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Featured Artist: sim

To pigeonhole sim in one style would be a mistake. He is too versatile for that. The lowest common denominator is the incredible quality that runs like a thread through all his productions. His self-recorded instrument samples -mainly bass- give his music an organic feel that only a few users on Audiotool can match. Recently, he has attracted attention with a stunning Synthwave banger he produced in collaboration with Icebox. The bronze medal for this one in the Audiotool Day contest was much more than deserved.

[Editor's Note: some extra sympathy points for choosing the Pulverisateur as his favourite device.]

Interview:

About Simon aka sim aka Laidux

I'm from the rural deep south, the state of Mississippi to be exact. I live in a quiet little town, far enough away from civilization to where I can thoroughly enjoy the incredible natural beauty and rich musical heritage that exists around me. It was around 8 or so years ago when I stumbled across Audiotool while searching for a "free online dubstep maker" on my less-than-reliable internet connection, lol. During those days, all I wanted to make was dubstep, but upon realizing the steep learning curve associated with it, changed course. I distinctly remember playing around with samples and staying up until the wee hours of the morning trying to teach myself how to make proper EDM. My journey on AT has been a very non-linear escapade through different genres and styles (and accounts, haha) that I either come up with as I'm experimenting in the app or enjoy listening to on my own. If I had to name some favorite styles/genres though, I would say synthwave, ambient and IDM rate fairly highly, sticking strictly to electronica.

Describe the style of music you produce

It's kind of hard to self-categorize the kind of music I make haha. I just enjoy exploring the depths of sound design and making swirly, bombastic sketches. simwave perhaps?

What is your musical background and when did you start making music?

I grew up in a musical family, my mother is a singer/songwriter and keyboardist, my father is an avid fan of many classic bands/artists that have in some way or another contributed to my musicality, and my brother is an incredible guitarist who risked it all to move to the city and try to make it big. I didn't actually start making or even listening to music on my own until I was around 12-13, though. From that point onwards it's just been a steady progression. Outside of making silly beats here on AT, I’m just your typical wanna-be-guitarist bassist. I’ve played with a couple of gigging rock/country bands and am currently playing in a jazz combo with some of the best musicians that I have ever had the pleasure of working with.

What is your favorite Audiotool device and why?

The pulverisateur definitely. I see a lot of people opting for more complicated synthesizers all the time, but for me, simplicity is key. Everything you do on the pulv has some weight, and contributes in important, incredibly nuanced ways. The devil really is in the details. Also with the pulverisateur, it's super easy to get that warm, analog, slightly-off sound that I just love experimenting and creating with.

What is your favourite trick in AT/What technique do you always use?

No tricks! Just straight up tried & true synth-level sound design, eq, and spatial touches. The techniques I use change all the time due to the specific needs a particular track. Something I always do is make the bass a valuable melodic asset in the mix though. I could, and gladly will if asked, go on about my methodology but that’s a whole other beast…

Have you ever had a writer's block? If so, how did you deal with it and what do you recommend to your colleagues?

All. The. Damn. Time. I live in a perpetual state of artist block these days. The best way I have found to deal with it is to just go in with a truly open mind and let your ideas ebb and flow, no matter how stupid you think it sounds. Surround yourself with good music, good company, and good times as well. That really gets the creative juices flowing and provides an outlet for when creating just really isn’t your thing in the current moment.

What has helped you the most on Audiotool to improve and widen your musical horizon?

Straight up experimenting and *cough* stea-- borrowing- cool motifs, chord progressions, and melodies that I hear.

What do you like most about Audiotool? Is there anything you would like to suggest?

I love the DIY and social nature of this place. We're all just a bunch of hobbyists on a niche German website exploring and enjoying the art of music creation together. It's a beautiful thing really. I really have nothing to suggest! Just keep up the great job, devs! Hmmm... having top comment back would be nice though... :P

Your message to the community:

Audiotool is a rare place, and I've been here for long enough that it has become a cherished part of who I am. Let's do our parts to keep this great community and website afloat and focus on the one thing that matters here, the music!

Social/Musical Links:

https://soundcloud.com/ssiimm

Edition Audiotool

Track #1:

Sleep Method II by VLTRA

VLTRA is an absolute beast. I adore literally everything he puts out. His works feature a timbre, melody, atmosphere, and groove that sound and feel just... so right. VLTRA's music, and this track in particular, sparked my love for wonky, spaced out beats, leading to, in my opinion, one of my best musical phases. Thank you VLTRA! Please never stop making music.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/sadness_ii-vzkbv/]]

Track #2:

metaphorical by sky bound zoo

Sky bound zoo's music makes me feel like a kid laying on a grassy hill during a sunny, perfect spring day. What a powerful inspiration. This is one of my favorites from them. This track reminds me of being hopelessly in love, laying in a sunbeam-soaked bed next to your lover, simply lazing around on a Sunday afternoon.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/metaphorical/]]

Track #3:

letter to the sun by nico

Nico!!! What an amazing friend, musician, and person. Nico's music always manages to be creative and unconventional

in the most enjoyable ways. I love this particular track so much, it hugs and comforts you before taking you to another world. The jazziness is the cherry on top. We'll get to work on something serious soon, I promise. Busy lives....

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/xt2uc9a950g/]]

Track #4:

Electron by Infyuthsion

This track was the first song I heard from this site. What a classic. Infyuthsion is a real OG, and I strive to capture the effective simplicity of his sound design and atmospheres.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/electron-imqcme2u/]]

Track #5:

Ergo, The Night by Xavi

I have been a fan of Xavi from when I first came here. Every single thing he makes is binge-listenable and hits all the right places. Hearing this track come from him when it did really opened my ears to what purely synths are capable of and the artistry that goes into crafting atmosphere. I am so proud to see him thriving in the greater world of electronic music these days.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/ergo_the_night/]]

Track #6:

maybe i can actually do this for once by sim

Though there a lot of tracks I could call "signaturely sim" I chose this as my signature track because I feel like a lot of people found me at this point in my musical escapades. I poured everything into these old ambient sketches, especially this track. It is dedicated to a special someone who, without which, I would not be the person I am today. It's also a good time capsule for me, it reminds me of the days when I would do nothing but make music and hang out with my online buddies all day. Simpler times...

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/maybe_i_can_actually_do_this_for_once/]]

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Moderator
7 minutes ago
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jobs
developer
Work with us!

Did you ever wonder what it would be like to work for Audiotool? Now is the perfect time to find out, because We Are Hiring!

We are looking for talented people that are able and willing to build the future of music production on the web. So for the next iteration of our Audiotool, we need some crazy talented people that would like to join us on our challenging journey.

Specifically, we have openings for these positions:

Read more about job descriptions and required skills on our /jobs page.

If you are interested in one of these positions, please get in touch with us at team@audiotool.com and don't forget to spread the word and tell your dev friends about it.

Love from the basement.

Moderator
51 minutes ago
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midi innovation award
midi
namm
Vote for us in The 2022 MIDI Innovation Awards

Dear fellow audiotoolers,

We need you! So this is a call to action. This time you can help us, big time, and your voice can have a notable impact. Please spare 5 minutes and three clicks to vote for us in the MIDI Innovation Awards 2022.

Yes, you read that right: We have submitted Audiotool to the MIDI Awards 2022. 🎉

Quoting the organizers: "The MIDI Innovation Awards give a platform to MIDI innovation. That enables winners to accelerate their product ideas through connections to the industry and increase their visibility among musicians and the NAMM community of trade professionals. The MIDI Innovation Awards rewards thought-provoking products, prototypes, installations and concepts that inspire new, creative use cases."

The MIDI Association organizes the MIDI Innovation Award. Their goal is to expand, promote, and protect MIDI technology for the benefit of artists and musicians worldwide (yes, that's you too!).

There are five distinct categories (listed below) for the 2022 MIDI Innovation Awards. We entered the Commercial Software category. You can find them here:

The voting period started on May 1 and is open until May 14. You will be able to select three entrants from each category to be the finalists who will participate in the May 28 MIDI Innovation Awards show on MIDI.org. When voting, you do not have to vote in all categories, but you must select three entrants in any you vote.

On May 15, a jury will select three finalists from each category by 50% weighing of the public and the judge's vote. The jury includes illustrious members like:

  • John Kao
  • Helen Leigh
  • Craig Anderton
  • Kate Stone
  • Yuri Suzuki
  • Michelle Darling
  • Moldover

So head over to MIDI.org and vote for us! That will help us tremendously!

Feel free to share this on social media. If you do, please tag @audiotool and use the hashtag #MIDIInnovationAwards.

Thanks a million. 💖

Yours,

Audiotool Basement

Moderator
1 hour ago
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violetsky
featuredtrack
Featured Track: Fading by Violet Sky

Stunning Electro Ambient track with a twist by Violet Sky

The Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzK_tD9q92M

The Track

Fading

The Artist

Violet Sky

The Channel

You can find the complete list of past featured tracks here:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPuuWw9RgFavOQ2RM25B-ZOPH8AvjGdF9

The Announcement

If you've made a video for one of your Audiotool tracks, feel free to send us a link. We will add it to our playlist "Audiotoolers in the big wide world".

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPuuWw9RgFautVPlkXaIHvw55qrxdt7l6

Don't forget to subscribe to our channel, share it where you can and support your Audiotool colleagues.

The Visuals

Background visuals created by Shadertoy artist totetmatt

https://www.shadertoy.com/view/7l2fWW

Moderator
1 day ago
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po9t
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Featured Artist: po9t

While his first steps on Audiotool five years ago were somewhat clumsy, they already hinted at his talent for Hip Hop recordings. And today, we can speak without exaggeration of vocal and music tracks indistinguishable from professional recordings in sound, composition and presentation. With his track Headspace, he played himself into our focus for the first time, prompting us to hire him for the Beginner's Ride to Audiotool as a vocalist, to which he confidently delivered his high-quality contribution. All of these characteristics, plus his talent for presenting himself online, leave us in no doubt that he has a good chance of making it into the music industry. And we are happy to be a part of this path.

Interview:

About Ethan Kimrey aka po9t

My names Ethan, I'm 20 and based out of Richmond VA. I first found audiotool at my Dad's Military graduation ceremony, where one of his Co-wrorkes introduced me to the DAW. Over the years of making music i've switched out my name a few times starting with "anotherevolution" then "Capital K" then "poet" and now it's "po9t" (the same as "poet" but the 9 is a backwards e) I've always been a handful for my parents, even getting kicked out of high school and sent to an alternative school my Junior year. pshsshshhshshsh i don't know what else to put here? OH! WAIT! i just got some pizza from Doordash and some breadsticks! So in this case, my fav pizza is Pepperoni with black olives.

Describe the style of music you produce

I make primarily Hiphop, trap, lofi, and indie/ acoustic music and use my voice to carry blends of emo influence to the fold.

What is your musical background and when did you start making music?

I first fell in love with music when my parents gave me an ipod on my 12th birthday and i quickly grew to idolize some of my favorite artists and screamed their lyrics art the top of my lungs. In highschool i became hyper focused on rap and took from influences such as Eminem, Dr. Dre, 50 cent, and later indulged into more pop centered artists i grew to love on the radio (not ed sheeran ew) I won a talent show in my senior year for my song "Overthinking" and after graduation immediately went to work learning and processing my most heartfelt music.

What is your favorite Audiotool device and why?

Can I have multiple? or like a chain of devices? XD It changes from time to time tbh. I would say the Heisenburg is my favorite device just due to its vast variety and easy use. From bit crushed saw chords, to booming 808s, to ambient bell plucks i feel i can make pretty much any sound i want with this device. Presets were extremely helpful in teaching me how to make my own sounds with the heisenburg and i've made some of my presets over the years as well. If we're talking favorite effect though i would have to say the bit crusher stomp box just makes everything better :)

What is your favourite trick in AT/What technique do you always use?

I've learned over time to distinctly pan and meticulously separate my drums to help better EQ them and stereo shape them to my needs during the duration of different drafts. Using the Kolbolt makes everything better and thats just a fact.

Have you ever had a writer's block? If so, how did you deal with it and what do you recommend to your colleagues?

YES IVE HAD WRITERS BLOCK! ITS TERRIBLE! my best advice is to go outside and use different mediums of art to channel your creative energy. I personally love visual arts like photography, drawing, and painting and express that in cover arts and custom merch i make. Music can wear you out when you feel like you're not into it, and sometimes you just need to let go and take a break. If you're still having trouble, I'd suggest writing from the perspective of someone else for a change, or try to capsulate an image or a story in your writing.

What has helped you the most on Audiotool to improve and widen your musical horizon?

The Audiotool discord. I was never very super close nit with any of the people on audiotool and was certainly never interested in expanding my horizons. Meeting people like roy, Vulkron, joe, Sonic3ze, (i could go on for ages) helped expand my horizons and try some things i never have thought i would otherwise.

What do you like most about Audiotool? Is there anything you would like to suggest?

I love how it's a community integrated into a DAW, and how people can socialize and interact with an interface on a personal level. I've met some truly amazing artists and some long time friends due to this and I will forever thank audiotool for that. IF I COULD CHANGE ANYTHING; I would say continue to make the DAW free. One of the biggest selling point to me learning production was that I didn't have to shell out +200 dollars on a DAW to help me learn music. It's completely free and accessible to anyone who has internet. Thats just absolutely amazing.

Your message to the community:

You're not alone. This world is crazy and full of people and at times it can seem overwhelming and feel like everything is crashing around you, but it’s all going to be okay. There are others that feel just like you, and in the grand scheme of things, if you keep doing what you love for the rest of your life, you’ll be happy.

Social/Musical Links:

Insta https://www.instagram.com/po9t.mp3/

New Album https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/po9t/yellow-wood-4

Merch https://poet.creator-spring.com

Edition Audiotool

Track #1:

Animal Prints by Xavi

This is one of the first tracks I found on Audiotool several years ago, and I still come back to this pretty often XD something about the bounce in this song is just so intoxicating!

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/animal_prints/]]

Track #2:

lazy sad [ft. looks] by looks and ford.

I remember back in 2017, 2018 I was writing lyrics to this song and studied it on repeat trying to learn how to make sidechain. Absolutely beautiful song.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/lazy_sad_ft_looks/]]

Track #3:

terrae by naut

This is a breathtaking ambient guitar ballet from naut. There's something so beautiful in the simplicity of these chords that just make me feel a way <3

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/oncuscha//]]

Track #4:

Wanderlust by Tocka

Call tocka overrated and cliche all you want, but this song SLAPS! I remember showing this to all my friends when I first found the site and them being just as blown away as i was. immaculate vibes.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/wonderlust/]]

Track #5:

would have been by nico

I found this track recently by nico and it’s grown on me more and more with every listen. Absolutely in love with the production

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/v05ywfu6e/]]

Track #6:

Did I Make You Proud? by po9t

I wrote this song for my dad; it really is one of my more personal songs that I feel depicts my music as a whole. thank you to audiotool for the ability to help me express my art <3

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/q859ciog4w/]]

Full Album

Moderator
5 days ago
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spread!
Audiotool Social Media

Dear community, We want to focus the content of our social media channels more on the talent and output of our artists. For this, we need your help.

So:

  • If you have submitted one of your tracks to a label, regardless of the size of the label
  • If you have a video on one of your tracks
  • If you have filmed yourself producing music
  • If you have made a tutorial video
  • If you are planning a Twitch show or have already broadcasted one
  • If you have dates for live gigs (as soon as this is possible again)
  • If your parrot headbangs to the rhythm of your beat with your cat on your MIDI keyboard on the rings of Saturn
  • Or whatever potential content you have to offer in terms of Audiotool and your art which we don't even know of yet

Post it here, and we'll make sure it gets distributed. Our Instagram, Twitter, Youtube and Facebook accounts interface to the outside world. Showing as much of the potential of our community as possible is an advantage for all of us. A hint that you made it with Audiotool would be appreciated. Needless to say: what is linked here must adhere to our guidelines.

Yours, Audiotool Basement ♥

No1 wanted/needed content: We can repost everything on Instagram. So don't forget to tag your output with #audiotool

https://www.instagram.com/audiotool https://www.facebook.com/audiotool https://www.youtube.com/c/audiotool-music https://twitter.com/audiotool

UPDATE:

  • Everyone with an Instagram: use it to promote your Audiotool tracks there. Send us a link, and we will repost it.
  • We need you to like and share the post too. I will post every link here reply.
a-records
5 days ago
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twosworded
Featured Artist: Two Sworded

In more or less a decade on Audiotool, TS - aka Two Sworded - has not only grown up as a human being but has also solidified his musical style and now provides a foundation for the ever-growing Bass Music community on our website. TS is also convincing on his alt accounts, showing both variety and accuracy in his production quality. Especially on in. he thrills us with interesting sound constructs, cool beats and a deeper and more relaxed atmosphere, whereas the sound on Downlocked hits you directly in the face.

If you already know his music, stay tuned. If you don't yet, what are you waiting for?

Interview:

About Mike aka T S aka in.

I’ve been on this site for about 8, going on 9 years now. I Joined the site when I was in middle school and now i’m (supposedly) a grown adult. I like alot of what I'd call "revitalize" music scenes. Where artists create stuff that kinda harkens back to older styles or sensibilities but with newer techniques or aesthetic. Some of it can be a lil corny like alot of modern boom bap and sometimes that just becomes exactly what the artists were trying not to be like riddim but when it's done well, it's some of my favorite art.

Describe the style of music you produce

Most of my output sits within various styles of Bass Music but most people would know me for my songs in the older riddim-dubstep style, which has the more minimalistic structure of old school dubstep with some brostep elements sonically. Because of that, my admiration for hip hop informs my style in a way as it’s in a similar space in my mind. On the "in." side, that was originally just OG dubstep with stuff similar to Deep Medi Musik, Skull Disco, and Tempa. But now it kinda houses all my experimental stuff in general, too. It's the "ugly step child" but personally I find it more gratifying artistically when I'm on there. It's funny when people only really know one account and then they find the other. They're usually so confused haha.

What is your musical background and when did you start making music?

There was this big wave of electronic stuff in the 2010's popular music and when that kinda died out I stuck around. I started making music in 2011-2012 on a site called "clubcreate" and it was just putting together samples to make songs. And me, some guy I met who was a brony or something, and "The B-ST" all came over here and that other site died shortly after. Then this weird "wonky" style of dubstep started cropping up and I thought that was cool in a way cuz it made brostep feel almost "overproduced" in the same way Pop Rap was. It was gritty, bare bones, and then some idiot called it riddim and eventually people forgot how dumb that sounded so here we are.

What is your favorite Audiotool device and why?

Pulsar Delay. It's pretty versatile for me. If I use more than one I can generate these cool tones out for sound design and even for texture or FX I can just have stuff kinda pop in and out at different intervals.

What is your favourite trick in AT/What technique do you always use?

For cabling devices, I rename and number off the most important stuff and THEN whatever they are so they go up to the top of the little drop down menu and I can find it all easier. Mainly the centroid buses but it definitely helps if I have alot of the same device or effect.

Have you ever had a writer's block? If so, how did you deal with it and what do you recommend to your colleagues?

That's my secret, cap. I always have writer's block. Honestly though, I log onto my "in." account and just do shit. That's kinda it's secondary purpose. So yeah, just try somethin new.

What has helped you the most on Audiotool to improve and widen your musical horizon?

Listening to music for hours with the app closed. You kinda have to break stuff down. Whenever I want the full scope of a specific genre, I delete all my watch, like, and search history on Youtube and start listening to whatever songs I do know and then I'll find more. There's so many obscure metal or jazz records no one cares about that I've heard because I let the algorithm just pull me into the abyss.

What do you like most about Audiotool? Is there anything you would like to suggest?

I like being able to express myself artistically for "the best price". But I also like seeing other people not only do the same but go onto do that professionally. I've actually bought some users' work. And they made that here. That's awesome.

Your message to the community:

If there's one nearly universal truth it's that regardless of belief, once you leave this world, you can never return to your current experience as "you." So DO YOU. Take as much control of your life as you can so you leave with as few regrets as possible. This is all for the one time. Find your inner satisfaction, survival isn't good enough you deserve more, and I wish you all the best, I really do!

Social/Musical Links:

Soundcloud 1: https://soundcloud.com/yuklann Soundcloud 2: https://soundcloud.com/musicofin

Edition Audiotool Album

Track #1:

OCULUS by jg

JG was one of the original handful of people making riddim dubstep on the site. He’s no longer here but his work is dope and properly solidified itself within the riddim scene. And it’s my humble opinion that this was the track where he really started to understand and develop his style. I honestly had no clue how he got this sound when he first dropped it and it still impresses me when I listen back to it. I mean, this was like 2017 AT Riddim…I know YOURS TRULY didn’t sound this baddass in 2017.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/oculus-5ag1sb/]]

Track #2:

Keep it....... by Yang.

I got a little story for yall. So it was junior year of high school for me when this dropped and people were freestyling on the bus. And people were playing beats they made and like old Chicago drill instrumentals and I went to my phone, using my own data, to pull this beat up cuz I loved it so much. Some of those guys actually rap now and swear to god I don’t think they’ve yet to spit a bar hotter than some of the shit they said when I put this beat on. “Hollow” w Tocka is amazing and Yang, in general, makes some of the best hip hop anything on this site but “Keep it”, the rework Yang did, and the Sorrows remix of that are FIRE.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/keep_it-z5bca4nbv/]]

Track #3:

Tides by Olaf

When it comes to garage music, even when I’ve made it a few times, I’m thinking of stuff like early Burial. And Olaf. There’s an odd duality between these two sounds in my head. When you listen to Untrue or Kindred, you really feel like you're waiting at a subway or a street corner on a rainy day. Sure Olaf’s music can sit a little gloomy occasionally but most of the time to me it feels more like I’m on a beach and it’s a different time of day depending on the song. I ain’t never been to no beach but that’s the vibe I get, aight? The way the live instrumentation is implemented, the way he puts his drums together, along with lush synth work over all of that; there’s really nothing like it elsewhere on Audiotool. And there’s also OLAF II. Only the coolest stuff gets a sequel!

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/tides-izatkj0/]]

Track #4:

The circus of the lost souls by WhiteGrizzly

There are a lot of “moods” expressed on Audiotool. Happiness, Sadness, Volatile, or Somber. Unsettling or even creepy is a much more rare feeling to find. And WG really knew how to convey that feeling. And these are long songs! Over the years I've acquired more of an ear for music with longer run times. I only listened to 3-4 minutes songs my whole childhood and then grew up listening and making music in a scene where you literally DIDN’T finish your song unless someone signed it or you put it out for free later. And if you look in the comments of this track you can literally find what might just be my first real experience with “long form” music. I know he passed a few years ago and as many users have expressed, he is and will be missed.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/lost_soul_of_a_circus/]]

Track #5:

rari techno (EQ) by VLTRA

So Kepz left a comment on this track (might be another one) that VLTRA is the reason he started listening to lo-fi stuff. This is true for me as well. And it’s directly because of this track. The bassline is CRAZY, dude. There’s actually not alot going on but the mixing and placement of everything makes the track feel so complete. And that shows true mastery when it comes to minimalistic music if you ask me. VLTRA’s work is phenomenal. S/O to my guy "voyd" as well for another V-named techno genius.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/rari_techno_eq/]]

Track #6:

Relay by T S

This is one of the few songs I’ve made that I listen to because I actually enjoy it rather than having notes and critiques for my next thing. It’s the closest to what I like the most in this style of music. One day I’ll learn how to actually mix a track but for now, I consider this to be my most solid endeavor in the thing I'm most known to do.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/awtg0056/]]

Full Edition

Moderator
2 weeks ago
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Interactive Tutorials

If you're reading this, you probably already know how to add a synth to your track. But if you don't, we have good news for you: we've added a tutorial which guides you step-by-step through the process of adding devices, wiring them up and finally creating notes for your track. There is also a tutorial on how to create drum patterns. You can launch both of them from the studio's Help menu (Help>Tutorials>Getting started with Audiotool).

Even if you're already familiar with audiotool, we'd like to hear your thoughts on this.

Cheers!

Moderator
about 1 month ago
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bubblz
featuredartist
Featured Artist: BubbLz

Bubblz's way of merging cool trap beats with heart-warming synth melodies and atmospheres is rare even outside Audiotool. Her tracks are unmistakably hers, but listening through the tracklist never gets boring. Time and again, there is a surprising note or a poignant nuance that you had not heard before. But what unifies them all are their high-quality value and emotional density that can never leave you cold. This music has the gift to break down boundaries. Thanks for the enlightenment.

Interview:

About Zack :

HEY! It's your favorite person ever here. Honestly, I wouldn't have thought I'd be on the audiotool spotlight from making simple loop trap beats. 3 years ago I was introduced to the creative freedom for which is Audiotool. AND IT IS FREE?!? WHAAT?! And browser-based?!?! My style is more of a rebellion towards the criticism I received back when I had no knowledge of production, and implemented many loops into my tracks. I taught myself many tricks by remixing every track I could find, I then started to find my sound. I leaned more to entrancing dark melodic sounds, I loved the way it made me feel. Oh and most importantly, I like pineapple on pizza. I DONT GET IT, ITS A FRIGGIN FOOD CODE PEOPLE, SWEET AND SAVORY!!

Which artist has had the most influence on you (on and/or outside Audiotool)?

Wizard - the way his tracks make me feel is almost as if he went through the same struggles I did. Something about it made me feel comfortable, his tracks actually make me feel something which is why Im heavily inspired by him. If it wasn't for Wizard, I'd have no idea what my sound would be. TakeMeAway on Audiotool - his dark melodies really send shivers down my spine. Was attracted to his sound as soon as I discovered him. Okin on Audiotool - He mastered the simplicity aspect of track, making sound amazing with limited resources.

Who would you like to work /collaborate with on and outside Audiotool, and why?

Wizard most definitely. He's my idol, I respect him highly. Its my dream to just throw sounds together with him and watch how his genius mind works.

Which film/game would you like to produce the score for or contribute a song to?

I've always wanted to create some sort of, "pick up" sound effect. Something about the simplicity of it and how important it is to sound just right amazes me. I think it's extremely overlooked.

Have you ever had a writer's block? If so, how did you deal with it and what do you recommend to your colleagues?

Oh most definitely. In a writers block situation, most likely I'm overworking my brain. So I'll just step away for a few hours or a few days, and completely forget it exists. Therefore when I come back, it's like a fresh creative mind, slowly unfolding, compiling ideas as you listen to your work.

What has helped you the most on Audiotool to improve and widen your musical horizon?

What helped me the most is experimenting. I would just experiment with many Fx and machines, anything I had no idea how to do. Not only did I end up discovering what to do, but also what not to do. Making your mistakes lead your understanding.

What do you like most about Audiotool? Is there anything you would like to suggest?

I mean, it has to be that it's FRIGGIN FREE?! Back when I had no money I was searching and searching for free softwares. I don't know where I'd be if it wasn't for Audiotool. It's such a good starter, and overall I prefer Audiotool over many daws which costs hundreds. I'm very grateful for this site.

Your message to the community:

I love you all, and stop saying pineapple on pizza is bad you BUFFOONS ^-^

Social/Musical Links:

I am the shadows

Album

Track #1:

Places by Soph

This track in itself is the embodiment of what I think is untouched music. It makes me feel things I can't explain but deeply understand.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/ejtt4ifola/]]

Track #2:

become ghosts by X-O

Such a beautiful track. Gives me a bittersweet feeling about the things I've overcome. The replay factor is very rewarding on this track.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/wl9ggytn/]]

Track #3:

Jingle Bells - Synth Barbershop by Frigolito

This is the track that absolutely broke my mind! Just pure, raw, dedicated talent. Opening the track was like looking into a bag full of gold!

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/jingle_bells_-_synth_barbershop/]]

Track #4:

6AM by okin

Nothing like the feeling of knowing you're not alone. What attracted me to this sound was having an idea of what was going on in that amazing mind. Beauty to me is just, sitting down, ignoring the trends, and having an honest decision with yourself to make what you feel.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/alb53l89jm1z/]]

Track #5:

Tetrilax by Jetdarc

I fell in love 10 seconds into this track. When you're this talented, you can pretty much hit any spectrum as chaotic as you can and still have it sound professional. Top 10 tracks IVE EVER LISTENED TO! EVER! Yes I did indeed just say that.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/d0uiwrdls/]]

Track #6:

Awake by Zack

This holds something really special for me. For the past 4 years, I've been recovering from previous traumas. And after every losing battle with myself, I realized that the only person who can help me is...me. I tried being strictly honest with myself, cutting out any ideas that may harm my mentality and replacing it with reality. Like any other time, I used Audiotool as a way of release.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/qrn7frsfup8/]]

FULL EDITION ALBUM

Moderator
about 1 month ago
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Featured Artist: Wightfall

Wightfall's music is not light fare, yet it's a pleasure to listen to his mix of indie/alternative and electro. His album Nine Steps is an Audiotool milestone and convinced even those listeners not otherwise drawn to the darker genres. The emotional impact of his music made a name for itself at the latest with his contribution to the Team AT Work Contest, where he took third place together with Apollo and Nyafae. As we've learned, he currently studies at Oxford University, which has produced bands such as On A Friday, which is undoubtedly among his main inspirations.

Anyway, we'd love to hear more Wightfall music soon.

Interview:

About Jack Barta aka Wightfall

I'm from GA, USA. I currently attend UGA/Oxford through a transfer program, studying philosophy and religion (of all things). I started on Audiotool when I was 12 after googling "make music for free," and I fell in love with the site; I was closer with some of my friends on AT in that early time than my real-life friends (they will remember Spartans/spartac!!!). For fun nowadays I play shows in Athens with my new band, 'Bad Ticket,' and blacksmith knives in my backyard. I'm not sure yet if I will go feral or become a serious academic but I'll keep you updated.

Describe the style of music you produce

Sad post-rock, unless it's angry post-rock.

What is your musical background and when did you start making music?

My parents were musicians and I got their genes, I guess. I started doodling on the piano when I was 8 or so and have taught myself a variety of instruments since. But Audiotool is really where my composing/producing skills were developed, and where I've got nearly all of my helpful feedback from over the years.

What is your favorite Audiotool device and why?

Pulsar-delay is nuts, frankly I would not sound cool without it.

What is your favourite trick in AT/What technique do you always use?

PD with LFO + Reverb for soundscaping. Makes everything purdy.

Have you ever had a writer's block? If so, how did you deal with it and what do you recommend to your colleagues?

I've had years-long periods of creative drought. I've found Nick Cave has good advice on this, paraphrased— 'Block is going to happen, so don't say to yourself "I'll just wait for inspiration to come back," because it won't without your encouragement. Force yourself to listen to new things, think about new things, write about new things even when you have no inspiration. And inspiration will come.' Live/breathe the world you want to write about, and the words will come. You'll be a better person for it too.

What has helped you the most on Audiotool to improve and widen your musical horizon?

Being friends with people and getting community critique. It has helped immensely to get criticism because—whether I'm grateful or genuinely offended by it—it's all I have to gauge my effectiveness as a producer by. Working now IRL with some people who have ~not~ ever received harsh criticism makes this extra apparent... hehe :)

What do you like most about Audiotool? Is there anything you would like to suggest?

How easy it is to just login, boot up from any computer, and get going. That portability and free access is really amazing. Recording still presents difficulties though, with occasional stutters and a slightly clunky sample/copyrightextt system. If that were streamlined (though it already has been immensely, compared to the old system) I would have basically no reason to use any other platform.

Your message to the community:

Listen to everything

Social/Musical Links:

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/wightfall/

Spotify https://open.spotify.com/artist/3wLNmKdqqy3rjGRZY7PgvR

Edition Audiotool Album

Track #1:

Four Hundred by opaqity

Seems like everyone cites Opaq but it's for good reason; absolutely foundational music. I don't think I learned more about music (through observation) from anyone else in the community. Opaq has always touched deep emotional nerves, and this era in particular remains very dear to me.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/four_hundred/]]

Track #2:

Obsidianschwarz - A Dragon Named Cuddlex by Reverent

Only the re-upload of this track on Reverent remains (to my knowledge), but Cuddlex was AT sound-design par excellence. Unmatched textural sensibility (on old flash AT!) and a wicked sense of humor to boot. This track inspired me to work on my sound far beyond where I ever thought it could go

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/obsidianschwarz_-_a_dragon_named_cuddlex/]]

Track #3:

detroit by looks

I've come back to this song over and over again, Lux is a huge inspiration melodically, tonally, and rhythmically (and the poem kills it every time).

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/detroit-ay0xkkm/]]

Track #4:

VVV by Xavi

I ripped off so much from Xavi when I was younger, chord structure and chops, drum work, song structure, etc., probably more than from anyone else (and from this song more than any other). While I've moved away from that sound now, I can't deny that it's been central to my production and my growth as an artist.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/vvv-9kfrqxx/]]

Track #5:

you were plastic by amoeba

So much emotion here, and beautiful sound design. I definitely copy-pasted the lead synth and some percussive elements for my own tracks. Amoeba's a monument of ambient for me, one of those unattainable goals of production.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/you_were_plastic/]]

Track #6:

Myrrh - (II) by Wightfall

I've had a lot of 'sounds' over the years but this track is the first where I felt I adequately represented both the electronic and post-rock elements of my style. Everything since has gravitated back to this sound (though my voice has improved, I like to think).

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/eqw0yadvg5/]]

Full Album

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about 1 month ago
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featuredartist
Featured Artist: ▽Momo▽桃.

▽Momo▽桃. is undoubtedly one of Audiotool's top-notch users. Just over 100 followers separate her from the artist's top ten, which would make her the first artist in it who has been active on Audiotool for less than five years. Her self-confident manner [editor's note: "snotty" was probably not a good choice of words] certainly doesn't go down well with everyone, but we can agree that this kind of polarization makes her a true star. Especially since she manages to transport this fearlessness into crisp pieces of music that are always truly entertaining and figuratively full of funkiness, no matter to what genre they belong.

Please carry on delivering many more kick-ass beats in the future!

Interview:

Monique aka ▽Momo▽桃. :

My name is Monique, I am from Africa / Nigeria and I’ve been with Audiotool for a rough estimate of 4 years. I mostly love all types of arts because it inspires me to express myself as much as I possibly can. I am currently working towards becoming a cosmetologist and will keep music very close to me in the future. I like drawing I like singing I like talking to people I like making music (obviously) I like ONLY cheese pizza >:0 I LOVE positive people

Describe the style of music you produce

My music is always in the style of what I’m currently feeling that day. Happy, sad, mean, toxic (lol), expressful, joyful and creative. I always make sure that only I can hear whatever my music says to me. I would consider myself very fluid in music making although I don’t experiment that well on it. I mostly create trap and house music because it’s the music that moves me more than all the other genres.

What is your musical background and when did you start making music?

I actually don't really have a musical background, I just really needed something to calm my nerves so I really just searched up "things to do when you're bored" at around 9 years old, and I started loving music so much that I wanted to start my own music. At first I would start off by copying other people styles until I found mine. I started on a site called "Looplabs" and I thought I would never get better until I got to Audiotool …

What is your favorite Audiotool device and why?

My favorite device on Audiotool is definitely going to be the Matrix. Hook anything up to that thang and you got yourself some space music. lol. But the Matrix captures even the simplest melodies and adds creativity and life into them.

What is your favourite trick in AT/What technique do you always use?

My favorite trick in AT is how bouncy I make my Trap beats sound. I can automate them from the top to bottom, so it gives it that catchy bouncy sound.

Have you ever had a writer's block? If so, how did you deal with it and what do you recommend to your colleagues?

For a fact I have had writers block, multiple times, and I personally just go to the studio and go absolutely bonkers fam. I deal with it by drafting, erasing then drafting again. until I find what makes me happy. Writers block can definitely make you feel like you want to give up, but don't get to frustrated with yourself and make sure you're not too busy in your personal life.

What has helped you the most on Audiotool to improve and widen your musical horizon?

Honestly the two main things that have helped me improve on Audiotool is the support I get from the community and close ones, and my passion for music.

What do you like most about Audiotool? Is there anything you would like to suggest?

I like the community the most on Audiotool: I like how friendly and welcoming people have become. I would say that there are a lot of underrated artists on here that I think deserve to be show-cased also but never do, so if there was any way to make that happen that would make me mucho happy.

Your message to the community:

Don't listen to your parents when they say music can't be a career, cause it can. This isn't 1956 anymore guys, people are definitely getting paid to be artists. Don't let people bring you down either, there’s something they think they know that they really don't. There’s something you know that they don’t and vice versa. Never get slept on, be active, get people to check out your beats, not for likes...but for crit and judgement. Encourage even people around you to check them out please. Getting publicity is NOT a one-way ticket, that’s why I can’t give you advice about it, because even I am not completely happy with where I am right now. But thanks for listening anyway, really appreciate you all ❤️

Social/Musical Links

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/daminique-139114613

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iss.me_monique/

Edition Audiotool Album

Track #1:

Fluctus x Lvoe - Cradle by Fluctus

This track was probably what got me into melodic trap and future bass.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/k2zr9ywxc9w4//]]

Track #2:

WΛTΣRPΛRK by ThereAlone

This track is probably what got me into heavy trap music

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/dnhjmoeu99pl/]]

Track #3:

mystic by O R I O N

This track is probably what got me into melodic dark trap ❤️

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/23nlfxmoc/]]

Track #4:

lowrider (flip_) by sebosito

This track is probably what got me into bouncy trap

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/ii9n2yau33yt/]]

Track #5:

Sad Boi Skio: HW ###### by TteeraBeats

This track is probably what got me into trap with percs!

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/hz8myp561/]]

Track #6:

Iris. by ▽Momo▽桃.

This track encompasses my creativity and got inspired by many of the artists below.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/rtwybpe299/]]

Full Album

Moderator
about 1 month ago
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303 rai. Contest Winner

UPDATE: Congatulations rai. Please send us your shipping address

Archive

In 1981 the first Japanese synthesizer manufacturer ROLAND launched a small silver machine that, after initially flopping, later set out to change music history. Entire genres of music would have never existed without this legendary synthesizer. About 30 years later, a young man from Cologne, Germany, set out to change music history once again and, with a small team of enthusiasts, created its virtual little sister: the Bassline 3.

Today, on the 62nd day of the year, March 03, there are not only 303 days left until the end of the year, but fans and nerds are celebrating 303 Day all over the world in honour of this groundbreaking instrument. So do we. After the satisfying results of 909 Day, we thought we'd challenge you again in a similar way.

You might have guessed what this is all about: you make a track in honour of the Bassline 3, and we'll send the winner a t-shirt with a picture of the meant device and, of course, our logo. The more 303 the track contains and the wilder and high-quality the production is, the more chances you have of winning.

Contest Archive

https://www.audiotool.com/contest/303_day_contest

Moderator
about 1 month ago
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featuredartist
rai.
People's Choice Featured Artist: rai.

The idea for the People’s Choice Featured Artist originated in our wanting to leave it up to you to choose someone we might not have on screen ourselves. Not that this was the case when you chose rai, but we're still really glad that the majority of you share our estimation.

rai. has made a name for himself in recent years and that not only with his high-quality contest submissions - to name just one: the Trap Kid Challenge, which he also won. To limit his style to one genre would be wrong. What distinguishes his music, however, is the high degree of creativity and technical accuracy. Anyway, we are pleased to present to you an artist who is as talented as likable, and we will now let him take the stage before we get completely carried away.

Interview:

About Rasa Ichimori aka rai. :

Man, this is crazy. I never thought I would be chosen for the peoples’ choice feature! Not in a million years! I’m so grateful and surprised that there are so many people that are interested in who I am haha. My name is Rasa Ichimori. I’m from Japan, but I’m now in Utah and I’m currently a student at BYU studying Business Management. I am really interested in Web Development, but I am not going to school for that because school is actually a scam. The only reason I’m a student is for my student Visa to live in America. BUT, I still have to keep my grades up for my scholarship too:( Lose, lose situation. I lose interest in what I learn in school, so I’m self learning and it’s super fun! Sorry for that rant lol. I started audiotool when I was 14. I listened to a lot of monstercat at the time and making music like that was something I wanted to learn how to do. So I searched for free music making software and found audiotool. The audiotool layout was very different back then, but I remember seeing luxior’s ( luxior trying to be luxior ;-; (;-; edit) ) track being number 1 on the singles chart. After listening to that, I was hooked. I listened to all the other tracks in the singles chart and decided that this was the kind of music I wanted to make. I still remember the tracks that were in that singles list to this day. I made an account and the rest is history.

Which artist has had the most influence on you (on and/or outside Audiotool)?

My influence has been evenly split between mourn (now Ante), THRONE, luxior (now looks), opaqity, and dove. Outside of Audiotool, my inspirations have been Herzeloyde, Porter Robinson, Moe Shop, tails, J.ROBB and Chromonicci. It’s hard to pick one so I just listed a whole bunch of artists haha. Sorry audiotool.

Who would you like to work /collaborate with on and outside Audiotool, and why?

For audiotool, I’m evenly split between working with Opaqity and Luxior/looks. Do they count? They haven’t been active on the site for a while, which is sad, but man. They were making PROFESSIONAL banger tracks from way before Next. And both of them are prodigies, creating masterpieces from such a young age. I could defo learn so much from those absolute geniuses.

Outside of audiotool, it might be Glances. This guy also had an audiotool account (solir). When he moved away from audiotool and started producing from different DAWs, he became insane. His track’s are so complex and there is so much going on, but every piece works so well together. I’m so in awe of every song he’s made and I’m proud he had his beginnings in audiotool. Sadly, he doesn’t make music anymore, but we have talked about making something together. Hopefully that can happen one day.

Which film/game would you like to produce the score for or contribute a song to?

Maybe a song that will play in Flylo FM in GTA? I don’t really play video games so I’m not sure. If an animation company comes to me to make a song for a retro anime like Neo Tokyo or Akira, that’s a fat YES!

Have you ever had a writer's block? If so, how did you deal with it and what do you recommend to your colleagues?

I deal with writer’s block all the frickin time. I find that the best way to get over it is to get busy. Get super busy. Have responsibilities and deadlines. And these need to be things that don’t require creativity. For me, I find that school and work are perfect for this. When I’m under time pressure, I start procrastinating. I open my music programs and my best works have come out of that! On the other hand, when I set aside time to make music and I sit down I got nothing. So get busy!

What has helped you the most on Audiotool to improve and widen your musical horizon?

The best way to improve in music is to practice. Super cliche, but there is no shortcut. It also can be discouraging when you see these “new artists” making bangers off the bat, but you need to understand that these guys also have prior music experience. They’ve been in your shoes before. I definitely have. My first tracks were absolutely disgusting, but that's where we all start. Audiotool has this wonderful feature where you can look inside of tracks to see exactly how they were made. I try to keep all my tracks remixable just in case someone wants to see how a sound was made. After doing that for thousands of tracks, I’d say you’ll start to get pretty good. I don’t know if I can say I know exactly what I’m doing all the time, but I think I have a clue :)

What do you like most about Audiotool? Is there anything you would like to suggest?

Audiotool is so amazing that I’m just so grateful for the fact that it exists. Everything about it from the devices and layout, to the community and traditions are such a blessing. There are so many features, and it is free. I still can’t wrap my head around it. I recommend audiotool to anyone who has interest in music production because I love it so much. I think my favorite part about it has to be the fact that it is browser-based and I can make music anywhere. It has become so powerful over the years, and I am thankful I got to see it’s progress. Audiotool has changed so many lives for the better, especially mine.

One thing that I think would be cool to see is a way to pitch shift samples in the timeline without changing the speed..

Your message to the community:

No matter how much you hate your work, don’t ever delete it. You can hide it, but never delete it. You never know how much someone secretly loves your work. I’ve been on both sides of the story. I’ve tried looking for amazing songs that I couldn’t access anymore because they were deleted. I should have been more vocal about how much I appreciated them, but it is too late now. I’ve also deleted some of my own work, and I really regret it. Cherish everything you make.

Social/Musical Links:

SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/officialrai

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/this.is.rai/?hl=ja

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/02XjTOUw55eQr8KgsAHRYD?si=3XG6_fSXQPa_BaSzKcegrg&nd=1

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwN2fwP_oEyHNPCFZmAicPQ

Extra long Album

Track #1:

Things To Come (XRB, Abstract) by 4▲4

This was the 2nd song I listened to. 2nd place on the singles charts when I joined and it’s basically the track that convinced me to start making music in Audiotool. I even remember showing my mom this track lol. I listen to this track and it evokes an amazing feeling of nostalgia and motivation. Xavi and Frij are now really big players but they were a dream team even then.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/things_to_come-nssol/]]

Track #2:

I Can't Explain by Ante

Cold winter mornings on the trains in Japan and on my way to school. The early sun peeks through the buildings. That’s what I remember from listening to this track. I had it saved on my phone and I listened to this song almost every day. Never got tired of it.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/i_can_t_explain/]]

Track #3:

there's always tomorrow by opaqity

This track has already been featured but damn, I just can’t resist. There are so many melodical layers and they work so well in this masterpiece. I find that whenever I try to layer many melodies, it just ends up a jumbled mess, but opacity is a genius. The melodies are so soothing and inspirational. This was actually my alarm sound for a long time. It was a great start to my day.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/there_s_always_tomorrow/]]

Track #4:

Lonesome by Someone

nother track that’s been featured a thousand times haha. I’m 95% sure this is Frigolito in disguise. Who else could pull this off? I’ve been called Frigolito jr. on a couple of occasions for my own experiments (a totally undeserving title by the way) and it’s one of the biggest compliments I’ve received. This track shows that there are really no boundaries in Audiotool as long as you put in the effort. The best part is, it’s an amazing song, even excluding the fact that it was made with a single 303.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/lonesome-xl0sef/]]

Track #5:

6282 by SOLACE

Solace is an example of a jack of all trades. And a master of them all. I remember when he had his DnB phase and that was FIRE. This track in particular is special to me because it gave me an idea about chords. The meat of this track is the luscious sample being shifted up and down. You could do the same thing with a major 9 chord and it sounds so good!

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/6282/]]

Track #6:

Ashamed by THRONE

One of the absolute legends of AT. THRONE manages to make insane quality tracks when audiotool didn’t have half of the devices we have today. Just look at the snapshots. I’d feature every one of his tracks if I could, but “Ashamed” would have to do for now. This was another song I listened to almost every day. THRONE is able to create such iconic melodies.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/ashamed-layte/]]

Track #7:

Daydream (X_____X) by X___________X

Dedface is not active on this site anymore, which is sad. Why do people keep leaving? Anyway, he was known for making banger remixes and this is a perfect example of that. Kavil is another legend (that left lol) and I think this track is a great example of a perfect marriage between two artist’s styles. The fact that this is possible is why I love Audiotool. Also, it’s such a happy and fun track. What is there not to love? Listening to this track now brings back nostalgic feelings for that era of Audiotool.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/daydream_x_x/]]

Track #8:

Kickstart [lux, abs, clu, nav] by future baes

This is an insane roster. Every one of these artists are giants. I wanted to feature each of these artists, but this song is a convenient way to showcase their insane talent. The melodies in this omg. The structure of this track omg. Mixing is a little harsh but ICONIC nonetheless. I find myself humming the tune to this some days.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/pragmatic_lux_abs_clu_nav]]

Track #9:

heissen x dove by dove and heissen

Gahwd dayum bruh. Such a bop. Honestly one of the bounciest tracks on AT. Let me tell you, I’ve learned so much from track just by opening it up. This was published while I was on my 2 year music break, and when I found it, I was immediately blown away. This track gets some credit for the trap stuff I do today. So inspirational.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/m1vdjm8psj2o/]]

Track #10:

Because a month is too long for no beats by Weightless (ramen ☁)

Lastly, a throwback to when Features used to have an “Artist Recommendation” section where you showcase underrated artists. It’s got to be my mans Weightless. One of the humblest guys I know, never looking for clout, but deserves it. Master at finding and chopping up the samples. This track is the original 10 second jam, but only has 6 favs?!

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/because_a_month_is_too_long_for_no_beats//]]

Track #11:

skyburst! [ATD2020] by rai.

It’s usually hard to pick a favorite of mine because I usually start to hate a song after a week of publishing it lol. But this one was different. This is actually the only track that I’ve posted to soundcloud without changing anything. This track won the 2020 audiotool day competition, and reading the nice and encouraging comments after winning was such a touching thing for me. I’ll never forget it. Competitions are such useful tools in making your musical breakthroughs imo. You are forced to push harder and the drive you get is pretty remarkable. ATDay is one of my favorite parts of audiotool so enter and make something amazing!

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/lxrtaavx9/]]

Full Album

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Featured Artist: Sila

Sila already made a name for himself a few years ago with wacky HQ Lofi House tracks, which did not rely exclusively on the use of modified samples, as is quite common in the genre. He then finally became a star on Audiotool with his experimental tracks, which one would almost like to present as sound sculptures at art exhibitions. Whatever he does there is technically difficult to comprehend, even for experienced musicians, it takes you sonically into worlds that don't always seem to be that comfortable. But whatever he delivers, it is always massive.

Interview:

About sila :

I was born in Russia later on as a kid moved to Europe. I guess I could say I have been with Audiotool since late 2009. I never knew how the music is made, I had no idea whatsoever and I started doing some internet search and right away Audiotool was the first thing I started discovering. During the first tracks of mine that I was making on Audiotool I had such a terrible internet connection, I couldn't publish my tracks. So I recorded them with audacity straight from the studio and even that was a pain in the a$$ because if during recording it glitched ( and it did a lot ) I had to record again :)) I managed to find a track that is one of my first tracks that I made on Audiotool. It was done with only samples just glued them together with no effects whatsoever. Audiotracks, kobolt, output, that's it. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1BjF2UQ8XsCTg_6J_BBSdDT7kIA2aDqgu/view?usp=drivesdk

My most favorite style ( musicwise ) is Lofi House music. My father was an alcohol addict and a criminal. When I was a little kid I used to walk in his room. He would be smoking cigarettes drinking coffee and listening to some old house cassettes on a audio system called " radiotehnika ". I still remember that dirty sound. All those imperfections and scratches. I loved that music so much that I would use any chance to walk in my fathers room to listen to it. Back then it was a normal music playback. Today it is called - LoFi.

Which artist has had the most influence on you (on and/or outside Audiotool)?

Audiotool : VLTRA and VOYD. Outside : KALX and LINKWOOD. There is no question why VLTRA and why VOYD. They are pioneers at LoFi house music which is my most beloved genre. I listen to their older audiotool tunes daily. No one can touch them. LINKWOOD is a GENIUS when it comes to producing simple and BIG tunes at the same time. Just listen to " love lost " track. It will never get old. Every time you listen to it feels like the first time. KALX is an IDM music God. Some of my tracks particularly - streaming data and signals / machine gun kill you nezhno are inspired by his sounds. They are not IDM of course but LoFi. What I am willing to achieve in the future is combine weirdness and LoFi music. Intelligent LoFi house genre anyone?? ))

Who would you like to work /collaborate with on and outside Audiotool, and why?

I defo have to get a collab down with Roy, that guy is doing wonders with LoFi genre. Also I would love to collab with Dzool, he is the only Phonk/Lofi master on AT well atleast I don't know any other person on AT who has achieved the sound design of his. If he comes back to Audiotool of course. We should defo get some experimental weirdness down with Nico as well because who else if not Nico? :)

Outside Audiotool it would be two people stated above - Linkwood and Kalx.

Which film/game would you like to produce the score for or contribute a song to?

Aha.... GTA? Sila LoFi radio station in the car while ur doing a mission?

Have you ever had a writer's block? If so, how did you deal with it and what do you recommend to your colleagues?

Sure thing. I found out the best way to deal with it is take any track of yours which you like and feel proud of and recycle it. Just hit the remix button and start turning knobs. You will realize you can make hundreds of tracks out of one track through recycling the sounds and it will boost your creativity. When the block is too big, just don't produce but listen instead.

What has helped you the most on Audiotool to improve and widen your musical horizon?

Gonna be short on this one - inspecting other people tracks if remix is provided. No other way around it. And then practice, practice, practice.

What do you like most about Audiotool? Is there anything you would like to suggest?

I don't know why but Audiotool has that - at the comfort of your home - feeling. It is so friendly and everything feels so familiar. Only thing I will suggest is health to the AT team that codes this wonderful place. Everything else will come and go. Being healthy is being wealthy.

Your message to the community:

Ableton is not going to make you pro. It's about you and how you use the stuff provided :) You can have the best tool in the world, but there will always be atleast one AT user that will smoke you nevertheless. So don't bi*ch about it honey :*

Album

Thanks Sila for putting this cool album together for us

Track #1:

flower loop by VLTRA

This is not the biggest banger of VLTRA of course, but somehow it is on my all-time TOP list. I keep coming back to this track very frequently for all these 3 years since it was published. It has some frequencies that just trigger me. I can't explain what it is but this track makes me think about the past it brings me memories and also it makes me think about the future - visualize it. I guess sometimes you don't need to get an answer to a question why you like particular things in your life, you just live with it.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/flower_loop/]]

Track #2:

Tetrilax by Jetdarc

This track changed the way I see Jetdarc and the way how I look at AT in general, i.e - what can be done here. After listening to this track, tell me that you can't make mind-blowing PRO tracks on AT and you need Ableton? It is not about the tools, it's about you in the first place. If you have personal problems you blame it on Audiotool thinking that another DAW is gonna make you any better. I am absolutely blown away every time I listen.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/d0uiwrdls/]]

Track #3:

]push (how do) by nico

This is a great example of NOISE being gorgeous. Nico's noise tracks are one of a kind to me and I am glad we have such artists on AT.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/tq8ktyts/]]

Track #4:

peace 4 luv by voyd

This is the right representation of LO-FI house. Whenever someone asks me - you doing lo-fi on AT? What can you even do there? - I always give them the link to this track and there are no questions left. Can something come even close to this at all?

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/peace_4_luv/]]

Track #5:

sonar converter by WPX and om36

WidePixel has always been one of my favorite artists. This track completely proved it to me. Masterpiece! Not sure why people pass on such golden tunes and turn more to the shitposts. We are and will degrade as time goes by but we shouldn't do it at such speeds and still appreciate tracks like these.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/mo6rud22bm/]]

Track #6:

datastructures by sila

Although I have deleted tons of music that maybe would represent me better I think I should go with this not as much as a representation of my best work but more a track that was a turning point when it comes to audiotool effects. This track, later on, was a reason for "Inclusive data" to be made which is another level of Audiotool resampling in my personal opinion as well as any other track afterwards where people just ask - HOW? listening to all those mind-blowing effects. It is the biggest most complex IDM track on AT and it is the actual groundwork of new level effects on Audiotool.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/09kxefalxy/]]

The album in it's full awesomeness

Moderator
about 1 month ago
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featured artist
rai.
People's Choice Featured Artist: rai.

We have a winner!

After a dramatic head-to-head race, it is rai. for whom a majority of you have decided. Only two votes separate him from second place.

We thank you for the high turnout, the many nominations, the stimulating, constructive discussions and the little bickering.

That was fun!

And of course, we congratulate the winner of hearts, rai. You can contact us via the known email address to discuss the further procedure.

Thanks for being awesome!

Yours,

Audiotool Basement ♥

History:

Part 1: Connect >> News >> Featured Artists: People's Choice Edition

Part 2: Connect >> News >> Featured Artists: People's Choice Phase II

Part 3: Connect >> News >> Featured Artist Voting Phase

Moderator
about 2 months ago
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vaultboy
Featured Artist: Vault Boy

The last and one of the youngest artists in the first round is a guarantor for nasty basses and heavy drums. At a young age, Vault Boy is already one of the top players in our well-established Bass Music and Dubstep gang. So buy some ear protection, pump up the volume and bang your heads to Vault Boy's audible punch in the gut.

Interview:

About Vault Boy :

My name is Vincent and I am 16 years old. I can play the piano, guitar and ukulele heh not tryna flex or anything... anyway I’ve been on here for like 2 years maybe a little more now but when I first started it was actually for school like they made me use it in music class it was pretty fun so I kept using it when I got out of the class I used to make music at school all the time because I never talked to anyone and I got bullied like a lot. like bro have the stuff happened to me wasn’t even my fault it was because I was in special ed classes at the time, and I got the shit beat out of me almost daily. Looking back on it now is just funny, because it doesn’t even matter anymore, I got out of special ed and know I’m just a normal basic kid who likes making dubstep. Is that personal enough? idk I mean not like it’s a huge secret lmao just look at the way I act...

Which artist has had the most influence on you (on and/or outside Audiotool)?

The person that inspired to even make music would be Skrillex, his best/iconic song for me would be easily "Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites"

Who would you like to work /collaborate with on and outside Audiotool, and why?

If it would be anybody it would just have to be Virtual Riot like c’mon its VR who wouldn’t want to collab with that guy.

Which film/game would you like to produce the score for or contribute a song to?

I always wanted to sound design a fighting seen in an anime. One of the best ones is from sword art online where they have these crazy glitch effects while there fighting.

Have you ever had a writer's block? If so, how did you deal with it and what do you recommend to your colleagues?

I go through writer’s block. I deal it with by making moans into basses and I know that sounds weird but just sound designing differently can get you out of the "rut". Honestly just have fun while making music, when I try hard and not having fun it doesn’t turn out good and then I get writers block.

What has helped you the most on Audiotool to improve and widen your musical horizon?

Honestly there is so many. Almost every Bass Music producer helped me ahem Asstrel ( kinda cute ngl), JoVee, Project Epsilon, Client, Siren, etc. There. are so many lmao I can’t even remember all of them.

What do you like most about Audiotool? Is there anything you would like to suggest?

The most I like about this website is that it’s free (obv makes it good) and can be used on literally anything like even on a crappy phone (don’t ask how I know that). But I would suggest an actual downloadable DAW so it doesn’t lag as much. I think AT has great potential.

Your message to the community:

Whoever makes Dubstep is hot no question about it

Social/Musical Links:

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-440167502

Album

Track #1:

ROADKILL_REFLEXES by joVee (archive)

One of the best Death Step artists I know, He is probably one of my biggest inspirations.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/t9uilaexsrxr/]]

Track #2:

Project Epsilon - Crab Riddim by relative minor

Another insanely good artist he creates more of a dubstep vibe, his sound design is always top-notch and showing off his new ideas.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/4ts2wzr5/]]

Track #3:

Havok by T S

Another good producer but he's more of a riddim inspiration and I think this is one of his best songs.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/t3m7voym/]]

Track #4:

Icebox - Found Me (Astrel Remix) by astrel

Astrel is a huge inspiration because me and him bounce ideas off one another and always have a great time producing together, this is one of my favorite songs by Astrel. Love you.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/ehjmutrdzqq/]]

Track #5:

Quarantined Thoughts (prod. ATBeatZ) by MOOSEY ♪

Moosey is the best trap producer on Auditool no doubt about it. This is one of my favorite songs by him.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/fwjcpet8/]]

Track #6:

Beyond by Vault Boy

If I had to pick my best song it would be this one because this was so fun to make and it only took a week of reposting lmao.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/bws1kng1v/]]

Album in one piece

Moderator
about 2 months ago
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featured artist
FEATURED ARTIST: Icebox

With his crystal clear voice, his great compositions and his production skills, no one would be surprised if Icebox became a big player in the international Pop Music scene. Or is it the dancing that is missing? You can tell us, Box.

One thing is clear: we have here a young, up-and-coming multi-talent who has already more than earned his place in our Featured Artist annals.

About Leo aka Icebox :

I'm a 17 year old student/producer taking a Diploma for Music and Audio Technology in Singapore Polytechnic. I've been on Audiotool for about one and a half years and my favourite style of music is mainly EDM and Future Bass, or any genre that can incorporate my vocals inside ;)

Which artist has had the most influence on you (on and/or outside Audiotool)?

Outside of Audiotool? I'd say Porter Robinson and Illenium. Those 2 are my biggest inspirations. But inside of Audiotool? When I first started out, I was influenced a lot by Vulkron. I've always dreamed of becoming a renowned producer like him on the platform.

Who would you like to work /collaborate with on and outside Audiotool, and why?

In Audiotool, I would 100% want to collab with rai over all people. He's been my number 1 idol and although he doesn't have a particular influence over my style of music, I would really love to learn so much from him!

Which film/game would you like to produce the score for or contribute a song to?

If I could choose a film? I'd pick Passengers. I feel like the end credits song could have been a very nicely-fitting future bass song that would fit the vibe of the whole story even more. Futuristic sounds and hints of nostalgia.

Have you ever had a writer's block? If so, how did you deal with it and what do you recommend to your colleagues?

Yes, I have. Writer's block is very challenging to overcome, but my best advice would be to do absolutely nothing! You won't get anything done by forcing ideas out of your head. If you can't come up with anything, it's because you're not inspired. Carry on with life as usual, and wait for those magic little moments to come in. It's hard, but if you adopt patience, you'll produce quality over quantity ;)

What has helped you the most on Audiotool to improve and widen your musical horizon?

My group of mentors, and friends from the community. From sim, to Fluent, to Velocistar, I've had many different people critique my work and even show me how to make it better. The community really helps in showing you different ways you can develop your skills, as well as other avenues you can take towards one idea into different genre alternatives.

What do you like most about Audiotool? Is there anything you would like to suggest?

I really love its "complex simplicity". It's a very silly oxymoron, but it's self-explanatory. In my opinion, the learning curve for Audiotool is much more shallow than most other DAWs, which will help you get the basics down immediately. But once you start experimenting you find out that although the devices are simple, you can do a lot more with the DAW than you originally expected when you test your creative limits and push its boundaries!

Your message to the community:

My message to the community? Help each other grow. It's what happened to me, and look where I am now! If you're an established producer, explore more genres and mingle with people to make friends, and learn production from each other. To those very experienced producers, help usher in a new generation of Audiotool artists that can help expand and develop this platform and make it known to all corners of the world! Remember, this DAW is only as strong as its community!

Social/Musical Links:

Audiotool: Icebox YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt8K32jeloGRwTwuz2tOZlQ?view_as=subscriber

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/call.me.icebox/

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3EPASK2OUUcDo6RgfnroTK?si=cBh4OvoZQv25tahSaSH8ag&dl_branch=1

ALBUM

We asked Icebox like the other featured artists to compile their five most influential Audiotool tracks and their own flagship track for the Edition Audiotool album. You can enjoy the individual tracks or listen to the whole album below.

Track #1:

confused by naswalt & sim As an aspiring vocalist, and with very few vocal tracks on Audiotool at the time, I thought I had found a hidden gem among the thousands of tracks on the site when I listened to this song for the first time. Naswalt has definitely been my biggest inspiration and idol when it comes to Audiotool vocals, and this track was what first encouraged me to sing my very first vocal tracks in the Home Office competition.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/eud7hvrs6uxw/]]

Track #2:

"Come Alive by Pixus Decay" Pixus Decay is a very overlooked producer on the site. His sound design, melodic creativity and ability to create emotional stories through his songs is something not a lot of people recognise, but I’ve always dreamt of recreating. And this track is a prime example of that.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/hs1y3jfki/]]

Track #3:

Scrolls by SIREN X OFV

SIREN was one of the first few Asian artists that I met on the site. We instantly became close friends once we met and even popped out collabs here and there. I met OFV through SIREN, and both taught me so much about Audiotool. This track of theirs is an example of the kind of vocal tracks I want to be able to make. A nice fusion of multiple genres.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/00gp4rmd82/]]

Track #4:

cirrus by naut (Tim Derry remix)

Tim’s mostly known for his energetic and funky mixes, but this track of his is really what got me into making music about the not-so-pretty moments of my life. This beautiful soundtrack, with clean guitar lines from none other than naut, is definitely a musical journey that you will not regret taking yourself on.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/xk63tfa5459o//]]

Track #5:

Lost to Time by Velocistar

Velocistar has been my biggest mentor throughout my entire Audiotool journey so far. From mixing, mastering, to sound design, this man has literally shown it all to me. This underrated track of his is a literal epitome of the kind of mixes I’m inspired to learn to produce.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/95fnjcozk/]]

Track #6:

Valentine by Icebox & sim

If I had to pick my best work out of all my tracks? This one, hands down. And if it weren’t for sim, who decided to answer my calls for a guitarist in the comments of the Home Office competition, this wouldn’t have been possible. It’s a classic track of mine, and I have to say, my most unique. There’s a reason why this is my top track in Audiotool, Spotify and YouTube, and if you haven’t listened to it yet, I’ll let the song speak for itself ;).

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/571vwuoti/]]

Listen to the entire Album here

Moderator
about 2 months ago
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featured artist
Featured Artist: Tim Derry

If you're looking for clean funky House or chilled EDM tunes on Audiotool, you can't overlook Tim Derry. Listening to his tracks transports you directly to a pool party with sunshine, cocktails and beautiful people, of which for a few moments listening to his music you yourself are one. We have it on good authority that he is currently on a trans-Asian cycling tour and hope that he has enough connectivity in the wasteland of Funkmenistan to witness his big moment. Can you hear us Tim? Audiotool to Tim …

Interview:

About Tim Derry aka KRΛVΛTT :

I'm a 21-year-old frenchie from Lyon, currently studying at HEC Paris. I'm fond of windsurfing, and more generally I love outdoor sports (trail running, hiking, surfing, etc...). I've been on Audiotool for... almost 10 years now (damn) since I used to be the little brother in @tailmf, and I really discovered music creation thanks to AT. I started here as an EDM fanboy, inspired by artists like Avicii, Madeon, Kygo, and as I grew up I started to listen to a lot of soul, funk, disco, and house. I think this, and the amazing artists I met on this website really impacted my music, and - after 10 years here - my youth.

Which artist has had the most influence on you (on and/or outside Audiotool)?

On AT, i have so many artists to look up to : Pathfinder (aka Arcade aka Waveshaper) the groove master, Frigolito the magician, opaqity the musical genius, luxior (aka looks) the horizon opener, Teqtoniq the professional-sounding, retro(²) the creative idea generator, naut the acoustic talent, ford the feeling catcher,... These artists (and a lot of others) had a tremendous influence on me in my music but also in my life.

Outside Audiotool, artists like Justice, Daft Punk, The Blaze, Caravan Palace, Polo&Pan, Bomel, Mome, Madeon, Kavinsky are what makes me proud of being French, although i acknowledge other countries also have some of my huge inspirations like Disclosure, Marc Rebillet, Fatboy Slim, Yung Bae, Flume, GRiZ, and, as a teenager who grew up with EDM, definitely Avicii.

Who would you like to work /collaborate with on and outside Audiotool, and why?

On Audiotool, I would love to collab with Goon, I think our styles would fit really well together, and it would be hella fun. Also retro, our track would definitely be fire. And naut (aka TEGM), having his talent with acoustic instruments but also with AT synths in one of my tracks would really mean a lot. Outside Audiotool, I'm ready to collab with Justice or Disclosure whenever they want ; just call me guys.

Have you ever had a writer's block? If so, how did you deal with it and what do you recommend to your colleagues?

Yes, I've had lot of small writer's blocks, especially after having not opened the app for a long time. What I recommend and always helped me is this little 'REMIX' button on some of very creative tracks that I like. I have maybe 50+ unfinished remixes in my drafts that simply helped me getting back on track or made me discover new ways to use the app. Two other things I sometimes do is to try to create a track in a genre I've never done before, or just play with samples from the library.

What has helped you the most on Audiotool to improve and widen your musical horizon?

Other artists ! Definitely. Through tracks left open to remixes, or simply through descriptions, comments, etc... As a beginner, what helped me also a lot were samples - playing with them made me discover a lot of AT's functionalities. Then, as a newbie, what helped me were presets : to get to know the pulv or the heisenberg (i'm still not comfortable with space haha), I often tried to rebuild from scratch presets i liked from other artists, just to see how to get there ; and then i started to create my own. Today, what helps me the most to widen my horizon is other artists, new AT features, and simply practice/time.

What do you like most about Audiotool? Is there anything you would like to suggest?

The tonematrix ! More seriously, two things : - The community, filled with talented artists, as friendly as humble. I've been amazed hundreds of times by what can be created here, and felt so proud when artists I love were faving and commenting my tracks. If I could not publish my tracks directly in Audiotool after creating them, I think it would take me 2x more time to improve. - The AT team (Andre and his colleagues) who did an amazing job with creating this entirely free, intuitive, interactive and now professional DAW. I love the fact that i can feel it's been made out of passion, and that it's still run with passion, as a music-oriented way more than business-oriented website. Even though i feel like we do not express it enough, the community is really thankful for all the sweat and love that's been put into the development of Audiotool.

The one thing i would suggest to everyone is to help support the development of Audiotool through Patreon here : https://www.patreon.com/audiotool ! (For the AT dev, the one thing I would suggest would be to bring back the top comments, that was really fun.)

Your message to the community:

Thank you for the all the love I've been receiving from you. It means a lot and I'm glad to share my music with you. It made me more creative, it probably made me more confident and it definitely made me improve my English ! Cheers :)

Social/Musical Links:

Actually I kinda have an announcement to make : I will be leaving audiotool for a full year, because in September i'll be leaving Lyon, France, to go to Beijing, China... with my bike. It will take me almost a year and i cannot afford to take a computer with me, so no music making for a year. But i will come back with a head full of ideas ! Anyway, if you want you can follow my adventures here : https://www.instagram.com/bikepackingeurasia/ (the account has not been 'launched' yet but dw it's coming soon).

Album

We thank Tim for taking the time to put this album together for us.

Track #1:

Odesi by Arcade

Pathfinder! aka Arcade aka Waveshaper is without any doubt one of my favorite artist in here ! His groove, his creativity, his attention to details, his friendliness are really unique in here ! He has been the one showing that quality funk was possible on audiotool. I feel so proud every time he compliments one of my tracks. And i believe his old work is still underrated

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/odesi/]]

Track #2:

On The Roads by Frigolito

Frigolito... What a genius. I've been truly amazed by his musical skills, technical skills (just check Jingle Bells - Synth Barbershop and you'll understand why he is probably not from Earth). He pushed so many boundaries. And he can definitely funk. Probably the most talented musician to have been on this website.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/on_the_roads/]]

Track #3:

juxtaposition (the album) by okin and naut

This track HAD to be part of my Featured Album. Juxtaposition is definitely one of the best thing that has been created recently on AT. Everything in it is perfect, the story it tells is magnificent, the mix of sounds, colors, feelings is extremely powerful. This is what every collab should be. Big props to okin and naut for this ; and special thought to naut aka TEGM who is also one of the most talented and friendly artist out there that has been one of my first favorite artist and still is today !

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/gu20btp3/]]

Track #4:

[Chill] Anon, The Dentist, & Lewi - Teardrops (Ft. Nionsomnia) by ΛNON , Lewi Astro , DEAD-NTI and N-ion

This collab is just sooo good ! For all the aspiring rapper trap kids out there, pease check nionsomnia's account. That's the kind of AT hip hop i really like. This particular track sounds really professional, its groove is great, definitely in my spotify playlist.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/chill_anon_lewi_-_teardrops_wip/]]

Track #5:

pipe dream by retro

This is the most recent track of my sélection. I chosed it because it perfectly displays retro's style, combining musical talent, crazy perc work and innovating sounds. I think i've never been disappointed by any of his tracks (even as retro²), it always feels like fresh air. True creativity within the expanding boundaries of AT.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/ezvnu6tb/]]

Track #6:

LEMON SODA FUNK by Tim Derry

I dont know if this représentés my work best, but it surely was one of the best creating experience i've had in here. Very fun to make, and quite cool to hear. Be sure to listen to the full track ! :)

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/e2k608gh9mf/]]

The album in it's full funkyness

Moderator
about 2 months ago
33 54
Featured Next Collab: OLLIE and Cal Lycus

Hello everybody,

we start our new series on the Audiotool Next Live Collab feature with ollie ' s and Cal Lycus 's brand new smasher

[[Embed:https://www.audiotool.com/track/hkvl023pk/]]

Read here about the experiences they had during their collaboration.

Here we go:

1. How did your collaboration come about?

Cal: Ollie sent me a message on audiotool asking if I was down to collaborate, I rarely pass up an opportunity to jump in a draft with someone and I have always kept an eye on Ollie's work and loved the style, I thought something cool could come of it.

OLLIE: If anyone knows me you’ll know i'm not usually one for collabs, preferring to work on my own where possible, but after a listening sesh to Cal’s music, i was like ‘maan i’ve gotta make something with this dude’, thinking (correctly) that our styles would go hand in hand and produce something new and interesting here on AT.

2. How'd you guys get into this? (Did you produce at the same time, or alternately or else)

OLLIE: It helps that we’re both British, same time zones and all that, so Cal and I were usually free around the same times to work on the track. Where possible we worked on the track simultaneously, bouncing ideas off of each other and progressing with each other, but (as mentioned below), if we were working on the collab at different times we would update each other with the changes.

Cal: It definitely helped that I have quit my job to go travelling, so happened to be free anytime that Ollie was.

3. Which of the communication channels did you choose? (Written chat, video chat, audio chat, mute)

Cal: Written chat, sometimes we used facebook chat when notifying each other of the updates… but those were outlined internally too. Artwork was discussed in facebook too, just for the privacy etc. it’s hard to listen to audio chat when focusing on sound design for example.. It’s just not the same as chatting to someone in person.

4. What did you particularly like?

Cal: Speed!!!! There was a point where I had to manually copy automations and notetracks across from one area to another as my internet couldn't handle doing it all and had already kicked us out of the session; as I was doing this, Ollie was elsewhere in the draft working some magic on the drop with some sweeeeeet incidentals...would have taken two or three times as long to do all that myself.

OLLIE: So true dude, plus i really liked the way our workflows kinda synced up with each other and, like you said, the speed at which the track came together; we both knew exactly what was needed and where; which helped tremendously. I also really liked Cal’s approach to sound/bass design, complementing the track perfectly.

5. Where do you see room for improvement?

OLLIE: Honestly just more time to produce the track, Cal starts to busy up fairly soon and won’t be around for a good while so we’re cramming this in before he goes haha. Also I reckon in future endeavours we could more rigidly stick to a genre, as in, this collab goes from House into Neuro-Funk, so house fans will prefer house sections, and dnb fans will like the neuro sections, so being able to strictly define the tracks into a genre is something we’ll try in the future.

6. Your recommendation for the other users

Cal: Collaboration is just as much about learning from each other as anything else. There were times when we would sit back and just watch the other person work on something because it was so different to how we would do it. Ollie is great with a pulsar delay ;)

OLLIE: Haha nice, i do love some pulsar, but yeah couldn’t agree more with Cal, when collaborating you have to be open to the collaborators ideas and enact them how they’d like to see it. There also have to be strong channel/s for communication so you can talk about the track, updates and changes, and keep each other in the know regarding the track. Aaand, i know im not one to talk but keep your project tidy as well!! Label everything correctly/pragmatically, organize your workflow and place your devices in an organized manner, otherwise the collaborator is just gonna be like ‘yeah idk what any of this is’ haha

Cal: For sure! It helped me coming into a project Ollie had already started, everything was labelled and stuff so it made my life easier coming into it, don’t get me wrong..the guy loves a big project so there was a lot of stuff to take in..but labels helped! I remember quite early in the project I told him I was working on the intro a bit and he asked me to keep it close to how he had started it. That kind of communication is key, I liked what was there, had a couple of ideas that I thought would work, so asked him to check them out before I forgot how to undo it, thankfully he liked it. Without real-time collab, that would have sucked. Neither of us were afraid to see we didn’t like something and neither of us took having our stuff edited by the other, personally. It’s just the process.

~

Thank you both very much for your efforts. And keep up the good work

And you folks:

If you have already worked with live collobaration in Next and you and a partner think you have something to say on the subject. Apply here a-records

a-records
about 2 months ago
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Featured Artist: Joe

Frogs in suits, audio memes, funny pictures and titles - often exceeding the preview in length; That's Joe.

But anyone who sees in Joe only the anarchic joker - which he undoubtedly is - does him an injustice. His work of art is much more: He surprises in between with a well-considered dose of seriousness. One of his covers shows a sad clown. Whether intentional or not, this suggests how we can interpret his work. His lyrics play skilfully with the advantages and disadvantages of the zeitgeist and the life of young people in this period of human existence. So he doesn't limit himself to sharing funny pictures but uses meme culture to express his message.

Interview:

About joe :

My name is Joe, I am 23 years old, and I make music on Audiotool. I started out like most people on Audiotool, putting together royalty free loops that were barely recognizable as music. But since then, I've explored a lot and learned how to get what's in my mind, into the draft. I play ukulele, bass guitar, and drums. You can hear those instruments in my three acoustic albums. two of which were recorded while I was attending college in Alaska. I have a degree in special education and its helped me in my music by giving me the vocabulary to express criticism. Lately, I've been making more and more hip-hop and rap, I love collaborating with my friends and since Audiotool Next launched, its been that much easier to work with some of the most creative artists I've had the pleasure of knowing. The rap music I make is supposed to be entertaining and its fun finding words and phrases that are silly and rhyme. The acoustic music I make is more serious and warm.

Which artist has had the most influence on you (on and/or outside Audiotool)?

Most influential artist for me has to be Ollie. Ollie was around when I began experimenting with other genres and was a big supporter of my acoustic music. They gave me the courage to try and that meant a lot. Let alone the positive feedback Ollie gave me, they made this synth that I, to this day emulate in my own drafts. A little wobbly synth with long phrases, ohhh, chef's kiss man. It just warms everything up.

Who would you like to work /collaborate with on and outside Audiotool, and why?

I would love to collaborate with André Michelle. I love André's style and sound choice. It would be one of the best collaborations on the site. Simply because the juxtaposition of our listener base and overall vibe, we could make something completely new.

Which film/game would you like to produce the score for or contribute a song to?

I've never really pictured the majority of my music over a movie or game. Maybe my ukulele tracks could be used in an advertisement for a start up promo video or something?

Have you ever had a writer's block? If so, how did you deal with it and what do you recommend to your colleagues?

Oh yeah. I've noticed that writers block is kind of cyclical. it goes away and comes back again. So I've figured out a system for curbing writers block that works well for me. If I'm having writers block, and I cant for whatever reason make some Hip-hop, I know its time to record some acoustic music. Having a different outlet gives me enough time to come back to Hip-hop with a fresh state of mind. And when I get writers block after a while of Acoustic, i know its time to make some Lo-Fi.

What has helped you the most on Audiotool to improve and widen your musical horizon?

Widening your horizons is all about going out of comfort zone and trying new things. I would've never known how much I enjoy rapping until I took that initial jump and pressed record. You never know, you might be really good at it.

What do you like most about Audiotool? Is there anything you would like to suggest?

I like Audiotool because its free. Not that I'm poor and cant afford Ableton, I am and I can't but that's not the point, I like that its free because it makes music production available to so many more people. Audiotool's community is one that has proven time and time again that it has raised up some amazing artists that if Audiotool wasn't as accessible as it is, might not have been able to make beautiful compositions and killer jams. Audiotool has been that way for me as well. Growing up without a lot of those material possessions, I'm so thankful I got into this music thing while I was young. I'm really looking forward to making more music for the community. Nothing to suggest, I love it here

Your message to the community:

Gb_Yeaah_Stutter_Vocal_Fx is a good sample [Editor's note: hehe]

Social/Musical Links:

no social links :) My music is only available on Audiotool

Album

Track #1:

Hurdle over the hurdle wip by Amp7070

I love the vocal work in this one, Amp is in a completely different league of vocalists on AT, whenever they publish a track, it makes me want to get better at mixing. Every time this person uploads, I am blown away.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/6zj8ml5jn7/]]

Track #2:

stressed out by aeiter

Aetier is one of those artists that really knows how to express a feeling through music. This track has made me cry on multiple occasions. The warmness in the tones and the reminessant mood will transport you to a place where you never want to forget where you were.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/stressed_out/]]

Track #3:

GEAR by 1trillionMPH and leadenshrew

An amazing collaboration between my two favorite bass music artists. The raw energy this track gives off will make the most conservative person jump into the mosh pit. If you feel like doing some remodeling in your kitchen, grab a sledge hammer and turn this song on. Just amazing work.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/ljnb5m7r74/]]

Track #4:

Boogie-Moogie by Frigolito

A classic from one of the many music geniuses on this website. Frigolito set a standard on this site when he published this masterpiece. The synth solos are too good not to listen to it three times in a row. The changes in their submission to moogfest are a wonder to behold. If there was ever a perfect song, this is it.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/boogie-moogie/]]

Track #5:

kinda tall by nico and jgord

Nico and jgord's entry to AT day2021 gives off such an intimate sound that you almost feel guilty for intruding on their deep, private thoughts. I love this song for its ability to draw out a simultaneous feeling of regret and redemption.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/9p4utbomvd4/]]

Kinda Broken by joe

I made this song after being in a pretty serious car accident. I broke 2 ribs and fractured my wrist. I got home after the hospital and wanted to see just how much I could tolerate playing ukulele, turns out I could still play; so I did. :)

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/507t3p3sr/]]

Full Album

 

Moderator
about 2 months ago
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Featured Artist Voting Phase

Hooray! Now the time has come, and you get the chance to vote for your favourite artist. Follow this link to participate in the survey: https://forms.gle/mxEHU32vwf44F6kB8

Polling stations are open until every place on this planet has finished: Wednesday, February 09 (Anchorage, USA)

Each participant has only one vote. In numbers: 1

We'll disqualify the artist in question with immediate effect if we perceive irregularities.

I declare the vote open. Play Fair!

Yours,

Game Management ♥

Archive

Announcement / Nomination Connect >> News >> Featured Artists: People's Choice Edition

Announcement / Acceptance Connect >> News >> Featured Artists: People's Choice Phase II

Moderator
about 3 months ago
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audiotool day
The Great Audiotool Day is Back

Audiotool Day 2021

We don't have to say much more about the legendary Audiotool Day ... Except maybe that it is taking place again this year under new leadership and that the Who's Who of Audiotool celebrities could be mobilized as a jury to determine the winner among you at the end.

If our math skills don't let us down, this should be the tenth of its kind. So don't miss out on being involved in such an important edition: submit your tracks here: Audiotool Day 2021 !

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/3t01bou8uu/]]

Moderator
about 3 months ago
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music distribution
Audiotool & TuneCore Team Up For 50% Discount

Dear fellow Audiotoolers/community/friends,

So you just published your new masterpiece? You got some much-appreciated feedback from your followers and the community, man - you even earned a place in the Audiotool Charts? But now you want your friends, colleagues and honestly, everybody else to listen to the new banger you just produced on Spotify, Deezer, Apple Music and others?

Well, do not worry because we have you covered. We have teamed up with TuneCore to help you get your music out in the world and to all the streaming services you ever dreamt of (or haven’t even heard of – I mean – tencent anybody?). Through our partnership with TuneCore, one of the leading global distributors, we can give you a 50% discount on your next single or album release. Click here to get your discount. The offer is time-limited, so make sure to sign up now even if you plan to distribute later! FYI - The discount will be automatically applied when you create an account using the link.

If you don’t know by now, TuneCore is a music distribution and publishing administration service that provides thousands of independent artists the tools to increase exposure and get their music heard by more people everywhere. All while maintaining ownership of their music and 100% of revenues. That means that you keep all rights to your songs while being able to make a buck or two and listen to your songs everywhere. TuneCore helps artists take charge of their careers and increase their money-earning opportunities. Plus: the TuneCore Rewards program teaches you how to make it as an independent artist. You can receive expert advice from some of the best minds in the industry, gain real insight from top artists, and get VIP access to exclusive TuneCore services. The best part? The program is free.

To be transparent about the costs (w/o discount):

  • Single Upload: $9.99 (per year)
  • Album Upload: $29.99 (for the first year)

We are looking into options for deeper integration, which include publishing on Audiotool and directly via TuneCore to all the streaming services available. Watch this space for more info!

Xoxo

Yours, AT Basement ♥

(Note: By using these links, AT will earn a small commission, helping us grow AT and pay our devs. Your cost will be the same. Read more about this here)

Moderator
about 3 months ago
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audiotool awards
user-organized
AUDIOTOOL AWARDS 2021 FULL RESULTS

The results are in! Thank you for all of your submissions; the support for this project was overwhelming, and we'd like to thank every one of you for your participation. We had an absolute blast (and a difficult time) judging this contest, and we hope to continue this tradition for years to come. The winners for each category are below, with a few honorable mentions per.

Best New Artist

Undoubtedly, 2021 ushered in a new generation of talented and unique artists. However, there was a standout among this group of newcomers; Ilir Bajri's groovy and jazz-inspired tracks have been music to our ears. His keyboard mastery is apparent, and he has complimented this talent with a great sound selection. Stand out tracks among his growing catalogue include Unleash the kid in ya! , which was featured on the official Audiotool YouTube channel and Get on it . We can't wait to see what he'll create in 2022!

Honorable mentions: Soph, sea foam and the wind

Most Improved Artist

So many artists have grown leaps and bounds over the past year; it makes us so proud to see this progress from our fellow artists. There was, however, one standout: Dreamweaver. The difference between his tracks from a couple of years ago and now is certainly undeniable. His gritty and deeply emotional projects have left us all wanting more. Not only does he use AT devices and synths, but he also incorporates guitar and other instruments into his work. Here's an example of one from only three years ago: vast . Now check out his latest: yōsei . An absolute show of what dedication and hard work can produce in a short time.

Honorable mentions: Client, Call me Lito, Vista

Best Cover Art

Wow, this one was close. We had the privilege to explore several dozen fantastic suggestions from the community. There was, however, one user whose cover art stood out to us. Heissen perfectly complements his masterful cacophony of sounds with equally unique artwork. We could easily see the connection between the two and appreciate what he is after. A few examples include Tallest Hallway ✚ and Ever After . Thanks, Heissen!

Honorable mentions: Goon, Jetdarc

Most Creative Use Of An AT Device

It's an understatement to say the submissions in this category wowed us; blown away would be more accurate! 2021 was a fantastic year for innovation and creativity in the community. One such entry that blew us came from sea foam and the wind; it's simply insane what he created with just a few synths. He recreated animal noises! Most notably was his synthesized sounds album, where he imitated multiple styles. I mean, it's just spectacular. We can't wait to see what's next!

Honorable mentions: rai. 9.0.9 , Audial worn

Most Helpful Artist

Now, this was a hard category for sure. We've had numerous emerging leaders and veteran artists within AT teaching the ropes to the next generation. We had a tie for this category! First up, we have Sandburgen. Sandy is the go-to guy; there are no artists too small or new to the site for him to help out. He welcomes all with open arms and happily takes the time to mentor and critique their work. We love to see it! Next up, we have Audiotool Man, or as some may know him, ssagg. A quick browse of the most recently published tracks, and you will see him leaving great feedback and encouragement to newer artists. He always takes the time to make us all feel loved and valued, and for that, we thank him!

Artist Of The Year

We asked you guys to vote on who you thought embodied the spirit of creation and artistry this year, and the community has spoken! Sila captured our imagination with his mind-blowing "Brainworks" series, where he recreated the headspace he thinks artists are in during the creative process. Each entry uses new techniques to portray the latest artists. It has been a lovely journey to follow, and his inventiveness has inspired us all. Check out the complete series here: Brainworks - Audiotool Role Play.

Honorable mentions: Kepz, for his Body rests and soundscape_01 series. sea foam and the wind, for synthesized sounds

Track Of The Year

Another challenging category for us! There was a two-way tie for this, with both tracks deserving recognition. To start, we have paper trail by Nico. Every aspect of this track blends beautifully, from the warm bass to the soaring arpeggio. Nico has been wowing us with each new project, and we hope to see more in the coming months. Secondly, we have your depths i call home by Tophat. This track is an emotional roller-coaster, with a beautiful melodic backdrop topped with powerful percussion. We recommend that everyone sit back and close their eyes while you listen, and let it paint a picture in your mind.

Honorable mention: spastic |+| ... by laevent

Collaboration Of The Year

Some stunning creations can occur when two or more uniquely talented artists work together. 2021 brought out the best of this! The community came together with a nearly unanimous decision: Back To You - Icebox, SIREN & dcln . Not only did this trio win the Collaborative Music Contest put on by the School of Music Collaboration, but it took the site by storm. It is a delicious converging of multiple styles and genres and a fast-paced adventure for the ears. Thank you to Icebox, SIREN and dcln for creating this work of art.

Honorable mentions: audiotool tapes vol. 2 and joet (joe X po9t)

Thanks again for everything! Keep up the great work, and we will be seeing you next year.

Moderator
about 3 months ago
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Featured Artists: People's Choice Phase II

No more nominations please

Wow, that was fast!

This just goes out to the nominees. Congratulations on the nomination for the Featured Artist: people's Choice Edition

Connect >> News >> Featured Artists: People's Choice Edition

Please agree by February 3, 22 that you are willing to stand for election.

This includes that you have time to take care of the questions etc. and provide us with a portrait picture.

To the younger and newer users: please only agree if you are able to tell something about your musical career and answer the other questions in a way that they are interesting for the reader and also mean something.

If your feature took place in a phase of your Audiotool career, in which you had nothing to tell, you might be annoyed in a few years when you have become a mature artist.

So please nominees write an "I accept the nomination" in the comment section of this post.

Thanks

Nomination Accepted

[N.H.B] wutho✨(GONE)

souls

TrappBoi✨ (gone)

kurp

ᚺura-Senpai

XyPhr

Far Away (靄)

withdecay

sea foam and the wind

rain

po9t

Amp7070

ac3

!̴ɭɭ-ՖᏜ₲Σ

retro

Client

Wightfall

@nomadnohome

▽Momo▽桃.

rai.

heissen

nico

Blooome

Odsen Kobayashi

CeRiXyn

Lion Moth

WPX

Moderator
about 3 months ago
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Featured Artists: People's Choice Edition

Hey there,

We keep reading things like "at last" or "long overdue" under the Featured Artists posts, so we thought we would take the opportunity between two blocks to ask you who would you like to see featured. Here is your chance to suggest someone.

Please write your nomination, including a link to the artist's account, here under the post. I will create a poll from the names submitted in which you can vote for the artist you would like to see featured.

Some Basic Rules

1. Please nominate one artist only.

2. We won't take again artists that we already featured.

3. We only feature artists who stick to the rules.

4. Please avoid being off-topic in this thread; so we don't miss any nominations.

5. The nomination period will last until February 3, 2022.

6. Play fair (no self nominations etc.)

This survey is for one artist. After that, we'll go back to business as usual, confident that everyone who deserves it will get a turn. We are curious to see which talent you will choose.

Thanks.

[Edit: you can find featured artists of all time here: a-records ]

Nominations (ongoing)

Client

a different world:

Amp7070

kurp

!̴ɭɭ-ՖᏜ₲Σ

po9t

heissen

ᚺura-Senpai

TrappBoi✨ (gone)

withdecay

XyPhr

@nomadnohome

Olondro

retro

sea foam and the wind

rain

Far Away (靄)

[N.H.B] wutho✨(GONE)

ac3

▽Momo▽桃.

Lion Moth

Wightfall

WPX

souls

rai.

Blooome

Odsen Kobayashi

Vizil

CeRiXyn

nico

Moderator
about 3 months ago
27 100
announcement
All New Audiotool Youtube Channel

We have just started a new series of hand-picked audiotool music on Youtube.

This is a great opportunity to tell the world, what amazing music the audiotool community has to offer. Share it on all your social media channels and with your friends. This series begins with two very long mixes (dub-techno and drum&bass) and many more episodes with different genres will follow. We hope that this will bring more well-deserved attention to your music and our community.

How can I join?

For now, all mixes are manually compiled and mixed by our team. However, only tracks that are remixable, downloadable, free of copyright infringements and licensed under CC BY-SA can participate.

Subscribe Now! and leave a thumbs up!

Please share this exciting news with your friends on your social media channels. Thanks for your help!

Yours audiotool basement ♥︎

André Michelle
about 3 months ago
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featuredartist
Featured Artist: Vulkron

Vulkron can without exaggeration be described as a constant at the top of the Audiotool singles charts. Rumor has it that there were times when this was not the case. It is hard to remember them. The danceability and perfectionist production would make any festival crowd go wild, though the entertainment value of his art cannot be limited purely to the music. The anarchic, late-pubescent humor of the Fartstep inventor is always good for a laugh.

Interview:

About Vulkron :

I'm from the humble country of America, specifically Florida if you thought I couldn't be more modest. I've been on Audiotool for what feels like my whole life but is actually about 7 years. In that time I've met tons of artists, experimented with a wide variety of music genres, and I've come to really enjoy the Audiotool community. (Also my favorite pizza is three meat: pepperoni, sausage, bacon)

Which artist has had the most influence on you (on and/or outside Audiotool)?

Honestly, it has never been just one or two artists. I listen to everything and try out what I like about it. Its like I'm shopping: If I hear some phat bass that, say, Leadenshrew made, I'll either open remix or just attempt to recreate it from scratch. If there's a sample that Fluent used, I can just look through the assets and find it. I listen for what I like and try it out myself

Who would you like to work /collaborate with on and outside Audiotool, and why?

Anyone really. But I especially like to work with those who are newer to Audiotool and making music as a whole. I was only able to get myself up to where I am because of those on Audiotool who helped me and gave me critiques and advice. I just enjoy paying it forward.

Which film/game would you like to produce the score for or contribute a song to?

I've always been into the Elder Scrolls franchise, and let me tell you the music is half the reason why I play those games. The atmosphere is so well done in every single one of Jeremy Soule's productions (the artist for Bethesda's Elder Scrolls series), I wanted to make something like that myself. And I did with On Wings of Fire. As for contributing on a professional level (like having my productions in one of their games), honestly I would love to.

Have you ever had a writer's block? If so, how did you deal with it and what do you recommend to your colleagues?

Ah yes, writer's block. This has kept so many of my tracks in draft form for much longer than necessary. But oddly enough, deadlines actually work very well in my favor whenever artist's block hits. My creativity works in short bursts, making a lot of progress for maybe an hour, then ideas just don't come to me past that. However, if I have a deadline for myself (like "I need to get this published tonight"), for me its able to spark my creativity to go a little while longer before meeting the deadline, or eventually becoming exhausted. In the second case, I either make another deadline or it gets lost in my drafts. I do like going through my drafts though (i have hundreds), so I let it sit and "ferment" until a future version of me finds it and hopefully makes something happen with it.

What has helped you the most on Audiotool to improve and widen your musical horizon?

This community has helped me far more than anything else. Tons of artists have critiqued my mixes and a few years back, a couple artists urged me to broaden on music tastes. Even to this day, I'm still listening to new music that I either find or people post on my wall, so that horizon keeps expanding.

What do you like most about Audiotool? Is there anything you would like to suggest?

I really love how easy it is to collaborate with someone. Two of you can be online at the same time, or you can go back and forth editing the same draft at different times. It's flexible and very convenient. What would I suggest? Keep doing what you're doing Audiotool. You've created an excellent free platform for artists to learn and express themselves, that's more than anyone really could've asked for.

Your message to the community:

I'm just a guy who likes music. If I can do it, y'all can do it better :D Keep making dopeass music <3

Social/Musical Links:

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2MWQp8ozvLqQQDHLqAhMWb?si=RrcJyCY8QLm1IXQrrmylJg

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/vulkronmusic

Discord: https://discord.gg/vYXW5JD

Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/vulkrontv

Audiotool: Vulkron

Album

Track #1:

Awaken. [VIP] by synthonix

I first heard this track when I was still very new at producing music, but I never stopped loving the unique melodies and sound design of it.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/awaken_vip/]]

Track #2:

sit back, relax by dove

Another classic, and honestly I had no clue I would enjoy the chill vibes of this genre had I not heard this work by dove.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/sit_back_relax/]]

Track #3:

Bad Juju by Tocka

Every production Tocka has made has been gold, this is just one of his works that's also influenced my sound design a lot.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/bad_juju/]]

Track #4:

Timestopper by looks

I grew up on Audiotool listening to this track all the time. While the sound design is very old, the production value still hasn't declined.

Trust me, you have no idea how many times young me tried recreating the sound in this one

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/timestopper/]]

Track 5:

Centurion [AT Day 2020] by Vault Boy and astrel

Not a classic like my previous picks, but still a helluva good production. For being made with almost 100% just audiotool resources, it shows just how powerful Audiotool really is.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/wnjqwgoc11vq/]]

Track 6:

Melancholy [HOME OFFICE] - @Vulkron

It was very difficult to pick just one track to represent my sound design, as I've been influenced by so many things. But I believe that when everyone thinks of my sound, they'll think of something similar to this.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/kk6hpa5m/]]

Full Album:

Moderator
about 3 months ago
38 74
Toxic Waste Disposal

Dear community,

We observe with concern that some (few) users have shown a culture of ill will and toxicity in recent weeks, far exceeding the limits of good taste and interpersonal relations. Since this is directly against our rules and philosophy, we have decided to delete such type of content.

We created Audiotool to provide a home for users with different backgrounds, pasts and tastes. We have always seen these differences as a great asset to our community and creative output. It would be a shame if this generation of users couldn't draw strength from this concept.

If necessary, we will continue our zero-tolerance policy. However, we hope you understand what this is all about, and no further steps are needed.

We put our trust in you.

Yours, Audiotool Basement ♥

Connect >> Chitchat >> Code Of Conduct - Community Guidelines

a-records
about 4 months ago
47 2
Winners of the Collaborative Music Contest

Today was a great day for you and us.

Three Audiotool representatives from Singapore and Malaysia won the international Music Collaboration Contest organised by the School of Music Collaboration.

But not only that. Of the fourteen tracks presented, including the Honorable Mentions, four were by a group of Audiotoolers. This proves once again what a bunch of talented people we have in our community.

In order of mention:

1. Po9t and Fluent [[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/xj49wxk9xp/]]

2. sea foam and the wind and Leinholz

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/a04yo5fo0/]] 3. naswalt and sim

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/0qq9tktzzx7/]]

And last but not least, three users who are probably very excited right now:

4. Icebox, SIREN and dcln: Congratulations [[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/5nobkdly/]]

If you’d like to you can watch the announcement of the winners click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nYxD16ZZNM

We would like to take this opportunity to say how proud and happy we are that the work we put into Audiotool is made worthwhile by such a great and gifted community.

Thank you <3

Moderator
about 4 months ago
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Collaborative Music Contest 2021

This really seems like a true contest season - here is a new one, which might be especially interesting to all of you!

This one is not hosted by yours truly but by the nice people over at the School of Music Collaboration. They are holding a contest where they are looking for the top track that best represents the spirit and potential of online music collaboration.

To put it in their words: "They want to find and award the best collaborative track of the year created with online tools!"

You have the chance to win two amazing prizes: one first prize and a runners-up second. The approximate retail value of all prizes is $16,000 🤯 and includes software, coaching and distribution.

There is no limit to how many people you can collaborate with or what software you use.

Judges will evaluate the level of collaboration and the quality of songwriting and music production.

Participation in the contest is completely free, and artists retain all ownership rights to the music they submit.

The deadline has been extended. You can submit your work until November, 21st 2021.

For more info and contest rules head over to 👉 Collaborative Music Contest 2021

Don't forget to share your track below - we sure as hell want to know what you are coming up with!

Go Audiotool!

Best of Luck! 🍀

Moderator
about 5 months ago
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Collaborative Contest Update

Hello folks,

Now it's getting quite exciting:

The organizer of the Collaborative Music Contest https://www.musiccollaboration.online/ has informed us that the winners will be announced next Sunday. But not only that, they will present him/her live on youtube:

Where and when?

DATE: Sunday 12.12.21.

TIME: 10am (Berlin time), 8pm (Melbourne Time)

LINK: https://youtu.be/5nYxD16ZZNM

As if that wasn't exciting enough, a little birdie told us that the Audiotool candidates' submissions didn't do quite so badly. So, if that's not a reason to hit that link on Sunday at said time, what could be?

We will definitely be there and hope that you will make us even prouder than we already are.

Chapeaux from the Audiotool basement <3

Moderator
about 5 months ago
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TUNECORE GIVEAWAY WINNERS

We’ve teamed up with TuneCore once again, to offer you the chance of getting your music out there! In this contest three lucky producers will get the opportunity to release an album via TuneCore for free. They even throw in their publishing service, taking care of your royalties!

Contest was open for submissions from 08.11.21 - 21.11.21

We made a new contest page for this - go check it out and read all about it here: TUNECORE GIVEAWAY

We have our lucky winners!

We are very thankful for all your great submissions. We decided to let the community vote for their top tracks and this is what you voted for. All three submissions come from different genres: hiphop, drum and bass and experimental. These three artists/collaborations each won the possbility to publish a whole album via TuneCore.

1. joe po9t

[[embed:https://www.audiotool.com/track/0wkz5blhr5/]]

2. Syntax

[[embed:https://www.audiotool.com/track/80jyxcl4ncsi/]]

3. ꧌ dreamweaver ꧍

[[embed:https://www.audiotool.com/track/16n5vy46/]]

Congratulations!

Moderator
about 5 months ago
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Collaboration Updates

We have added some new collaboration features: It is now possible to easily invite all of your friends to a track (a friend is someone you follow and who also follows you). If you are feeling even more adventurous, you can also allow everyone in! To always keep you in charge of your track, new users can only join as long as you are active in the track. Opening up a session for all of your friends will also send out a notification to them.

These options can be found at the invite dialog in the app.

We also added a sidebar next to the newsfeed that (among other stuff) shows the currently active collaborations you can join.

Update #1: If you open up a track for everyone, it is always a good idea to use bookmarks frequently, so that you can revert changes you don't like.

Update #2: Owners and administrators of a track can now roll back changes done by other users (via the history panel on the right). Note that the keyboard shortcuts for undo / redo still concern your changes only. We also added an option to permanently ban a user from a track. This is done by simply removing them via the "get together" button.

Mini-Update #3: We have rewritten some parts of the network layer. Joining collaborations is now much faster.

Moderator
about 5 months ago
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New Project Template

To lower the entry point for beginners, new projects now start with a connected Machiniste and a few drum samples to play with.

If you prefer to start with the old Centroid only template, please open the Preferences / Desktop and uncheck New Project・Create Machiniste.

Yours audiotool basement ♥︎

Moderator
about 5 months ago
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featured artist
Featured Artist: ØutOfBounds

ØutOfBounds: His name alone gives us an idea of what we are dealing with. Even if, roughly speaking, you can classify him as an EDM artist, he doesn't let that restrict him and surprises us again and again with border-crossers whose only limitation is the high demand for quality.

Interview:

About ØutOfBounds :

I am from Pennsylvania in the USA and I've been on and off AT for about 4 years now. My goal was and still is to become the best musician I can and to keep improving. I have been trying to learn as many styles, techniques, tips, tricks, all of that for as long as I can remember just trying to improve all the time. A tradition I want to start with my self is to make a song using everything I've learned up until that date every year to basically make the best song I can and to watch myself improve over the years. Also my favorite type of pizza in meat lovers hehe.

Which artist has had the most influence on you (on and/or outside Audiotool)?

Its hard to say as I've had so many inspirations. I'd say my biggest on AT is Looks and off AT is Porter Robinson. But its a very close tie between many artists I listen to.

Who would you like to work /collaborate with on and outside Audiotool, and why?

On AT, definitely Looks if he still did stuff on there more often or was just willing to do it. Off AT, probably Curbi. He makes a style of house I've been trying to replicate or at least get close too for years. It would be cool to see what we could do and what I could learn.

Which film/game would you like to produce the score for or contribute a song to?

Definitely Dark Souls. The boss themes in those games are so unique to the games and always sound so epic and meaningful. I would love to have a boss or character to base an epic orchestral track off of.

Have you ever had a writer's block? If so, how did you deal with it and what do you recommend to your colleagues?

I have had plenty of artist blocks especially recently. I've recently taken on a quote to help me deal with them. "Change the process, change the outcome." - Mick Gordon. Its such a useful quote when low on inspiration as it makes think of different ways to approach your art instead of repeating the same things all the time. I tell this quote to anyone who needs it including myself all the time. It really helps you get more creative even when low on inspiration or motivation.

What has helped you the most on Audiotool to improve and widen your musical horizon?

Some more experienced AT users are much help. They are people who have tons of knowledge and are willing to give criticism to anyone in need. They also are able to mix genres and inspire others to do so.

What do you like most about Audiotool? Is there anything you would like to suggest?

The daw itself is amazing especially for being free. It really helps you learn the basics of what actually goes into making a song. Mostly the Mixing/Mastering aspects. Its also just great for people who can't afford more professional daws and want to start making music. My only suggestion is to keep adding things to it. It's very versatile already but could be even more versatile if you keeping adding more synths, effects, etc. to really help people get even more creative.

Your message to the community:

Keep making music. Don't let anything stop you if its what YOU want to do. Make what YOU want. It doesn't have to sound professional. It has to sound like YOU.

Social/Musical Links:

ØutOfBounds

Album

ØutOfBoundshas compiled his favourite tracks for this issue of Edition Audiotool. Thanks for taking the time

Track #1:

galactic (demo) by looks

Definitely one of my favorite AT tracks ever, Looks knew what he was doing when he made this even though he says otherwise.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/galactic_demo/]]

Track #2:

i'll never forget you by abstract

When this came out everyone was in awe, the mix wasn't the quietest lol but the song is just powerful asf.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/i_ll_never_forget_you/]]

Track #3:

Look Up by Vulkron

Being one of the first AT tracks I ever heard, I was obsessed with this song for a time and I still think it's very good.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/look_up-vgj9mkd/]]

Track #4:

Probably some other dimension by Fluctus

Another one I wish would come back to AT, this was my favorite song by him.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/probably_some_other_dimension/]]

Track #5:

OtherWorld AT Day 2020 by Call Me Lito

Seriously one of the coolest tracks I've heard, and I'm glad to call this guy my friend.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/guq8kph07nb/]]

Track #6:

ØutOfBounds - Break the limit by ØutOfBounds and Oversaturate Audio

Definitely my cleanest track i think. I just really like it lol.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/1cxbpnfn/]]

The album in it's full splendor

Moderator
about 5 months ago
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Export WAV Mixdown for Patreon Supporters

Dear Patreon supporters,

as a sincere thank-you for your support, we are offering you a feature that will simplify your work-flow when releasing your tracks on music distribution platforms. You can now export audio from within the studio as 16, 24 and 32 bit uncompressed WAV files with an option to normalise it to 0 dB.

This allows you to send a demo of your track to a friend or label in progress before publishing, export stems from your project to process elsewhere, compile a high quality Bandcamp or Soundcloud album or score that short film or YouTube video you always wanted to make. Just as you support us with your contributions, we hope that this new studio feature will make it better being able to support your creativity.

How it works

Choose Project > Download Mixdown... from the top menu and set the export options in the download dialogue. The audio for the mixdown will be taken from the StereoOutput device or from any cued audio source.

How to become a Patron?

Starting at just 1$ a month, you can support the development of audiotool.

Click Connect >> News >> Become an Audiotool Patron and follow the instructions.

FAQ

Support >> FAQ >> How Does Audiotool Pay The Bills?

Thank you.

Your Audiotool team

Moderator
about 5 months ago
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featured artist
Featured Artist: Naut

High up in the north there lives a man who always manages to enchant Auditool users all over the world with his Ambient sounds and acoustic recordings. His gift for filling his riffs with so much feeling that the listener can escape the stress and bad news of this world for a short time is in a class of its own. His collaborations with the vocal talent Aeiter are legendary and have already brought one or the other trophy to both their shelves. Our newly created genre “Acoustic” seems to be made for you and is eagerly waiting to be filled with life. So come by and see what you can do

Interview:

About Truls Enstad aka naut :

My name is Truls, from the far-off land of Norway. I see myself as just another hobbyist producer who likes to experiment with a variety of different genres and techniques. I found Audiotool in the Chrome Webstore about nine years ago and the rest is history.

I'm a big nerd; can fix most things with duct tape and a screwdriver; and in my honest opinion - if a pizza place can't pull off a good margherita, then it is not a good pizza place.

Which artist has had the most influence on you (on and/or outside Audiotool)?

Musically, I find it hard to pinpoint whether I've let myself be inspired by anyone in particular. I don't really set out with much of a plan when I start projects, I just try to wing it until I run out of ideas haha..

When I first started out, I was very inspired by artists who were at the forefront of incorporating real instruments into their productions like Olaf, Lionson and Tornsage. I think that has had a large influence in the direction I took in the early days. I've also been particularly inspired by some of the insane supergroups we've had throughout the years like Future Sound Collabs, future baes, and Untrust三. Lastly, a shout-out to the producers on the audiotool team for developing a killer platform while managing to top the charts all at the same time :)

Other artists whose sound has shaped my taste in music over the years include "Now, Now", Fleet Foxes, Daughter, Lowercase Noises, Queens of the Stone Age and Title Fight - to name a few.

Who would you like to work /collaborate with on and outside Audiotool, and why?

I think it would be really fun to do more band stuff with sim, aeiter, naswalt and the bunch. I'd also love a collab with goon, though we have very different styles.

An honorable mention goes to Lionson, who's been steadily putting out new releases on Spotify (you better check them out) - it would be fun to collab again these days :)

Which film/game would you like to produce the score for or contribute a song to?

Anything directed by Denis Villeneuve I guess? Sci-fi would be cool, but games would be fun too.

Have you ever had a writer's block? If so, how did you deal with it and what do you recommend to your colleagues?

I constantly have writers block, and I generally lack the motivation to work on big projects for an extended period of time. What usually helps getting me out of a rut is doing short projects where I try to finish it all up in about a day's work. Forcing myself to finish up projects more often prevents me from getting frustrated and anxious about artistic integrity.

Generally just listening to music can also be inspiring, I often try to pick apart how various sounds were created and whether I'd be able to recreate them.

What has helped you the most on Audiotool to improve and widen your musical horizon?

I think just being exposed to so many different genres of music I wouldn't necessarily have discovered on my own - definitely has helped me widen my musical horizon. Genres like dub, minimal, and future garage being worthy of mention

What do you like most about Audiotool? Is there anything you would like to suggest?

One of my favorite things about audiotool is that it's so accessible. One of the reasons I haven't made the switch to any other standalone software suites is the fact that it's always right there at the push of a button. There's no annoying licensing restrictions, it's completely platform independent, all your assets and project files are kept track of in the cloud, all offered at no cost.

On a slightly controversial note, I also appreciate having the somewhat limited toolset audiotool offers. I think audiotool provides you with most of all the fundamental building blocks needed for digital music production, forcing you to put two and two together without too much handholding. Like cooking your own dinner instead of ordering takeaway again. I have found a lot of joy in the process of learning how to craft and shape sounds this way and I still learn new things for every project.

Your message to the community:

Don't be afraid to try something different, and especially try your hand at creating and recording your own live sounds with whatever you have available!

Stay away from the drama and/or clout chasing - think about your creative process and how to make it more enjoyable for yourself :)

Social/Musical Links:

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7vrtuvDqjM15J2eG7QQwAo?si=ZGuVPR8JRwGtrEdwDq_pPA

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/trulsenstad

Instagram: https://instagram.com/xnstad

Album

We thank Naut for taking the time to put this album together for you.

Track #1:

Chords by zignabah

Starting off simple. zignabah was one of the first users I ran into when I started my audiotool journey, and still to this day I keep coming back to this track. To me, it really helped demonstrate how sometimes - less is more.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/chords-ude1ljc2/]]

Track #2:

Unscalable Sky by André Michelle

I distinctly remember when the Heisenberg was introduced. It took me forever to learn it's ins and outs, but it has since grown to become my favorite synth because of it's versatility - this showcase that André made around the time of it's release still remains one of my favorite tracks.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/unscalable_sky/]]

Track #3:

kitsch (Kepz Remix) by Kepz and rnzr

This is such a fun and creative remix of an already great track. It's well rounded and that melody has been living rent free in my head since I first heard it.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/kitsch_kepz_remix/]]

Track #4:

the shelf life of everything by tornsage

I can't talk about inspirations without mentioning Tornsage. Not only did he inspire me to use physical instruments in my compositions, but he also gave me a warm welcome to the Audiotool community when I first started out.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/the_shelf_life_of_everything/]]

Track #5:

1991 by Wightfall Nyafae and Apollo

I've decided to round it off with a more recent track. The overall sound design and atmosphere of this is just phenomenal - and I will forever question why this track didn't beat our entry in the Teams AT Work contest.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/cjguau0tlgn/]]

Track #6:

crescent moon by naut

This is one of my personal tracks I'm most fond of. It's short and simple but the pacing and ambiance feels right. The inspiration came to me suddenly during a mild summer night, and I wrote all of it in a just a few hours after I got home.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/wpfog5g6cmg/]]

The album in it's full splendor

Moderator
about 5 months ago
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featured artist
Featured Artist: Laevent

Laevent's sound is always to the point, fresh, experimental and perfectly produced. Despite the appropriate hardness of their tracks, they are always good to listen to and simply have to inspire every music lover because of the originality and the quality of the crisp productions. Definitely one of the greats.

Interview:

About laevent/" :

(pronouns they/them) I am from southern Louisiana. I've been on audiotool for about 6-7 years now. I'm non-binary, and my biggest passion is my experimental take on music. I like many different styles and genres, but my favorite one is what is now known as digicore. It combines pop and rap music with electronic and experimental elements, giving its artists the ability to sneak new ideas and sounds into familiar styles. Many digicore artists also use vocal effects to express their identity, which is leading to more non-binary and trans artists gaining acceptance within the music industry.

Which artist has had the most influence on you (on and/or outside Audiotool)?

Michael Jackson was the first artist I ever listened to on my own terms as a kid, and I believe that is responsible for all of the musicianship I developed afterwards. I would go through his albums on YouTube and listen to as much of his material as I possibly could, and that's where my passion for music began.

Who would you like to work /collaborate with on and outside Audiotool, and why?

I've wanted to work with qulan for a while, and we may be having a collaboration soon. Qulan is a singer and rapper who has time and time again proven that he knows what he's doing on the mic. He can jump between different styles of music with ease, demonstrating his refusal to be boxed into a single type of sound.

Which film/game would you like to produce the score for or contribute a song to?

If there was any game I would like to contribute a song to, it's Spark the Electric Jester. It's a game series made by Feperd Games, who started out releasing sonic fan games on the internet. The soundtracks for his games actually inspired me in making a lot of my music as well.

Have you ever had a writer's block? If so, how did you deal with it and what do you recommend to your colleagues?

I've had writer's block many times in the past. In my opinion, I feel like artist block happens when you try to force the music out of yourself. Whenever I feel like I'm having artist block, I try to stop forcing a specific direction within my music or within my sounds, and try to make music freeform. It doesn't have to follow any exact rules or standards. Eventually I'll catch myself in the process and end up making something interesting.

What has helped you the most on Audiotool to improve and widen your musical horizon?

The thing that helped me most to improve and widen my musical horizon on audiotool is listening to various types of music on the website and collaborating with other artists. Doing so allowed me to open up to different sound selections and techniques I wouldn't have learned about otherwise.

What do you like most about Audiotool? Is there anything you would like to suggest?

I like that Audiotool is a free platform that emulates the look of a live rig. The design of the app makes it really easy for anyone that's new to the site to begin learning the ins and outs of music production, while simultaneously helping them learn how to use a live rig. If there was anything that I would suggest Audiotool to add, I would suggest adding a sampler. A sampler would allow you to import a sample, tune the sample, and use note tracks for pitch. This would be much more efficient than pitching individual samples on the Machiniste.

Your message to the community:

Be yourself unapologetically. You're not anyone else but yourself, so it wouldn't make sense to try to be anyone else but yourself.

Social/Musical Links:

https://soundcloud.com/1haydens

Album

Laevent was also kind enough to put together an album for us. Many thanks.

Track #1:

renegade [full] by looks

Here it is, my favorite track on Audiotool. It makes me super emotional every time I listen to it, and it's a perfect demonstration of how basses can be used to convey feelings.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/renegade_full/]]

Track #2:

OLSWEL! by viista★

Super hard. Especially that last section. Vista knows what I'm talking about haha

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/dmd00r97m5v/]]

Track #3:

QI by Yang.

All of Yang's beats are cold... and this is no exception. Clear example that you can make hits on Audiotool for sure.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/7o218xhe6/]]

Track #4:

trauma (we made it) by ꧌ dreamweaver ꧍

Manny is a true artist in the making. This falls nothing short of demonstrating visionary talent, and every minute of the song is worth listening to.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/c5o1aev914/]]

Track #5:

I EAT MERCURY by 1trillionMPH

Another powerful track, demonstrating how basses and harsh sound design can convey emotion. I feel like this track represents surviving even when it seems that everything around you wants to prevent you from doing so, which at times is what trans life feels like.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/uuxd0t9b/]]

Track #6:

ARTIFICIAL 2 |-| by laevent/"

Abrasive and emotive. My best solo audiotool representation of turning emotion into sound.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/fhcadhc4pn7gjpoqz7fjl8hxkbs/]]

The album in it's full splendor

Moderator
about 6 months ago
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Contest Winner(s)

Dear all,

I am not exaggerating when I say that we were flabbergasted by the originality and quality of the entries of our 909 day contest . It was really beautiful to listen to the creative ways you tweaked the knobs and to listen to all this talent! Of course, this made the decision to choose a winner all the more difficult for us. We then went back and forth about whether one winner was enough though. But since only one singular winner would not do justice to the quality of the submissions, we decided against it and herewith decided to choose up to five winners, whose tracks could convince us a tiny little bit more through musicality, technical know-how and the optimal use of our resources. We would also like to mention that the platitude "There are only winners" became reality here. You have fully proven that you do not let the limitations of possibilities stop you and that you deliver high quality when it is hardly to be expected. We are very happy about this and will definitely surprise you with some more, smaller challenges in the future. On March 3rd at the latest

Lots of love and big respect to everybody for partaking and blowing our minds with awesome music!

Yours Audiotool basement

We proudly present the winners of our 909 challenge!

Please send your shipping addresses to team@audiotool.com

#1

1trillionMPH

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/tnw67cpic/]]

#2

Blooome

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/0imbs4grjct/]]

#2

rai.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/vwa7qpkiq/]]

#3

non

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/662jhzqwn/]]

#4

sila

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/irc4uduf/]]

#5

sea foam and the wind

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/a93fx27h/]]

Moderator
about 6 months ago
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midi
Audiotool x Playtronica Contest (Winners announced)

Dear Community! We are back with another contest! We are so happy to work with the incredible people over at Playtronica. If you don't know their weird and wonderful MIDI controllers yet, be sure to check them out. This is definetly not your average controller. Turn human skin, water or flowers into a musical instrument with TouchMe. Play alone or with your friends! As the area of touch and intensity changes, the sound changes too. 🤝 And it works like a charm in Audiotool!

For this contest we teamed up with them to give you a chance to win their Playtron and TouchMe controllers.

Joining the contest is pretty easy:

  • Create an Ambient composition with a minimum duration of 1 min.
  • Make the project open to the public.
  • Submit your track in the comments below.
  • AND send a link to performance@playtronica.com with the subject “Audiotool contest” till 26th of October.

Prizes:

The contest will last for two weeks, beginning now!

We will announce the winner here and on our socials and of course over at Playtronica on the last week of October.

Have fun and good luck!

Yours ❤️ Audiotool

Moderator
about 6 months ago
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syntax
featured artist
Featured Artist: Syntax

We are particularly pleased that this feature has at last worked out after such a long time. Syntax is certainly one of the longest-serving Audiotool veterans in our new season and a little something in this feature is sure to come as a surprise to one or two of you. Be that as it may, Syntax has been enriching the Audiotool output for a very long time with his versatile but always unerring and mostly danceable genre mix.

We thank him for that and look forward to a further fruitful collaboration.

Interview:

About Nicholas Girouard aka Syntax :

Audiotool artist of over 10 years from Winnipeg, Manitoba and just turning 27 years old. I can't say I've ever found a specific style for myself when it comes to music but if I had to pick my absolute favourite genres that really get me in the mood? I'd have to say classical orchestral pieces or complextro.

Which artist has had the most influence on you (on and/or outside Audiotool)?

Astrum/Zonra on Audiotool has been my biggest inspiration to pursue music for over a decade now. When I was new to the site Astrum was always making these beautiful, albeit dated tracks by this point and to a new artist it felt like he could do anything. Even now I'm amazed at some of his older works' attention to detail and hauntingly catchy melodies. I might not have fallen into a similar style as Astrum himself but what I can say is its that type of music that kept me wanting to learn more all these years later.

Who would you like to work /collaborate with on and outside Audiotool, and why?

Anomalie is an artist that's blown up in recent years, but before that I knew him as a small time producer from Montreal that just wanted to get known, and he made his own youtube show that would feature himself as a personality followed by one of his many amazing tracks. Like myself, he has an experimental take on many different genres and he was just an all around nice person and to this day I feel like if there was any one person I've most wanted to collaborate with, it's definitely him.

Which film/game would you like to produce the score for or contribute a song to?

This is a bit of a difficult question because I've never truly thought about what film or game I would like to be a part of, but rather what type of music I would want to make if had the opportunity to do so. I've always leaned more into the orchestral side of video game music especially, the raw power it seems to invoke is always captivating and really, if I absolutely had to pick an existing piece of media that speaks entirely to how I feel the most strongly for; it would be the Nier video game series.

Have you ever had a writer's block? If so, how did you deal with it and what do you recommend to your colleagues?

I've been having on and off writer's block for years now. And while nothing has ever proved immediately effective, I have noticed that keeping at it has always been what breaks through the block in the end. It doesn't even have to be full tracks; making small doodles, coming up with new sounds to experiment with, or even trying out new tools can be a good way to change things up and expand your abilities to the point where you might find something that really inspires you and brings the creative spark back. Though, if I had to say how I got through my two year long block, it was the Home Office contest on Audiotool. I'm a sucker for competition and even though I didn't place, bringing back my desire to make music was the real prize for me.

What has helped you the most on Audiotool to improve and widen your musical horizon?

I could go off on a tangent and list a hundred or more reasons on how Audiotool has expanded my horizons but I'll just give the single most important one. There's just so much music being made on Audiotool that it's hard to not be exposed to new things all the time. Almost every day, even. So naturally when you hear all of these cool things coming out you want to hear more of them and that leads to you wanting to try all these new things. It's why I've never stuck to any specific style, there's always new things I'm wanting to try no matter how different it is and that's what gives me the drive to keep improving.

What do you like most about Audiotool? Is there anything you would like to suggest?

There's two things I like near-equally about Audiotool. First is the community and how it's the leading drive to create new and exciting music and just how easy the systems allow people to share and learn from others to the point that even new Audiotool artists are growing rapidly, far faster than we did back in 2011. The other would be how tactile Audiotool feels when you're making music. It can feel slow at times but even as pragmatic as I am; I'd never trade away Audiotool's sense of "tuning real tools and instruments" in favour of efficiency. That feeling of being able to control everything on one screen and wire everything together is the closest thing to being in a real life studio I can imagine on a DAW and it's just another part of what I think makes Audiotool so great.

The part that I feel Audiotool has difficulty in however, is facilitating the newer artists' growth. It's certainly not easy to learn and while tutorials help, I think a suggestion that would help a lot of people more handily would be pop-up text descriptions of each tool and its features within the app itself from something as easy as a right click on the tool itself. (Perhaps with links to demonstrate some of the more nuanced effects some tools can provide.) Parts of this are already in place but I think they should be far more detailed with further explanations. It would be a lot of work in the long run but it would also certainly help people figure out what they're trying to do in the moment instead of fumbling around through a list of tutorials on youtube or on the board.

Your message to the community:

Always be willing to try new things. There's nothing that helps you reach a specific goal faster than learning everything you can about the DAW itself and what it can provide. You might be in a place where you wanted to make a specific style and you've been trapped in a space where you feel like that's all you can do. That's never the case; especially on Audiotool where if you hear something you like you can open it up and learn from it and come up with completely new ideas. Keep expanding your horizons and learn to do as much as you can so don't end up in places where you feel like you aren't progressing, because in the end that will be your drive for creating new music.

Links:

Edition Audiotool: Syntax

Album

Syntax has also been kind enough to put together his five favourite tracks and the track that most closely represents his own work.

Track #1:

secta by Astrum

This super old track by Astrum may be using some of the time-worn tricks on Audiotool but to me it's still a masterpiece and the first of the driving forces for what makes me want to create. The way everything fits together down to the last note is something I still struggle with to this day and it's a massive source of inspiration for me.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/secta/]]

Track #2:

Aquamarine by Infyuthsion

One of my favourite DnB tracks in general, not just Audiotool. Infyuthsion's attention to detail, and especially the drums in this are perfect and it was definitely an inspiration for my current obsessiveness with mixing percussive elements.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/aquamarine/]]

Track #3:

Sayonara Days [Gone Bump] by Zone

A direct inspiration for one of my own tracks; this timeless beauty always has me coming back for a listen. The warmth of the bass and smoothness of the percussion is something so specific to Zone's style that I think is very captivating.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/sayonara_days_gone_bump]]

Track #4:

xenogenesis by laevent/"

Just one of the all around best tracks on Audiotool. laevent is so good with turning raw sound into beautiful experimental craziness and this track in particular has always received a large amount of my praise.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/ckjvefyc9i/]]

Track #5:

Light Pulse of the Heart by Inavon

Another very inspiring favourite of mine. Inavon's trancey synths in a pop-esque chiptune leave this one feeling dreamy and whimsical, yet still bursting with energy. Oh, and that melody is absolutely perfect, one of the best uses of tune sliding I can think of, however subtle its inclusion may be.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/light_pulse_of_the_heart/]]

Track #5:

Phos;Nouveau by the artist himself Syntax

While I don't believe any one track of mine can truly represent my work, I feel like this may be the best example of something that potentially could. These eight minutes of complextro are the embodiment of all of the work I put into Audiotool to that point and represent all the frustrations and revelations it took to get there as I struggled through an awful artist's block. Yeah, it might sound a bit dated in quality but to me this is the track I hold in the highest regard and the one I had some of the most fun in my time working on, even if the process was a struggle.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/fx98po5l7s6/]]

The album in it's full splendor

Moderator
about 6 months ago
20 73
featured artist
jetdarc
Featured Artist: Jetdarc

If you think of Chiptune as rusty coins pressed into 80s arcade machines by tastelessly dressed, gum-chewing teenagers with roller skates, you're wrong. Jetdarc gives this genre something that has rarely been seen since the golden days of Arcade games: Epic grandeur.

His science fiction opera Astral Aurora can be described without exaggeration as the Lord of the Rings of Audiotool. So his interview is a bit more detailed than the others. But, as with his literary models, it is worthwhile to delve into the textual depths. Because he has a lot to say. Thanks Jetdarc

Interview:

About Julius Hill aka Jetdarc :

I was born in Pontiac, Michigan, where I spent most of my childhood. My musical upbringing also started here; I remember my dad would play Hip hop, R&b, and Jazz music every Friday and Saturday night, and I would either dance to it as a kid, or just sit back and really listen. I also remember when I first discovered that we had Super Smash Bros for the N64, and when I wasn't playing the game, I would go to the sound test menu and listen to the sound effects and music, which I would later do for Smash Bros Brawl, and Wii U. I think what really started my love for music though was when I played Kirby's Adventure on the Wii's Virtual Console. I would just get so absorbed into that entire soundtrack, and even went on the old Youtube to find the songs that I liked so much. Some other things I did were making mashups of songs with Audacity, and making songs on Sony's Super Duper Music Looper. I tried dipping my hand into other things such as: Drawing, Animating, Game Creation, and 3D Modeling, but I mostly stuck with music.

Fast forward to 2015, I discovered Soundtrap and began making music of all kinds. I started off with loops, and eventually made my way up to creating full original songs (About 50 in total),and I even collaborated with some cool people that I met there. I then went on to explore other DAWs such as Reaper, BeepBox, Fl Studio, and Audiotool. With Reaper, I discovered external plugins and soundfonts, and I would make parts of songs on it to include in my Soundtrap projects. For Beepbox, I've only ever made 2 songs, but I remember them being pretty fun to make. Fl Studio was what I stuck with for a while, and I made a few songs on it while still using Soundtrap, but I still felt unsatisfied by it, so I decided to search google for another free DAW to use, which is how I found Audiotool.

Now, let me tell you something. When I first started using Audiotool, I was instantly overwhelmed. The site was brimming with talented artists, and the studio was too complicated for my brain to handle at the time. I made a few drafts to mess around on the old flash studio, published one for feedback on Soundcloud, and went straight back to Soundtrap and Fl Studio for a while. I think I remember coming back when the Beta version of Audiotool Next was open, and only then did my transition to Audiotool truly begin. At first, I made parts of music in Audiotool to be included in Soundtrap projects and Vice Versa, but as I kept playing with the synths and making music on Audiotool, I grew more and more fond of it. Eventually, I decided to leave Soundtrap for good, and use Audiotool as my primary DAW. Fast forward all the way to now, and I have been with Audiotool for over 4 years. My favorite styles of music would change over time, but currently, they are: Video Game Music, Chiptune, EDM, Hip Hop/Trap, Trip hop, D&b, R&b, Jazz, Ambient, Funk, and Miscellaneous genres that I don't know the names for. Oh, and for my favorite style of pizza..... That would be Chicago Deep Dish 😎

Which artist has had the most influence on you (on and/or outside Audiotool)?

The 3 artists who've had the most influence on me in Audiotool are Shmoop, Kibbey, and Retro. When I first started, I found Shmoop and Kibbey's chiptune, and it really inspired me to create my own style of chiptune on the site, which I still use even now. I was a MEGA fan of both of them, and I have very fond memories of our collaborations, and my entries to their remix competitions. For the most part, the times where Retro influenced me the most was when I was getting into making different genres of music (Especially when I started making my critically acclaimed songs). It was like whenever Retro released a legendary song on the site, it would just get me extremely fired up and inspired, and I would try to make something amazing too.

Outside of Audiotool are another 3 artists who've influenced me the most: Jun Ishikawa, Hirokazu Ando, and Toby Fox. Jun Ishikawa and Hirokazu Ando are known for their work on nearly every Kirby game's soundtrack, and as a big fan of the games and the soundtracks, I greatly respect these two men. Their works have inspired me even before I began creating music at all, and they still have a big impact on my style of chiptune and other video game music. During my Soundtrap era, when I discovered the works of Toby Fox, it was like I was experiencing what truly made me want to start making music all over again. I knew he was on an entirely different dimension from me when I listened to the Undertale soundtrack. He was and still is my superior in a thousand ways, and I just HAD to try and try to get on a similar level as him. He is truly a massive gold mine of skill and talent, like Jun and Hirokazu, and he still continues to inspire my Video Game Music today.

There are several more artists who've inspired my other genres of music outside of audiotool such as: Flume, Inzo, Aivi & Surasshu, Defsharp, Nujabes, J Dilla, etc., but I decided to keep it to the top 6. I simply could not pick any fewer.

Who would you like to work /collaborate with on and outside Audiotool, and why?

The people who I'd love to work with on audiotool are Shmoop, and Kibbey again, because I feel that I have the most fun working with them. A lot of my other collaborations frequently go inactive due to various reasons, but I feel that I can truly keep a collaboration going with those two. Outside of audiotool, it would DEFINITELY be Toby Fox, Jun Ishikawa, and Hirokazu Ando. It'd be hard to pass up an opportunity to work with my idols, but it's still a bit intimidating because they all have much more experience than me, and I'm afraid that the way that I go about making music would be bizarre to them, but nevertheless, I would still do it.

Which film/game would you like to produce the score for or contribute a song to?

Besides my own game ideas, I would really like to help compose music for a Kirby game, Deltarune, Smash bros remixes, or generally any Adventure, Platformer, RPG, or Action game. I think that my style is very good for those types of video games, but I've also wanted to make a soundtrack composed of heavy electronic music that doesn't necessarily have to be for a video game. I'm curious as to what I could make for Movies, Anime, and Story-Driven Cartoons.

Have you ever had a writer's block? If so, how did you deal with it and what do you recommend to your colleagues?

I have had writer’s (or art block) many times, and I can say that each time is due to different circumstances. Sometimes I work on music far too much. For others, it could be an outside stressor such as my job, and etc. As someone who enjoys creating music and striving to be at least a little productive in the creative field, it is never fun for me to have art block, especially when I'm in the middle of a project. I usually try several methods of regaining my creativity, some working, and some not. I will list some things that have helped me in the past. I hope it helps you too!

1) Take a break - For some people like me, it really hurts to have to spend time away from creating music, but it is often what is needed. You should take a step back and let your ideas flow back to you, no matter how long it takes. You can also take the time to listen to all kinds of music, which can give you ideas for your current or next project.

2) Try something new- Is everything sounding the same to you? Try doing something you've never done before. "What would happen if I...?" Try it. "I want to try doing what he does..." Do it. If you try and fail, it's okay. Just explore all of the opportunities available to you. Even if you don't think lack of variety is a problem, it can't hurt to try.

3) Don't start it if you can't finish it -I am guilty of this one the most. I often start a big project or collaboration only to give up on it later on due to a lack of motivation, and then feel disappointed in myself, which then leads to art block. A lot of my doubts currently come from outside interference (Mostly life troubles), and sometimes I worry about if i'll have enough time and patience to complete it all, but I have done so before, so it is definitely possible. You should think about your current situation and mentality before going into a big project if you don't want it to end prematurely. You can always make smaller projects in the meantime. If you do decide to go for it, GO FOR IT!! YOU CAN DO IT!! Go in with the resolve to create something great, something that you can do if you try. Don't give up, you are a capable artist!

What has helped you the most on Audiotool to improve and widen your musical horizon?

The limits of Audiotool have boosted my creativity the most whenever I felt that I was backed into a corner or needed to go to a different DAW. Thanks to this, I have learned to use the devices that Audiotool provides us in unconventional ways, which can be applied to various other external Plugins, allowing for my style to become even more interesting.

What do you like most about Audiotool? Is there anything you would like to suggest?

What I like the most about Audiotool is that it is free, accessible, and capable. This website is proof that if you're willing to try your best with what you have, you definitely can stand amongst the professionals. Audiotool is such an underrated DAW, and I hope that it never shuts down. If it suddenly gets popular, I hope that the magic of the site does not disappear either. My greatest suggestion to the site is to try and find more help if it's possible. A lot of the workload is forced on only a few developers with an ever demanding community of artists. I hate to see part of the community bashing the developers when they're trying their best to at least keep the website working while sometimes adding a feature every blue moon. I Wish that I could contribute in some way, but there's nothing that I can really do that would be effective.

Your message to the community:

Prioritize yourself. It feels damn great to make music that everyone else likes, and to receive a lot of positive feedback and popularity on, but don't ever feel scared to pursue what you truly want to do, even if it isn't as well received as something else that you're doing. For some, it can be hard, like how it is for me, but I promise you that nothing can beat that feeling of doing what you want regardless of what others think of you music-wise. If you're trying to make a living out of making music, then sometimes it's gonna be tough, and you're just going to have to do what you have to do to make ends meet, but you should never give up on your true passion.

Social/Musical Links:

Audiotool: Jetdarc

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/jetdarc

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2K7plqndcBxIVHJRWWEt4P

Bandcamp: https://jetdarc.bandcamp.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Jetdarc

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jetdarc/

Album

Jetdarc also kindly provided us with his five Favorite Audiotool Tracks and topped it all with his own milestone. Take your time and enjoy

Track #1:

heissen x dove by dove and ⃝ ⃝ ⃝ heissen

This is my favorite song on audiotool. It is such a unique piece that I can’t seem to get over. It almost seems to give off an aura as I listen to it. I have tried and tried again to make a song like this, but to no avail. It ended up inspiring some of my trap music in the long run though.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/m1vdjm8psj2o/]]

Track #2:

future doodle (little retro remix) by retro

I remember being absolutely amazed with this when Retro first released it. This song became pretty much part of my primary inspiration for Turquoi.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/r3z5tavuiw/]]

Track #3:

BulletShark by Staticbreeze

A song that humbled me before I could even begin to make the mistake of becoming an arrogant composer. It's like a mountain of sheer skill that beckons me to practice and improve. Staticbreeze is a great composer.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/bulletshark/]]

Track #4:

Big Dog In Your House Theme by shmoop

This was my introduction to Shmoop, and I definitely am glad that I got to hear it. It reminded me so much of undertale, and it still does to this day. A fun, underrated chiptune gem on the site.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/2blkv5aali/]]

Track #5:

bitology by Kibbey

I don’t think Kibbey knows, but this song has subtly influenced some of my music. It became an earworm as soon as I heard it, and I hope it never goes away.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/niwi62el/]]

Track #6:

Carnelian by Jetdarc

(Represents My Work): This is the song where I gave my all. The song where I actually began to TRY to make something perfect. The song that incorporates most of my style, most of my own mind into one. I couldn’t have ever expected that I’d be capable of something like this before I tried. Don’t ever doubt yourself.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/v7bnygbo3cyn/]]

The album in it's full splendor

Moderator
about 7 months ago
24 46
redesign
the truth is out there
team
Website redesign

Dear members of the Audiotool family,

There have been some strange sightings of design changes today. We read your complaints and questions on discord, here onsite and kinda everywhere we are in touch with you. And yes, the stories you heard are true. We are working on some changes on the player design. This went accidentally live for a couple of hours today which was not intended since the design wasn’t completely finished and there were some bugs we still hadn’t fixed yet.

To get you up to speed: We started with a complete overhaul of the website which is a major task and Martin is doing one hell of a job. The aim of the redesign is to increase usability and get the overall appearance of Audiotool more up to date and more user-friendly. The news board was one of the first things we changed. While working on this we noticed that we work faster and get better results when we do it in short iterations (surprise!) so we will add new stuff every now and then.

Sorry for the confusion we may have caused with this player incident today but trust us – the redesign will be really nice.

If you have any suggestions what you want to change or add to the website or you have any features that you are missing (not regarding the studio this time) – let us know here, on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter (and the inofficial Discord)! Your feedback is really precious to us <3.

And good news is: this is not the only thing we are working on. You can read about Known as I's progress on the new audio engine here (yes, you heard that one right!).

We will keep you posted!

Thanks for your patience, your ongoing support and awesome music!

Happy weekend,

Yours AT basement

Moderator
about 7 months ago
34 194
kibbey
edition audiotool
Featured Artist: Kibbey

Jordan Kibbey plays the claviatur of airy bass music like one of the greats. His compositions always seem mature and original and often hold surprises and changes of direction for the discerning listener. For that alone he deserves our respect and admiration. Hats off to Kibbey

Interview:

About kibbey :

I am from Cleveland Ohio and I have been on the site for around 7 years. I like to make chiptune the most but recently I've been getting my grubby hands into House. Bass House, Bass Music, Downtempo, and other stuff. All time favorite style of pizza is Barbecue Chicken. But if I happen to get sick of nothing but Barbecue Chicken pizza's (which I have as of recent), I'm fine with just cheese. Sometimes less is more.

Which artist has had the most influence on you (on and/or outside Audiotool)?

On and off of Audiotool; looks and Jafu, respectfully. looks is well known for making music in what I'd like to call the "Golden Age" of the site. Around this time people were pioneers and making marks with their styles because the site was still new to a wide audience. looks, or at the time Luxior, was one of these pioneers. His content dabbles in a lot of genres at once and it's hard to say which one it captures as a whole. It's energetic, experimental, and very enjoyable. He's inspired many people to do what they want and to get weird with it. I found Jafu on Bandcamp, and their stuff is awesome. It's a broad mix of House, Techno, Bass, Downtempo, Jazz, and other stuff occasionally. Super satisfying music, very groovy, and overall a great experience to run through one of their albums.

Who would you like to work /collaborate with on and outside Audiotool, and why?

I think my answers would be looks and AstroLizard. If I'm gonna collaborate to make a good chiptune banger, I already know I can count on Jetdarc. We have collaborated a few times in the past and we work really well together. But, with the other two, I wanna learn how they do what they do best, what makes them tick, so that I can use their inspiration and techniques to better myself and my own work. looks has crazy arrangements and compositional ideas, and AstroLizard is a dubstep artist I found on Spotify that creates ideally what I want to create in Bass Music/Dubstep.

Which film/game would you like to produce the score for or contribute a song to?

This would be a split between Undertale and the Borderlands franchise. Undertale's chiptune soundtrack is nearly flawless in it's execution and to be able to contribute to that would not only be an honor but an intense learning experience. The Borderlands series has a nostalgic place in my heart and I feel right now I am best suited to make something for one of those games. There's actually a track I already made called Deadlock which I could slap right onto a space station level and call it a day.

Have you ever had a writer's block? If so, how did you deal with it and what do you recommend to your colleagues?

Yes, I have had it a lot. What usually works for me is finding some piece or pieces of music that you think you want to work up to making at some point, and listening through them. Try to do this, take said music apart in your head, and find ideas you could implement into your music. It's more motivating when you know that something you have in your music is something the "pros" use.

What has helped you the most on Audiotool to improve and widen your musical horizon?

Listening to the charts is a very easy way. It's not always gonna be the same three ideas that make up those Top 10 tracks. It's nice to dip your toes a little and see what everyone's been craving recently. And if you want to explore a genre from those Top 10 a little more, there are always the genre charts to look at for further investigation.

What do you like most about Audiotool? Is there anything you would like to suggest?

I think the multitude of ways you can collaborate and work off of each other is amazing. If anyone starting out needs a helping hand there are thousands of hands out there waiting for you. This includes samples, collaborations, remixing, effect presets, synth presets, asking for feedback, board posts, and others. One of the only things I'd suggest is a standalone device to pitch-shift audio. There's many ways you can get around it, but they each have their own limitations or side effects. A dedicated device for it would be nice.

Your message to the community:

Be yourself! As long as there are a few people enjoying what you make there is no reason to change how you produce based on trends or other factors. And if you need help, use the recourses mentioned to get a HUGE head start in developing your sound.

Social/Musical Links:

https://twitter.com/JordanKibbey

https://open.spotify.com/artist/6kYl9IaKjiau5Hbs7cLMFM?si=0rbL9ZtfTqiBo5Ae14EPcw&dl_branch=1

https://kibbey.bandcamp.com/

Audiotool: kibbey

Album

Of course we also asked Jordan to put together an album of the five most important Audiotool tracks for him and to present his signature work as the sixth track. Enjoy!

Track #1:

specific ocean by opaqity

opaqity always made "complete" works. Works that always had a definitive start and end to them. This may not be the best example but this is one of my favorite opaqity tracks.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/specific_ocean/]]

Track #2:

Acid Factory by Jetdarc

Jetdarc is, hands down, my favorite chiptune producer ever. Nowadays they work with other genres but in the heat of their chiptune era they did some amazing work. This track specifically is one of my all time favorites. I strive whenever I make chiptune tracks to make them as big and grand as this track.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/st5pcqqy2wq7/]]

Track #3:

arrow arrow by five

This track is a good reminder if you do it right, a melody can last an entire song if it's good and catchy enough. It's also just a baller track.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/c1pdtpenlz88z7utgnjucbaavofhm8/]]

Track #4:

feel something (HOME OFFICE) by rai. and five

This track is an example of being ok with getting weird. If you're producing and you think in your head, "Man, what if I turn this into house mid track," what's stopping you?

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/aor3i40z/]]

Track #5:

maroon gate by laevent

You don't have to go this far with chord progressions, but man, this is endgame for me. If I get to this level I will never move. Another reason laevent is a mastermind.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/wb8av7v2wp/]]

Track #6:

Schizophrenic Turtles by Kibbey

Here's my track. There's not much to say except I made this, I am really proud of it, and I hope you enjoy it.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/ukjf7taw/]]

The album in it's full splendor

Moderator
about 7 months ago
24 37
Happy 909 Day Contest (CLOSED)

Thank you very much for the fantastic submissions.

We will announce the result next Wednesday.

ARCHIVE

Dear community, every year on 09.09. the world of electronic music celebrates the legendary ROLAND drumcomputer, the TR 909. To celebrate the day we thought to invite you to a little challenge: Please create a track with our 909 replica, the Beatbox 9. The prize for the best work is a t-shirt from our reminiscence of the world famous original.

There are a few rules though:

◘ The BB9 is the only allowed sound source

◘ However, you can use as many of these as you like

◘ Effect devices may be used

◘ The minimum length is 1 minute

◘ Deadline is 16.09.2021 0:00 CET

◘ Leave a link to your track in the comment lines below this post

◘ The fun is in the foreground here, so play fair

We are looking forward to your contributions.

Yours

Audiotool Basement <3

Moderator
about 7 months ago
14 168
fluent
featured artist
Featured Artist: Fluent

With his mix of chilled beats, a dose of thoughtfulness and a fair amount of Hip Hop, Fluent hit the mark and quickly played his way into the hearts of the community five years ago. Even when he minimised his release rate, he created an institution with the Beat Tape series which has already been added to the books of Audiotool legends. Thank you for your contribution, Fluent.

Interview:

About Nash aka Fluent :

I'm from Phoenix, Arizona. I have been using Audiotool for about 5 years now. I first found the site in highschool when I was looking up free online DAWS. I found a few others too, but lets just say they couldn't hold a candle to AT. The fact that this website is free still amazes me to this day. I just want to say thanks to the AT team for everything they do.

I've always been super drawn to creating hip-hop instrumentals, so that's predominantly what I do. I try and keep my tracks interesting enough on their own, so they can stand with or without a vocalist.

Which artist has had the most influence on you (on and/or outside Audiotool)?

Man, I can't even pick one, so here's a list of a few: Opaqity, Hvd, Aura, LaeventAri, Known, Naut, Arcade, Looks, Sim, Ford, Nico, Dove, Rai, Tornsage.

These guys are all so talented, and every time I hear one of their songs there is something special and innovative that i've never seen before. I'll open remix on one of their tracks and be blown away by the creativity. Looking forwards to hearing more!

Who would you like to work /collaborate with on and outside Audiotool, and why?

I've been lucky enough to work with many great artists on here. I still have a few artists on my bucket list, including Ford. I usually learn a lot by working with people, and I try to link with all kinds of different artists.

I'd like to work with Opaqity again sometime too.

Which film/game would you like to produce the score for or contribute a song to?

Anything Sci-fi / Fantasy would be fun to do. I need to learn to play guitar so I can do some indie-folk stuff.

Have you ever had a writer's block? If so, how did you deal with it and what do you recommend to your colleagues?

It seems like I constantly have writers block. Coming back to a project after some time helps a little. Most of the time I just give up and invite someone to the track to help me finish it. I'd say about 1/500 drafts that I create gets published, and then about half of those get hidden. I'm super indecisive about my music, and I know everyone can relate to that in some regard.

What has helped you the most on Audiotool to improve and widen your musical horizon?

I used to sit in Rabb and watch Laevent create songs. I learned a great deal from that, but I still don't know how to do half of that stuff. Maybe one day.

What do you like most about Audiotool? Is there anything you would like to suggest?

The community side of the website is really what makes Audiotool so unique. On AT, everyone uses the same tools and DAW, so it's really easy to get feedback or tips on the devices. It's cool to see how everyone is able to use them to make completely different things.

Your message to the community:

Everytime I log on, I see something unique. Never stop being creative.

Thanks a-records for the opportunity to do this interview. It makes me feel like I've been a part of the history here, so cheers to that :)

Social/Musical Links:

I have a soundcloud that I never post to. That's pretty much it https://soundcloud.com/flvent

Album

We also asked Fluent to give us his most important Audiotool tracks and his flagship track for the Edition Audiotool album. Listen and enjoy

Track #1:

why did i fade away by opaqity

This is no doubt one of my favorite tracks. I have always really looked up to Opaqity. He is able to convey a lot of emotion in all of his work, and his melodies are so pleasant. He always has some great percussive work, and everything he has made is such a vibe.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/why_did_i_fade_away/]]

Track #2:

tightrope by tornsage

Man, the intro gets me every time. I was in awe when I first listened to this. Torn's work is always moving, and quite unique. I'm always looking forwards to what he will publish next. This is the track that inspired Flight, especially the piano and the thunder in the intro.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/tightrope/]]

Track #3:

declaration by pen.

My comments on this track still stand 4 years later. Pen's work is so powerful, and we don't get enough of it nowadays. The drop is so fantastic, and I love the reverb on the percs. When the lead comes in, it really takes you somewhere else entirely. I remember trying to make music like this when it first came out, and i'm still impressed by it to this day.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/declaration/]]

Track #4:

long long ago by ford.

Nobody does it like Ford. The last chord in this song is so emotional, with a perfect amount of dissonance. His mixes are impeccable, and his percussion work is absolutely unmatched. It's great to see him doing so well outside of AT. I was very heavily influenced by the way he used dialogue in his intros, and have done so as well in several tracks.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/long_long_ago-zasgsiqb//]]

Track #5:

letter to the sun by nico

This track is super unique, and I really love this style. Nico's vocals fit the track so well! If I ever made a movie, i'd try and sneak this into the soundtrack for sure.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/xt2uc9a950g/]]

Track #6:

that sinking feeling by Fluent himself

This is still my favorite track. Everything just seemed to go right with it, and I feel like it is a good representation of my sound.

[[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/that_sinking_feeling_w_zelvo//]]

Listen to the entire Album here

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Featured Artist: Goon

Goon has also been an active part of our valued community for many years. It's hard to associate him with one style, he's too versatile for that. But three attributes always apply to him: coolness, funk and danceability. Especially in the areas of House, New School breaks and Garage, no one can touch him. A special shout-out goes to his brother for the very special and creative artwork on his covers

About Giles aka Goon :

I've been hanging out on Audiotool for about 9 years, and am currently based in the middle of a field in the south of England. I'm happiest when I'm DJing or jamming. My life is consumed by the endless struggle of organising the disparate things in my music collection.

Which artist has had the most influence on you (on and/or outside Audiotool)?

When I started my account, I was only interested in making excessively loud bass music, but after discovering Opaqity, I realised that I could have way more fun emphasising rhythm and harmony. Outside of AT it's hard to pinpoint the artists that really shaped my taste in electronic music, but Floating Points and Laurence Guy are right up there.

Who would you like to work /collaborate with on and outside Audiotool, and why?

I'd love to collaborate with Nico at some stage, I'm sure there'd be some fun ideas floating around. I tend to be more creatively ambitious with collaborations, and I can see that continuing to be the case if we were to work together! Outside of AT, I'd be happy enough being in the same room and just observing Squid as they write music. I think they're brilliant.

Which film/game would you like to produce the score for or contribute a song to?

The soundtracks for Amanita Design games are impeccable! I don't imagine I could top something by Tomáš Dvořák or Hidden Orchestra, but should the opportunity to write a soundtrack for them arise, I'd be hugely excited to see what ideas their beautiful visuals would give me.

Have you ever had a writer's block? If so, how did you deal with it and what do you recommend to your colleagues?

If I'm stuck with a project, I reduce the number of notes, tracks, and automations until I'm left with a simple core idea, then I tweak that until it takes off in another direction. If I don't have a project on the go and I don't know where to start, I trawl through the back catalogues of record labels I like, Bandcamp genres, and SoundCloud/Spotify track stations until I find inspiration in newly discovered music.

What has helped you the most on Audiotool to improve and widen your musical horizon?

I've found that by sneaking a look at the activities of others on AT with vastly different musical backgrounds, it's been easy to find cool unfamiliar sounds. The chart party afterparty in the community run AT Discord, where anyone can play anything, is great for that too.

What do you like most about Audiotool? Is there anything you would like to suggest?

The best thing about AT for me, is that users are not only given the tools to create music, but also an online space to share it with like-minded people who can learn from and inspire each other. As far as suggestions go, I'm likely not the first to propose this, but if it's possible to bring in additional methods of synthesis, such as implementing a granular or wavetable synthesiser, that'd be stellar.

Your message to the community:

Keep creating whatever makes you happy, and thank you all so much for supporting my music this whole time! I'm very grateful to be sharing a platform with some incredibly talented individuals. Big up yourselves!

Social/Musical Links:

Audiotool page: Goon

Dusty house mix: https://soundcloud.com/gilesincharge/mix-for-the-folks-at-home

Music outside of AT that's hugely influential for me: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6ifcfVN37oibmhseizqw0J?si=dfc0d94b8a04439d

Insta: https://www.instagram.com/g.i.les/'''

ALBUM

We asked Goon like the other featured artists to compile their five most influential Audiotool tracks and their own signature track for the Edition Audiotool album. You can enjoy the individual tracks or listen to the whole album below.

Track #1:

I love the organic percs and the melodic interplay, the synths complement each other fantastically. Opaqity is a huge inspiration, his harmonic vocabulary is out of this world, and it's partly thanks to my time fiddling with this track that I fell in love with shuffly rhythms and the sounds of the Pulverisateur. [[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/paper_plane/]]

Track #2:

This tune is beautiful in its simplicity and has a great bounce. One of those cases where less is definitely more, hvd is a grand master of understated house grooves and hazy distortion. [[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/30_bdhus/ ]]

Track #3:

The track builds perfectly, the syncopated bass never fails to get my head bobbing, and the chords are flawless. Ante's tunes would be just as at home on a busy dance floor as they would be in your living room, all thanks to their energy and intricacy. [[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/purgatory-w4p95quze/ ]]

Track #4:

This has to be one of my favourite synth basslines of all time, 2:03 really hits the spot, the groove is infectious. I really admire his ability to make music at all kinds of tempos, maintaining a strong sense of rhythm and atmosphere. [[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/circular_logic-1NcYM/]]

Track #5:

I'd never actively listened to this style of music before hearing this tune. It opened my ears to the wonderfully dreamy world of swirling pads and breakbeats, for which I'm eternally grateful. VLTRA is another artist with a superb ear for exquisitely crafted, lusciously distorted lo-fi music. [[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/edit-7tyhub/]]

Track #6:

If one song represents my entire output best, it's this. It feels like a culmination of everything that came before, and it's one of my most popular tracks. I've since published more polished pieces, but Golf 2 is still one of the tracks I'm most proud of. It's exactly the vibe and groove I'd set out to achieve, which doesn't happen too often! [[EMBED:https://www.audiotool.com/track/xi2fba8u4/]]

Listen to the full album here

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