Favourite Patches & FeaturesRetro Polychord - This came from the Clavia Nord Lead 3, which is hands down one of my favourite synths of all time. I gradually tweaked the sound over the last six or seven years since I acquired it, making many different versions before settling on the version that made the final cut. It reminds me of the old liquid drum and bass records of the late 90s, with a feel reminiscent of LTJ Bukem or a rave tune.Warm Jupiter 6 Pad - The workhorse pad of the collection. This is just a couple of saw oscillators stacked with a bit of low pass filter from inside the Jupiter. The stereo width and unison within Kontakt really bring it to life. I've used this sound on so many tracks over the years. The filters on Kontakt make this sound even more lush. JP8 Scream Lead - I've never heard a warmer and fatter sound than the Jupiter-8. I made over 50 patches in a manic three-day sampling spree, but only a handful made the final cut. The raw sound was so loud and punchy we did virtually no post processing to the final sound. Raw 303 Acid S - I spent ages sampling the TB-303 and it was a real pain. Because I have a non-modified machine I had to go into Pitch Mode and sample each note across each octave within a step time programming menu. Once we finally had it in Kontakt we made extensive use of the internal s uencer to create as dynamic a patch as possible. It sounds like it's come straight out of the TB-303, s uence and all.EBM Bass S - This one came from the S uential Circuits Pro-One. I wanted this to be as close as possible to something Vince Clarke would do! Again the Kontakt s uencer was indispensable here. 808 Kit - Enough said really. They don't come punchier and fatter than this. We spent a whole day sampling the machine and making sure everything was perfect - from signal-to-noise ratio, right down to the quality of cables we used and the subtle attack we added to the snare hits using the Empirical Labs Distressor.
Essential GearRoland Jupiter 6 - used on about six or seven of the patches. I've built these presets over the last 2 years. This for me is the backbone of the collection. Roland Jupiter 8 - I had three days to sample and make as many sounds as possible from it as it was over $200 a day to rent. I packed my Prism Orpheus into my hand luggage and sampled into my laptop on the kitchen table of the apartment I was renting. The neighbours complained approximately every five minutes, so most of it was done under extreme duress. Clavia Nord Lead 3 & 4 - many of the pads and weirder lead sounds came from these. I love everything Clavia does and the editing capabilities in both machines are second to none.Teenage Engineering OP-1 - I had to use this, simply because of some of the amazing inbuilt FX. You'll never guess which patch came from this and nor will I tell you.. Elektron Analog Four - Prior to Overbridge being released I made several patches on this, which was time consuming but very satisfying. Easily my favourite box from the last few years.Roland TB-303 - Goes without saying this featured heavily. Both waveforms and every possible pitch. I think I passed it through a TL Audio Valve to get even more warmth.Yamaha DX7 - for the classic house basses! Korg DW8000 - a stone cold overlooked classic. Many pads and plucks came from this. Reminds me of John Carpenter's horror soundtracksKorg Poly 800 - I used this on some of the Gessafelstein-sounding s uences and leads. Looks like a toy but very underrated and has an amazing arpeggiator to boot. ARP Odyssey- used on a lot of the leads. I have the original 1973 model. It sounds different every time you switch it on so a lot was made out of the randomness of it all. S uential Circuits Pro One - warm, classy and hugely versatile. Roland Juno 106 - used a lot on the basses and pads. One of the voice chips gave in half way through and we noticed a slight tonal discrepancy with the new chip so about half of what I sampled failed to make the cut.Roland TR-909 - as with the 808, every pitch and tone of every hit came into play. Sometimes I'd use the dbx 165 to subtly treat toms and rimshots.Roland CR-68 - as many of these machines have no way of accessing single hits, I'd have to play a preset pattern and isolate the sound to be sampled. The end result was certainly worth it. A classic. MXR 185 - hugely underrated and with the best snare sound I've possibly ever heard. Reminiscent of early Justice and the French house sound of ten years or so ago. The patterns made inside Kontakt really bring this to life. Akai MPC60 - I put many of the sounds through its gritty AD/DA and ended up with a gorgeous, nostalgic, vibey feel - I used it in some of my own Sharooz Kits to give a unique flavour. Bloq is available now from Sample Magic, priced at £44.90. [embed width=631]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzcBy830TG0[/embed] [embed width=631]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIrTHDWIe0A[/embed]