MATRIXSYNTH: Frantic/pretty jam w/ Digitone, Volca Drum, Empress Multidrive, Lab, Ola, HX Stomp, Godin Stadium 59

Sunday, January 05, 2020

Frantic/pretty jam w/ Digitone, Volca Drum, Empress Multidrive, Lab, Ola, HX Stomp, Godin Stadium 59

Published on Jan 5, 2020 Jay Hosking

"A live, semi-improvised performance, all on hardware, and inspired by the possibilities of a new year. I picked up a Volca Drum over the holidays, and I'm astounded at how powerful it is for the price, from its independent sequencer lengths per track, accents, and "step jump" performance effect.

It's hard for me to start with drums, though, so I was stuck until a friend returned my Digitone, and then the song quickly came together. Kudos to Elektron for making multi-track gear that helps you construct songs quickly.

Kudos as well to the boutique pedal manufacturers out there. Strymon's Ola is beautiful, and my first choice whenever I need vibrato or chorus. Union Tube & Transistor is based out of my hometown, Vancouver, and their Lab compressor is gorgeous on drums (I only wish it were stereo, but maybe I just need to buy another).

And Steve from Empress was kind enough to send along my very first pieces of free gear (!). Here I put the Empress Multidrive to good use. I'm blown away by how the Multidrive can shape and mangle the drum sound but still maintain its clarity and bass.

Finally, I felt the song needed some guitar. The Godin Stadium '59 is the nicest guitar I have ever owned, from its sound to its feel. I can't recommend their guitars highly enough, if you play more than just synths.

Elektron Digitone — Four synth tracks (arp, melody, pad, bass)
Korg Volca Drum + Empress Multidrive + Union Tube & Transistor Lab + Strymon Ola — Drums
Godin Stadium '59 + Line 6 HX Stomp — Electric guitar

Written and performed within a 24-hour period, and uploaded as is, with only a little compression/limiting on the master."

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