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By laguna on February 23, 2020 11:55 pm

This one's a little bit rushed, really. Last Thursday I got a little bit sick, so I lost 3 quite productive days not doing much but watching Netflix in the couch (I did really enjoyed Locke and Key though).

On Saturday evening I grabbed my trusty and somewhat "meh" sounding Akai MPC 500 (the little one) and built a simple beat. I started with some squarewaves chiptune-style and went from there.

If anybody out there is using MPCs, I'd really want to know if it's just me or they sound really dull? I mean: I love them, but people often talk about some kind of "magical fairy dust" that hardware samplers make to things and frankly, I always end mastering the thing in Ableton. I had a really good time plugging the thing to my mixing desk and getting the "crunchiest" sound out of it with basic EQ and some guitar pedals (I'll post a daytime picture of my mixing rig for some nerd cred).

Two hours before the deadline I just have a four bar beat with all the squarewave arpeggios, so I cheated like the week before and used the drums as modulation for the melody (with a vocoder). It's kind of a cheap trick and with more time I had maybe combined the clean melodic tracks with it's "vocoded" version.

Anyway, I alternated some sections in and out, found a quite interesting FM pad for Ableton's operator and finished within the last fifteen minutes. Of course, I feel it could have better mastering and more development, though I think it's somewhat acceptable. Please let me know if I messed up on the mix.

Now I'm going straight to bed. Tired ears and tired body.

Have a great 7 days, Weeklybeats family!!!

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February 24, 2020 12:48 am

Great composition. Not sure why but it sounds like it was written for the being outside in the open air. The mix sounds pretty coherent to me! Modulating the melody with the drums is a really interesting idea, I should look into that. I could probably figure it out with sidechaining in FL. Sleep well my dude!

February 24, 2020 1:00 am

Ooh, lovely really dig the melodic progression and mechanical-like hats. Glad you're feelin' better too!!

February 26, 2020 12:22 am

Very cool! love the melody!

February 26, 2020 10:28 pm

February 27, 2020 2:59 pm

Music is rarely more than cheating, in fact you could've made it twice as long by having the arp run dry for one cycle and then repeating the whole thing.

February 28, 2020 4:04 pm

A solid head nodder of a beat with those cool arps.  I dig the outro pads too.  Hope you're feeling better!

March 1, 2020 12:38 am

everyone's been getting sick!  I just recovered.  hope you get well soon!

i love the chip elements on this

regarding the MPC, maybe just turn everything to 11?  smile

March 1, 2020 2:26 pm

I really like this. It has good atmosphere. Interesting vocoder trick. Not sure I'd call it a cheat so much as a clever technique!

Regarding hardware samplers - I thought the "magical fairy dust" were the older MPCs with 12-bit engines that made things sound a bit crunchy and lo-fi, plus the workflow. I haven't messed with one, but I'd imagine they still need some EQ at the end. I had a Zoom SampleTrak that had that nice 12-bit crunchy sound, but I EQ'd that at the end. Sold it because it was a pain to work with.

March 3, 2020 4:02 pm

Cool arps and interesting technique with the vocoder! I don't think it sounds "meh" at all.

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