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Surface Tension

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This track was influenced by a couple of factors. One was re-watching the FMSynth tutorial video, after which, I created some melody & bass sounds with the synth and the track began. The 2nd was watching a few of Future Music's 'In The Studio...' videos on Youtube. One thing I noticed, was the heavy use of layering of sounds to create a richer and more unique final sound.

I've therefore used up all available machine slots experimenting with layering of sounds. I've layered the FMSynth 'stabs' sound with a couple of other similar sounds. The bass is layered with a formant filter effect, and I created a vox-synthy sound based on a looped section of a vocal sample using the Wav editor. This is layered with another instance of PCMSynth, (an octave lower & with different effects), a Subsynth playing the same notes, and I've also used a machine input for additional effects.

Finally, after reading about it in one of James' posts, I tried the 'reversed drums' trick by exporting 1 bar of the drum beat, then reversing it in the Wav editor, towards the end of the track.

Any comments welcome!

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Sounds great man really full

Sounds great man really full

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Fatter than the Christmas

Fatter than the Christmas Turkey!

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Thanks Sneeky Pete Pro

Thanks Sneeky Pete Pro

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Haha, cheers Barking_Mad!

Haha, cheers Barking_Mad!

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DanSeb strikes again with

DanSeb strikes again with another solid groove. Well done sir.

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Thankyou Jason!

Thankyou Jason!

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 I totally failed at what I

yes I totally failed at what I was aiming for - I wanted to pull off the reverse reverb trick that Danjdob and Wardini had managed so well, it was harder than I thought but the flipped beats sounded cool anyway so I used them instead!

Glad it inspired someone else smiley

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and yup, Danseb returns with

and yup, Danseb returns with yet another quality track - trancey house / progressive house. Nice formant filter sounds and just a top notch, full and funky vibe.

 

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the title is a level from the

the title is a level from the first 'Half Life' game, deliberate?

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Like!  Especially the bit

Like!  Especially the bit that kicks in at measure 72 and on.  Awesome work man! smiley

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Ah right, sounds like the

Ah right, sounds like the reverse reverb trick (from Danjdob & Wardini), was something a bit more advanced than what I tried, but it was your post that made me think "I'll have to give that a try..."

I was really struggling for a title for this track (what with no vocals!) So as I listened, some of the sounds made me imagine objects floating up and surfacing on a body of water. So I chose the title 'Surface'. However, that didn't specifically reference 'water', so I added 'Tension' to complete the title.

Afterwards, I thought "that sounds familiar" and realised it was a level from Half Life, but as it's my favourite PC game of all time, I thought that'd be a nice little reference! I'm impressed you picked up on it - I'm guessing you were a fan too? I remember a mate introducing me to Half Life, then playing a few levels in almost 'slide-show' fashion, as my graphics card was so old. I then went out & purchased a fancy new graphics card for the sole purpose of playing that game! (I still remember the awe I felt experiencing the 'intro' to that game for the 1st time, where you take the train journey to your work station, you could tell you were in for something special!)

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Thanks Caustic Replay! That

Thanks Caustic Replay! That 'vocal-fx' part was quite a late addition to the track, and I almost thought of going back and re-working the whole track around that sound/melody, but I decided it sounded best leaving the 'build up' to that part, with a few early hints leading up to it

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Really nice track, love the

Really nice track, love the sounds you use and the way you use them. Very inspiring :)

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Thanks very much Pan65

Thanks very much Pan65

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Another Beautiful clean track

Another Beautiful clean track....realky nice groove!

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Cheers Dan!

Cheers Dan!

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Great track DanSeb and nice

Great track DanSeb and nice to read about how you put it together.  The layers tactic clearly worked well cos this has such a nice full sound.  Inspiring stuff yes

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Thanks very much Mindfool. I

Thanks very much Mindfool. I'll definitely be experimenting more with layering in future, although it is one way to quickly eat through all 14 available machine slots!

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I like it... I just feel like

I like it... I just feel like it needs to go somewhere different, the break just makes it lose a bit of momentum, then when it kicks back it comes back to life. So I reckon it needs a complete change in the middle to take it somewhere different before falling back into it's groove.

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Cheers Rob. Yeah I do

Cheers Rob. Yeah I do struggle a bit with variation / changes of direction, I tend to create a chord sequence or melody and pretty much stick to that throughout the track, adding and taking away parts, rather than breaking away to something different. It's something I'll have to work on...!

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I think it's a common problem

I think it's a common problem a lot of us suffer. The "lazy break" that a lot of us do (myself included!) where we just cut some tracks out for a few bars then bring it back, often sounds really good... but sometimes it needs to go for a bigger change and do a proper "middle 8"

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Makes me wish there was an

Makes me wish there was an 'easy' button, to bounce tracks, I mean combine the output from 2 machines into 1 machine, so you could free up the slot(s) for more!

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One day I'll figure out a

One day I'll figure out a reverse reverb trick to run live audio through....

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This is great! Excellent work

This is great! Excellent workyes

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Thankyou Hatarakimasu!

Thankyou Hatarakimasu!

And Jason - Heh, that's impossible... right?(!)