Ryland Blackinton Top Picks
Ryland Blackinton is the lead guitarist for the band Cobra Starship. They are best known for their songs "Bring It (Snakes on a Plane)" from their 2006 album While the City Sleeps, We Rule the Streets as well as "The City Is at War" and "Guilty Pleasure" from their 2007 album ¡Viva La Cobra!.
Mound of Wires (Factory Sound Bank / Thor Patches / Bass)
The THOR polysonic synth is probably my favorite overall. Namely, the "Mound of Wires" patch and the "Talkbox Bass" patch.
MELSTRINGS (Factory Sound Bank / NN19 Sampler Patches / )
"MELSTRINGS.smp" is a killer string synth. That particular patch is all over the new record right now. It has a great motown/hip hop vibe.
Eau de Neon (Factory Sound Bank / Malström Patches / Rhythmic)
The Malstrom has all the best arpeggiated/sequenced patches. Some of the rhythms are really inventive like the "Eau de Neon" patch.
RhodesMk1Mute (Factory Sound Bank / ALL Instrument Patches / Piano and Keyboard / Electric Piano)
The NN-19 is the best where emulation is concerned. The best would be the rhodes patches. "RhodesMk1Mute.smp" and "RhodesMk1Trem.smp."
Custom Redrum Patch (Factory Sound Bank / Redrum Drum Kits / xclusive drums-sorted)
I use the same redrum patches for almost everything we program. My kick: "bd_dubfire." My snare: "sd2_vintage." In fact, almost all of the "vintage" drum samples are key. Oftentimes, I pair "sd2_vintage" with "sd_tresor." I love that 80's snare sound with a lot of release. Manipulating the length and pitch of these samples can get you really neat tones also.
Sandro Silva Top 5
Sandro Silva is one of Holland’s most promising new talents. He is known for his broad, energetic sound that is so perfectly combined with a musical depth acquired by his years of piano study. Starting his career in dance in 2006 at a very young age, Sandro Silva has already released tracks on Tiger Records, Dim Mak, Institubes, Southern Fried Records and Laidback Luke’s Mixmash label.
Josh Head Top Five
Emery is a Post-Hardcore band from Rock Hill, South Carolina currently based in Seattle, Washington.
Customs Patches for UK Grime
Preditah is a 23 year old Electronic/Grime music composer from Birmingham, UK. He has been been producing his own music for 10 years now and made quite a name for himself in the underground scene in his hometown and surrounding counties. Relatively unknown in the UK Grime scene before 2011, Preditah’s ascension to the top of the Grime scene has been nothing less than extraordinary.
Adam Young's Top Five
With over 6 million profile views and over 25 million plays on Myspace, Owl City is one to watch!
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