IK recently worked with legendary underground artist, DMX Krew, to create new tracks and a new sound library using UNO Drum! With over 15 albums and a 25-year music career under his belt, we were excited to see how DMX would add his own flair on our analog drum and synth hardware. His latest albums, "Libertine 12" and "Glad to be Sad" both released this year, pushing the boundaries of the sound he's been releasing since 1994.
DMX Krew began creating music at the age of 7, making up tunes on his family's organ and translating them into harmonies and melodies. Through this experience he was introduced to music hardware, first owning a Casio VL-1. Mainly a hardware-based musician, DMX Krew has owned many cool pieces of gear, and even made his own drum machine, commenting on the experience saying:
"It took me a year to make my machine and I had to start from knowing nothing at all. I learned about basic electronics, soldering, programming and also weird stuff like making mechanical keyboards & metal cases."
We were excited to put our UNO series to the test with such an experienced, expressive artist. After creating a brand new sound library with UNO Drum and two tracks with UNO Synth and UNO Drum, we caught up with him to talk a little bit about the experience.
"I just got some samples that I use a lot and tried to make them small in size and punchy sounding, using the EQ in Ableton and Bias Peak. The thing I kept in mind was that the sounds had to sound good all coming out of the one output from the drum machine, so they needed to be ready-EQ-d in a sense."
"I just play notes on the keys and twiddle the knobs until I hear something I like. The funk one has a lot of overdubs, I had to make the chords by overdubbing single notes for example, but that allowed me to pan each note in the chord across the stereo field which is a nice effect you can’t do on a polysynth. The acid one is just a live jam with an overdub of a second synth part."
Analogue synth, quite 70s sounding.
Punchy analogue drums, techno feeling.
Listen to the songs created by DMX Krew here with UNO Synth and UNO Drum here.
Ending with a word of advice, DMX Krew encourages all artists to practice a lot and create with a goal of expressing themselves truly. He says that it doesn't matter whether it's a piano, or a guitar, or a computer, or a voice - all that matters is the will of the artist.
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Check out more from DMX Krew here.