April 24, 2013
I feel as if there will always be a demand for some type of 80’s music. Much like classic rock, it is a timeless piece of musical history that will be on the radio for years to come. There are many bands out there that mimic music of that era, and many of them do it as paid musicians. You’ve seen them. The cover bands that wear Devo red hats and can play the top 100 songs from the 1980’s. However, there are few acts out there that are creating original music of that style, today. Chromeo is perhaps one of the more well known bands, who has as interesting of a personal history as they do a musical one.
Their style is quite simple and their gear has been collected from bits and pieces produced over the span of thirty or forty years. What is even more interesting about …
December 28, 2012
Producers are lucky (or unlucky) enough to live in an age where variety is abundant. Picture the original Atari or Nintendo games that had to create diversity in their soundtracks using only the ability to create music from 8 or 6 bit monophonic sounds. It sounds almost impossible, yet they created some original themes to games that are still remembered today.
Present day producers may wish that they were faced with this challenge. Instead, they have the challenge of sorting through thousands of samples in their favorite software production tool; trying to find one that fits best. Odds are they will never be able to sort through their gigantic collections to find the perfect beat, but will rest of one that is “good enough”
Those that have used older synthesizers have also worked with less; something like 32 presets max. If you’re a hardware guy and you have this problem, …