Weekly Music Project - Song #4

January 26, 2014

We've made it to week 4, which brought with it some killer new sounds to my arsenal. Listen below and read on for the gory details:

Excited by the release of iZotope's new BreakTweaker drum sampler/synth/sequencer last week, I quickly downloaded the demo and got to work. I've heard rumors of this BT-created instrument for years and couldn't wait to finally get my hands on it. The glitchy intro beat is the result of a few hours spent getting my head around its sequencing and MicroEdit engine, and I'm pretty happy with the sounds I was able to pull from it.

The rest of the track came together with my usual V-Station synth melodies and bass line, recorded from my MIDI controller and quantized to taste in Cubase. Feeling the need for a big Slowdive-inspired wash of lead guitar, I plugged my Digitech iPB-10 pedalboard directly into the audio interface, with the Eventide Space reverb on the FX loop. For added dreaminess, this recorded channel later got some granular pitch-shifting treatment with the excellent SaltyGrain plug-in. Finally, to give the song some energy at the halfway mark I loaded up a basic "Abbey Road 70s Open Direct Kit" in Maschine with some compression, saturation, Resochord, and delay effects on the group output.

Key equipment/software used for production:

- iZotope BreakTweaker plug-in
- Guitar with Digitech iPB-10 pedalboard & Eventide Space pedal
- SaltyGrain plug-in
- Novation V-Station plug-in
- Physic Modulation Phonec plug-in
- ValhallaRoom plug-in
- Native Instruments Maschine MKI

Key: C Major
BPM: 105
Time Signature: 3/4

Any critiques, requests, complaints? I'm all ears over here. See you next week!