Sunday, August 28, 2011

Vacations Suck

Not really. But being away from my work computer and having no internet access can actually be counter productive and raise your stress levels, especially when there's work to be done. Nevertheless, I have always loved Croatia. The people, the food, the beaches, it's one of my favorite countries. Here's some of the cool shit I did during my 7 days on the island of Krk.

I enjoyed the streets of Krk.

I visited a lackluster church.

Took a picture of my shadow.

Ate some awesome (apparently sideways) civapcici.

Bought groceries at the "Ultra Gross" supermarket.

How could I not buy a bottle of my beloved slivo?

All good things must come to an end. On the drive home, the outside air temperature dropped from 35°C (95°F) to 9.5°C (49°F) in about an hours time. Clearly, I have returned to Austria.

I did other cool shit like snorkel but I didn't take any pictures because I heard that bringing an iPhone into the ocean can break it.

- Posted via iPhone

Friday, August 12, 2011


New album drops on the 8th of November in the US on Metropolis Records and Nov 4 in Europe on Out of Line. We're gonna announce a cool limited box set soon. Details coming shortly. In the meantime, if you just want the album or the album + bonus disc, Metropolis is taking pre-orders right now.

Pre-order, album cover and tracklist can all be found at Metropolis Mail Order.

More to follow!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

tech // shit

I hate talking tech, really. It's so mind numbing. Who knows? Maybe today that's what I need.

"List 5 Plug-Ins You Can't Live Without"

1 - Logic ES2.

This is such an overlooked synth. People assume that because it's included with Logic Pro that it lacks any real power. Seriously. I have used this more than my Access Virus. In fact, my Access Virus sat in a corner collecting dust throughout the whole process of writing "All Beauty Destroyed". 70% of everything you'll hear on this record is ES2. Intuitive design, monster sounds, very versatile beast indeed.

2 - Analog Filter Box (Reaktor 5 Ensemble)

If ES2 is the beast, this is its roar. Lots of soft synths have a characteristic in their overall sound I dislike. This very artificial digital sound that gets on my nerves more than I can say. Most of the time I just throw an instance of this on a channel to help "fix" that digital sound and make it sound more analog. The real joy of this plug-in lies in the distortion and filter sections. The digital distortion is a godsend when trying to create a massive, distorted wall of sound. Sometimes, though, it can be like trying to lasso a pissed off bull, one dial turned one notch in the wrong direction can ruin everything. But once you hit the sweet spot, it's just unmatched in my opinion.

3 - DFX Buffer Override

I love spastic effects. I use them sparingly in order to make their impact more... impacting. But this is an indispensable tool when trying to get a jittery, stuttered effect. For songs like "One and Only" I used buffer override on the synth solo and automated the cycles per beat and buffer size in opposite directions along with some improvised pitch bend action. It was essential in creating the effect that opens the track "Under Your Skin" (because that song is acapella, I had to get creative with plug ins and create unique effects with nothing but my vocal recordings).

4 - Logic Compressor

Clearly I'm not a total gear nut. I've got other compressors, but I just keep coming back to this one. Maybe it's how easy it is to get that pumping side chain effect with it, maybe it's cuz I don't know anything better. Doesn't matter. This was an essential part of creating the last record. Literally every single song uses this.

5 - Native Instrument's Massive

I can't say enough good things about this. I bought it on a whim halfway through writing "All Beauty Detroyed". I wasn't really interested in learning a new synth, (I hate technical stuff. Have I mentioned that yet?), but for $100, why not? Right out of the box I realized that this was a seriously impressive synth that was desperately needed in my setup. The very digital, crystalline sound complimented the overly fat analog sound of the ES2. I'd venture a guess and say that 28% of the new album is Massive. The remaining 2%... well that's just a fucking secret.