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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.

LEE MAJOR.

Meet Lee Major, acclaimed hip-hop producer.

MEET NOISIA.

Meet Noisia, EDM superstars and Superior Drummer 2 users.

GET SOME RAW MIX MATERIAL.

Sometimes, mixing someone else’s material is the best way to get new ideas. Download this unmixed session by engineer Forrester Savell and the band Labelle – and start mixing!

JAM WITH ANDY.

Check out Andy’s video here, then download the backing track and solo over it yourself!

OLA ENGLUND.

Meet Ola Englund, longtime Toontrack collaborator and Metal Guitar God by trade.

JACK THAMMARAT.

We asked super-guitarist Jack Thammarat for a gear rundown – and some more!

A SUPERIOR GUITARIST.

Meet Superior Drummer 2 artist John Petrucci of Dream Theatre.

A SONG IN NO TIME.

This quick video shows how you add piano and a bass line to your already recorded guitar track using EZkeys.

SUPERIOR DRUMMER 2 GOES ELECTRONIC.

Want to learn more about using Superior Drummer 2 for producing electronic beats? Check the first episode of Seamless’ upcoming series of videos!

AMBIENT GUITARS.

Our very own Mattias Eklund demonstrates some of the guitar tones that come with the Ambient EZmix Pack!

RECORDING GUITARS WITH LEO.

Check out how Leo from Frog Leap Studios goes about recording guitars using EZmix 2.

EZKEYS CUSTOMER JUKEBOX.

Some songs where EZkeys was used as a foundation – written by you, our customers!

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