as NI's Reaktor. Toby Pitman gets synth building!

Using Ringshifter For Pitch Effects in Logic Pro

Check out this excellent tip on how to use Logic Pro's Ringshifter plug-in to create a variety of guitar effects like the Boss Octaver and the Octafuzz. Toby Pitman gets creative.

Review: EZKeys From Toontrack

Toontrack have until now been a company synonymous with great drum libraries. Their new innovative product EZKeys sees them showing a more melodic side with a sampled piano. Toby Pitman tests it out.

Review: Phoenix Pro Guitar Plugin Turns Hacks into Shredders

Sneak Peek for Guitarists! Phoenix Digital Audio Teknologies & macProVideo.com have created Phoenix Pro, a DSP plugin to "raise any performanc from the ashes". Toby Pitman tests this amazing plugin.

MPV FREE Stuff: Cinematic Construction Kit Loops!

Toby Pitman has created an entire cinematic-style loop construction kit exclusively for Hub members. Log-in/sign-up for a free account to download them now! Not to be missed!!

MPV Free Stuff: Guitar Rig Presets

Toby Pitman has created a bunch of Guitar Rig presets exclusively for Hub members. Log-in/sign-up for a free account to download them now!

Review: Skanner for Reaktor

Using Reaktor? Downloaded the free Skanner ensemble yet? If not, Toby Pitman explains, with sound examples, why this should be the next file to land in your Downloads folder.

Creating Backdrops For Reason Rack Modules Using Photoshop

What do you get when you combine Propellerhead Reason's Rack modules with some Photoshop trickery and skill? Answer: Your own personalized, modded backdrops in Reason. Toby Pitman gets hacking.

Transforming Sounds Using Kontakt's Tone Machine

Using unexpected sources as the basis for sound design is the name of the game in this article. Toby Pitman whisks up a pad sound from hi-hats in Native Instruments' Kontakt.

Gated Reverb Effects In Logic Pro

Bring back the 80's - all is forgiven… well, almost everything. Toby Pitman travels back in time, using Logic Pro, to re-create the (in)famous 80's style drum effects.