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BT Unleashes a Twitter Storm…on Producing Sick Risers

They even sync up with your chord progression

Most often when artists (looking at you Skrillex and deadmau5) publish a storm of Tweets, it’s some kind of drama. Our favorite trance artist and possibly EDM’s best sound designer BT brought the storm to Twitter this morning for a different reason. “If you’re ‘getting by’ doing the minimum etc : basically cheating, this reflects ultimately the sustainability of your work.”

[I] realized about half my work is creating an array of material, instruments, design & workflow to draw from, in the hopes of birthing unicorns. Hopefully this inspires a new thought in you creative types, the foundation from which you build determines the merit of the entire work.

What was the production tip? Getting you off those “sh**ty” Vengeance risers we all know you use and instead building a riser that actually operates within the context of your song! Because it’s BT it isn’t as simple as you might think. The technique requires making a simple arpeggio of your chord progression, running it through the fantastic Valhalla Labs Shimmer plugin, cutting it into a thousand pieces (duh, it’s BT), and using the resultant pieces to create rises and falls in your arrangement.

Sound confusing? The main thing to remember is these techniques require you to bounce-in-place so you have an actual audio clip to work with. In order to produce some of the results BT describes, you’ll be using only the recorded reverb tails Shimmer outputs. In practice this will only take about 20 minutes to accomplish, but will leave you with endless combinations and possibilities for adding emphasis to moments and movements in your arrangement.

We’ll let BT take it from here: