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Analog Drum 'n Bass

by KinetiX

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This is a drum 'n bass track with a 100% analog signal path from the synthesizers creating the music in real time, being recorded to open reel tape, mastering the tape with outboard analog equipment, and finally cutting the tape directly to vinyl. A video outlining the creation process of the track is available at vimeo.com/130372004

The gear used in the synthesizer studio included:

Modulars : Roland System 700 (Drums), Moog series 900 (minor chords), Roland System 100 (sub basses, wind sfx, sirens), Arp 2500 (squelchy stabs), Buchla 100 series (SFX).

Other Synths : modified x0xb0x (low bass) Korg MS-20 (other bass), Roland System 100 standalone synth (other bass), modified Korg Monotron Duo (other bass)

FX : Roland Space Echo RE-501 (tape delay, chorus, spring reverb), Roland DC-30 (analog chorus-echo), Roland Dimension-D Analog Chorus.

Mixer : Tascam M308b

The mixed signal was recorded in a separate studio using a Studer mixer and tape machine. The premaster was then brought to a third studio where the tape was mastered using the following gear.

Studer A812 tape machines
ORAM BEQ Pro 24 mixing console
API 550b EQ
Tube-Tech CL 1b compressor
Universal Audio Urei 1176Ln limiting amplifier
Amek limiter
Emt140 plate reverb

The master was then brought to a forth studio where it was run from tape through a few more pieces of outboard gear to finalize the signal and cut directly to a 12" vinyl record.

This video was taken with a cell-phone camera at the various locations and the audio for the video recorded and limited in a digital audio workstation in parallel to the analog signal flow.

Big thanks to the Tokyo University of the Arts for facilitating the creation of this track, and to James at www.inreallife.co.nz for cutting the vinyl record.


released June 10, 2015


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