I Love the relentless bassline, anthemic horizon stretching chords and gentle bells coloring this offering of "Uplifting synth driven funky bassline French house heaven!" from our friend and generous Omega track contributor Fred Falke, who enlightened: "... the record which features the track I originally did for your demo is out! and it has got a massive support from radios !! I'm so glad it has been done with this fantastic instrument you made for me! I sent you an MP3 from the track, which is entitled "OMEGA MAN", of course... I hope you will like–it everything is from the Omega except hi hat, snare, and the violins..."
WE LIKE IT YO! And there is plenty of sun here in this contested City of the Angels to match its brilliant sweeping mood and insistant, hynotic, Moroder-fueled pulse. Thatz wassup. Good looks Fred.
... it took a little while but i am proud to send you another Omega 8 Demo! ... this time its all Omega – no additional Loops!! I thought that the funky stuff is already well represented so I decided to do an epic "Blade Runner meets Zawinul" thing.
As usual I didn´t do any signalprocessing (allthough I was very tempted to add some Reverb or Space Echos!). No EQ, No Dynamics – all the audiomaterial is kept untouched just the way it leaves the Omega´s Outputs. By the way, I actually played the Omega. No MIDI tracking/quantisation... I really hope you will like it and that you can use it. I have enjoyed recording it so much!!
I could play on the Omega for hours and hours without getting bored. I always discover more and more and what thrills me the most is that the Omega is a charismatic music-Instrument, with a soul of its own. I don't find that often on an electronic Instrument – I like all the little Imperfections/analog Drift. This is definitely a contribution to the sound, not a malfunction!Christoph
Take Me Out to the Ball Game, Omega!
... it's [the omega] got oscillator and my all-important filter FM inside, which sounds great. Multi-mode is a simple affair - I can do stuff like Split 1+7 or Layer 4+4, more than enough for me. I've been told that the envelopes and LFO's are software. I heard some people complain about it sounding metallic. Sorry to disappoint, but aside from intentional programming efforts, this machine is warm, sweet, and most of all, smooth. I can write my parts in any octave I want now, no more avoiding the high end because of sounding nasty. The bass, though not 100% exactly as creamy and dirty as the SE-1X, is still super deep and punchy. Tight and efficient. Overall, extremely easy to use. Most menu items are just 1 or 2 steps away.
I didn't go for the CODE because (a) I happen to like the triangle wave, (b) I don't want a built-in onboard overdrive and (c) I like the arpeggiator. I look forward to trying out the 8 external inputs located on the back of the synth.
Hope you enjoy my Omega version of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" which sounds like a couple of past-their-prime funky dudes who've had too much to drink. It wasn't mixed at all, no panning, no EQ, nothing. Just a couple of quick takes.
Editor's note: Calvin's contributions to promoting Omega 8 understanding and brotherhood are unparalleled ;) We love this man's artistry! Dig on all his STUDIO ELECTRONICS-powered tracks at cl516.blogspot.com/search/label/Studio Electronics. Vive la Cardiod!
At the Omega Inn
Having passed through a rather harrowing phase of my life as a father of 3, quite intact, thanks be to God (none to the promoters and witless believers of barbarous fictions), I can happily paraphrase, the rumors of my insignificance were greatly exaggerated. And don't these external input processings sound tremendous?
The freedom to rework this track from the 2001 NAMM Show Extravaganza is one of the small favors The Eternal did for me just before deliverence... if only my kick drum had been centered! Small favors include: Faith, Hope, and Charity and the truest friends imaginable. In that company I would include Fr. Austin & Fr. Craig at OLG... lifesavers.
ATC-X: Quad Filter System: Pusle edge bass, vocal
bass, the bass booty glue.
Omega8: Orch and Piano sample processor and locked-to-clock mood shaper, "Murchie" and other essential bass accents, "L6" changes near end, Classic ATC-X Lead, SH-2000 style Pulsar lead, controller draw/massive patch change vassal, wet solo, providential pads: just listen to that 1:24 miracle.
SE-1X: The lead junkie, the odd bass note, a smattering of tuned chords: the meditative one at end is fed through a vintage Dynachord CLS 222. "If you get into town here come on in..."
E4X: Additional vocal filter color.
I Don't Have to Tell Her (Instrumental)
"I feel like I am in Africa."
ATC-X Quad Filter System: Dependable basslines and occasional higher octave sensibilities. I never have to hunt for grease in this box, it oozes out on its own.
1st Omega8: Theriot bank, L.F.O. basses, string section doubles and accents––the mandolin flavored patch in the ride being my favorite–wait, no, the Gospel culmination (I had to have church up in here C. Von!); MIDI-synched changes leading to one of many faux terminations; percussive yet flowing African flutes which homage those immortal "Abbey Road" trades from "The End," with that call-to-prayer arabic scale effect; "Jaco" mini-solo; SE-1X-ish faux whammy bar...
2nd Omega––"Tim & Bob Edition" with discrete OpAmps: polyphony and critical bass & lead testifying; chord explosion/epiphany just out of the bridge; "Crystal Mansion" horn-like turnarounds; oud/kyoto-inspired plucking; ATC-1ish "Zawinul" lead; indelible 8-voice unison bass thumping near end.
SE-1X: Funky worms, the odd bass, glassy, gorgeously garish tuned chords in bridge; deep undergrowth pads at 6 minutes.
Mix #2 benefits from our C2s compressor: 4x1 Longest attack, shortest release setting.
Last year's Winter NAMM demo, this years "cut". Every bit as satisfying as a quiet Saturday at the barbershop with your #1 son. My daughter was there as well, rolling her eyes at me much of the time. Back to the music...
ATC-X: Big bass, (that should've be enough), crunch flavors, hot chocolate fuzz at end.
Omega 8: shimmers and wash chords, arresting stabs, lead and bass doubles and bubbles, real-time controller "orientalism." You know, that painting sound on grains of rice sort of thing where hours pass shaping sinlge beats to the bar; midi synced L.F.O. ear candy; "synth from the vault"––thanks Salvi (cool son #2) for the MC love.
SE-1X: That Zawinul lead patch... had to use it to excess; leetle snares and one very big hashy kick; overdriven chords near end.
p.s. That sometimes audible high whine is the un-lovechild of DP and my M-box: didn't have that shielded USB cable handy when in the mood to track.