Virtual Riot shares tutorial on ‘Pray For Riddim’ production

Get an inside look at Virtual Riot's 'Pray For Riddim' from his 'German Engineering' EP.

Virtual Riot has proven to the bass music scene that he’s fully capable of unleashing hard-hitting tracks. The German electronic bass music producer recently released his German Engineering EP on Disciple Records. Now, he gives us an inside look at how the first track, “Pray For Riddim,” was made.

From start to finish, “Pray For Riddim” goes hard and never lets up on its relentless energy. In this 12-minute, 45-second tutorial, Virtual Riot provides us with a deep inside look (and listen) as to what went into “Pray For Riddim.” As you’ll hear, a plethora of edgy and eerie sounding synths are plastered throughout to add an extreme dramatic effect.

Synths like Omnisphere, Xfer’s Serum, and Synthtopia are among a few of the main synths that aided in the construction of this track.

In addition to the production, Virtual Riot mentions that he has “done a few unorthodox things” during the drop.

As you can see the master is clipping in the red. I’ve done a few unorthodox things here where I’m deactivating the limiter that’s on as soon as the drop hits. Then as you can see, the master hits at +14[dB] for the snare transient.

He then goes on to explain how this would enhance the crunchiness of the transient on the kick and snare, and warns us to be careful when doing this.

Virtual Riot recently finished up his Basement Dwellers tour. At the end of the tutorial, he states that he’ll “have a little more studio time to make more videos.”

“Pray For Riddim” is one of the heaviest tracks on Virtual Riot’s German Engineering EP. And as this impressive tutorial shows, it’s very intricate as well. As the quickly rising bass prodigy continues to prove that he’s worthy of bass, we’re quickly reassured that the future of bass music is…heavy.

Christian Valentin Brunn is the dubstep mastermind behind the Virtual Riot alias. He’s a German-born producer and has released multiple albums and EPs on well established labels like Disciple Recordings. Alongside releasing a handful of albums and EPs, Brunn has designed sample packs for industry standard VSTs like Native Instruments’ Massive and Xfer’s Serum. He has also released a self-titled sample pack on Prime Loops.

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