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.

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Team Imaginando

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How ETIC Algarve is using DRC in music production courses...

Published on 4 Apr 2018

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...

2 Years of DRC - A retrospective...

Published on 20 Mar 2018

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...

How ETIC Algarve is using DRC in music production courses...

Published on 4 Apr 2018

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...

2 Years of DRC - A retrospective...

Published on 20 Mar 2018

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...

How ETIC Algarve is using DRC in music production courses...

Published on 4 Apr 2018

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...

2 Years of DRC - A retrospective...

Published on 20 Mar 2018

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...

How ETIC Algarve is using DRC in music production courses...

Published on 4 Apr 2018

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...