Right now when I listen to Steve Roach's masterpiece album "Labyrinth" I really try to imagine what these soundworlds what sounds like WITHOUT the all the effects and reverbs etc, I am simply interested to know what the sourcesounds sounds like...75% of the sound is the expression of effects especially reverbs..
Asking Steve to produce his sound sources without effects is sort of like asking a fashion designer to put on a fashion show only in their underwear. As I said in that interview the way Steve works he treats the effects as part of the whole sound, so his tracks are recorded already with verb and other effects as part of the track, he doesn't add much later so it would be difficult to hear just the original sound sources.
I know he use kind of old analogue equipment that I imagine sounds very bad or nothing similar without heavy use of digital effects such as a good amount of reverb...
Bad sounds? I think maybe this was maybe a poor choice of words? Reverb can certainly help a sound but I don't think it can fix a bad sound. As they say garbage in, garbage out.
hehe, alright I see what you mean about the underwear stuff, etc, but again, too me that is what is the most interesting for me right now to see the naked sound under the surface of effects. As I sad mostly to learn how the ideal sound is to work with before you add multi effect processors into the chain/layer.
Also interested to know how he does compose the music itself, the tonal aspects of the music, I have never seen him play the keyboard in recent times, I can imagine he did that more before on the 80s and 90s albums, but does he play keyboard nowdays ?
Or those he form the sound with mainly with Eventide pitch shifters through midi nowdays ?
And if so what interface does he use to control the pitch shifter, is it possible that he use the mixer board
to do that ?
I can imagine that way of creating sound would give him a more "free hand" then composing through a keyboard interface, I can't really imagine that for instance the "immersion" series has been played at keyboard at all, it has a very circular spiral-like sound, deeply dimensional....
Regarding my comment on old analogue vintage synth, I hope I did not offend anyone, but what I meant was
that they require mordern sound processor to make them sound modern, so I have nothing against analogue synths at all, even though I need to learn more about it.
btw steve has a good sense of humor, the "toilet paper" part did make me laugh