We have a whole collection of electric toothbrushes that are all in different keys.” – Eric Persing
A quote like that is what makes me love Eric Persing. Eric is the founder of Spectrasonics, a company specializing in developing World Class software ‘virtual instruments’ since 1994.
He has produced dozens of the sampling industry’s top selling titles and gone on to create the award-winning Omnisphere, Stylus RMX, Trilian, Atmosphere and Trilogy software virtual instruments. Eric’s ground-breaking instruments and sound libraries are the best selling and most widely used in the world. Spectrasonics products are in constant use on thousands of major film, television, music, game and multimedia productions.
In this conversation we talk about sound design, the building of Spectrasonics, staying inspired, and so much more. Eric and I were on a Skype call and he shows us some of his instruments at the top of the interview. I apologize you won’t be able to see those instruments here on this audio podcast. You’ll just have to imagine the awesomeness.
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“One of our biggest secrets is that we don’t use everything we create.” – Eric Persing
In this Episode You’ll Learn More About:
- How Eric uses electric toothbrushes for his sound samples.
- How Eric got started in music.
- Why curiosity is so important to creativity.
- When Eric knew synthesizers were what he loved.
- When sound designing hit the scene and you went from being a synthesist to a sound designer.
- How to be continuously inspired.
- Eric’s work with Abe Laboriel, Marcus Miller, & John Patitucci on the Bass Legends software.
- Why you need to keep creating and not hold your ideas precious.
- The process of how Spectrasonics takes a sampled sound from recording to software.
- A sample Eric created as a joke that became a worldwide dance music favorite – “The Hoover”.
- The unbelievable story behind the Omnisphere sample “Burning Piano”.
- The early days of Spectrasonics up until present day.
- The shift in the music industry and how Eric’s work was ahead of its time.
Resources Mentioned in this Episode:
- Show Sponsor: Learn Worship Keys
- Offertory by Eric Persing
- Twitter: @ericpersing
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