Phil's motto: “It is all about having fun and making music…”. As a Senior Technical Sales Specialist with Yamaha since 1987, Phil Clendeninn is a gear “power user” and brings his unique ability to make difficult things possible to learn. An accomplished musician, educator and recording engineer, earning him a 2001 Grammy® Nomination for Songwriter, Best R&B Song of the Year for a song sung by Motown's Erykah Badu.
A graduate of Bronx HS of Science, and Syracuse University, he paired his first love - music - with emerging technology. As head recording engineer at NYC’s Downtown Sound, worked with legendary jazz producers John Hammond, George Avakian and Hank O’Neal. Concurrently, his jazz fusion/R&B band, Tarika Blue, recorded two albums - sampled today by artists as far-flung as the Underwolves and Badu. He’s taught Audio Engineering at the New School, as well as played/recorded with many of the best musicians: The Rolling Stones, Diana Ross, Michael Shrieve (Santana’s original drummer), guitarist Ryo Kawasaki, guitarist James Mason, bassist T.M. Stevens, and, sophisticated funk-masters Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards of Chic. You can reach Phil online at YamahaSynth.com, where he is known as: “Bad Mister”.
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Mastering MONTAGE: Getting Started | Jul 03
Just got your new MONTAGE? You’re new to synthesizers? Or you’re an old hand at synthesizers, even owned a Motif? Here are some quick suggestions on what to do first. Assemble the four booklets as PDFs: Owner’s Manual.Read More
Mastering MONTAGE 1: The Super Knob | Aug 03
Inquiring minds want to know, what’s so super about this Super Knob? This series of articles will begin to unfold just what we mean by “Super”. The Super Knob is just the first step, the gateway, if you will,Read More
Join us as we continue our series with a look at the Super Knob Common and Performance architecture. PERFORMANCE 1: Super Knob Common Let’s begin our look at the Super Knob with a basic assignment on the uppermost level of theRead More
Ready to jump into the next lesson about MONTAGE and the Super Knob? PERFORMANCE 2: Super Knob Unipolar+ PERFORMANCE 3: Super Knob Unipolar- The next two PERFORMANCE examples show the assignment of a Part’s parameters to the Super Knob, which are a bit moreRead More
This lesson takes us into the Super Knob and introduces you further to the concepts of polarity, and more specifically, “Bipolar”. PERFORMANCE 4: Super Knob Bipolar-+ This example introduces the polarity “Bipolar” – for moving parameters above and below the startingRead More