Also, certainly my best yet. Having done that, I need to tthink about producing some tunes more in line with commercial standards. It’s not a matter of technical skills anymore, it’s a matter of style.
It came out of nowhere – a guy named Matthias Bishop just mailed me and asked to create an uplifting remix for one of his tracks for a new label Interflow Uplifting. I picked Oceanfront, as it sounded pretty neutral and indistinct despite nice harmonies. I could go anywhere with it 🙂
So I added a plenty of bold synth lines, drawing from trance classics. Gated phasy pad was inspired by The Thrillseekers – New Life (Lange Remix), while gliding lead is a classic sound found for instance in Solid Globe – Sahara, both from 2004. On top of that, there’s arpeggiated supersaw lead that’s my signature sound of course.
The first release of this year is out! A remix requested by Matthias Bishop for his new label Interflow Uplifting. This is a bold, driving uplifting trancer with loads of juicy classic synth sounds – definitelly better than everything I released so far. It’s been getting good ratings on promo and the label itself also is a serious business with great promotion.
NI’s new flagship VST, the Massive X, was surrounded by controversy and buzz months before launch. Some claim it was a dissapointment, but I gave it a chance and it surpassed my expectations. As a matter of fact, Massive X might be my new favourite 🙂
Massive X is the holy grail combining ease of use, quick operation and vast possibilities. Beyond standard envelopes and LFOs there are also numerous handy features and options, such as “switcher LFO” or modulation bar next to every control, even synced delay times. An unbelievably flexible “performer” sequencer is accompanied by note-dependent, velocity and random modulators – all of them immediately available for quick use. No modulation matrix and no menu diving whatsoever.
In terms of synthesis options, everything is here – phase modulation / FM, sync and even wavefolders – till now rarely found in virtual synths, especially not all at once. Massive X also offers great sound quality for moderate CPU usage thanks to (brave) implementation of AVX instructions. These are commonplace in every CPU released since 2011, though many people already complained their machine is even older and thus completely incompatible with new synth. But hey, I’m up for latest tech advances!