In this segment of our "In The Studio With..." we catch up with Drum & Bass producers The Mediks to discuss the creation of their "Mediks Drum & Bass Surgery" pack for Loopmasters and general production tips.
Thanks for your time guys. Tell us, how did you approach the process of making the sample pack?
We wanted to make a pack that had our signature sound while giving people a lot of freedom to use the parts for their own tracks without them sounding like carbon copies. For this reason we have focused on a huge variety of drum and one-shot sounds that are usable straight out the box.
How was the overall experience?
It was a challenge to be honest but a good one. There's 3 of us in the group so we had to divide the work up and make sure that "our sound" was carried over into the pack. We think it turned out well though!
What can people expect to get from your sample pack?
Big punchy drums, tearing synth hits, inspiring melody loops and overall a solid foundation to build a drum & bass track with in 2014 :)
How has sampling and the use of samples played a role within your own productions?
Obviously things like drums are generally taken from samples as most people do not have a drum kit lying around. In terms of synthesis we generally build our own patches but every now and then when you're in a slow spot a sample pack can be a fantastic go-to point for ideas!
What about studio tools? I assume you do use some plugins. Do you have any favourites?
We love NI Massive. Unoriginal but true.
Why do you like it?
It's very easy to use and allows quick creation of big noises in a very intuitive way. It's also very versatile and can be used for all sorts of components.
What you have used it in/for?
Quite honestly, about 80% of the noises in our tracks come from it. Be it bass leads or musical arpeggios, chances are it's Massive.
Could you please give our readers a production ‘’Tip’’ or ‘’Trick’’ that you use regularly or that defines your sound?
LFO tool. It's brilliant for cutting very quickly around drum transients in a way side-chain compression is a lot more clumsy. You can get a transient peak cutting through without everything sounding 'pumping'.
Please give us an insight into what the future holds for you.
2014 is going to be a big year for us. We've got a load of collaborations and singles coming out as well as USA tours planned. Looking forward to it!
Check out Mediks - Drum & Bass Surgery