10 Tips On Making Glitch Hop With AMB

Who is AMB?

AMB is one of the hottest names in glitch hop, having recently headlined shows in Paris, Tel Aviv, and London. He released an official remix to Opiuo along with Infected Mushroom, Fort Knox Five, Dirtyloud, and Russ Liquid. In 2012, AMB had 18 releases on Adapted Records, Simplify Recordings, Muti Music and Ministry Of Sound with remixes by Vibesquad, K Theory, Mr Bill, Mouldy Soul and more.

With over 80 records to his name and a solid profile in breakbeat and house, AMB has been a music producer since 2000. We're very privileged to have this heavyweight on-board to share his top tips on music production!

AMB’s US Tour in 2012 hit California, Nebraska, North Dakota, Colorado, Oregon and Washington. He also played in Germany, Russia, Croatia, Serbia, UK, France, Israel and Hungary alongside The Chemical Brothers, Tipper, Ooah, Adam Freeland, Hybrid, and many more.

As the co-founder and a fundamental cog in Hungary’s legendary label 'Chi Recordings', he signed tracks by Tipper, SI Begg, Bil Bless and Ooah. Coming from a breakbeat background, he also appeared on U&A Recordings, Distinctive, React, Sinister, and his track ‘Romeo’ earned him a second place on Breakspoll, The International Breakbeat Awards in 2003.

As a mixing and mastering engineer, AMB has worked with ill.Gates, Adapted Records, Freddy Todd, Glitch Hop Community, Enig’matik Records, Mr. Bill, ChrisB, jOBOT, Knowa Knowone, Staunch, Kalya Scintilla and more! So, without further ado, let's get to know AMB and his top music production tips!

Getting to know AMB

We're going to start with the basics before we get into your 10 tips! AMB, Where are you from?

Hi Prime Loops! Thanks for having me! I'm from Budapest, Hungary.

What is your biggest hit song to date?

I would say 'AMB – Romeo' is my biggest all-time hit (that was back in the vinyl days!)...

My recent bestseller is Opiuo - Ripple.

Check out Opiuo - Ripple AMB Remix below

What labels have you worked with? Are you signed exclusively?

Not exclusively; I've worked with Adapted, Simplify, Ministry of Sound, Addictech and Muti Music.

What makes Glitch Hop different from other genres? What are its defining characteristics and what do you love about it the most?

It’s like bass driven Hip Hop with lots of edits and glitches, which, in my opinion, fit perfectly to the pace and vibe of our modern world. I love everything about it, the tempo in which both chilled and dance floor styles work great, the wide range of emotional scale that you can express with it - all but the bad name it’s recently got.

What's your current setup? What gear, software, speakers etc are you using?

In the studio, I use MacBook Pro, Ableton Live, Logic X, NI Maschine/ Komplete, Push, Novation Launchkey 61, Virus B and M-Audio CX8.

On the road, I use MacBook Pro, AKAI APC40 MK2 and NI Audio2.

For those starting out making Glitch Hop, what will they need? What do you use most?

There are so many ways of doing it, so I'll tell you what I use...

My setup is pretty much built around NI Maschine and Ableton Live. Maschine lets me put down song ideas very very quickly, which I then can fine-tune and master in Live.

I like to use multiple DAWs, so I also put Logic Pro X in the mix quite a bit as well. As for my synths, I use a lot of Massive, FM8, and Absynth, but I have the whole NI Komplete package, which is really awesome.

Thanks for filling us in, let's get started with your top 10 production tips!

10 Tips for Glitch Hop Music Production

1. What are the most important things to remember when making Glitch Hop?

Use many sources to get your sounds from, and don't stick to one way of doing things!

Do a lot of sampling, synthesize from scratch, use presets and heavily tweaked presets. Have fun collecting sounds, doing field recordings. Perhaps record stuff using your smartphone to get something interesting and dirty.

2. What should you do lots of in Glitch Hop production? What should you avoid?

Use iPad audio apps, use sample packs, experiment with new instruments, plugins and find your favourite ones with your favourite parameter settings to develop your own sound.

Do your own research and avoid things like chucking a compressor on a snare only because you heard it’s the cool thing to do.

3. Can you share another cool Glitch Hop production tip that you use?

Don’t use the solo button more than necessary. Soloing can be a good idea (mainly to focus on a particular sound for a little) but may also be very misleading.

When listening to only one sound, you’ll find it pleasing if it occupies a wider range of the spectrum, whereas if you’re listening to it in the whole mix, chances are you’ll be trying to find a frequency range to squeeze it into, so essentially you’ll be trying to make it as narrow as possible – without losing its character.

Your preference is different when listening to a sound on its own than in context with the rest of the music!

4. If Glitch Hop was an animal, what animal would it be and why?

Spoonbill comes to mind straight away - but you gotta ask him why, though.

5. Who do you think are the 3 biggest artists in Glitch Hop and why?

Tipper, Spoonbill, Opiuo. What these guys all have in common is a very unique sound respectively. You can spot a Tipper track a mile away, and the same goes with Spoonbill and Opiuo.

6. If you had to pick one of your favourite Glitch Hop songs, what would it be?

Tipper - Tear Strips Off. It’s humble, modest, beautiful, happy and sad at the same time.

It's a perfect blend of exceptional sound design and exquisite melodies, it’s like a child who sees the world for the very first time.

7. When you're finalizing a Glitch Hop track, how do you know when it's finished?

I think I’m lucky, I don’t find it difficult to let go. I tend to work in a linear fashion, so I only start working on the structure when I have the main instruments and a decent mix sorted.

When the arrangement looks good and the fine tweaks are done too, I’ll have a final listen and when I feel I’m happy with everything I hear in it, it’s finished.

8. What other types of music inspire you to make Glitch Hop?

Future bass, old school hip hop, drum and bass, deep house, techno, jazz, classical, electronica, trip-hop, pop.

9. What have you seen change over the years with Glitch Hop?

I remember when Bassnectar mainly did amazing and innovative Glitch Hop, I loved it. Today, I’m sad to see the majority of Beatport top 100 in any genre. Glitch Hop is no exception. Brostep sped up does my head in.

When you look at Addictech and Bandcamp, though, things change. There are lots of great artists out there and it’s always good to see the massive communities in the US and Australia.

10. What do you think is next for Glitch Hop?

I don’t know what the next big thing for Glitch Hop is, but for me, it’s always gonna be off the mainstream, certainly those guys who have a strong musical identity.

Thanks for those insights AMB. Do you have anything else you would like to share?

One of my favourite sayings is “a camel is a horse designed by committee”. So don’t compromise. Have a clear vision and do whatever it takes to make it happen. Develop your own sound, your identity, and don’t listen to anyone.

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