Frank Arnold - Sun And Shade (Work In Progress)

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4damind
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4735 posts since 17 Aug, 2004 from Berlin, Germany

Post Thu Mar 14, 2019 5:38 am

I'm working on a new track.

A production idea I've used is "ducking" of the reverb. Ok, it's not really a reverb, its the ReplikaXT delay in diffusion mode. Sidechained with the Glue and compression with Slate VBC Grey (SSL type).
How does it sound:
https://soundcloud.com/52degree/mrq/s-txZgq

And the progress of this track:
https://soundcloud.com/52degree/sun-and-shade/s-MHl2o

What do you think? :phones:


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mellotronaut
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9862 posts since 2 Jan, 2005 from somewhere in the woods

Re: Frank Arnold - Sun And Shade (Work In Progress)

Post Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:27 am

sounds perfect to my ears: i love this kind of old school (Berliner Schule) Electro. :love:
"It dreamed itself along"

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Vortifex
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1156 posts since 1 Sep, 2016

Re: Frank Arnold - Sun And Shade (Work In Progress)

Post Thu Mar 14, 2019 11:25 am

I'm probably being extremely picky here but I didn't like the click on the synth in the intro to Mr Q, it was particularly prominent from 0:07 to 0:16. Everything else sounded great, for some reason it reminded me of Jarre's concert in China. Look forward to hearing the finished version.

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4damind
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4735 posts since 17 Aug, 2004 from Berlin, Germany

Re: Frank Arnold - Sun And Shade (Work In Progress)

Post Thu Mar 14, 2019 12:12 pm

Vortifex wrote:
Thu Mar 14, 2019 11:25 am
I'm probably being extremely picky here but I didn't like the click on the synth in the intro to Mr Q, it was particularly prominent from 0:07 to 0:16. Everything else sounded great, for some reason it reminded me of Jarre's concert in China. Look forward to hearing the finished version.
Yes, I heared this clicks too in the exported file of this muted parts. It seems this is the behaviour of the Prophet V (Arturia) with shorter envelope release values. Disabling the "release" switch or setting longer release times removes this clicks. Fixed it ;)

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4damind
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4735 posts since 17 Aug, 2004 from Berlin, Germany

Re: Frank Arnold - Sun And Shade (Work In Progress)

Post Thu Mar 14, 2019 12:19 pm

Thank you Steven & mellotronaut :phones:

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Bansaw
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466 posts since 19 Aug, 2008

Re: Frank Arnold - Sun And Shade (Work In Progress)

Post Sat Mar 16, 2019 10:36 am

I like your stuff, nice retro creations.
You are quite minimalistic on your percussion. I'd personally like to hear more of a focus on the drums, but I guess thats personal taste. I like to have the kick drive more, and have the hi-hat in there.

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4damind
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4735 posts since 17 Aug, 2004 from Berlin, Germany

Re: Frank Arnold - Sun And Shade (Work In Progress)

Post Sat Mar 16, 2019 1:58 pm

Bansaw wrote:
Sat Mar 16, 2019 10:36 am
I like your stuff, nice retro creations.
You are quite minimalistic on your percussion. I'd personally like to hear more of a focus on the drums, but I guess thats personal taste. I like to have the kick drive more, and have the hi-hat in there.
Thank you! Yes, there is not so much percussion in this track. I think it goes a bit in the direction of Tangerine Dream which is more focused to sequences/arpeggios.

People often like videos more instead of listening to audio-only. So I made a small video too ;)
https://youtu.be/RMUn_GGRWxU

fastlanephil
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690 posts since 3 Jan, 2016

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Post Sun Mar 17, 2019 3:34 pm

It does sound quite smooth and relaxing. Not much here to think about but that can be a plus.

sjm
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1771 posts since 17 Apr, 2004

Re: Frank Arnold - Sun And Shade (Work In Progress)

Post Mon Mar 18, 2019 8:28 am

4damind wrote:
Thu Mar 14, 2019 12:12 pm
Yes, I heared this clicks too in the exported file of this muted parts. It seems this is the behaviour of the Prophet V (Arturia) with shorter envelope release values. Disabling the "release" switch or setting longer release times removes this clicks. Fixed it ;)
Still hearing lots of clicks and glitches (maybe you didn't update the audio we're hearing?)
Voted KVR's resident drunk Robert Smith impersonator (thanks Frantz!)

chk071
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18868 posts since 11 Apr, 2010 from Germany

Re: Frank Arnold - Sun And Shade (Work In Progress)

Post Mon Mar 18, 2019 8:44 am

In my opinion, in Mr. Q, the sound which comes in at 0:18, when the beat starts (that prominent sound which sounds a bit like a flute) is a little too loud, and should be turned down. Apart from that, nice as usual. :) You definitely have your own sound, which i even recognize, when i listen to DI.FM Chillout, when one of your tracks is playing. I always think that the drums need a bit more work though, i feel like they could sound a bit more interesting/distinctive. Minor niggles.

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4damind
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4735 posts since 17 Aug, 2004 from Berlin, Germany

Re: Frank Arnold - Sun And Shade (Work In Progress)

Post Mon Mar 18, 2019 9:42 am

chk071 wrote:
Mon Mar 18, 2019 8:44 am
In my opinion, in Mr. Q, the sound which comes in at 0:18, when the beat starts (that prominent sound which sounds a bit like a flute) is a little too loud, and should be turned down. Apart from that, nice as usual. :) You definitely have your own sound, which i even recognize, when i listen to DI.FM Chillout, when one of your tracks is playing. I always think that the drums need a bit more work though, i feel like they could sound a bit more interesting/distinctive. Minor niggles.
Very well listened to it! Its good heared in this "Mr.Q" (maybe because of the muted parts). This lead synth is a bit too loud, it sounds better if the level is a small amount decreased.
I don't have the complete track ready yet but I agree that it needs a bit more work with the drums (drums are always a challenge for me :hihi:)

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