The track is a combo/cross of electronic and orchestral (scoring) stuff, based on a rather unusual harmonic/rhythmic structure.
The following is the gear I used on this track:
- Dave Smith Evolver for the intro lead.
- Moog The Roge for the lead at 01:00.
- Sequential Circuits Six-Trak for the organ/lead at 1:44.
- Nord Lead 3 for the lead at 02:14.
- Roland SH-101 for the theremin-esque ending lead at 2:58.
- Omnisphere and Albion for pads, piano and orchestra.
- FX: Strymon BigSky and TimeLine.
- Synth tracking chain: Synth, TimeLine, BigSky, Radial Engineering DI, API Channel Strip, ELI Fatso, Burl ADC.
- ITB mix and master (UAD SSL G Buss Compressor, Fabfilter L2).
Being both the producer and the mixing/mastering engineer is definitely not optimal, so I am ready and prepared for critics. Thanks!
Thanks for sharing your…
Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Audiokid, I do appreciate it a lot.
To be fully honest, synth geek here, I find the Nord Lead 3 core-sound somehow cold/sterile (other nords are supposed to be better), but its interface is the best I've ever seen/used on a synth, all its parameters (and it's a huge amount) are visible and controllable even from a single midi CC (and that's just one use case). So, deep/complex modulations are its strenght, in my opinion. Whereas for the cold/sterile sound, a bit of fx and analog outboard treatment (such as transformers, saturators) are definitely welcome.
Regarding the last questions (thanks for asking), it depends, while writing I generally think of the harmonic structure, the modes, the notes, the melodies and everything (using a basic piano sound, for if I like that, then it can only get better later on). Then, while programming and tracking, the sound itself is the driving factor. I like synthesizers because they allow shaping sound from silence to noise at your will.
When the tracking work is done, I would send the stems (and a rough mix) to a proper mixer engineer, but unfortunately that's not the case, so I am still at the DIY stage.
Regardin the marketing, I'd love to answer your question, but I have no clue and no connections, so I guess I will just keep working on my stuff for the pleasure I get.
All the best,
Sounds really good. I don't…
Sounds really good. I don't have any criticism. Thank you for including your tools as well, I wish more people did that.
I love Nord Lead's. I've owned a few over the last few decades. Bought the original and then upgraded to Nord Lead 4 about 8 years ago. Had to part with it a few years ago and that was painful. Nice hearing it.
When you are listing to your piece and composing, what are you envisioning and where would you market it?