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By Gab Manette on March 8, 2020 6:40 am

I've had a crazy week with no time to do anything music wise, thankfully I had my Saturday and put it to good use.

I've been wanting to try and compose a trance track, and I've been meaning to dabble in Casio-core as well. This week I stopped dealing in what-ifs and combined the two. This combination is inspired by my good friend Pocaille, who's made excellent chip-trance tracks.

Almost all the sounds in this track come from the Casio VL-Tone.

As it only has 3 drums hits, a snare and two beeps, I had to supplement, but I only used other Casio samples. The kick is from the SK-1, the hihats from the MT-18. Also borrowed the MT-500's clap, the PT-30's crash and the PT-68's clave to complete this frankenstein of a drumkit.

All the other instruments, bass, chords, leads, etc. come from the VL-Tone via an excellent (and free) sample pack for Ableton, the Fromage Pack.

The Casio VL-Tone had already pulled its weight for the track but I still didn't have a title. It came in handy one last time, to provide a rather apt anagram!

Hope everyone had a good week!

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March 9, 2020 12:14 am

I've always had a soft spot for Casios.  This sounds excellent.  And neat trick with the title.

March 9, 2020 12:21 am

Mmmm love that fat synth.  Nice job piecing together the percussion, it sounds great.  Good composition, lots going on to keep it from getting stale.  I dig the ending as well.

March 9, 2020 12:32 am

Casiocore Trance... my god this is great heart Love how uplifting this is! Great vibes heart

March 9, 2020 12:44 am

Très fun. Encore du bon boulot.

March 9, 2020 12:56 am

Nice man, this is super cool.  The stereo delay bouncing around give this a really lively feel, and those ascending and descending lead-in lines give this thing so much drive.  Such a feel good tune man, love it.

March 9, 2020 2:17 am

Random, but this track strikes me as perfect for a super nintendo racing game "night time in a vaguely tropical setting" level. Awesome work as always. smile

March 9, 2020 1:50 pm

Damn, love the growl of the VL-Tone and the ticky ticky tock percussion.  Great sounds!  I actually have a VL-Tone.  But never got it sounding this rad!  Now itching to break it out again.  I really like this different direction and how you switched things up this week.  I would not have recognized this as one of your tracks, and your work holds up in a different style. Love the anagram title, too.

March 9, 2020 1:56 pm

Ohh interesting to hear you do something more energetic. I like how you blended a classic uplifting classic trance prog with your sound design, it sounds great.

March 9, 2020 3:20 pm

Another banger! Great job

March 10, 2020 10:23 am

I think I want to have a go writing something like this, it seems pretty fun.

March 11, 2020 12:24 am

March 11, 2020 8:54 pm

Super casio tonez! Fond memories of old casios. Good times, I like the bass.aWas seeing Knight Rider for a minute. Maybe Kit on a happy car date. Thanks for linking to that sample pack, I'll check that out, good sounds here!

March 12, 2020 6:20 pm
CosmicCairns wrote:

I've always had a soft spot for Casios.  This sounds excellent.  And neat trick with the title.

Hehe thank you! And same here, my first synthesizer growing up was the CA-100 with this phenomenal Rick Astley demo song

coreytrev0r wrote:

Mmmm love that fat synth.  Nice job piecing together the percussion, it sounds great.  Good composition, lots going on to keep it from getting stale.  I dig the ending as well.

Many thanks! I like a fat bass smile The stock VL-Tone can't do that but repitching does wonder hehe

Mortistar wrote:

Casiocore Trance... my god this is great <3 Love how uplifting this is! Great vibes <3

Cheers! Happy that it comes off as uplifting, I wasn't exactly sure of the emotions it would convey smile

djippy wrote:

Très fun. Encore du bon boulot.

Merci beaucoup! La semaine prochaine j'essaie du bon érable hehehe

Chrisfoo wrote:

Nice man, this is super cool.  The stereo delay bouncing around give this a really lively feel, and those ascending and descending lead-in lines give this thing so much drive.  Such a feel good tune man, love it.

Aah, thank you very much! I slathered the whole thing with different delays and pannings since 3 of the instruments are basically the same sound. If it sounds lively that's awesome as that's what I was attempting!

hent03 wrote:

Random, but this track strikes me as perfect for a super nintendo racing game "night time in a vaguely tropical setting" level. Awesome work as always. smile

Thank you! I can totally picture it too, not so random wink heart

NWSPR wrote:

Damn, love the growl of the VL-Tone and the ticky ticky tock percussion.  Great sounds!  I actually have a VL-Tone.  But never got it sounding this rad!  Now itching to break it out again.  I really like this different direction and how you switched things up this week.  I would not have recognized this as one of your tracks, and your work holds up in a different style. Love the anagram title, too.

heart big thanks! I'm sold on the ticky ticky tock too, that's what made me want to use the VL-Tone! It was fun to attempt a different genre!

hieme wrote:

Ohh interesting to hear you do something more energetic. I like how you blended a classic uplifting classic trance prog with your sound design, it sounds great.

Thank you! I had two relatively smooth/relax weeks, I wanted to kick back into it with 128bpm and lots of energy big_smile I really enjoyed writing a trance progression, I really love composing melodies and trance is a good vehicule for that.

Jokinen wrote:

Another banger! Great job

heart heart heart bang bang big_smile Thanks!

Ryan wrote:

I think I want to have a go writing something like this, it seems pretty fun.

It's super fun, I recommend it! Layering melodies is always a good exercise and after 2 layers sometimes you can hear the next one forming in the reverbs/delays/interactions of the other two!

Ipaghost wrote:

SK-1 heart also someone pick up that phone!

miraclemiles wrote:

Super casio tonez! Fond memories of old casios. Good times, I like the bass.aWas seeing Knight Rider for a minute. Maybe Kit on a happy car date. Thanks for linking to that sample pack, I'll check that out, good sounds here!

Many thanks! And definitely try the pack, it has the Casio SA-3 covered as well, which has a lot of classic CASIO sounds.

March 12, 2020 7:38 pm

There are no vocalists, but the anagram is a nice touch. Guess it's a wash then, unlike the song, which is great.

March 14, 2020 3:32 pm
Devieus wrote:

There are no vocalists, but the anagram is a nice touch. Guess it's a wash then, unlike the song, which is great.

heart I spend so much time thinking about synths I end up considering them as people smile

March 15, 2020 1:16 pm

Sounds so gooooood. Great track, great anagram.... G R E A T N E S S !

March 15, 2020 3:50 pm
Podling wrote:

Sounds so gooooood. Great track, great anagram.... G R E A T N E S S !

Thank you very much!! heart heart

March 15, 2020 4:40 pm

Impressive, I'd never heard of this little Casio, you made it sing alright! Nice job experimenting with something new, I think you could nail any electronic genre that you want

March 16, 2020 9:56 am

I've been wanting to midify my VL-Tone for ages. Maybe I could use the calculator via MIDI? smile

The "VL bass drum" is usually one of the first sounds I load into a sampler. So useful

Excellent work with such a limited palette of sounds. My personal 2 cents: try the MT-68 hihats wink (Goldbaby has a really excellent Casio/Yamaha comprehensive soundpack that's worth it's cheap price)

March 16, 2020 9:49 pm
mikememo wrote:

Impressive, I'd never heard of this little Casio, you made it sing alright! Nice job experimenting with something new, I think you could nail any electronic genre that you want

Thank you so much! heart Thanks also for the vote of confidence, I would like to try a few more styles before year's end, we will see if I can do them justice! big_smile

laguna wrote:

I've been wanting to midify my VL-Tone for ages. Maybe I could use the calculator via MIDI? smile

The "VL bass drum" is usually one of the first sounds I load into a sampler. So useful

Excellent work with such a limited palette of sounds. My personal 2 cents: try the MT-68 hihats wink (Goldbaby has a really excellent Casio/Yamaha comprehensive soundpack that's worth it's cheap price)

Many thanks! Using the calculator via MIDI would be pretty bonkers! hehehe

You're absolutely right, those hi-hats are amazing! I'm pretty sure Stereo Total used a MT-68 in their earlier stuff, that sound is just perfect: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUR2PrEyqnU


March 20, 2020 3:41 pm

Excellent use of the Casio sounds.  I really enjoyed the chip-trance feel it had especially on those climbing lead melodies.

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