This week the music was hard to come by. Not a lot of new stuff. I’m guessing it is because of the holiday schedule. There are some really good tracks on here this week though.
Also I did a guest article on @PhrasorOffical‘s blog. You should head over to alpha-phase.com and check it out! It’s about song writing.
Black Sun Empire ft. Bless – Salvador
Bluescreens – Bring The Sauce!
Wolfgang Gartner and Tom Staar – Evil Lurks
Feint ft. Coma – Snake Eyes
Muzzy – Let’s Rock
Cyantific – Infinity Plus 1
Ayah Marar – Raver (South Central Remix)
Seba ft. Jinder – Too Much Too Soon
Subformat ft. Charli Brix – More
Dabin ft. Bijou – Awakening
So after being so happy with the Complex Electro Synths pack, I decided to grab a couple more sample packs. For these I went straight to Prime Loops. I went with the Electro Shoxx and Electro Shoxx 2 packs. So far both of these packs have been greatly satisfying! They are a great way to start a song by grabbing one of the really solid drum loops, or if you need some synths to round out your big drops, or if you just need a top loop or two to make your drums really pop! These packs are going to seriously increase my workflow.
Sweet Electro sickness!
The downside is; Now I’m addicted to Prime Loops! I could drop so much cash there it’s not even funny. They have packs for everything and as I mentioned before, the allure of increased workflow makes me want them a lot. I’ve heard several of the samples in the demos that have been used in major productions, namely Skrillex’.
Of course, at the moment, nothing can supersede my need for Reason 6.5. Right now I work with Reason/Record 5. I am a huge Thor fanatic and DrRex is probably the coolest thing since loop players existed. Speaking of DrRex, ReCycle is another of the products that stands above the sample packs. With ReCycle, I can take my own samples, vocals, etc… and prepare them for DrRex. DrRex can alter the pitch of a loop without altering the tempo, along with a host of other benefits like Groove Capturing. Just grab a groove that you like throw it in DrRex and toss it on your own drums, then viola, you have your sick groove.
Oh I mentioned Thor, which happens to have quite a few refill packs out there, one of which has been #1 on Prime Loops in Electro for about a week now! Here it is
At any rate, I might do a proper review of the sample packs if I have the time this week!
Well today turned into a not-so-productive day. I spent it posting on social networks. I suppose that it could still be considered productive when you think about the fact that promotion is an absolutely essential part of making music for a career. People have to know you’re out there and doing what you’re doing. Then you have to give them a reason to care. Then they actually have to like it.
Edit: As of 5:00pm today we hit our goal of 30 likes on Facebook giving us access to the ‘insights’ and other cool features of having a full on facebook “Page”. Thanks to everyone who helped!
So I put this mix on to salvage the day while I finish emailing and following back and posting to soundcloud and post to the blog. Ok so it sounds moar productive now when I say it out loud!
I was trying to embed it but I couldn’t get it to work! So I just linky. Follow them on Twitter, Facebook, all that.
Anyway these guys are called Whiteqube and they are not only supremely awesome djs/producers, they are actually really cool guys. @bractune lives in LA and @T_Ryan_Arnold lives in Montreal. Hit ’em up if you like their stuff. They’re likely to say, “Thanks!”
Today was a super productive day in the Soundlab. I finished tracking vocals for the current song I’m working on. In addition to that I think I finally decided on an arrangement that suits me. I created samples out of each of the major parts. Now I just need to assemble the samples and start trying on effects. I want some tasty sweeps and modulations to help transition from one part of the song to the next.
Ran into an issue, here’s how I solved it:
Ran out of memory in Record to add the multitude of bass synths that I used to trash the hell out of a half-step section of the song. Sooo… I exported the Synths I did have recorded, then I deleted those synths out of my rack. Once I freed up some memory, I built the new bass synths and laid those tracks down. Then I exported those as a loop. Finally I deleted all the bass synths out of my rack and built an NN-XT (sampler) and brought the loops into that. Basically I used just one device in the rack to handle what amounted to six different bass synths!
Can’t wait to post the finished song! Until then here’s what I put on when I got out of the lab; A little Porter Robinson and Kill the Noise.