UpRock Audio's filled to the brim with talented artists, but they can't all fit in the studio at the same time. To pass time, Devin Wright recorded an acoustic version of his song 'Tidal Waves', scaling down a bombastic pop production to an intimate singer/songwriter piece. If you ever want to treat your fans to something special, sharing is the way to go. Take Creative Vocal Recorder allows you to share little sketches, previews and much more to the world. And it really does sound great. Take a listen to 'Tidal Waves' below:
You might have seen Carlo "M.Born" Nuevo in our Reason videos, and we're sure you'll see more of him. A talented rapper and beatmaker, Carlo's constantly making music! When he quickly needs to capture an idea there's nothing easier than opening up Take and record. Choose a backing beat, lay down a quick verse and get the right feeling. And once back in the studio, Carlo can export the recording via iTunes File Sharing and use it as the basis of the production. Or just share it with the UpRock guys for some quick feedback.
Take a listen to the basic sketch of his track "Alone in the Rain", recorded in Take:
When UpRock Audio started using Take with their artists, Chelsea Hughes recorded a demo of her song 'Skin & Bones' that simply took our breath away. Chelsea sings her heart out, accompanied by guitar, and with her unique voice it's hard not get drawn in.
Take is perfect to record a song like this and quickly get it online. Share the song with your friends or fans, use it as a demo for the studio or just record for your own sake. Chelsea went on to record 'Skin & Bones' in the UpRock studio too - and to be honest we're still not quite sure which version we prefer...
Singer/songwriter Zanko is both a skilled guitarist and vocalist. This combination always seems to result in beautiful, heartfelt music and Zanko's no exception. When we asked our friends at UpRock Audio to try out the free Take Creative Vocal Recorder app with the artists at their studio for a week, Zanko seemed like the perfect match!
In the song 'Eileen' off Zanko's EP 'The Story & The Change', there is a healthy dose of dexterous guitar plucking and beautiful singing. However, there are also vocal harmonies. As a solo artist, it's not the easiest task to sing harmonies with yourself for practice, but it's something you need to do before a recording session or a gig. With Take it's much easier. Zanko recorded his vocals on one track, guitar on a second track and then worked on the harmonies in the chorus. Perfect for practice when you're on the go!
NU.F.O. stands for Newly Formed Objective and that objective for Boston residents Moses and EP1C is to combine their past experience creating music across nearly all styles and genres into a whole new electronic animal. If you listen to their catalog of releases, you’ll find it filled with House, Drum & Bass and Electro beats with vocals at the forefront, sung by both of NU.F.O.’s members: Moses & EP1C. Their vocal style has roots in Hip Hop, Pop, Rock and even R&B with lyrics that are both thoughtful and thought provoking.
How do you use Reason in your music making? All of our music is written, produced, mixed and mastered in Reason. The software promotes a creative workflow through its intuitive interface and hands-on feel. In comparison to other DAW's, we have found that production in Reason just feels more organic, resulting in sounds and songs that stand out. Our identifiable sound wouldn't be possible without it.
You work a lot with vocals in your tracks, any tips for vocal production? We produce a rough version of each track to serve as a canvas for writing the vocals. Once we track them, we re-approach the song to make sure everything works together in the best way possible. Reason's tools and Rack Extensions make it easier to treat vocals more like a sequenced instrument that can be edited and effected in the same impressive ways.
How does your live set-up look? Coming from a band background, when we first set out to do this project we wanted to make sure that our live show had some form of musical performance beyond what is typically expected of EDM artists. We perform parts of each song using MIDI keyboards and controllers in addition to dual live vocals. We accomplish this by running Reason on laptops with Balance interfaces. We use our actual studio project files and remove the parts that we play live. We also control our own vocal mix by running the mics into the Balance interfaces, through Reason. The best thing about doing it this way is that all of the vocal fx, routing and automation we used in the studio version are retained and reproduced in real-time on our live vocals.
Do you have any favorite sound or patch? It's too hard to name just one since we try to use different sounds as often as possible. In general, though, our go-to synth is Thor; especially when you run it into an Etch Red with some drive gain.
What has been the best moment in your music making career thus far? The best moments we experience are those where we're on stage performing something we've worked tirelessly to create and know that in that moment we're connected with the audience in a way that is unlike anything else. It's incredibly powerful and will never get old for us.
Any words of wisdom for aspiring producers and musicians? Art doesn't have to follow rules. We believe you shouldn't be bound by the limitations of genres, styles, formulas or expectations. Write music that you want to hear, not what you think someone else wants to. In the end, your opinion is the only one that really matters.