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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 Day19 Song6 v7

I changed the format of this one. I thought going back into the chorus at the end would work. I know, I’m going back to conventions but it, well .. needs it? So now its, Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Verse, Bridge, Chorus, Outro. Enjoy what Mark has mixed:D

 

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Song6 Version7
Mixing Comments [Mr Mark Dollin]

 

  • Time for a brief early morning mix session. Having a general listen and enjoying the slow chill vibe. Setting up some master channel settings for standard playback.
  • First things first looking at the bass. Putting a High Pass filter on the bass expansion echo, keeping all the low end mono. Adding an EQ to shape the sound. Adding a little dry warmth to the distortion. Adjusting the highpass on the bass atmosphere channel. Nasty little click on the start of pattern 12 – Attempting to fix the problem by automations to replace the switching on the filter. Same issue at pattern 32 fixed.
  • Ok now to the kick. Wow this one is an oddy! Clicking on the second kick fixed with a short instrument envelope. Adjusted the EQ, but may have to check it later.
  • Playing kick and bass together to get sense of balance on the low end. Kick seems a bit flabby and epic so I’m trying a gate on it to make it punch quicker.
  • Now the snare. Feeling a bit too loud and lively so I’m lowering the output on the compressor and squeezing the ratio harder. Taking some low end out of the EQ. Adding a LP Filter to knock some nasties out of the high end.
  • Kick and snare together are feeling a little dull in tone – adding a filter to brighten the tone.
  • Adding the highhat to the mix. Bringing the volume down so it sits inside the kit sound. Fine tuning the EQ. Adding a reversed pan echo to fill the soundstage more.
  • Adding the bass back to the mix and just realised it needs a light chorus on the highs to make the sound ‘travel’ more.
  • This’ll have to do for now – time to go to work!
  • Afternoon session. Starting off with Synth 01. Turning off the left inversion. Adding another short revere-pan delay to make up the width. Adding an EQ to focus the tone.
  • Now for the Rhodes. Cleaning all the samples of clicks. Adding an EQ to focus things a bit, especially reducing tension in the mids.
  • Looking at Synth 02, which is kinda epic and erratic. Again a quick EQ to fix the tone up.
  • Time for the big phat strings! Moving the EQ to after the compressor and adjusting the tone a bit. Checking the Reverb send while I’m here. Adding a filter to reduce the bass, offsetting the pan just a little to the right. Adding a reverse panned delay to fill the width evenly.
  • Now playing all the melodic instruments together to get a feel of how it’s all coming together. Making some minor tone adjustments here and there.
  • Adding the drums to the mix. Bringing up the strings a bit. Squeezing the drum compressor just a little more and adding a limiter to catch stray transients. Listening through a few times.
  • Time to rest the ears and have a break before doing the vocals. Time to walk the dog!
  • Armed with Aktivite I’m ready to tackle the vocals. Listening to all the vocals acapella. There’s some nice ‘voice breaks’ hunz as done here, has a nice emotional tension to it.
  • Sending all the vocals to a group send to apply global edits to them. Adding an EQ to the group to smooth the sound.
  • Bringing up the volume of the first verse vocal.
  • Soloing the backing vocals. Lowering the bass in the EQs.
  • Back to the full vocals to check balances. Adding a filter on the group send to lift the tone of the high end. Mmmm sparkley!
  • Spending some time cleaning the vocal samples…
  • Adjusting the feedback levels on the vocal echos to balance the stereo image a little more.
  • Ready to add the other sounds to the mix, one by one.
  • Vocals feel like they are dominating just a bit. Dropped the group volume by -06dB ;)
  • Bass upper harmonics are feeling like they are competing with Hunz’s voice, so I’m lowering the bass tone a bit.
  • Things are feeling nice and together so it’s time to check on other speakers. First: headphones. Bringing the drums up a touch. Just a touch more off the low end of the vocals.
  • Now to the big speakers in the other room nice and loud! Dropping the chorus vox down a small amount.
  • Back on the main speakers, adding a fadeout on the last pattern. This is sounding right to my ears now. Time to pass it back to The Lord of The RPM.

#Rpm Day19 Song6 v6

So grateful that I got 2 days off from work. I cleaned up 3 tunes, and they are final. Although I’ve yet to listen through the end changes I made to Song2 which I’ll post in a bit. I managed to finish Song6 and will start work on another one in a little bit. Possible that it’ll be the most loosely sketched one, because the clear ideas just come together with out much effort.

 

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Hunz Song6 Version6

 

[Chorus]
Oh no, you’re not there, but I see your hair
And I’m tired and I wish you were gone
I might be showing my fear but I’m living in tomorrow.

 

[Verse]
I wish I could know where my mind goes, oh oh
I guess there is times yesterday shakes today, oh oh.

 

[Chorus]
Oh no, you’re not there, but I see you hair
And I’m tired and I wish you were gone
I might be showing my fear but I’m living in tomorrow

 

[Verse]
Just because memories flash doesn’t mean your heart agrees
Greedy hands from my mind take them all, far away .. oh

 

Bridge
My God will have the victories
My God will tear this apart
Before all time had begotten
A shield was placed in my heart

 

  • I’m listening through the work
  • Not much left to do but write the lyrics
  • Didn’t want a bridge, but one fell out.
  • Writing more lyrics
  • So I’ve deiced to screw convention
  • chorus / Verse / chorus / Verse then bridge and over
  • It just works, leaves you hanging for more, but that’s what repeat is for :D
  • Happy with this tune now, has it’s own character and I like that.
  • Bouncing down my Rhodes samples.
  • Fixing them up clicking like mad.
  • Happy with the arrangement

 

Much needed break coming up. Uploading tune to Mr Mark Dollin for the mix and will keep the rpm happening after the break.

 

#Rpm Day17 Song6 v4

Had an interesting night with this one. Made like 3 different verse parts. Realized they sounded like other things I loved and then made it simpler and simpler until I hit this. It’s so simple but it just flowed.

 

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Hunz Song6 Version4

 

  • Loading up Song6.
  • Loving how dorky this song sounds again.
  • Getting into the groove of it to create another movement.
  • Playing with the bass
  • Placing strings in
  • Vocal melody came to me singing in ad lib part
  • Arranging drums to change to suit it more.
  • Deciding to keep this song very, very simple
  • Will add one more instrument
  • Found a nice vocal to lead into the chorus part again
  • It turns out it’s not nice
  • Playing around with the chords at the end just before the chorus part
  • Something fell out as notes were left on; I can hear things I like
  • It’s getting so complicated that I’ve broken for dinner
  • After walking back I decided to sing over the groove of the 1st part and write another melody from it
  • Come up with such a simple simple chord thing that’s been done to death but it works
  • Created some really 8bit synth noises that are like the ghosts in mario.
  • Dinner Break
  • Playing with it some more and came up with 3 different verse ideas
  • made it simple again
  • thickened out harmonies in the chorus
  • made a scat for the verse
  • eeep, it’s late .. time for post

 

I’m getting so tired now. My throat is so tired, and I’m feeling a bit run down. I’m going to take vitamins before going to bed and try and get some rest. Aiming to take Thursday/Friday off, but we’ll see how that goes.

 

#Rpm Day7 Song6 v3

So my ears are still ringing from the show last night, which was awesome, thanks for asking :P . Yeah, I forgot my ear plugs. My voice is a little rougher as well due to my live voice being a bit more pushed (still working on that). Special hello to everyone that managed to come, hope you had a wonderful night.
 

I picked up the Rpm06 Sketch and knew I wanted to take it some where. It had some new elements in it that I’ve never done before, one being the snare split with a one shot LFO trigger. I straighten the beat out more and made it less complicated so the bass could weave in and out of it creating some complexity. It’s important to me that people can hear each element and enjoy it even when everything is on UNLESS it’s intentional and you want to drown people in a sound mess. I also love dorky moments in song take the string line for example. I shifted it down an octave from is original sample tone and then Just ran it down in tones / semitones it is so .. errr .. dorky sounding but when it hits together I feel like it’s weaves through with intention.
 

Have a listen to where that beat went and I’m rather happy with it. Don’t know if this is a chorus or middle 8. It could be a verse but I think it’s too high and not a “the song has started” moment. I am up for something new though so maybe I should ditch that mentality OR I could let the song breath and do it’s own thing (which is always what I do, after thinking about it too much)
 

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Hunz RPM06 03

  • Don’t really like the loop, Don’t like how it delays the snare. IT’s what I use to do and I need to move forward.
  • Constructing something different and listening to the sounds to see if works together.
  • I love lowering things, So I’ve lowered kick and the Snare
  • I straighten the loop out lowered more things and created some nice snare cascades.
  • Placed a simple hi hat in there
  • Found a bass line that was just pulsey
  • heard a melody for a synth line
  • slowed the track down too bpm125
  • Want the drums to follow the lead create more space.
  • Leaving kick and snare on with lead to create a beat.
  • Changed Bass to suit sounds more random but punches on melodies
  • Sped the track up to 138bpm
  • Not to happy with the kick going to mix a pure sound with it (later on)
  • Layered vocals through the mix
  • I’m happy with this sketch for now
  • doing a quick arrangement for your listening pleasure
  • Sketch over for the day

 

Have a really busy afternoon but a good one none the less. Going to picnic to say farewell to a friend of mine. Then later going to see mr.maps launch their cd. Should be an awesome night.
 

I’ll catch you guys tomorrow as I have a full day to work on something. Should I do something new? Or should I complete something old? Make some suggestions by leaving a comment.
 

#Rpm Day5 Song6 v1

I had to work back late today to finish up something. So I decided to have an earlier night. I have a show tomorrow so I thought I would do a run down of how I set up a beat (backbone). I use renoise so if you do, then this will be helpful(ish). It’s not a fantastic beat but it’s what I’ll call a skeleton. What I do next is listen to notes and freq’s with in the pattern I’ve created and see if synth/bass or vocal lines comes out of it. That might sound strange but if you listen hard enough (hopefully the mp3 conversion hasn’t killed it) you can hear the bass notes I put in on the last 4 (or is that 8) bar counts coming out of the kick pattern.
 

Tonight’s audio preview has only drums in it. And goes. Kick pattern, Kick + hats pattern, Kick + hats + snare pattern and then the bass notes I hear in the kick. I personally don’t like what the kick gave me as a melody so I’ll start playing with that later.
 

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Hunz RPM06 01

  • Bringing in a loop to just sketch a drum loop.
  • Find some old vinyl thing
  • Chopped up and pulled out 2 Kicks, 2 Snares and a Hihat
  • I personally like working with recorded loops they have have character in them e.g. Hisses, rooms ambient and crowd noises.
  • I love how you can extend samples (e.g. looping) and cut them off (e.g volume ramping) to create counter rhythms.
  • Working on the kick pattern 1st
  • Looped one of the kick and then pitch shifted it for snare hit with quick volume off
  • Pitch shifted it down a few notes so it hit 80hrz range.
  • Eq it pretty harshly pulled tones I didn’t want out
  • Pushed tones I did want in.
  • Adding Hats before Snare
  • Hat sample is very Clicky heavy so I’ll be using offset (900) command in renoise to cut into it at certain points.
  • I’ll also be looping it to create dorky open hats.
  • Pitched them up a little
  • Created something to counter hit the kick pattern
  • it creates some welcomed awkwardness.
  • Placed snare on 2 and 4 then 2 and 4.5 I love delaying snares.
  • Eqing Hi hats
  • Whistling Freq (4000hz range pulled down) added 4octave around 8000hz for crisp.
  • Soloing the Snare, listening.
  • It’s a yucky Snare that I’m going to attempt to thicken with Chorus and Eqing
  • Distortion Chorus added more Freq to split
  • Splitting Freqs to Sends
  • With the Low Freq I’m going to put a reverb on them very long and then Gate it quickly.
  • I’m going to use the LFO device to Env the Gainer Gain
  • I’m resetting the One Shot every time the snare triggers
  • So I can adjust the Gate Evelope on the LFO device
  • Sending both snare sends to a master they need to be compressed and sound unified more.
  • I’m Bus compressing them and this is how I use the compressor
  • I push the threshold right down to -50
  • I set the ratio to 5:1
  • Now because this is a snare I like it when some of it’s crack comes through.
  • I increase the attack until I hear the snare crack
  • This case it’s around 350.
  • So after 350ms the 5:1 ratio is going to kick in and compress the snare
  • the release is just after it’s compressed that threshold setting how quickly it’ll release it back into an uncompressed signal.
  • I’m moving the threshold up and the ratio to be less severe
  • and placed some makeup on it (no not lipstick :D )
  • Made some minor tweaks to get more range
  • If I place a snare in with out triggering the LFO in the Low send it creates and awesome crack.
  • Creating counter beats with this crack.
  • Panning Hats around.
  • Drawing in Bass sample.
  • Placed bass pattern in it’s just following the awkward.
  • That’s all for tonight.

 
I also want to add “I’m no expert”. I just like sound and try my best to bring it together. If technically I’ve done the wrong thing with compression then please let me know. I’m always in a state of learning. On listening through it again, I think the compression on the snare is a bit severe and I’ll fix that later.
 

If you are around (Brisbane, Australia) please drop into my show at the troubadour tomorrow night. It should be a freek’n great night. I’ll be on around 8:30ish. Which means that I will not be posting tomorrow. :cry: