New EP: Energy Cascade

Hi everyone,

Last night we turned in version 1.0.0 of our upcoming synthesizer LION. Between that and having a kid, this is the first free morning that I’ve had in months. I took the opportunity to sit down and record an all-software live EP.

This was a lot less fussed-over than my previous two EPs. There are no edits to each performance, and the only post-processing was compression and limiting. Each performance is built around the same patch, but with increasing intensity.

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Congrats on LION, and the release … oh, and parenthood. Is there information online about the LION synthesizer?

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@trickyflemming can you describe the patch a bit? It sounds very cool!

@disquiet LION’s product page is here! Exciting! https://www.plugin-alliance.com/en/products/unfiltered_audio_lion.html

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Thanks! @disquiet, here’s the LION 1.0 manual: LION Manual.pdf (3.6 MB)
It should be released sometime in the next two weeks.

Vintage Synth Pads just posted a preview of a really nice set of ambient presets: https://soundcloud.com/vintage-synth-pads/sets/vsp-magic-modular-for

@AlessandroBonino, sure! It was made entirely with VCV and my mouse. I’m been having a bit of anti-GAS lately where I’m stripping down my studio and trying to use as little as possible. It sounds a lot more like European program music (i.e. what you hear more at academic institutions) than what I typically release, but I think the last track in particular is one of the better pieces I’ve made. I’m especially satisfied with the mixing/mastering job.

Here’s the VCV patch, as cabled for the last track:

In general, Elements is the primary generator, Marbles and Caudal are the sequencers/modulators, and then Glitch Shifter + Fabfilter Pro-R are the effects. Slap and Rings are used sparingly to affect the timbre of Elements. On the final track, Pro-R is sitting in the Glitch Shifter feedback loop. On the other tracks, the Glitch Shifters are cross-wired feedback-wise and then sent to the reverb instead. Console isn’t really doing anything… I just have that connected to Scope, Rec, and Audio-4 as my VCV template patch. Even though the patches grow in intensity, Caudal’s speed was actually lowered from track-to-track. On the last track, the Speed is turned all the way down, and I’m making use of the HIT button to create those dramatic transitions.

I recorded about 14 takes with various cabling setups. I probably recorded about 1.5 hours of material. The opening track is my practice run with the patch.

For mastering, I stopped paying for Adobe CC a few months back once they raised the rates on me. Previously, I used Adobe Audition. I have a developer license for Studio One, so I decided to try that out. The project mode is excellent! Very clear metering and track layout… I mastered all the tracks together at once instead of individually. I’ll be using that from now on.

The final chain was:
Fabfilter Pro-MB->bx_masterdesk->Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor->Fabfilter Pro-L.
I hadn’t used the Shadow Hills plugin yet (it just came out a few weeks ago), but I think that it did a great job at handling the dynamic range without over-squishing it. bx_masterdesk was mainly used for bass imaging (keeping everything below 80 Hz on the center channel).

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