When we decided to create our DRC sound design tutorial series, there were several goals we set out to achieve:<br><br>- Help our users get the most of DRC with concise, easy to follow, sound design tutorials<br>- Showcase DRC's lush sound and wide range of sonic capabilities<br>- Recreate some of the most iconic synthesizer sounds from our favourite records<br><br>As a team we have quite a diverse taste in music, but one track that we all agree features a truly ‘iconic’ sound is ‘Da Funk’ by Daft Punk.<br><br>The initial pressing of 2,000 vinyl in 1995 wasn’t an immediate success, but as interest in the record grew, the resulting exposure for Daft Punk attracted the attention of several major record labels. The duo eventually signed to Virgin Records, releasing their debut album ‘Homework’ in 1997, consisting of 13 tracks including ‘Da Funk’.<br><br>A somewhat relaxed tempo of 112 BPM and a hip-hop inspired drumbeat provide a funky, laid back groove, which later progresses into more familiar acid house characteristics, produced by the unmistakable sound of a Roland TB-303 bass pattern.<br><br>These elements are merely the supporting cast of this piece of course. The real star of the show is the piercing, screeching sound of the lead synth, cutting through the track with its repeated melody which is quickly imprinted on your brain.<br><br>Once you’ve created the patch inside DRC, try hooking up a MIDI keyboard and playing the melody live - if you’re a Daft Punk fan, this is immensely satisfying!<br><br>We’re up all night to get lucky…<br>Team Imaginando
In 2001, the release of ‘Superstylin’’ turned out to be a defining moment in the evolution of dance act Groove Armada. A fusion of traditional house music with elements of reggae, dub and dancehall, surrounding a funky, thunderous, speed garage bassline.<br><br>Heavily influenced and inspired by the Trinidadian style vocals of long-term collaborator Mike Daniels, AKA MC Mike/M.A.D, the initial idea came from a live set during the group’s residency at London club Fabric at the time. It then took a whole year before the track was finally finished, as part of the band’s third studio album ‘Goodbye Country (Hello Nightclub)’.<br><br>As well as chart success in the UK, the track proved to be a hit at festivals too, with a performance at Glastonbury marking the transition from DJ duo into a fully-fledged live band. (Incidentally, all of the instrumental parts featured on the tune were recorded by the band themselves - no sample libraries in sight!)<br><br>The design of the bassline sound was a triple threat approach; something to rock the top end, a little bit of middle and of course that tasty, distorted sub bass.<br><br>Hopefully hearing this bassline once again, will bring back as many fond memories for you as it does for us - enough to inspire you to open up DRC and try it for yourself!<br><br>For more great sound design tutorials like this, be sure to check out our other YouTube videos and let us know what you think in the comments.<br><br>See you next week!<br>Team Imaginando
Seriously, the ability to program a bunch of patches on the go and then use those same patches in a desktop DAW environment (and vice-versa) is a huge improvement to my music making workflow.
Parte da música que é utilizada em algumas das maiores discotecas do mundo tem mãos portuguesas. Isso é possível graças à Imaginando, startup sediada em Braga que desenvolve tecnologia áudio para músicos, engenheiros de som, DJ e produtores, sobretudo para o mercado internacional, e que já deu lucro no segundo ano de operações.
Uma startup de Braga desenvolveu uma harpa que, em vez de cordas, tem lasers. O instrumento tem sido requisitado para eventos por todo o país.
It’s been a long time since I’ve been so excited about an up and coming virtual instrument. Sure, it’s just a virtual analog synthesizer, but the fact that it sounds so nice and that it works across all devices is just so damn cool. I can’t wait to see where this project goes in the future. Major props to Imaginando for this release.
There is a new iOS synth on the block. It’s called DRC created by Imaginando.
All in all, Imaginando’s first foray into synthesis is a strong entry in the world of iOS production tools. And for users who also purchase the affordable VST companion synth, there is an added level of DAW integration that’s tantalizing. I look forward to seeing more from this company, as they definitely have a clear vision for the future of mobile softsynths.