France – and the music world – lost this morning one of the greatest composers of our recent time: Maurice Jarre – father of the synth prodigy Jean-Michel – has made plenty of legend movies soundtracks, such as Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago; and more recently Ghost, Dead Poets Society, besides many others. The guy was huge.
Archive for March, 2009
Are you a computer music geek? You know – or even better, you’ve figured them out! – production tricks that could be also useful to the rest of the world and make this planet a better place to live (or at last with even more interesting music to listen to)? And concerning the possibility of sharing that with everybody, in addition of the fame, the love, and the respect, what about getting some Ohm Force plugins for free? Hmmmm… we’re starting to talk in you language, hein?! .. (…) eMusicTips.com is a nice initiative from Cam Gaut, who’s from the US, but the site quickly became international, with regular contributors from countries like Costa Rica and Iceland (!). Their goal: create a skill database for electronic music production and audio processing, little pieces of knowledge that could surprise you. An example? Have ever an arpeggiated line inspired you to imagine some nice note variations? But it’s an arpeggiated line, so you just can’t edit the notes, isn’t? Well, it seems that if you’re running on Ableton Live, you can. It’s about knowing how to ‘record’ the arpeggiator midi FX output in a new midi clip, so you’re then able to tweak the notes as you want…
Last weekend UK’s South West have seen its first music expo – Analog To Digital Music Expo, that’s the name of this pioneering event – and Ohm Force was present, with Jef Stone, the expo organiser himself, demoing our plug-ins during his production workshop. Jef told us that the attendence was much bigger than what they could expect, what shows that there’s a lot of production potential in the region. At the end one lucky guy has won an ALL-ALL Bundle and is now able to practice at home the tricks learnt during the workshop – and Ohm Force was not alone supporting the british South West’s production scene: big names like Korg, Yamaha, Fender and Focusrite were there, but also cool web based companies such as Voxengo and Camel Audio, among others..
We’ve recently made a contest in partnership with french ‘one stop geek blog’ Geekzone.fr, and Matthieu M. aka Alkama was the big winner, taking home a deserved Ohm Force ‘ALL-ALL Bundle’. The contest theme was about christmas – we’ve actually challenged the contenders to create some “Electrohmic Christmas” soundtrack – and Alkama did it greatly: he’s found a creative way to stay coherent to the proposed theme, with a groovy jingle-bell-bassline that goes along the whole track, but also with beats and melodies that go beyond the contest subject and could easily be at our Mp3 players during the whole year. The Ohm Side of the Moon has made a big interview with him, so click here to listen to his winner track while you check it out:
1- For how long you produce music and what is your studio setup?
I’ve been producing music since the middle of the 90s, as a teenager, when I joined a digital movement called demoscene as a coder and musician. Back then, I used to run on C64, then Amiga, Atari and the early x86s. Those were quite stable platforms to develop on, with known reachable limits. Today, the average computer is quite a monster, and demoscene slowly evolved from its “pushing limits” goal to an expression media. A way to produce underground animated art.
My homestudio is made of a Desktop PC with an RME HDSP9632 sound card connected to a pair of DynAudio BM5A and a Mackie BigKnob to control the volume. The RME card is flawless and impressive, I used to plug some Sony MDR7509 headphones and it sounded just good enough. I’ve waited a long time before buying descent monitors: it’s an expensive investment. But now I got those Dynaudio, I just cant remember how I did before. It completely reshaped the way I mix my tracks. The mobile part of my studio is composed of a MacBook Pro laptop with a NI Audio Kontrol 1 sound card. The sound card is less important on macs, since audio latencies are short anyway.
On the software side, my main tools are Ableton Live and MaxMSP. As all geeks, I like to experiment and nothing beats the old good “do it yourself” state of mind. MaxMSP is a dream tool and a pleasure to play with (now that I went over the beginners aggressive learning curve), and Live is just easy and flexible enough not to be a hassle while trying to lay down an idea (click here to take a look at his track’s live arrangement). Plugin-wise, I’m a total fan of the Minimonsta. I use it for just everything. It’s much more versatile than one could suppose. And the idea of embedded “LFOs/ADSR on every control” makes it even deeper and expressive. Lately, I also bought myself Logic Studio, hoping to spend more time finalizing my songs. Continue reading ‘Meet Alkama, Geekzone’s contest winner’
What a good surprise when opening this morning the March edition of UK’s mag Sound On Sound ! Both Ohmicide:Melohman and Symptohm:Melohman have been reviewed in a in-depth 3 page article that describes – and judges – most of these two plugin’s features. So we’re glad to see that our two newest plugins have been approved by one of the most important – and exigent – music productions mags of the world. You’ll be able to register yourself to read for free the whole review, or why not going to your newspaper agent and taking home this nice edition that also talks about Cubase 5, the cheap-and-cool Behringer audio-interface-and-keyboard-controller, and much more…