IN THE STUDIO - RECORDING 'PERSISTENCE OF VISION'
Regarding 'Persitence Of Vision', my aim was to record a typical summer track - something easy, sweet, warm and sexy. It's all about creating a good bass and chords pattern, with a good hook.
I began experimenting with four synths I use massively in my studio: the Minimoog Voyager (http://www.vintagesynth.com/moog/voyager.php)
, the Roland Jupiter 6 (http://www.vintagesynth.com/roland/jup6.php)
, Juno 106 (http://www.vintagesynth.com/roland/juno106.php)
and D550 (http://www.vintagesynth.com/roland/d50.php)
which I recently purchased on eBay. This one is probably the warmest sounding digital synth ever. You can hear its distinctive sounds on countless records from the late 80s / early 90s - it's definitely part of the soundtrack of my life! Do not think it's outdated - there's still a lot of power to explore inside the mighty D50.
Basically, 'Persistence Of Vision' is based on two chords. The D50 plays the pads and the Moog plays the bass with some random variations. I eventually built up around this pattern using some arpeggios from the Jupiter 6 and filtered samples.
The big distorted bass sound comes from the Moog. The Voyager is not an easy beast because of its huge sonic power, particularly in the low range, and it often overshadows everything else in the mix. I used here some slight tube distortion from my preamp and some compression trickery to put it at its right place. I also played the lead part (the melody before the bass kicks in, and before the break…) and some random effects with it.
The drums come from NI Maschine and Battery loaded with my own sounds plus some more from the factory library. I also sampled some vinyl crackles to make things more dirty and organic. We love things dirty and organic, don't we?
Last but not least, I recorded the vocals by myself and processed them with an Eventide DSP4000 I recently purchased in Berlin. It makes anything sounds great and wide. Its outstanding algorithms allow dramatical sound mangling, without the annoying usual digital artefacts. My voice is pitched it to +7 and -5 semi tones if I remember well, and also -12 during the break. It's also spacialized with a reverb + chorus preset from the Eventide. I wrote down the lyrics in a very spontaneous way, trying to make them groove as much as I could.
" … Breathless whispers, and persistence of vision,
When I breath in you, you breath inside me too… "