Ott
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Ive noticed you have purchased multiple Waldorf Pulses, is this an ongoing collection, or was it a job lot and why! do they run in poly chain mode or was that the pulse plus, or are you modding them to create the worlds biggest poly synth that grows each year.Thanks In Advance.Malk


Ott responded on 05/29/2019
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A friend of mine had a few hardware synths functioning as doorstops in his studio and somewhat impulsively I offered to buy them as a job lot, which he accepted gleefully. One of them was a Waldorf Pulse Which was the last one I switched on and the one I least expected to like.
It turned out to be brilliant.

I discovered from reading the manual that you can poly-chain them, which I took as a challenge, and set about buying up cheap ones from eBay. I paid between £200 - £250 and ended up scoring another four. I also bought a cheap passive summing box to sum the outputs and a 5A 12v PSU to power them.

The polychaining works flawlessly and it sounds magnificent in full flight, but it’s not something you’d use to whizz up a quick pad sound. It’s a bit... ‘idiosyncratic’. Does fantastic ‘broken robot’ noises and ridiculously huge unison bass things.

Not terribly portable.

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I dare you to use a kazzoo as lead instrument in one of your songs.


Ott responded on 05/29/2019
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#OMG that’s a great idea. Even I can play one of those. I wonder if it’s possible to find one which doesn’t sound like a bee in a biscuit tin?

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Pro tips on mixing analog and digital?


Ott responded on 05/27/2019
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There's no difference. The distinction is arbitrary. By definition, all sounds which reach your ears are analogue. Even though they were once stored as a series of numbers, by the time you hear them they have been converted back into an analogue voltage and then to vibrating air.

It's all just vibrating air.

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Hello, Ott! In some of your answers here you say things like "some DAW is good for writing, and some other DAW is good for arranging". Can you please share your opinion on the difference between writing and arranging? I am asking because in your beautiful compositions it's so hard to extract this or that part, like saying that there are some "core" elements and some "secondary/arranging" elements. Every little detail sounds like a core element that at the same time can't be isolated!

How are you drawing that line between writing/composing and arranging? Do you agree that writing is an act of producing something new from scratch, while arranging is always an application of existing known technics that are common for all good music pieces?

Many thanks!


Ott responded on 05/27/2019
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For me, ‘writing’ encompasses the process of forming the initial idea and then developing it over time so that it tells a story.

The initial stage is experimentation; take an idea, add an idea which meshes with the first idea, repeat, continuing until I have enough chapters to tell an interesting story. ‘Arranging’ is taking those ideas and laying them out over time so that they form a satisfying dramatic arc, with a beginning, a middle and an end.

For this I like Ableton Live, Bitwig or Reason, because they allow you to quickly bend sound into new shapes in an intuitive way. Cubase and Logic I find a bit restrictive and old-school linear in this respect.

Where Cubase does excel, in my opinion, is for mixing. It feels robust and deep and comprehensive and allows me to take my ‘written’, arranged composition and focus on the sonics, whilst allowing me also to make changes to the composition.

I always start out in Live, Reason or Bitwig and I always finish up in Cubase.

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hi Ott!
what about the high-pitched voice?
can you tell us where it comes from please ?

Thanks !
Ali


Ott responded on 05/27/2019
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A tree-sprite called Brian. He only sings when he’s happy.

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thanku for making my fucking favorite sounds i have ever heard, a trip and a blessing everytime


Ott responded on 05/27/2019
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You’re most welcome. Thank you for listening.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mSqMG_WnGk

What is the song you're playing right before OST in this video?


Ott responded on 05/27/2019
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That’s the intro to the live version of Owl Stretching Time.

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Favorite country you have visited?


Ott responded on 05/27/2019
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Finland.

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What did you eat today?


Ott responded on 04/23/2019
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Toasted organic rye and sunflower seed pumpernickel bread topped with avocado, hummus and baby spinach, with plum tomatoes and loads of black pepper.

Same breakfast I eat most days.