Hi everyone,The number 4 sure is a great number, for all sorts of reasons; 4 beats in a bar, 4 instruments in a string quartet, even the 4 members in the Ghostbusters! As we enter June 2018, we’re also celebrating the power of 4, as Imaginando reaches its 4 year anniversary - Happy Birthday to us!Since 2014 we’ve been following our dream on a journey of discovery; our mission: ‘Inspiring Musical Experiences’This mantra neatly summarizes two key goals; to create Inspiring Musical Experiences, and to inspire others to create their own. We’ve previously showcased our Harpa Laser and Digital Music Box projects, and now to celebrate our 4th Birthday we’d like to share some of our favourite community content, which include Imaginando software as part of the creative process.We start with prolific producer and YouTube star Andrew Huang, with his video about making music on mobile ‘Actually making good music with apps’ which features DRC Polyphonic Synthesizer - we’re honoured that Andrew chose DRC as the video thumbnail too!Click here to watch Andrew Huang’s ‘Actually making good music with apps’ videoMadrid based, synthpop EDM duo ‘Heitt’ (@HeittMusicBand) are up next, with their fantastic live DJ/performance setup. Described as ‘EDM Trap Funk House’, the track ‘Living it up’ features 2 of LK’s modules, MIDI PADS and MIDI CONTROLLER, and we think it certainly lives up to its description.Click here to watch Heitt - 'Living it up' Live DJ setOver to Germany now, where iOS musician Hendrik Gundlach has extended DRC into a physical medium with his custom printed overlay for the BCR2000 MIDI controller. After mapping each one of DRC’s parametres, the overlay is a fantastic finishing touch, perfect for controlling DRC on a mobile device.Click here to watch 'DRC iOS Synth controlled via BCR2000' videoWe finish in style, thanks to the rich, cultural backdrop featured in the live DJ performance by Deckard - ‘The New Name Of The Rose Pt. 1’. Shot on location at the public library of Trani in Apulia, Italy, an iPad elevates LK’s MATRIX display above the desk, for some hypnotic, melodic house, set in beautiful historic surroundings.Click here to watch Deckard - 'The New Name Of The Rose Pt. 1'It’s Party Time! 40% OFF EVERYTHING, 7 DAY, SUPER SALE!To celebrate 4 years of Imaginando there’s an awesome 40% discount on our complete range of products! That’s all in-app purchases on both iOS and Android for LK, TKFX and DRC, plus of course the big one: 40% off DRC for Desktop!Have you ever considered taking the power of DRC into your desktop DAW? Well now is a fantastic time to do it, at a great price with a huge saving.Thanks for joining us on our journey, we couldn’t do it without you,From Portugal with passion,Team ImaginandoTerms: Discount applies to all in-app purchases on Android and iOS devices, plus DRC desktop licenses available to purchase from our website. The promotion will run from 11/06/2018 to 17/06/2018. Discount is automatically applied to all prices during this period - the price you see is the price you pay.
It’s difficult to know where to start with a track so famous, so influential, one with legendary status which provided a defining moment in the history of dance music. Giorgio Moroder’s modular Moog masterpiece, with a little help from Donna Summer of course, ‘I feel love’ pioneered the concept of electronic dance music, with David Bowie proclaiming it to be ‘the sound of the future’.Back in 1977’s summer of disco, synthesizers were a very different beast than today’s offerings, requiring much care and attention in order to succeed at taming them. The big issue was of course tuning, so much so that Moroder recorded just 8 to 10 bars at a time before checking the tuning on each section.The bassline riff was actually thanks in part, to some random experimentation by a sound engineer working with Giorgio, who added a delay to the sound, which led to the double note style riff we know and love today.Not only responsible for the iconic bass line, Incredibly the Moog was used to create all of the track’s percussion sounds too (apart from the kick). If you browse through the factory library of DRC presets, you will find some similar percussion patches in there too!Fortunately you won’t have any such tuning issues with DRC - although you can of course emulate the pitch drift if you want an authentic sound!Click here to download the Ableton Live projectWe can Moog any mountain,Team Imaginando
Hi everyone,Music production on iOS has evolved a lot in the last few years. iOS has always been a great platform for audio apps, the incredible low latency has led a super engaged community to produce some fantastically powerful apps.Audiobus pioneered the use of multiple audio apps communicating simultaneously on the same iOS device, making possible the dream of a portable audio workstation. Apple consolidated this idea by certifying ‘Inter-App Audio’ (IAA) a standard.With the latest revision of the Audio Unit format (AUv3) Apple made possible the dream of a truly mobile DAW, with plugins as capable as their desktop counterparts.Today we are thrilled to announce the launch of our free chorus and flanger effects plugin ‘DLYM Delay Modulator’ on iOS, available as standalone (with Audiobus and Inter-App Audio support) and as an Audio Unit too. Feedback from the community has consistently told us that this is the future of mobile audio production and that’s where we wanna be! It may be a challenging journey, but DLYM in AUv3 form is both an important and exciting technical milestone for us, one which shows our commitment to developing for this platform.Just like the desktop version, DLYM for iOS is available for FREE - get it from iTunes/App Store now.Thank you for your support,Team Imaginando
Welcome to season 2 of our DRC Sound Design Tutorials series, where we resume our voyage of discovery through the sea of synthesis. Our first port of call is a track which takes the listener on a journey, with a variety of sections forming waypoints as the piece evolves. Captain of this week’s ship is Copenhagen based, Danish music producer ‘Trentemøller’ with the track ‘Prana’ from his 2006 debut album ‘The Last Resort’.In Hindu philosophy, ‘prana’ means ‘vital principle’ or ‘life force’, a spiritual interpretation and understanding of all cosmic energy in the entire universe. This influence is clear from the very start of the track, sitars paint a picture of sun and sand dunes, instantly invoking an Asian flavour. A bouncing bass soon breaks free of the trance like state and provides an injection of momentum to propel the piece forwards, pulling at the listeners curiosity, the journey begins.As increasingly interesting elements appear over the horizon and into our ears, the sitar leaves a slow trail of footprints in the sand, a continuous reminder of the path previously tread, which ultimately ends the same way that it started.Trentemøller’s musical talent was encouraged from an early age, starting with the piano at just 5 years old. At 11 he wrote the music for a school drama production, and by 14 was playing keyboards and drums in several indie, rock and blues bands. Just like DRC, he is a testament to versatility, which has led to remix work for the likes of Moby, Depeche Mode and Pet Shop Boys.Hopefully this new season of videos inspires you to take a creative journey of your own - be sure to let us know if it does!Click here to download the Ableton Live projectWe love great Danes,Team Imaginando
The sun is well and truly shining here in Portugal, and whilst the temperature is rising, the price of LK modules is actually going DOWN for a limited time only, in our HUGE heatwave sale!Enjoy a super-sunny saving of 40% across the whole range of LK modules and heat up the studio companion in your pocket that is LK.Whether you want to add the classic clip launching MATRIX, the creative composing potential of CHORDER, or simply the convenience of the piano KEYBOARD. Let's not forget you can also save big on MIDI PADS, MIDI CONTROLLER and X/Y PADS too!For 7 days only, they are all 40% OFF - Get them while they're hot!Click here to get download LK for iOS and AndroidTerms: Discount applies to all in-app purchases of LK modules for both Android and iOS devices from 18/04/2018 to 26/04/2018. The discount will automatically be applied to store prices during this period - the price you see is the price you pay.
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