WHAT’S ON YOUR HARD DRIVE?

Youth of the Apoc­a­lypse Jamie Reynolds picks the plugins that helped shape the sound of their new sin­gle DropTheBomb

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AP­PLE LOGIC PRO X

“I waited a long time to up­grade from Logic 9. My ini­tial re­ac­tion was that it felt much sim­pler than 9… less se­ri­ous. But that seems to have made it even more use­ful in the stu­dio. I use it for all sorts of dif­fer­ent ap­proaches to record­ing and cre­at­ing mu­sic. It re­ally is a joy to work with and greatly helps in the song­writ­ing process.”

ANTARES AUTO-TUNE PRO

“One of the first comments you al­ways hear when you’re send­ing out early mixes for feed­back is, ‘ You’ve got that sound. That Auto-Tune sound’. Be­cause it’s so dis­tinc­tive, it’s be­come some­thing of a Mar­mite ef­fect. Per­son­ally, I think the trick is to use it sparsely and use it as an in­stru­ment – as op­posed to an al­waysthere/al­ways-turned-up-to-max­i­mum ef­fect. It fea­tures on a fair amount of the up­com­ing YOTA mix­tape and is ridicu­lously easy to use in the live shows.”

NA­TIVE IN­STRU­MENTS BAT­TERY 4

“This was the ex­act, user-friendly drum ma­chine I’d al­ways been look­ing for. As soon as I saw it, I got my own copy. With the right sam­ples, your drums will sound very good, very quickly.”

SER­ATO SAM­PLE

“I was shown this by an­other pro­ducer and asked not to let any­one know about it, but… it’s such a per­fect sam­pler. Be­cause the ma­nip­u­la­tion and cre­ation of sound is so easy, it’s ac­tu­ally be­come one of our main song­writ­ing tools. Safe to say, I love it!”

WAVES JJP VO­CALS

“I worked with Jack Joseph Puig in the past – he mixed a Klax­ons al­bum – so when I saw he was mak­ing plugins, I had to check them out. This dis­tinc­tive vo­cal pro­ces­sor ended up be­ing my go-to ef­fect dur­ing the time that I was writ­ing demos, but it be­came such a part of the song that we ended up us­ing it on the fi­nal mixes.

“Noth­ing else in the stu­dio could come close to it.”

“The trick is to use Auto-Tune sparsely and use it as an in­stru­ment”

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