Happy Thanksgiving! I hope everyone is enjoying their leftovers. Here is a track fresh from the oven:
I use Ableton Live 7. This song is composed of synth bass, drum machine, and samples all sequenced with MIDI. The piano and horns are all sampled and played on a drum machine instead of with a sampler. This technique is useful when using punchy sounds that you don't need to pitch bend, and it keeps all of the programming for those samples in just one MIDI track. The pulsating sounds are sidechained to the bass drum.Â
Another technical detail that I learned while making this track, but only employed sparingly, is using two bass synths at the same time. If you mix them together playing the same pattern you can create a new bass sound. Then, if you delete a few notes in the middle of the song from one of them, you can start to get some interesting variation. I came up with this idea when trying to emulate the bass inÂ GenesisÂ by Justice.
I also got some good practice getting rid of extraneous loops. I felt that without vocals or some other kind of top line the song was too repetitive. If I revisit this song I will add either sampled or real vocals, or I will take pieces of this and put it into a larger dance mix.
Our voyage has begun. I am excited to hear what everyone comes up with!