Late sub because it's been my daughter's first birthday this weekend and I've had literally zero time with my gear.
Made this little ambient thing now for her while she's napping. Only had about an hour so excuse the roughness.
Nord Rack 2X
Full blown space rock, with apologies to Dave Brock for biting his guitar riffs.
My ears were pretty shot by the time I mixed this, listening back to it now I think the bass and kick are too deep to translate well and compete with each other too much, but over all I'm OK with it. Not like I can hear anything down there on my monitors anyhow.
Mostly overdubbed in Reaper in single long takes, with a little bit of step sequencing in obvious parts. I'm also not a drummer even when I'm not dealing with interface latency so I had to tighten up the timing of the drums (which are a sort of haphazardly cobbled together early 90s electronic drum kit made from some free triggers a friend traded to me, a kick pedal someone left in my parents' basement when I was in high school, and the cheapest old Yamaha drum brain I could find on eBay) but I tried to keep them as loose as I could get away with, mostly just moving everything back a few ticks to keep it on the grid, and fixing a few late snare hits; the kick was programmed separately on a DR-110 and doubled as a click track.
a little more put together than last week. still a bit of a hasty hodgepodge, but that's kinda my style.
beat and sequencer in fruityloops (qwerty improv synth) then dropped all of that as one track (no time to be fancy) into ableton and did some bass/guitar-as-noise-sources and a rough mix
Kind of a weird arrangement that came together during the week: severely inverse-gated 505 drums, 909 for some heft, Tension clavinet (seriously tweaked to use plectrum, different finger weight...), Electric Mk1 (crunchy), Analog Off-World pad, Epi P-J bass (replacing initial synth bass) and Epi Moderne (through Reuss RF-01 and Vox Wah, into Auto-Filter). Sends: two convolution reverbs and one Echo, with Auto-Filter in front to make it interesting. Kind of weird to mix. It also changed tonal center during the arrangement process. Starting to feel like I'm recycling bass lines...but maybe it works.
Title from the element Xenon, element 54.
Really need to master these mastering plugins. Anyway, I'm pretty happy with this. Came together really quickly.