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Date Of Birth: July 15th 1971
Los Angeles CA.

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Profile:

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I am a guitarist/musician and have been playing guitar since the age 12. My father, Shusei Nagaoka, is a well known artist in the U.S. and Japan. My fathers inspiration is the main reason I chose to become a musician and follow in his artistic footsteps. I have been fortunate to study with some of the best teachers in the world and I am truly grateful for that. I have also had the privilege of studying and performing with some of the most incredible musicians in the world, as well as teaching some amazing students. As far as my professional career goes, I currently have 3 Instrumental CDs published; have been a teacher at Musicians Institute and National Guitar Workshop; presently endorse ESP Guitars and DiMarzio Pickups; and operate a music recording studio called Green Horizon Studios.

Below are just a few list of things I am versed in and some of my musical experiences:

  • Engineering and Mixing.
  • Arranging and transcribing music scores.
  • Teaching of guitar and advanced music at a college level.
  • Multitrack Recording and Editing, Mixing and Computer MIDI Sequencing, Notation.
  • Computer Midi and Notation Software (Finale, Overture, Band in a box,)
  • Computer Graphics Software (Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, Indesign)
  • Computer Web Editing.
  • Computer Scripting Language (HTML, PERL, PHP, Javascript)
  • Akai based sampling and remixing.
  • MIDI and Audio studio setups and troubleshooting.
  • Live and studio performances.
  • IT, Network Troubleshooting

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Discography:

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  • The Crossing 1997
  • The Second Coming 2001
  • Transition 2008
  • The Crossing Remastered 2010

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Education:

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  • Berklee College Of Music, Boston MA. 1992 - 1995 Major: Professional Music
  • Musicians Institute/ GIT, Hollywood CA 1991
  • Beverly Hills High School, Beverly Hills CA 1985 - 1989

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Musical Experiences:

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  • Teaching guitar privately and publicly on a regular basis.
  • Performed several guitar shows, clinics for various companies and schools.
  • Produced, Engineered, Recorded and Mixed for various bands, musicians and artists.
  • Artist for E.S.P Guitars since 1997
  • Teacher for the Musicians Institute 1997-98
  • Gigged and performed with different artists, musicians and bands.
  • Artist for Dimarzio Pickups since 2001
  • Associated and worked for various companies (ENGL amplifiers, Point Technologies and several other guitar company).
  • Teacher for the National Guitar Workshop since 2003
  • Built a new recording studio. 2010

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Neal's Gear:

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This is not my complete list of gear. To view list, click on my guitar icon to see the dropdown list.
Neal's Guitars and Instrument List:
  • ESP Horizons
  • ESP M-III
  • ESP Baritone Guitar
  • Ovation Legend
  • Fender Strats and Teles
  • Misc. Electric and Acoustic 6 string and 12 string Guitars
  • Bass
Neal's Amps List:
  • ENGL Savage 120 Amp
  • Marshall JCM 800 50 Watt
  • Fender Hot Rod Deluxe III 1x12 Combo
  • 2 Homemade dual mic'ed isolation cabinet
  • Simmons DA200S Drum Amp
  • Marshall 4x12 Cab
  • ENGL 4x12 Cab
Keyboards and Synths List:
  • 2 USB Oxygen 8 keyboard
Sound Modules, Softsynth and Samplers:
  • Roland MGS-64
  • VST Instruments
  • Sampletank
Percussion and Drum Modules:
  • Roland TD-4 Electronic V-Drum Set
  • Addictive Drums
  • BFD Drums
  • Alesis DM5
  • Roland R 70
Effects and Hardware:
  • Line 6 X3 Live pedalboard
  • Lexicon MPX-1
  • Lexicon MPX-500
  • Alesis Midiverb 4
  • Guitar Rig 3 w interface
Microphones List:
  • Avalon 737sp
  • Neumann U-87ai
  • Neumann TLM 49
  • AKG C 414 B-XL II
  • Sennheiser MD 421-II
  • Rodes K2 Mic Modified with Vintage NOS tube
  • AKG C1000
  • AKG C2000
  • 3 Shure SM 57
  • Shure SM beta 58
  • Sennheiser e609
  • Audix i5
Mixers List:
  • Emagic Logic Control,
  • Mackie Big Knob,
Multitrack Recorder and Tape Decks:
  • Alesis ADAT XT
  • Tascam DA 30mkII
  • Tascam 102mk II
Monitoring System:
  • Genelec 8020A Monitors,
  • Alesis Monitor Ones,
  • Carvin FET 1000 power amp,
  • Yamaha Subwoofer,
Computers and Recording Gear:
  • Mac Pro Intel 2.26ghz Intel 8 core with 14 gig ram, Toshiba 40" LCD, Dell Monitor, Multitrack Recording System MOTU 2408mk3 and 24 I/O system with 424 PCI Express card.
  • Macmini Intel 2.3ghz Intel i7 Quadcore with 4 gig ram, Dell Monitor, Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 DSP.
  • Powermac Dual 1.25ghz G4 w/2 120 gig HDs and a Apple 23" Cinema Display and 19" Sony Monitor running Mac OS X Server utilizing X Grid via network. with 1 Gig of ram memory. Also included is a CD-RW/DVD burner and a second 32x CD-R, connecting a Echo 8 channel Layla 24/96 for multitracking.
  • Macbook Intel 2.0 Duo Core laptop w/Presonus Firebox audio interface, 60 gig HD space 1.5 gig ram. 4th Apple
  • Macmini Duocore . Presonus Firebox.
  • Sony PC with Windows XP. 22" Dell Monitor, Presonus Firebox and Guitar Rig 3 with Interface. Multitrack Recording System, 7.1 Surround system card. M-Audio Monitoring system. Logic Audio, USB keyboard Oxygen8
  • PreSonus Digimax LT 8 channel Digital micpreamp,
Other Miscellaneous Gear and Equipment:
  • Marshall JMP-1
  • ENGL Tube Toner
  • EQs
  • Compressors
  • Patchbays.

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