The drum ’n’ bass ti­tans re­veal how they’ve dis­tilled two decades of junglist supremacy into their ban­gin’ new bass in­stru­ment for Kon­takt

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The drum ’n’ bass trio ex­plain how they came to de­sign their new bass in­stru­ment for Kon­takt

With 20 years atop the UK drum ’n’ bass scene, Derby-based DJ/pro­duc­ers and Tech­nique Record­ings bosses Drumsound (Andy Wright and Ben Wiggett) and Si­mon ‘Bassline’ Smith cer­tainly know a thing or two about mak­ing bass mu­sic.

And as reg­u­lar read­ers know, the trio are no strangers to Com­put­erMu­sic, hav­ing pre­vi­ously starred in 196’s Pro­duc­erMaster­class ses­sion. Get up to speed and check out Part 1 of their video over at bit.ly/Par­al­laxPM.

Af­ter cre­at­ing a Loop­mas­ters Artist Se­ries sam­ple pack, and pre­set packs for var­i­ous pro plu­g­ins such as Sugar Bytes’ WOW2 fil­ter, their next log­i­cal move was to head into the stu­dio and work on a big­ger sound­ware prod­uct. The re­sult was Parallax (9/10,

263), a Kon­takt “bass en­gine” de­signed and scripted en­tirely by Andy.

We sat down with Si­mon and Andy to dis­cuss the cur­rent state of DnB, sampling in 2019, and find out how they cre­ated their new vir­tual in­stru­ment, which they’ve chris­tened ‘Parallax’, as well as their lat­est EP, Booy­aka.

Com­puter Mu­sic: What have you guys been up to since we last spoke? Si­mon ‘Bassline’ Smith:

“We’ve still got our la­bel, Tech­nique Record­ings, with var­i­ous artists signed and re­leas­ing mu­sic. Our last stu­dio al­bum came out at the end of Novem­ber 2017. Then we’ve got a new EP ( Booy­aka) com­ing out; we’re out on the road DJing; and, of course, we’re al­ways mak­ing and re­leas­ing more mu­sic. And we’ve been build­ing Parallax for the last two and a half years, which is now see­ing the light of day.”

: What first made you de­cide to cre­ate a Kon­takt in­stru­ment? SBS:“

It all came about a cou­ple of years ago. Andy started mess­ing around in his spare time. He’d come to me and say, “look at this”. He got more and more into the ‘mad pro­fes­sor’ zone and said, ‘we need to build our own synth’. And it snow­balled from there.”

Andy Wright: “I’ve got two young kids. When they went to bed, I’d head to the stu­dio and pot­ter around. When Kon­takt went from v5.6.8 – when they added the XY Pad – I jumped on it early. The next

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