Packaging «Passage» with passion ;-)

EndTitles is all about passion to music and love to the special and unusual. With this ideal I thought of making something extraordinary with the physical release of Wilhelm’s «Passage». Wilhelm’s music needs approach. I used to listen «Passage» several times before I came up with an idea. I have to thank to Mr. Arovane for inspiring me during our chat at his studio. After a week or two I just thought: Wow! The physical release needs to be simple and useful and eco-friendly as far as possible. So I came up with the USB flash drive for all the heavy 24bit files made of recycling paper. I thought this might be quite unique and did it. After testing it for some time, the device worked smoothly. Now the final product is made with love and packaged with passion. My girlfriend sewed while I was putting all things together. To all of you who are using the device now: Please think of all the work Wilhelm and we did and the great effort and enjoy this great album!
Thank you :-)

Making of…

Wilhelm Matthies explains his technical approach to «Passage»:

To record this album, I used an RME UCX as the audio interface with all pieces in general.

I used two AKG C 2000B microphones recording in stereo in pieces 1-3 and two Earthworks QTC30 microphones recorded in stereo for pieces 4 and 5.

The RME UCX was connected into my DAW, Logic Pro 9. I recorded in several ways.

In most pieces I recorded dry, but in some I recorded with a reverb turned on. In most pieces I played without adding EQ first. When using any EQ or reverb while recording, it was Logic Pro effects, not from the RME UXC.

Mostly I add EQ and reverb after recording. I only did slight imaging panning in some pieces, so no panning, only global panning to more or less locate the instrument in the center of the aural space. Some pieces are slightly to one side, I notice as I am hearing the passage (for X) 2.

For reverb I used two tracks consistently. I use a small room reverb at a higher volume level and a larger hall reverb at a much lower volume level. No two pieces have the same proportions, I mixed specifically for each one.

The two tracks are balanced to be as loud as possible at their peak level without clipping. I did not use any dynamic limiter, to maximize the dynamic range of all of the pieces. The quiet passages are equally important as quiet as the louder ones are played loud.

All the remaining magic is done during the mastering process by Weldroid.

Sorry about the heater clacking noises in some places, and I heard a train passing at the end of the 2nd piece, but then again, it is real! I will create some window barriers this summer. I have deep windows into which I could stuff sound absorbing material :-)

Scandinavia

5000 km from Stokholm, Umeå, Fäviken, Trondheim, Alesund, Bergen, Oslo, Göteborg, Malmö back to Stockholm. Nice people, food, coffee, beer and fika! And what a landscape. While being in Trondheim, EndTitles released Wilhelm Matthies’ album: Passage. Listening to new demos in Bergen and in Stockholm I have met my good friend, Weldroid. Tak, tak! :-)

Passage (for X)4 is the 4th piece of the upcoming 5 pieces album «Passage» by Wilhelm Matthies. Available as Compressed, Lossless and Special Edition from the 5th of July. Stay tuned!

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