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Reactive Center

By onezero on July 31, 2016 11:44 pm

An organically-developing piece, but one which fought me in mixing.  I'd had a few interesting drum patterns early in the week, and tracked some interesting bass lines--some of them seemed to go together, so I thought to have two simultaneous bass lines for a low dialectic.  I threw some Rhodes over it, and then late in the week re-tracked bass (for better timing) and baritone guitar. While I tracked some standard guitar, it didn't fit with the low frequency theme.

To keep things interesting, Sunday I added two percussion lines (Air Tube Bass with Collision, and some agogo and tambourine), along with vibes and an organ line. Balancing all this turned out to be a challenge: lots of low frequencies (duh).  I put a notch and high-pass filter on the kick to make room for the bass, also put a high-pass on the second bass, overdriving that for the fuzz.  Baritone also got some high pass to make room. Both basses got different Cabinet plugins, while the baritone depends on a reverb send to get some air.  All the MIDI channels got M4L Humanizer, and some got the MIDI velocity randomizer, though that was easy to overdo, so I kept the range narrow.

Sends: two convolution reverbs (one a studio space, the other a large hall) and Live's Simple Delay. (I may not have changed that off the preset.)

Does it work?  Depends on your speakers, I guess. Title comes from the fact that zinc's atomic number is 30, and doing a bit of research, I learned that enzymes with a zinc atom in the reactive center are used by all kinds of life forms--that's why you need enough (but not too much) zinc in your diet. 

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August 1, 2016 4:36 pm

It has a nice funky, slow motion feel

August 1, 2016 7:03 pm

Agree with m2K7.

So, you're ending this year with Tellurium? Can't wait for that post. ::)

August 1, 2016 7:37 pm
m2K7 wrote:

It has a nice funky, slow motion feel

Thank you!  The kick has been bothering me here--it's all beater, it sounds like.  Maybe it's worth twiddling the kick frequency.

Jim Wood wrote:

Agree with m2K7.

So, you're ending this year with Tellurium? Can't wait for that post. ::)

Thank you!  That's a pretty good idea, actually. Though..."metalloid" is also a very compelling title.  (Sounds like something Sleep would do.)

August 4, 2016 3:29 pm

Digging the baselines and panned out vibes/organ as well. A cool chill track

August 5, 2016 4:16 am

This is great, enjoying the slow tempo and grooving bassline

August 5, 2016 8:23 am

Great groovy track.

August 5, 2016 9:12 am

So I'm happily sitting working, with this weeks WB tracks running in the background, then..."What's this dirty, laid back funky track"Then I get a double bonus, firstly find it's OneZero back on the funky vibe and also get some nutritional knowledge about the benefits of Zinc. Winner

August 12, 2016 1:54 pm

This is great.  Love that baritone guitar.  And the mix works well on my headphones.

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