DASK - Insecta (Extended Version)

After the release of Electron Utopia at Syngate Records I was working on experimental tracks that did not fit into the theme of that album. Most of the tracks started life as progressive ambient with one darker drone based structure which again was an experiment using old recordings slowed down. Later two longer Berlin School inspired tracks took form which are very different from the traditional long drawn out typical 'space music' feel of Berlin School. They sit in the theme of the album title 'Inseca' in terms of feel, structure and pace with hits and transitions used on the Berlin School tracks hence trying to take a different approach. This became a whole to create a full album at 50 minutes long which I did a pre-release.

DASK - Inseca (Progressive Ambient Berlin School Tangerine Dream Klaus Schulze)

DASK - Singles

Singles Vs Albums

The album is not quite dead but with streaming being very popular it seems the playlist is becoming king. Sadly this means any artist that makes an album as a journey might not get to see it played that way as key tracks are pulled and combined into spotify playlists. In fact how many mainstream albums are a collective journey and not just a bunch of songs some of which are hit singles.

 

DASK - Electron Transfer (Station Remix) (2017)

DASk - The Other Side (Berlin School Electronica Pop)

Serum Synthesizer Free Patches

Serum has one of the best interfaces I have used in a soft synth. It is very easy to navigate and inspiring in that it encourages experimentation with sound and patch creation esp once you get into making custom wavetables. It is also a good synth to learn if you are new to synthesis due to the inteligent GUI. I had the opportunity to use it for a while and I created some patches for it which are mostly pads with some custom imported wavetables.

Serum VST Synth Free Patches
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Sonicsmiths The Foundry Instrument (Kontakt)

For anyone interested in sound design and creation not much can better using a fully configurable synthesizer be it either hardware or software based. Software synths such as Serum, Diva and even overlooked synths like Audjoo Helix have almost infinite sound sculpting possibilities. However such tools can be difficult to learn and use for someone new to synthesis and if you want to get fast results many then turn to preset romplers like Refx Nexus or sample libraries in Kontakt which have useful patches that sound good. However you then run the risk of everyone else using the same tired old patches without any modifications.

Sonicsmiths The Foundry Synth (Kontakt)
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DASK - Electron Utopia [Syngate Records]

This album is an exclusive release on Syngate records in Mechernich Germany. The bonus track was added just before release which is also available separately on other sites. It is Berlin school electronica with a morphing atmospheric or cinematic ambient structure. The bonus track is a little more trance like. The theme of the album is the electron and if you have an electronics background the theme and titles should make sense.

01. Electron Utopia
02. Lorentz Force
03. Desert Synchrotron
04. Electron Transfer
05. Electron Transfer - Station Remix

 

Mastering and Glue

DASK - Electron Utopia (Berlin School Tangerine Dream Cinematic Atmospheric Ambient)

DASK - Abiogenesis (Atmospheric Berlin School)

I never consider myself to be a musician since my background is electronic engineering with a specialisation in sound and audio but having experimented with audio systems, synths, recording, sound creation and manipulation for several years I decided to stop throwing audio material away and complete an album. It was recorded over 6 months and mastered with minimal compression for high quality Hi-Fi or headphones in mind. A number of headphones were used in the mastering process including the original HD800 which are ultra transparent and cheap ear buds to check worst case listening via streaming.

DASK - Abiogenesis (Ambient Atmospheric Berlin School Tangerine Dream Klaus Schulze Space Music Stranger Things)

Air Music Tech Loom Synthesizer

Loom is an additive synthesizer from Air Music Tech that takes a module style approach to synthesis. The various modules can be combined in any order to generate and manipulate sound. It is a different style to most other synths that take a traditional approach and layout so this can take a little time to get used to the way sound creation and manipulation works. Once you master this it has some interesting possibilities and can make really unique sounds. I like working in this synth since this extra dimension of work flow and creation becomes easy once you learn the basics.

Loom Synth Engine
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Audjoo Helix Synthesizer

Audjoo Helix is a wave-table shaping, virtual analogue, hybrid soft synthesizer with a deep rich high sound quality that makes it suited to pads and textures with motion and depth, although it is quite capable of bass and leads etc. Some of the pads and textures possible in this synth remind me a little of other older synth engines such as Native Instruments Absynth for example but this is not a typical thin sounding old school VSTi.

Audjoo Helix VSTi Synth
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LM3886 Gain Clone Amplifier DIY

In 1999 a manufacturer called 47 labs released a 3000 USD amplifier called a gaincard. Although it got good reviews it caused a great deal of controversy because it was based around a pair of 5 USD LM series power amplifier IC's with a basic power supply. So a 3000 USD product had about 100 USD of parts inside. It is not unusual to find any audio equipment selling for at least 10x the parts cost today. Coming from an electronics background I regularly see equipment I would not pay the retail price for based on the grounds the build cost being so low in comparison. In that instance it it best to go the 2nd hand eBay route or build something similar.

Gainclone DIY
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Musical Fidelity M1 HPA Headphone Amplifier Review

I have had a bit of a love hate relationship with musical fidelity products in the past. They always seem to get good reviews in the Hi-Fi press but a few times after prolonged use I find that the immediate wow factor is eventually replaced with a feeling that the initial gloss is hiding a few problems. I found this particularly true with an A308 CD player I used for a while. This was advertised as being 95% equivalent to the Nuvista 3D CD Player at half the cost. When one came available second hand for a good price I took a chance. Again at first it had this immediate appeal with detail and extended bandwidth but after months of use I felt that it was shiny glossy Hi-Fi for the sake of it like many audio products. It lacked soul, timing and musicality when compared to other players.

Musical Fidelity M1HPA Headphone Amplifier

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