I first learnt about Don Buchla and his synthesiser designs when studying the work of Morton Subotnik whilst at university in 2003 and the alien timbres of ‘Silver Apples On The Moon’ (1967) has stuck with me ever since.
Eventide return with another one of their great algorithms lifted from the H9 effects pedal. I first came across the MangledVerb in their Space pedal. It combined nice distortion with strange modulated reverb tails, I actually always preferred this algorithm to the more famous ‘Black Hole’ setting also on the Space and H9 pedals. This is part of a series of plug in releases from the aforementioned H9 pedal (you can see my UltraTap review here)
I wouldn’t call myself a mastering engineer by trade, although I have mastered a lot of tracks for different labels and artists over the years and continue to do so. I also taught audio mastering for a number of years at a higher education college. So I have a fairly good handle on what sounds good to my ears and how various tools are used for the process of enhancing audio, in the digital domain at least.
Final tracks are off to mastering 😲 I can now reveal the front cover art for my forthcoming 2×12″ LP on Dead Bison – a new sister label of Hypercolour/ Glass Table focusing on soundtracks & synth music. Can’t wait to share some audio.. sooooon x
Glitch plugins. To be honest, I cant stand them and I’ve used most of them over the years. From SupaTrigga and Buffer Override, to dBlue Glitch and Reaktor patches like ‘The Finger’ etc. They all provided instant “wow” sounding FX, however they are so obvious, it’s like putting a time-stamp on your track saying “this was made in 20xx”. I kind of cringe whenever I hear them on a record (especially my own releases) as it just screams lazy producer to me. Anyway, flash forward to 2017 and Unfiltered Audio SpecOps brand new audio manipulation effect drops in my mailbox and it’s super quick to get up and running using the slick Plugin Alliance online registration. Continue reading “Spectral Soundscapes, with SpecOps”
If you are in the business of producing audio, in the majority of cases this will be consumed online in some form or another. Even vinyl or cassette only releases will most likely have an online streaming preview uploaded somewhere. The trouble with streaming music online, is there is a myriad of services, many of which use different compression codecs (mp3, AAC etc) and more recently, incorporate loudness normalisation. This means your ultra-compressed loud dance track may get attenuated by the playback service (iTunes Radio or Spotify for example), so making your tracks ‘louder’ does not necessarily work to your benefit in these contexts.