WHAT’S ON YOUR HARD DRIVE?

Pur­ple Disco Ma­chine

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Ger­man funk pi­o­neer Tino Pion­tek – aka PDM – tells of his love af­fair with Cubase and vinyl crack­les STEIN­BERG CUBASE

“For more than 15 years now, I’ve been work­ing with Cubase and, for me, it’s still the best DAW that’s out there. When you work with one piece of soft­ware for so long, you get to know all of its lit­tle se­crets and it be­comes a part of who you are. I’m so much quicker on Cubase than any other plat­form; it’s the cen­tre of my stu­dio. Great bun­dled VSTs, too… such as the vin­tage com­pres­sor and HALion SE3.”

AR­TURIA OBER­HEIM SEM V

“The SEM synth is bril­liant at both ana­logue bass and lead sounds, and it gets used in most of my songs. The Italo bassline from

Body­funk was made with this. It’s also the per­fect plugin for arpeg­gios and acid lines. Easy to use, too – a nice, sim­ple in­ter­face, with use­ful pre­sets.”

NA­TIVE IN­STRU­MENTS SCARBEE BASS COL­LEC­TION

“Any­one who’s lis­tened to my mu­sic will be aware that I love acous­tic bass gui­tars. Un­for­tu­nately, I can’t play the bass very well, so I mostly end up us­ing this plugin in­stead. This was the bass for both the Jamiro­quai and Her­cules and Love Af­fair remixes that I did. It’s def­i­nitely one of the best plug­ins around for slap and fin­ger­bass; nice and warm, but also a bit rough at the same time. In less than ten min­utes, you can get a killer bassline out of it!”

IZO­TOPE NEC­TAR 2

“This FX plugin is just amaz­ing. A true handy­man for vo­cals. In the past two years, I’ve done all my vo­cal edit­ing with Nec­tar. You have pre­sets for ev­ery genre, and the ef­fects give the fin­ished prod­uct real im­pact. It brings a vo­cal to life.”

WAVES ABBEY ROAD VINYL

“This is true plugin magic! It adds in­stant vin­tage vinyl warmth to the mas­ter bus, or you can use it for basslines and drum groups in or­der to make them sound a bit more vin­tage and ‘pumpy’. And why not fin­ish the whole thing off with some vinyl noise and crack­les?”

“In less than ten min­utes, you can get a killer bassline out of it!”

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