This last week we sat down with the producer behind the enigmatic sample pack, Left Field Bass. We discussed favorite gear, production techniques, and much more.
Tell us a little bit about Leftfield Bass and how you prepared for this release.
Leftfield Bass is definitely the most bass oriented pack I have created. I began by listening to as many halftime bass tracks as possible. Once I had found some strong references I started breaking down the tracks to identify the elements that define the genre.
What got you inspired during the creation of this pack? Any particular influences?
What was your biggest challenge in creating this sample pack?
This was the first 1GB+ pack I have created so the biggest challenge was keeping the ideas flowing and not falling into the trap of using the same kinds of sounds / techniques over and over again. Also making sure there is a good range of sounds that cover all aspects of the genre.
Tell us a little bit about your current studio setup.
Top 3 favorite pieces of gear?
I would have to put the Genelec’s at number one. I also love my Fender Telecaster, which is probably featured on every pack I’ve ever made thanks to the multitude of weird effects you can get from using it with NI Guitar Rig 5. Sometimes I’ll also break out the Korg Monotron for a weird sweeps / fx shots and crazy electronic ‘Wild-tracking’
What’s a unique, unconventional production technique that you would like to share with our readers?
I like to use things out of context. For instance, you can make grimey bass lines by using a drum synth like Sonic Academy’s Kick 2 and key tracking it’s pitch across the keyboard. By adding a heavy distortion and adjusting the initial pitch attack, it can often create a totally unique sounding bass noise.
What DAW do you normally use, and what are some plugins you typically use?
I use Logic X. I sometimes rewire it with Ableton if I’m doing a lot of audio time stretching / audio quantizing (Ableton still beats Logic hands down at this). Some plugs-ins which were used frequently while creating the pack include Izotope Trash which offers very versatile multiband distortion options. I mainly use Izotope Ozone and Dada Life’s Sausage Fattener for compression, although for sidechaining I still use the trusty Logic compressor. I’m a huge fan of the Glitchmachines products, particularly Polygon. I used a lot of different synths but Reaktor Razor was one that I kept coming back to for the low jagged basses. This was often resampled in Kontakt which also takes care of all sampling duties.
Any tips or advice for aspiring producers?
Make the music you enjoy making and break the rules!