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Alpha Capture

By onezero on March 13, 2016 11:40 pm

A busy week and weekend meant that I bumped up against the deadline over the weekend, and in retrospect probably should have tracked guitars a day earlier.  (On the positive side, I have a lot of other stuff-of-life done.)

My initial goal was to have a percussion-heavy ensemble, with lots of simple parts--think Remain in Light.  Seven tracks of percussion (assorted real-trap-kit, short-envelope 606 (high-pass auto-filter to keep it out of the way of the other kicks), 808, two percussion kits, tabla, and hand claps), one track of percussive Electric piano, one track of percussive guitar (muted strokes on the Res-O-Glas). One track of bass (80s Epi), two other tracks of guitar (one Res-O-Glas, some clips through wah, some not, and one of Moderne, some through wah and some not).  All guitar went through an EHX LPB2ube with the channels cascaded.  In the end, I also thought I'd need another voice, so after trying and scrapping some Nebulophone lines, I dropped in a channel of Operator, using the Light & Shadow preset to give some ambient atmosphere here and there.

I'm not really happy with the sound on that first rhythm guitar part--something's just off.  I should probably remove some highs, or retrack it with more high end rolled off.  Also, I'd like to play a few melodic lines that'd unify the thing a bit more.  But we have a deadline, so here it is, as is.

Return channels: M4L convolution reverb with the A&M Chamber impulse, and one of M4L Tapped delay set to dotted eighth notes.  Generally I kept things dry, but the two percussion channels and electric piano got a touch of reverb. The Moderne channel got some multi-tap delay.  All MIDI channels got some M4L humanizer and auto-pan for volume variation and pan, while audio channels got auto-pan. Everything got the Full Chain Master as well.

After uploading, I listened back and tweaked the mix a bit--higher multi-tap send on the Moderne guitar, swapping in the A&M Chamber impulse for the German Opera House impulse I'd used initially, and adding a note or two in the Operator channel.

Title from the process that initially created the universe's supply of neon (atomic number 10).

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March 14, 2016 9:50 am

Hey, like, the bass sounds good. I get what you mean about the rhythm guitar and some of the pieces are slightly 'out' or not sitting as comfortably. Having said that that's a victim of time pressure, I think with a quick going over you'd having sitting well. Are you thinking of doing an album out of some of your submissions in WB this year? From listen to your tracks it feels like an album is waiting to happen from them.

March 14, 2016 12:25 pm

oddly funky, this one. Could be from a blaxploitation soundtrack. Love it!

March 14, 2016 1:38 pm
Robroy wrote:

Hey, like, the bass sounds good. I get what you mean about the rhythm guitar and some of the pieces are slightly 'out' or not sitting as comfortably. Having said that that's a victim of time pressure, I think with a quick going over you'd having sitting well.

Thanks!  Yeah--I think that the one culprit is the Res-O rhythm parts through the LPB2ube--the Alumitones put out a lot of harmonics that get complicated. it just didn't pair nicely.  (I think Auto Filter might be my friend here.)  The other big culprit, though, is the muted wah string strikes throughout. Gonna reduce those significantly and see how it sits--maybe cut it down by a minute or so, too.

Robroy wrote:

Are you thinking of doing an album out of some of your submissions in WB this year? From listen to your tracks it feels like an album is waiting to happen from them.

Thanks!  I've been building a little playlist of these funk pieces, and have more than an album length.  Some of them go together quite well...but I have some remixing to do, since the week-to-week thing results in pieces that don't quite sit together.  But yeah, I should allocate time for standardizing these and putting out the funk collection on Bandcamp and CDBaby.

dj someguy wrote:

oddly funky, this one. Could be from a blaxploitation soundtrack. Love it!

Thank you!  Glad you like it!

March 14, 2016 3:13 pm

Very solid.  I love the bass riff and the funk style guitars.

March 15, 2016 2:22 am

funky, I like

March 16, 2016 6:50 pm

The wah guitar is hitting me in just the right way. Dunno about cutting it down, though-- I was literally thinking "this has been going on for a while" 5 seconds before it ended. So maybe 5-10 seconds, but not necessarily a minute...

March 18, 2016 11:20 pm

Had my interest with that bass line, but the first hand claps really got my interest. Love what the layered guitars go on to do. Great interplay of rhythms throughout. You do have a good collection of soundtrack worthy funky cuts, nice job.

April 4, 2016 3:25 am
Edmund Snyder wrote:

Very solid.  I love the bass riff and the funk style guitars.

NickC wrote:

funky, I like

CrazyBob wrote:

The wah guitar is hitting me in just the right way. Dunno about cutting it down, though-- I was literally thinking "this has been going on for a while" 5 seconds before it ended. So maybe 5-10 seconds, but not necessarily a minute...

That's an interesting coincidence, Bob.  I'll have to look at where I can trim.

miraclemiles wrote:

Had my interest with that bass line, but the first hand claps really got my interest. Love what the layered guitars go on to do. Great interplay of rhythms throughout. You do have a good collection of soundtrack worthy funky cuts, nice job.

Thank you all for listening and commenting!

October 15, 2016 5:59 pm

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