What were the early 1990’s like? For many they were a celebration of the end of excessive hairstyles and cocaine abuse, the continuing War on Drugs and the end of George H. Bush’s presidency, ushering in an era of prosperity with a succeeding commander-in-chief who stabilized the U.S. economy to a point where most people were able to get ahead. That is, until the afore-mentioned leader decided to get a little head. But that’s not anything to dwell on unless your first name happens to be Monica.
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.