Now is the time and the time is now! I need your vote to help my chances in the Beatport Play / Skrillex remix competition! This time round the remixers were asked to mix Skrillex and Damian Marley’s recent hit, “Make It Bun Dem”, a Skrillex style dubstep track with a Raggae vibe because of Marley and the obvious syncopation. 🙂
My remix is Electro House, ala Porter Robinson, Zedd, etc… I’ll give you bonus points if you can name the track that I got the samples for the glitchy half-time part right after the second chorus.
Beatport and Skrillex provided the STEMS for the project which included a Vocal, Guitar, and Synth tracks… The Synth track included all the Basslines and everything that wasn’t Vocals or Guitar, and the Drums were left to the remixers to figure out for themselves. I personally sampled sounds from various places to get the Hook, and the glitchy basses , drums, etc… The only STEM I used was Marley’s vocal track. I replaced the guitar track with my own piano, styled by layering a couple of Reason’s Combinator pianos. I immediately turned to Zedd’s remixes of some of Skrillex’ previous work for some low end grime and that electro feel that Zedd nails so well.
Anyway I’m dying to know what you all think! This is my first remix so I’m expecting some criticism. But that’s how you grow! That’s how you get better. If someone points something out, I’ll listen to it and hear what they mean, and find a solution to that problem in the future. I love the process. So help me out. Drop a comment here or on YouTube or Beatport or anywhere and I’ll get it. Thank you in advance for taking the time to go vote.
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.
M-Audio Axiom 25(2nd Gen); Now controlling my Reason/Record software. Look at all those beautiful knobs and pads!
As you can see if you’re visiting the page, it keeps changing. I am in the process of building my music blog. And I’m dedicating it to my Axiom 25 that is now the center of my Reason control station.