by Will Helliwell

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Heavy Oddities Read below to see how I progressed with writing the track and what things I struggled with along the way. Day 1: What a night. All I was trying to do was enable velocity on a Kontakt instrument. I'd been doing the right thing and adding a velocity option in the mod section of the amp, but when I looked closer, I saw there were 2 velocities being played! And one of them was always full. So I bypassed the entire script that controls the instrument. It works! Order is restored. Day 2: Added in a few drums. They don't really fit yet though but I'm sure they'll get there. Created a really nice guitar synth line that adds a lot of atmosphere. I need to learn to just get stuff down and not focus on dumb stuff. I spent 20 minutes just trying to figure out how to change the pitch of a "riser" and then didn't even use the sound. Day 3: I didn't technically write anymore tonight but I moved things around like a jigsaw and all of a sudden, the track flowed a lot better. I spent the rest of the time creating the bass sound in Reason instead of using a stock synth in Kontakt. I like to write with tweaked stock sounds to get my ideas down quickly but when I come back to the song, I really like to dive into creating my own sounds for some of the instruments. I got distracted halfway working on the piece and made myself a spreadsheet to use as a sort of contact database after receiving a message from someone on Instagram. I realised I needed to build up a list of contacts I interact with in order to build better relationships. Day 4: It's now almost a full track! It still might be a bit short but I'll extend a section if I feel I need to at the end. Tonight was all about going into the individual tracks and making sure they sounded good as single entities. I had to remove the bypass I'd attached to the drums so I could apply some effects like phaser and bitcrusher but that meant I couldn't keep the neat little mechanical sounds that were on the same track. I can always come back later and duplicate the track to just add those in though. I created a gentle piano outro in contrast to the rest of the track and finished on a D major to add some optimism to an entire song that was written in D minor. Day 5: That's all the instrumentation done! I added a whole new drum kit in as I wasn't happy with just the one; it didn't have enough power. I also threw in a swelling distorted guitar pad, again to build the track up but to also simulate a large string section while sticking to the synth sound of the track. Next will be the mixing process. Day 6: I thought I was done with the instrumentation but I wasn't, It definitely needed some real instruments in there so I added in some overdriven guitar running through BIAS amps and swapped the bass synth for a real 70s jazz bass. After mixing and EQing it all, I applied a little reverb to about half the instruments that needed it. Finally, I brightened up a couple of the instruments using the Noveltech Character plugin.

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Read below to see how I progressed with writing the track and what things I struggled with along the way. Day 1: What a night. All I was trying to do was enable velocity on a Kontakt instrument. I'd been doing the right thing and adding a velocity option in the mod section of the amp, but when I looked closer, I saw there were 2 velocities being played! And one of them was always full. So I bypassed the entire script that controls the instrument. It works! Order is restored. Day 2: Added in a few drums. They don't really fit yet though but I'm sure they'll get there. Created a really nice guitar synth line that adds a lot of atmosphere. I need to learn to just get stuff down and not focus on dumb stuff. I spent 20 minutes just trying to figure out how to change the pitch of a "riser" and then didn't even use the sound. Day 3: I didn't technically write anymore tonight but I moved things around like a jigsaw and all of a sudden, the track flowed a lot better. I spent the rest of the time creating the bass sound in Reason instead of using a stock synth in Kontakt. I like to write with tweaked stock sounds to get my ideas down quickly but when I come back to the song, I really like to dive into creating my own sounds for some of the instruments. I got distracted halfway working on the piece and made myself a spreadsheet to use as a sort of contact database after receiving a message from someone on Instagram. I realised I needed to build up a list of contacts I interact with in order to build better relationships. Day 4: It's now almost a full track! It still might be a bit short but I'll extend a section if I feel I need to at the end. Tonight was all about going into the individual tracks and making sure they sounded good as single entities. I had to remove the bypass I'd attached to the drums so I could apply some effects like phaser and bitcrusher but that meant I couldn't keep the neat little mechanical sounds that were on the same track. I can always come back later and duplicate the track to just add those in though. I created a gentle piano outro in contrast to the rest of the track and finished on a D major to add some optimism to an entire song that was written in D minor. Day 5: That's all the instrumentation done! I added a whole new drum kit in as I wasn't happy with just the one; it didn't have enough power. I also threw in a swelling distorted guitar pad, again to build the track up but to also simulate a large string section while sticking to the synth sound of the track. Next will be the mixing process. Day 6: I thought I was done with the instrumentation but I wasn't, It definitely needed some real instruments in there so I added in some overdriven guitar running through BIAS amps and swapped the bass synth for a real 70s jazz bass. After mixing and EQing it all, I applied a little reverb to about half the instruments that needed it. Finally, I brightened up a couple of the instruments using the Noveltech Character plugin.
- Will Helliwell
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