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Capital City Official

By NWSPR on February 16, 2020 11:57 pm

This week I tried to push more of a rock sound to depart from the previous tracks of this year.  Three layers of real electric bass guitar accounting for the main bass line, a baritone lead, and a buzzy sound that fits with the cellos in the string section.  Lead synths played on the Behringer Model D, and pianos and stings from virtual synths.  Nice to mix it up a bit with different sources but I was still too lazy to find and tune my electric guitar.

Last week my DAW crashed and I couldn't mix.  Must have been related to mixing from the Roland MX-1.  I replaced it with my Tascam USB 16-08 interface, and the results were so much better.  I should have never been using the Roland.  I love it, but seriously, kind of a piece of shit.  Come on Roland, you can do better! Anyways, providing details as a cautionary tale.

Hope your week has been going well.  Looking forward to listening to your tracks. And happy belated Valentines Day!

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February 17, 2020 1:36 am

Yeah that buzzy sound is super awesome when it kicks in.  That synth lead towards the end is sweet, too.  I like the whole vibe on this one. 

February 17, 2020 3:44 am

Awesome instrumentation man, love the change up.  I too am loving that synth lead at the end.  Such a fat, ballsy tone.

February 17, 2020 1:06 pm

Has a cool, slightly menacing mood in the beginning. The tempo is gorgeously slow and I love those chords that come in after the intro. The mood reminds me of King Crimson playing late Beatles material... can´t be a bad thing smile

February 17, 2020 3:49 pm

End credits on a very epic adventure, heroes returning home with victory in their hearts! This track has a lot of story to it, I really like how it unfolds. The amp-static to gong build-up/combo is a brilliant touch, you always have those great arrangement ideas, it's all very inspiring! big_smile

February 17, 2020 8:23 pm

Nicely gritty and deep mix at the start, and then I love how it completely opens up after the intro. The gong transition are tasty as well, great stuff overall heart

February 18, 2020 8:49 am

Nice composition. I love the beginning with marimba bass and piano...

February 18, 2020 9:22 am

Fantastic stuff and huge ❤️

February 18, 2020 7:14 pm

Those real bass guitars sound great, as do all the synths. I hear good things about the Model D. This is fun, makes me think of some psychedelic circus.

February 19, 2020 12:54 pm

Lovely melodies! And I really like the bass guitar tone. Great song!

February 19, 2020 10:06 pm

This is great, that bass is punk the offbeat is dub and the synth line and pads are Pink Floyd af. Super unique and interesting style, nice one

February 21, 2020 11:24 am

Nice and slow.

February 22, 2020 10:34 am

your recording has a pretty good quality. the mix came out very good. great stuff.

February 23, 2020 11:44 pm
CosmicCairns wrote:

Yeah that buzzy sound is super awesome when it kicks in.  That synth lead towards the end is sweet, too.  I like the whole vibe on this one.

Thanks! Felt good to shift gears a bit this week.

Chrisfoo wrote:

Awesome instrumentation man, love the change up.  I too am loving that synth lead at the end.  Such a fat, ballsy tone.


I like to stack 2 passes of Model D for my leads.  3 oscillators tuned to different octaves per pass gives 6 oscillators, so you can get pretty fat!

Ashen Simian wrote:

Has a cool, slightly menacing mood in the beginning. The tempo is gorgeously slow and I love those chords that come in after the intro. The mood reminds me of King Crimson playing late Beatles material... can´t be a bad thing smile


Wow, thanks for the kind words. I think the slow pace gave space to do something different. The strings do give it a Beatles feel.

Gab Manette wrote:

End credits on a very epic adventure, heroes returning home with victory in their hearts! This track has a lot of story to it, I really like how it unfolds. The amp-static to gong build-up/combo is a brilliant touch, you always have those great arrangement ideas, it's all very inspiring! big_smile


Thanks! Yeah, you nailed the amp static sound... exactly what it was.  Feedback from bas amp with overdrive.  Makes a lovely instrument all on its own:)

hieme wrote:

Nicely gritty and deep mix at the start, and then I love how it completely opens up after the intro. The gong transition are tasty as well, great stuff overall <3


Thanks! I got a little carried away with the gong, but I like how big it sounds.

theGuen wrote:

Nice composition. I love the beginning with marimba bass and piano...

Thanks! I do as well.  The marimbas help to lighten an otherwise dark sound.

sinewave wrote:

Fantastic stuff and huge ❤️


Thanks for listening!  I wanted to do something bigger and plodding this week since I've been doing so much bright dancey synthwave.  Nice to get heavy.

miraclemiles wrote:

Those real bass guitars sound great, as do all the synths. I hear good things about the Model D. This is fun, makes me think of some psychedelic circus.


Thanks! Yep, I recommend the Model D.  Can't beat it for the price.  I just have one, but I've seen set ups with two or three in a rack.

Aletheia wrote:

Lovely melodies! And I really like the bass guitar tone. Great song!


Thanks! Always feels good to break out the bass after weeks of just synths.

lysdexic wrote:

This is great, that bass is punk the offbeat is dub and the synth line and pads are Pink Floyd af. Super unique and interesting style, nice one


Thanks! Yeah, bass is punk inspired.  I was channeling Mike Watt and Fugazi a bit smile honored to have synths described as Pink Floyd style. Using Model D so definitely hardware of the same time period as 70s rock.

Devieus wrote:

Nice and slow.


Let it flow, let yourself go
Slow and low, that is the tempo

Q-Rosh wrote:

your recording has a pretty good quality. the mix came out very good. great stuff.


Thanks! Yeah, having much better luck recording with the Tascam interface. Gonna stick with it.

February 26, 2020 11:18 pm

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