Hi Ott. Really looking forward to your new work. It has been too long :). Just a couple of questions about your live setup. You said below that the guitar goes into the desk via Native instruments Guitar rig. Can you say a bit more about that? Do you plug the guitar into the soundcard with a DI box? and what settings are yo using in Guitar rig. You also mentioned that the vocals go into the mixer through a ton of FX. What are the effects you use to get it sounding so awesome. I gues you do a high cut eq and hard compressor to fine tuning eq. But then to what? Antares and a filter?? Phaser??? Its always interested to know these things.
Nicks's guitars are Line 6 Variax models which put out a line-level. This goes straight into our X32 mixer, through the laptop and then back to the X32, before outputting to FoH via a subgroup. We use a different [home made] Guitar Rig patch for every song and there isn't enough space here to describe every one. One thing about Guitar Rig is that the presets are all terrible and you have to start from scratch if you're not going to sound like a 1980's jazz/metal fusion band every time you fire it up.
The vocals do a similar thing, passing through an FX chain comprising a compressor, an EQ [just for bass rolloff], Autotune and a Korg MS20. There is another compressor and a limiter at the end of the chain. I control a lot of the vocal chain parameters and guitar rig parameters live from a controller.
I was curious about how you integrate the kaoss pads into your live rig. Like, do you have one dedicated audio track running into it, or do you have the ability somehow to selectively assign which track in ableton you have running into it?
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There’s a particularly scary-story for amateur writers: “To prove how hard it is for new writers to break in, Jerzy Kosinski uses a pen name to submit his bestseller Steps to 13 literary agents and 14 publishers. All of them reject it, including Random House, who had published it.”
The music industry and publication industry are different, but they share a similar process: create -> consume (with some marketing and distribution in there).
How did your music catch on? How important was it to your career as a musician to be part of Twisted Records years back? How do you make money in a business that seems to have been abruptly dismembered? Independent production seems viable these days, if not a bit crowded with mediocrity—how do maintain yourself in public awareness? What outlets do you find most useful?
Is there hope for a meritocratic type of diffusion?