This week's piece evolved kind of organically, starting from a rhythmic pattern I was thinking of. I started with 606 samples in Impulse, and added two channels of percussion (cowbells, clave, triangle, agogo). A channel of straight-up Analog and another of Operator didn't quite do what I wanted, and a couple tracks of Electric piano moved things in a bit of a funky direction, along with a track in Simpler with a single-note Clavinet sample. I added a pad in Operator's Organ3 Stereo to give some extra atmosphere.
I tracked electric bass (the usual 80s Epiphone on the P pickup, direct, drop-D), and those parts suggested more funk. Guitar (clean, Vox wah, Reuss RF-01 fuzz + Vox wah) followed the next night, and some clean chords on the guitar went into a channel of reversed guitar.
Feedback that I got from this past week's local producer meetup encouraged me to pull back on the hi-hats and to apply different auto-filters to different instruments (606, guitars) to keep things from building up in the low mids/bass. I did three bands of effects racks on that 606 with the thought of sending the mid-band to a convolution reverb, but a convo reverb in just that channel along with two others for returns...ate up too many processor cycles, so instead I did two return channels of convolution reverbs: one starting from the Bigger Spaces/BM7 Europa impulse, but damping the highs, and one of the Made For Drums/Overhead Mics impulse, but putting an Auto-Filter before it to roll off the highs, as well as damping the highs a bit. Extra bonus: I put Max For Live's Humanizer MIDI effect in front of the impulse channels and one of the Electric channels as well, and did an auto-pan for volume/phase changes to try to keep it from being too mechanical. (Everything got a bit of L-R auto-pan, as well, set to different non-tempo rates.)
Everything got the Full Chain Master, though I set the parametric to nearly flat--just a 0.5dB boost on the bass.
Title comes from the fact that ASCII character 3 is the end-of-text character. Perhaps the piece edges into Mello Jamz™ territory a bit, but I think it works.
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