Weekly Music Project - Song #5

February 3, 2014

Happy Monday to you all. I'm pleased to report that things are still going strong over here in the studio, with one month down and only 11 more to go. I've also settled on a plan to release these songs in quarterly/seasonal batches for free on BandCamp, so look for the first winter collection on Tuesday, April 1st. This will be a 13 track album that I intend to master in-house and submit to various digital distribution platforms.

Give week 5's new song a listen below:

Taking a slightly different turn this week I decided it was time to dust off my old friend, the Vocoder. Keeping the synth layers and reverb to a minimum, I did my best to let the excellent (and free!) TAL Vocoder shine, with a simple lyrical hook I recorded through my Studio Projects C1 mic. A touch of compression, delay, and reverb rounded out this channel to my liking.

Lest we forget the intro and core of the song, a pulsing synth arpeggio from the Phonec plug-in that - in retrospect - reminds me of a number of Boards Of Canada songs. This intro sound also gets layered with a minimal field recording captured in a place I spend the majority of my weekdays, sprinkled with the sounds of rustling paper and keyboards being typed upon.

The glitch-filled hi-hat rhythm gets a healthy dose of evolving modulation from the brand new (free, and very cool) GlitchMachines Fracture buffer effect plug-in, the Audio Damage Replicant beat-repeat-style plug-in, and some basic LP filter automation over the course of the track. The final part of the main drum sequence also receives some automation with a ping pong delay and my favorite comb filter, the OhmForce OhMyGod plug-in.

Key equipment/software used for production:

- TAL Vocoder plug-in
- Novation V-Station plug-in
- Physic Modulation Phonec plug-in
- iZotope BreakTweaker plug-in
- GlitchMachines Fracture plug-in
- Audio Damage Replicant plug-in
- OhmForce OhMyGod plug-in
- Studio Projects C1 condenser mic
- Native Instruments Maschine MKI

Key: E Minor
BPM: 76
Time Signature: 4/4

We all still love vocoders, right? I hope Daft Punk hasn't worn out their welcome...


It may not be pretty, but this is the result of a hasty 2-night recording session in Cubase

It may not be pretty, but this is the result of a hasty 2-night recording session in Cubase