Granger IN United States of America
Member since May 27, 2008
Collaborations: 47 Joined: 52 Tracks: 723
For those who know me, my real name is Donald...but I use Donnie Alan as kind of a 'none-de-plume' for music. Music has always been a huge part of my life. I had piano lessons as early as age 5, and later some accordian (which I never play anymore). At 14 I got my first acoustic guitar and taught myself to play that. I've had a lot of music theory over the years, so have a good understanding of how music is structured and composed. In the 80's I got my first synth, and I've been hooked on synths ever since. I love creating my own sounds.
Mainly I like to compose and arrange my own stuff, produce, mix and do re-mixes. I enjoy working with synths and acoustic guitar. I also do a bit of mandolin, bandurria and dulcimer (both lap and hammered).
I've spent a lot of time studying mix engineering techniques, espeically with Pro Tools, and am always happy to help with a mix as time allows. I have a solid background in acoustics and audiology and taught speech science and the physics of sound as a graduate assistant in graduate school. I've also been using synths and audio equipment for over 3 decades.
Stylistically, I lean to folk, "New Age" and classical, trance, and once in a while, something in the Rock genre, not that I'm ADHD or anything. Not into Jazz much, but Blues are okay. Rap and Hip-hop not my thing.
My main DAW is Pro Tools (latest version) and my main MIDI controller is a Yamaha Motif XS8. I love to program my own sounds for all my instruments, virtual or hardware. I use many of the more popular VIs out there including Reason, Dune 3, Serum, the AIR Instrument Expansion Pack, Omnisphere, East-West Quantum Leap Play with several libraries, and several others.
I especially enjoy composing and arranging in different styles, doing remixes, and mixing. I've spent quite bit of time organizing my studio with good quality pro-level gear, and have a really good set up to work with, for which I'm very thankful.
I love the collaborative process here on Kompoz and look forward to working with all the mega-talented people that frequently come here.