20, handmade stories with music and machines.
I love how Bass-Mint can be an effect as opposed to only being a utility for subsonic bass enhancement. I found I could easily use it for creative sound design with all my analog synths, Eurorack, instruments, and drum machines; the added sub-bottom is clear, defined, and smooth. The Synthesize mode is super cool for acoustic kick drums because it adds an almost “unreal” electronic 808 style tuned tail. It was literally like threading it through one of my drum machines.
I am the type of producer who loves to shape my sounds to how I like in the analog domain, record the sound into Pro Tools, and then further layer with more effects plugins or hardware to get sounds no one else (or myself!) can replicate again. In songwriting, I follow a rule of “go four or five angles down the road to the one no one else can get to”, and I feel that Tantra 2 and its several creative effects, huge modulation matrix, and rhythmic steps allow me to reach those undiscovered destinations in my sound design.
One of my favorite things to do with saturation units like the HG-2 MS is to just lightly lick the source so that it brings up an overall sheen rather than a distorted crunch, more like a harmonic EQ for a touch of sparkle rather than full-on audible distortion which is perfect for stuff like vintage breakbeats, drum machines, or the entire track. But then if I also want to dress my analog synths, bass, or uke in full-robe character clothes, the Black Box brings the whole closet to the concert.
SILO reminds me of some of my favorite granular Eurorack modules, yet it is still unique from them all. Analog synths and modular naturally pair well with it, especially for pads to get lo-fi, grainy vintage textures that sound like some of my favorite electronic records. For acoustic drums, it becomes a percussion industrial machine. For vocals, I can easily create a layer of warbly, detuned unison backgrounds or a demented sounding octave-down enchantress sneaking under my lead. Now I’m gonna push my uke, violin, and acoustic into the SILO! :)