Drum & bass is a tricky world to navigate at the best of times. With this in mind we have devised the producer survival guide... Sort of.
In 2013 the ascent to drum & bass stardom is a mysterious and unsure journey. Luckily for you Organic has compiled a comprehensive list of everything you are going to need to succeed. Welcome to the Organic studio check list, your survival guide to making it in the drum & bass game!
First off, lets get one thing clear. It is of paramount importance that you have stuff with buttons and knobs to press. That seems to be incredibly important these days.
With this in mind, you are going to have to shell out for some classic kit.
Your kick samples in Logic or Cubase are just not going to do, so your first purchase is going to be a Roland TR-808 drum machine. Now you can enjoy the adulation of your peers with your authentic 808 kick sound that has nicely burned a palm sized hole in your pocket.
Now we’ve got our drum machine, we’re going to want to twist things up a la Fracture & Neptune… We need a sampler. For top cool points we recommend the Akai S2000 or Emu 6400 Ultra. That Dillinja bass line just got a little bit more attainable. Having got a sampler you are going to have to exemplify your sample finding credentials naturally, and the trendiest way to do this is to buy old records. Logically you are going to need a turntable which by law will need to be a Technics 1210 or 1200. Beware! Any other model will hinder your progress. If you get a Vestax turntable you are liable to be deemed a trance DJ or worse…
The final “must have” item is Mackie HR824 monitors, but apparently they have to be the first generation and not the mark twos. I’m now going to share with you one of drum & bass’ greatest secrets. It is imperative that you sit too close to the speakers. Despite the HR824s being a mid-field speaker, drum & bass producers seem to prefer them practically in their face. Make of that what you will.
Music is about creativity right? So it stands to reason that you are going to need inspiration within your studio space. Did you know that all full time drum & bass producers keep a copy of the Wormhole LP under the desk? It’s true. It is rumoured to be made from the pure essence of 1998, think of it as a religious relic, like a piece of the one true cross. You don’t have to use the mystical Wormhole LP yourself, maybe some Photek or Krust singles will have the same effect?
Optional extras that you may want to use are a skunk grinder as smoking loads of weed, although making you completely unreliable is inexplicably linked to drum & bass. Also you may find a dirty coffee mug tastefully placed on the corner of the desk quite useful.
Now you are fully geared up you are ready to go, with one final requirement; Your studio must be incredibly badly ventilated. I’m not sure why, but this has been deemed throughout drum & bass history as very very important. Now go forth and make offensive music.