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Sprinter

By onezero on March 20, 2016 9:51 pm

This week's track...was hard on the CPU. I thought I'd get back to synthesizing drum sounds, so I did a couple drum racks with Analog instruments for kicks, snare, closed hat, and handclap/woodblock sounds in there.  I ended up with a lot of clips for these. On top of that, I put two more percussion tracks (a third, drier kick, and a floor tom), a bass synth track, a pad, two noise tracks (one an obvious effect, one noise through modulated formant filters for a weird robot-whisper), and a lead line.

I'd been meaning to do something with three tracks of Moog Guitar drones, and this track could use them.  I put those on, and also tracked a bunch of clips of Moderne, but they didn't ultimately fit as I played them, and I wasn't happy with the sound, but I didn't want to throw them out, either. So I threw a bunch of inline M4L plugins on that track to render them unrecognizable as guitar.

The synth lead line started sounding stale to me, so I added a few variations, and ended up removing some repetitions and cutting the whole thing down by a minute. On top of that, though, I put M4L Arpeggiator on every other instance of the lead line.

This one got lots of inline plugins: aside from the usual Max for Live Humanizer on MIDI instruments, auto-pans on everything (as well as randomized level auto-pan on the MIDI clips), and occasional arpeggiator on the lead, I put in high-pass Auto-Filter on all the Moog channels, with one of them getting a Cabinet plugin for some space. The Moderne channel got Max Cutkiller to mangle the samples, and M4L Formant filter (set to countertenor range) to make it even less guitar-like.

Send channels: M4L Convolution Reverb with the German Theater LR impulse, simple Delay (on 3 and 5), a channel with Filter Delay (Moving 3-5-6 preset) and Convolution Reverb (St Patrick's Church 1 LR impulse), and Buffer Shuffler 2.0 (set to a specific, non-re-randomizing shuffle, to save a few CPU cycles).  The master bus got the usual Full Chain Master plugin

The end result...might work.  I wanted a departure from recent stuff.  It was a hard one to mix, though, since the processor kept maxing out and throwing harsh noise.  None of that happened during rendering, but it made things difficult to preview.  I'm pretty sure I heard the processor scream at one point.

Title from the fact that it's the first day of spring, but snowing here in a last burst of winter.

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March 21, 2016 2:55 pm

Sounds like all that work paid off big time!

Get anything else done last week?

March 21, 2016 2:59 pm

nice, reminds me of monolake. those guitar ambiances are very nice!

March 21, 2016 6:22 pm

The auto-pan is what really makes this track work for me. I need to start taking more advantage of having access to that...

March 21, 2016 6:36 pm

I dig the slow drones in the background but especially the lower bassy pad that comes in.  Nice work!

March 21, 2016 6:55 pm


Winter is sticking around!

March 22, 2016 5:11 pm

This is really nice - great track.  Nice insight to the process too - nice one

March 23, 2016 11:19 am

Very original. Props!

March 25, 2016 11:28 pm

Not heard something like this before. I keep hearing vocals in this.

April 4, 2016 3:28 am
Jim Wood wrote:

Sounds like all that work paid off big time!

Get anything else done last week?

Ha!  Bunch of work, some parenting, some exercise.  But yeah, this one required some time and attention.  Glad you liked it!

7506 wrote:

nice, reminds me of monolake. those guitar ambiances are very nice!

Very high praise--thanks!

CrazyBob wrote:

The auto-pan is what really makes this track work for me. I need to start taking more advantage of having access to that...

I really use it everywhere.  And you can use it as a volume mod, too.

Tone Matrix wrote:

I dig the slow drones in the background but especially the lower bassy pad that comes in.  Nice work!

Thank you!

Ipaghost wrote:


Winter is sticking around!

It snowed last night here, too. It won't give up.

GrainBastard wrote:

This is really nice - great track.  Nice insight to the process too - nice one

Mercurymonkey wrote:

Very original. Props!

Kleie wrote:

Not heard something like this before. I keep hearing vocals in this.

Thank you all!  The vocals here are really modulating the resonance on a formant filter.  Though this probably could do with a lead vocal line of some sort.

April 17, 2016 3:28 am

Very cool smile

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