Steve Levine Recording Limited Drone Emporium WAV
Drone Emporium Welcome the Drone Emporium. In thIs Native Instruments sound pack you will find a collection of Dark ambient constantly evolving drone notes. Each sample at each pitch is a unique performance & recording . They are presented as chromatic recordings from C1 (midi note 36) to C2 (midi note 48 ).
None have been digitally transposed, stretched or looped, they all decay naturally . This method results in each file having its own discrete tone and timbre. In each note there will be some subtle sonic differences from the preceding note and in others a more noticeable difference . This is a natural effect of the various analog and modular hardware synthesisers used, as well as the various filters and delays and reverbs that were incorporated into the sounds as part of the whole recording process .
Each set consists of a number of different sound textures mixed together, this creates the delicate tonal and stereo movement in the Drone. This process allows, what is essentially a single note, creates an interesting timbre throughout the samples duration until its end or decay.
They are all long recordings allowing you to loop any section you prefer or even truncate according to your exact requirements. Those of you with modular setups could also use these samples as RAW Oscillator sound sources and further glitch, distort, filter and tweak them. As each file is unique you can blend files from different sample sets together to create your own unique custom tone mix. This further opens up the idea of using multiple notes to create drone chord beds ( highlighted in my little demo included in the pack) Let your own imagination run wild. For those of you who use Native instruments StrayLight you can drag and drop any of these drone files into the SAMPLE or GRAIN slot of the performance interface , they work really well, in fact I’ve created some wonderful patches of my own using these very samples!
Starting as a trainee tape-op at CBS studios in 1975, Steve progressed to in house engineer and worked with many now classic new wave & punk acts The Clash, The Jags, The Vibrators, XTC as well as many of CBS records pop acts, including Sailor. Beach Boy, Bruce Johnson was to play an important part in Steve’s early career, culminating with Steve producing an album for the Beach Boys several years later. Steve produced all of Culture Club’s classic hits and the bands’ three multi-platinum albums. Since then he has worked with a wide spectrum of artistes and composed a number of film scores. Artists collaborations include Honeyz, China Crisis, Gary Moore, Ziggy Marley, Louise, The Creatures, Lemmy & Motorhead, David Grant, Westworld, Sigue Sigue Sputnik, Mis-teeq, 911. Steve has collected a number of prestigious awards including BPI Producer of the Year, Musicweek Top Singles Producer and a Grammy for his work with Deniece Williams. A SONY Radio Award and most recently a Gold Award in the New York Radio Festival for the Boy George documentary. Steve has also appeared on many radio and TV programs, he is a regular guest on BBC’s 6 Music. His radio production company Magnum Opus Broadcasting produces shows for the BBC; in particular, The Record Producers a radio documentary series for BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music for which Steve received a Sony Radio Award for the “Best Specialist Contributor”. This acclaimed documentary series focuses on the art of record production from the producers perspective. Featured Producers include Trevor Horn, Arif Mardin, Nile Rodgers, Bob Clearmountan & Tony Visconti, Hugh Padgham. A second series, focused on ”production teams”; Swain & Jolley, Langer & Winstanley, Holland Dozier & Holland, Gamble & Huff, Stock, Aitken & Waterman, Jam&Lewis were featured. The third series included – Mick Jones, Brian Wilson, Roy Wood, 10cc, with the fourth series analysing the work of Mike Chapman & Nicky Chinn, Smokey Robinson and Todd Rungren. The fifth series included producers Stephen Street and Bernard Butler , further shows Included A PINK FLOYD special, a BEE GEES special and a Reggae producers edition. A SIR GEORGE MARTIN special as part of the BBC 60’s season, Sir Paul McCartney arranged for Steve to have exclusive access to the original Beatles multitracks. Following the success of the radio documentary series in 2015 Steve presented The Record Producers Live with special guest Lamont Dozier. Steve was commissioned to curate a stage at LIMF 2014 – ‘The Assembly Point Sessions’. The theme was first time collaborations and featured Boy George, Tim Burgess ( The Charlatans ), Bernard Butler, Mark King, Hollie Cook and Mary Epworth. Followed by a further Commission for LIMF 2015, ‘Routes Jukebox’ demonstrating music migrations with Dave McCabe, Chris Difford, Terri Walker, Mic Lowry and The Farm. Along with his radio and TV work Steve is also busy producing exciting new bands for his label Hubris Records, and Xam Volo and the Lottery Winners have recently both signed major record deals. Steve has also just Produced an album with Space, due for release later this year. Steve is the author of the very successful Hit Kit and the Art of Downloading Music and regularly judges for Pledge Music, Arquiva Radio Awards and the Liverpool International Music Festival Academy. Steve is a Director of PRS for music, a member of the MU executive committee, PPL, and a LIPA Companion (Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts).