Skot Shea nous livre dans le détail les secrets de composition et les moyens mis en oeuvre pour concocter son album Like that, but not That sous son projet Beta Virus. De l'Electro-Indus fait maison comme on l'aime. L'occasion de découvrir des logiciels encore différents des canons habituels, des méthodes de composition et de sound-design stimulantes.
Skot Shea gives us his very detailed composition secrets and the resources he used to concoct his album Like that, but not that under his Beta Virus project. Homemade Electro-Indus as we like it. The opportunity for us to discover software solutions still different from the usual canonical ones, inspiring composition and sound-design methods.
Gears and software
What gears/software did you use for Like That, But Not That ?Firstly, thank you for taking the time to reach out, I love talking shop!
For 'Like That But Not That', I used Reaper as my DAW. I love the flexibility in it. I have tried most of the major DAWs over the years and Reaper fits with my workflow the best. Specifically within Reaper, I use ReaSamplOmatic5000 extensively, primarily for drums and guitar samples. LTBNT is largely based around EMU sp12 drum samples. Vital, Surge and sometimes Massive for the main synths.
By far right now, Vital is my favorite soft synth. It is fantastic for everything from drones, to basslines, to super saws, to strings and pads, to kick drums.
Your favorite gear(s)/software(s) ?
Any evolution in your setup ?
Always. I'm starting to bring in more and more hardware. I just started dipping my toes into Eurorack and that has me very excited. I also have a Behringer Neutron, which is wonderfully buzzy and analog; and I just picked up a Td-3 which is always fun because acid. I'm planning on bringing in a nice sampler to get away from the computer a bit. Maybe a 1010 Blackbox or a Digitakt.
Do you use/tweak presets ?These days, almost never. I find it much faster and more rewarding to just learn a synth and then program what I need from init. For some more Rompler-like synths: Korg Wavestation or M1 for example, I feel like the appeal is in the presets so for things like that yes, I will pull up "8' piano" or something, but otherwise, it's almost all from scratch. (and of course I have nothing against those that do use them, it's just not for me.)
Do you design you own sound ? On which synth/plugin in particular ?
Personal synth storyMy first synth was a novation supernova 2r, and it was 100% completely wasted on me. As were the next half dozen or so synths that I bought and sold without a shred of an idea of how they should be used. These days my hardware collection is far less extensive but also far more intentional, and it actually gets used.
What would be your main writing/composing method ? Do you start classical rythm/bassline then arrange around it ? Do you already have structure in mind ? Do you improvise, record sessions then select ? ...
Do you produce/mix in the box or do you use mainly external gears (effect/comp/eq...) ?
I mix in the box. I use a lot of parallel processing, busses, aux sends, EQing, Saturation and limiting. Nothing too special there. Mostly just freeware, or stock plugins. I master for myself too, also in the box.
What is your most painful / enjoyable step in track production ? Sound design, arrangement, mixing, mastering ?
Most enjoyable is sound design. Most painful would be lyric writing. It is where the whole production grinds to a halt if I am not careful.
For sound design in general, I would say you have to know when to stop screwing with a sound. Do what you set out to do and call it done. I always used to fall into the trap of "maybe just one more LFO" and it totally rips the life out of a sound.
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