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Mighty master of bubbles

By laguna on January 12, 2020 11:55 pm

Hello Weeklybeats family! This week I bring you some sort of failed experiment...

UPDATE !!! I added a dubby bassline on Monday morning. I think it's a good fit

I created a semidecent but really short Sega Master System chiptune on Deflemask, and I'm quite new to the program so I didn't knew where to go from there. I thought I could make it work in a slower context, so my 16 bars lasted more and I wouldn't have to write that many music wink

Also I was making some breaks chopping some of the drum loops included in Renoise's factory library. I think it's quite lame use them as they are.

Everything was going more less as planned. Creating content for a future video, recording the creation of those breaks and loops... but I kept wondering if I could make it work. I mean: could I possibly just slow down my chiptune and make it work with a chilled 73 bpm hip hop beat.

Week advanced and then it's Sunday morning. I've got all elements, but I haven't mixed them. Load them into Ableton and ... they don't fit at all! So I just have less than a day to find some interesting drums and try to make this work!

So, long story short, I basically used a loop made with some TR606 samples timestretched with an Akai s3000xl and sequenced with Linux QTractor. The "acoustic snare" breaks are made using Ableton's own internal library. All the chiptune stuff is Deflemask, pitched down and stretched so it would fit from 93-94 bpm to 73.

I used a vocoder modulated by the beatbox and some reverb and delay to make things a little bit interesting. Then I resampled everything and pitched it down, filtering it (low pass) dinamically with the drum amplitude. Lots of EQs per track so that mid range doesn't pierce your ears (I hope.. if I messed it up, let me know).

So basically this one is some drums and a lot of copies of the same chiptune with different EQs and sends in order to fake a more interesting arrangement. You can see it for yourselves:

Well, never fall in love with a break without checking if it fits the rest of the song. Lesson learned.

Hope to make it a little bit better next week. Have some great seven days on Earth!!!

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January 13, 2020 12:10 am

January 13, 2020 12:24 am
Ipaghost wrote:

Join the bubble contest wink


January 13, 2020 2:52 am

This works for me!

January 13, 2020 2:58 am

i love seeing everyone's different production techniques big_smile man ableton seems like a weird stress dream to me!

great stuff!

January 13, 2020 12:35 pm
7506 wrote:

This works for me!

Thanks a lot! I'm making a new version with a proper dubby bassline, on Monday morning.

Jamatar wrote:

i love seeing everyone's different production techniques big_smile man ableton seems like a weird stress dream to me!

great stuff!


Thanks a lot, Jamatar. I thought you were into Ableton, for some reason. I usually check your comments for your production tips (yeah, Korg Wavestate looks nice). What do you actually use as a DAW? Do you use hardware (I think the ROland JV is your weapon of choice)


January 13, 2020 2:29 pm

Week 2 down! This has aquarium vibes, I can't help but imagine all the lovely blue light and my absolute favourite, the jellyfish tank. Great mix and production, as Jamatar said it's really interesting seeing the music from the other side. I think it adds a lot when you see how the musician interacts with the world they're creating. Ableton looks very technical and precise!

January 13, 2020 5:06 pm

Love it! Louder drums would be awesome, they seem to sound good too, we want them louder! While I'm here I'd also like some of the synth of a decade in bleeps. The main synth would fit pretty well here too with a little backing melody. heart

January 13, 2020 6:42 pm
hieme wrote:

Week 2 down! This has aquarium vibes, I can't help but imagine all the lovely blue light and my absolute favourite, the jellyfish tank. Great mix and production, as Jamatar said it's really interesting seeing the music from the other side. I think it adds a lot when you see how the musician interacts with the world they're creating. Ableton looks very technical and precise!

Thanks a lot, Hieme. I'm already working on a series of videos about the making of each song, though I'm still learning the craft of video making and I'm slow.

Ableton it's quite intuitive once you get used to it. I mostly use the Arrangement view so, it's basically really similar to other DAWs. What is your prefered tool of the trade?

I've just added an update in the post, with a link to my Soncloud version. It has a new "kinda" dubby bassline. Please take a listen if you have a moment

??? wrote:

Love it! Louder drums would be awesome, they seem to sound good too, we want them louder! While I'm here I'd also like some of the synth of a decade in bleeps. The main synth would fit pretty well here too with a little backing melody. <3

Thanks very much, mate! I needed to tame a lot of peaks in this one, so I don't know if I can squeeze more drum volume without distorting or being overcompressed. I've just added an updated Soundcloud version in the post with a new bassline. I think it makes the whole track fuller. Let me know what you think.

What's funny about "a decade in bleeps" is that I just used an 808 cowbell sample and a Casio VL1 "snare" square wave sample as "synths". The pads were single notes of , uhm, a microKorg and some high pass filter example. Single samples I had for ages and never used. It was hard to place them all together although, seeing that someone enjoyed them so much, I'm quite happy.

Thank you both again for listening


January 13, 2020 8:32 pm

Excellent, deeply memorable groove.  Totally digging this!

January 13, 2020 8:35 pm
onezero wrote:

Excellent, deeply memorable groove.  Totally digging this!

Thanks a lot for dropping by, Maurice! Now I'm psyched with that GIF


January 14, 2020 12:40 am

Fish jams for cool crustaceans

January 14, 2020 2:01 am
Judgement Act wrote:

Fish jams for cool crustaceans

I thought it sounded more like soap bubbles, though it's fun to give that submarine comparison. Thanks for listening smile


January 14, 2020 3:05 am

I listened to the original and loved it then listened to the update and it blew my mind. Great job and sweet to hear you again! smile

January 14, 2020 4:51 am

really cool, almost reminds me of tipper but breakier!

January 14, 2020 5:21 am

This is great, so sparse and full at the same time. I would watch a tank full of jellyfish for hours with this on a loop.

January 14, 2020 6:09 am
laguna wrote:
7506 wrote:

This works for me!

Thanks a lot! I'm making a new version with a proper dubby bassline, on Monday morning.

Jamatar wrote:

i love seeing everyone's different production techniques big_smile man ableton seems like a weird stress dream to me!

great stuff!


Thanks a lot, Jamatar. I thought you were into Ableton, for some reason. I usually check your comments for your production tips (yeah, Korg Wavestate looks nice). What do you actually use as a DAW? Do you use hardware (I think the ROland JV is your weapon of choice)

I'm a Cubase guy! My normal setup is JV2080, Behringer Model D for bass, leads, single line pads and arps, MGB for gameboys and then plugins for the rest, but this year I'm trying to push myself to go entirely laptop. I'm only installed a limited number of VSTs and I'm going to try and get the most out of them with song writing. The JV and the Model D definitely have some magic to them but I want to try working on my songwriting during WB big_smile

January 14, 2020 2:49 pm

Quality as always.

January 14, 2020 9:36 pm

SO BUBBLY! Also, love the bass addition. This is clearly the canonical version of this song.

January 14, 2020 10:37 pm
cfurrow wrote:

I listened to the original and loved it then listened to the update and it blew my mind. Great job and sweet to hear you again! smile

Thanks a lot, man! It's great to see so many familiar faces again.

I'm glad you liked the revamped version. Wasn't sure about that dubby bassline, but I was afraid of losing the creative "inertia" so I went with it.

ngineer wrote:

really cool, almost reminds me of tipper but breakier!

That's a big compliment in my book: I love Tipper's music smile Thanks a lot!

And for the "breakier" part, here's some young Vin Diesel

Sodabelly wrote:

This is great, so sparse and full at the same time. I would watch a tank full of jellyfish for hours with this on a loop.

Thank you, Sodabelly. Means a lot, coming from the King of clean and clear mixes smile

Now I wish I could match your supermellow hip hop creations...

Jamatar wrote:


I'm a Cubase guy! My normal setup is JV2080, Behringer Model D for bass, leads, single line pads and arps, MGB for gameboys and then plugins for the rest, but this year I'm trying to push myself to go entirely laptop. I'm only installed a limited number of VSTs and I'm going to try and get the most out of them with song writing. The JV and the Model D definitely have some magic to them but I want to try working on my songwriting during WB big_smile

It's quite astounding to me to see you squeezing so much life out of those 90's romplers. I thought you were using some bleeding edge Serum / Massive patches in your last album, though Midorisuki was "chiptunier", and I still have to catch up on Midori.

Thanks for sharing your workflow, Jamatar smile

E-dub wrote:

Quality as always.

You're always so generous, Edmund. Thanks a lot for listening

scottux wrote:

SO BUBBLY! Also, love the bass addition. This is clearly the canonical version of this song.

I'm glad you dig it, Scott! As I comented previously, I wasn't sure about the quick dubby bassline, but I want with it in order to not "lose momentum" and have it all finished and uploaded by Monday morning.

Again, thanks a lot for the constructive listening

January 15, 2020 12:10 am

Digging that bubbly groove!

January 15, 2020 12:15 pm
miraclemiles wrote:

Digging that bubbly groove!

Thanks a lot for giving it a listen, Miraclemiles smile Glad you enjoy it


January 16, 2020 9:13 am

Never would have anticipated the minor disaster you had creating this track without reading about it! nice one smile

January 16, 2020 1:20 pm

Love this and the production breakdown, stuff like that happens all the time and it sucks when something works way better in your mind than in reality!

January 16, 2020 3:26 pm

Can't go wrong with a 606 imho smile I think the breaks added a nice fullness to the beat.  The bubbly synth has a pleasing sound too.  Well done as always!

January 16, 2020 8:35 pm

this makes my brain feel all bubbly & floating like drinking a nice cava!

January 17, 2020 4:11 pm
laguna wrote:

Thanks a lot, Hieme. I'm already working on a series of videos about the making of each song, though I'm still learning the craft of video making and I'm slow.

Ableton it's quite intuitive once you get used to it. I mostly use the Arrangement view so, it's basically really similar to other DAWs. What is your prefered tool of the trade?

I've just added an update in the post, with a link to my Soncloud version. It has a new "kinda" dubby bassline. Please take a listen if you have a moment

I use FL 20, which I started with because it's what my best friend was trying out at the time! I absolutely love it though, especially the "dark mode" colour palette. I find it really relaxing to work in with f.lux on and a nice background behind everything.

Good luck with the videos! The new version sounds great smile

January 20, 2020 12:52 am
theemeraldruby wrote:

Never would have anticipated the minor disaster you had creating this track without reading about it! nice one smile

Oh, at the end of the day it was a minor setback, though the initial idea sounded great in my head, but not in real life. Thanks for the solidarity between musicians, and for listening.

grillo wrote:

Love this and the production breakdown, stuff like that happens all the time and it sucks when something works way better in your mind than in reality!

Ah, man, I think you nailed it, specially when we work with samples. You spend a long while chopping and rearranging, but then some things don't match, no matter how much "production" you throuw at it.

Thanks a lot for listening and for your kind words smile

Tone Matrix wrote:

Can't go wrong with a 606 imho smile I think the breaks added a nice fullness to the beat.  The bubbly synth has a pleasing sound too.  Well done as always!

Well, the 606 is my favourite box. I know the 808 has all the (cow)bell and whistles, but the simplicity, the looks... and those hihats. It's the drum machine from Massive Attack's "Sly", so that's more than enough for me.

Thanks a lot for listening, man!


kaedo sevaada wrote:

this makes my brain feel all bubbly & floating like drinking a nice cava!

Cheers to that, Kaedo! Thanks a lot for the feedback. I'm glad you dig my "spirited" beats


March 1, 2020 12:57 am

wow the bassline changes this from great to amazing.  incredible work

I might want the drums a hair louder

but the bubble vibe is so hot and the dub bass is perfect

March 16, 2020 10:47 pm
orangedrink wrote:

wow the bassline changes this from great to amazing.  incredible work

I might want the drums a hair louder

but the bubble vibe is so hot and the dub bass is perfect

Thanks for the compliments, man! I'm trying to restrain myself with the drums so I don't drown every little melody I make below the rumble. The "bubbling" was not initially planned but I guess it's a good fit.

Really glad you dig it!!!


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