Orbital’s Hartnoll vs Hartnoll: The Brother Battle (Classic Interview)

Cover art from Orbital's third album Snivilisation - obviously!

Here’s a real gem for you Orbital fans out there (none of whom is a bigger Orbital fan than yours truly, let’s be clear about that, ok?) from last year that I just discovered (I need to spend more time online, obviously).

This is an interview with a bit of a weird spin: each Orbital brother gets to ask the other one a question, after which the interviewee of the moment is awarded points (1-5) from the interviewer. Phil is the oldest of the two, so he gets to ask Paul the first question.

This is an absolute must watch – brilliant stuff that is coming to us from KindaMuzik on Vimeo (many thanks, guys). Just under twenty minutes in length (there was a shorter, edited version on Vimeo too, but as I only really allow hardcore Orbital fans to visit this blog I didn’t want to serve you guys something that felt a bit watered down – here you get the full, uncut interview).

You´ll get answers to questions that may have, well, haunted you for years, such as:

– What does Phil envy about Paul?
– Which Orbital album is Paul least happy with? (I’ll admit that Paul’s reply here actually surprised me a wee bit, I thought’d he’d name the one before that. I do get his reasoning behind that choice, though.)
– Where would Paul be without Phil?
– What would Paul have liked to change about the history of Orbital?

…. and more. Enjoy!


Thanks again, KindaMuzik.net. Brilliant stuff.

dboxSamples MC-808 – 1300+ Drums, Percussion Hits and EFX Samples in One Collection – for Free!

It’s certainly a good time to be a frugal computer musician these days.  Soundware developers dboxSamples have just released a nice sample library for (in Kontakt, Battery, EXS24, Ableton, Halion, NN-XT & Soundfont formats) which you can download from their website at no charge.

Their Aid01 MC-808 is a collection of classic drum hits – more than 1300 kicks, snares, hats, claps, toms, hits and EFX that were first heard on some of Roland’s most classic beatboxes and recreated in their MC-808 Groovebox. In dboxSamples  set of sounds you’ll get plenty of TR-909, TR-808, TR-707, TR-606 sounds and more.

Summed up:

  • 59 Factory Drum Kits – 16 Sounds per kit – 3 Kicks / 3 Snares / 3 Hats / 3 Toms / 2 Cym / 1 Clap / 1 Rim
  • Single Elements – 78 Snares / 57 Kicks / 69 Perc / 36 Toms / 33 Hits / 32 Fx’s / 32 Chh / 27 Ohh / 14 Zaps / 12 Crashes / 11 Noises / 9 Rides / 9 Vox / 8 Rim
  • 50 Xtra Factory Midi patterns
  • 1397 x 24bits wav files
  • Kontakt, Battery, EXS24, Ableton, Halion, NN-XT & Soundfont

And all this for free. Pretty great deal, don’t you think? So head over to dboxsamples.com to check out their audio demos and download the product. Don’t forget to take a look at their other stuff there as well – they’ve got plenty of quality sound libraries, effects and virtual instruments to choose from.

I’m looking forward to using these samples in my own productions – let me know how you go with them yourself.

Get a Plug & Mix Plugin of Your Choice for FREE

(UPDATE: This offer is no longer valid, but check out Plug & Mix’s stuff anyway – they’ve got some winners in their collection, that’s for sure.)

On Facebook? Want a free plugin from Plug & Mix? Of your choice (and they’ve got forty of them to choose from)? You’re in luck, because Plug & Mix will GIVE you one of their plugins if you just “like” them on Facebook. Which I will of course do myself. Best deal ever? Pretty much.

But be quick. Offers like these don’t tend to last very long, for obvious reasons. And be sure to let your friends know about this too.

Go to Plug & Mix’ website and follow instructions. Enjoy!


Analogue Solutions Medic Modules – These Should Be Bloody Good!

As an owner of a humble but growing Eurorack modular system I will admit to spending waaaaay too much time online looking for new gizmos to fill my Doepfer case with. It’s fun, though, and there’s so much fantastic stuff coming out regularly that I feel compelled to keep up with it all. Has there ever been a better time to be a modular synthesist? Not that I can see, at least (actually, there hasn’t been a better time to be a synthesist period, in my opinion). We’ve been really spoiled for choice these last few years – and spoiling us even more is British Analogue Solutions with their new Medic series of Eurorack modules.

While I wouldn’t classify these as the first pieces of music technology that look like medical equipment (even my Akai S900 would look right at home in a hospital), these modules have the look of something having gone very wrong at whatever clinic they came from. Because there’s blood spattered on them (not real blood, I presume, but it does look quite convincing in pictures). These would no doubt be your first modules choice if you were making a horror movie about a crazy modular synthesist. Knowing how great Analogue Solutions gear can sound, however, I’d say they’d stand a good chance of being many people’s first choice regardless. And I won’t be too surprised if at least one of them ends up in my rack.

The Analogue Solutions Medic modules – designed by AS’ own Tom Carpenter – also come with fitting names like EKG and Defibrillator – the latter of which you can get a glimpse in the video above.

The Debrillator (which can be had for £249 exc VAT and delivery) is described as three independent modules: a High pass / low pass VCF, a low pass VCF, and a VCA. It is based on the Korg MS20 filter and the Analogue Solutions SY02 module. Each circuit is independent, andb can be linked in series using the Link switches, or used separately in parallel for individual processing or stereo filter effects.

The EKG Elektro Kardio Gramm (also £249) – is an 8 step analog sequencer with “unique mode switches.” It has CV Out, Gate Out, Clock in, Clock Thru and Reset In. Each step can be turned off, skipped, repeated or set as a reset point.

There’s also at least one more module that will hopefully be ready for sale soon – I’ll keep you updated on that here.

For more info and to purchase these bloody modules, head straight to Analogue Solutions. If you’re partial to quality hardware synths you’ll find plenty of other bloody good stuff to spend your money on there as well, trust me.