John Fisherman – Mirage Remix

Another track. In fact the only one finished this year. It’s pretty ususual both for me and for progressive genre as a whole. How did it come to live? Well, it ticks many boxes:

  • Sometime this year I felt strong in mix / mastering, and wanted to try if I can make quality sounds out of anything.
  • I’ve got Live 10 and wanted to test drive it, using mostly (if not only) sounds it provides.
  • There was a remix contest hosted by Exia Recordings, who were looking for heavy genres: deep / progressive house, psy and techno among others.
  • I need quality stuff for showcase, that covers many different styles.

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Moonspeak is ready

It took me a while, but finally the track is complete and more or less what I wanted it to be. Totally twisted tech/psy banger with uplifting break kicking when you least expect them. Take a listen.

It already sounds professional, loud and proud and every next tune from me will do as well. That’s very motivating.

Still, the version you are listening to is unmastered yet. It should be simple just to maximize volume, but I will try to screw the hell out of it. There is just so much dynamic range left and no problems to fix, thanks to correct mix. This has a chance to be huge.

In case you wonder how I came up with so crazy track, there is a list of tunes from the past that inspired me in particular. They belong to many different styles and the outcome is unusual just as well. Still, I didn’t try to be very original, this is just how it turned out. Can you recognize familiar parts of these tracks?

  • Airbase – Tangerine
  • Darren Porter – Talisman
  • EMP – Attack of The Moose
  • First State – Evergreen
  • Indecent Noise – Acid Rampage

Get all of these if you don’t own them already.

Additionally, there are two interesting things to mention:

  • I’m preparing a massive tribute mix. For that reason need to go through about 180 singles, which may be additional tip for who the tribute is 😉
  • On the studies, I will attend “Testing of audio equipment” course, which hopefully helps me getting familiar with analog devices.

Stay tuned for more news.

Moonspeak (work in progress)

In case you didn’t hear it yet, there’s a clip of my next track.

The clip is one week old already and it has advanced quite far since then. Still, I’m really happy with the sound quality.

That was possible mostly thanks to my new host, Ableton Live 9 and it’s effects. Finally get rid of old (very old) Ultrafunk FX Pack and GCO Compressor in favour of Ableton’s new logarithmic sidechain compressor/expander and bundled Glue compressor developed by friend Cyto. This way I managed to make the track as banging as you can hear it, without any mastering yet. In fact, in this example it clips because of high volume, but still has decent dynamic range.

Other Ableton 9 features, such as high-fidelity equalizer with built-in spectrum analyzer, audio-to midi function (priceless!), better browser and exponential envelopes just make development faster and easier. Also, I’m learning new functions Live has to offer every day and they all turn out useful. This is getting somewhere!