When selecting which tracks and synth sounds to recreate using DRC, there are few things we consider. Obviously we want to choose something that shows off the warm, analog characteristics of DRC’s sound, but the result needs to be close enough to the original so that it is recognisable and we can deem it a successful reproduction.

On top of this, each week we try to select a tune or sound that we think will be a popular choice for a wide range of DRC users - this week sees a particular focus on this aspect.

In the past we’ve featured several dance records that have proved themselves to be crossover hits, achieving mainstream/chart success. This week we return to the underground!

Ben Klock (not to be confused with Ken Block, the rally/stunt driver!) is a German born DJ/producer, and is a cornerstone of the Berlin techno scene. Famous for his residency at the club ‘Berghain’, he’s no stranger to ‘The Boiler Room’ either.

After the success of our tutorial on Stephan Bodzin’s remix of ‘Sleepless’ by Pan Pot, this week’s chosen tune ‘Subzero’ features a similarly dark, moody, techno feel.

We love Mortal Kombat too,
Team Imaginando

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How to make Depeche Mode 'Just Can't Get Enough with DRC...

Published on 22 Oct 2018

The 1980’s was the decade that really helped defined synth-pop; it was new, exciting, futuristic and most importantly, it was cool. A whole host of electronic artists emerged, the UK providing a good proportion of the talent with bands such as New Order, Soft Cell and Erasure. Today’s track was actually written by one half of Erasure, Vince Clarke, during his brief time writing and performing with his previous band Depeche Mode. It was the final single Clarke wrote for the group, leaving the band in November 1981 just 2 months after it was released.‘Just Can’t Get Enough’ was the second single taken from the band’s debut album ‘Speak and Spell’ and the first of theirs to reach the top 10 in the UK singles chart. Reportedly inspired by ‘To Cut a Long Story Short’ by Spandau Ballet, it was Clarke’s desire to write fundamentally pop driven songs, as opposed to fellow band song writer Martin Gore who had much more of an interest in rock music, that fueled the decision to leave so early on.As a pop song, ‘Just Can’t Get Enough’ ticks a lot of boxes in terms of structure and content. A simple but catchy synth hook and plenty of ‘call and response’ karaoke participation of the track’s title throughout, leads to a classic, memorable hit.As always, you can check out the Ableton project file from the video using the link below.Click here to download the Ableton project fileReach out and touch faith,Team Imaginando...

How to make The Chemical Brothers 'Wide Open' synth and keys sounds in DRC...

Published on 12 Oct 2018

In 2015 The Chemical Brothers released their 8th studio album ‘Born in the Echoes’ with several tracks featuring guest vocals from a diverse selection of artists. The English duo defied common collaboration conventions however, by omitting the artist credit in each case. Whilst the pitched up vocal on the album’s second single ‘Go’ is not too difficult to identify as Q-Tip (having previously worked together on the 2004 hit single ‘Galvanize’) the singer of the album’s closing track ‘Wide open’ can be a little trickier to place.The artist in question is of course Beck, who was eventually named as a featured artist when The Chemical Brothers released the beautiful and visually stunning music video ‘Wide Open Ft. Beck’ in January 2016. Featuring a solo dance choreographed by Wayne McGregor and performed by Sonoya Mizuno, the cutting edge CGI effects are made even more impressive by the use of one, long, continuous shot - a single take, no edits.The Chemical Brothers have a bit of a passion for creating interesting and unique videos for their tracks, working with directorial partnership Dom & Nic for other tracks such as ‘Believe’ and ‘The Salmon Dance’, and teaming up with Michel Gondry for the subtly synced audio visuals of ‘Star Guitar.’Making another audio and visual appearance in our video this week is DLYM Delay Modulator - our free effects plugin. Click here to find out more and download your copy of DLYM!Click here to download the Ableton project file.Beck with another one of those block rockin’ beats,Team Imaginando...

How to make the bass and laser sounds from Todd Terje 'Inspector Norse' in DRC...

Published on 8 Oct 2018

Of the many sub-genres of electronic dance music, it’s probably fair to say that ‘Norwegian disco’ (also known as ‘space disco’ or even ‘cosmic disco’) is a style that is not yet familiar to the masses. If asked to name several popular types of dance music, we don’t think regular disco would be anywhere near the top of list, let alone Norwegian disco.In the cold of the Arctic circle, Norway has historically been somewhat culturally cut off from outside influences, which in part has led to the steady rise of its home grown party scene and soundtrack. As chronicled in the fantastic 2017 documentary ‘Northern Disco Lights’ (highly recommended - well worth a watch!) one of the country’s driving forces of this kind of music is Terje Olsen, better known as the artist Todd Terje.A long time collaborator with fellow Norwegian producer Lindstrøm, the use of Todd Terje as his chosen artist name is a nod to prolific American house DJ Todd Terry. A playfulness that carries over into Terje’s work, he doesn’t take himself too seriously, describing his aim to make his music ‘fruity’ by injecting personality and a silly sense of humour into his tracks.In this week’s video we take on his big breakthrough hit ‘Inspector Norse’, by covering the tune’s bass sound and laser sound with DRC.Click here to download the Ableton project fileThere’s Norway back for us now,Team Imaginando...

How to make Depeche Mode 'Just Can't Get Enough with DRC...

Published on 22 Oct 2018

The 1980’s was the decade that really helped defined synth-pop; it was new, exciting, futuristic and most importantly, it was cool. A whole host of electronic artists emerged, the UK providing a good proportion of the talent with bands such as New Order, Soft Cell and Erasure. Today’s track was actually written by one half of Erasure, Vince Clarke, during his brief time writing and performing with his previous band Depeche Mode. It was the final single Clarke wrote for the group, leaving the band in November 1981 just 2 months after it was released.‘Just Can’t Get Enough’ was the second single taken from the band’s debut album ‘Speak and Spell’ and the first of theirs to reach the top 10 in the UK singles chart. Reportedly inspired by ‘To Cut a Long Story Short’ by Spandau Ballet, it was Clarke’s desire to write fundamentally pop driven songs, as opposed to fellow band song writer Martin Gore who had much more of an interest in rock music, that fueled the decision to leave so early on.As a pop song, ‘Just Can’t Get Enough’ ticks a lot of boxes in terms of structure and content. A simple but catchy synth hook and plenty of ‘call and response’ karaoke participation of the track’s title throughout, leads to a classic, memorable hit.As always, you can check out the Ableton project file from the video using the link below.Click here to download the Ableton project fileReach out and touch faith,Team Imaginando...

How to make The Chemical Brothers 'Wide Open' synth and keys sounds in DRC...

Published on 12 Oct 2018

In 2015 The Chemical Brothers released their 8th studio album ‘Born in the Echoes’ with several tracks featuring guest vocals from a diverse selection of artists. The English duo defied common collaboration conventions however, by omitting the artist credit in each case. Whilst the pitched up vocal on the album’s second single ‘Go’ is not too difficult to identify as Q-Tip (having previously worked together on the 2004 hit single ‘Galvanize’) the singer of the album’s closing track ‘Wide open’ can be a little trickier to place.The artist in question is of course Beck, who was eventually named as a featured artist when The Chemical Brothers released the beautiful and visually stunning music video ‘Wide Open Ft. Beck’ in January 2016. Featuring a solo dance choreographed by Wayne McGregor and performed by Sonoya Mizuno, the cutting edge CGI effects are made even more impressive by the use of one, long, continuous shot - a single take, no edits.The Chemical Brothers have a bit of a passion for creating interesting and unique videos for their tracks, working with directorial partnership Dom & Nic for other tracks such as ‘Believe’ and ‘The Salmon Dance’, and teaming up with Michel Gondry for the subtly synced audio visuals of ‘Star Guitar.’Making another audio and visual appearance in our video this week is DLYM Delay Modulator - our free effects plugin. Click here to find out more and download your copy of DLYM!Click here to download the Ableton project file.Beck with another one of those block rockin’ beats,Team Imaginando...

How to make the bass and laser sounds from Todd Terje 'Inspector Norse' in DRC...

Published on 8 Oct 2018

Of the many sub-genres of electronic dance music, it’s probably fair to say that ‘Norwegian disco’ (also known as ‘space disco’ or even ‘cosmic disco’) is a style that is not yet familiar to the masses. If asked to name several popular types of dance music, we don’t think regular disco would be anywhere near the top of list, let alone Norwegian disco.In the cold of the Arctic circle, Norway has historically been somewhat culturally cut off from outside influences, which in part has led to the steady rise of its home grown party scene and soundtrack. As chronicled in the fantastic 2017 documentary ‘Northern Disco Lights’ (highly recommended - well worth a watch!) one of the country’s driving forces of this kind of music is Terje Olsen, better known as the artist Todd Terje.A long time collaborator with fellow Norwegian producer Lindstrøm, the use of Todd Terje as his chosen artist name is a nod to prolific American house DJ Todd Terry. A playfulness that carries over into Terje’s work, he doesn’t take himself too seriously, describing his aim to make his music ‘fruity’ by injecting personality and a silly sense of humour into his tracks.In this week’s video we take on his big breakthrough hit ‘Inspector Norse’, by covering the tune’s bass sound and laser sound with DRC.Click here to download the Ableton project fileThere’s Norway back for us now,Team Imaginando...

How to make Depeche Mode 'Just Can't Get Enough with DRC...

Published on 22 Oct 2018

The 1980’s was the decade that really helped defined synth-pop; it was new, exciting, futuristic and most importantly, it was cool. A whole host of electronic artists emerged, the UK providing a good proportion of the talent with bands such as New Order, Soft Cell and Erasure. Today’s track was actually written by one half of Erasure, Vince Clarke, during his brief time writing and performing with his previous band Depeche Mode. It was the final single Clarke wrote for the group, leaving the band in November 1981 just 2 months after it was released.‘Just Can’t Get Enough’ was the second single taken from the band’s debut album ‘Speak and Spell’ and the first of theirs to reach the top 10 in the UK singles chart. Reportedly inspired by ‘To Cut a Long Story Short’ by Spandau Ballet, it was Clarke’s desire to write fundamentally pop driven songs, as opposed to fellow band song writer Martin Gore who had much more of an interest in rock music, that fueled the decision to leave so early on.As a pop song, ‘Just Can’t Get Enough’ ticks a lot of boxes in terms of structure and content. A simple but catchy synth hook and plenty of ‘call and response’ karaoke participation of the track’s title throughout, leads to a classic, memorable hit.As always, you can check out the Ableton project file from the video using the link below.Click here to download the Ableton project fileReach out and touch faith,Team Imaginando...

How to make The Chemical Brothers 'Wide Open' synth and keys sounds in DRC...

Published on 12 Oct 2018

In 2015 The Chemical Brothers released their 8th studio album ‘Born in the Echoes’ with several tracks featuring guest vocals from a diverse selection of artists. The English duo defied common collaboration conventions however, by omitting the artist credit in each case. Whilst the pitched up vocal on the album’s second single ‘Go’ is not too difficult to identify as Q-Tip (having previously worked together on the 2004 hit single ‘Galvanize’) the singer of the album’s closing track ‘Wide open’ can be a little trickier to place.The artist in question is of course Beck, who was eventually named as a featured artist when The Chemical Brothers released the beautiful and visually stunning music video ‘Wide Open Ft. Beck’ in January 2016. Featuring a solo dance choreographed by Wayne McGregor and performed by Sonoya Mizuno, the cutting edge CGI effects are made even more impressive by the use of one, long, continuous shot - a single take, no edits.The Chemical Brothers have a bit of a passion for creating interesting and unique videos for their tracks, working with directorial partnership Dom & Nic for other tracks such as ‘Believe’ and ‘The Salmon Dance’, and teaming up with Michel Gondry for the subtly synced audio visuals of ‘Star Guitar.’Making another audio and visual appearance in our video this week is DLYM Delay Modulator - our free effects plugin. Click here to find out more and download your copy of DLYM!Click here to download the Ableton project file.Beck with another one of those block rockin’ beats,Team Imaginando...

How to make the bass and laser sounds from Todd Terje 'Inspector Norse' in DRC...

Published on 8 Oct 2018

Of the many sub-genres of electronic dance music, it’s probably fair to say that ‘Norwegian disco’ (also known as ‘space disco’ or even ‘cosmic disco’) is a style that is not yet familiar to the masses. If asked to name several popular types of dance music, we don’t think regular disco would be anywhere near the top of list, let alone Norwegian disco.In the cold of the Arctic circle, Norway has historically been somewhat culturally cut off from outside influences, which in part has led to the steady rise of its home grown party scene and soundtrack. As chronicled in the fantastic 2017 documentary ‘Northern Disco Lights’ (highly recommended - well worth a watch!) one of the country’s driving forces of this kind of music is Terje Olsen, better known as the artist Todd Terje.A long time collaborator with fellow Norwegian producer Lindstrøm, the use of Todd Terje as his chosen artist name is a nod to prolific American house DJ Todd Terry. A playfulness that carries over into Terje’s work, he doesn’t take himself too seriously, describing his aim to make his music ‘fruity’ by injecting personality and a silly sense of humour into his tracks.In this week’s video we take on his big breakthrough hit ‘Inspector Norse’, by covering the tune’s bass sound and laser sound with DRC.Click here to download the Ableton project fileThere’s Norway back for us now,Team Imaginando...

How to make Depeche Mode 'Just Can't Get Enough with DRC...

Published on 22 Oct 2018

The 1980’s was the decade that really helped defined synth-pop; it was new, exciting, futuristic and most importantly, it was cool. A whole host of electronic artists emerged, the UK providing a good proportion of the talent with bands such as New Order, Soft Cell and Erasure. Today’s track was actually written by one half of Erasure, Vince Clarke, during his brief time writing and performing with his previous band Depeche Mode. It was the final single Clarke wrote for the group, leaving the band in November 1981 just 2 months after it was released.‘Just Can’t Get Enough’ was the second single taken from the band’s debut album ‘Speak and Spell’ and the first of theirs to reach the top 10 in the UK singles chart. Reportedly inspired by ‘To Cut a Long Story Short’ by Spandau Ballet, it was Clarke’s desire to write fundamentally pop driven songs, as opposed to fellow band song writer Martin Gore who had much more of an interest in rock music, that fueled the decision to leave so early on.As a pop song, ‘Just Can’t Get Enough’ ticks a lot of boxes in terms of structure and content. A simple but catchy synth hook and plenty of ‘call and response’ karaoke participation of the track’s title throughout, leads to a classic, memorable hit.As always, you can check out the Ableton project file from the video using the link below.Click here to download the Ableton project fileReach out and touch faith,Team Imaginando...

How to make The Chemical Brothers 'Wide Open' synth and keys sounds in DRC...

Published on 12 Oct 2018

In 2015 The Chemical Brothers released their 8th studio album ‘Born in the Echoes’ with several tracks featuring guest vocals from a diverse selection of artists. The English duo defied common collaboration conventions however, by omitting the artist credit in each case. Whilst the pitched up vocal on the album’s second single ‘Go’ is not too difficult to identify as Q-Tip (having previously worked together on the 2004 hit single ‘Galvanize’) the singer of the album’s closing track ‘Wide open’ can be a little trickier to place.The artist in question is of course Beck, who was eventually named as a featured artist when The Chemical Brothers released the beautiful and visually stunning music video ‘Wide Open Ft. Beck’ in January 2016. Featuring a solo dance choreographed by Wayne McGregor and performed by Sonoya Mizuno, the cutting edge CGI effects are made even more impressive by the use of one, long, continuous shot - a single take, no edits.The Chemical Brothers have a bit of a passion for creating interesting and unique videos for their tracks, working with directorial partnership Dom & Nic for other tracks such as ‘Believe’ and ‘The Salmon Dance’, and teaming up with Michel Gondry for the subtly synced audio visuals of ‘Star Guitar.’Making another audio and visual appearance in our video this week is DLYM Delay Modulator - our free effects plugin. Click here to find out more and download your copy of DLYM!Click here to download the Ableton project file.Beck with another one of those block rockin’ beats,Team Imaginando...