I’m using everything I can and have : analog machines, plugins, field recordings, acoustic instruments like djembe, maracas, didgeridoo… I sing or use my voice sometimes, ahah ! I also sometimes use some samples downloaded on the web, like noises, television talks, etc… Sometimes I sample world music and jazz vinyls as well.
Everything is jammed, played… A jam is not a random thing, but an explorations of sounds to catch the current vibe. Sometimes it’s futuristic and dystopic, sometimes it’s esoteric, shamanic, sometimes it’s slow, sometimes it’s fast, sometimes it grooves and is dansable, sometimes it’s ambient, sometimes it’s drum and bass… depends… It’s never the same style, nor tempo…
Anyway, everything is jammed and record in my DAW, Bitwig, where I construct the arrangement, apply effects, granular or other things, sometimes I stretch, reverse, filter… depends… I apply digital FX through VST plugins or re-record a track by releasing it in my external analog effects through a different output in my soundcard, like a reloop. I’m using a patchbay for routing to my analog effects.
Then, I do my mix, with plugins as well (Plugin alliance and soundtoys are my favs, I’m using waves and Ozone as well… I put absolutely nothing on the master.
My mix is done in two times : a first time is consacred to the sound design, details and volume balances, compression and EQs, a second one consists in splitting and re-routing in 6 or 7 tracks based on family of sounds : kick drum, bassline, pads, gimmicks, drums, hats, and sometimes extra like vocals or noises, to apply EQ, compression and stereo width.
Then it’s tested on different speakers : macbook speakers, phone, monitoring, hifi, bluetooth… Everything is tested.
My plan for the next month is to invest in UAD. It will change my life for mixing, for sure.