Casino Royal is a three piece band based in Vienna/Austria being together in this line up since 1997. The main musical roots of Casino Royal are the likes of - to name only a view - the Smiths, Sonic Youth, Pixies, Primal Scream, Depeche Mode. Three albums recorded so far. The first two in cheap studios the latestet one in Casino Royals own studio which was set up just before Christmas 2002. At the moment Casino Royal is recording their fourth CD which will be hopefully released in early 2007. The sound of the two first records was more guitar/bass/drums and a bit of keyboards - in the line of The Smiths or The Pixies. Since the latest album 'Rabble Rouser' was recorded in their own studio more time was at hand and sounds and setup of the tunes became more sophisticated and with all the gadgets of a modern studio available the sound of Casino Royal turned towards a more electronic feel. Still all tracks on Rabble Rouser are tunes with proper song structure and vocals on top of it - no pointless electronic frickling or boring wall paper music for lounge bars as background for urban hipster yuppies. Some of the tracks have been released on various samplers in Austria, Italy, England and Finnland. Two of their tracks are included in a movie which was screened in cinemas nationwide and also shown on Austrian and German television. The soundtrack featuring both Casino Royal tracks was released on Monkey Records. In reviews on 'Rabble Rouser' the likes of Marc Almond, Depeche Mode, Soft Cell and Suicide were name dropped. Even though Casino Royal don't see their music so much in that way - but then again it is the listener who is the judge! Check it out and find out for yourself!
Smiths, Sonic Youth, Pixies, Primal Scream, Depeche Mode, Pulp
The core of our studio is a DAW with a 15 DSP Creamware PowerPulsar Card. Those Creamware cards are incredible regarding the sound, rooting options, no-latency synths and effects. All the mixing was done with the Creamware soft mixing console. Those boards might be already a bit dated but for us its the best. More information on the Creamware products you can get at the manufactures web site Creamware. But even better is the forum PlanetZ which is populated by tons of avid Creamware users. On this forum also numerous and absolutely accurate tips on how to choose and set up your DAW can be found.
All the synth sounds on Rabble Rouser have been taken from the Creamware SoftSynths, Roland MC505 Groovebox and Yamaha QS300.
Here is a listing of the instruments and tools we used to record Rabble Rouser:
DAW with PIV 3.0 Ghz, 1GB RAM:
Creamware PowerPulsar and Pulsar II
Steinberg Cubase SX2
LM4 Mark II
Steinberg Midex 8
Creamware A16 Ultra
various acoustic and E-Guitars (Fender, Framus, Yamaha)
Line6 POD 2.0, POD XT, Bass POD XT
Messa Boogie V-Twin
Lexicon PCM 91
Mackie SR24-4 VLZ Pro