Throughout the history of dance music the concept of anonymity has played many different roles. Back in the glory days of vinyl, to prevent others from discovering their killer tracks, some DJ’s hid the identity of the records they were playing, by covering up the artist and track name with stickers. Anonymity is also one of the most powerful tools for defense and protection in the ‘free party’ scene, more commonly known as illegal raves. Producers themselves can also use the power of anonymity to try new directions in music, by releasing experimental material under a fake name, or pseudonym, in case it isn’t well received by their usual audience.

Whilst English DJ and producer SBTRKT doesn’t deny the last example, his spin on the reason for attempting to stay anonymous goes a little deeper into his mindset and work ethic. This ties into the artist name too, with SBTRKT being a reference to subtracting himself from his music, to ‘let the music speak for itself’.

When performing, SBTRKT wears native ceremonial inspired masks, which come from the designer and artist ‘A Hidden Place’ who also prides themselves on being anonymous. At Bestival in 2011, cardboard recreations of one mask were handed out to the crowd - a spectacular and novel visual for a DJ to look out on!

This week we take an in-depth look at the hot bass line sound from SBTRKT’s 2011 track ‘Wildfire’

Click here to download the Ableton project file

There’s no vowels in our product names either,
Team Imaginando

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Introducing DRC AUv3 for iOS...

Published on 8 Jan 2019

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Published on 7 Jan 2019

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Introducing DRC AUv3 for iOS...

Published on 8 Jan 2019

We're starting 2019 with something BIG for iOS music makers.Today we are incredibly excited and proud to announce that DRC on iOS now features AUv3 support! After months of hard work involving some difficult technical challenges, we're thrilled to have achieved one of our primary goals for DRC with this release.The iOS music production scene is growing faster than ever thanks to the possibilities of the AUv3 plugin format/standard, and now DRC is part of that revolution. We believe mobile music production software has the potential to be amazing, and today is a significant milestone accomplishment that puts us in a strong position for the future.This update is a big deal for us, and our customers too, as the most requested feature we've ever received, for any of our products.That's why we are thrilled to announce that AUv3 is part of DRC’s ‘Unlock Synth Engine’ in-app purchase. This enables us to provide the update to everyone who has already supported us at zero cost.This means that from today we have increased the price of ‘Unlock Synth Engine’ on iOS only, as we believe this is the fairest way for us to offset the hundreds of hours we spent making this happen!We are fortunate to have some very passionate, enthusiastic and knowledgeable beta testers out there; thank you to everyone who participated, you helped make our DRC AUv3 dream come true!For now, a maximum of 4 instances of DRC can be open at any time due to device memory constraints - something we plan to improve in the future.DRC 2.0.0 for iOS is available to download now from the App Store, for devices running iOS 10.3 or later. This release does not affect the Android or DRC for Desktop releases.As always, we welcome your feedback. If there's anything you want to let us know or discuss, please don't hesitate to get in touch via our website contact page. Also, If you haven't yet submitted a review of DRC on iTunes/Google Play, please consider doing so, we read and reply to every single one of them. Finally, if you have any creative projects of any kind using DRC that you want to share with us, we’d love to hear them!From Portugal with passion,Team Imaginando...