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Simple Sunday

By laguna on March 8, 2020 11:31 pm

Hello, Weeklybeats family!

First of all, apologies to everybody commenting and dropping by. I am really struggling to manage my time between my job, real world chores and audio and video creation. Please excuse me if I haven't responded to you.

This one's my first Reaper project ever. Done entirely this pretty Sunday, day of the deadline. It's really simple and there is no mastering, as such. I'm still quite new to the interface and even the synths I used today were new. ADL and OPL FM chip emulations under Linux, Dexed FM synths and some Zyn-Fusion (the "prettier" ZynAddSubFX cousin). Almost all synths are running presets.

I could swear there's constant distortion in the track, but since I'm so unfamiliar with everything and I created a delay chain with some kind of bit reduction, maybe it's my own creation playing against my ears. Please let me know if it sounds too harsh.

I put the whole mix through cassette tape in order to smooth those high frequencies out, but I really can't hear much difference, if I'm honest. At least I could "normalize" the quiet mix with the tape, but don't expect any magic "warmth and natural compression". I DO have the equipment, and when working properly, tape sounds quite decent. No warble and exaggerated flutter, like those "80s synthwave" presets... And don't get me wrong: I love those.

It is just me or maybe it's better to use Tape Emulation VSTs instead of real tape, after half a lifetime of nostalgia and fake "Stranger Things" memories of past decades?.

It's damn simplistic and quite uninspired, I'm afraid. I hope to learn the basics of this DAW, because it's quite promising and I still can't find my software of choice on Linux. At least this time I didn't gave up and went running back to Ableton on the Mac.

I do have a video of several of my tracks in the making, but now I really should be sleeping instead of editing, so they'll have to wait. Keeping a streak of videos is quite harder that just making music, at least for me.

Must go to bed now...

Best wishes to all of you, around the world. I hope you had a great Women's Day globally. I wish society keeps making progress so one day it wouldn't be necessary to remember some people that we all are born equal.

Peace and respect, Weeklybeats family!!!

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March 9, 2020 1:47 am

Nice work! I’ve been checking out Reaper, especially since one of my friends wants to get into music on Linux. It seems really nice (although not as “pretty”). I guess the only other Linux option would be Bitwig?

March 9, 2020 3:58 am

Nice dubby sounds, reminds me of my Organelle. Ever tried Ardour on Linux? Heard that’s good. Defs thumbs up for Reaper too

March 9, 2020 11:20 am
Mission Crossing wrote:

Nice work! I’ve been checking out Reaper, especially since one of my friends wants to get into music on Linux. It seems really nice (although not as “pretty”). I guess the only other Linux option would be Bitwig?

Thanks for listening, Mission Control!

Reaper is highly customizable, so it could look really "pretty".

On Linux you've also got Tracktion Waveform (which I got at a really good price, though I don't seem to get my head around it), the totally open source Ardour (quite stable, inspired by ProTools, not so good for MIDI work IMHO, though it's improving), QTraktor (also open source, very very lightweight and easy, and somewhat quirky in some areas).

As a long time Ableton user, Bitwig seems like an obvious choice, but the pricing scheme and the fact that they don't have any Trial version puts me off. I'm OK when it comes to pay for software, but I've read some reports about jerky performance on Linux.

lysdexic wrote:

Nice dubby sounds, reminds me of my Organelle. Ever tried Ardour on Linux? Heard that’s good. Defs thumbs up for Reaper too

I'm really eager to try some Organelle patches on my desktop, since it's basically PureData based. Anyway, the Organelle seems like a really nifty hard/soft combo.

I myself try Ardour on a regular basis. It's improving really fast, though it's workflow seems to be too "ProTools-y" for me, and it's somewhat overcomplicated when it comes to MIDI. That being said, I'm checking it every month and since I've made some solid advances in my "macOS/Linux/Windows" setup, I think most of the early mistakes were my own fault instead of the software's.

I'm really enjoying Reaper. I guess I'll impose myself to record some audio on it and sync the tracks until I get my head around the "main window" editing.

Thanks a lot for the heads up. I should be catching up with your stream of releases... and I'm glad you dig my sound!

March 10, 2020 11:26 pm

i've been wanting to try reaper!  this sounds great!

March 11, 2020 7:27 am

March 11, 2020 10:59 pm

Relaxing as heck, wavy and watery and light. I like the little sprinkle of vinyl dust along the top end too. That's pretty cool that you're trying out a new DAW. My experience of doing that is always completely brain bending. I hope your workload eases off soon! Best wishes to you too heart

March 20, 2020 4:03 pm

Def a relaxing track.  That opening arp sounds great.  I felt like I should be watching a documentary exploring plant and bug life smile 

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