Gappeq Masterclass

07/11/2021 @10.00 CET (Berlin time)
-The birth of a psy track-
Setup, sound design, creativity and emotions

BIO of Gappeq

Gappeq is a one-man project of Jiri Tomasek from Czech Republic.

After numerous years of producing various kinds of music, as well as playing in bands, Gappeq focused his work on the darker side of psychedelic trance. His early tracks were mostly released on the Portugese label Ketuh Records. But feeling a deeper drive, Gappeq then moved on to creating a much darker, more experimental sound, which resulted in the release of his debut album Speaker Seeker in 2007 on Wirikuta Recordings.

The second album Made Of Clay came in 2010, released by Parvati. Beyond that, Gappeq has also released countless tracks on music compilations world-wide.

Now, after a short hiatus to take care of his wife and kids, Gappeq is finding his way back onto the psychedelic stage. Spurred on by new inspiration and audio skills from his audio engineering jobs and life itself, Gappeq guarantees to deliver a fresh and deep psychedelic experience to both listeners and dancers everywhere.

What to consider before starting a track
Where does inspiration come from?
Creativity and efficiency discussion
Technical aspects of starting a new project

Set up and organize a new project
File structure, project structure, folders, groups, sends, colour coding, control room…
Master bus processing

Kick and Bass
Short introduction into sound sources and processing for creating a groovy base for a track (diy, VSTs, samples…)
Grouping Kick & Bass and applying effects
How to keep the bass-line tight
Practical examples
Sound sources: Vital, Serum, Ultrabass, Synthmaster, MSoundfactory, Surge, Combinations
Processing: Pro-Q3, Synth Warmer, Black Box, Phase, Quadrafuzz, Saturation (tube, tape), Magneto, Reverb (Exponential Audio R4)
Manalyzer, AB comparison

Room acoustics basics
Absorption vs diffusion
Treating small rooms
Monitors and headphones

Approaches and concepts in signal processing and mixing
How to get more colour and life into your music and sounds (frequencies / dynamics / stereo / sound sources)

Short introduction into sound sources and processing for creating original percussions
Using loops

Introduction into microphones and recording your own sounds
Mic types, recording acoustics, processing
Practical examples

Sound design of synth lead sounds, melodies, pads and FX sounds
Record different sounds, organise them in the project and make them work together
Sound design ideas
Breaking the rules

DAW used in the masterclass: Cubase

VSTs used in the masterclass: Vital, Retrologue, CA6000, Synthmaster, Riffer, MSoundfactory, VCV Rack, Dicovery Pro, Pigments, Surge, Serum, Voltage Modular, Razor, Tantra, Infiltrator, Stutter Edit, Channel Strips, GRM, H-Delay, BX2500 Delay, Objeq Delay, Byome, Trash 2, Clippers, MC77, Elysia Alpha, True Iron, Adptr Metric AB, Fire Charger, Fracture, Bettermaker EQ, Frequency, Excalibur, MFreqShifter, Replika, LFO Tool, OTT, Serum FX, Supermassive, Micropitch, Wider, Portal, R4, Oril River, Black Hole, Hyperspace, Smooth Operator, Texture, Transmutator,…


Other topics:
offline processing, rendering in place, quantising (or not), groove + swing, feeling, motion, EMOTION…

Duration of the class: About 6 hours


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