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Perfect crunch

By laguna on March 14, 2016 12:01 am

First of all: thanks to Little Scale and everybody at WB for being there! I had some problems uploading and they were there to kindly help us. Thanks guys for running this wonderful site so smoothly smile

So this one's a little squetchy, maybe. It's been a really busy week at work and I didn't had much time, so although I created the basic structure early in the week, just gave the final touches on Sunday evening.

Basic boom bap built in Milkytracker, a Fast Tracker clone. I'm lately rediscovering my old sample library from back in the day, so I'm chopping some late nineties beats and give them some mixing experience. I really tried to work most of the track in that quite limited tracker and reserve Ableton just for mixing and mastering, though in the end I couldn't depart from some missed automation wink

I've been in the quest for "that crunchy 90's sound". Tried both hardware and software, and I think it's perfectly possible to recreate that feeling without using my (otherwise beloved) Akai and E-MU samplers. I'd love to know what do you think about the sound.

Thanks for listening and I'd love to catch up with so many good songs you're releasing smile

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March 21, 2016 1:31 am

Well, I don't really know the difference between an 80s, 90s, 00s, or whatever sound,  but this sounds good.

March 21, 2016 2:11 am

This is one of the hipping hoppingest beats i've ever heard.

March 21, 2016 3:28 am

Damn this sounds really good! The song is so dynamic. The sound pellet is perfect man, there aren't too many things going on and it works like a charm!

March 21, 2016 4:19 pm

A nice chill track and I dig the floaty synth line in the middle.  Suhweet beat too, got me nodding my head smile

March 21, 2016 6:02 pm

Try eating Nature Bars while tracking!

March 21, 2016 6:20 pm

I like it

March 21, 2016 6:27 pm

Nice beat.

March 21, 2016 8:04 pm

That is one dank beat. Top notch sound design dude!

March 21, 2016 11:23 pm

Yes yes and yes!

March 22, 2016 12:29 am

This is absolutely fantastic. Love the crunchy, old-school sound and the filtering of the drums in the middle section. Great tack!!

March 22, 2016 3:09 am

Seguimos mandando los hispanos y damos competencia en los beats semanales!

Bien hecho esta vez!

March 22, 2016 4:07 am

Yeah, awesome. I don't know about the crunch (I'm pretty ignorant when it comes to those nuances), but the  BASS man. Epic. Nothing like a well-placed sine wave.

March 22, 2016 4:47 pm

Ahhh yeah.  Diggin these beats / verbs.  Have a twiddle with the resample settings too... you can get some ultra crunch going on there!!  But you'll never fully emulate the DAC of the E-MU ... it has it's own sound totally!!

March 23, 2016 3:45 am

Love the sound, can certainly hear that early 90's crunchy sound, this would be perfect for krs-one or black moon to spit rhymes on or would fit right in with ninja tune, early 90's hip hop is pretty much what I listen to half the time, so again love the sound

March 23, 2016 9:55 pm
Edmund Snyder wrote:

Well, I don't really know the difference between an 80s, 90s, 00s, or whatever sound,  but this sounds good.

Thanks Edmund. That "crunch" is like the "twang" sound of the early sixties: certain fat and crusty quality in the drums associated with the early nineties hip hop.

orangedrink wrote:

This is one of the hipping hoppingest beats i've ever heard.

Thanks Orangedrink. I'm afraid it ended a little too monotone. I almost had no time to build an arrangement, so maybe I follow your lead and convert it to a true hip hop song next week

Oso Feo wrote:

Damn this sounds really good! The song is so dynamic. The sound pellet is perfect man, there aren't too many things going on and it works like a charm!

¡Gracias Oso Feo!

I'm glad you liked the sound. This week I'm afraid I was too concentrated on browsing through my old archives that I forgot to build a proper song. Would love to remix this into something less repetitive.

Tone Matrix wrote:

A nice chill track and I dig the floaty synth line in the middle.  Suhweet beat too, got me nodding my head smile

I'd envy your synth wizardry. They're just old samples of "Future Music" coverdisk synths I used. Pan and volume envelope without almost any effects. Painstakingly slow sometimes until you find the proper sound. I'd love to rework this one to give it more variation

Abludo wrote:

I like it

Thanks Abludo. I'm really diggin' your stuff lately

GrainBastard wrote:

Nice beat.

Thanks man!

March 23, 2016 11:06 pm
Ipaghost wrote:

Try eating Nature Bars while tracking!

Whoah... American snacks kill me, man! We've got some typical XMas candy here in Spain: "polvorones" (something like "dusties")... Still cleaning my keyboard 3 months after the event!

I'm sure that "Crunch is the new Cowbell" smile


March 23, 2016 11:13 pm
Brackleforth wrote:

That is one dank beat. Top notch sound design dude!

Thanks mate! I dig into my '90s folder: just badly normalized or even clipped samples mostly taken from the Future Music cd cover (do u remember sampling an actual cd via the audio input). Ended rechopping almost everything. It's good to rediscover the old tools after so long smile


tim koch wrote:

Yes yes and yes!

smile Thank u, man!

Martiln wrote:

This is absolutely fantastic. Love the crunchy, old-school sound and the filtering of the drums in the middle section. Great tack!!

Thanks, man! They weren't actually filtered... They were horribly sampled. I think they were originally 8 bit 22 kHz and upsampled. Completely distorted. I reduced them to a 10% of the original volume and drench those crappy bridge breaks on reverb

Thanks for listening again

Naikymusic wrote:

Seguimos mandando los hispanos y damos competencia en los beats semanales!

Bien hecho esta vez!

Gracias! De veras que me hubiese gustado construir una estructura mejor para estos breaks. Apenas tuve tiempo y creo que se merecen una verdadera "canción"... Alguna idea?

March 23, 2016 11:18 pm
colorful grey wrote:

Yeah, awesome. I don't know about the crunch (I'm pretty ignorant when it comes to those nuances), but the  BASS man. Epic. Nothing like a well-placed sine wave.

Look at your inbox, Christian wink

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Jason Nijjer wrote:

Love the sound, can certainly hear that early 90's crunchy sound, this would be perfect for krs-one or black moon to spit rhymes on or would fit right in with ninja tune, early 90's hip hop is pretty much what I listen to half the time, so again love the sound

Really glad you made that comparison, I'm flattered. I'm quite an ambient synth-head who would love to combine the trippiest textures with something so poweful as the "sound of da police" beat. And yes, KRS ONE is one of my favourites... Jeru The Damaja, Guru, Mos Def, Talib Kweili... Don't want to sound old-fashioned but when it comes to hip hop, the current "Kanye/Lamarr/Drake" stuff tells me absolutely nothing.

When I'm creating these beats, I try to picture Method Man next to a Mutable Instruments modular setup smile

March 23, 2016 11:26 pm
cTrix wrote:

Ahhh yeah.  Diggin these beats / verbs.  Have a twiddle with the resample settings too... you can get some ultra crunch going on there!!  But you'll never fully emulate the DAC of the E-MU ... it has it's own sound totally!!

Thanks cTrix! I personally had a question for you, as the "producer-extraordinaire" you are. I published an all E-MU 6400 song a few weeks ago looking for that exact crunchyness. The E-MU sounds fat, yet somehow muddier that the Akai. Loving it, though it's not suitable for a real hurry. Would you mind to give it a listen and tell me what you think?

Also, it would be great to swap some banks/presets since you actually own the same model

I'm also quite tempted by this


March 23, 2016 11:46 pm
laguna wrote:
Ipaghost wrote:

Try eating Nature Bars while tracking!

Whoah... American snacks kill me, man! We've got some typical XMas candy here in Spain: "polvorones" (something like "dusties")... Still cleaning my keyboard 3 months after the event!

I'm sure that "Crunch is the new Cowbell" smile


It's as much of a snack as the box it comes in!

March 24, 2016 12:03 am
Ipaghost wrote:
laguna wrote:
Ipaghost wrote:

Try eating Nature Bars while tracking!

Whoah... American snacks kill me, man! We've got some typical XMas candy here in Spain: "polvorones" (something like "dusties")... Still cleaning my keyboard 3 months after the event!

I'm sure that "Crunch is the new Cowbell" smile


It's as much of a snack as the box it comes in!

hahaha man. Yeah, we got some "cardboard delights" here... They seem to have a loyal following everywhere, also. Wack food for wack people, is it?

March 24, 2016 4:38 pm

You are very close to the typical 90ies sound.
I used to love that style of hiphop.& still do.
A little vinyl crackling and it might be perfect!!

March 25, 2016 1:49 pm

Yes another winner man!

March 26, 2016 4:23 am

I dig it.  Solid as groove.  Nice and back.  Maybe I'm digging the 90s vibe too.

March 29, 2016 8:22 pm

Absolutely glorious beat, and the old-school crunchiness is the business.  Extremely cool, laguna!

April 2, 2016 10:39 am
laguna wrote:
cTrix wrote:

Ahhh yeah.  Diggin these beats / verbs.  Have a twiddle with the resample settings too... you can get some ultra crunch going on there!!  But you'll never fully emulate the DAC of the E-MU ... it has it's own sound totally!!


Sure!
Thanks cTrix! I personally had a question for you, as the "producer-extraordinaire" you are. I published an all E-MU 6400 song a few weeks ago looking for that exact crunchyness. The E-MU sounds fat, yet somehow muddier that the Akai. Loving it, though it's not suitable for a real hurry. Would you mind to give it a listen and tell me what you think?

Also, it would be great to swap some banks/presets since you actually own the same model

I'm also quite tempted by this


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