I often receive mails asking me about the equipment I’m using for creating Antichrisis’ tracks, so I thought I’d better answer that question here and now for anyone who might need some recommendation concerning musical equipment.
Me and Ayuma are both working on iMacs
, and while Ayuma’s recording her vocals in Garageband
I’m completely addicted to Logic Studio
as my favourite digital audio workstation instead.
When creating a track I usually start with the drums - and for me there’s no better software for creating awesome sounding drums than Toontrack’s Superior Drummer
: easy to use, great sounding kits and lots of expansion packs and producer presets for all kind of purposes. If more “non-natural” sounding drum sounds are required I’m always turning to Spectrasonics’ Stylus RMX
which offers an almost insane flexibility and gazillions of stirring drums and percussions.
There are two different ways for creating bass tracks for Antichrisis: Either I’m playing my good old balky Vantage Avenger 4-string bass through IK Multimedia’s Ampeg SVX
amp simulation or I’m using Spectrasonics’ magnificent bass module Trilian
via MIDI-keyboard instead.
When it comes to guitars, I’m usually using our Takamines for acoustic sounds and my Epiphone Tom Delonge model for that certain electric twang. Again I’m playing those guitars through another amp simulation by IK Multimedia called Amplitube 3
which I prefer over Native Instrument’s Guitar Rig 4 Pro
especially when it comes to crunchy and distorted guitar sounds.
But let’s move on to the keyboards: I’m using a plain simple MIDI-keyboard by M-Audio as my master-keyboard and I’m preferring the following plug-ins for creating great and outstanding arpeggios, leads, pads and all other kinds of strange noises: Omnisphere
by Spectrasonics and Alchemy
by Camel Audio are definitely my favourite workhorses as they provide lots of inspiration, clean user interfaces and mind-blowing sound quality - but M-Tron Pro
and Virtual String Machine
by GForce as well as Miroslav Philharmonik
by IK Multimedia are also providing great additional sounds.
So all that’s left is sound processing itself: For these purposes I’m always coming back to IK Multimedia’s T-Racks
for engineering and mastering, and if it comes to FX I’m quite often making use of Uhbik
and Toontrack’s EZmix
, but Logic’s own implemented FX-section
is also highly recommendable.
But always keep in mind that it’s not the equipment that counts but your own creativity and skills instead!