Dropout: Firstly, in the year 2000, computers were very slow and
poor for audio usage so I started to learn something about DSP cards as add
in power to my Pentium III. Then I remembered a friend of mine that he had a
strange board called TripleDat, which seemed to me always a good stuff.
Then I discovered in the market the new second generation Creamware
products, for the PCI socket, called Scope. But at the time the 14 DSP board was
only a dream for my wallet. Secondly, with my LunaII I discovered a
whole new world of astounding quality synthesizers, effects and the beloved
Modular 2! What an epiphany!
What plug-ins do you use on Scope?
Dropout: For effects I use mainly UAD, but itís not unusual that I open
Scope FX in XTC. The most used are Vinco, Dynatube, the new Scope 5.0 SC
compressor and EQ. But mainly I use Scope for synthesizers! I own a
good collection of real analog vintage synths (Crumar DS2, Muron Plant
Aelita, Roland Juno 60, JX-3P and JX-8P, Yamaha TX7, Korg DS-8 and
Wavestation EX). And Iím very happy with these, but the Scope
synthesizers are unbeatable as far as quality and ease of use, compared to
native VSTi. I use also the beautiful 'Use Audio Plugiator' as
an external synth. I think the best overall is Prodyssey, that I use both as
XTC when I donít need particular tweaking and automation, or as Scope Device
when I need something more complex in regards routing and automation (the
XTC automation was never solved from Creamware days and thatís a shame.)
I hope that the new Sonic Core Scope 6.0 open system will solve our problem
of XTC/VST Host integration without bugs. A lot of people in PlanetZ
prefer Scope environment compared to XTC, but I really need, for my kind of
working flow, a total recall into my sequencer. And basically I just
do not want to choose between two options that are mutually exclusive.
After that, if Scope 6.0 becomes a reality, I can go back to XITE hardware.
And what do you use in your mastering chain?
Dropout: For my demos I use mainly OptiMaster, GraphEQ and PsyQ or SBC.
But for my albums I send all to two mastering studios: one is a private
studio in north Italy and one is in London
www.swiftmastering.co.uk/ (all friends of mine). They use professional
gear like Manley, Neve, SPL and API, IMO this makes the difference. This
album was a low budget project, so I used the private studio in Italy. I
think anyway a very good job!