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The song list order, final names and album title #rpm

So I’ve tagged all the songs now with the official names. Thanks everyone for the suggestions. I feel like we have some solid names going on.

 

Hunz – Thoughts that Move

 

01 – It’s so Light [Rpm Song02]

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02 – Soon, Soon [Rpm Song03]

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03 – Car in the Meadow [Rpm Song07]

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04 – The Messenger [Rpm Song09]

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05 – Enough to Make You Smile [Rpm Song10]

 

06 – Long Road [Rpm Song01]

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07 – You Said Hello [Rpm Song08]

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08 – In Tomorrow [Rpm Song06]

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09 – Switch Off [Rpm Song04]

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10 – The Commotion [Rpm Song05]

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Mastering this thing all day tomorrow. Will express my thoughts about that through the day.

#Rpm Mixing Day12 Long Road Song1 v5

Well, I’m so excited by this that I might explode. Mr Mark Dollin aka mmd is helping me out with Rpm. He is gracefully giving up his time and taken the role of cleaning up my mixes and making them sound better then they should during this really tight turn around. I’ve asked him to talk about his mixing in the same way I have about my sketching and tracking of the songs. This post is a bit late but we’ll play catch ups as they come out. As you may have noticed the name has changed for Song1 v5 to Long Road. Thank you everyone for your input on this one, I’ll keep it going with all the songs and pick the best names.

 

This experience so far has been nothing short of amazing. Thank you everyone. Please enjoy Mark’s notes as I have. Visit his site and throw some love his way his work is so greatness. Click here for MMD

 

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Hunz – Long Road – Version 5

 

  • Loading mix, getting acquainted with the sounds, learning what all the channels are. Sounds amazing already!
  • Setting up some master volume settings.
  • Soloing each sound to understand the parts, looking at FX settings. Hunz has some complete send splits going on! Hmm… Group soloing all the vocals, enjoying a private Hunz acapella ;)
  • Low end feels a bit too huge and boomy, focus on the kick first. Kick filter and EQ tightened. Now the bass: re-shaping EQ, adding a light chorus. Put a compressor on the kick to make it a punch.
  • Now the snare: taking some low end mud out of it and some harsh mids. Putting a limiter on the snare to make it behave a bit.
  • Hats – thinking of lifting the tone a bit – added a filter. Added an EQ to remove some harshness.
  • Looking at the ‘drum master’ where all of the drums are sent, again thinking of liftin the tone – added a filter. Happy with the drums.
  • Now to Synth1. Ouch, some painful mids here – adjusting EQ. Panning is causing some spatiality issues – added subtle reversed echo.
  • Synth2: Adding a filter to knock off the extreme high sounds from the lofi grit. Adding an echo like before to get some more width. Adding some EQ to take out unwanted frequencies.
  • The ghostly pad: enjoying the textured haunting sounds but it needs some bass and mids out so changing the EQ.
  • Fixing up some some filtering issues in the sends…
  • Now listening to the whole song without the vocals to see how the music gels. Time to save! Might be time to have a break before attacking the vocals, so time to walk the dog!
  • Ok vocal time. Trimming and cleaning the actual vocal recordings. Fixing some little pops and clicks.
  • Listening the the whole mix to get a sense of what needs balancing. Now to listen to just the vocals.
  • Making a send to group all the vocals in, to make some changes to the vocal sound overall. Added a High Pass Filter to knock out any subs. Doing some subtle EQ to clarify the vocals. Adding a sharp Low Pass Filter to focus the ‘air’.
  • Thinking of adding some subtle verb to the vocals… Kind of works but doesn’t for some of the percussive vocals so I’m removing them from the send group. It’s touch and go whether or not the verb works, so I might leave it for now and let Hunz decide.
  • Back to the whole mix, listen to it altogether. Thinking the vocals could be automated to be more subtle for the first verse especially, but then ramped up for the chorus. Again, something for Hunz to decide.
  • Might be time to check the mix on a different set of speakers in a different room, so I’m linking that up.
  • Generally happy with the sound on the other system but I’m thinking the vocals need a little more ‘air’ emphasised. Used a basic Low Pass Filter trick to lift the high end.
  • Starting to get a bit of ‘ear fatigue’ so time for a break and a check later.
  • Trying out a late night session on headphones to check a few things. Nothing much seems addressing at this point but the verse ‘hum’ note seems too bassy for the mix. Putting a light High Pass Filter on that part.
  • This will do for now. Will do a final check tomorrow with fresh ears.
  • Early morning sessions with fresh ears: Was thinking the keys may be a little soft but they sound pretty right. Struggling to find much else to fiddle with. May be time to save and pass back to Hunz for his final edits!

 

I would also like to note that this song has yet to be mastered which another friend of mine is helping me out with as well. I will talk more about this later but man, the help I’m getting for this is just overwhelming. I’m just so amazed. OK, amazement over it’s time to get some sleep and get on to RPM tomorrow!

 

#Rpm Day8 Song1 V5

Should have seen this one coming but I’m an animator so I used the codes we use for saving our files. I’ve now decided to change them around. So I’ll have the day we are up too what song I’m working on (until it gets a name) and what version I’m up too. I hope that makes sense.

 

After going to mr.maps cd launch last night I’ve been feeling that wind of music underneath me where everything and anything is possible. Please if you haven’t checked them out, do. It was an amazing experience that I would repeat again tonight if he was doing another show. So I present to you my 1st completed tune. I need names people and I’m not precious about these things so gimme something and I’ll tag it.

 

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Hunz Song1 Version05

 

Verse
Well take my heart
and break it down, won’t you?
yeah, tear it apart
This broken heart. yes you!
and once that’s done
we’ll build it up. won’t we?
we’ll cram it full
of promises won. won’t we?

 

Chorus
and it’s a long road
It’s a long road

 

Verse
Let’s make a start
Let’s make a start to this
this cuts so deep
I need loves thread to stitch this
And when it’s done
we’ll have to run from here
the past has drawers
that store the oldest old ways

 

Chorus
and it’s a long road
It’s a long road too

 

Bridge
I dream of a day when it all feels truly clear
those clouds just disappeared as I’m watching them go
I dream of a day when it all feels truly clear
those clouds just disappeared as I’m watching them go

 

Chorus
and it’s a long road
It’s a long road too (I’m trying find it)

 

  • Created new drum roll end with bass matching for 2nd pattern in verse
  • Adding synth notes for the verse parts to expand later on and build up in the song.
  • I love cutting notes (using the F1 -> F4 in the volume chn) because it creates this fake guitar effect of muting the notes on the down/up strum
  • Refined the lead
  • Placed some bass movements to compliment
  • Started hearing different notes
  • Striped it back again to listen to better setups
  • Found something that flows
  • Heard vocal part – laying it down
  • going to change the bass to move more
  • Going into arrange mode.
  • I’m finding the grooves I want people to remember
  • The whole Mmmm .. Ahhhh vocal thing I really want people to hear
  • So I’m featuring it before I go into the verse and then turning it down.
  • Putting Light 2 note chords on each 1 hit to create a shell and more melody for the verse
  • Lunch/Breakfast break
  • Placed bass root notes underneath chorus part
  • It created something cliche but I liked it.
  • I started singing something over the top
  • Created a new part and am ditching the previously made one for now
  • Going back to the verse part and changing the octave of notes
  • It’s got some of that backbone that I love, means it creating a light atmosphere where the vocals can carrier the rest.
  • Writing lyrics
  • Recording verse lyrics still unsure about the melody for the chorus.
  • Arranging and pulling parts in and out.
  • Deciding on the 2nd verse to drop all the kit out and pump through a new bass/chord progression over the vocals
  • Will continue that for a broken chorus.
  • Didn’t think the broken chorus would work.
  • I’m so over the chorus, I think it’s lame.
  • I’ve changed the mid8 into the chorus.
  • My wife came in and listened to it.
  • She thinks I need food before deciding what to do.
  • Food.
  • Food helped! I have more of an idea.
  • I’m going to work on the old chorus now. Create layers and get the essence of it out.
  • Singing in counter parts and melodies
  • Constructing the outtro bridge
  • And am putting on a ending that I’ve never done before.
  • A chorus with no pull back into it. It just plays out.

 

So how do I feel about this song. I’m not loving the chorus. I find it too, um, upbeat or something or comical. Don’t know. I do know it’s catchy and I enjoyed it when I wrote it and then when I 1st heard it back. So I’m holding on to that. I like the feel of the overall song and I like how it’s paced. Highlights for me are the 2nd chorus with all the layers of vocals and then the break out from the drum beat into something that just lets go. Anyways, I’ll be moving into new stuff tomorrow night.

 

#Rpm Day1 Song1 v1 & Song2 v2

So getting up early was out, I slept in till 8:30 and then proceeded to clean up a bit so I could get into the mood of song writing. So I started, it was rough but I did manage to get 2 songs out. Here is what happened .. (errr, it’s a bit boring :-P )
 

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Hunz RPM01 01

  • drew a sample on the screen.
  • split up the highs and the lows with a send.
  • pushed the highs into a panning stereo situation.
  • created a chord progression.
  • didn’t create a vibe for me.
  • found a nice loop from a sample cd.
  • cut it up.
  • reprogrammed / pitched shifted everything around and made a beat.
  • drew a bass sample.
  • got those 2 working together.
  • felt the vibe.
  • created chords and melodies.
  • started singing out a basic melody.
  • scraped the singing.
  • listened again found something nicer.
  • as the loop played I sung the chorus
  • I then shifted the song around the singing I had created.
  • I completed my 1st sketch and moved on.

 

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Hunz RPM 02 02

  • found an old hiphop loop
  • cut up the loop into fragments
  • split out the drums
  • created a snare split (highs/lows)
  • used the hihats really low with the snare to create some body
  • found a neat button I’ve never seen before in renoise autoamp
  • Starting playing with it and noticed it reaches a threshold and created FM distortion like stuff
  • created a melody around this
  • created another melody that is more me
  • Everything locked together
  • Sung over the top of everything and sung a chorus over the verse
  • Wrote a chord progression for the chorus

 
As you can hear, I mix as I write. It helps me get into the mood of the song and hear where it wants to take me. When I started this morning I also opened up the Bible to Joshua and I gazed down on its words. ‘Terrified’ was the word I connected with. It’s such and awesome word, that best described uncertainty in time of change and economic sadness.
 

Am feeling very optimistic. I feel like I could do this. Hope you guys enjoy it. Let me know what you think of the tunes.