We caught up with Kyrist for an in depth look at her studio techniques and advice for new producers…

Talk us through your setup:

Kyrist: About as basic as you can get, one Mac Mini running Logic Pro 9, Focusrite saffire 6 sound card, M-audio Axiom 25 midi keyboard, and a pair of Adam A8X

What one piece of gear would you love to own?

Kyrist: Probably a Moog Sub Phatty, definitely going to be saving up for one of those. Looking to invest in more hardware synths in 2018 as I sold my Virus TI snow a while ago and it would be cool to take myself out of the box and get out of my comfort zone.

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What are your top 5 effect plugins and why?

Kyrist: I still love Camel Phat and Camel Space and will use them at any opportunity, I use most of the Sound toys plug ins as well, mainly Decapitator, Crystalizer and Filter freak, all of these are great for adding extra depth and also I usually duplicate audio files then add variations of the effects on top so I end up with about 4 or 5 of the same sound but manipulated differently each time throughout my tracks.

What synths do you use the most in your productions?

Kyrist: Mostly FM8 for basses and lead synth sounds, sometimes Massive and Serum

How would you describe your sound for those that hadn’t heard it before?

Kyrist: I’d probably describe it as gritty but controlled, with lots of vibe and funk chucked in.

Where do you find inspiration? Also if you are working in the studio and get stuck; how do you get past that point?

Kyrist: Most of my inspiration comes from listening to lots of other genres of electronic music, not drawing or copying directly from other music, but more like processing techniques I can pick out. When I get stuck, I’ll come away from the music for a while, listen to something else, watch a movie, go and link up with some friends, send the track to my close producer friends for advice etc.

How long have you been producing?

Kyrist: 7 years

How do you usually start tracks?

Kyrist: I’ll usually hear a sample that resonates with me, or just start building some drums then an idea will usually generate from that

How many hours does it typically take to complete a track from start to finish?

Kyrist: It depends, it can take anything from a few days to a month or two! In the words of Nomine, ‘A track is never finished, only abandoned’, which is so true.

What do you listen to in your free time?

Kyrist: Lots of 80’s soul & funk, UK garage, dub-step, most types of electronic music, depends what kind of mood I’m in

What advice would you give to new producers?

Kyrist: Learn your craft inside out, do as much homework as you can, and send your music to people who know what they’re talking about and get constructive feedback on how you can improve.

What are your favourite techniques and plugins for processing bass/mids?

Kyrist: I always split every bass into three parts; sub, mids, highs. A technique I use frequently is making one or two copies of the highs/mids and just adjusting the parameters so you have some variation throughout the track.

What plugins do you typically use on your drum buss and why?

Kyrist: Firstly I’ll use Izotope Alloy 2 to tighten up the transients, Klanghelm SDRR to give it a bit of drive then I’ll use a send with distortion and a really pushed limiter to make those transients pop.

What do you find the most challenging part of producing?

Kyrist: Naming the tunes!

If you could choose a dream collaboration, who would it be with and why?

Kyrist: Probably Break, because I’ve loved his music for years, I think out of his whole back catalogue there’s maybe two tracks I don’t like! He’s been an inspiration since day one for me, and to top it off he’s one of the nicest blokes in Drum & Bass too.

What projects are you working on currently and where would you like to progress to in 12 months time?

Kyrist: Currently I’m working on my third EP for Dispatch Recordings, which will hopefully be out sometime in the first quarter of 2018 alongside a Dubstep single I’ve written for another label. In the next 12 months I want to keep expanding my musical horizons by working with other labels, and hopefully I’ll get to visit more places spreading the deep Drum & Bass sound!

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