So, Joe Ford did a Q&A on twitter. I compiled some of the questions and answers and structured them a bit. I'm sure that I overlooked some questions, but twitter really isn't the ideal platform for a Q&A. However, maybe this is interesting for some of you. JOE FORD Q&A on Twitter: https://twitter.com/joefordmusic ARRANGEMENT/STRUCTURE/COMPOSING/SOUNDDESIGN/MIXING Q: Do you write the intros first or start with the main section and work backwards? A: Main drop then work backward 90% of the time. Q: Do you ever get writer's block? Or struggle developing a track past the drop section? A: It’s different every day. Sometimes yes. On these days I spend time making sounds and saving them - wish I had started doing this earlier. Q: Do you use reverb on send channels wired to different bus groups to achieve more space-atmosphere? Any tips? A: I generally try to keep the amount of reverbs to a minimum – 1 for drums, 1 for bass and atmos maybe. Q: How did you make that pad in 'City 17' at 2:55 for example? A: Low passing a normal pad with a high resonance controlled by a stepping lfo. Q: How do you create that drum like bass sound on stride on the drop? Follows after the snare. A: That was like 3 layers of massive. Pitching notes down to get stabs. Q: What else motivates you to write tunes besides other music i.e. films, places, art, people? A: Sci-fi Games and films do hugely. For intros I often stare at film artwork and imagine what sounds you would find there. Q: Regarding stereo imagery, do you tend to worry about mono-compatibility, as in- getting too wide, causing phasing issues... A: I haven’t really worried about it. I never spread anything below, say, 200hz. Q: What's your "general" sort of process for creating pads/synths? And do you use many effects, reverb, etc. as well? A: I love adding reverb to low passed pads. You get a really warm wide sound. Pads are generally extremely simple – just saw waves. BASS Q: What’s your favourite wavetable in Massive? A: My favourite Massive wavetable is 'squelchy'. Q: When it comes to resampling, how do you preserve the lower frequencies and avoid phase issues? A: I rarely resample. And if I do, I don’t split the frequencies up. Q: Favourite plugins for processing basses? A: Most of the bass processing is done within massive. Q: What do you use to get such resonance in your basses? I'd like to know your plugin setup. A: My plugin setup (90% of the time) is Massive and then logic stock plug-ins, maybe fab-filter every now and then. Q: What's your favorite go-to waveforms in massive for neuro basses? A: Kangaroo is sick. Q: How do you approach creating the movement in your basses? Do you reach for your tools, Lfo, env and play? A: I find the MOST crucial thing to making a bass sound good is moving many of the right parameters at the same time. Q: What are some go-to LFO waveforms and rates? What are some examples of the right parameters to move? A: 99% of the time it’s a sin wave. As for the rate and stuff: there’s no golden rule. Whatever is appropriate for the movement. Q: Choose below or suggest: pitch, bandpass, notch, unison, vocoder-stuff, distortion, reverb. A: Generally: notch, bandpass, wavetable position. Q: Are you getting the movement from automating the rate? Or modulating the rate with another Env or Lfo? A: The lfo is affecting a parameter. That parameter is creating the movement. E.g. lfo 1 on filter cutoff. Q: Is it common for you to split a bass to 3 samples? (panned left for mid-highs, panned mid for mid-lows & sub, and pan right..) A: No, I have a setup in the project whereby. I send everything that’s not drums to 4 channels. I just mono the sub channel. DRUMS Q: What do you use for snare layers? Samples or do you synthesize them or both? A: Generally all samples. Although very recently I started layering the transient with a pitch enveloped sin wave - can be great. Q: What is the trick to your drum processing? It's much more than just parallel compression. A: Often I don’t do much processing when I insert drums, I’ve usually made them in a separate project, and they’re ready to go or layer. Although in the initial stages, heavy compression of the transient can be helpful. PLUGINS/SAMPLES Q: What are your favourite go to sample packs? A: I used the Deadmau5 pack for about 2 years. Other than that i like bouncing out the logic sampler stuff sometimes. Q: What are your favourite plugins to use atm? A: Most recently I got superior drummer 2.0 - that thing is fantastic. Other than that I’m using massive and fabfilter. Q: Can you list your most used VSTs then? A: Massive, Saturn, exs24, sausage fattener. Q: Where do you find your foley sounds? A: Sound effect bible. impact. house hold, vengeance foley. Q: What 3rd party fx plugins do you use? A: I don’t use many. Fabfilter volcano is a cool wobbly filter though.