Sun Shines Brighter (synthpop instrumental) - rev. Nov. 11, 2014

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PaulSC
KVRian
1185 posts since 13 May, 2004 from SF Bay Area, California

Post Fri Oct 31, 2014 3:46 pm


EDIT: Revised mix, November 11 -- jump here: http://www.kvraudio.com/forum/viewtopic ... 8#p5934158


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Just finished this one, and would be grateful for any and all feedback.

My starting point was wanting to write a tune with an uptempo shuffle or triplet feel. Eventually just set up my Logic project with 12/8 meter. All synth sounds programmed from scratch in Tone2 Nemesis and Electra2, drums are Rob Papen Punch, and that's it.

Enjoy! :party:

https://soundcloud.com/paul-nauert/sun-shines-brighter
Last edited by PaulSC on Tue Nov 11, 2014 1:29 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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davidstiles
KVRian
637 posts since 4 Nov, 2013 from Vancouver, Canada

Re: Sun Shines Brighter (synthpop instrumental)

Post Sat Nov 01, 2014 2:44 am

Good track, and definitely pleasant and upbeat in its mood. I think you should record some vocals for it! Or, if you would prefer to keep it synth-only, you might consider adding some additional harmony to the main lead (you do that a bit a times, but I feel like you could do it more without making the track feel too crowded).

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sfiks
KVRist
182 posts since 23 Nov, 2007 from New York

Re: Sun Shines Brighter (synthpop instrumental)

Post Sat Nov 01, 2014 9:25 am

This is the one of not so many synth pieces that has melody!!
I admire that. Please continue developing your ability to write melodic music.

PaulSC
KVRian
1185 posts since 13 May, 2004 from SF Bay Area, California

Re: Sun Shines Brighter (synthpop instrumental)

Post Sat Nov 01, 2014 10:34 am

davidstiles wrote:Good track, and definitely pleasant and upbeat in its mood. I think you should record some vocals for it! Or, if you would prefer to keep it synth-only, you might consider adding some additional harmony to the main lead (you do that a bit a times, but I feel like you could do it more without making the track feel too crowded).
Thanks, glad you enjoyed. You are absolutely right, it's constructed like a song, with a synth lead standing in for an obvious lead-vocal part. I have zero talent as a lyricist, so I have settled on this approach; but I would enjoy collaborating with someone who could provide words and sing for me. Someday soon, I hope!

Meanwhile, I can see how adding some harmony parts could enhance this track. I'll give it a try.
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PaulSC
KVRian
1185 posts since 13 May, 2004 from SF Bay Area, California

Re: Sun Shines Brighter (synthpop instrumental)

Post Sat Nov 01, 2014 11:15 am

sfiks wrote:This is the one of not so many synth pieces that has melody!!
I admire that. Please continue developing your ability to write melodic music.
Thank you, sfiks. While I enjoy a wide range of musical styles -- some melodic, others less so -- the music I'm writing these days is definitely a reflection of my love of conventional songcraft, and of the synth programming and arrangements of Vince Clarke in particular.
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PaulSC
KVRian
1185 posts since 13 May, 2004 from SF Bay Area, California

Re: Sun Shines Brighter (synthpop instrumental)

Post Tue Nov 11, 2014 12:12 pm

New version:
  • brighter, punchier handclaps, also tweaked drum reverb.
  • added subtle harmonic support to melodic lead during second "verse".
  • rebalanced mix in second "chorus" to bring out counter-melody.
  • re-designed percussion sound that runs throughout coda/outro.

Productive? Counter-productive?

https://soundcloud.com/paul-nauert/sun- ... e-download
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davidstiles
KVRian
637 posts since 4 Nov, 2013 from Vancouver, Canada

Re: Sun Shines Brighter (synthpop instrumental) - rev. Nov. 11, 2014

Post Tue Nov 11, 2014 8:16 pm

For the most part, productive. I think the track now develops better, and that's mainly due to the improved harmony and counterpoint. The one thing I'm not so sure about is the percussion in the intro. I think I liked the original mix better for the first 30 seconds or so.

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