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Hey everyone,We’ve got a VERY special treat for you this week. By popular demand, we’ve compiled a FREE Ableton Live set, containing all the DRC MIDI clips from our YouTube DRC sound design tutorial series.Each MIDI clip contains program data, so when the clip is triggered, DRC changes to the required preset/patch from the ‘Iconic Sounds Vol. 1’ sound bank. As each song from the series has a different tempo, we’ve also added tempo change automation to the scene/row play buttons; simply launch the scene and Ableton’s host tempo will automatically update to the correct BPM.Whilst implementing this we found and fixed a small bug which could cause the wrong patch to be loaded. Please make sure you are running the latest version of DRC 184.108.40.206 available to download from our website.Click here to download the latest version of DRCWe believe the result is a MASSIVE amount of FUN! (We’ve collectively clocked up a fair amount of time playing around in Ableton with this set ourselves) :DWe truly believe this to be the ultimate show of DRC’s quality and versatility, all wrapped up in one awesome package.As always, we stand by the mantra 'Hearing Is Believing' - so why not grab the Ableton Live project, and give it a go? We promise you won’t be disappointed…Click here to download the Ableton Live projectFrom Portugal with passion,Team Imaginando
We are proud to announce that we recently formed an educational partnership with a local creative industries technological college/school here in Portugal: ETIC Algarve.Enthusiastic to see DRC involved in a teaching environment, we were keen to hear the thoughts of ETIC Algarve, ahead of this exciting collaboration. With a backdrop of the fantastic facilities available at the college, we asked the teaching staff about their decision to work with us, and DRC, in the classroom:Can you tell us a bit about your school/college, and the courses/services you offer to students?ETIC Algarve is a technical and vocational school, specializing in the creative industries Design, Photography, Video, Videogames, Web & Communication and of course Sound & Music. There is a strong emphasis on practice over theory inside a space of invention and restlessness where we promote the constant quest for discovery, where creativity and innovation go hand in hand. We promote a way of teaching based on real work practices, with real clients, real projects and real deadlines, all of them closely followed by our teachers who are professionals in the creative industries. We are training not only students, but more importantly our future co-workers.Can you tell us the reasons for choosing to include DRC as part of your teaching?Rafael Correia, one of ETIC Algarve’s trainers, covers this one: Firstly, because I use DRC in my personal projects and I like it. As a VST, it's very versatile and we [teachers] believe it's clear, useful and very quick to get some good results. And that's good for this kind of course.Which key features of DRC do you think will be especially useful to your students and really add value to their learning experience?The clear interface and easy access to the main functions; It has the main structure/architecture required to understand the basis of synthesis, but also [has the ability] to go further and get to unique places using DRC, almost intuitively. Waveforms, Oscillators, Noise, Modulation, Filter, Mixer, Portamento - we can easily use all these concepts to explain synthesis and the work of almost every VST, with a great interface.Which areas of study/which topics are you planning to teach using DRC?Analogic + Digital synthesis theory, Oscillators, Modulation, Poly/monophony, Glide, different kinds of filters, LFOs.How important is it for you to partner with customer focused companies like Imaginando?It's good to work with such good software, and a great team, in the same country! It works very well and gives the students a real close notion of this subject. The direct support from the company is very important, and shows how interested Imaginando are in this partnership with ETIC Algarve and our students, this gives us confidence and the feeling of being close to the product and its development.If you are an educational institution and you’d like to see how Imaginando could benefit your students, please get in touch and we will be happy to discuss how we could work together.From Portugal with passion,Team Imaginando
It was in march of 2016 that we first released DRC to the world, simultaneously publishing to PC, Mac, iOS and Android, all using the exact same engine code. Written down like that, it sounds a little ambitious (or even a bit crazy!) but one of the project’s core goals which continues to be a unique selling point of DRC to this day, was the idea of true cross-platform synthesis.Working across multiple platforms, the frustration of software being restricted to certain operating systems is something we’ve experienced a lot, so when creating DRC, we wanted it to be available to everyone, on every device. The natural extension of this to us was obvious; leveraging the power and convenience of the emerging cloud computing technology, to connect DRC across all these devices.As with all our products, the launch of DRC was just the beginning, continuous improvement and development is second nature to us. A philosophy of experimentation and a ‘what if..?’ approach, combined with our keen desire and passion for community engagement, has led us to squeeze in a massive amount of updates in just 2 years. This includes improvements to the interface and functionality as a result of user feedback too, fine tuning a whole range of details.Alongside technical optimisations and new features such as ‘legato mode’ and Audiobus 3 support, we released the ‘Sounds From Outer Space’ soundbank, and today in honour of DRC’s 2nd birthday, we’re releasing another pack: ‘Iconic Sounds Vol. 1’.This collection is also a celebration of a whole year of DRC Tutorials containing all of the sounds that have been recreated and explained over the course of the series.A big thank you to our fantastic community and everyone who has supported DRC in any way, it's been an amazing couple of years. From video game soundtracks, to Twitch live streams and YouTube videos, we’ve seen some great examples of DRC in the wild - you guys rock!From Portugal with passion,Team Imaginando
For the finale of DRC sound design tutorials series one, we decided to choose a track which has been suggested and requested to us several times. (Special shout out to ‘Jupiter Co’ on YouTube, who was very keen for us to release this video!) The track is ‘Latch’ by the English house/garage duo ‘Disclosure’ - with a little help from the unmistakable vocals of Sam Smith.It is quite a unique record in a number of ways, not just the overall sound and feel but also in a technical way too, written as it is in 6/8 time. This actually led brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence to describe it as ‘too weird for the radio and not clubby enough for the clubs’. The time signature isn’t too pronounced that it is overly noticeable however, and Smith’s silky smooth voice is more than enough of a distraction for the ear.Originally released as a digital download in October 2012, It’s fair to categorise the song as a ‘climber’ or ‘grower’ both in the UK and US, as it’s popularity and success were steady, with the track managing to achieve platinum sales in the UK without ever entering the top 10 of the singles chart.We hope you’ve enjoyed all of the featured tracks in the series, as much as we’ve enjoyed recreating them. Don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel to get notified as soon as new content is uploaded.We wanna lock in your love,Team Imaginando
‘Time flies when you’re having fun’ - almost a year in fact, as we rapidly approach what feels like a milestone number of videos posted to our YouTube DRC tutorial playlist - 50!Having featured some classic synth sounds going back several decades, today’s track is easily one of the ‘youngest’, as it was released just under 2 years ago, in march of 2016.We’re not quite sure how Germany manages to inspire so many great techno producers, but we’re certainly not complaining, and we have another master of melodic moodiness for you again this week: ‘Recondite’ with his track ‘Warg’.It’s another of our ‘double patch’ tutorials too, so you’ll learn how to create both the bass sound and the lead synth as well.Recondite is Berlin based producer Lorenz Brunner, an Ableton advocate, fan of Live’s ‘colourless’ built in effects and a self confessed lover of ‘Operator’, proclaiming ‘It’s the only synth I need.’Whilst we think every studio has a place for DRC, this idea really resonates with us; pushing instruments/creative tools to their limits and exploring all the possibilities.Something that we’ve endeavored to demonstrate across the course of the last 47 videos, is the power of truly mastering a versatile synth like DRC, and reaping the sonical rewards that such knowledge brings.We certainly have fun making them and we love reading the feedback in the comments, so thank you to everyone who has got in touch, liked and subscribed!The ‘tech’ behind the techno,Team Imaginando
We are excited and proud to present the release of a brand new, FREE Imaginando product:‘DLYM’ - Delay Modulation Effect Plugin.Available for both PC and Mac (VST/AU) DLYM produces chorus and flanger style effects, inspired by the chorus processing power of our virtual analog poly-synth, DRC.DLYM builds on this functionality with more parameters to control the sound and even includes over 20 presets, ranging from subtle to severe!You can check out all the details and download DLYM from our new website product page: www.imaginando.pt/products/dlymWe’ve already had some great feedback from our alpha/beta release and we really hope you enjoy DLYM too (Try it, it’s free!).From Portugal with passion,Team Imaginando
Prepare yourself: We’re not just going mainstream this week, we’re going full-on, 80’s mega-cheese, pop masterpiece, mainstream!‘Africa’ by Toto is a track which almost doesn’t need an introduction, thanks in part, to its incredibly catchy riff, right from the start. If someone asked you to explain the term ‘earworm’ to them, simply playing this song would probably be enough.Written on the then popular, now classic, polyphonic analog synthesizer of the 80’s, the Yamaha CS-80, it’s no surprise the lead sound has a very ‘brassy’ character.Originally released as a single in 1982, the song has since attracted a completely different generation of fans, having cemented its place in pop culture history and achieved true meme status, referenced on cult comedy cartoons like South Park, Family Guy, and TV shows such as Stranger Things, Community and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon (feat. Justin Timberlake).On the eve of the band’s “40 Trips Around The Sun” world tour, guitarist Steve Lukather recently expressed how happy he is to attract the new, younger audience, “partly thanks to EDM guys playing Africa to end their sets.”The song’s lyrics are often a source of amusement for those who care to dissect and analyse them, but with such a feel-good chorus, we think it could still work with just about any words!It’s gonna take a lot to drag us away from you,Team Imaginando