Producer Q&A 8th May: Elite Force!!

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Producer Q&A 8th May: Elite Force!!

Post by Walter Odington » Fri May 05, 2006 11:35 am

That right my little monkies (or should that be big fat apes?), the hollowed techy break beat overlord Elite Force will be here to answer you song writing questions.

Regardless of your taste in breaks, surely everyone has come across this name before - sublime production that oozes class and subtle hysteria! Ok, I'm brown nosing a bit here, but its true, Elite Force is a very good producer and we are honered to have the good Shack speak to us this month.

Currently Tha Force have just finished recording their first album, to be released on Adrift Records! Its called "Modern: Primitive" and is due out in september 8)

Anyone who fancies remixing one of their tracks can get stuck into 'Reclaim the Airwaves' the induvidual parts are available for download from the tech-funk forum : http://www.strongarmsessions.co.uk/techfunk

and you can find more information from:

MySpace : http://www.myspace.com/shackforce
Elite Force Site : http://www.eliteforcemusic.co.uk



let the hype begin!
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Post by foxington » Fri May 05, 2006 12:45 pm

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Post by afdafsf » Fri May 05, 2006 1:19 pm

Shack,

Generally, how much work do you have to put into your kick drums? From the start - picking the right sound..... getting it to fit with your bassline, do you usually pick bass first, then match KD, or vice versa - etc....

I do mine differently everytime, but wondering if you've got a 'pattern' or certain way of going about this.

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Post by eliteforce » Fri May 05, 2006 1:52 pm

nuskoolbreaks_head wrote:Shack,

Generally, how much work do you have to put into your kick drums? From the start - picking the right sound..... getting it to fit with your bassline, do you usually pick bass first, then match KD, or vice versa - etc....

I do mine differently everytime, but wondering if you've got a 'pattern' or certain way of going about this.

Thanks,


Chr*s
I think a key factor in making any electronic music is to tighten up your workflow. What I tend to do is have banks of sounds on hand in a soft sampler for each percussion job [kick bank, snare bank, hats, crashes, rides etc...], each with around 30 or so sounds. I aim to keep the bank stacked with sounds that I'm gonna want to use & layer with one another. It cuts out a large chunk of 'sound-sourcing' at a time when your creative juices are flowing.

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Post by Mix'O » Fri May 05, 2006 2:25 pm

hi

Which sound monitors you use?
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Post by Tarekith » Fri May 05, 2006 2:30 pm

What gear are you using, all virtual, all hardware, a mixture?
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Post by eliteforce » Fri May 05, 2006 2:51 pm

Tarekith wrote:What gear are you using, all virtual, all hardware, a mixture?
Mackie 32:8:2 as the analog desk
2 x MOTU 2408 soundcards for 16 channels of audio
Apple Mac G5 2 x 2 GB dual with 2.5 Gb RAM running OSX
Mackie HR824 monitoring

Hard synths:
Alesis Andromeda A6
Virus TI
Nord Rack
Roland Supernova II
Virus B
Roland SH-101
Roland JP-8000

Software
Cubase SX3
A wealth of software & plug ins including Kontakt as the main sampler
Recycle
Peak
Ableton

Processors
Thermionic Culture Vulture
Lexicon MPX1
Alesis Quadraverb2
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Post by Tarekith » Fri May 05, 2006 3:21 pm

Where do you see yourself as a musician 10 years from now? Still doing the same music, or something different?

Anything musically you want to do but haven't yet?
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Post by eliteforce » Fri May 05, 2006 3:33 pm

Tarekith wrote:Where do you see yourself as a musician 10 years from now? Still doing the same music, or something different?

Anything musically you want to do but haven't yet?
Who knows what they'll be doing in 10 years' time...impossible to say, but I was making electronic music 10 years ago & I'd like to still be involved in another 10.

I've had a lot of music used in movies & games, but I'd like to do some work to picture, to score some stuff.


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Post by El Huracan » Fri May 05, 2006 5:07 pm

is there any synth which do dont own but secretly lust after?
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Post by eliteforce » Fri May 05, 2006 5:16 pm

steelz wrote:is there any synth which do dont own but secretly lust after?
:lol: no, not really - I'm not that geeky, although I wouldn't mind a 303 for old times' sakes


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Post by El Huracan » Fri May 05, 2006 5:20 pm

whats been your biggest selling tune? and whats been your favorite?
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Post by eliteforce » Fri May 05, 2006 5:27 pm

steelz wrote:whats been your biggest selling tune? and whats been your favorite?
As far as Elite Force goes, it'd probably be something like Toba, Driving Me Crazy or The Answer...Mindfunk did some business too.

Favourites - I'm usually most excited by what I've just done - in this case, finishing off my album & getting to listen back to it all....
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Post by El Huracan » Fri May 05, 2006 5:55 pm

has the remix on the last west promo grown on you? ;-) ;)
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Post by mambo dave » Fri May 05, 2006 6:13 pm

What did you use to get the distortion on Shadowbox? And also did you mean to make the high end all nice and 'fizzy' or is that a by product of your equipment? ( if so how?! ;) )
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Post by eliteforce » Fri May 05, 2006 7:14 pm

steelz wrote:has the remix on the last west promo grown on you? ;-) ;)

like a rash?

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Post by eliteforce » Fri May 05, 2006 7:20 pm

mambo dave wrote:What did you use to get the distortion on Shadowbox? And also did you mean to make the high end all nice and 'fizzy' or is that a by product of your equipment? ( if so how?! ;) )
Simply the nord overdriven to fuck through the Mackie - the two work hand in hand so well 8)

The fizzyness is just one of those things really, where various percussive elements bind together nicely - it helps to get stuff cut at a good mastering house too.


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Post by Lorin MMR » Sun May 07, 2006 9:49 pm

What are you favourite plug-ins?

Thanks in advance,

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Post by SouNdeX » Mon May 08, 2006 1:15 am

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Easy dude...

Out of your synths which would you call "Good old trusty"....??

For me I'd have to bring it down to 2.. Micro Korg (beast) & Supernova II (rack version)

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Post by eliteforce » Mon May 08, 2006 8:20 am

loz wrote:What are you favourite plug-ins?

Thanks in advance,

Lorin
As far as effects go, I love the PSP plugs - simple, intuitive & high quality. Also use a fair few Waves plugs & am always coming back to Spectral Delay, Volcano Filter, Trasher & the Blue Tubes bundle.
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