Luke Hassan has had an eventful year, a release on Armada, a set in front of 10,000 party goers for Relentless and features on YouTube channels across the board. We had to get in touch to see what makes the machine run smoothly in the studio, from Native Instruments to Logic, read on for Luke Hassan’s top five ‘Essentials’.
5. Native Instruments Massive
There isn’t much this plug-in can’t do. I have used it for sub-bass, FX, pads, white noise, leads and the variation is nearly limitless thanks to its internal routing capabilities. Combine that with automation within your chosen DAW and you have a real beast of a synth and for that reason it has got to be one of my main studio essentials if not the most essential. Like any synth though it is all about experimenting and learning it’s functionality inside-out. I would suggest accessing Massive Synth as they have hundreds of helpful tutorials on taming the wild animal Native Instruments call Massive.
4. Korg M1
There are not many tracks that this synth isn’t used on when I am producing, it does what it does so well. It really captures the sound of early 90’s house and helps give your track that retro edge. I use the software version of this classic synth that really does help in terms of negotiating through lists of presets and you are able to program edit with ease. Of course I wouldn’t mind getting hold of a hardware version when I can spare the cash!
3. Izotope Ozone 5 Maximizer
I would firstly recommend to anybody to use a dedicated mastering engineer to master any tracks whenever possible, but if its just to test out your productions on different systems or if you just haven’t got the money available then Ozone is definitely a good way to go. You are able to achieve a clean and loud master with relative ease and once you get used to some of the other features, like the transient recovery, it can take a mastered track to another level. (As best as can be done without a pro master anyway!)
2. Korg microKorg
This is my go to choice of hardware and something I have owned for a very long time but only recently started incorporating into my tracks. It has such a wide range of preset sounds but it’s the combination of those and the software editor that really lets you explore its potential. Plus I love the classic sounds it recreates copied from classic Korg synths.
1. Logic 9 Pro
I have a love-hate relationship with this DAW and in many ways there are better DAWs out there for certain applications like recording audio or live performance. However, I find that the user-friendly interface lets you get on with the creative side of production saving you from the laborious time of manual track routing. The vast and varied amount of bundled plug-ins really help to build a track quickly without the need to have to search for 3rd party plug-ins, like in other DAWs.
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