The Band Velvet Acid christ

What band would i want to tour with most and why? + Latency + tour news

April 11th, 2016 by Hexfix93

I have been asked this a few times.

If i could choose any band to tour with who would it be? 1st Choice Ohgr, yes the band Ohgr or Skinny Puppy? Why? Ogre is one of my favorite people to ever walk this earth, that’s why. Oh yeah, and i love his lyrics so much. From Puppy to Ohgr, I to this day am a huge fan.

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When a fan sent me this picture, and said, ogre said something about touring with VAC i shit my pants. no shit. The fact that ogre even acknowledged VAC blows my fucking mind.
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2nd choice is Wumpscut. The world needs wumpscut. To me, wumpscut has made tons and i mean tons of industrial club hits. So many. More than me, More than most of the dudes from the 80s, and certainly more than even the kings of future pop. Sadly, this will never ever happen, and beleive me, I have tried, begged, pleaded, offered to put it together, be his band, etc.. nope never nein.
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Latency? I fucking hate it. It kills my inspiration. In the box, in a DAW, by the time i get a good drum sound, i have processed the hell out of it and my cpu and latency buffers get raised, then writing music becomes absolutely no fun at all. I like to play the drums, the riffs. When the latency is high, its no fun at all. This is why i went back to an all hardware setup. Sure bye bye vst effects, but you know what, i hate them. After working with todd loomis at his studio using a vari mu, and an ssl g bus compressor. I HATE SOFTWARE, even the UAD stuff ALL of it. out of the box hardware into an analog mix sounds better than ITB, and better than itb compressors. Its so much fun to write music again with no latency. I think it makes it way easier and more inspiring. The virus, the new nords, yes they sound better than diva, hive, and all the vsts i own. especially on an analog mixer. I am a lot happier out of the box.
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BTW: We have shows coming up really soon you should know about:

European Mini Tour:
Wave Gotik Treffen 2016 Agra hall, Monday may 16th. Click here.
Chapeau Rouge Prague weds May 18th, Click here.
DAS BETT Frankfurt may 20th, Click here.
Downward Spiral Rotterdam May 21st, Click here.

USA Dates:

New Jersey June 4th @ QXT Click Here.

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Infest Festival Aug 26-28, Click here.

We booked a festival in Oslo Norway, we are working on Gothenburg Sweden in august/sept.

We are working on Chicago, Atlanta, Minnesota, Miami, in September/October/November.

We are working on Mexico City in December.

Working on 2017: Pushing Australia and NZ into 2017. Looks like Wellington, Auckland, Melbourne, Perth June 2017. January 2017 Los Angeles, Oakland, Vancouver. Feb 2017 Kansas / Saint Louise. July 2017 Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal. Late August 2017 Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne, Warsaw, Munich, Paris, Glasgow, London.

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SNOG VS VAC

April 8th, 2016 by Hexfix93

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Last night in Denver @ the Walnut Room I got to do gues vocals during the Chorus of “Corporate Slave”. Wow. on 2 days of notice. LOL was not expecting that. I had a blast hanging out with Mike Wimer, and the Snog Crew. I love these people so much, Labrynth and snog are great live. If you get a chance you really should go and check them out.

So over dinner, David and I agreed to Collaborate on a single. SNOG VS VAC. We will write 2 or 3 songs together and get a bunch of remixes and release it on metropolis records. I think this is the next thing i will be working on. I made a lot of jokes about it, even making him sing on an uber epic goth rock song or something really weird like that. I think this is going to be a lot of fun.

Good news east coast of the usa. VAC will play NYC, BOSTON, DELAWARE, CHICAGO dates,we will announce dates soon, and we will see you this year. Australia is in the works for November and it will be more epic. I am putting the new LP on hold, will do Snog VS VAC next. Greatest hits comes out May 7. We will push this at the shows. New Shirts, maybe new hoodies, depends on if i have enough frees space on my credit cards. New Studio has left me bankrupt. But guess what, Nord a1r and Virus Snow will be on stage, with yamaha dtx drum pads on our us shows. YAY. Knob tweaking live for VAC finally. New setlist rocks too.

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Review: Nord Lead 4r and A1r and by Disease Factory

April 6th, 2016 by Hexfix93

The Nord Lead 4r: After spending a lot of time with it now I can say I love it for everything. I like it more than the virus. The nord 4 is like a nord 2x with more bass, better filters.. I think its a must have for nord lovers.. The roland filters in this are amazing. The moog filter in this sounds better than the one in the Virus as well. Still the Virus has better bass than the nord 4. , i can get it to sound like a jupiter 8, its so snappy, snappier than my sh9. its so bad ass for arps and fast dance bass. i love how the envelopes snap on this synth. Nord 4 is amazing. The most 3d sounding digital synth i have ever played. i’m not kidding. nord 4 has the Impulse morph feature. this feature allows you to hit a button and switch to an altered preset that morphs into the new settings. ITS AMAZING. Most people don’t take the time to mess with this, but for making songs pop and arps and riffs change drastic and emphasize parts of a song, this tool is absolutely amazing and the fact that the a1r doesn’t have it, is a stab against it. I use it a lot now and music is not nearly as dull as a result, and i am saying the a1r is great for synthy work station style sounds that sound amazing, but the nord 4 is a performance synth that can really bring animation to your mixes. What I love the most about this, NO ALIASING!!!!!!! So play up high, and its thick and musical and bright. Can’t say that about any other VA I have owned or played. Virus Aliases really bad. NL4 also has 3 envs, 2 lfos. More complex sounds can be made with nl4 vs a1r.

Nord Lead 4r: 8/10

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The Nord Lead a1r: Wow, I was thinking it would sound a lot like the nord lead 4 but more limited. It kinda is and does. But at the same time, the new FX, the delay, reverb at the same time, plus the chorus/ensemble/flanger/phaser/ringmod Totally puts this in another dimension. This synth is more in your face and varied than the nord 4, the nord 4 is a typical prophet jupiter style poly synth with a few bells and whistles. The a1’s fx and new osc are what set it above the nord 4. vastly different presets as well, and i do feel like i prefer them both for different things. for fm, nord 4, for strings a1r, for bells its a tie, for soundscapes, a1r because of the fx. for heavy modulated sounds the nord 4.. Also the formants in the a1 are better and i can make choir pads with them that sound great, not the case on the nord 4 that sounds more throaty not as airy like the ones in the a1r.. I like the a1 a tad more, but for in your face pissed off snappy sounds, nord 4 all the way. The adr asr envs don’t bug me at all as much as i thought it would. so many times i don’t use sustain really. Its cool to have the filter descend to the half way point and stay as long as the key is held, then release when key is released, and this is all Sustain is for on the filter, on the amp i don’t like loud then quieter on hold. its still ok to have, but its no deal breaker on the a1r at all. What the a1r reminds me of the most is the alpha junos with all the wave forms. But its got these prophet sounding filters and moog and roland tb. its confusing, it should be like the nord lead 4 and 3 and 2 in sound, but just isn’t, its not. It sounds like someone fused a prophet and a roland together. I like this WAY more than the prophet 6, or the ob 6. So glad i went this way, i can layer four sounds. For the price of a prophet 6 module, i have a nord 4r, and a1r. and 8 sounds of poly synth. a1r only has one lfo, 2 envelopes, weird osc configurations and less modulations than the nl4 I like this more the the virus. Wow. I do love the virus too. No Aliasing on the a1r either. AMAZING.

So they both have the nord sheen to the sound, and if you hate that, you wont like either.

Nord Lead a1r: 9/10

I give a slight edge to the a1r, because i was able to pull off very similar nord 4 type sounds, and new stuff the nl4 cannot do, like lush pads and strings thanks to the ensemble fx and the new osc types in the a1r.

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For Sale: Access Virus Snow

April 4th, 2016 by Hexfix93

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Click here to for Virus Snow Auction

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For Sale: Studio Gear: Ms20m, H9 max, Oxygen 49, Motu Micro Lite usb midi, Adat, Joemeek 3q, Chameleon Labs 7602, The Division ps4 game.

March 30th, 2016 by Hexfix93

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Click here fro Maudio Oxygen 49 keyboard controller


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Click me for Chameleon Labs 7602 neve clone mic pre
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Tour News 2016

March 26th, 2016 by Hexfix93

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European Mini Tour:
Wave Gotik Treffen 2016 Agra hall, Monday may 16th. Click here.
Chapeau Rouge Prague weds May 18th, Click here.
DAS BETT Frankfurt may 20th, Click here.
Downward Spiral Rotterdam May 21st, Click here.

We are working on Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch NZ, Melbourne, Sydney Australia in June – July 2016…

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Infest Festival Aug 26-28, Click here.

We are working on Oslo Norway, Gothenburg Sweden, Malmo Sweden, Helsinki Finland, Cologne Germany, Italy, Spain all in September 2016.

In the USA working on Atlanta, Chicago, Minnesota, Miami in october, november.

In Mexico City in December.

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Studio Update.

March 19th, 2016 by Hexfix93

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Yes selling the prophet 6, selling ms20m, why, no longer in the box. I need multi timberal instruments now. No longer working track by track inside a digital mixing computer daw. I pulled out my old windows 98 laptop and my amt8, a serial rs32 cable, fired it up and wow records perfect, plays back so fucking tight and amazing that i am DONE with multi track, jittery, shit usb midi. Basically I run everything live now. Meaning no vsts. Everything is connected to the amt8 and cubase 2.8, it is the midi only seq. Bought a akai s5000 sampler for my akai sampling libs and drums. Virus Snow ti, Nord lead 4, Minitaur, Motif es rack, Fantom xr, Dr 770, Kurzweil rumor, Se 50, ME 50. All running into a zed 14 Allen and Heath mixer. Out of the box sounds so much more 3d, analog gain and over drive sounds super aggro. Cubase 2.8 is what made fun with knives and calling of the dead have that super tight musical sound to it. The way that sequencer does tight midi changes how everything sounds. It records me writing super vac riffs way better too. Its old school, running live on a live board all midi. FWK i had this same setup, but with e6400 sampler, mackie mixers, nord lead 1, virus a, jp8080, asrx, korg trinity, waldorf pulse, waldorf microwave 2.

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Ever since I upgraded to vst cubase, midi has just never been right. never sounds right, everything sounds sloppy, it never records right. I tried the the atari again but its so confined and i cant find midi hardware for it. Cubase on old pc serial is tight and its what astral projection uses, and what i used on my biggest selling lp of all time. So we shall see if going back to this old way will make things sound like i picked up right after fwk era. I like the idea of all hardware again, software is just so un inspiring. i have battery, and groove agent for drums in cubase 8.5 and even with all my waves plugs processing everything. I prefer the way the drums sound in my motif, and dr 770 and fantom xr. I prefer workstations to any VST. I prefer analog VA hardware and real analog synths to anything ITB. Nothing sounds as 3d and amazing as running a bunch of hardware into a good sounding analog mixer.

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Every conversion you make ruins your sound a little bit. So every time you track something into the box it loses something, then it loses something else being summed in the box. When you never convert till the very end, wow, it just sound way more alive and awesome. This is why fun with knives and COTD just has that timing and the sound to it that so many people liked. DAW VAC is just not up to stuff, its not as exciting and dance-able. Bad midi and 2d sound. Fuck that. I am so done with that.

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Hardware is so much more immediate as well, knobs, switching patches is fast and responsive, when you play a note its to the metal and instant, timing in my playing improves, makes me play way better. Latency fucks me up so bad i fucking hate it. I think this is why making music has been so much slower and honestly not nearly as fun. I bought into yes having awesome eq and software compressors on every track will make everything sound way better. BZZZZZZZZ wrong. It doesn’t. What a monumental mistake i have made all these years. I will sell all my vsts. I will sell cubase 8. It will help fund my hardware. It means i am done mixing other bands. The only time i will use vsts is in renoise for toxic coma. That is it. VAC goes all hardware, Toxic Coma stays in Renoise.

Any how. I think i will be happy again. I also plan on getting some cheap analog compressors.

Happy again.

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Velvet Acid Christ News February 23 2016 Hits Lp CD + Vinyl 24 bit Digital WGT + 3 Shows in Europe + future plans

February 23rd, 2016 by Hexfix93

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Yes The Hits LP is finished. Should be out in Early May. I looked at youtube, last fm, listened to my fans, and picked a few of my favorites and compiled the list. Tracklist: 01Slut, 02Pretty Toy, 03Fun with drugs, 04Ghost in the circuit, 05Phucking Phreak your a dick mix Seattle style, 06Caustic Disco Mindless Faith Mix, 07Bend the sky, 08Futile Toxic Coma mix, 09Malfunction, 10Crushed Radio Edit, 11Black Rainbows, 12Whtswhtk 2013 Disease Factory Mix, 13Lysergia, 14Icon. This will be release on CD, Double Vinyl + poster, 24 bit flac, mp3. It will be release by Metropolis Records. I spent a few months working on this lp to make it sound much more professional. We restored tracks and mixed them again, and put some unreleased versions on this. This is the perfect lp for new fans to buy. With all the fly gigs also i cannot bring my entire catalog to sell. So it made sense to fix a bunch of songs up and make them better and compile them for the live show merch sales. Mastered at Noise Radiation Studios by Todd Loomis. Keep an eye out for this.

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European Mini Tour:
YES we are playing Agra hall, Monday @ WGT may 16th.
Prague weds May 18th,
Frankfurt may 20th
Rotterdam May 21st.

I am trying to book Australia and New Zealand dates this summer as well. Also we will be playing a Show in England in August, also in August I plan on booking Denmark, Stockholm, Madrid, Rome, Warsaw, Budapest. Not sure if all this will happen. But I am trying. Also in america Chicago, Columbus, Minneapolis, Brooklyn, Philly, Boston, Miami. Working out a Minitour with Ivardensphere in Calgary, Edmonton, and Saskatoon and maybe Vancouver as well. Still have to do work on a Toronto Ottawa, Montreal weekend as well.

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Studio has shaped up nicely. New LP is in the worx. Working on the hits gave me insight to my past. Analog synths are a must for the sound of VAC, many of my big hits use acidic sounds from analog synths. So I had to go analog again. I bought stuff for the production of this new record. Prophet 06 module, Minitaur, and Ms20m. I did try the mother but preferred the ms20m. Prophet 6 gives me the pretty Jupiter 8 kinda of sounds and big mean unison sounds and everything in between it is my favorite poly synth of all time. The Minitaur sounds like the model D original mini moog, but i think its even fatter and has even more bass, this thing is sick. The ms20m is aggressive and acidic and can do pwm, sync and fm, so really cool aggro dance will come of this i hope.. We also bought Diva for the jp8080 sounds, and Hive synth from U-he(love them both) Also using Sunrizer on Ipad live for jp8080 emulation strings and bass and leads. Also bought a Kurzweil Rumor because i missed my ksp8 reverbs. Bought an Eventide h9 max to try out. I really love the waves H-delay now, but still Eventide delays are the best. I never get to keep gear, its more like i get to rent it for the duration of an lp, then funds run low and i must sell. Oh well.

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I am working my ass off this year to make a new 10 track lp with lots of collaborations. I will be doing a pledge release this time. Looking to release it sometimes in 2017. In the mean time if you come to our shows this year you will get to hear a few of the songs we have done. So far I am working with Kim Dylla of A Winter Lost(death metal) and x member of Gwar (Vulvatron):
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We did a song called Holle(in german) Industrial Metal. I love it, its like super evil satanic industrial metal. I plan on doing a slower metal trip hop track and a Def Leppard cover. I also was able to get some guest vocals out of David Thrussell front man of the band SNOG. They are on tour this year in America. I am going to promote for them. I will collaborate on a new track with Krztov, my live keyboard drum pad god. The direction of the new LP is up beat industrial metal club music. We shall see how it changes over time. We are also going to get a remix from Revstate this year as well. I will also help the Siren Project with their new material. Very excited.

BTW The Siren project CD that I mixed and Todd Mastered is now out. If you saw Siren Project open for us this last year and liked it, Please go to their page and buy their CD!

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