One month ago we posted dutch artist Remco’s demo track for the Symptohm:Melohman PE and now he shows up again, this time showing his experiments with the Ohmicide:Melohman distortion. His Ohmicide demo track shows that this distortion – despite what many could think – is not only suitable for hard and agressive distortion grain. The owners of this unit know that the Ohmicide palette goes far beyond that, crossing the huge field of subtle distortion and ‘distortion to add warmth’. This demo shows us some percussive elements dictating the rhythm for some atmosphere/texture sounds, while the Ohmicide helps creating a global ‘soul’ for the whole landscape, the final result being anything but cold…
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The Music Radar site is asking their audience “What are the best VST-synths you can buy?“. Swiss DJ and music producer - and Symptohm:Melohman enthousiast – Dominic Reamonn answered their poll and copied us on his mail to Music Radar. You can guess his vote, but not necessarily his very own emotional reasons to love this powersynth
“My vote goes to Ohm Force’s Symptohm. Why? Because of all the synths out there that I have tried, Symptohm is the only one that:
- Has an Ape’s ass as part of its interface
- Has envelopes and LFOs per parameter (excluding Minimonsta, of course)
- Contains 4 banks of filters with a total of 30+ filters
- Has an Ape’s ass as part of its interface
- Has delay times that can be LFOed for total glitch fests
- Scares cats
- Is fairly unknown, which makes me look different, and thus better
- Was made by a sandwich company.
- Can produce totally unique and expressive sounds with next to no effort at all.
- Has an established YouTube fanbase centered around the works of Jack McOck and Professor Von Schwarzenberg.
- Doesn’t crash any more.
- Has an Ape’s ass as part of its interface.
And of course, because it has an Ape’s ass as part of its interface, I can spend less time purring over animal porn and more on making music. Ça va de soi!”
Two months ago we announced our pricing changes in our ”it’s still business, but let’s keep it reasonable” disclaimer, and we listened to all kind of reactions. Some guys from the audio/plug-in industry might have said that we’re naïve or anti-corporate, while the music press has warmly reacted and dozens of individual music producers have written to us to comment on how much they share the same point of view about it all. No need to say that, among the industry, the press and music producers, we’ll always listen to – and work for – the latter. Like you, we love music and music making, and will always do our part to support the scene.
The pricing changes were only the beginning: from this december, we invite all music producers in the world to download and use for free the Performer Edition of our Symptohm:Melohman powersynth. That’s exactly what you’re understanding: Symptohm:Melohman is now freeware, joining our rock solid stinky Frohmage filter. Get it now and tell your friends!
Exploring new sounds is priceless! And when we say priceless, we really mean it
This time the Melohman vibes come from Austria, land of the wild – yet highly domesticable – Oinky Poinky specimens. The Oinky Poinky Demixed track was done using only the Symptohm:Melohman synth and fried sugar’n'nutella toasts. The chilled melodies tells the blurred visions through a Vienna’s subway window during a 5 minute ride in an Autumn afternoon in direction of LoFi Records office…(picture below)
Denis Klutch is an ohmfriend from Saint-Petersburg, Russia. He’s a former chiptune/tracker composer, but there’s a piece of gear that made him come to the DAW+plugin side of the force. Beside kick and snare sounds, which have been created with his Waldorf Attack, all his tracks were made with Symptohm:Melohman Performer Edition. There’s a remix for Sasha’s Mongoose and another for Beastie Boys’ Body Movin’ – among some other lo-tek tunes..
Zombies have always been excellent company for a weekend. A point of view that our ohmfriend John H. Van Eaton very probably shares, specially after his recent work on the FX and soundtrack for new Urbanchillers’ horror comedy movie “E-Discordia Dating for Zombies & the Undead” trailer. A lot of Symptohm:Melohman, several Ohmicide:Melohman spices, some Quad Frohmage sugar and a loads and loads of blood!
Some time ago Fedor Thonnessen has reached the second place in Delamar’s music production contest (with the nice track “Power Walk in The Park”, that you can listen here) and since that we’ve been following his musical moves, specially the MySpace profile of his duo Fedido, with his mate Guido. If before being at the contest podium their production already used to be powered by the Symptohm:Melohman‘s sounds and Quad Fromage‘s filtering, next album’s tracks (they’re now in studio recording it) are being tweaked with their brand new Ohmicide:Melohman and Hematohm. Fedido’s last album is called “Improclima” and it’s free, released under a creative commons license. We’ve benefited from the moment to know a little bit more about them…
Tell us more about Fedido…
Our trumpet & keyboards duett FEDIDO exists since 2003. My friend and I met in a jazz band where we both felt the urge to widen the horizon. We record a lot and then spend a lot of time in post production. My friend has started using effects from an old PC version of Logic on his portable computer with amazing results. Sometimes we use home made or royalty-free loops (rythms, pads etc.) Even though we never set ourselves a style, our music has been called « relaxing », soothing… It’s true we don’t venture into « savage » sounds – or, in my view, what *we* percieve as savage is still calm by general standards ;-) Until now, we have played exclusively for the pleasure we get out of it – and for the absolute artistic freedom we enjoy as long as there’s no money involved. Anyone can listen to our albums (two until now, working on a third) on http://www.myspace.com/fedido , and we apreciate any feedback !
What’s your studio setup?
My main computer is a Powermac G5 QUAD (4x 2.5 Ghz), bought with still 6 months of warantee to go, when the Intel Macs started to come out. I also use a PowerBook G4 1Ghz, as well as a modest PC Intel Dual Core 1.6Ghz, which is more than enough for running well crafted Adobe Audition and Steinberg Wavelab (both quite old versions, but entirely sufficient for my needs).
On the Macs, I use Logic Pro 7. I started to use Macs so I could go on using Logic. (Having both worlds is a bonus as far as I’m concerned !) Pro 6 has been working perfectly fine for a while now; a stable setup is a setup I want to keep – so no urge to upgrade to Pro 8 right now.
I’m very fond of the proprietary plugins in Logic; I especially like the ES2 (a great and extremely versatile substractive synth.) The SPACE DESIGNER is a convolution reverb that sounds just amazing with sheer infinite presets from ultra-realistic to ultra weird ;-) Finally, there’s the no-fuss and still very flexible EXS 24 sampler, which accepts Akai and Giga format, which, again, is all I need.
My audio interface has been the Presonus FIREPOD for years; it has 8 channels all with mic preamplifiers, a very decent sound and a simple design that suits me well. Also a lot of outputs allowing for pretty much anything to be sent anywhere. I have done live recordings with it (8 channels come in handy!). I don’t know if an optical out has been added on the new version, I know people complained about “only” SPDF output on this unit…
I don’t want to sound too flattering, but my Ohm Force plugins ARE the ONLY non-Logic-native plugins I paid for! I started by falling in love with… was it Frohmage ? Ohmygod ? Anyway, i felt at ease with it instantly. Sometime later, there was a group buy, and I got myself the « All Filter » bundle, which included the both gorgeous QuadFrohmage and Symptohm:Melohman.
Now I’m exploring my newly won Hematohm and Ohmicide (you gotta love them just for the NAMES, right ?)
What have been the concept and the starting ideas for making your contest track?
I essentially let myself being guided by the loops offered for the contest. To have sort of a background, I started with a homemade, pad-like loop (made with the ES2, a Logic synth), nicely distorted with Frohmage. I then let the synth loop (with lots of reverb to keep it distant, discrete) play along with my own loop. I then let both the rythm and bass loops kick in, as they played really nice together.
When I heard the organ loop, I instantly wanted to « trash » it, so it would feel like someone talking (that was the idea, anyway !) So I sent it through « BitCrusher » from Logic. I then stopped the rythm section and made the organ loop resonate / « sing » through Frohmage in a kind of midway-through « solo ». Rythm section kicks back in, organ solo ends, and I let my own loop have the « final singing », resonating through Frohmage as well. That’s it.
What kind of music your listen to? What are your major influences and favorite artists?
I’ll try to be brief, because there would be so many names to mention… As a pianist, Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea and… Vladimir Horowitz (classical) have had a huge impact on me. The Pat Metheny Group has been in my life since about 1978. I stopped listening to new albums for some years now, but his music – and, of course, the magical touch of his keyboardist and co-writer of most songs, lyle Mays – feels like home to me. I just have to add Radiohead… and Kate Bush ( !) to name the uttermost important ones…
My buddy and I both enjoy Pink Floyd, Miles Davis (especially what he did since « We want Miles »)… and lots more !
Fourth submission for the Ohm studio video cohmpetition comes from Seattle, WA, USA. It’s got live studio footage. It’s got screen-cap tutorial. It’s got intrigue! Flynn Price shows that you haven’t seen it all in your life: yes, it’s possible to have a studio set up 1 meter from a wash machine and two meters from a kitchen. And 50cm from his daughter’s cradle, where she’s probably amazed by the odd sounds achieved on that Symptohm:Melohman. You might say that it’s all about loving music, and Flynn will surely agree.
What a good surprise when opening this morning the March edition of UK’s mag Sound On Sound ! Both Ohmicide:Melohman and Symptohm:Melohman have been reviewed in a in-depth 3 page article that describes – and judges – most of these two plugin’s features. So we’re glad to see that our two newest plugins have been approved by one of the most important – and exigent – music productions mags of the world. You’ll be able to register yourself to read for free the whole review, or why not going to your newspaper agent and taking home this nice edition that also talks about Cubase 5, the cheap-and-cool Behringer audio-interface-and-keyboard-controller, and much more…