Sorry for the late posting, I’ve been away on a mini vacation to San Luis Obispo, one of our favorite cities in California, all kinds of micro climates, fun downtown (has even a record store, wow), lots of things to see. This time we climbed two peaks, Bishop’s Peak and Valencia Peak at the Montana De Oro State park.
Anyway, over at SLO (as the locals call the place) I picked up the latest Future Music magazine, or latest as we get it here in USA, the August #190 edition. The magazine was OK, but the video material on the DVD was outstanding!
There was this 120+ minute reportage of D. Ramirez working on a remix in his studio, using Logic Pro and various tools, and he showed a lot of really interesting techniques that I want now to try out, like using various Reactor plugins to take tracks and make various really odd variations of them, and then re-introduce those parts in breaks, and much more. I also liked his idea of always routing all the drums to a specific bus with compression, so the drum sounds were kind of ‘merged together’ with one compress to make the drum part more uniform.
Anyone interested in arranging electro house tracks should see the videos, as he shows inside out how it’s done.
There were also ten videos with various really cool Logic Pro tricks, such as how to side-chain the ES1 synthesizer, and how to do more interesting tricks with the EVOC vocoder, and much more.
I ended with reading the magazine in about 30 minutes or less, and watching the videos for hours!
I used to purchase every Future Music magazine for years, until I just felt that they started to repeat the articles, and there was little new. And I was never that keen on using their samples, were nothing special, and most producers make our own samples, right?
Anyway, the new DVD video sections are really the main reason I will get more FM magazines in future. It’s pretty expensive to get a monthly subscription from US, $140 when I looked at the exchange rate minutes ago — but one could always make a tax deduction of this magazine, as it contains a lot of information music producers would like to know about.
PS: Yes I do think D. Ramirez is one of the really cool electro house producers, he’s very original.
PSS: I started to look through DJ material I have here, and actually I had many D. Ramirez tracks, hehehe.