I am fitting new batteries into my old beasts, the D-50 and TX-802 as they are back in my studio setup. I think it is the first time after over 30 years… I even got me an editor for both on the iPad called Patch Base. Now I need to find back my Sysex libraries for the sounds! (maybe they are on floppy disks)
mibo is Michel Bontemps – composer, arranger, recording and mixing artist.
Black and Blue…
And who knows which is which and who is who.
Now this is a nice combination, Akai MPC Live in Standalone on the left and Native Instruments Maschine MKIII on the right, each one has it’s advantages, if you get to know them. Huge soundlibraries complete the perfect drum machine setup.
Slave to the rhythm, that’s what we are…! Native Instruments Maschine MK3 is the latest addition to the groove section. Beside the imperial MPC, the inevitable TR-8S and the soft Superior Drummer, this drum controller is very different, very fast to work with, and with the Komplete 12 Ultimate Collectors Edition expansion packs there are thousands of great sounds available.
A touch of madness, that’s how they call this new little digital analogue synth MicroFreak by Arturia. Indeed, it is rather crazy what you can do with such a small beautiful toy… Big basses, sharp leads and moving sequences are on the menu!
For more information check out this link: https://www.arturia.com/products/hardware-synths/microfreak/overview
The time for plugin promotions has started, so there are three new plugins in my system, and all of them are great! Firstly the Omnipressor compressor, completing the already large list of my compressors, and then the two modulation extraclass plugins, the Instant Phaser II and the Instant Flanger II.
Now this makes FUN to use…
The Sonsig REV-A is the latest addition to my never ending list of reverbs. This one is very special, three emulations in one plugin, the Lexicon 224, the Quantec QRS and the REV-A, combined with some great modulation… excellent for my electronic ambient music.
You will hear it soon on the new album!
As you know I love reverbs and delaydelaydelays and I have a rather impressive collection of these boxes in the box. You don’t need much more to make music!
There is one new addition in the picture, the great Twangström from my friends at U-he. This old fashioned spring reverb has such a deep character no other reverb I know has. Even more, the modulation possibilities and tweaks are gorgeous, they even added a SHAKE parameter like on real spring.