Michael Rasbury Top Five
In 2008, the O’Neill National Musical Theater Conference presented Max Understood, a musical written with co-writer Nancy Carlin and based on Michael’s autistic son, Max. Max Understood was part of the 2009 New York Musical Theatre Conference.
Hurdy Gurdy (Available at http://www.michaelrasbury.com/reason.htm)
I created this patch from my student Hurdy Gurdy. It has three strings with two as drones. One of the drones can be made to buzz or chant depending on how fast the instrument’s wheel is turned. When played correctly, this is a very realistic hurdy gurdy instrument with aftertouch. This instrument is chromatic and is tuned to "D." Play and hold A2 and A3 with your left hand. This replicates the drone created by turning the Hurdy Gurdy's wheel. The instrument has a monophonic melodic string. Use your right hand to play Bb3 through D4. Each key release triggers a random, wooden mechanical button release sound. Use aftertouch "percussion" movements to make the drone buzz in rhythm with the melody you play.
BrazzyComping (Reason Factory Sound Bank / Subtractor / PolySynths)
When transposed down, this patch makes a great, larger than life Moog style bass. I often combine it with another Subractor patch to get a really big bass sound for dance music.
Brush Kit w Perc (Reason Factory Sound Bank / All Instrument Patches / Drum Kits / Sampler Kits)
Add a bunch of compression to this snare drum and you’ve got a long, in your face 2 and 4. I also love the long decay of the splash cymbals. This is a very convincing set of samples.
Jazz Upright (Reason Factory Sound Bank / All Instrument Patches / Bass / Acoustic Bass)
This is a really useful patch for funk/jazz sounding acoustic bass lines. It comes complete with noises of strings vibrating against the fret board of the bass. It is also a bass with high frequency spectrum content, great for cutting through the mix.
Concert Grand Piano (Reason Factory Sound Bank / All Instrument Patches / Piano and Keyboard / Acoustic Piano)
A lovely, mellow sound… when the keys are hit hard, one can hear the strings “open” up. This sound also has a “felty” timbre, as the felt on the hammers is really present. This set of samples “breathes.”
Bless Beats Top Five
Best known for creating Wiley’s 2008 smash ‘Wearing My Rolex’, which debuted at number 2 in the singles chart, selling over 300,000 copies. Renditions which followed by the likes of Little Boots and Hot Chip for Jo Whiley’s Live Lounge session on Radio 1 took Bless Beats’ work well beyond the ears of the post-grime loving electro pop massive.
Seth's Top 5 patches
Details Details is Seth Williams and his sound is best described as a cross between Owl City and Daft Punk, because of his catchy lyrics matched with deep bass lines and satisfying beats.
Blondie - Matt's Top 5
Matthew Katz-Bohen is a NYC based producer, writer, guitarist, and keyboard player. He tours/plays/writes with Blondie, who just finished a new album to be released in the Spring of 2010, and has also backed artists Ashford and Simpson, Jody Watley, and Lady Miss Kier.
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