Xfer Serum vs the Virus TI

Xfer Serum vs the Virus TI — Supersaw Preset and Comparison

Xfer's Serum has been blowing my mind, and to test its abilities, I put it up against the venerable Virus TI hardware synthesizer. The results? Nothing but gold. Truly, a remarkable software synthesizer that can keep up with the old king - and quite possibly exceed it.

Like the sound? I have the Virus TI supersaw preset for Serum out for free! Enjoy!

I Can't Sleep (Jeremy Lim's Sunset Remix)

This summer's been a great time of learning, and as it comes to a close, I'm winding things down with a sunset-watching, late-night slow jam featuring the ever-talented Anna Toth.

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I think I remember now
The voice that I forgot about
I don't know when, I don't know how
But it's all coming back to me now

The memories from underneath
They've been playing tricks on me
Convincing me that I don't I need
A very vital part of me

Cause I can't sleep, I can't sleep, no more, no more
Cause I can't sleep, I can't sleep, no more, no more

Written and performed by Anna Toth
Arranged, produced, and mixed by Jeremy Lim

Dance Music Manual (3rd Edition): Tools, Toys, and Techniques by Rick Sno

If you’re new to producing electronic dance music, Rick Sno’s Dance Music Manual [Amazon.com] is a worthwhile (though highly repetitive) guide to getting started fast. For veteran producers, the book covers the gamut and in much detail; while you won’t take away as much as the novices, you’ll likely leave with a few new gems and information gaps filled.

The Dance Music Manual is an in-depth, top-to-bottom look at dance music - including music theory, mixing, mastering, sound design, promotions, and live performance. At over 500 pages, it’s a lot to process. Thankfully, it comes with audio examples to help cement the concepts.

While the content is strong, much the book is filled describing pre-fab setings, many times, the same ones over and over; personally, I would have liked more anecdotes and reasoning than presets. Still, Sno offers plenty of explanation for you to take those starting points and make them your own.

If you’re the type to skip sections, each chapter is written as a self-contained unit, explaining concepts in depth as they come up. While this made diving in and referencing material easy, reading the book from end to end (as you should) became a huge chore; there are literally paragraphs copied verbatim from chapter to chapter, especially in the genre-specific sections.

Beyond the core content, the guest chapter by Dakova Dae, “A DJ’s Perspective”, is a brilliant guide to performing live. This section covers the entire process, from sourcing and organizing your material to maintaining relationships with venues. It also contains one of the clearest explanations of harmonic mixing I’ve ever read.

The Dance Music Manual is a keeper. While the book suffers from editing issues - there are typos aplenty, a handful of incomplete sentences, and so much of the content could be pared down - it’s still a great way to build or further one’s foundations in dance music. If I had to start over, the Dance Music Manual 3rd Edition [Amazon.com] would be my first port of call.

Reviewer's Note 1: Kindle users - since it's considered a textbook, you can rent the book [Amazon.com] for 60 days for half the retail price! If you don't have a Kindle, it also works for the Kindle reader for mobile and desktop.

Reviewer's Note 2: I urge readers dig a bit deeper into music theory. Sno doesn’t explain intervals, and they’re a huge part of understanding scales, melody, and harmony. MacProVideo has a great series on music theory to get you started.

Time EP

Born from the fiftytwocreatives project, "Time" is a soundtrack EP I put together to practice time signatures. To round it out as an EP (because in stores, anything shorter than 4 tracks is a single), I included an old fan favourite, "Carry On".

The image? Tokyo at night, by yours truly. For a better experience, watch it animate on YouTube.

Enjoy this? Grab a copy on Bandcamp, or swing by my soundtrack set on Soundcloud for more!

Think these would be great in one of your projects? Email me and we'll get the ball rolling!

Hearts feat Bon Iver, Childish Gambino, Jeremy Lim, and Serena Sun — Isosine

I'm just going to gush:  I am a giant Isosine fan.

When I found him, music came to a halt because I didn't want to turn "Claritycraft" off.  I swear he went through my collection, saw that I was really digging Pendulum and Foxes that week, and meshed them together with B.o.B. to form this glorious, pumped-up drum and bass anthem. The interplay is insane. I never went running without it.  Come to think of it, it was just always on.

A couple weeks ago, he picked up "Know You (Voices Remix)" from YouTube and asked Serena and I if he could work his magic.  I didn't know what we were going to be paired with, but I jumped at the chance.  I'm happy to say the man never disappoints.

Like it? Download it here!

Tracks Sampled:

  • Bon Iver - "Perth"
  • Calvin Harris ft. Ellie Goulding - "I Need Your Love"
  • Childish Gambino - "Heartbeat"
  • Jeremy Lim feat Serena Sun - "Know You (Voices Remix)"