Never Let You Go – New Song Out Now

Listen to the new song by mistrust….

“Never Let You Go (For Kathryn B)” is a new song that I’ve written for my amazing wife, Kathryn, to celebrate her birthday.

It’s a lullaby / synthpop song, which is influenced by bands like OMD, Kraftwerk, Human League, and early Depeche Mode.

It’s quite a departure from my dub/downtempo instrumentals and remixes, and has me on lead vocals.

I wrote and recorded loads of “proper” songs in the late 1980s and early 90s, but haven’t done anything like this since then.

After numerous instrumentals, I thought it was time I sat down to see if I could actually write a real song!

I would love to hear what you think of it!

Don’t forget to check out some of my other songs!

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Old VST plugins #1

I’m in the middle of putting together some new tunes. Just some outines, really, but  I’m also trying to get better on the production-side of things, however I’ve been getting frustrated with the endless choice of VST plugins, and and other instruments and FX, having to work out how I can use them in my productions. It got me thinking that when I first started making music on a computer, there seemed to be not many free plugins, which restricted my choice in what to use. I used to download a few free plugins, test them, and use them wisely and with some sort of restraint. Now I wonder, whatever happened to those old plugins. I thought I’d look to see if any websites rescued them and if I can still find them. So, here are some of those site and some of the plugins they’ve rescued….

Moderato / Alexander Blu

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On Moderato / Alexander Blu’s website I found lots of old classic plugins, some of which I haven’t seen updated, and some of which have been succeeded by more complicated and complex updates. To me, the old ones are the best!

Some of the plugins I found are:

Basslane 1.2

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Basslane VST

From the website: Regain tightness in the bottom of your mix by keeping kick drums and bass lines centered in the stereo field. •  Drum tracks mixed from multiple sources, or processed with delay, reverb etc will often sound “messy” if the kick drum isn’t centered.

Download Basslane 1.2 (1.32MB)

Camel Phat Free

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Camel Phat Free

I’m sure I prefer this original version of Camel Phat. Just three controls! It features a great compressor and distortion with one incredibly easy to use interface. Its great for use on drums, bass and just about anything else that needs fattening up!

Download Camel Phat Free (79KB)

Blueline Plugin Pack

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Blueline Plugin Pack

One of the first plugins I used, probably about 10 years ago! The plug-ins contained are: BluePhaser, BlueFlanger, BlueChorus, BlueDelay, BlueMultiTap, BlueParamEQ, BlueFilter, BlueGate, BlueCompressor, BlueReverb, and BlueStereo. I’m not sure if they work in Windows 7 and 8….

Download Blueline Plugin Pack (1.84 MB)

I’ll post links to more “old vst plugins” soon….

Guitar Hero and the great untalented

I’ve so far managed to avoid all the fuss surrounding Activision’s Guitar Hero video game that’s taking the world by storm. I’m not really a fan of video games and consoles such as Playstation 3 and XBox, and never have been, and I’d much rather use a computer for either searching on the web or making music. Could never see the excitement or the fun of things like computer games, and even when I had a Spectrum ZX81 when I was a teenager, I tried to learn how to PEEK and POKE it, rather than play games on it. Even had a Commodorer 64 and an Amiga, and used them for making music. However, I’ve suddenly seen the light and think that Guitar Hero 3 is just great. Paul (my stepson) got the demo on a PS3 magazine disc the other day and immediately took to it. Even though he had to use his Sixaxis controller, he loved it. The next morning, he wanted the real mccoy. Paul being Paul, with his impulsive nature (he’s got Autism) desperately wanted the full version, complete with the guitar.

Fast Forward to 9.30pm and a trip to the Trafford Centre,  we found what he was looking for, and traded in a few of his other games to get it. We got home, and Paul thought it was great. I spent ages afterwards just watching him getting hooked and thinking I could do that. I had my first go of it last night, and just wanted to stay on it. It’s a great thing for someone like me who tried to learn the guitar (a real one, with strings) years ago but never had the co-ordination or the ability to play a proper tune.  Now I can play the lead on Anarchy in the UK or Walk this Way without looking a fool if I get it wrong. Paul’s been trying to learn the guitar himself, but hasn’t got much idea of a what makes a good tune. Paul, being Paul tends to give up because of stuff like that. Now he has Guitar Hero, he can learn more about how a song is made and maybe get back to playing the real thing.

I used to think the same as John Mayer – via Rolling Stone magazine – that things like Guitar Hero are  “making it easy for untalented people to pretend they are good at playing the instrument”. just another excuse for people to sit at home and think they were become proper musicians. After seeing how Paul has taken an interest in it, I really think it’s a good thing.

My only wish now is that someone will come up with something like “Synth Hero” for eighties throwbacks like me!