As the last couple of decades have led to making music in software, some of the materiality of physical instruments is lost. No matter how much you love your hardware synths, odds are you spent at least a little time looking into the void of a computer screen. And to the public, much of that is obscured by the back of a display. Instruments face outward; computers face inward.

Enter online photo sharing. Screen grabs can make software rigs visible. For example, someone’s been busy putting together a monster bass channel strip in Ableton Live:

Contained: the synth source is Vember Audio’s Surge digital synth, fed into Ohmforce’s Ohmicide saturator/distorter, Waves’ C4 (a multiband parametric compressor), L2 (ultramaximizer) and Maxx Bass (bass enhancement), and Ableton Live’s own Auto Filter and Saturator. Kids, don’t try this at home. I’m amused because this is hilarious, goes-to-eleven overkill.

Got some screen grabs you want to share? Add them (and anything else music-related) to the Create Digital Music Flickr pool, and drop us a line if you think we’ll find it especially interesting.

I’ll be interested to see if tools like plasq’s upcoming Mac utility Skitch also catch on for this purpose.

  • cam

    Looks like somebody is trying to make a "Reese bass"…

    btw, this sort of thing is much easier in a modular system like Buzz or Buze

  • er.. just to annoy: he should turn IDR (noise shaping) off in Waves plugins when using them as inserts. 😉




  • Of course that's overkill… Everyone knows that all you need is Ohmicide!

  • hahaha this was my shot! if anyone wants to hear what i was working on, send me a mail to djgotama at gmail dot com …. this was the first drum and bass track ive done in about 5 years!

  • Hey lads! – sorry a bit off-topic!

    Just bought 2x [RP-8] Rokit Powered 8 Powered Reference Studio Monitors

    and a soundcard: MAYA44 High Quality 24-bit 96/192kHz 4×4 audio interface

    Can anyone gimme any feedback on this. Am i on the right track to having a home studio?!!?!?!?

  • 3F05Q

    here's the link to the sound file.. I think..

  • Sounds like this guy was hangin' out with Wizzard at Bass Fest:

  • GhostFaceNilla

    BTW- Waves C4 is a multiband compressor- not EQ.


  • paulo

    I'm hoping it's a joke.