A variety of “affordable” instruments were used including one of the first, fully programmable, MIDI synthesizers (KORG Poly-800), a very early Casiotone keyboard (16 preset instrument sounds and drum beats!) and a toy drum machine (Mattel, Synsonics).
All recorded through the process of overdubbing from one cassette recorder, through a four channel stereo mixer, to another cassette recorder, and back again. Each time adding a new live instrument (and noise) to the mix.
Sometimes the motors in the cassette machines would slow, or speed up causing portions of the song to go slightly out of tune with the previously recorded instruments.
The result was a hissing, humming, out of tune, muddy mix of instrumentation. Ahhh the good ol’ days…
The technology was a step up from Rick’s earlier work thanks to the addition of a full hardware midi-studio. This allowed many instruments to be fully sequenced on hardware before ever hitting the 4-track recorder.
Once the sequenced tracks were finished, a stereo mix was recorded to the 4-track recorder leaving 2 additional tracks for extra live instruments and effects.
The result was a much cleaner, punchier mix overall.
The client needed some wild, Progressive Metal, styled music.
Rick liked them so much, he gave the collection of work a project name and put them all on this EP.
This was an experiment in complete digital production on a computer using only a few music software programs.
Just as the first release of this project, this album was created entirely on a computer. This time only one piece of music software was used for everything, including the creation of the music and the final mastering.
This album was more focused on Progressive Rock and Fusion styles.
A variety of custom soundbanks were created and used giving this album an edge over the last in terms of quality and choice of instrumentation and sound effects.
Rick’s entire sound library was converted for possible use. Sounds and instruments dating as far back as his second SimItar CD.
Many new, convincing, “guitar” patches were programmed and featured throughout this album. More expressive sequencing techniques were explored as well to add a realistic feel to most of the instruments.
Rick’s first, serious, excursion into Extreme Metal. This album represents years of study into the composition and production of Technical Death Metal.
Thanks to advances in VST sampled instrument libraries and scripting technology, this Metal album was able to be fully realized, electronically.