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.
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.
Your favorite gear(s)/software(s) ?
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.
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 ?
Personal synth storyI 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.
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.
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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