December 10, 2011 2:06 PM

Electronic beat with lush pads.

posted by jchgf (6 comments total)

So... what are you doing to the tuning?
posted by weston at 3:36 PM on December 14, 2011

Which aspect of the tuning are you talking about?

The first 30 seconds "intro" is all built with outtakes samples of previous versions of this piece. I simply slowed down the individual samples and roughly sequenced them with the the Kong drum designer in Reason.

For the synths, I usually adjust the tuning of every oscillator until I find the sounds comes alive or becomes interesting when juxtaposed with the other voices in the piece. I do this by ear and probably the pitches become in fact out of tune. I usually tinker with the oscillator tuning buttons within 30% (-15 to +15), but this is no hard rule and I just go with what sounds good to me.

Hopefully none of this tinkering sounds too grating for people with more accurate ears than mine.
posted by jchgf at 7:42 PM on December 14, 2011

I also set the LFO on the more rythmic synth (above the bass and below the pad) to an amount of 100% as a sawtooth alternating every 3/8 steps between two oscillators, one four pitches above the other, and with a tuning differing by 28 cents.
posted by jchgf at 7:02 PM on December 15, 2011

actually i really like the tuning. it could very easily stray into the territory of hideous, but here it's the right side of the line. BoC-esque. I'm guessing they're an influence? :)
posted by Hartham's Hugging Robots at 4:22 AM on December 16, 2011

Ha, yes they are. :-)
posted by jchgf at 8:09 PM on December 16, 2011

This is awesome. Lush pads indeed.
posted by Corduroy at 12:30 AM on December 20, 2011

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