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Hold the Plane

By license on December 30, 2019 12:01 am

I unwittingly finished 6 minutes after the deadline, and thus came the title.

Sequenced in Renoise. Mostly PO-12 samples. Heavy outboard processing.

This submission is licensed by author under CC0 Creative Commons Zero (Public Domain)

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January 6, 2020 6:56 am

drums are super punchy! what kind of processing did you do?

January 6, 2020 12:40 pm

Damn. Those drums crack. Very nice.

January 6, 2020 1:51 pm

Yeah, drums are superb! Especially with the bass. Is it little-scale's po-12 samples? Are drones po-12 samples as well?

January 6, 2020 1:57 pm

Thank you both!

midimachine wrote:

drums are super punchy! what kind of processing did you do?


- Each drum sample was recorded with a cheap outboard parametric EQ, both to boost juicy frequencies and cut harsh frequencies.
- 1 or 2 of those samples (I think one of the hats) also had some outboard compression, just to pump a bit.
- The chords/drones are sidechained by the kick, using the same compressor. I think I boosted the kick's low-end even more on the desk, to get the pumping right. The sidechaining is really obvious in the beginning when the chord's sampling rate is still ascending.
- Probably about half of the samples have a simple decay envelope, including the chords.
- The snare probably needed the most love. After I recorded, I processed it in the box (stock Renoise plugins), bumping somewhere in the mids and adding reverb with some predelay, again to make it pump and add a little refreshing space.
- The whole mix is moderately compressed and may have just a touch of saturation as well. The compressor I use has a low-pass filter and also allows mixing the dry signal with the compressed signal, both of which I took advantage of.

...Sorry if that's more detail than you needed!

January 6, 2020 2:01 pm
miau wrote:

Yeah, drums are superb! Especially with the bass. Is it little-scale's po-12 samples? Are drones po-12 samples as well?


Thank you!

Actually, it's just my hardware PO-12; for some reason I find it really inspiring and I usually find sounds I like when I play around with it.

Yes, I am particularly fond of the really harsh, noisy, harmonically rich sounds in the middle of the layout. The drones are one of these, pitched probably 3 or 4 octaves down, and looped to where the seam isn't obvious. I noticed after I sampled it that it has a character a lot like a sawtooth wave with a resonant LPF on it, tuned to I guess maybe the 5th harmonic?

January 6, 2020 4:09 pm

Thanks for detailed explanation of your process! It really helps to understand how other people approach their musicmaking and inspires to try new ways.
I'm not a hardware person, but now thinking about buying this little sound machine smile

January 6, 2020 8:48 pm

big fan, esp of the first half with drummery. your drums sound great and that subby bass feels great.

January 6, 2020 9:38 pm
license wrote:

...Sorry if that's more detail than you needed!

nope, that's perfect! thanks for the detailed rundown big_smile

January 6, 2020 9:43 pm

woww i love these textures

January 7, 2020 3:09 am

Thanks everyone for the kind words smile

miau wrote:

Thanks for detailed explanation of your process! It really helps to understand how other people approach their musicmaking and inspires to try new ways.
I'm not a hardware person, but now thinking about buying this little sound machine smile


For sure! A word of warning before you buy a PO12: part of what I like about the PO12 is that without any processing, it sounds so cheap and nasty - in a good way, of course! I cleaned up those sounds a lot for this track. I will say that I find it much easier to tame something harsh like that than to try to add "spice" to something bland. All the POs I've used are great fun and inspiring in their own ways but the PO12 really clicks for me for some reason, probably just the limitations and how unapologetically harsh it can be.

January 7, 2020 8:58 am

Wow from a PO-12... i didn't thought that this is possible... Nice track!
I have a K.O. and i am with you these little things are somehow inspiring smile

January 7, 2020 3:32 pm
theGuen wrote:

Wow from a PO-12... i didn't thought that this is possible... Nice track!
I have a K.O. and i am with you these little things are somehow inspiring smile


One can make almost anything listenable with some processing smile

Yes, they're so good. I have a KO too that for some reason I don't use enough. That one has the most fun effects too. I'd like to do at least one WB submission this year with it - I did one last year and it was one of my faves: https://weeklybeats.com/license/music/lickin-good

January 7, 2020 5:21 pm

Nice piece! Glad to hear ya here in the roaring 20s mate!
I like the arrangement, how drums come and go. The droney parts sans drums like are dreamy spacey good. Drums do crack indeed. Felt that kick proper good!

January 9, 2020 6:24 pm

Excellent groovy beat with that bassline.  The side-chaining on the drone is extra nice too.  Well done!

January 10, 2020 5:04 am

so good

January 12, 2020 6:36 am

Thanks y'all smile

January 12, 2020 9:35 pm

Love the textures interwoven with the footwork beat!

January 13, 2020 2:46 am

Yes. Love that gritty panning synth. Love the beats. Love love!

January 13, 2020 10:41 am

Super groovy and those drums sound badass.

January 13, 2020 3:13 pm
KEY BLUE wrote:

Love the textures interwoven with the footwork beat!

Podling wrote:

Yes. Love that gritty panning synth. Love the beats. Love love!

Ryan wrote:

Super groovy and those drums sound badass.

Thank you so much!

January 14, 2020 1:39 am

killer work, love it - could have gone for a second drop if the plane hadn't left!

January 14, 2020 2:49 am
lysdexic wrote:

killer work, love it - could have gone for a second drop if the plane hadn't left!


Thank you! Haha, yeah, that ding dang thing was gone to Albuquerque before I could even say g'bye. Heck!

For reals though I need to work on doing some more interesting pacing and satisfying transitions. I appreciate your feedback.

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