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21 March 2008 @ 01:50 am
I do get a lot of mail about "Hey man, what software/plug-ins are you using?" from people.

And I love my plug-ins so here goes my list of the best free plug-ins I use:

Digital fish phones - The Digital Fish Fillets suite is great. Awesome compressor, bags of character, esp on kick drums. Kick drum compression is a black art. Get it right and people will get a warm feeling in their tummy.

ePhonic - Retro delay is awesome and my go-to delay. Lo-FI is awesome for anything from subtle dirt to absolute mangled filth. The Drumatic VE is great for booming 808 kick drums and 909 style snares.

Twisted Lemon - The Sidekick V3 is great for sidechaining. What's sidechaining? Listen to the mix I did of Faderhead's Dirty Girls...that kind of 'suck' on the bass. Essentially, when the kick drum kicks, it drops the volume of the bassline. Used creatively this can get you a head nodding groove going in minutes. Used subtly it can cut a sharp hole in the bass for the kick to sit in, essentially keeping the low end of the track at a more consistent level...result...you can get more volume out of it without artifacts when you compress/limit things which also helps cut down on the mud and sharpen your bottom end up.

Jeroan Breebaart - Ferox. This is a great little plug for adding warmth and presence to your instruments and tracks. It's a tape emulator that brings a lot of warmth and character to the mix.

Sonic Charge - Not a freebie but at $89 (£45) it isn't going to break the bank either. If you are wanting Trentemoller style techno with those phat glossy sounding drums this is the drum synth of choice. It's rich dense sound gives a real lustre to the drum track. Put some nice compression on the kick and you have something a bit special. Great for all kinds of weird techno bleeps and bloops too.

The Interruptor - A little of the unusual. You can expect warm and quirky plugs from this guy. As a dub producer you can expect a certain sense of experimentation and an organic feel to things. Wow and Flutter in particular is a fave for making things sound not quite right. Stick an old vintage synth/Rhodes through it and you are in instant Boards of Canada territory.

Kjaerhus - Their classic range is just that, classic emulations of old gear. Sounds great. And it's free. What more could you ask for? The whole suite gives you a great starting point...but don't let that fool you into thinking these aren't great sounding effects.

Illformed - Glitch. I'll give you a clue here. DO NOT JUST LEAVE THIS ON RANDOM. Because it's really obvious what you are using if you do. Mess around with the controls, maybe set things so you only have one effect working, or set the mix to part clean, part effected, automate the controls via the sequencer. Either way, it's great for chopping, destroying and generally glitching up your audio. A top trick is to leave a loop playing through this for a while. Then recording it as audio while you mess with it, then chopping that audio file up keeping the best parts.

Still want more? Try the Free Plugin List or the excellent KVR site.
 
 
18 March 2008 @ 10:48 pm


Soman + Modulate
Fri 2nd May 2008
Sheffield Corporation

Doors 7pm
Tickets £10 (including entry to post show club night)
Ticket hotline 0114 276 0262

[Note: please buy advance tickets if you are able...last time we played @ Corp advance sales were quite low, because of this the venues decided to hold the gig in the smaller of the two live rooms and ended up sold out with 70 people turned away]

www.corporation.org.uk
www.myspace.com/soman
www.myspace.com/modulate
www.infacted-recordings.de
 
 
21 February 2008 @ 12:02 am
Well, after way too long since our last gig in the UK we are back with a vengeance. 

02 May - Sheffield Corporation
29 May - Glasgow Ivory Blacks
30 May - Leeds, (to be confirmed)
31 May - London, Slimelight




See you there.  :)
 
 
19 January 2008 @ 08:42 am
#1  
Endzeit Bunkertracks Act III featuring Skullfuck and the Modulate remix of Faderhead's - Dirty Grrrls, Dirty Bois has reached #1 in the German DAC album charts. :)

http://www.trendcharts.de/de/deutsche_alternative_charts.html?start=21
 
 
06 January 2008 @ 02:39 pm
The people over at Weltfunk have created a Modulate discussion forum to discuss all things Modulate related.

http://www.weltfunk.net/index.php?board=27.0

There is also an audio interview recorded with Kanis from Weltfunk during the Combichrist tour when we stopped off in Seattle.  :)

http://www.weltfunk.net/index.php/topic,1229.0.html
 
 
 
02 January 2008 @ 08:20 am
Seems like ages since I posted anything in here.  :)

I guess I posted a lot in my personal journal and on MySpace etc but very little on here.  So from now on I'm going to stop mentioning Modulate in my personal blog and shift everything into here.

So a potted recap.  Signed record deals, released EP in March, EP reached #6 n the German DAC chart (eventually making #55 on the end of year DAC chart) and #3 in the Greek alternative charts, got huge amounts of club play all over the globe and a bunch of cracking reviews, toured Europe with VNV Nation, played Dark City in Edinburgh, supported Grendel in Sheffield, went round America supporting Combichrist, got home at the end of September and have been in the studio working on the album since.  Hopefully not too long before it's finished. So basically, we went from zero to here way way quicker than any of us imagined and I personally had the year of my life.

In the meantime I've finally opened an online store for Modulate merch. 




banner

If you'd like to help us out and spread the word about us simply copy and paste the following code into your webpage/user info etc.

<a href = "http://www.modulateonline.com"><img src = "http://www.modulateonline.com/bannerred.jpg"></a>

 
 
10 November 2006 @ 02:10 am
So Modulate are a live band now! It was great to get out and finally play live. We had a 'secret warmup gig' in the amazing Great Hall of the National Railway Museum in York surrounded by trains and steam engines on Saturday before heading down to London to open the Black Celebration VIII festival @ Islington Academy on Sunday. Thanks to everyone who came early to give their support. I've just had the photos back from the excellent Ozzy @ www.karohemd.co.uk which are now online in the website gallery.

That will be the last live gig we'll be doing until 2007, time to get my head down in the studio now and finish off the EP (which should be getting released early spring 2007. Feb?).

We've got some exciting announcements coming up. :)
 
 
08 September 2006 @ 02:33 am

Sun 5th Nov 2PM-11PM

SUICIDE COMMANDO (exclusive UK date)

XPQ-21

PSYCHE

CHAOS ENGINE (reform especially for Black Celebration !)

KNIFELADDER

V2A

DEATHBOY

I AM IMMUNE

MODULATE

www.flagpromotions.com

ISLINGTON ACADEMY - N1 Centre, 16 Parkfield Street
London N1 0PS - 020 7288 4400 - 2 mins from Angel tube
DISCOUNT PARKING - N1 CENTRE CAR PARK 6PM-12.30AM @ £2.50

I'll have tickets available to sell at less than face value once I receive them from the promoter.


I should have tickets for sale soon. :D</P>

 
 
21 August 2006 @ 12:30 am
Modulate have confirmed our appearance at this years Black Celebration festival.  This will be at the Islington Academy, London, on Sun Nov 5th.  Full lineup tba in the next week or so.
 
 
20 August 2006 @ 03:10 pm
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Hi

Finally the project is ready!! Sorry for this delay but I got many problems with my first job and I had to stop this project waiting for better times.

But now all is ready and I want to thank all the bands and the artists for all their seriousness and patience and in believing in me and in my work.

I’m very honoured  to work with great guys like you.

Thanks, thanks, thanks.

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HellektroEmpire proudly presents the great first release for the  new Italian label.

Originally pre-announced for a January 2006 release is finally ready and will be released in late October 2006.

As you see the line-up is extraordinary and consists of exclusive and unreleased NOISE material by some of the biggest names in the scene. Mixed at Minus Habens Studio with IVAN IUSCO the mastermind of MINUS HABENS RECORDS and the electro project NIGHTMARE LODGE.

 

TRACK LIST:01_Lith “In vivo”; 02_Bahntier “Mush (hypnoise Mix)”; 03_Ah Cama Sotz ”Saracen”; 04_Caustic “Romophobia”; 05_Genetic Selection “Grown in a compound”; 06_Hypnoskull “The chain reaction”; 07_Modulate “Biomorph”; 08_H.I.V+ & Stendeck “Vicius Death”; 09_Atrox ”Mad for a reason”; 10_Proyecto Mirage “You know what I like…” 11_Substanz-t ”Semuta(Live)”; 12_Mono No Aware ”Audiofile”; 13_Shizuka ”Le reseau”; 14_Contagious Orgasm “Topics”; 15_Ultra Milkmaids ”Empire”.

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