Depending on the location, the organic samples are recorded using field recorders and our beloved AKG C-414. We record at home, outside, and in different venues. We use re-amping and capture echoes and reverb tails. Explosive sounds, stomping, slamming things snapping, clapping, creating noise. Those sounds are sometimes used rather unaltered and in other cases processed by our outboard gear. Some are included in the Volca Sample Sample Packs directly, others are used as layers for our stacked samples.
Even small parts of live recorded room information can make a huge difference for your sound. It usually adds that character, which we call “warm” for a lack of a better word. Jams made without any real-world room information often lack depth. Send our samples with live recorded early reflections, reverb tails, and echos into the reverb of your Volca Sample and you will instantly hear it. In order to get the most depth of field, we place our mics with intent. We love to experiment and go to extremes, always having the bigger picture in mind.
In the end, every single sample in our Volca Sample Sample Pack is supposed to be able to serve you in differing ways. Enabling you to get the maximum out of the creative possibilities of the Volca Sample is what we strive for. The options to manipulate Sounds work best when Samples have a very broad spectrum. By adding organic sounds here and there, as the main sound, or as a layer you can juice up your sound.
The samples are not recorded with any limiter or compressor on. This lets the transients you get within the sample packs sounding clean, defined, and punchy. The source sound must be captured and translating perfectly, all the time. NO compromise, NO fix it in the mix mentality!
Being the gearheads we grew up to be, we switch between our Preamps from Neve to Focusrite and the Studiomaster Series II analog mixing console. This variation of the gear we use ensures that different samples never sound too much alike. Character is what we aim for. The more the sonic details differ, the richer the sound of your jam.
The same is true for the recording of our machines. Sometimes we record the output of our analog synths and drum machines directly. Sometimes we route the signal through the effects we feel are a good fit.
In every single step from recording to the final product, time is taken to ensure that the best possible quality is achieved within the entire production chain at all times.