The English duo Moloko are probably best known for their biggest hit ‘Sing it back’ with a little help from the remix skills of German DJ Boris Dlugosch, when his funky reworking of the 1998 track received the attention of house DJs worldwide. Before this, the Sheffield based pair had managed to gain international exposure, particularly in the US, from their song ‘Fun for me’ being featured on the soundtrack to the 1997 film ‘Batman & Robin’.Today we’re looking at the bass sound from ‘Fun for Me’ and showing just how quickly and easily it can be created with DRC. With this super-fast tutorial we wanted to also introduce the idea that not all sounds need to be complex to sound great. As Lucas mentions in the video, in terms of balance and harmonics, simple can sit really nicely in the mix and still be effective too.DRC can of course create complex, deep, rich soundscapes too - the secret is knowing when and where to apply its powers; practicing subtlety and restraint during the sound design process can avoid the potential for problems at mixdown.Click here to download the Ableton project fileMaking sound design fun for you,Team Imaginando
Things are hotting up here at Imaginando HQ, with soaring temperatures and long summer nights, it is well and truly ‘T-Shirt season’ - a chance to see who has the coolest new short-sleeved sizzlers in the office!This year we’re making it easy to look and sound cool simultaneously, with our special ‘Synth & Shirt Bundle’:BUY DRC AND GET THE T-SHIRT FOR FREE!*Get the amazing analog style sound of DRC For Desktop, along with the fantastic, premium quality DRC ‘Resistor’ T-Shirt, and grab yourself a saving of 39 euros at the same time!This promotion is available only while current T-Shirt stocks last. Don’t miss your chance to get one, at the best ever price - FREE!Look awesome, sound awesome, feel awesome. The ‘Synth & Shirt Bundle’ is available now, exclusively from the Imaginando store.Supercharging your summer,Team ImaginandoTerms: Free ‘DRC Resistor T-Shirt’ with any purchase of DRC For Desktop from our website store during the promotional period which begins 01/07/2019 and ends 14/07/2019. Available in sizes S, M and L - subject to available stock; shipping by standard registered post only. Customers must contact us after purchase to confirm delivery address and desired T-Shirt size.
This week our number one virtual analog synthesizer DRC, takes on a number one chart hit from a virtual band, in the form of Gorillaz and their 2005 hit ‘Dare’. Consisting of singer and musician Damon Albarn and graphical artist Jamie Hewlett, Gorillaz have been a popular mix of urban styles since 1998.Taken from the band’s second studio album ‘Demon Days’ it features the strong mancunian stylings of guest vocalist Shaun Ryder, of Happy Monday’s fame.When Damon Albarn first persuaded Shaun to join him in the studio, the track was nothing more than an instrumental, with Albarn encouraging Ryder to freestyle anything he could think of over the top. The lyrics which appear on the track from Ryder, actually come from him complaining that he couldn’t hear the volume level of the instrumental in his headphones, ‘it’s coming up, it’s coming up, it’s coming up, it’s there!’ With his thick accent completely changing the word ‘there’ to ‘dare’ in the process.Learn the bass, lead and background sounds for yourself with our DRC Sound Design Tutorial.Click here to download the Ableton project fileTeam Imaginando
The secret behind every great double act is the way in which the two component parts work together, with successful compatibility achieved from either similarity or difference. Scottish duo The Proclaimers for example, have the biological advantage when it comes to similarity as they are twin brothers, so it’s no surprise their voices are homogeneously harmonious.There are far more examples of the second kind of partnerships though, where the contrast of the pair’s opposing attributes/flavours/tropes delivers a satisfying result. With our narrative established, let’s now look at how it applies to Austrailian collaborators Flume and Chet Faker, and their track ‘Drop The Game’.Harley Streten (Flume) and Nick Murphy (Chet Faker) first worked together in 2012 on ‘Left Alone’, a track from Flume’s self-titled debut album, before teaming up again in 2013 for the EP ‘Lockjaw’, which included ‘Drop The Game’. It’s easy to be swept away by Chet Faker’s soulful wandering vocals, just like the artist his pun-pleasing stage name pays homage to; jazz trumpeter Chet Baker. However, keeping things in line is Flume’s tight production, with punchy beats rhythmically slicing the mix into beat sized ear-fulls.Stripped back sections where your mind can float off into a daydream, are followed by a soberingly swift return back to earth, when the gravity of the percussive elements kicks back in. The catchy melody is punctuated with little rests, repetition keeps things moving but with a reluctant dragging of the heels.It’s another triple threat tutorial as we show you how to make the bass, organ and steel drum sounds for yourself with DRC.Click here to download the Ableton project fileWe’re dropping knowledge,Team Imaginando
When Modeselektor and Apparat met for the first time, it wasn’t because they had a masterplan to take the techno world by storm, they just wanted to hangout as a group of like minded musical tech-heads. The inevitable jam sessions that followed were purely ‘just for fun’, initially at least, but since then we’ve been blessed with three studio albums plus the 2016 ‘Live’ album, which offered everyone the chance to experience the magic of a Moderat show.In 2017 the band announced that they were taking a much needed hiatus from working together under the Moderat brand, something which was never meant to be a brand, and something which grew so big it ended up taking over their lives. With success comes pressure, and with the spotlight on you, under the scrutiny of the media, something which was once fun can turn into a laboured and stressful exhaustion.Every band lives for touring though, and after taking their show all the way to Coachella and back, the trio played their final homecoming gig in September 2017, to a sold out crowd under the night sky of Berlin.While Moderat may be out of sight for the foreseeable future, their sound lives on as this week we show you how to make the bass and pad sounds from their track ‘Out Of Sight’ with DRC.Click here to download the Ableton project fileEverything in moderation,Team Imaginando
A Great Sounding Yet Ultra Affordable Tape Delay For Desktop and iOS
Imaginando's latest vintage delay plug-in for desktop and iOS is seriously affordable and brings a touch of retro to your productions.
Today we are excited and proud to introduce you to a brand new product from Imaginando, with the launch of our latest effects plugin for both Desktop and iOS: K7D - Tape DelayBorn out of our deep-seated love of all things analog, we've used our meticulous methods of detailed emulation to recreate the classic sound of vintage hardware delays, with a modern twist of updated features and design.To ensure an authentic and realistic analog sound, we’ve once again focused our research and analysis on all the little irregularities and imperfections that tape delay introduces along the entire signal path.Here’s a look at the key features:- 1ms to 1 sec. dual-playhead, analog-modeled delay with noise, tape distortion and mechanical vibration models- Input with pre-amp saturation and optimized gain staging and saturation algorithms for very musical results- Normal and Ping Pong modes- Delay time spread between heads and stereo width control- High pass and Low pass filter on feedback path- Powerful LFO bipolar time modulation with multiple waveforms (sine, triangular, saw, square, sample and hold and filtered sample and hold) and possibility of inverted LFO phase on second play head (for added stereo imaging)- Delay time syncable with BPM and possibility of delay time modulation via incoming midi notes- Oscilloscope visualisation of audio waveform and LFO waveformDesigned to be flexible and versatile with a concentrated set of features presented in a stylish, easy to use interface, K7D is an affordable plugin which represents excellent value for money.K7D launches on both iOS and Desktop today 06/05/2019 with a special introductory offer available at launch.We look forward to bringing you more great things in 2019,Team Imaginando