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Generating Passive Income | Tips from Alex Charles
LA based singer, saxophonist and music producer Alex Charles has been steadily making his mark in the industry. In addition to his own music, Alex has been writing music for one of Warner Brothers' music libraries for over three years and has had his music placed hundreds of times on major network television shows. We caught up with Alex to learn the secrets of generating income from writing library music, and how he uses that to finance his personal music projects.
Stephen Vitiello | Stream from Delta Sound Labs
An American visual and sound artist, Stephen Vitiello has a talent for transforming, as he puts it, "incidental atmospheric noises into mesmerizing soundscapes that alter our perception of the surrounding environment." In this video interview we learned that Stephen has been using the granular sampler plug-in Stream by Delta Sound Labs to transform field recordings into music.
Narek Ambar, Pursuing a Different Passion
In this interview, we'll find out how L.A. based mixer Narek Ambar got to where he is, what motivates him, and we'll learn about that certain plugin that caused his path to cross with ours at ILIO
ILIO Artist Spotlight - Jason Yang
When live shows came to a grinding halt in 2020, Jason searched for ways to express himself with software the same way he would express himself with his physical instrument. Enter SWAM instruments from Audio Modeling.
Music Collaboration During a Pandemic
As we've found out, pandemics aren't particularly friendly to musicians. Collaboration being an essential part of making music, imagining people in the same room is a distant memory. But Andre Lefebvre never second-guessed it. In fact, inspired by the viral balcony singing phenomenon in Italy, he doubled down and looked for a new opportunity to collaborate. Here, he writes about his experience organizing international musicians continents away to record an epic cover of a prog-rock song by legendary UK band Magna Carta.
Exclusive Interview with Reverb Machine

Dan Carr, AKA Reverb Machine is known for his spot-on recreations of famous synth sounds found in popular music. Check out this exclusive interview where ILIO's Michael "MIDIhead" Babbitt and Reverb Machine's Dan Carr dive into synthesis.

Nolan Neal - As Seen on TV

Nolan Neal—You've seen him sing his heart out on America's Got Talent, and when he's not preparing for the show or responding to almost everyone of his new fans you can find him in his California studio using software plug-ins such as Spectrasonics Omnisphere.

Andrew Wells - At Home in the Studio

Los Angeles-based Andrew Wells is well known for transforming the raw, dynamic energy of such diverse acts as Fitz and the Tantrums, Meghan Trainor, Elle King, Jason Mraz and many others into snappy radio-ready tracks.

ILIO Artist Spotlight - Michael "MIDIhead" Babbitt

Michael (MIDIhead) Babbitt is an electronic music producer and songwriter who’s released an award-winning synthpop album and remixed songs from Kaskade and Late Night Alumni, has had original scores in movie trailers for The Matrix Reloaded, Silent Hill, and Mad Max-Fury Road, as well as a variety of television shows such as Dexter, CSI, Prison Break, MythBusters, Miami Ink, America’s Next Top Model (to name a few) and many remixes and original songs appearing in Konami’s Dance, Dance, Revolution video game series. He’s also produced all of ILIO’s Omnisphere patch libraries.

Michael was awarded “Best Album of 2001” for his debut solo album “Power Undiminished” at The American Synthpop Awards in Hollywood. It was front man Kurt Harland from the 80's band Information Society who presented him with the award. After moving to Los Angeles, Michael shifted his role in music production to focus on media. His first track was heard in Fox's “Dark Angel”, followed by landing a “Matrix Reloaded” movie trailer which opened up the floodgates for other placement in shows such as “Access Hollywood”, “Dexter”, “CSI” series, “America's Next Top Model”, and “Prison Break”, among others. His high energy remixes and original music have also been featured in Konami's popular “Dance Dance Revolution” video game series.

Michael has recorded with artists Shane Gibson (Korn), Peter DiStefano (Porno For Pyros), and worked with Kaskade and Late Night Alumni, and electronic pioneer BT on sound design projects.

Michael's latest endeavors have him designing patches for Spectrasonics Omnisphere, in conjunction with ILIO. More info and audio demos can be found here: https://www.ilio.com/patches

What does it take to mastermind the experience of a Justin Bieber live show? As a producer, songwriter and both the bassist and musical director for Justin Bieber, Bernard “Harv” Harvey has traveled the globe with the best of the best. A big fan of Synthogy's Ivory II virtual pianos, we caught up with Harv at Blackstar Studios in Studio City, CA.

What does it take to mastermind the experience of a Justin Bieber live show? As a producer, songwriter and both the bassist and musical director for Justin Bieber, Bernard “Harv” Harvey has traveled the globe with the best of the best. A big fan of Synthogy's Ivory II virtual pianos, we caught up with Harv at Blackstar Studios in Studio City, CA.

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