A few words about the album
This album was produced between 2019 and 2021, a complicated period, during which I fought against a disease. Creating music allowed me to escape from the drain daily medical treatment had on my life.
100000 “thank you” to all the people who supported me during these complicated times. Many thanks to my family and the great people at Claranet and https://linuxmao.org.
This album was entirely produced on Librazik 3 which is an impressive Linux audio distribution (coucou Olinuxx) !
You can also hear Sub26nico’s guitars on “Pops !” and “Twenties”. A cool guy for a great collaboration !
Thanks to Samuel from https://tonstudio-tuebingen.com for the mastering !
PS : I’m feeling better now. Don’t complain and enjoy life !
Listen to the album
No need for a monster PC to have fun !
- CPU : AMD Phenom II X4 955 / Ram : 4GB / HD : 256 GB (SSD)
- Soundcard : Focusrite Scarlet 2i2
- Mixer : Behringer Xenyx 1202FX
- Microphone : Shure sm58
- Some vintage and less vintage synths (most of them are second hand)
Commonly used software
- Librazik : my linux distribution of choice !
- Ray Session (session manager)
- Ardour (daw)
- Lmms (daw)
- Hydrogen (drum machine)
- Carla (audio plugin host)
- Misc reverbs : Fverb / Mverb / Roomy (included in ArtyFX) / Dragonfly Reverb
- A-compressor (compressor included in Ardour)
- EQ10Q (equalizer)
- Squeezer (compressor used on the main bus)
- Dpl.lv2 (limiter used on the main bus)
Explanations about each tracks
In this track, I wanted to mix nasty synths with an acoustic drumkit. The Red Zeppelin kit from x42-avldrums was particularly appropriate. Moreover, the audio can be sent to multiple tracks in Ardour thanks to the multi-out plugin, a really cool feature ! I honestly don’t remember why this title was choosed.
Two Open Source lv2 synthesizers were used (ZynFusion & TalNoize Mak3r) but also two VST running through Wine (Dream Sequencer 2 & Crystal).
Aches ‘n’ Tears
The most emblematic track of this album… My daughters hates it and, sometimes, it makes cry. I had a very complicated times in terms of pain and I hope it won’t happen again. it’s title speaks for itself…
- Roland D-05 synth (Roland D-50 reissue ) and the D50 Librarian which is perfectly working with Wine.
- Arturia Microbrute synth and Microdude (an alternative editor because Arturia is not nice with Linux users).
- Korg Wavestation synth
- Korg ElecTribe Es-1 MkII with some Sequential circuits drumtraks samples available on YT
- Yamaha Pacifica guitar
In this track, the game was to mix synths and orchestral instruments. As I don’t own such instruments and as I don’t have the skills to play them, Sfizz (a sample-based musical synthesizer.) with some “no budget orchestra” soundfonts and x42-avldrums Black Pearl plugin were used. I had not inspiration, so the date was chosen as the title.
Twenties (feat. Sub26nico)
I wanted to play around with some synthwave sounds. 2 synths have been used : Surge and SQL8 ( Ensoniq SQ-80 vst emulation hosted inside Carla). The drums were created on Hydrogen with a Linndrum kit (I don’t have such instrument ! Picture by Forat Electronics, CC BY-SA 3.0)
Sub26nico is playing the guitar and using the following plugins :
This one was created on LMMS with some E-mu Emax soundfonts hosted in Polyphone (a very neat soundfont editor). This Emax synths were heavily used by Depeche Mode for example. Emax picture by Matt Friedman (CC BY 3.0).
The drums are coming from a Roland D-20 (D-50 little brother) and the other sounds from a Roland D-05. D-20 + D-05 = D-25 ! What a good joke ! The D-20 was my first real synths (recently for space optimisation reasons).
Pops ! (feat. Sub26nico)
This track was started with some Korg Mini Pops samples (a range of iconic drum machines released in the seventies). After that I have decided to try WhySynth and as I like arpeggios, I decided to give QMidiArp a try.