(Funky Bass) Glow Worm

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strangers
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Post 19 Jun 2022

The recent May Madness sale made me realize I have a lot of REs I never use. Why not change that and put them to use? Here's the aftermath of scrolling through and fiddling with a bunch of REs I've totally neglected. One exception was Parsec2. It manages to find its way into most songs.

RE's used in this song:

Layers
Monotone
Zero
Saw1
Klang
Expanse
Go2
Parsec

As usual, open to any comments, likes, dislikes, etc.



https://officialstrangers.bandcamp.com/track/glow-worm

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TheGodOfRainbows
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Post 19 Jun 2022

Friggin great stuff. Drums are hot. I wish it went on for longer though.

strangers
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Post 21 Jun 2022

TheGodOfRainbows wrote:
19 Jun 2022
Friggin great stuff. Drums are hot. I wish it went on for longer though.
Glad you liked it. I tend to over-write when I'm coming up with songs and have a longer initial skeleton. Once I get a bunch of ideas and the general structure down I then get rid of a lot things that I don't like or don't feel fit the overall picture. Next thing I know, 3-4 minutes is now down to 2-3, if I'm lucky. This worm was cut and didn't manage to grow again.

Drums were fun to come up with. I didn't originally plan to keep them more on the acoustic side and ended up liking how they fit in with everything else. I only ended up layering an additional kick and clap. That gave just enough umph to be where I wanted.

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moofi
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Post 21 Jun 2022

Like especially the rhythmic side of things here :-)

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moofi
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Post 21 Jun 2022

In terms of the synth I could imagine experimenting a bit with its sound/timbre, possibly less "picky" with a slightly fuller body and possibly a little more filtermodulated. Thinking typical 303 style in terms of filter variations going into bubbly + resonated sound e.g.
Could aswell be a screaching MS-20 style sound or a combination of both or anyhting in that regard :-).

strangers
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Post 23 Jun 2022

moofi wrote:
21 Jun 2022
Like especially the rhythmic side of things here :-)
moofi wrote:
21 Jun 2022
In terms of the synth I could imagine experimenting a bit with its sound/timbre, possibly less "picky" with a slightly fuller body and possibly a little more filtermodulated. Thinking typical 303 style in terms of filter variations going into bubbly + resonated sound e.g.
Could aswell be a screaching MS-20 style sound or a combination of both or anyhting in that regard :-).
Rhythm was my focus with this one so I'm glad to see it was noticed. I like your ideas for possible synth sounds, especially the resonated route. I have a lot of fun playing around with squelchy bass sounds although I haven't fit them into songs yet. That's on my agenda for sure.

What do you mean by a 'picky' sound? Do you mean like plucks and similar sounds? If so, I do gravitate to them for an unknown reason. I'm thinking because there's a lot you can do with them especially when it comes to layering... not that I really have a clue :lol: I mess with things until it sounds good to me. Take this song for example, I couldn't even guess what genre it would be classified as. It happened to be what popped up in my head and translated through my fingers. When it came time to make this thread 'funky bass' was about the extent of my feeble attempt to even guess a genre.

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Chizmata
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Post 24 Jun 2022

strangers wrote:
19 Jun 2022

One exception was Parsec2. It manages to find its way into most songs.
out of curiosity, what did you find to stand out in parsec? i've centered my last 3 tracks around it as well and i find that its a good synth with lots of possibilities to make complex sounds and phrases. but i couldnt really find a way to make its unique way of synthesis (constructing everything from hundreds of sine waves, like reversed FFT) clearly shine through. there was barely anything where i thought "only parsec can achieve this sound", it mainly imitates classic techniques with different means. lets say aside from a handful of the bottom effects, which are still subtle and also very cumbersome to use.

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moofi
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Post 24 Jun 2022

Sounds like free way compositions :-)

Regarding, "picky" I ment "tickiditicki", I know it sounds sort of silly, yet I at least assume it describes it well. Thought of writing plucky, yet plucky is too pocky, hence picky :-D

strangers wrote:
23 Jun 2022
moofi wrote:
21 Jun 2022
Like especially the rhythmic side of things here :-)
moofi wrote:
21 Jun 2022
In terms of the synth I could imagine experimenting a bit with its sound/timbre, possibly less "picky" with a slightly fuller body and possibly a little more filtermodulated. Thinking typical 303 style in terms of filter variations going into bubbly + resonated sound e.g.
Could aswell be a screaching MS-20 style sound or a combination of both or anyhting in that regard :-).
Rhythm was my focus with this one so I'm glad to see it was noticed. I like your ideas for possible synth sounds, especially the resonated route. I have a lot of fun playing around with squelchy bass sounds although I haven't fit them into songs yet. That's on my agenda for sure.

What do you mean by a 'picky' sound? Do you mean like plucks and similar sounds? If so, I do gravitate to them for an unknown reason. I'm thinking because there's a lot you can do with them especially when it comes to layering... not that I really have a clue :lol: I mess with things until it sounds good to me. Take this song for example, I couldn't even guess what genre it would be classified as. It happened to be what popped up in my head and translated through my fingers. When it came time to make this thread 'funky bass' was about the extent of my feeble attempt to even guess a genre.

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Post 24 Jun 2022

Nice.
The latest release:

Popey
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Post 25 Jun 2022

very cool. great production that bass is so tight.

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Uman's
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Post 26 Jun 2022

I just have to summarize: wow !


I like the realistic of the bass and the kick sound.

However, why the track is it cut off? is it a demo? :cry:
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strangers
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Post 27 Jun 2022

Chizmata wrote:
24 Jun 2022
strangers wrote:
19 Jun 2022

One exception was Parsec2. It manages to find its way into most songs.
out of curiosity, what did you find to stand out in parsec? i've centered my last 3 tracks around it as well and i find that its a good synth with lots of possibilities to make complex sounds and phrases. but i couldnt really find a way to make its unique way of synthesis (constructing everything from hundreds of sine waves, like reversed FFT) clearly shine through. there was barely anything where i thought "only parsec can achieve this sound", it mainly imitates classic techniques with different means. lets say aside from a handful of the bottom effects, which are still subtle and also very cumbersome to use.
I like Parsec2 because it's a really straightforward synth to use and automate. I use it often because I find it's great for layering sounds. Using this song as an example, the bass is comprised of four layers. If I remember correctly, I was using Parsec2's bass guitar patch since it's very consistent and provides the right low end and low-mids that I needed. I run into the same scenario with pads, leads, plucks, etc. Parsec2 typically delivers for the building blocks I need. The bass on this track was a mix of Expanse, Monotone and Parsec2.
moofi wrote:
24 Jun 2022
Sounds like free way compositions :-)

Regarding, "picky" I ment "tickiditicki", I know it sounds sort of silly, yet I at least assume it describes it well. Thought of writing plucky, yet plucky is too pocky, hence picky :-D
Now I see what you mean. I like the combo of words. I feel like I should reach out to you for genre names when I have no clue what to classify something as. I'm pretty sure you'll deliver :lol:
PhillipOrdonez wrote:
24 Jun 2022
Nice.
:thumbs_up:
Popey wrote:
25 Jun 2022
very cool. great production that bass is so tight.
Thanks Popey. I put a lot of focus into getting the bass sound I wanted for this song. Glad to hear what I had in mind worked out. Since I layered the bass I was able to really put detail into how the bass interacted with each section. I've never really done that before so this was something new for me.
Uman's wrote:
26 Jun 2022
I just have to summarize: wow !


I like the realistic of the bass and the kick sound.

However, why the track is it cut off? is it a demo? :cry:
Thanks Uman's! I was expecting the "too short" comments since this one clocks in just shy of 2 minutes. The original structure was extended. Ultimately, I cut things down. It's really easy to get carried away and have a song that's tooooo long. Didn't want anyone to lose interest. I figured if it's good then why not listen to it twice? That way the fun never ends.

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Chizmata
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Post 28 Jun 2022

strangers wrote:
27 Jun 2022
Chizmata wrote:
24 Jun 2022


out of curiosity, what did you find to stand out in parsec? i've centered my last 3 tracks around it as well and i find that its a good synth with lots of possibilities to make complex sounds and phrases. but i couldnt really find a way to make its unique way of synthesis (constructing everything from hundreds of sine waves, like reversed FFT) clearly shine through. there was barely anything where i thought "only parsec can achieve this sound", it mainly imitates classic techniques with different means. lets say aside from a handful of the bottom effects, which are still subtle and also very cumbersome to use.
I like Parsec2 because it's a really straightforward synth to use and automate. I use it often because I find it's great for layering sounds. Using this song as an example, the bass is comprised of four layers. If I remember correctly, I was using Parsec2's bass guitar patch since it's very consistent and provides the right low end and low-mids that I needed. I run into the same scenario with pads, leads, plucks, etc. Parsec2 typically delivers for the building blocks I need. The bass on this track was a mix of Expanse, Monotone and Parsec2.
alright, thx for your input :thumbup:

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TheGodOfRainbows
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Post 01 Jul 2022

strangers wrote:
21 Jun 2022
TheGodOfRainbows wrote:
19 Jun 2022
Friggin great stuff. Drums are hot. I wish it went on for longer though.
Glad you liked it. I tend to over-write when I'm coming up with songs and have a longer initial skeleton. Once I get a bunch of ideas and the general structure down I then get rid of a lot things that I don't like or don't feel fit the overall picture. Next thing I know, 3-4 minutes is now down to 2-3, if I'm lucky. This worm was cut and didn't manage to grow again.

Drums were fun to come up with. I didn't originally plan to keep them more on the acoustic side and ended up liking how they fit in with everything else. I only ended up layering an additional kick and clap. That gave just enough umph to be where I wanted.
I definitely tend to over write too. I appreciate your restraint here. And holy shit you 'came up with' the drums?! You programmed all that?! Holy shit I thought for sure those were drum loops. Once again, I really like this track.

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