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Unit

By onezero on January 5, 2020 6:23 pm

Welcome back, everybody! 

This one is in the dub/funk kind of vein--that's just what I was hearing this week.  I started with some patterns in an Ableton drum rack with the 64 Pads Dub Kit preset, and added some accents from the 64 Pad Finger Snare kit.  Both of these got M4L Humanizer to get a little elasticity into the beats, and the finger snare kit got some Auto Pan.   And there's a track of Electric (MkI2 Crunchy Piano) on here as well, through a band-pass Auto Filter with Auto Pan


I tracked the usual 80s Epiphone P-J bass direct, shaved off some sub-100Hz with EQ8, and added a bit of air with a convolution reverb send. 


Guitar is a (new to me) PureSalem Mendiola on the bridge pickup, through a Vox Wah and Moyo passive volume.  (Then in Ableton I added high-pass and low-pass Auto-Filter with drive, Utility for gain reduction, and Cabinet for some tone shaping.)  I tracked a lot of guitar that I edited out, and some of the remaining clips lent themselves to being reversed.  I wanted to keep this one more spacious rather than guitar-dense.


Sends: High-pass Auto-Filter into convolution reverb (BM7 large room impulse), Delay (on 3), customized Echo--dotted eighth notes with a bit of wobble.  Full-chain master on everything.


After doing two years of element-titled pieces, I'm giving myself a break from that restriction...so this title comes from looking up some facts about the number 1--turns out it's not considered a prime number, but a unit. So there we are.

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January 6, 2020 12:37 am

Welcome Back! Great start to the year, I think you managed to balance the elements in this piece perfectly. Lovely groovy ambience with just the right amount of space. Very inspiring stuff well done!

January 6, 2020 12:49 am

dubby funky chill vibes. the guitars sound fantastic!

January 6, 2020 4:06 am

January 6, 2020 1:03 pm

Very nice! Sad to see the elements go, but numbers are also pretty fantastic.

January 6, 2020 3:00 pm

85 bpm FTW! Nice vibe. And welcome back!

January 6, 2020 5:48 pm

digging those dubby vibes!!
I like the space in this track. Makes for a very pleasant listen

January 6, 2020 11:13 pm

LOOK AT THIS ABSOLUTE UNIT.

Love your ability to make the separate instruments sound like a gelled-together band.  Glad you are back!

January 7, 2020 8:48 am

I am vibing with you... Great track!

January 7, 2020 3:43 pm

I've probably been binging too many detective tv shows lately, but this track would make the perfect theme for a special investigation unit. Unit hehe smile Incredible mood!

January 7, 2020 3:49 pm

Great track! That bass tone is awesome. I really need to steal a bass from the bassist of my band so I can try to shape nice bass tracks/tones. Good job.

January 10, 2020 7:30 pm

Very funky and thoughtful, wonderfully varied, ThanX!

January 10, 2020 8:47 pm

Funktastic!

January 12, 2020 5:34 am

Great to hear some cool dub vibes.  Really enjoy the bass and guitar parts.  And the dub style delays of course.  smile

January 12, 2020 10:47 pm
Ryan wrote:

Welcome Back! Great start to the year, I think you managed to balance the elements in this piece perfectly. Lovely groovy ambience with just the right amount of space. Very inspiring stuff well done!

Thank you, Ryan!  It's interesting that the sparser tracks seem to hold together a bit more easily.

midimachine wrote:

dubby funky chill vibes. the guitars sound fantastic!

Thank you! 

Judgement Act wrote:

That's the stuff.  Always loved Rick basses...to look at and listen to. (They don't quite feel right, for some reason...)

hieme wrote:

Very nice! Sad to see the elements go, but numbers are also pretty fantastic.

It's so weird that this system the Mesopotamians developed to keep track of business transactions also happens to describe the universe. 

sinewave wrote:

85 bpm FTW! Nice vibe. And welcome back!

Thank you!  Great to be back!

dj someguy wrote:

digging those dubby vibes!!
I like the space in this track. Makes for a very pleasant listen

Glad you enjoyed it!

orangedrink wrote:

LOOK AT THIS ABSOLUTE UNIT.

Love your ability to make the separate instruments sound like a gelled-together band.  Glad you are back!

Thank you!  A lot of that is having a room-sized convolution reverb that various instruments get sent to--kind of helps it feel like musicians in the same room.

theGuen wrote:

I am vibing with you... Great track!

Gab Manette wrote:

I've probably been binging too many detective tv shows lately, but this track would make the perfect theme for a special investigation unit. Unit hehe smile Incredible mood!

Thank you!  I do seem to find a gravitational pull around that detective show sensibility, for some reason!

djippy wrote:

Great track! That bass tone is awesome. I really need to steal a bass from the bassist of my band so I can try to shape nice bass tracks/tones. Good job.

Thank you!  Bass is such an essential instrument, and extremely fun to play.  Tone...is close to what I wanted here.  Neck feel is possibly more important than tone, because you can always do tone-shaping later.  (The EMGs in my Epi P-J need a lot of low-end rolloff to sound this way.)

m2K7 wrote:

Very funky and thoughtful, wonderfully varied, ThanX!

Thank you!

DataJanitor wrote:

Funktastic!

rdomain wrote:

Great to hear some cool dub vibes.  Really enjoy the bass and guitar parts.  And the dub style delays of course.  smile

Thank you!  I do have that dub sensibility hard-wired in me...

January 12, 2020 11:03 pm

Indeed it is not a prime, many a computer programs would loop infinitely if it were.

Nice smooth groove at always.

January 13, 2020 12:50 am

January 13, 2020 1:15 pm
onezero wrote:

It's so weird that this system the Mesopotamians developed to keep track of business transactions also happens to describe the universe.

lmao, agreed.

January 13, 2020 8:39 pm

Pristine mix as usual. Sharp and clean smile

It's great to see you back for another year, Maurice

January 13, 2020 9:30 pm

Noice. I missed your funky dub bass. Good to hear it again!

January 15, 2020 4:27 pm

welcome back!  superb unit!

January 21, 2020 8:19 pm

great track!  I love the reversed guitar, probably wouldn't have noticed it if you hadn't mentioned it.

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