Paris-based French producer and sound designer Emeric Zubar a.k.a. BLAKE creates sounds and/or music for Native Instruments, Arturia, Loopmasters, Niche Audio, AAS, IZO, and Redbull, just to name a few. His infinite interest in sound design, synthesis, and new technologies led him to create his own sound design company—DRIVENSOUNDS.
Well, It was pretty unexpected actually! Back in 2010, I looked at a video about how NI Maschine 1.5 could load VSTs and there was this guy making dope music with it on the promotional video. I was making music for 10 years at that time and felt stuck in my room with no sign of improvement. So I decided to study what this man was doing and eventually started following him on Facebook, Twitter etc..
We started chatting a little about music and he quickly became the "Go-to" guy when I had a question on a technical side and even in music in general (I consider him as my mentor but I’m not sure he’s aware of that hahaha!).
It wasn't until October 2015 that I discovered that that man was none other the Senior Sound Designer at Native Instruments in Los Angeles when as offered me to work on the "Astral Flutter" Maschine Expansion.
I was right between two jobs at that time and it came right when I had decided to take a month off to chill before starting my next job. Working on The Machine Expansion took a month and that was my first experience and how I started to work in the music industry.
Well, I’d say every part of my producer work. I compose with my own samples and I compose for my sound design work. It reminds me, it’s been a while since I produced something. I think I will start right after that.
There’s a ton but I definitely would go for Busta Rhymes! I think he’s an amazing artist. He can do almost anything and turn any music into a hit instantly. I’m always amazed when I listen to his music and his it always moved me so much when I was a teenager. He’s the G.O.A.T., Period!
I literally don’t approach sound banks, it’s just hit me every time I listen to a sound, music, genre, and synths. After that, I always record a bunch of sounds (alone or with musicians) and put the whole thing on the side. Then when I feel ready, I just go to these sounds and used them for the majority of my projects. I try not to leave any sounds unused because every single one of them is an opportunity.
Depending on the projects, I record my sounds through analog gear to give them that warmth and my signature. Because your signature is everything when you make sample packs or sound design projects.
I always let my mind wander off! The only things that ground to me are the requirements. If the sound I’m looking for meets the requirements then it’s win-win! Because I’m able to create the way I feel while I pleasing people with my sound pack. If a sound doesn’t meet the requirements that’s alright because I can still use it for my own stuff.
Lounge Lizard EP-4! I think this is the best electric piano plug-in I’ve heard so far… and I have a real Rhodes! Every time I hear how it sounds, I think it’s just gorgeous.
Overall, AAS sounds are really professional and you instantly know they care about the sounds and plug-ins they put out.
Having physical modeling type of plug-ins is great to bring that true sound to the people who can't have a real Fender Rhodes!
I’ve gone through a lot in my life but I’m thankful to be here and do what I love the most! Music is my life, music saved my life and today music makes me live!