“Since using the SUBPAC, I’ve found it’s really helped with the mixing process when balancing the bass. I can also monitor at much lower levels and still get a really accurate response. I used the SUBPAC when mixing ‘Find The Path’ after spending a couple of days listening to all sorts of music through the pac to get used to the response and where to set the intensity. Where it really helped was when I needed to use sidechain on the sub to make space for the kick drum. Instead of hearing, I could feel what was happening in the low end of the mix.”
Q&A with MIKAL about the SUBPAC:
What role does “feeling” play in the music you make and love?
It plays a huge part. Bass is one of the most important elements in the music I make and is designed to be played on large sound systems that enable you to feel the low frequencies.
Has the SUBPAC changed the way you create, produce or mix music?
Definitely! It helps recreate that sound system feel in the studio, which has changed the way I mix tracks down. Since using the SubPac, I’ve been able to mix the low-end sounds in much greater detail without the use of a sub or needing to monitor at loud levels.
How could “physical audio” change our relationship to sound and music in the future?
It adds another dimension to the listening experience. Being able to feel the sound changes so much about how you hear it. I think you can use this to enhance listening to any audio, not just music.
What excited you about the Feel SUBPAC project?
Where everything is created specifically for the SubPac, I love listening to all the tracks that have been made or adjusted to suit using the SubPac. I’ve really enjoyed writing my own track to add to the collection as well!
The recently MBE-knighted and gilded label boss Goldie named Mikal, the ‘Metalheadz silent assassin’ and he’s commanded that role with the delivery of his critically-acclaimed debut album ‘Wilderness.’ His latest work has been “highly anticipated” from DjMag, with UKF stating “it’s blatantly obvious that the wait has definitely been worth it…” and Mixmag quick to name it ‘Album Of The Month.’ It’s already had heavy radio play from a roster of big name DJ’s like Toddla T, Noisia, Mistajam, Friction, Monki, Dub Phizix and Strategy to name a few. Receiving enormous support from both inside and outside the Drum & Bass community. Read More...
he Bristol based producer and DJ is known for his stand out drum & bass tracks and sets with the kind of dark, uncompromising production and delivery reminiscent of early jungle with all the modern precision, polish and execution expected of a Headz artist. Mixmag have frequently championed his work, naming him ‘producer to watch.’ He’s already released an impressive back catalogue on Friction’s SGN: LTD, Skream’s Disfigured Dubz and Break’s Symmetry. Consistently featured in the Fabric Live Cd series, mixes and Drum and Bass Arena compilations, remixing most recently Cause4Concern’s ‘Never Acid Again’ and ‘Night Gasp.’ Whilst completing his own album, he’s also found time to mix Asian Dub Foundation’s latest album ‘More Signal, More Noise’ amongst other artists. Going on to work with the band to engineer their soundtrack for George Lucas’ ‘THX1138’ which they performed live to the film screenings both in Brooklyn NYC, the Barbican in London with a further UK tour. Since signing to Metalheadz, Mikal has been included in their Genesis EP series, produced two singles and a killer five track EP, ‘Immaterial’ that became another Mixmag ‘release of the month.’
The ‘Wilderness’ album sees many high calibre artists featured. Sophie Barker better known for her work with Zero 7 and Groove Armada lends her distinctive voice for ‘Patterns.’ That DJ Mag call “a mix of crisp classic breaks, warped sounds and a beautifully haunting vocal.” Mikal works with good friend and long time collaborator, Break on yet another destroyer stand-out track ‘Musical Rush’ that Drum and Bass Arena hail as “a collab made in D&B heaven.” Mancunian stalwart and Bass Don, Chimpo steps up to the mic to deliver ‘Brain Matter’ and heavyweight producer and Cyberfunk label owner Xtrah also features for ‘At The Controls.’ RIOT from Portuguese supergroup Buraka Som Sistema joins him for ‘Segunda’ the second track of their exciting DnB/Zouk collaborative project to be released by Metalheadz.
It’s best to let Goldie have the final word. “When I signed him I knew the potential he had in him – this album is the full realisation of that potential. He’s worked very hard at perfecting his craft and I’m very happy to hear it. His inversion of DnB culture has always excited me, the dub element is something that resonates with me as a missing part to the puzzle in the Headz camp” After almost a year in seclusion, Mikal finally returns to his rightful place, behind the decks.