I had an opportunity to interview Junebug, producer, sound designer and founder of the sample company Electronisounds. Junebug has recently released a Dubstep oriented sample pack “Dubstep Cyborg Cartel“. Read below what the man has to say about himself, producing and his new sample pack!
Hello Junebug! Can you tell us a little about who you are and how did you get involved in the electronic music scene?
I’ve been into producing and doing sound design for over 20 years.
I’ve put out over 80 samplepacks since I started making samples – I started doing this when there were no downloadable products yet, everything was made with hardware only and the main sample companies were ONLY just Big Fish Audio and East-West. Many people say that my sounds/samples company, “Electronisounds” was the first “Independent” sample company. when I started, I was burning my samples to audio CD’s at my home studio to sell!
I’ve always loved music in all it’s forms – I got really deep into electronic music after seeing Underworld perform live at a festival in 1996. Since then, I’ve studied as many different styles of Electronica (EDM, IDM) as possible!
Currently i’m really into Psytrance, Psychill (Psybient, Psydub), Deep House and downtempo/experimental Glitch music but I enjoy listening to and producing just about every other electronic music genre which is why there are such a wide variety of products released through Electronisounds.
Are you a self taught in music production or have you taken any lessons/courses or attended any schools?
A bit of both – I’ve played the drums since I was 5 years old and have been in several different style bands over the years as a drummer. I took guitar and keyboard classes in high school and a bit of music theory in college. The best production knowledge I’ve learned over the years though, has come from watching countless hours of online video tutorials. I find that if I can gain even one small nugget of useful information from watching someone else’s workflow, sound design or production tutorial then it’s a good thing!
What kind of software and/or hardware do you have in your home studio?
I’ve used ORION virtual studio as my one and only DAW since I started producing on a PC. I know it inside and out and can get get it to do everything I need it to do. I also have a Roland V-drum kit and an acoustic drumkit, several guitars and basses, and some other odd and ends but i’ve gotten rid of almost all my hardware over the years as I just wasn’t using it for producing.
What’s your favourite DAW?
ORION platinum – the latest version 8.5
Favourite plugin (synth or effect)?
There are so many that I use daily! Massive, Spire, DUNE 2 and Sylenth are heavily used here – and also many VST FX that I can’t live without – Izotope stutter edit, Glitch2 and FabFilterPro EQ are ones I use often.
What’s your preferred sub-genre in electronic music?
This changes a lot depending on what i’m working on that day or week. 😉
Right now, i’m working mainly on a “Filthy Basses” soundbank for DUNE 2 and a Downtempo Glitch samplepack. On the side i’m also working on a new DnB samplepack, new 128bpm House samplepack and a new 120bpm Deep House samplepack.
Do you have any favourite artist(s)?
Not so much these days, because what I’m listening to is usually music in the style(s) of what i’m working on RIGHT THEN…
About your Dubstep sample pack: how long did it took you to make it?
I spent about 3 months making “Dubstep Cyborg Cartel” – it is the 4th Dubstep sample pack i’ve made and I also did a Dubstep soundbank for Massive.
What software (or hardware) did you use to make it (you don’t have to reveal any secrets of course!)?
ORION as the DAW and LOTS of Massive, Izotope Stutter Edit, Glitch2 and a load of other glitch-style fx plug-ins. MANY other synths and plugs were also used.
Where do you get inspiration for sound designing?
Anywhere and Everywhere – watching movies can give me new ideas for sound design, and also just listening to ANY kind of EDM music…
Where can people check out your music?
Electronisounds.com is where people can find my sounds and samples.
I’ve got a lot going on with music releases also – I make MUSIC under the name “Prizm Prime” and i’ve got a bunch of new tracks coming out on Beatport very soon.
My full-length downtempo/world-music-inspired album called “Undiscovered” should be out on October 27th, follwed by a remix EP of a track called “The Lucky one” with Psychill, DnB, Deep House and Downtempo Glitch re-mixes (all done by me), and a BUNCH of deep house singles after that – LOTS of new music coming soon!
People can search for “Prizm Prime” at Beatport to check out my tracks – there are a few older releases up there right now.
Thanks for the interview and everybody should definitely check out Dubstep Cyborg Cartel (read my review below)!
Dubstep Cyborg Cartel by Electronisounds is a quite new entrant in the Dubstep style sample markets. In total, the package has a little over 1000 samples consisting of single drum hit samples (including 83 key labeled kick drums), drum loops, fills, bass & synth one shots, melodic loops, sfx, etc. It doesn’t contain any construction kits so there’s more than enough of material for creating your own unique drum comps, sequences and full tracks.
But how does the content sound?
I’ve heard quite a lot of Dubstep style samples and I have a bunch of them in my own sample collection as well (Vengeance stuff for example). Based on that, I have to say that the quality of the samples in Dubstep Cyborg Cartel are top notch!
Lets look at the drum samples for example: they’re already very well processed so there’s tons of punch and power and they are good to go as is for building a really powerful drum tracks instantly. Also, what I really liked is the
What about the bass & synth one shots?
Really edgy stuff and full of attitude with all those growls, roars, screams, “chirps” and hits. They complement the drum samples really, really well.
Drum loops? Melodic loops?
The loops are in 140 BPM and the drum loops comes with three different versions: full mix, no-kick and tops plus some hihats-only loops. It’s easy to combine them with each other and/or with your favourite one-shot drum samples.
The melodic loops consists of synth and bass loops and the variety is pleasantly diverse. There’s 4 and 8 bar loops and all of them are key labeled. Are they usable? Definitely and they poke through the mix without much of effort.
The tempo-synced stutter drum hits section (also in a tempo of 140 BPM) has 128 stuttered one shot drum samples and if you’re into those glitch -style effects and stuff, this is your source. They also work really well as little rhythmic fills in your drum tracks.
There’s also a nice bunch of MIDI loops (melodic synth and bass loops) which you can import to your DAW and use your favourite sounds to play them back. You’re free to edit the melodies and develop them furthermore. Good foundation for musical inspiration.
What’s my verdict? In all honesty I have to say that the Dubstep Cyborg Cartel is one really edgy Dubstep sample pack. The sounds are polished and good to go as is for building a really strong track. And of course, the samples work in other genres too – such as Drum & Bass. I warmly recommend this pack!
Dubstep Cyborg Cartel is available at Electronicsounds.com for $24.99.
Check the video below for some sound example:
And here’s a quick beat I made using the Dubstep Cyborg Cartel samples: