Prototype update, yaaaaay! Also Presswerk from u-he.

About time I made an update on Prototype, so here it is!

I’ve been messing around a little bit with it today, which resulted in various changes. The synth sound has been re-made from scratch (still using Zebra 2) and I think I’ve managed to improve it. Might still need a few tweaks, but overall I find it better than previously. It’s less brittle and thin, but keeps a decent “grand” feeling to it.

I’ve added a bassline now (with thanks to Arjen Lead). I’ll probably make some changes to it, but it’s in there now to give a bit of bottom at least.

I’ve also been playing with the Presswerk plug-in from u-he (public beta currently) – and this thing is quite awesome! I got it on the master bus now and I really like what it’s doing. This is certainly a buy when u-he makes it available for purchase, until then check out the beta from the link above. 🙂

Overall I still need to open up the track a bit more – it’s sounding a little “boxed in” currently, which kind of ruins the feeling slightly (euphoric hands-in-the-air). Part of the reason I re-made the synth sound was that I couldn’t quite get it sound “open” and not brittle/thin at the same time.

Anyway, have a listen to the latest iteration below! 🙂

Prototype (WIP 66)


Some new content, Jeff Kurtenacker CD and an update on As She Passes Through The Storm

So many things!

Let’s start with the Jeff Kurtenacker CD: I received a CD he composed called Images of RMNP yesterday (autographed as well, thanks Jeff!) and I was blown away listening to it. Just an amazingly wonderful emotive journey, perfectly crafted by Jeff. I want to urge you to get your hands on it, because it’s fantastic! Right now there’s even the chance of getting an autographed version as well, if you hurry. You can grab that directly from Jeff’s page.
It’s a joint project between him and his friend, photographer Erik Stensland, who has taken some amazing photographs and created the base for the project – a project that resulted in some wonderful music as well.

New content? Why yes, indeed! I obviously got inspired by what Jeff created and wanted to make sure I could still not create anything remotely like it, so I went into Studio One and fired up The Grand 3 and Hollywood Strings and, uh… Did things. Just messing around and trying out different things, but I do have a nice little start going, I think, and you can listen to it below.

Untitled (WIP 01)


Regarding As She Passes Through The Storm I’ve come to a point where I’m considering just keeping the piano as it is, meaning the version you’ve already heard, and just adjust the reverb and such to make it sit as I want. Reason? I’m not really getting the same feeling from it using The Grand 3 – the conversion is basically a lot more tricky than I thought, and I seem to always end up with a result that’s not quite where I want it to be, compared to the original and how it was played. So yeah, it would probably just make the most sense to not try to fix something that’s not really broken. 🙂

Plug-ins, software, more!?!

Actually no… It’s kind of dawned on me that I’m in a pretty good place regarding software and plug-ins. There’s not really anything left that I feel I need, and only really two things left I feel like I want, which is Reveal Sound Spire and iZotope/BT BreakTweaker. BreakTweaker is even on sale right now (until the 18th), $100 off, which is pretty nice. But I don’t have the money right now and as said, it’s not something I desperately need, so I can wait.
Spire I still want, despite having plenty of synths already. I have the demo version installed and play around with it every now and then. I like its sound and it’s rather good for the kind of music I make, but again it’s not something I need so I’ll wait until there’s a sale and I have the cash to spare. I’m probably also better off learning to utilize my current synths more. 😉

With Serum bought I also don’t really need Native Instruments Massive, which means getting Komplete isn’t exactly a high priority. It might happen at some point, but it certainly isn’t going to be any time soon.

My next software purchase is likely going to be the version 3 update of Studio One, once that’s released. I’m anxious to see what it will bring! There’s certainly things missing from it (no DAW is perfect after all) and things I would like to see improved. And yes, I have made a feature request post on their forum, so hopefully some of the stuff will make it in. 🙂

That moment before the climax hits…

I have this idea for something I could do just before the climax hits in a (trance) track – I’ll likely try to pull it off in Prototype once I get that far.

It’s sort of an obvious thing to do and likely someone else has already done it, I’ve just never heard it done before. But I think it would be a pretty powerful thing to have between the part where the climax is supposed to start and when it actually starts. I’m excited to try it out and see if I can make it work at least. 😛

And no, I’m not going to say what it is… You’re just going to have to wait and indulge me being a bastard for making this post, saying I have some fancy idea and not saying what it is!


Serum, pianos and basslines, oh my!

Haven’t had the chance to do much work on As She Passes Through The Storm, but I did manage to solve the lack of openness in the track. In doing that though I need to adjust some note velocities again. I got the velocity curve pretty well dialed in again, but there’s still notes that aren’t behaving as they should. 😉 Basically the main problem is that the hammer hits are much more audible in The Grand 3 and that changes the tone of the piece. Obviously by playing the notes softer you also reduce how loud the hammer hits the string, but it does make things a little tricky because I also have to be careful not to go too soft on all the notes, as that again will change the tone of the piece. So yeah, there’s a bit of fiddling left to do still. 🙂

As for Prototype I received some bassline examples back from Arjen Lead today, so huge thanks to him for helping me out (again)! I will go through them tomorrow and figure out things (and probably bug him later because there’s stuff I don’t understand ;)) and start to progress further with the track.

I’ve had a piano piece brewing in my head for the past few days as well, so it’s likely I’ll jump on that, possibly tomorrow, and get it made. 🙂

I’ve picked up Serum (a synth) and looking forward to really using it (aside from just playing around with it for demoing purposes). I think I have some bass sound ideas so I will probably try out a few things for Prototype using it, but we’ll see how it goes.

That’s about it for now… I hope I will have some new content to post very soon instead of just talking random crap. 😛