Anyone interested in a career in commercial music would do well to read the forum at the website VI-Control on a regular basis. The VI stands for Virtual Instrument, which is usually a sample of something, like a violin or a timpani. A piano. Each day, these sampled sounds are heard in movies, commercials and popular music. VI-Control is where these instruments are discussed and evaluated.
This month we’re taking a look at Strobe 2, a virtual instrument inspired by the early 1980’s monophonic synthesizers such as the Roland SH-101 or Juno-6. Due to the popularity of vintage synthesizers in pop and dance music, the company FXPansion has created a number of fairly basic sound modules for use in digital audio workstations that emulate the early synthesizers and drum machines quite nicely.
Time for another competition! This time it’s sponsored by Sonokinetics, a Dutch sound sample library that has carved a niche with their orchestral phrase libraries. I’ve always been a big fan of repeated riffs and was on the Sonokinetic bandwagon when they released their first phrase library in 2012. I composed the score for The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari using their Vivace during a three week timespan.
Steve Tidebeck has been very busy, for a person who doesn’t exist. As part of an experiment, he decided to see what would happen if he grabbed some vocals and then wrote songs around them. The usual way most musicians compose songs is to create a chord progression, then add bass, drums, and additional parts to get the sound and mood established. The vocals are usually added after.