Jon Rundell is on one hell of a musical journey. Partnering up with Carl Cox to run the influential Intec label, boss of his own imprint Etch, DJing all over the place as well as finding time to release some pretty hot dancefloor killers, DJ Mag jogs on with Jon as he explains why we might not ever see an artist album any time soon...
Sub bass can be one of the most difficult aspects of a mix to get right, and yet for electronic music producers, it’s one of the most important. Physical factors such as the way our hearing works as well as practical influences like speaker size and placement mean that bass frequencies can be hard to get right in home or even project studios. In a new video from Point Blank, they discuss the best practices for getting clean and powerful bass in your tracks and how to avoid phasing, clashes and muddy bass.
“When we start to make a track we normally start with percussion. We always start with a rhythmic platform because it gives us the ultimate feeling of the track, which brings us to the sounds that make up the song. For example, in our newest release 'Blimpus', when we started the project we wanted to make a collection of songs that showcased our melodic side of production.
“I’d like to be able to say it’s my Yamaha CS-80 that I can’t live without but I don’t own one, realistically it has to be my iMac and MacBook. This might sound obvious but I wouldn’t be able to produce 90% of my aesthetic without it. Granular synthesis especially is something I use very regularly, that I can only do in the box.
This month we are looking at the new plug-in from Sugar Bytes, Egoist. Proclaiming to be a “groove in a box”, Sugar Bytes have combined four main components, plus a massively attractive user interface (UI), to create an interesting and unique groove instrument. The first tab is the Slicer, which lets producers arrange up to sixteen slices of a loaded sample, but also allows parameters such as attack, decay, level, reverse and pitch to be tweaked. Perfect to add some life to hi-hat patterns.
Pioneer Rekordbox has been a revolution for CDJ DJs who wanted to move beyond CDs to get more creative with their mixing. It has become the go-to software for USB- and SD-card DJs who want to take advantage of computer-based management and preparation of their music, but don’t want to use a laptop in the booth.
Maxim is best known as the MC from The Prodigy, probably still the biggest and most dangerous electronic act on the goddamn planet. He's the vocalist on Prodigy classics like 'Breathe' and 'Poison', and still does approximately 100 shows a year with Liam, Keith and co. Apparently there's another Prodigy album out later this year...
Point Blank Music School have a brand new course called Mixing Dance Music in Ableton. It’s all about applying classic and fundamental mixing and engineering skills to the popular software including EQ and compression concepts, critical listening, dynamics, reverb and depth.
Of late it seems that hardly a month goes by without the release of a new DJ controller, whose raison d’être is to tempt the DJ community into parting with their hard-earned cash. Of course, more choice is always a good thing for consumers but as the market becomes ever more saturated, new products must offer something unique to escape the fate of being left on a shelf to gather dust in a lonely warehouse.