Inside the Studio with Third Son

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Dive deep into the details of Third Son’s production process

This week I had the pleasure of catching up with the very talented Joseph Thomas aka Third Son. He is no stranger to the music world and has had a string of releases on a number of the big hitting labels including Selador, Sincopat, Stil Vor Talent, Tulipa Recordings and Time Has Changed Records to name a few.

Coming from a musical family and having been involved in music from an early age, it is clear he is passionate about music!

Hi Joseph thanks for taking the time to chat with us at Frisky. How are you today?

I’m good. Currently sat in the dentist’s office with a numb face, but I’m good.

We would love to give our readers an insight to your studio and production process. So let’s start with equipment. Tell us what hardware and/or software do you use in your studio at the moment?

I rely heavily on my Sub37 for basslines. I just picked up a Dave Smith OB6 which I’m loving also. Software-wise, the most interesting plugin I’ve come across of late is Bazille by U-He. It’s a semi-modular interface with some really fresh arpeggiator functions, so I’m getting modern sounds from that. I’d also recommend Slate Plugins for mix-buss processing.

What DAW do you use to produce music?

Ableton Live 9

With the availability of so many software alternatives to hardware these days, how much audio processing do you do ‘inside the box’?

I’m about 50/50

Do you prefer hardware over software?

They both have their place. There’s something human about hardware, and I find it more fun to use. But software VST’s are extremely practical.

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What are some of your favourite software plugins?

All the Arturia remakes of classic synths. Diva and Omnisphere. The Brainworx plugs are firm favourites for EQing. The Fab-filter bundle is good for clean compression.

What new plugins are gaining your attention at the moment and why?

The Arturia classic synth bundle is worth a second mention…they really nailed it.

What bits of audio gear would you love to add to your current arsenal?

So much. I would like to pick up an API-2500 compressor. I use the VST equivalent from Waves, so it would be interesting to compare the two. Super nerdy answer.

What would be the one piece of equipment you could not work without and why?

My computer. Sorry but it’s true. Working with computer sequencers is how I learnt to make electronic music.

Tell us about your production workflow. For example, do you work on sound design, arrangement and mixing separately or is this something you do at the same time?

I try to separate these things out, but mixing usually occurs sub-consciously as the track comes together. The last couple of hours is spent perfecting the mix.

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How long do you typically take to write your productions? And do you work on one project at a time from start to finish?

I make a point of finishing a track once I’ve started it, and I think it’s important to get into that routine. A typical track can take me between 8 -12 hours from start to finish, including a quick master for weekend testing.

How do you work when you collaborate with other artists? Do you utilise applications like splice?

I’ve never used splice before. It’s usually a simple bouncing of stems situation.

Do you master your own music?

I do.

And finally, with so many new and talented producers arriving on the scene these days, what up and coming artists are getting your attention at the moment and why?

Great, I can plug my label… I’d recommend looking into Kincaid. He comes from a similar background to me, and his forthcoming stuff is really fresh. Roboturner is one to watch also.

What one piece of advice would you give to any new artists trying to break into what is already a very competitive industry?

Throw away your television. Literally burn it. And work hard. That’s the best advice I can give.

Listen to Third Son’s Polymath now & be sure to tune into the next episode airing Friday January 20th @ 1PM EST [convert timezone]

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