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Jupiter Plaza

By Gab Manette on February 16, 2020 4:31 pm


Saturday I woke up very determined to write a new synthpop track, with as much energy as I could put into it.

It took a good few tries to get an idea I liked, then I spent most of the day and evening building it up. When I got to a good place with the compo, it was a crazy mess of chords upon chords from all 3 main synths, so I spent quite some time cleaning it up and distributing the parts more accurately, also moving the bass notes of the backing synth to their own track (so that I could remove the delay effect and boost the bass some more). I finished it up with a bit of sparkle and pad sweeps!

I'm happy with how it turned out, here's Jupiter Plaza smile

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February 17, 2020 12:04 am

I'm ready to invest.

February 17, 2020 12:50 am

En effet, il y a pas mal des choses qui se passe la dedans! Des claps, des toms électro, des lignes de synth fun... c'est le temps d'aller magasiner.

February 17, 2020 1:45 am

Another fun track full of feel-good vibes.  It's a definite pick-me-up.

February 17, 2020 4:10 am

Dude, so cool.  Im blown away every week at how you can capture the 80s vibe.  It’s unreal. 

February 17, 2020 4:24 am

Those pad sweeps are great; really nice melody too!

February 17, 2020 1:10 pm

Sounds very classy indeed, as I have grown to expect from you smile Great mood and nicely sparkly...

February 17, 2020 2:02 pm
Chrisfoo wrote:

Dude, so cool.  Im blown away every week at how you can capture the 80s vibe.  It’s unreal.


For real. Gab, you knocked this out of the park.

February 17, 2020 2:51 pm
vimster wrote:

I'm ready to invest.

djippy wrote:

En effet, il y a pas mal des choses qui se passe la dedans! Des claps, des toms électro, des lignes de synth fun... c'est le temps d'aller magasiner.

Aww yeah, let's go!

CosmicCairns wrote:

Another fun track full of feel-good vibes.  It's a definite pick-me-up.

Aaah awesome, thank you! big_smile

Mission Crossing wrote:

Those pad sweeps are great; really nice melody too!

Many thanks, I'm all about melodies so I'm happy you liked it!! big_smile

Ashen Simian wrote:

Sounds very classy indeed, as I have grown to expect from you smile Great mood and nicely sparkly...

heart Ah, classy, I like the sound of that! Thank you! big_smile

Chrisfoo wrote:

Dude, so cool.  Im blown away every week at how you can capture the 80s vibe.  It’s unreal.

Jokinen wrote:


For real. Gab, you knocked this out of the park.

Thank you both! heart I'm just so grateful that it is possible to get those synth sounds out of a computer, an affordable time machine if you will! Makes me really happy that you guys feel the vibes too! big_smile

February 17, 2020 4:31 pm

Awesome as always!

February 17, 2020 7:55 pm

Ahhh amazing. I absolutely love that feeling when you wake up full of ideas and determination. This one bangs, I love how your frame the main melody with that little reverse leading into the main section. Great movement overall.

February 17, 2020 8:25 pm
Procyon Lotor wrote:

Awesome as always!

heart heart heart

hieme wrote:

Ahhh amazing. I absolutely love that feeling when you wake up full of ideas and determination. This one bangs, I love how your frame the main melody with that little reverse leading into the main section. Great movement overall.

Thank you! And agreed, it is a great feeling, I'm thinking with the sun coming back it will happen more often! big_smile

February 17, 2020 8:56 pm

This is amazing, especially for coming up with this in one day.  I liked it right from the first note.  "Oh, it's gonne be this kind of song!".  I am also ready to invest.

February 17, 2020 9:55 pm
coreytrev0r wrote:

This is amazing, especially for coming up with this in one day.  I liked it right from the first note.  "Oh, it's gonne be this kind of song!".  I am also ready to invest.

heart thank you kindly! I guess we're gonna have to hold an investors' meeting soon!

February 17, 2020 11:17 pm

Favorite part of the week is hearing the new Gab!

February 18, 2020 9:26 am

It's interesting to hear how the track got to this point, you cleaned it up nicely it's a really tight arrangement. Pad sweeps were an excellent addition.

February 18, 2020 3:47 pm

Cool! Les drums sonnent vraiment bien!

February 18, 2020 6:14 pm
??? wrote:

Cool! Les drums sonnent vraiment bien!

Merci beaucoup! big_smile je commence a avoir un pas pire setup de drum que je trimballe de toune en toune, ça aide!

Ryan wrote:

It's interesting to hear how the track got to this point, you cleaned it up nicely it's a really tight arrangement. Pad sweeps were an excellent addition.

Thanks! I take notes but I don't often post them or clean them up, might do it more!

Ipaghost wrote:

Favorite part of the week is hearing the new Gab!

Oh wow, that's some seriously high praise, thank you! excuse me while I blush for a little while heart

February 18, 2020 7:35 pm

I'm ready to enjoy the new Plaza with an optimistic view ... and a red slushy. Tasty!

February 18, 2020 11:21 pm

WhooOOOOOO. The reworking you did made the track pop at the right times.You have good separation of instruments (actors) across all of your tracks and give each instrument purpose and their own sparkle in each track. This one was one of my favorite yet.

February 19, 2020 6:59 pm

Unbelievable.

February 20, 2020 6:41 pm

This place is starting to look real nice, excellent job on the construction.

February 21, 2020 1:10 pm

Awesome tune!  Listening to your tunes give me a lot of synth inspiration to write more synth music,  I’ve gotta follow thru with it!  Boogying in my car right now again brb

February 21, 2020 3:07 pm

This is a super fun uplifting track with that excellent 80s synth vibe.  Always a fan of your melodies!

February 21, 2020 11:33 pm

Bright and sparkly synthpop with fun chord progressions!  The bass is especially big and chewy.  As always, you are great at getting each part of the arrangement in the pocket with its own space to breath.  That is a good skill in arranging and post editing.  It shows a lot of thought in painting a sonic picture.  Lots of call and response.  It may come natural to you but I like to listen and pick up techniques.  Is the name related to the 80s Roland Jupiter 8 synthesizer or do I just have keyboards on the brain? Downloaded and faved smile

February 23, 2020 5:47 am

Nailed it.  It's always worth working on that mix and getting control of the parts you need.  Nice work.

February 23, 2020 8:39 pm
miraclemiles wrote:

I'm ready to enjoy the new Plaza with an optimistic view ... and a red slushy. Tasty!

Drop by any time! Great idea for the slushy, now I'm craving one hahahaha!

Anon_Buster wrote:

WhooOOOOOO. The reworking you did made the track pop at the right times.You have good separation of instruments (actors) across all of your tracks and give each instrument purpose and their own sparkle in each track. This one was one of my favorite yet.

I get a bit obsessive with making every instrument stand out, thank you very much for noticing! heart

Sodabelly wrote:

Unbelievable.

yikes Thank you!

Devieus wrote:

This place is starting to look real nice, excellent job on the construction.

Thank you! I had to skirt around a few permits to get it built under a week though, I hope the city doesn't come down on me too hard!

demonzor wrote:

Awesome tune!  Listening to your tunes give me a lot of synth inspiration to write more synth music,  I’ve gotta follow thru with it!  Boogying in my car right now again brb

Oooh that's really cool! I'm eager to hear what you will compose! Happy boogying and thanks!

Tone Matrix wrote:

This is a super fun uplifting track with that excellent 80s synth vibe.  Always a fan of your melodies!

Many thanks! I love coming up with melodies, it's one of my favorite parts about composing smile

NWSPR wrote:

Bright and sparkly synthpop with fun chord progressions!  The bass is especially big and chewy.  As always, you are great at getting each part of the arrangement in the pocket with its own space to breath.  That is a good skill in arranging and post editing.  It shows a lot of thought in painting a sonic picture.  Lots of call and response.  It may come natural to you but I like to listen and pick up techniques.  Is the name related to the 80s Roland Jupiter 8 synthesizer or do I just have keyboards on the brain? Downloaded and faved smile

Don't worry, keyboards on the brain is a great thing! I did name the track after the Jupiter 8. A few Diva patches in there are close renditions of sounds you'd get with the real McCoy smile

I'd just like to say, I really appreciate your kind insightfulness; I've come to think you understand what I'm doing better than I do myself! I believe I go at it the same as you describe, I listen intently to tracks that make me tick and try to pick up new techniques!

rdomain wrote:

Nailed it.  It's always worth working on that mix and getting control of the parts you need.  Nice work.

Thanks! smile And you're right, it's definitely worth it. I'm more at ease composing than mixing but I spend extra time on it so I can improve!

February 25, 2020 4:54 am

What others have said, you're getting everything to mesh really well - are you sidechaining instruments or high passing much? I don't use a lot of that and I'm trying to pick up techniques and try new things each week. When I get obsessive its almost always in EQ and levels.

February 25, 2020 2:57 pm
ngineer wrote:

What others have said, you're getting everything to mesh really well - are you sidechaining instruments or high passing much? I don't use a lot of that and I'm trying to pick up techniques and try new things each week. When I get obsessive its almost always in EQ and levels.

In this track I side-chained the bass to the kick, I almost always do that, big bang for your buck! smile I haven't played with high passing much. I'm not really versed in EQing, I just play a lot with levels, panning, using several different reverbs or delays in the same track. I should really look into EQ but I don't know where to start.

March 2, 2020 12:27 am

HOW DID I MISS THIS, I love everything about it. Especially those saws my god heart

March 16, 2020 12:14 pm

Is Jupiter Plaza a real place? All those shopping malls for us Europeans seem like straight from our VHS Hollywood memories smile

Excellent optimistic vibes on this one smile

March 16, 2020 11:02 pm
laguna wrote:

Is Jupiter Plaza a real place? All those shopping malls for us Europeans seem like straight from our VHS Hollywood memories smile

Excellent optimistic vibes on this one smile


Oooh, I wish Jupiter Plaza was a real place, I would love to go visit. The malls around here are pretty tame smile The photo is from TV-Am's studios, the whole place looked completely incredible! https://www.dezeen.com/2015/08/26/postmodern-architecture-tv-am-television-studios-camden-london-terry-farrell/

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