samedi 9 avril 2022

Kitchen Notes : Matt Hart on Below the Terra Pt. 1

Matt Hart a livré 9 titres Electro-Indus saupoudrés de riff sde guitares pour la première partie de sa saga musicale d'anticipation Below the Terra. Des compositions efficaces visant principalement les clubs et des méthodes de production nomades toutes aussi directes qu'il nous décrit ici.

Matt Hart has delivered 9 Electro-Indus tracks sprinkled with guitar riffs for the first part of his musical science fiction serie Below the Terra. Efficient arrangements mainly targeting club scenes with nomad straightforward production methods he describes us here.

Gears and software

What gears/software did you use for Below the Terra Pt.1 ?

I use a MacBook Pro with Logic Pro for recording and hosting software synths and plugins. For recording I use a Native instruments Audio 6, Sennheiser SXW microphone for vocals and my trusty Jackson Christian Olde Wolbers Signature 7 string for all guitars.

Your favorite gear(s)/software(s) ?

I’m currently loving Xfer Serum for synth duties but I dabble around with a whole bunch of software synths dependant on the kind of sounds I'm looking for.


Any evolution in your setup ?

The evolution has come from the level of understanding I’ve gained from the mixing process to make sounds better and better fit together.


Sound Design

Do you use/tweak presets  ? 

Absolutely. They are a basis for what sounds I use however they are generally very highly modified and mixing often makes them sound very different from the ’out of the box’ sound.

Do you design you own sound  ? On which synth/plugin in particular ?

I have built my own sounds in Serum and Massive but I’ve found that I get so lost in the design that nothing gets written so I often lean on presets for quick production then mix and tweak from there.

Personal synth story

I once had a whole collection of Korg Volca synths but I sold them all as they were holding me back from the creative process and I travel a lot with work so more often than not I write on the road therefore they just weren’t worth keeping.

Writing/composing method

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 ? ...

I don’t really have any set method!
I often open up a new project and see what inspires me first. Sometime that will be a guitar riff I’m working on, sometimes a drum pattern and sometimes just, noise.

Producing/mixing method

Do you produce/mix in the box or do you use mainly external gears (effect/comp/eq...) ?

All my production comes from under the hood of my MacBook, no hardware at all! I have however employed a very good friend of mine to do the final mixing process for me. It allows me to be the creative, while leaving the highly skilled step of mixing to someone else.

What is your most painful / enjoyable step in track production ? Sound design, arrangement, mixing, mastering ?

I love writing. I’m a creative, I know what I want things to sound like and how things should be arranged but making things ‘sound good’ is now in someone else’s hands - from mixing to mastering as well.

Matt Hart's tips

Don’t be afraid to use presets to get things going. Don’t spend hours on sound design and then never write a track. Flesh a track out early on and tweak sounds and arrangements afterwards.

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2 commentaires:

  1. Thank you so much for your time with this interview --- had such a unique slant on sharing my creative process/gear. Much appreciation for all your interest and support!