I recently completed a retro electro-dance remix of Peace, Depeche Mode’s next single. They were running an official remix contest with Beatport.
Their new album has a very light, though nicely electronic sound to it. Apparently, Martin Gore has discovered eBay and is buying up vintage gear, which they then use for inspiration (very cool). I wanted to bring back some of the chunkier sound from the 80’s for this mix.
Some people have asked about the sound sources. It was a pretty simple mix once all parts were replayed.
- Kick – Battery 3, random sample, LP filtered, compression and minor distortion from CamelPhat
- Hi-hat – Battery 3, TR-808
- Clap & dub sound – Battery 3, random samples, dub created with automated Tape Delay
- CR78 hat – Battery 3, provided with the DM remix kit
- Snare – Microtonic synth, Logic 8 Compressor, AD Vapor
- Intro bass – GForce Minimonsta Minimoog, custom patch (they provided a sample, didn’t use it)
- Primary bass – ES P, custom patch
- Distorted bass during hook – Sylenth1, custom patch
- Primary hook melody – Sylenth1, custom patch
- Arpeggio in hook, left side – Sylenth1, custom patch
- Sub-melody in hook, right side – EXS24, Kyodai Synth Collage (E-mu factory collection), fuzzed
- High broken/crying lead – Absynth 4, Desolation Pad
- Pre-hook lead – EXS24, Oboe, Proteus 2 Orch (E-mu factory collection)
- Verse synth stabs – TAL U-No-62, custom patch
- Verse synth globule – “Dark Chord” sample from remix kit
- Verse 2 intro synth – Sculpture
- Outro resonant lead – U-he Zebralette, custom patch based on “FEV SoftSoft”
The vocals have a little bit of AD Fluid, Space Designer reverb and Waves Ren Vox on them, but they were provided pre-mixed so this was just to “place” them in the mix.
I think that was about it! Did anyone else submit a remix?