BORNE ALOFT, comprised of two electronic producers Svetoslav, Ivelin, and classically trained musician, Victor, have gone from strength to strength since their first offering on Bulgarian imprint, EXE Audio in early 2021. Their diverse and immersive music has come to the attention of globetrotting DJ and label owner Maceo Plex for a second time, the first being their standout track "Primal Urge" on the Ellum Sampler Volume 1, a driving, melodic track, something both the artists and label have become well known for.
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1. Prophet 6
It all starts with the hook. The prophet is the most versatile machine in our arsenal. We made so many tracks with it but it never gets boring. We love using it for lead sounds, pads, arps as well as some quirky high resonant sound FXs.
2. Moog Sub 37
Moog is the source of our low frequencies. It also has a very smooth glide and sometimes we use it for unusual timbres in the high region.
3. Tascam Recorder
We often record some raw sounds with the Тascam, we use them as effects and fills. Some examples are a bowl of crisps, coins in the pocket, and a water drop from a sink.
4. Elektron Analog Rytm
After recording some sounds with the Tascam we use them as samples for our drum machine and always come up with interesting ideas and unique sounds.
5. Elektron Analog Heat
Once the drums are done we experiment with the distortion so we can blend them well together - it has 8 types of it and we mess around until we find the right one.
We often use the digital domain too. We love combining the FM synthesis together with our Prophet and the organic sounds.
7. Contact Mic
This little piece of gear is a pure pleasure to work with. It captures the vibration of a surface in a way that the microphones can't. We implement this for FXs mainly.
8. Fab Filter
We use Fab Filter plugins for dynamic processing, but they alone usually don't do much. The most important aspect has always been having a good source from the beginning.
9. Genelec 8040A
The sound reproduction of our Genelecs is great, we trust them. Being able to work with our speakers for long periods of time isn't too exhausting because there is no need to pump the volume up in order to hear the details.
10. Elektron Analog Keys
Sometimes we use the FX chain of this synth. The Elektron modulations are also capable of delivering interesting textures, especially when all of the 4 envelopes are combined together.
BORNE ALOFT’S Cinar Ep is out on Ellum Audio on June 18th. Order here.