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Sublime Print

By Arcana on May 1, 2016 10:03 pm

Sublime Print

Colors, light, sparkling and dazzling in your eyes.


I was really not efficient this week, and my time was spent way too much on designing sounds and not laying out a song. I kind of lazied out again here and did more of a “song with a break” style which I need to get away from for more melodic development.

That said, I think I spent a lot of time on sounds because I got a Nord Lead and now I’m like 5 times more focused on performance and on sounds than I used to be right now. Because the Nord Lead makes pretty great sounds. Most of the track is Nord Lead.

Total time this week: 8.2 hours for 116 bars. I’m pretty sure that I didn’t actually spend 8 hours on this song though.


Mon. Apr 25, 22:30 - 22:50 PM. I didn’t really make a song. I did chromatic scale runs on my guitar for 20 minutes until my hand got tired because I could really use the strength, coordination, and agility.

Tue. Apr 26, 21:45 - 22:30. I got my Nord Lead (Rack) 2x today. This means that there’s going to be a bit of a learning curve as I (a) learn the synthesizer and (b) learn how to incorporate it into my setup. I must say: this thing has a lot of cool settings that really seem to gear it toward live play, so that’s something I might have to consider moving forward. Get that backing track going and then bust out. Unfortunately… I’m still not good enough at sound design to be able to just take a brand new synth and make it sound awesome the day I try it…

Wed. Apr 27, 20:40 - 22:00. rrrrr

Fri. Apr 29, 21:30 - 22:10. I think I just spent 40 minutes creating a bass sound.

Sat. Apr 30, 20:00 - 21:17.

Sun. May 1, 10:40 - 12:00. I lost a really cool crosstalk-resonant chord I created so I spent the past hour or so trying to recreate it. I better get hauling or this song’s not going to get finished.

15:00 - 16:15. I did some retooling of the song, including redoing the drum beats and the tempo.

16:45 - 18:00. Finishing up. This was not a very efficient song in terms of getting stuff cranked out, since I ended up kind of starting over and I spent WAY too long on designing sounds.

Sounds used:

* Dave Smith Instruments Mono Evolver (bass)
* Massive (tech chords)
* Alchemy (sub bass)
* Nord Lead 2x (bells, chords, buzzy thing, bass)
* Guitar (lead, rhythm)
* MASCHINE (drums)

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May 2, 2016 2:54 pm

Thank you for exposing your process here!  I definitely know the feeling of "oh, that was cool; gotta recreate that...oh, crap--time for plan B."  Digging this, particularly what the distorted guitar line does to the piece in the second part.  I partly want to hear a bit more tone-shaping on the clean guitar, which sounds very direct to me--I've recorded enough direct clean guitar (including my piece this week!) to want to look around for ways of dirtying it up a bit.  But it does work with the track!  Nicely done.

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