Our sister site AudioJungle is a royalty-free stock audio site that helps musicians earn money. In this interview series you’ll learn about those musicians, their gear, and their AudioJungle experiences. Today we meet Ulf Siebeck (QuadraphonixAssociation) from AudioJungle.
Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from, what do you do for a living?
In 1981 I was born in Herdecke. It’s a small town, surrounded by a beautiful landscape, located in Western Germany. I work as a travel agent at the Dortmund Airport.
Which marketplaces do you belong to? What types of files do you sell?
I just belong to the AudioJungle marketplace, selling mainly music tracks, covering a range of genres like funk, rock, jazz and corporate music. Specific files like sounds or loops are included in my portfolio as well.
How did you get started? Have you had any formal training?
At the age of six I began to learn playing the violin. After discovering the world of jazz music, I decided to get in touch with keyboards/organ. Unfortunately my organ teacher at this time did not support me to play the instrument that I most admired: the mighty Hammond organ.
After some years of frustrating lessons on some bad sounding home organs I changed to the drums and percussions at the age of 13. I received lessons from a very skilled drum teacher (Christian Gerke) and played in several groups and projects. During that time I collected experiences in studios and also live playing experience.
In the year 2005 I decided to start my own project which was called "Sordid Sorcery". After a couple of rudimental recording sessions with drums and Hammond organ substitutes I realized one of the greatest dreams in my life. I bought a vintage tonewheel Hammond organ with a Leslie speaker and taught myself playing that legendary instrument.
Over the years I improved my musical skills by playing different instruments in several music groups and theatre ensembles. Frequently I composed soundtracks for different student film projects.
Nowadays I work in my home studio, where I compose and produce stock music, soundtracks and corporate music on my own. It is very important to me to produce music with real instruments like acoustic drums, bass guitar, electric guitar and organ.
Describe your home work space.
At home I use a digital audio work station consisting of an Intel ® Quad core (4 x 2.4 GHz and 2 GB RAM). In addition to that I use a Presonus Firepod (8-channel firewire 24-bit 96 kHz digital audio interface with integrated microphone preamplifiers). The screen used for my DAW is a Samsung 22 inch Syncmaster TFT display. For monitoring I use a pair of JBL L 80 TGI speakers.
- 2 Shure SM 57 dynamic microphones
- 1 AKG D112 dynamic microphone
- 1 Shure SM 58 dynamic microphone
- 1 SE Electronics 2200 A large diaphragm condenser microphone
The sequencer software for recording audio material is Cubase LE. For signal processing an UAD-2 Solo DSP Accelerator Card is used.
My instrument gear is:
- Hammond M 100 Tonewheel organ built in 1964
- Leslie 770 solid state rotary speaker cabinet built in 1972
- Fender Precision Bass '85 with additional single coil pickup
- Epiphone Flying V electric guitar
- Roland 49 key master keyboard
- Premier acoustic drumset with two rack toms and two floor toms
- Paiste, Zildjian and Sabian cymbals
- Assorted percussion
Describe your creative process. What steps do you normally follow to create your files?
This simply depends on the style of music I want to create. For example, if I have a funky track in mind, most of the time I start with a simple drum groove and with this support I work out some bass lines. Then I either substitute the drum with an acoustic drum overdub or I modify the drum groove supplied by the drum machine. Afterwards I overdub some Hammond tracks, guitars and keyboards.
If the idea I have in mind is more in the direction of a rock music track, I start recording some basic riffs with an electric guitar and then I add some drums and bass licks until the basic structure of the track is completed. Lead instruments and solo parts are added at last.
Tracks that are more of a calm/ambient nature or for corporate purposes I create exclusively with electronic tools.
What is your advice to other authors regarding how to create a successful portfolio.
In my opinion a good way to attract as many potential customers as possible is to make sure that your portfolio consists of many genres as possible from ambient over pop to rock music. I think it's much better to pay attention to the quality of music than to the quantity.
What do you do to market your files?
I make use of social profiles such as MySpace and Twitter and stuff like that. Apart from that I am always eager to describe my items as detailed and precisely as possible, and to supply some really useful tags.
What are your three favorite files, and why do you like them?
It's definitely one of my favorite tracks because of the warm and rich sounding Hammond organ licks, which reminds me of the Gospel organ playing style made popular by Billy Preston. And also this track was used for a film student project.
This tracks belongs to my favorites as well because of one simple fact: It features almost the best acoustic drum sound I ever produced in the last couple of months. Apart from that the idea of using two different bass guitars is quite unusual!
The name is program! The production of this track took me three days of effort, and this particular piece of music deals with an unique atmosphere putting a spell on every listener.
Apart from yourself, who is your favorite marketplace author, and why do you like them?
Well, I have been a member of the AudioJungle community for a short time only, so there are
many authors I don't know yet. But my current favorite author is guitarsstate (Ventsislav
Lalev). I really appreciate his music because of its genuine character and the coolness that
his tracks convey to the listeners! Apart from that he is a very skilled musician.
What do you do in your spare time?
In my spare time I like to cook, to get myself inspired by nature, ride my bicycle and do some joiners work.