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Lifelike Studio Tour re: Alchemy + Mac SE/30 + E-mu EMAX
« on: November 26, 2016, 08:40:44 AM »

“I started by playing piano. I learned it when I was 12, but only because my mother made me - I hated it. I learned to sample on an old Amiga computer. I was sampling in other people’s records and basically doing remixes, though I didn’t know it was called that at the time.

“On the piano you had to play chords and there was a lot of discipline, but on the computer, you could take an entire piece of music and chop it up. You didn’t have to know or learn music, and I loved that. I didn’t intend to do music though.”

“I love those samplers. I don’t use them all to be honest, but I still use the S-760 because I hate bouncing in the computer. I use it as an analogue-to-digital converter because I think it sounds amazing. I put everything onto a Flash card and then load it into Cubase to edit things."

“This is the only computer able to communicate with my favourite old sampler Emax 1. The old Mac is running Alchemy from Passport Software that allows me to edit the sample faster. It also normalises the sample, one thing that the Emax can’t do.

"I do still use the Emax for a lot of my productions - the sound is properly amazing. Sonically it’s a pure copy of the SP-1200 E-MU but it can sample up to 42kHz and has SSM analogue filters!”

“This was my second sampler - my first one was a Casio FZ-1. It sounds a bit dark, but the bottom-end sounds very fat. It’s very easy to program and sample on. It cost me all my savings back in the day to buy this monster!

"But it was the sound of most of my records and remixes, including the post-Discopolis stuff, together with an Alpha-Juno 2 keyboard and a TR-909. That was my setup for more than eight years.”

“This piece of gear is amazing. The sample edition is a bit different from other samplers I’ve been working with, but once you get into it, you can almost do it all. I sequence on it and I sample on it - it’s the best tool you can have for making dance music.”

“It’s my main sequencer, but I do synchronise it with Ableton Live. I really like the sound of Cubase; I think it’s the only sequencer that doesn’t sound digital. When I hear mixes today from other famous artists, the sound is huge and clean, but it has no personality.

"For me, being a musician in electronic music is also about having your own sound. Logic, in my opinion, isn’t able to deliver a proper ‘personal’ sound. The digital mixer doesn’t behave the way a real mixer would behave, so it makes things very difficult when you want to get a glued mixdown that doesn’t sound like cheesy commercial dance.”