So you’ve arrived at this page thinking “who is DISTORTED kid and what’s it all about?”  Well, before you hit that listen button, you should know that all Dk music is produced from scratch melodically and rhythmically speaking.  I’m an original solo recording artist / music producer with a unique sound and style all unto its own.  And although none of my music is produced with loops, I do see the creative potential conceptually. 

So you’ve arrived at this page thinking “who is DISTORTED kid and what’s it all about?”  Well, before you hit that listen button, you should know that all Dk music is produced from scratch melodically and rhythmically speaking.  I’m an original solo recording artist / music producer with a unique sound and style all unto its own.  And although none of my music is produced with loops, I do see the creative potential conceptually. 

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My first song, “I’m just fine” on my debut EP, “DISTORTED kid 1” makes use of some background arpeggiation on one of the synth parts.. but arpeggiation is a whole other thing and the melody is still dictated by the notes I’ve played on the musical keyboard.

I suppose I do not have a negative or condescending attitude towards people who use loops in their music production as a creative tool because there are some cool ways you can use it.  

Beat loops can really help an instrumentalist work out parts on their chosen instrument. 

I guess it’s all how you go about doing things and what you’re trying to accomplish with it.  Everyone has different needs and purposes.  Whether you’re a rapper needing some loops to get things going or a singer / songwriter needing some quick backing tracks to serve as a creative scratch pad environment, then there’s plenty of music production tools out there to help with those goals.

You can also do cool things like take a loop then slice it up, making it playable within a sample player and make your own melodies and rhythms with it sound warping and mangling it from there.

I am a little put off by the idea of someone just putting together a collection of third party loops and leaving it at that.  I guess at that point you could be considered an arranger.. a sort of composer of pre made musical parts.. but good luck in claiming originality and let me know how you do with legalities in terms of streaming royalties.. none of which I need to worry about and take total pride in putting my name behind DISTORTED kid.

DISCLAIMER:  DISTORTED kid was not produced with LoopCloud nor does it claim that you’ll be even half as cool as me using their service or ANY music production tools out there for that matter so don’t even THINK you have a chance at scratching the surface of my music creative prowess.  I am a once in million year phenomenon somewhere in between the second coming of J.C. and the invention of sliced bread.  This will be my legacy long after I’m dead.  Look at that, I’m a poet and didn’t even know it.

My first song, “I’m just fine” on my debut EP, “DISTORTED kid 1” makes use of some background arpeggiation on one of the synth parts.. but arpeggiation is a whole other thing and the melody is still dictated by the notes I’ve played on the musical keyboard.

I suppose I do not have a negative or condescending attitude towards people who use loops in their music production as a creative tool because there are some cool ways you can use it.  

Beat loops can really help an instrumentalist work out parts on their chosen instrument. 

I guess it’s all how you go about doing things and what you’re trying to accomplish with it.  Everyone has different needs and purposes.  Whether you’re a rapper needing some loops to get things going or a singer / songwriter needing some quick backing tracks to serve as a creative scratch pad environment, then there’s plenty of music production tools out there to help with those goals.

You can also do cool things like take a loop then slice it up, making it playable within a sample player and make your own melodies and rhythms with it sound warping and mangling it from there.

I am a little put off by the idea of someone just putting together a collection of third party loops and leaving it at that.  I guess at that point you could be considered an arranger.. a sort of composer of pre made musical parts.. but good luck in claiming originality and let me know how you do with legalities in terms of streaming royalties.. none of which I need to worry about and take total pride in putting my name behind DISTORTED kid.

DISCLAIMER:  DISTORTED kid was not produced with LoopCloud nor does it claim that you’ll be even half as cool as me using their service or ANY music production tools out there for that matter so don’t even THINK you have a chance at scratching the surface of my music creative prowess.  I am a once in million year phenomenon somewhere in between the second coming of J.C. and the invention of sliced bread.  This will be my legacy long after I’m dead.  Look at that, I’m a poet and didn’t even know it.

And that my friends is 1,111 words not counting this sentence.. How F’d up is that?  That’s ok the other day my Amazon order totaled up to exactly the amount left on my gift card.. No joke.. $70.46 to the penny!  I even did a FB post about it and I don’t post that often so it was a big deal for me.

But no seriously, LoopCloud does get my stamp of approval even though I don’t use loops.  1. They have a massive library of one hit samples to play your own beats and melodies with 2. They have their own effects library to mangle and warp the sound 3. You can slice loops up and play them as your own melodies and hooks by mapping them across a few octaves on your music keyboard with most sample players  4. It integrates with the DAW and is cloud based which is cool

I’ve purchased drum samples and synth patches from LoopMasters which is their sister site.. or brother site.. (not sure why people always refer to things like that as sister rather than brother but whatever).

And that my friends is 1,111 words not counting this sentence.. How F’d up is that?  That’s ok the other day my Amazon order totaled up to exactly the amount left on my gift card.. No joke.. $70.46 to the penny!  I even did a FB post about it and I don’t post that often so it was a big deal for me.

But no seriously, LoopCloud does get my stamp of approval even though I don’t use loops.  1. They have a massive library of one hit samples to play your own beats and melodies with 2. They have their own effects library to mangle and warp the sound 3. You can slice loops up and play them as your own melodies and hooks by mapping them across a few octaves on your music keyboard with most sample players  4. It integrates with the DAW and is cloud based which is cool

I’ve purchased drum samples and synth patches from LoopMasters which is their sister site.. or brother site.. (not sure why people always refer to things like that as sister rather than brother but whatever).

PluginBoutique is my GoTo place for cool virtual soft synths and effects beyond whatever I don’t already have through Native Instruments (..or do already have..lol, no just kidding, you can never have enough plugins that do the same thing, it’s fun and takes care of the shiny object syndrome most people have).

1353 not counting this sentence.  I had a goal of 1,000 so we’re good, peace out.

PluginBoutique is my GoTo place for cool virtual soft synths and effects beyond whatever I don’t already have through Native Instruments (..or do already have..lol, no just kidding, you can never have enough plugins that do the same thing, it’s fun and takes care of the shiny object syndrome most people have).

1353 not counting this sentence.  I had a goal of 1,000 so we’re good, peace out.

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My creative workflow has been to get the click track going then play some cool riffs on the music keyboard to a bass sound I’ve chosen within a virtual synth instrument.  I then layer on maybe one or two lil’ synth parts to make things more interesting and harmonic.  This, again, is all done with my own melodic and rhythmic abilities on the music keyboard to different virtual instruments.

From there I pick up my 7 string electric guitar and wank away through some virtual distorted amps.  Then I get into tapping things out on the finger drum pads to get things rockin’.  I tend to do additive drum parts by playing them out and if I need to take a hat hit, snare or bass drum out I mouse click it out after the fact making it subtractive editing.  

After laying down vocal tracks I spend time song sculpting.  I might turn a song that used to have an instrumental intro, into one that now starts with the vocal hook, having the other parts come in after, in a certain arranged sequence.  Or maybe I cut down a song length by removing a part or whatever.. There really is A LOT of fun to be had at this stage of the game and I tend to be very profound with it.  I’ve found that a song can be radically improved by how parts are sequenced and layered..  In other words.. dropping a layer out, whether a bass part or a guitar part.. or cutting out a vocal part.. can REALLY make things interesting and I love working with this stage of song production.

My creative workflow has been to get the click track going then play some cool riffs on the music keyboard to a bass sound I’ve chosen within a virtual synth instrument.  I then layer on maybe one or two lil’ synth parts to make things more interesting and harmonic.  This, again, is all done with my own melodic and rhythmic abilities on the music keyboard to different virtual instruments.

From there I pick up my 7 string electric guitar and wank away through some virtual distorted amps.  Then I get into tapping things out on the finger drum pads to get things rockin’.  I tend to do additive drum parts by playing them out and if I need to take a hat hit, snare or bass drum out I mouse click it out after the fact making it subtractive editing.  

After laying down vocal tracks I spend time song sculpting.  I might turn a song that used to have an instrumental intro, into one that now starts with the vocal hook, having the other parts come in after, in a certain arranged sequence.  Or maybe I cut down a song length by removing a part or whatever.. There really is A LOT of fun to be had at this stage of the game and I tend to be very profound with it.  I’ve found that a song can be radically improved by how parts are sequenced and layered..  In other words.. dropping a layer out, whether a bass part or a guitar part.. or cutting out a vocal part.. can REALLY make things interesting and I love working with this stage of song production.

I’ll stop here to say that the one thing I cannot give myself credit for, is saying that I’m a “Synthesist”, someone who tweaks synth sounds from scratch.  For the most part I use “presets” that come with the virtual synth which makes it, of course, instantly playable “out of the box”.  And when you’re a player.. a creator.. a person who likes to jam.. the sounds that come crafted within the soft synths, work just fine.  They are, afterall, crafted by professional synthesists who know exactly what they’re doing and know exactly what knobs to tweak.  And with each virtual synth put out by different manufacturers having different knobs, functions and workflows.. it’s easier to let the pros and mad scientists tweak the sounds from scratch.. for now that is for me anyway.  I do however, tend to put the presets through effects.. giving them my own “special sauce”.  In the end, it is the selection of presets and combinations of presets that I choose along with my own melodic and rhythmic playing that makes it original enough for me.  That, and well, my guitar and vocal abilities.  We’ll save being a drummer for 20+ years and how that has had an impact on things for another day and web page. 

Sometimes I may tweak a knob within the synth itself but at best would only give myself credit for being a “synth sound destructor”.  Hey, anyone can be good at warping a sound a little bit.. just turn a knob or push a button.. it’ll sound different, that’s for sure.. then it’s just a matter of whether you actually like the result or not.  That leads back to my choice to create with synth presets and put them through effects rather than fumble through complicated mad science otherwise known as synthesis, just to arrive at some original sound which you’ve created but sounds like crap and by the time you’re done crafting it.. have no time or energy to even play a musical idea.. all of your creative energy depleted.. just to make some stupid sound that sounds like crap.  Well that’s my experience with it anyway.

I’ll stop here to say that the one thing I cannot give myself credit for, is saying that I’m a “Synthesist”, someone who tweaks synth sounds from scratch.  For the most part I use “presets” that come with the virtual synth which makes it, of course, instantly playable “out of the box”.  And when you’re a player.. a creator.. a person who likes to jam.. the sounds that come crafted within the soft synths, work just fine.  They are, afterall, crafted by professional synthesists who know exactly what they’re doing and know exactly what knobs to tweak.  And with each virtual synth put out by different manufacturers having different knobs, functions and workflows.. it’s easier to let the pros and mad scientists tweak the sounds from scratch.. for now that is for me anyway.  I do however, tend to put the presets through effects.. giving them my own “special sauce”.  In the end, it is the selection of presets and combinations of presets that I choose along with my own melodic and rhythmic playing that makes it original enough for me.  That, and well, my guitar and vocal abilities.  We’ll save being a drummer for 20+ years and how that has had an impact on things for another day and web page. 

Sometimes I may tweak a knob within the synth itself but at best would only give myself credit for being a “synth sound destructor”.  Hey, anyone can be good at warping a sound a little bit.. just turn a knob or push a button.. it’ll sound different, that’s for sure.. then it’s just a matter of whether you actually like the result or not.  That leads back to my choice to create with synth presets and put them through effects rather than fumble through complicated mad science otherwise known as synthesis, just to arrive at some original sound which you’ve created but sounds like crap and by the time you’re done crafting it.. have no time or energy to even play a musical idea.. all of your creative energy depleted.. just to make some stupid sound that sounds like crap.  Well that’s my experience with it anyway.

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