In January 1994, Underworld released ‘Dubnobasswithmyheadman’, their third studio album and a pivotal moment in the band’s evolution. It was the first full-length release to feature new member Darren Emerson and was a solid statement of how the group’s sound had transformed into a house/techno oriented direction.Previously more aligned with synthpop during the tail end of the 80s, the new era of Underworld, ‘MK2’ as they called it, now opened up an exciting world of ‘no rules’ collaboration, songwriting and production.The opening track ‘Dark & Long’ was the third to be released as a single in June of 1994, but far from mainstream pop at the time, it failed to make any noticeable chart impact, appearing for one week only at number 57 in the UK singles chart.In 1996 the track reached a much wider audience, thanks to a remixed version appearing alongside the band’s anthemic ‘Born Slippy NUXX’ as part of the soundtrack of iconic 1996 film Trainspotting. (The last time we featured an Underworld track in this series was indeed Born Slippy, back in January 2018!)We have a trio of sounds for you this time, as we show you how to recreate the bass, arpeggio and pad sounds from ‘Dark & Long’ using DRC.Click here to download the Ableton project fileNo longer in the dark,Team Imaginando
Back in November of 2018 we took on the bass and keys sounds from Nathan Fake’s ‘The Sky Is Pink’, and today we’re going all the way back to his first ever release on the Border Community label, ‘Outhouse’.Released in 2003, Outhouse was championed by label boss James Holden and was heard across dance floors globally, before its November Border Community vinyl pressing. The ‘Main Mix’ is a generous ten and a half minutes long, with a couple of breakdowns offering creative flexibility when it comes to mixing it into sets. That’s a luxury you don’t get with modern day five minute EDM tracks!With space for each phase to breathe and develop, the overarching narrative of the track can be easily appreciated with minimum effort. The opening is quite tribal, rhythmic congas draw you in with their growing delay and a bassline with the stealth of ninja appears before you realise. The hypnotic whining and droning of the pads/synths LFOs are prevented from putting you in a completely sedative trance-like state by the drilling bass, pushing and prodding you forward. The interaction between these two opposing forces is what holds your interest throughout, just like a captivating story; the Jekyll and Hyde off techno.Learn how to create the bass and pad sounds from Nathan Fake - ‘Outhouse’ for yourself, with this week’s DRC Sound Design Tutorial video.Click here to download the Ableton project fileOut of one house, into another,Team Imaginando
In the over-saturated market of electronic dance music, it's often the quirkier acts and artists that are the most memorable. Making music has never been easier, and now that anyone with a laptop can produce club-worthy tracks, the process of getting noticed is no longer just a case of letting your music speak for itself.'Image is everything'. Well, not quite everything, you still need to sound good, but for the Instagram generation, it's arguably just as important. It adds to the overall experience, and some artists even go so far as to create a whole narrative that surrounds everything they do, the futuristic robots of Daft Punk are probably the most famous example in house music.The artist behind this week's featured track was more flamboyant than futuristic, 'Azari & III' spent just five years together after first meeting at a Karaoke bar in their native Canada, in 2008.Today we're looking at their 2011 single 'Manic' which was released alongside the only studio album the band recorded together, before going their separate ways in 2013. Confirmation of the split was delivered in a suitably theatrical Facebook post by Alphonse Alixander Lanza III:‘Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, the art project known as AZARI & III has done its work, run its course and is, for all intents and purposes, a momentary blip in time, now forever imprinted on the Universe. Our recent EP entitled “Extinction Event” was just that, an extinguishing of the flame and a bird into the fire of blissful, eternal oblivion.’Click here to download the Ableton project fileWe’re playing manic minor,Team Imaginando
It’s party time again! DRC is officially 3 years old this week!We’re celebrating with a 7 day super sale across all DRC products.This means there are 3 ways to save:30% Off DRC on Mobile (all in-app purchases)30% Off DRC For Desktop30% Off our exclusive DRC Resistor T-ShirtFor the next 7 days you can get the super warm sound of DRC on your mobile, get the same sensational sound on your desktop, and keep the stylish logo close to your heart with the stunning DRC Resistor T-Shirt!We’ve come a long way in 3 years, and this year especially has included some big updates such as AUv3 and AAX support, as part of DRC’s continued development. It’s a journey that is far from over, and one that we have loved every minute of.Join us as we celebrate our 3rd analog emulation anniversary, and grab yourself a bargain at the same time.They grow up so fast…Team ImaginandoTerms: Discount applies to all DRC in-app purchases on Android and iOS devices, plus DRC For Desktop licences and DRC Resistor T-Shirt available from our website, made during the promotion period 11/03/2019 to 18/03/2019. Discount is automatically applied to all prices during this period - the price you see is the price you pay.
As a professional artist, it’s good to have a variety of skills at your disposal, to make sure that you’re never short of work and your bills always get paid every month. Someone who has really got this locked down is this week’s guest artist Moritz Friedrich aka Siriusmo, who is in the enviable position of being a talented producer of both music and graphic illustration. Such versatility could be the reason why since 2001 he’s been called upon to perform remix duties for the likes of Scissor Sisters, Boys Noize, Simian Mobile Disco and Moderat to name a few.Without any context, the name Siriusmo sounds almost Japanese, but in fact, it originates from the name of the band Moritz was a former member of, ‘Sirius’. He left the band, added the ‘mo’ and the rest is history. (Moritz is actually German of course, born in yes, you guessed it, Berlin!)Today we’re looking at ‘Femuscle’ from the mammoth 42 track compilation album ‘Pearls & Embarrassments 2000-2010’, which brought a decade of his vinyl singles onto a digital format for the very first time, in 2011. Another great bass and arpeggio combo video, we show you how to create both sounds in just over 5 minutes with DRC.Click here to download the Ableton project fileSirius about sound design,Team Imaginando
If you see the word ‘Innervisions’ on a record sleeve, you can be pretty confident that the vinyl inside is going to contain either some high-quality house, some top-notch techno, or something in between.Innervisions was founded in 2005 by Steffen Berkhahn, aka ‘Dixon’, and Kristian Rädle and Frank Wiedemann, aka ‘Âme’ - today’s featured artist. The pair first met at the record shop Kristian had opened with a friend in their hometown of Karlsruhe, a place they have been happily rooted to ever since. Resisting the temptation of the bright lights and nightlife of Berlin, the spiritual home of me will forever be Karlsruhe.Today’s track ‘Rej’ is widely regarded as Âme’s big breakthrough hit. Pleasing both house lovers and techno fans alike, it was always destined to receive huge exposure, which it rightfully did in 2006 with continued momentum from its subsequent remix releases.The combination of the track’s anthemic status and its genre-fluid versatility makes it an excellent failsafe emergency floor filler to have on standby, guaranteed to elevate the mood of any crowd, instantly.Today we’re uncovering the sound design secrets of its arpeggio and bass sounds as we show you how to recreate them yourself with DRC.Click here to download the Ableton project fileWe barely even mentioned Berlin this week,Team Imaginando
It’s fair to say that we’ve been producing DRC Sound Design Tutorials for quite a while now, featuring a multitude of different genres from a diverse range of artists, all over the world. There’s one city that we keep coming back to though, a magnet for creativity; Berlin. It’s the birthplace of so many of the tracks we’ve featured, thanks to the amazing amount of talented artists and producers who call it home.One such artist to feel the attractive pull of Germany’s capital city is Canadian born Mathew Jonson, who selected it as the ideal location to set up a European studio for his band ‘Cobblestone Jazz’. It’s easy to see influences of Jazz music in Jonson’s distinctive techno sound, something which naturally lends itself to live performance, where Jonson’s hands-on approach can exercise full control over the music.Studying both piano and drums from an early age seems like a pretty good musical foundation for producing melodic techno; Jonson is a master of both melody and rhythm, from many years spent jamming with groups and band mates.Today we’re taking on the arpeggio from his track ‘Marionette’, released in 2005 on the record label he founded, ‘Wagon Repair’.Click here to download the Ableton project filePortuguese and proud,Team Imaginando
We are pleased to announce the release of DRC 2.1.0 on all platforms, which includes the new 'Iconic Sounds Vol. 2' soundbank, plus Pro Tools/AAX plugin support!Last year we released 'Iconic Sounds Vol. 1' which featured patches from the first season of our YouTube DRC Sound Design Tutorial series. Today we present a brand new collection of sounds, from season two this time, with the all-new 'Iconic Sounds Vol. 2' pack.Available as an optional in-app purchase on mobile and as free bonus content on DRC For Desktop, make sure to update to the latest version to see it in the patch browser.We're also excited to offer DRC in a new format for both PC and Mac users as part of this release, with our first AAX plugin. We know that Pro Tools is still a big part of many producers lives and we're delighted to be able to make DRC available for this powerful DAW.Finally, this update also includes some 'under the hood' tweaks to DRC's engine, to ensure a great experience, whichever platform you use.You can download the latest version of DRC For Desktop from our website, and update iOS/Android apps from The App Store/Google Play respectively.From Portugal with passion,Team Imaginando