Hot Sugar, aka Nick Koenig, uses the Novation MiniNova to make a silly little song.
Nick used MiniNova for most of the sound manipulation, with Ableton Live to sequence and arrange his “newly created instruments” into a song. “The drums were all recorded using VocalTune [MiniNova’s voice-processing engine] and thrown into a drum machine afterwards,” says Koenig. “The melodies, chords, and general non-drum instrumentation was all recorded live to the drum track made from those sounds.”
The track has two kick drums, both of which were made with the help of longtime musical collaborator Donald Korgoff, (the bewildered-looking guy in the video). One kick drum is Korgoff saying his name; the other is the MiniNova mic bonking Korgoff on the head, run through VocalTune.
Snares were the processed sounds of a cellphone vibrating on a glass table, recorded through VocalTune, and the hi-hats were made from brief clips of a glob of green “sliquid” goo shaking, also processed by VocalTune. Basses and pads were made from the patches on the MiniNova.