In our latest entry for The Journal, we caught up with the producer behind Raw Tech-House Patches and discussed his sound design process, his early beginnings with software like Jeskola Buzz, Audio Mulch, and much more…

So, where are you based out of these days?

“Southville in Bristol – it’s great! I’ve moved around the country a bit from Brighton to Leeds and now I’m in Bristol it’s likely I’ll stay here – it’s an amazing city with lots going on and a unique feeling to it.”


Alex’s Studio in Bristol

How did you first get into in to sound design?

“I started off using an E-mu ESI-32 and an Atari ST trying to get my head around making tracks and slowly drifted into making my own sounds via things like the Jeskola Buzz, Audio Mulch and other bits of software before VSTs were widespread.”


What is it about Tech-House you find that keeps the genre popular after all these years?

“I guess it’s the variety really. Lots of room for different sounds and vibes from organic percussion workouts and warm bass sounds to really clinical and cold tracks, plus the grooves are really hypnotic – I’m a sucker for swung shuffle-y rhythms.”

Explain how you go about creating presets. Do you usually know what sounds you’re going for, or is it an experimental process?

“A bit of both really. I sometimes play along with other peoples tracks and make sounds that fit in terms of vibe and timbre, sometimes I program a MIDI loop and tweak the synth until I get something I like and sometimes I know what I’m aiming for. The randomise function on Massive – hidden in the global tab – is amazing. You can chose to randomise only certain aspects so this is really useful for sound design and finding wavetables and filters you don’t use by default.”


Who inspired you during the creation of these patches?

“I’m really enjoying the stuff by Darius Syrossian, Moonwalk, Green Velvet and the Beste Modus camp at the moment.”

Besides Massive, what are your other go-to software synthesizers?

“I really like how Spire sounds, especially some of the options for unison. Serum is great but I’m only just getting my head around it. Sylenth1 is awesome for simple sounds and basslines and the freeware version of Synth1 is also excellent for analogue-style sounds.”


What’s next for you in terms of music production?

“After using Maschine mkII for ages I just ordered a Maschine Jam, so I’m keen to see how that can help make the production process more hands on. Step programming is a bit more direct and fun than clicking with a mouse!”

Get Raw-Tech House Patches here.