30 Second Logic Pro Timesaving Tip

A short and sweet timesaver for all you Logic Pro users this week…

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Get a More Analogue Sound From Your Software Synths

Do you want your software to sound more like a classic analogue synth? Let’s look at a cool technique to help you achieve it…

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Soccer 96 – Soccer 96

Ah, the self titled LP. Check out this installment of Music We Love for our favourite debut of the week!

Comprising of two guys with some of the most ‘so bad they’re good’ names I’ve ever heard – Danalogue and Beatamax – Soccer96 are ostensibly an electronic act, but Beatamax is a ‘real’ drummer, which lends the self titled album more of an organic feel. It might not just be that; rather than sequencing and looping with MIDI and tweaking in a DAW until everything is just so, the guys prefer to play everything live, recording each track straight to tape.

This does give the LP a somewhat rough and ready sound, with levels bouncing around a little over its runtime, but it often serves to add to the energy and give the feeling leaning more toward live performance than sterile studio session.

Instrumentally the LP is bright and brash, with occasional soft underpinnings and hints at a little darkness lurking. Most tracks manage to combine all three of these aesthetics, not least Call to Arms, whose frenetic drum fills and bright polysynth chords are accompanied by an overdriven vocal and punctuated a deep, ripping bassline.

There are some interesting points sound design wise too – on EarthAttack it sounds like drums are going through a vocoder, and some serious gating and compression throughout helps the drums to feel right at home with the synthesiser dominated LP.

Check the video, check the album, give us your thoughts!

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Robot Koch – Glassdrops

Some midweek musical inspiration today. In the UK, the weather’s been very strange this year; summer rallied very late, and has had the effect of making the impending clock change (it’s Sunday, people – that’s my public service for the week done!) and the rapid decent into winter mode that it brings about feel like it’s been snuck into our schedules.

deep, thick kicks, soothingly arpeggiated and suitably edge blurred synths, and a vocal that can be likened to candlelight, fragile yet with a concentrated warmth

That said, my mood’s already twigged, and those of you that share an almost split personality between your winter self and summer one will be starting to feel it too, no doubt. This track from Robot Koch is the epitome of the sound that tends to become my winter, as deep, thick kicks, soothingly arpeggiated and suitably edge blurred synths, and a vocal that can be likened to candlelight, fragile yet with a concentrated warmth – provided by John LaMonica – mesh in the soundscape. The video is… well, find out below. There’s nothing like a provocative video to make a great track that little bit more special.

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The Next Phase is Here!

Okay we’ve teased you with it for a couple of months now, and the truth is we’ve probably been over thinking things – so I’ve decided that the best course of action is to dive in with both feet and just get on with it. We’ll have a review out tomorrow and starting next week we’ll be bringing you a regular tutorial, guide, or hot tip – so get your requests in now!

 

Apogee ONE

Video: Apogee ONE Review

We’re experimenting with video in the Oh Drat studio, as we’re really close to bringing you the introduction to the Oh Drat Music Production Tutorial Series (the title’s still on the drawing board).

this video should quench your thirst for knowledge

If the full review and photography on the Apogee ONE wasn’t good enough for you, or if you want to get some more up close and personal with the unit, then this video should quench your thirst for knowledge… Enjoy, and please let us know what you’d like to see more of from our videos…

Tek Nalo G - The Prototype

Tek Nalo G – The Prototype

Amsterdam based producer and video artist Tek Nalo G demonstrates how two talents can combine to create something even greater than the sum of the two parts.

The underwater aesthetic echoes the submerged sound to the keys

The mesmerising video does wonders for the track; The Prototype is a great example of an abstract video that complements the music, rather than just being an excuse to avoid a black screen. The underwater aesthetic echoes the submerged sound to the keys and sticky, hot bass, and even at YouTube’s ugly 1080p the crispness of the stems shooting across the screen is captivating.

 

Groundislava - Animal ft Jake Weary

Groundislava – Animal ft Jake Weary

Jasper Patterson is the Californian producer behind the Groundislava moniker, and he combines chip-tune synth lines with the wonky rhythmical style of the LA beat scene and a sprinkling of electronic psych funk.

If you’re an instrumental artist, is it through choice or a lack of collaboration opportunities?

In Animal, taken from his new self titled LP, he works with vocalist Jake Weary – who lends a new level to the too often instrumental sounds that peers to the scene provide – and the track gains a new depth of meaning with the fantastic, surreal video.

If you’re an instrumental artist, is it through choice or a lack of collaboration opportunities?

Mac Miller - Get Up

Mac Miller – Get Up

Does it ever seem like some people are just playing a different game? Mac Miller’s YouTube channel views are over 46 MILLION in less than two years. Mac’s made a name for himself going in over classic east coast style beats with just enough eye on the crossover, with pop infused guitar numbers and a 50s showtune styled hit in Knock Knock, which has also been chosen as his first venture into the UK charts (on 13th of June).

Mac’s made a name for himself going in over classic east coast style beats with just enough eye on the crossover

Production on Get Up is handled by Teddy Roxpin, and the track tows the line between a hard beat and a soft, poppy chorus. You can hear, and see, Miller’s progression over the last two years; would he be the artist he is today without casting himself into the limelight in order to earn some stripes early on? When do you think the right time to begin to push a name, come what may, is? If true mastery is achieved through experience, perhaps only a basic level of competence is needed to feed itself into something bigger, and then bigger, and then…

Aloe Blacc - Loving You Is Killing Me

Aloe Blacc – Loving You Is Killing Me

Loving You Is Killing Me, a track included on Aloe Blacc’s current album Good Things, released last September, has just received the video treatment. Blacc’s smooth footwork is impressive – and he’s certainly kept on his toes by his diminutive dance partner!

The simple ingredients to the track combine to create a track that transcends a time period

The simple ingredients to the track, bass, horn, organ, a smattering of moog-y synth, a relentless breakbeat and Blacc’s velvet tones combine to create a track that transcends a time period, much like Sheila K Cameron’s work that I wrote about yesterday, and simply sounds like great soul music.

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