First, there have been quite a few new additions to the DVRE catalog since last months Blog. I am attempting to add 2 new tracks every week for as long as its humanly possible. Please feel free to Follow Me on Legitmix to stay updated on all new tracks.
I have also re-invested in my DJ career for the first time in 30 years. It is my hope and desire to start working again and bring my tracks to the people personally.
Now onto my continuing Blog Series detailing my creation process....
My Creation Process Part 2 - The Tools of the Trade....
So last month I detailed where I get my inspiration from. This month I'll discuss the Tools I use to create.
Over the years I have probably used most of the available out there, starting with a little program called Cool Edit back in the 90's. Some of the audio programs that have made it onto my PC's over the years are: SoundForge, ProTools, Adobe Audtion (formerly Cool Edit), Acid, Audacity, Fruity Loops, Abelton Live. Cakewalk and Reason.
After a ton of trial and error, I eventually decided to use a combination of 3 programs: Abelton Live (80%), Fruity Loops (18%) and Audition (2%).
Abelton sees the bulk of the duty when I work, as it does for most of the people who use it. One thing I do not use Abelton for is general Rhythm Track Creation.....I choose to use Fruity Loops for that. Within both programs I have access to a host of plug-ins, but my biggest "Go To" plug-ins for Abelton are the iZotope Ozone bundle plus 2 little ImageLine VST's called Gross Beat and Maximizer.
There were 4 big turning points for my editing since I jumped back in to it approximately 4 years ago. The first is when I started using Fruity Loops to create my rhythm tracks in combination with Adobe Audition as my editor. The second was replacing Audition with Abelton Live 8 as my main DAW, giving me the ability to warp (aka tempo correct) tracks easily. The third was using Maximizer during my final stages to get that "Full" feeling to the tracks. The last happend about a year ago when I finally added the Ozone 6 pack to my bag of tricks. Since that point, virtually everyone has noticed a significantly positive difference in how my tracks sound overall.
I am a Windows guy. I know there are a ton of people out there who say that Mac is the only way to go, but nowadays I don't see that as a rule anymore. I use 2 22" monitors...one with fruity Loops open and the other with Abelton Live 9.
Next Month....The Basic Process....
I am DJ FreddyG, Creative Genius of Digital Visions Edits. I'm an old skool professional Club DJ turned Remixer....offering DJ Friendly edits to DJ's worldwide.