Sacha ~ I Can't Pretend (Suges Remix)

Strangely one of the few remixes I did that actually hit here at home in the six instead of elsewhere; I may never know why! Could be the fine people of Toronto like their music to the point and stripped down, and this is one of my barest productions ever: mainly just drums and a Rhodes. Some very thin synths and acoustic guitar here and there to smooth things over. And really, any producer worth his weight knows to get out of the way when you’ve got vocals by Toronto’s Singer of Singers, Miss Sacha Williamson. This remix was released separately from the rest of them all by itself, but sadly isn’t available anymore anywhere except this YouTube video I found here.

I also found this video of Sacha singing an acoustic version of it live!

Access Virus TI Snow MidNam File

Some people can’t get the “TI” part of the Virus TI to work properly on their computers. For me, I just like using them as external synths to avoid the large latency they incur when in TI mode. For these reasons I’ve made a MidNam file for the Snow. Although I don’t think the patch names have ever changed, this MidNam is written against OS 4.5.3.

UPDATE: It seems to still be valid for OS5.

Download: Access Virus TI Snow.midnam

V-Synth GT MidNam File

Those of us who use Pro Tools (and I think Digital Performer) for MIDI composition work, and who have external synthesizers, know all about having to use MidNam files. These files are the official MIDI Organization standard way to describe everything a synth can do and the names of all its patches and banks. The problem is there’s really no easy way to make these files (there used to be a great utility called CherryPicker, but it’s not compatible with modern Macs anymore; most other paid-for MIDI utilities are obsolete or rip-offs). If you have an old synth, it’s okay: Pro Tools comes with definitions for most synthesizers. If you have a new one, however, you’re high and dry.

Well I searched the net high and low looking for a MidNam file for my V-Synth GT and couldn’t find one, so I had to make my own. This took a very long time, and because of the unique nature of the V-Synth the file I made won’t work right “out of the box” for everyone (the V-Synth uses the idea of “Projects”, where a Project holds an entire set of 512 patches and you can (and will) swap them in and out with other projects at any time). I have a customized “Main” (or default) bank that I use, which isn’t exactly like the default one from the factory. I took out the sounds I didn’t like (to make it load faster) and added some of my own, so I’ve included my custom Main project in this download.

Since they updated this synth to Version 2, it’s included the GT_Analog project which has hundreds of very serious analog synth replica sounds. That project I use untouched directly from the factory, so I’ve included it in the MidNam file too as a different “Mode”. You’ll see it when you pull up the patch browser in Pro Tools.

Finally, there’s no point downloading this if you don’t have a V-Synth GT. You won’t be able to extract the sounds or get anything useful from it, since the V-Synth uses its own proprietary wave encoding process. So yeah don’t burn up my bandwidth just downloading this for fun. Haha.

Download: SugesMain_VSynthGTProject

Kurzweil PC3K MidNam

I couldn’t find an up-to-date MidNam file for the Kurzweil PC3K, so I’ve made one for that synth too. It’s for the default patches and banks for OS Version 2.03. Plus I’ve included empty patches for every program up to around patch #2000, so you can call-up patches you’ve created in the far banks.

Download: KurzweilPC3K8MidNam

Suges ~ We Belong To The Night

The song we started Soulstream Records with became a serious anthem around the world…and became my most-sampled/stolen/interpolated song of all time. We used to find songs ripping off my licks on our own…then fans started emailing us about them…then once we got past 20 we just stopped counting. What can I say? ‘Glad it inspires you, fellow producers!’ hahah.

But, like, did anyone listen to the damn words I wrote? It’s supposed to be the “deep house manifesto”. Meh. No one listens to words, I know.

Grab it at the Suges Music StoreTraxsource, or Apple Music.

On this eve we solemnly declare
In celebration with dance and drum,
Melody and voice:
We belong to the night.

We have been elsewhere,
Seen other things,

But none were good and pure
Like the night.

And when others ask,
“What is it about the night
That consumes us so?”
We are at a loss for words.
Apologizing for the cliche we answer,
“It’s a spiritual thing,

A communal thing,
A tribal thing.”

Free men and women,
Willing slaves only to the drum.
Far from a heathen rite,

We dance in unison before God,
To celebrate the life and mobility
With which He has blessed us.

To display with pride
That we unite despite our differences,
We unite because of our differences,
And that we have not–and will never–

Let the negativity of the world beset us,

Because we belong to the night.

The others? They’ll never understand.
As they blindly chase their symbols
Of greed and self-hatred,

Wage war upon one another
And gloat over their small victories.

And wonder (alone in the night)
Why they feel so empty,

So discontented,
So unfulfilled.

Be ever wary, for they will try
To put you down, turn you away,

Convince our way of life is hedonistic,
Unnatural,

Evil.

They will convince themselves the only things
That bring us together are drugs and sex.

And the will go through life
Learning nothing,
Changing nothing,

Loving nothing,
Meaning nothing.

But not us,
We remain strong.

The last line of defence.
The disciples of dance,
The partisans of unity.

Across the lines of faith and colour,
Gender and orientation,

Belief and creed,

We belong to the night.