Plugins galore

The summer sales are coming and I already purchased a full set of tools from my wishlist. Now that I can get tunes released, I just need to work faster and create tracks easier.

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Kamille Louis – Still Waiting Remix

Another month, another remix contest.

Just before the deadline I finished a remix of Still Waiting by Kamille Louis. Good thing it’s shared in public and you can actually vote for it. The competition is strong though, mostly thanks to significant rewards.

Please vote here!

Now back to backyard: The original feels pretty uninspired. I guess the author had no idea what to do with, and neither had I – the genre was quite off :P. The basic idea was to use samples from remix pack as much as possible. I started down from cutting every sample out of it and procesing them until they ended up with something useful. The track is driven by polyrhythmic maracas (new technique to me) and basslines were resynthesized in Serum from original samples. The pads were also resynthesized with Harmor, though with poor results – mostly ending up with atonal textures. Second lead was chopped guitars playing MIDI extracted from generic drum loops – Ableton bread and butter.

Still, it eventually turned out to be pretty nice progressive house with a bunch of unusual sample FX. In fact it’s all about mixdown.

So it’s done. The next remix will be full-on trance at 140 BPM made from this. Should be quite straightforward.

The Push has landed

I am happy to welcome my new studio gear, Ableton Push.

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It is probably the most desired midi controller out there. Finally got my own and tried it out. It is amazing tool!

The midi controllers, in general, are there to help with layering down arrangements difficult to manipulate with mouse – for example acid bassline with multiple automations. However, Push is also able to replace more conventional midi keyboard thanks to it’s clip recording and manipulation functions.

It’s also drum machine and sample player, which will help me target the areas I find particularly difficult: drum loops and improvised FX. Also, ability to play live and improvise may help when I get stuck at certain piece and don’t move forward.

Of course, controller itself doesn’t allow user to do anything otheriwse he couldn’t. But it cuts the time needed to lay down melody and structure of a track dramatically. Also allow to check different ideas and see if they work together just on a press of button. That’s what I needed and that’s what I’ve got 🙂

Not to mention Push in particular appears very sturdy and solid piece of gear, hopefully resistant to my destructive powers. It is the most expensive single thing I ever bought, so it better last for years!

I wonder where it leads me once I have more time to finish another production.

Stay tuned!