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By onezero on January 24, 2016 10:51 pm

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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January 25, 2016 12:47 am

I feel like I need to Google every word in that second paragraph. Maybe every word of the description except Mello Jamz, which is both a fair and an unfair description for this tune. Chill and funky, yeah... not quite mello.

I would not have noticed that the hi-hats were quieter if you hadn't mentioned it... which is a testament to how well it works.

January 25, 2016 1:28 am

Should this be called "Lab Funk" honouring all that send channel magic happening there?

Have you tried Native Instruments Reflektor in the send interacting with M4L's diffuse? I bet you'd love it

January 25, 2016 3:13 am

loving the bass groove in this

January 25, 2016 5:48 am

Very "lobby of a military building" feel. Chill but serious... very pleasing to the ears smile

January 25, 2016 2:45 pm

Very cool, again feels funky and cinematic. How did you find the Humaniser I've been thinking about trying that as well. The parts all sit really well together and a good sense of space.

January 25, 2016 3:14 pm
CrazyBob wrote:

I feel like I need to Google every word in that second paragraph. Maybe every word of the description except Mello Jamz, which is both a fair and an unfair description for this tune. Chill and funky, yeah... not quite mello.

I would not have noticed that the hi-hats were quieter if you hadn't mentioned it... which is a testament to how well it works.

Thanks, Bob!  The parallel processing with effects racks is very powerful--just put an EQ (in this case, auto-filter) at the beginning of each parallel effects chain to break the signal into frequency bands.  In this case, I liked how it sounded on the usual setup--beefier than the usual 606--though in the car it sounded a bit boxy on the snare. 

Also, that triangle part is way too loud when I listen in the car.  Sheesh--someone tell the triangle player that he left his lights on or something.

Mello Jamz™ is kind of an inside joke I keep threatening to do: create an album-length collection with that title, starting with lite-funk library hold music, but descending into industrial noise and screaming as the composer character goes insane.

laguna wrote:

Should this be called "Lab Funk" honouring all that send channel magic happening there?

Have you tried Native Instruments Reflektor in the send interacting with M4L's diffuse? I bet you'd love it

I haven't!  I'll have to look into that!

NickC wrote:

loving the bass groove in this

Thank you!

Brackleforth wrote:

Very "lobby of a military building" feel. Chill but serious... very pleasing to the ears smile

Thanks!  I totally wasn't thinking of that...but I'm going to have to listen again with this in mind.

Robroy wrote:

Very cool, again feels funky and cinematic. How did you find the Humaniser I've been thinking about trying that as well. The parts all sit really well together and a good sense of space.

Thanks!  I liked that I can set millisecond range of delay--that's pretty much the only control, so it's simple.  Some of the other MIDI delay plugins...were too ragged.  I used 30ms for this...but I might want to go a bit higher.  It's kind of subtle, the way I ended up using it.

January 25, 2016 5:25 pm

Sure is a lot going on beneath the surface.

Einde van rollpad

January 26, 2016 5:33 pm

Great mix. Especially the bassline is groovy and solid.
Love the wah effects as a funkguitar should sound like.

January 27, 2016 4:02 pm
Jim Wood wrote:

Sure is a lot going on beneath the surface.

Einde van rollpad

Q-Rosh wrote:

Great mix. Especially the bassline is groovy and solid.
Love the wah effects as a funkguitar should sound like.

Thank you both!  I do love that wah pedal--I bought it this past summer, and it's an essential part of the guitar signal chain now for funk expression, distortion tone shaping, and reverse-wiring for the trumpet sound (week 1).  Everyone should have one.   

January 27, 2016 10:33 pm

If I knew what exactly you did, I would probably know a whole lot more about the universe than I do now.

January 27, 2016 11:46 pm

Would go really well to some slow motion footage of Samuel L. Jackson just being a full bad ass, cruising the streets, rollin in his six fo' (whatever that is)... Very cool man, love the atmosphere big_smile tongue

January 28, 2016 4:56 am

Very funky, especially the bass line, nice use of the different instruments, keep these dope tracks coming!

January 28, 2016 11:30 am

i become a Funky-Junkie, Love this Song!

January 28, 2016 1:19 pm

this is great!

January 28, 2016 3:16 pm

i always do stuff in mono because i find pan pots scary, so hats off to you, really digging the lush stereo field here (Y)

January 29, 2016 4:17 pm

i thought i was booting up a mystery point-n-click when the track started, cool song onezero!

January 31, 2016 5:24 pm

Interesting reading about the process of making this as I listen as the end product sounds so mellow and effortless. Nice work smile

January 31, 2016 9:55 pm

I'm loving that phat bass line.  Nice track.

January 31, 2016 11:11 pm

Fuck yeah! Thoose guitars - kinda trashy in a good way. Man, love those almost orchestral swells in the back. Super chill.

February 1, 2016 5:22 am

How did I ever miss this beauty? FAVd!

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