Having seen Liquid Edge around the XITED and PLANETZ traps for a while, he finally agreed to give ScopeRise this exclusive lead- up interview to Mutation's upcoming release, 'First Contact, Peaceful Future', with the next set of releases setting a new standard. This Progressive D&B outfit have been around for a good decade, and since 2008 have been releasing inner and outer worldy sonic explorations of the human (and other) races. But before diving into 'First Contact', let's find out what motivates the men behind the music, including of course Scope.
Dante: Who and what is Mutation?
The 'who' part is easy. Mutation is LiquidEDGE,
About ten years ago, first got the baby PCI card the 'LUNA' to test the
waters, my first impression was one of dismay, it seemed so complicated!
Within a month or so I got my head around the routing capabilities and it
fully dawned on me that to fully harness the power of the software I would
need more DSPs. This didn't prove a problem as the upgradeable modular
nature of the hardware meant I could simply (and affordably) add further
cards to my existing LUNA set-up. Then this year we upgraded to the
XITE-1, and the power now at our disposal is amazing. It goes to show how
robust the equipment is (and was) and the future proof attitude the company
Every aspect of the Scope system is used, though more DSP power is used
for mixing and mastering. The sound quality is most impressive and with the
power of the XITE-1 a fully professional mixdown is achievable without the
need to bounce stuff down continually to free up memory. This leaves the
mind fully free to create and when mixing down and mastering, there are no
distractions. The plug-ins/devices that find themselves in nearly every
project are the Minimax and dubsub along with a plethora of Scope EQs,
compressors, choruses, delays, distortion units and reverbs etc. Every
last one of the production tools basically and of course nearly all the
synths are used at one time or another, they sound so good in the mix and
the raw sound is clean and smooth. Mastering will most of the time have at
least a chain of the PSY-Q, SBC, Soft Clip and OptiMaster.
Solely in the studio. The inputs and outputs on the XITE-1 are of a
great quality and versatile enough for any input, mic, instrument, whatever.
Basically it never seems to outgrow me, the Scope system seems to have a
never ending scope to its abilities. The tag-line 'Making obsolescence
At the time of writing, 'First Contact, Peaceful Future' are the latest
pieces of music created using the Scope XITE-1 for the complete mixdown and
we believe the results speak for themselves.