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Allow myself to introduce… myself.

By Mitchell Sigman

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Hello and welcome to Acoustica’s “Zeros and Ones” blog! My name is Mitchell Sigman and I’ve recently joined the Acoustica team as a product specialist. I’ll be sharing lots of great information about all aspects of Mixcraft 6 music software, but we’ll also cover the entire Acoustica software lineup. We hope to make “Zeros and Ones” somewhat of an open forum where we’ll break down Mixcraft projects, show great shortcuts, tips and tricks, speak with artists using Acoustica software and well, whatever else we can think of to benefit the Acoustica user community.

A little (a lot?) about me…

I’m a career keyboardist/guitarist/producer with sideline as a synthesizer product specialist and writer. Or maybe it’s the other way around. I’ve been playing since I was 11 and was raised on a steady diet of classic MTV synthpop along with a pile of classic rock in the Detroit area. I’ve spent most of the last 25 years in one band or another and achieved quasi-fame from 2000-2007 playing keyboards for the 80s synthpop band Berlin. I also did a yearlong stint in Survivor where I repeatedly played really long versions of “Eye of the Tiger”. You’d be amazed at how long that intro can be dragged out before the inevitable, “DUM! DUM-DUM-DUM!”… cutting to more recent history, I relocated from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in 2011 for a life of casino cover band awesomeness. While all this was going on, I was writing “Steal This Sound” for Keyboard Magazine, a monthly column wherein I broke down how to recreate classic synth patches from hit songs. (all 70-odd of these columns are compiled in the cleverly titled “Steal This Sound” book, which you could purchase on Amazon if you were so motivated. This doesn’t count as a plug because I won’t actually make any money as a result, so consider it more of a “community service” announcement)

To make a long story short, I met Acoustica CTO Dan Goldstein when mutual friend (and Mixcraft loop contributor) Shok Kantor figured we’d hit it off as a result of our shared love (addiction? sickness?) for classic analog synthesizers. Following some serious bonding over the fact that Dan and myself are likely Las Vegas’ only Roland Jupiter-4 owners (they’re ugly, but awesome :) ), one thing led to something else and well, here I am. On behalf of myself and the Acoustica team, we hope you enjoy “Zeros and Ones” and pick up some useful tips and tricks along the way. Stay tuned!