What I like about PsyTrance music is that you can be a "one-man band". There's no need to worry about the drunk drummer missing rehearsal, no creative differences, no need for any mic'ed up instruments and all of the difficulties of having 8 different mics for each instrument or drum. It's just me in my studio with my arsenal of virtual synths and sampled sounds from ProducerLoops and DanceMidiSamples. Oh and no need to pathetically nag friends to come out to shows!
If you hear a little bit of "old school" structure / style in these tunes, it's because I used to play the Hollywood rock band circuit in the 90's. Had PsyTrance been invented back then I CERTAINLY would have gone that route instead. Echo and reverb is right up my alley. I was always into spacey music (Jean Loves Jezebel, the Cure, Pink Floyd, etc) but it was just never "spacey" enough! Most of these songs that I've posted are "work in progress" because 1) I'm gonna chain them all together in some cohesive conceptual order once I get about 1 hour worth of quality stuff, 2) I also like to step away and listen to my songs a month or two later because I always hear something to add, remove or change.
Back in the 90's you needed a $12,000 Tascam 16-track, a $18,000 Tascam 32-channel mixer, a $900 Lexicon reverb, a $500 Yamaha SPX-90, a $2,000 Korg 01/W, a mound of cables, etc, etc. Now it's cheap virtual everything and limitless possibilities! When virtual synths are so cheap there's no excuse not to buy as many as you want. My gear in the order of favorites (including two hardware based synths) includes reFX Nexus2, Lennar Digital's Sylenth, Camel Audio Alchemy, Rob Papen's Albino 3, the Access Virus C, Zebra2, Native Instruments Massive, the Gladiator Tone 2, the whole Spectrasonics Stylus library with RMX groove module (etc, etc), the Novation Nova, Atmosphere, the Korg Radias, and whatever else I can get my greasy paws on. And of course I'm always searching ProducerLoops.com, DanceMidiSamples.com and AdamSzabo.com looking for cool new sound sets.
I record with Nuendo. If I had to start over I would of course go with Florida Studio. I use RME's Baby Face sound card interface and a Rolls RM203 to merge my hardware based synths into one Baby Face stereo input.
Right now my favorite psytrance songs are "Interes Thing" by Speedball, "Sonic Entity" by Celestial Mechanics, and "Owl Trip" by Archaic.