Not a lot have happened since the last entry in terms of sound really, the most drastic change have been transposing the Piano to a higher octave, partly to make sure i got room for a big bass sound (Zitto’s no. 1 complaint is that i’m to stenchy when it comes to bass), personally i liked the other better, but this is not my personal project. The track is now a 4 bar intro, which is basically what you heard last time, except the higher piano, a 8 bar chorus and a 8 bar verse.
The first trouble i ran into was with the bass, now don’t get me wrong i like bass as much as the next guy, but i’m very conservative with it, stuff kills you know. I knew from the start what i wanted, a real bass player either mic’ed up with amp and all or if necessary DI’ed and runned through an amp sim. Zitto wanted a synth bassline ala the kind you hear in House and Trance. I chose the most diplomatic route i could and found a standard House bass loop, he quickly heard that it was wrong. I then ran into more trouble with my idea, since the only bass player, i know, is a metal kind of guy and had no way of making a good bassline for this track. We where at an crossroad i been at many times before, do i go for my loop library and find a suiting loop or do i go from my soft samplers and synth and start hunting for a patch and then work out an bassline. I did what i thought best and called it quits for the day, this might sound stupid, but we had been working hard and the bass was not worked out to a point where there was anything that could fade. When work resumed i started by trying to lay down a RnB bassline myself, didn’t work, so i did something i normally try to avoid and went into my loop library and found a bass i really liked. I also by a happy accident stumbled upon a cymbal loop that was just awesome, at least to me ears as it didn’t sound like any cymbal i had heard, at least not enough to know the sound (i also made sure to cut a sample of it for my drum library). It along with a hihat loop (which was used in the verse instead) was also pulled in. I laid down some hihats for the chorus and moved on.
The verse was somewhat easy i had found two loops begging to be part of the track, an EP and a Flute, i chose to mute the piano from the chorus and keep the bass, that along with the hihat has made the verse so far. I plan to add a synth pad to it and perhaps also the chorus, but have chosen that it can wait.
Of course none of these things are sure, since Zitto haven’t heard it yet, so it could all change tomorrow or he could love it so much.
Sadly this project is taking a direction towards being more assembling loops then play it in myself, something that i always dislike, but especially here, since i want to learn the most i can from this project and thus impart it onto you. However this isn’t a teaching project, it was never meant to be. It’s first and foremost Zitto’s track, it’s main job is giving him something he can expose his soul over, not teach me how to make RnB style hiphop and sadly nor to let me impart any knowledge at all, this blog only exist because Zitto allowed me to write it and for that i owe him at least not to sacrifice it in the name of learning.
Here is an Audio Preview as it is, i haven’t done much, if anything in terms of clarifying the different instrument, so it’s a bit mushy i know.