Storybook & Sound was a software based release that relied heavily on field recordings. The only piece of hardware used was an Audio Technica Condenser Microphone. I used it to mainly record vocal snippets of my kids doing and saying things that I repurposed for use in each track based upon the theme of the song. I no longer have that microphone.
Storybook & Sound was a special release for me as I was just getting my legs on the production front. Most of those tracks represent one happy accident after another that all came together very easily and well, given my overall lack of experience with putting together a proper release. It’s a concept record for anyone who looks at the liner notes and accompanying written material.
That record came out right at the tail end of the often spoke about IDMf hay day. It was a special time for me and compared to what I had done prior to, that release actually did really well and spurred much discussion on the forum given its subject matter.
I have IDMf to thank for that and as such this place will always remain special to me.
Cincuentia from IDMf050 was all software based as well. I really appreciate your feedback on this one. I think the success with the mix just comes from a year spent trying to really focus on mixing and learning my monitoring situation inside and out. No secret recipe except maybe heavy use of Sausage Fattener on the stems and the master bus. No apologies there.
I’ve actually been asked about the vocals a few times. You might be surprised and slightly disappointed to hear that they come from my second favorite software synth - Exhale from Output. It’s a wonderful synth, second only to Serum which was also heavily used on that track. Exhale makes it easy to get “that sound” and greatly helps getting vocals tuned as they’re actually being synthesized, not sampled at all.
If I remember correctly that track, minus the drums, is about 2 tracks of Exhale and 8 to 10 tracks Serum. All the synth bits / arps I made from scratch, right there in the track, which is another thing that probably greatly helped with the mix you mentioned earlier.
For anyone curious the aforementioned releases can be found here……