Jay Oliver - Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Saturday, Oct 1, in Santa Cruz, CA

At the Unity Temple of Santa Cruz - 7:30pm
Hey from Jay:
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Originaly from St. Louis, Missouri, Jay resides in Los Angeles, CA, and has lived in Southern California since 1990.

Always having a home studio, Jay has had both bigger studios and smaller studios.

“These days you don’t have to have racks of expensive outboard gear,” Jay says. “I’ve stripped my entire studio down to a few powerful computers, lots of plugins and a couple of great keyboards. I also use extensively the MUSE Receptor, which allows me to load up many great virtual instruments and play them live with very little latency issues.”

Jay’s studio is in an area in Los Angeles called Mt. Washington, a well kept secret community in the quiet hills just east of Hollywood. The ambiance is peaceful with windows all around looking out to the undeveloped hills.

With a handle on all the latest technology, Jay is able to produce everything from simple organic acoustic piano performances, to innovative world-music landscapes, to full-blown cutting-edge soundtracks.

Jay’s main software is MOTU’s “Digital Performer” and he has used this since Performer version 1, over twenty years ago.

“As long as you’re using good hardware, the workstations are similar. It’s just a matter of which you are most comfortable with. For me, I’m a musician at the core, so I record with MIDI extensively, and DP affords me the best tools for editing.”

Jay's Piano From Heaven

I owe it to the folks at Synthogy for creating “Ivory”. The German sample gave me the base sound I was looking for, and then I modified it to give me a larger timbral dynamic range. I then blend that with a myriad of other patches that combine – subtly – to enhance the sustain and warmth. In live performance, I use pedals to bring in subtle strings and other layers within the performance.

Muse Research

All this wouldn’t be possible without a powerful unit called The Receptor. This unit allows you to load up several Virtual Instruments, like you would in your computer workstation, except with only a fraction of the latency. What this means, is that you can play these large samples live, without sacrificing the tactile feel of the instrument. I love the Receptor – not just for live performance – but also in the studio. You can check it out here: www.museresearch.com