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Valley of Salt

By onezero on March 18, 2018 6:42 pm

Another complex week, which precluded listening to others' work as much as I'd like.  (Hoping to resolve that soon.)  This one...came together from the beat on up--I had a little rhythm in my head and sketched it out, deciding to go more to the band-sounding side than the synth-sounding side. 

Drums: kit of single-hit acoustic drums cobbled together from single-hit samples I had lying around, going through Drum Buss.  I also put a high-pass filter on the kick with resonance boosted at the cutoff of 53-ish Hz to amplify the shell and give it some thump. 

Other instruments: organ was Live's Operator, Stereo Organ preset. I had a vibraphone line, but changed that to Live's Collision instrument on the Large Bowls preset.  There's a Tension instrument, with the Prepared Piano preset, and an Electric instrument on Old School Roads.  There are two bass lines at times, both Epi P-J into the Focusrite; the lower bass got some EQ-8 to notch out the kick frequency.  The high one got Cabinet to give it some air. There's a clean Epiphone Moderne line in there as well, going through a high-pass and a low-pass with some drive on the low-pass, and then the Cabinet plugin.

Sends: two Echo sends (Tape Reverb and Delay Syndicate presets) and a convolution reverb with high-pass in front of it to roll off bass.  Auto-pan all over the place, and everything gets full-chain master.

The title comes from the Periodic Table abbreviation for sodium, element 11 (Na)--this comes from "natrium," or "element from the Valley of Natron," which was an early provider of salt to Egypt.

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March 19, 2018 7:10 am

Tight. It all works well together.

March 19, 2018 10:20 am

Sounds very good. Nice dubby feel and vintage approach by the guitar and bass. Well done.

March 19, 2018 3:12 pm

Jazzy, and properly salted. And thanks for the background info re the element designation.

March 20, 2018 4:13 pm

Great sound! the bright organs are real good with that muffled guitar...

March 20, 2018 11:24 pm

March 23, 2018 1:32 pm

I agree with that gif ^^^ Great bass work, and I love the tone of drums heart

March 23, 2018 10:31 pm

Ooh, yeah slinky good. Lovely delays, dub jazz goodness.

April 1, 2018 11:51 am

Great Job!

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