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MEET LEAH WOODWARD.

Name: Leah Woodward
Band: Aliases
Location: Germany, originally from Manchester UK
Links: https://www.facebook.com/aliasesband/

When and how did you realize you had a passion for music?
I have actually played music since I can remember, so the passion has always been there. I’m presuming that the screeching sound of me learning how to play the violin was still somewhat more soothing to my parents than my new-found ability to talk!

How come you ended up playing the guitar?
My mum had a huge passion for music, so when I quit playing violin it didn’t impress her too much! After years of playing Iron Maiden, Megadeth and Metallica tunes on loop to me, pointing out the solos and hoping I would cave, she bought me my first guitar. To which I turned my nose up at… It was only the birthday later where I got a GOOD guitar that I showed any interest! As the saying goes, the rest is history!

And as for music, how come you ended up doing extreme metal? Is there a specific album or event that steered you on this path?
I never fully set out to write anything extreme, even now I don’t class myself as an extreme player! I do however love writing things above my own ability that challenge me, make me want to cry when I change the play-rate back to 1.0 and somehow at the end of it all, make me feel like I have progressed as a player! I can never pin-point one album as I pull my influences from such a wide range of music. I see writing and the whole creative process as a limitless journey with no boundaries, so if I want to write a lounge jazz album next? That’s just how I was feeling… Why not?!?

 

Best music-related memory?
If anyone’s been to an Aliases show, they’ll probably understand my lack of memory the day after! I’m making new ones every day!

When did you start moving into the the digital world of recording & songwriting?
Technically, I was never a huge part of the digital world, I used to be a bystander/recording puppet in the studio for a whole list of reasons:
1. World’s worst programmed drums. Ever. Period
2. A blank stare and a nod to agree with every tone offered
3. Unplanned snooze sessions
4. Filling desk space with coffee mugs and protein shakers
5. A goldfish-like attention span

I could go on… However, in the last few years I have got my own process together!

 

How has Toontrack helped in that process?
Toontrack has been a HUGE part of that process for me. The first improvement was having incredible-sounding drums with zero effort using Superior Drummer. The preset grooves then helped my ideas to not sound like they’d fallen down a staircase! Finally, the addition of EZmix 2 solved all issues when it came to demo tones/effects. I can’t thank you guys enough for the boost it has given my writing and confidence in the digital world!

What’s the worst thing that ever happened to you on stage or in the studio?
Playing our music! Should have joined the Justin Bieber backing band…

FIVE Q SHOOTOUT.

Six, seven or eight strings: Six, always.
DI or amp in the studio: DI -> Re-amp
Best non-metal album ever: Fleetwood Mac – Tango In The Night
Best metal-album ever: Strapping Young Lad – The New Black
Dream team band (with you on the guitar): Devin Townsend, Nuno Bettencourt, Victor Wooten & Gene Hoglan – I have no clue how that would end up sounding, but I’d like to know!

QUICK GEAR RUNDOWN.

Main guitar: Blackmachine B2
DAW: Reaper
Studio computer: Mac
Toontrack go-to drum library: N.Y. Avatar

GUEST PLAYLIST.

Here’s what’s been spinning in Leah’s headphones lately!

LEAH IN ACTION.

NEW EZKEYS MIDI RELEASE.

Song, riff and soundtrack ideas inspired by the action and suspense genre.

NEW CINEMATIC GRAND AUDIO DEMOS.

Listen to two brand new, epic audio demos featuring EZkeys Cinematic Grand, the Action! EZX and the Roots SDX. Inspiration guaranteed!

MEET THE COMPOSER.

Learn how Emmy Award-winning composer Mark Willott used EZkeys and the Action! EZX to create a really explosive composition.

THE CHASE.

We couldn’t help ourselves – we had to film a chase scene! Stick around till the end to learn how we used the Action! EZX and EZkeys Cinematic Grand to create the music.

MEET TEDDY ZAMBETTI.

Meet Teddy Zambetti, Superior Drummer 3 user and writer for radio, film, TV and musicals.

NEW EZX RELEASE.

A seamless dissolve between fiction and reality, classic and modern, organic and electronic.

NEW DRUM MIDI RELEASE.

Groove foundations for dramatic scenes, soundscapes and songs.

NEW DRUM MIDI RELEASE.

More than 700 fills, tailored for fusion.

HOW TO PROGRAM A HI-HAT FROM SCRATCH IN SUPERIOR DRUMMER 3.

Some tips and tricks for programming hi-hat MIDI in Superior Drummer 3.

SUPERIOR DRUMMER 3 & E-DRUMS.

Check out e-drum master Luke Oswald as he shows the incredible detail of the Superior Drummer 3 core library.

RECREATING THE “BLACK ALBUM” DRUM SOUND.

Can we recreate the iconic Metallica drum sound?

GET DRUM PARTS DOWN FAST.

Dan Cooper from Pro Tools Expert gives you his workflow for getting drum parts down quickly with Superior Drummer 3.

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