I was leaving this for someone who wanted*their* track reviewing (also not much data in my man cave ,only text access to interweb generally) but then decided to give it go anyway..@HisMostDarxxxellent - Icicle Jam...
Nice! Euphoric (pre Goa) trancey sound.l was the vibe I felt.
Realty liked the synth layers (chord progressions) with great gate pattern setting the structure and flow- opening and closing ,creating builds and release. I thought the mid range was layered and done well. Loved the freestyle live playin and impro lead sounds -excellent,with just enough weirdness riding the track .Mid range mx good.
For improvement I thought the drums could have more definition. I initially thought you could do with a desk to refine your tones with EQ/comp and FX. then I realised your using that mx-1. I’m now not sure if that’s the problem, although I do like to have good control of EQ plus long faders.(ive not used or know much about the mx-1).I started to wonder maybe you’ve got too much going on in the top end. I read a great tip recently about having a defined sound by having only just enough ,no more in the top end and lowpassing the synths to give room. Not needing so much EQ ,just getting ingredients right. So maybe I would of considered losing the off beat tambourine (not sure what it was, I think from TR8 and fairly consistent on the off beat). You dropped it out occasionally and I could hear more of the candy then. Maybe that was a touch fatiguing all the way thru - but having said that you may of felt that was an important part of the rhythm and pace. Maybe then an EQ could be useful. But it’s nice to think of treble like the bass in dance- its also important -and too many sounds competing for the same beat its gonna be hard to gel those tones. So that was a creative criticism .i don’t know how think of the mx-1 - is it better than a traditional desk? Do you find it getting cluttered with too much volume ,sound wise. It’s an interesting idea, I was just wondering how you faired with it.
It was nice to see you enjoying the gear and over all that can be the most important qualification in ,well life generally, but certainly application. So nice and enjoyable video -well done.
I’m just wondering … Where you gonna fit your OB?
Wow! Thank you soooo much @Spheric_El! What a great review. It made me think about a lot of things.
I think you are right about the high frequencies. I struggled with that part and that wasn’t due to the MX-1 I believe. That was because of what came after. I am using a Drawmer DL241 and an LX20, or was, as compression units AFTER the MX-1 and the problem is is that they roll off at 10khz. When I get the stereo file into the box I boost that up. I used Ozone 7 and I gave the high frequencies too much sauce in both EQ and tape distortion modules. This is where all of the noise comes from that you talked about.
I’ve since removed both the LX20 and DL241 pre-MX-1 and everything sounds better. Although they are good units I think they would be better for instruments and sounds going into the MX-1. As for the desks EQ/filter options they work surprisingly well, it has to be said. I was very sceptical at first. I should also mention that I have some things EQ’d pre-desk. I really like the filter options available on the MX-1 because they can be modified for steps 1-16, with a gate, and a wet/dry option. This has helped me lead into the drops and add extra character to some sounds.
Nice idea about rolling off the top of the synths to let the rhythmic parts through. Great advice regarding the top end.
Next time I will be much more subtle with the enhancements once the stereo file is in the box and I hope the highs will be attenuated.
Someone else told me about GOA but I’ve never listened it and my search has always come up fruitless. Could you name a few tunes so I can have a listen please.
I love your question re: the OB6. It has a different flavour than my System 1 and it is fun to experiment between the both of them to produce different lead lines. As a side note I’ve also reconfigured the System 1 so it sends midi data to the System 1m. Any changes or notes I press get played on the 1m I can also change subtle parts on the 1m to make it more interesting. In return this means that I have 4 main oscillators and 2 sun oscillators. I’ve made some very deep patches with this combo.
The OB6 is stellar and has a mojo that reigns supreme. I’ve come close to some patches with my SE-1 but the SE-1 is mono.
Here once again, thank you very much. Your words made me reflect a lot. I sincerely wish for people in this thread to post their critique of other people’s work.