Nacho Bolognani presents his inventive vocoder use on his tutorial for The Source

Having featured in our summer premiere of BienAimer Music’s second release Argentinian producer Nacho Bolognani has since added a number of top releases to his discography. Having racked up a number of labels that include Musica Lunar, Islands Beats Music, and most recently Miracle Juice Michael James and Rich NxT have rightly invited the man from Cordoba to The Source to deliver some studio science.

In the most recent tutorial, Nacho Bolgnani gives us the lowdown on how he uses Native Instruments’ Guitar Rig and The Mouth to creative unique drops and background atmospherics. To get a better understanding we let the man himself explain…

Can you break down your tutorial for us?

In this tutorial, I show how to create percussion drops with snare rolls by applying GUITAR RIG to generate a different modulation and analogue effect. In this case, use “bright delay” anyway. GUITAR RIG has several interesting and very powerful effects that you can try out.

My method was to create another audio channel and record all the modulation that I was doing live with the mouse in the plugin. That way I already had the audio file affected to the fx I have the possibility of using that drop in other moments of the track or in other tracks by adding the drop to my own library.

In the second instance, I show how to create backgrounds in a fast way with THE MOUTH, a very powerful vocoder ensemble from REAKTOR. I choose a percussion loop and lowering the transient to remove amplitude and later from “AUDIO TO” REAKTOR tweak the signal so that that loop begins to be affected by the VOCODER. I repeat the process and create a new channel to record the modulation that I generate in the VST and that way I have my audio background ready to use or add to my library.

Do you find the technique you used for your drops works best only with drums or do you use it on other track parts?

Not only with drums, but I also use it many times on vocals or pads to give it texture and variation. But it is true that in drums the effect has a better grip. And it simulates an analogue modulation that is often sought in the digital realm.

You use The Mouth vocoder on your background sound, does this plugin feature on many of your tracks? Can you give us an example?

When I work my backgrounds digitally and not analogue with some hardware I always use The Mouth. Since it is a very powerful vocoder and I like it better than the native

Ableton vocoder I feel like it has a lot of alternative effects to give the background an original and distinctive sound. For example, on my track “HELLO” I used The Mouth in a small percussion loop that created ambience. You can listen to something similar in my last track “Flan” with YAYA.

Do you find trial and error is the best way to find new techniques?

I totally agree with this question. The best way to find techniques and sounds comes the moment you are fully involved with the project you are working on. Many times, by connecting different hardware I find a result that I was not looking for and it is super interesting. Especially with the midi.

I recently happened to connect a Korg Electribe EMX wrong with a Korg Minilogue via midi, I changed the setting and I found something super original to make my chords. Another great technique is to always be active creating Ableton projects. I feel that each project is another km or mile of experiences and something new is always learned.

Your track ‘Don’t’, can we expect this to be released shortly?

‘Don’t at the moment is unreleased. So, I hope to find a label soon.


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