All the writing is officially done for the If / Then EP. I’ve intentionally left everyone in the dark as far as what the songs on the album are. I wanted the entire album to be a surprise. I didn’t want it to be laced with remixes that everyone is tired of hearing on YouTube etc…
Old Artwork Idea… To be replaced with current WIP
Now that I’ll need to spend a chunk of time prepping the tracks for Mastering by the great Cain Kong I won’t have as much time to spend in the lab thinking of new tracks and playing with synths. It’s time to take care of some business and finalize what’s left of 2012 and get ready for what’s to come in 2013.
I’m really looking forward to dropping this EP! I’ve put a lot of myself into it and I hope everyone likes it. I want to thank Cain Kong and Phrasor for helping me get through the tracking process and helping this EP become a reality.
In other news, Loopmasters and Plugin Boutique are running some SERIOUS deals right now and I don’t want any of yous producer cats to miss out on this stuff. So I’ll be doing a couple posts highlighting the best deals they have right now. I love that I can help to promote such great products!
I only promote this stuff to try and spread the love around so more people can get in on the great samples and plugins available. I’m talking Free Massive patches, half off Waves stuffs, and even remix contests! Check the blog and see for yourself.
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!
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.