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And another one [Jan. 24th, 2009|07:09 pm]
Okrzyki, przyjaciel!

Don't know if it's as awesome as it seemed when I was making it, but somehow from the first loop I made I was digging it.

More of a mixed bag of sample players -- Kore 2, Battery 3, Analogue, Electric. My favorite new trick -- load an instrument followed by a ton of effects inside an instrument rack, and then map what seems like useful controls onto the macro knobs. I did this on a couple of the instruments I used for this track.

So I recorded one pass to set up the song structure, and then multiple extra passes tweaking the instruments via the macro knobs.

The Novation Remote SL is quite useful for this because with Ableton Live, if you click on an instrument or effect, it automatically maps all the controls across the knobs, and has dedicated buttons for moving between and triggering scenes.

[User Picture]From: speicus
2009-01-25 03:57 am (UTC)
I really like how the sound seems to surround you in this mix. Very nice. It sounds like there is a little bit of clipping going on toward the end (I hope it's not my headphones).
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[User Picture]From: chaircrusher
2009-01-25 06:45 am (UTC)
Interestingly enough the mix itself has no trouble with clipping, but Electric (the physically modeled electric piano instrument in Live) will break up if you tweak the wrong thing too hard. I am going to try and fix that tomorrow.

And hey, if you pile on effects like a drunken effects-piling-on guy, you too can have that patented sound. I added some hihatty stuff with my Kaossilator and than it through reverb, choruse, phaser, compression and delay, and then rode the delay feedback through one pass of recording.
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[User Picture]From: chaircrusher
2009-01-25 08:31 pm (UTC)
I spent nearly as long today tinkering with the mix as it took me to make the track yesterday.

I got rid of the distortion in the piano at the end, and added a bit more percussion, rebalanced the bass and synth sounds against the drums.

What I want to avoid is the phenomenon where when the mix gets all the layers in, the kick drum subjectively disappears. There's a lot going on in the low end on this track; I like that long tom in the beat loop at the beginning but maybe I should either take it out or EQ it to where it isn't so prominent when the full mix is up.
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