Today it’s all about techno and live sets but Ben Solar was already producing and mixing hard tekno & drum ‘n’ bass in 2004. As it was still a hobby it slowly developed into a real passion called techno. Mainly going out to underground parties has influenced Ben very much.
Throughout the years of experimenting with other genres he got signed as “nutty producer” on many labels such as Fish Rec, Dancing moon, Soundlab, Diamond Rec, Bunk3r records, Doppelgaenger, U.M.A. Music Awards, Zenzontle Rec. Later as “Ben Solar” on Bonzai Music, Deep Arena music and EU sales Dance, …
7 April 2014 Ben Solar
Struggle for live!
Many of you already know I’m very busy working on my next live set. The fundaments are real basic. I imported kicks, basses, and drums from several tracks I’ve made in the past year, and I did the same for the synths.
To recall most of the parameters during the set I will be using Kapture by Liine. I tried using Clyphx (a free script plugin for Ableton Live if you do not own Max4Live) but the coding in the midi clips gave me a headache.
24 February 2014 Ben Solar
These shakers are done!
Shakers are commonly used percussive instruments to give you a more energetic feel to the rhythm you are playing. Most producers use samples from originals to do the job. With extra drum automation you can get the same result like a live recording.
12 February 2014 Ben Solar
Sync traktor Pro with Ableton Live.
For those who want to get experimental with the Native instruments sound cards then these are some really good videos you have to watch.
Dubspot tells us what we have to do in two easy video tutorials.
In this way you can add more functionality to your set with ableton dummy clips, extra drum loops, effects and extra effects on the traktor decks with the external routing to ableton live. So far the short introduction… watch and enjoy!
4 February 2014 Ben Solar
Drumming your own drum patterns instead of programming them gives you a natural way of producing. That’s why I want this setup so badly. At the moment I am fingerdrumming my patterns, but I’m having troubles with the quantization. When I drum on my keyboard it’s never right on time. By using a drum kit I can mimic the feel of a real drumset.