From the very beginning, this track was meant to be simple. An uplifting cookie-cutter inspired by eurotrance from 2000s, especially my favourite duo Nu-NRG. I just wanted to go and try if I can create something “normal” without oversophisticated sound design and composition. After all, the majority of trance nowdays is a copy-paste of each other.
I started with (simple) chord progression for a lead, then just keep adding simplest istruments and patterns until the track was ready. Plugins used were Hybrid 3 for its inhherent trancy sound and LuSH-101 for soft, retro vibes and classic JP8000 supersaw. The extremely agressive acid riff was just resonant LuSH-101 ran through Devastor 2, which is my go-to solution for this purpose.
The only original part of this track is the piano in the breakdown, played by hand and then tweaked a bit. New Ableton feature “Capture” helped a lot with that, and I used it often ever since.
As it turns out, simplicity pays off – somehow this track sounds much stronger and better overall compared to the other tune from the same EP, Meteor Ride. That EP got me into Tecnomind Music label group, and also was a quick learning experience. It’s good to take some time and try an easy project every now and then just to improve the skills. Personally, I’m proud of this one.
Back with “The making of” series. Let’s start with Ancient Dreams by James Lass, since this one was actually made back in November 2017.
The story begins just a few hours after Introscope EP got released. Delaforce Recordings made a public request for remixers on their Facebook page, and I answered quickly – at that moment with proven track record 😛 I got like 25 days for a remix, but it actually got signed 2 month later and finally released more than a year from then – this February.
Unfortunatelly Delaforce Recordings seems to be barely alive nowdays, so the only place you can hear full version are streaming serives, such as Spotify. Go check it now:
Since now extended versions of tracks are on Youtube, there’s a good point to discuss how “Starvation” was made.
I had a simple idea in mind – a straightforward trance tune with african theme. This involves, obvioulsy, polyrthytmic djembe drums, but also harmonies. Some grooves were played by hand using different instruments, such as Ableton stock rack and Big Bang Cinematic Percussion, other loops were found on the Internet. As to harmonies, I googled some “african music”, understood correctly or not, and tried various chord progressions until it worked.
It’s time for another freebie! Get ready for this warm uplifter.
The track was originally prepared for a contest somewhere in April. But it wasn’t that good. I got down to it again last weekend and found out it honestly sucked. But not all is lost! I already figured out how to turn it into proper uplifter. What do you think?
Synths used were Vacuum Pro (first ride) for basses and phasy arp together with LuSH-101 for pads and final supersaw lead. In fact the most important thing in that project was D16’s Devastor 2, which is pretty much on every track and adds tons of warmth and agressiveness to this tune. I aimed at dirty, warm summer vibe and took inspiration from old Sean Tyas tracks in particular.
There are also polyrthytmic maracas rolling through entire length of track. I bet you didn’t notice, but they add some interest to the composition as they drive multiple envelope followers from Live M4L stock.
What really makes or break the tune are the reference tracks, though. This summer I did even more careful A/B comparison and particular started matching EQ, which turned out to make day and night difference. I believe this one is the very best and properly produced trancer I ever shared, so enjoy it!
In the meantime I finished more tracks and need to send them out to labels. In particular the ones that actually check the demos 😛 Life is hard.
I initially made this track in 2015. It felt wrong, though, so I tweaked it over and over. Finally I realized it is simply off the genre has no commercial potential at all – no matter if it’s mixed properly or loud. So now I give it away for free.
Artistically, I find it a success – I had an idea and realized it. The track is just what it was supposed to be. Just the idea was wrong to begin with. Maybe it would work better if I picked other scale than major, now it seems to be way over the top.
So here it is! My latest track prepared for contest. It’s a straightforward but huge uplifter at 138 BPM.
I really enjoyed original material I got and used pretty much all MIDI from remix pack, including bassline. Didn’t add too much of content or unsual ideas, the melody is strong enough to hold on its own. It was all about sound design, layering and modulation, then mixdown. It was great to see how this tune is coming from “just typical trance” to “oustanding” just over a day. It all was made just in a 6 days, had a week off.
It took a long time, but eventually I hit 50 followers on Soundcloud profile. For that occasion I promised to give away a track. Here’s new, reworked Green Energy (2016 Mix) free for download.
Over last months I tried hard to achieve that commercial quality and loudness. Some people already told me this is it, so you can expect many more tunes in following months. Actually some are finished and waiting.
Also, I already know how to make it even better 😉 Stay tuned.