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1998

By laguna on August 1, 2016 12:01 am

I'm quite proud of this one, because it's a little bit different both musically and technically. Here's my whole production facility:

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And now I give you the nerdy facts: Completely composed and rendered on an Acer Aspire One netbook, N450 64 bit, 2GB RAM, running XUbuntu Linux and Renoise 3. Maybe it won't raise any eyebrows around but for me, squeezed such good sounds from a machine most think is "useless" when it comes to media production... Makes me really happy smile

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About the song, it's a pretty classic old school jungle piece, and I hope I got the sound right. Six tracks, two FX sends and rendered completely under Renoise and Linux... Even the CPU load just reached 52% in the hardests moments. Ultra famous The Winston's "Amen Brother" and James Brown's "Soul pride" drum breaks, plus Art of Noise's "HEY!" shout. All pads and synths were generated using ZynAddSubFX and then rendered as samples/instruments.

The whole file is 2.6 MB in size.

* I'm afraid there are some brief artifacts at the beginning of the MP3 version, but since I was uploading on a rush, I wasn't sure if that was from my player (just checked my master WAV/FLAC version). I'll check the MP3 conversion process as soon as I have a moment.

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August 8, 2016 5:21 pm

Great work! Totally nailed the sound, although if you wanted a more authentic 98 sound, you should have added even more mp3 artifacts!

August 8, 2016 5:32 pm
Ipaghost wrote:

Great work! Totally nailed the sound, although if you wanted a more authentic 98 sound, you should have added even more mp3 artifacts!

I played it from my phone and it sounded OK. Did it sound right to you? no glitches in the first 10 seconds?

Glad you approved, man! You're one of my inspirations... Now I'll built a '98 website for the track, with spinning skulls GIFs and pure green #00FF00 background

Imagine something like this in 80x80 pixels, 24 kb glory... hosted on fortunecities.com smile


August 8, 2016 6:16 pm
laguna wrote:
Ipaghost wrote:

Great work! Totally nailed the sound, although if you wanted a more authentic 98 sound, you should have added even more mp3 artifacts!

I played it from my phone and it sounded OK. Did it sound right to you? no glitches in the first 10 seconds?

Glad you approved, man! You're one of my inspirations... Now I'll built a '98 website for the track, with spinning skulls GIFs and pure green #00FF00 background

Imagine something like this in 80x80 pixels, 24 kb glory... hosted on fortunecities.com smile


It's hard to say, I don't think I can hear any glitches, but my hearing isn't that great to begin with!

August 8, 2016 11:47 pm

Fun, nice job. I think I remember hearing similar in 98! Love the website idea!

August 9, 2016 12:45 pm

Can't say I remember much from 1998, but I'm definitely diggin' those Jungle vibes. Got my feet moving and my toes tapping, excellent work!

August 9, 2016 2:58 pm

Speaking as someone else with substandard hearing: no glitches.

Ratchety drums are very appropriate for the endless surf feel.

August 9, 2016 3:23 pm

This is exactly correct. So satisfying!

August 10, 2016 3:09 am
laguna wrote:
Ipaghost wrote:

Great work! Totally nailed the sound, although if you wanted a more authentic 98 sound, you should have added even more mp3 artifacts!

I played it from my phone and it sounded OK. Did it sound right to you? no glitches in the first 10 seconds?

Glad you approved, man! You're one of my inspirations... Now I'll built a '98 website for the track, with spinning skulls GIFs and pure green #00FF00 background

Imagine something like this in 80x80 pixels, 24 kb glory... hosted on fortunecities.com smile

And about 7 minutes to load.

August 10, 2016 3:50 am

Nailed it, got the 98 jungle sound, kind of stuff you would hear on moving shadow records

August 11, 2016 4:26 pm

Awesome! This totally makes me think of Spring Heel Jack back in the late 90s.  Nice work! smile

August 15, 2016 4:33 pm

Great 90´s feeling

August 16, 2016 9:21 pm

aha ZynAddSubFX big_smile! great breaks going on here! nailed the bass too; absolutely perfect jungle vibes! thoroughly enjoyed, and recognise the vocal sample from its use in the Prodigy's 'Firestarter'. Fits nicely. One of my many favourite tracks of yours smile

August 22, 2016 9:22 am

You really work those breaks well!

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