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The main parts were recorded on cassette 4-track, but then transferred to digital for more overdubs and stuff.
Bass: Moog Minimoog
Drums: Gretsch/Rogers
Drum machine: Maestro MRK-2 samples
Clavinet: Korg Minilogue through Crybaby wah
Guitar: Peavey Strat w/ EMG pickups
Other sounds and leads: Moog Minimoog
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Level 24 Chipist
post #75329 :: 2016.12.23 6:29am :: edit 2016.12.23 6:29am
  Yung Gotenks, Jakerson, sleeparrow, pedipanol, MiDoRi and mootbooxle liēkd this
the ultimate uau
Level 23 Pixelist
post #75330 :: 2016.12.23 6:30am :: edit 2016.12.23 6:31am
  mootbooxle liēkd this
[Dezolis liek'd dis]

Also great entry, moot
as always <3
Level 23 Mixist
post #75341 :: 2016.12.23 9:34am
  sleeparrow, Xyz, sc, andres and mootbooxle liēkd this
The moment we've all been waiting for
Level 23 Chipist
th4 D34D
post #75342 :: 2016.12.23 10:21am
  sethdonut and mootbooxle liēkd this
Hey there mooty, dopeness ensued! I guess it's not exactly a traditional 'chiptune' but probably even more impressive. All of your playing is on point (is that you or the drum machine using the gretsch and rogers samples? sounds awesome). And this is definitely the only tune so far that is fully funk. That minilogue really steals the show though, and the harmonized leads that come in on the sides is a great touch. I could listen to this all day and I don't even like funk! I could also see this being awesome accompaniment for modern games that don't utilize chips anymore. God I think the soundtrack alone could sell the game. XD But most importantly, it sounds like you had fun making this track and that's what really matters!
Level 20 Chipist
post #75346 :: 2016.12.23 12:08pm
  sc hæitd this
  mootbooxle liēkd this
is it just me or do the drums feel just a bit smothered? not sure if that's a side effect of being recorded to cassette or what. but it feels like they could use some more brightness so they stick out more maybe.
Level 23 Pixelist
post #75347 :: 2016.12.23 12:15pm
  sc hæitd this
  mootbooxle liēkd this
I guess it's a deliberate mixing choice. If i was to be really picky, i wouldn't mind giving more energy to the kick, which is the least audible element, but i haven't even noticed it until now.
Level 20 Chipist
post #75351 :: 2016.12.23 1:09pm
  MiDoRi and mootbooxle liēkd this
even if it's deliberate, that doesn't mean i have to agree with it. :^) i don't think i've ever heard a funk song where the drums weren't very nice and present sounding. i think this song sounds spot on in pretty much every other way, the drums are nice and punchy and dry sounding, it just seems like they would be helped by some EQ boost in the high range. but i am by no means a master of mixing nor a father of funk, so i may be wrong about this.
Level 30 Mixist
post #75354 :: 2016.12.23 1:29pm
  sc, maxvdub, MiDoRi and Jangler liēkd this
Thank you guys for the great comments!
I keep on experimenting with different variations on my personal Funk Formula, if you can call it that.
The drums absolutely were an aesthetic choice, Max, although I do usually agree with your suggestion. If you listen to most of my drum recordings, I've got individual mics on everything, all nicely gated and compressed and EQ'd. But in going for this very vintage early 70s kind of sound, I tend to use the Gabriel Roth "shitty is pretty" principle (look him up if you're interested...his articles in Tape Op changed my life).
The drums in this case were miced with an SM57 right next to my head, through a tube preamp cranked to the max, into the tape machine, at just the right level to get the tape compression just right.
I could have brightened it up once I put it in the computer, but I just kinda like the murkiness of it!
Check out Shawn Lee's "Synthesizers in Space" album for the ultimate saturated, dry, murky drum tone!
Level 20 Chipist
post #75355 :: 2016.12.23 1:51pm
  mootbooxle liēkd this interesting. i feel like this works despite the murkiness of the drums because the instrumentation is sparse enough that the drums come through anyway. your track is a bit busier which is why i feel like the drums are sounding a bit buried. also i think these drums still sound like they've got more high frequency presence than yours. just my two cents. but yeah, if you're going for a lo-fi type sound then maybe it's fine.
Level 25 Chipist
post #75360 :: 2016.12.23 4:47pm
  Zillah, sc, th4 D34D and mootbooxle liēkd this
I kept seeing comments on the funk it up compo that mootbooxle is going to win this one and sure enough he has nailed it. Great job dude, this is really really impressive and now I need to check out more of your music :).
Level 12 Mixist
post #75447 :: 2016.12.25 9:46am
  sc and mootbooxle liēkd this
True funk right here
Level 13 Mixist
post #75481 :: 2016.12.25 4:19pm
  sc and mootbooxle liēkd this
Really good. Funny all the comments about the drums; I thought they were fine!
Level 29 Chipist
post #75485 :: 2016.12.25 4:41pm
  mootbooxle liēkd this
Get Jiggy wid it Mooty!
Level 30 Mixist
post #75716 :: 2016.12.28 10:48pm
Thank you guys!!! Hey Jredd, that's awesome! You can hear a lot more stuff like this at ! My albums Dirt, and Bare Hands I and II are all just like this!
Level 30 Mixist
post #75883 :: 2016.12.31 11:48am
  goluigi, DBOYD, Xyz, Post-retro and sc liēkd this
lol at the "hifi" tag! If cassette 4-track is your idea of hi-fi, what would you consider lo-fi? Morse code? Smoke signals? Banging two coconuts together? :P
Level 31 chipist
Chip Champion
post #75884 :: 2016.12.31 11:50am
  mootbooxle liēkd this
those minilogue oscillators sure do lend themselves to clavi sounds amirite?
Level 30 Mixist
post #75929 :: 2017.01.01 3:35pm
They sure do Chimp Chap! They cut like a knife through butta!
Level 26 Mixist
post #75963 :: 2017.01.02 5:11am
  Xyz, TheOfficialLobst, Zillah and mootbooxle liēkd this
This is authentic as funk
Level 23 Mixist
post #75981 :: 2017.01.02 12:32pm
  mootbooxle liēkd this
The Smiths: Moot is Murder
Level 0 n00b
post #76019 :: 2017.01.02 10:56pm
  mootbooxle and TheOfficialLobst liēkd this
CLASSIC funk. Makes me feel good inside. You nailed this shit on the head.
Level 30 Mixist
post #76069 :: 2017.01.03 12:10pm
Thank you Joe!!
Level 24 Chipist
post #76245 :: 2017.01.05 6:11pm
  mootbooxle, maxvdub and MiDoRi liēkd this
The drums are fine. It's one of those principles that you should only let a few things make it all the way to 11k+ on the spectrum analyzer or you end up with an earache mess. If you let the drums be what goes all the way up then you don't get to have standout synths, or whatever.

Having said that, it is my opinion that recording to tape for the sake of noise/saturation/mojo/whatever is a naked emperor. You would sound the same or better without it.
Level 20 Chipist
post #76310 :: 2017.01.07 9:33am :: edit 2017.01.07 9:34am
  mootbooxle liēkd this
i disagree, i think it definitely has an impact on his sound, but i think you can get that sound from virtual plugins these days

that's a good point about the high frequencies though i was definitely struggling with that on my track for this major. not sure if i managed to tame the high frequencies satisfactorily, but hopefully i did
Level 28 Chipist
post #76413 :: 2017.01.08 7:07am
  kleeder, sleeparrow and mootbooxle liēkd this
pretty authentic! can't really critique it on that, altho i wish it was less middle-of-the-road. feels like a pedagogical "how to write funk" without anything extra
Level 30 Mixist
post #76424 :: 2017.01.08 8:13am
I can't disagree, Charlotte! It's certainly not the most "outstanding" piece I've done, although I could have (and would have) made it much more bland if it had been a truly pedagogical work. It just felt like the right thing to do in this context.
Level 25 Chipist
post #76458 :: 2017.01.08 12:55pm
  mootbooxle liēkd this
Oh flip, all 1st's
Conratuglations, it's legit funk :o
Level 14 Pixelist
Blaze Weednix
post #76475 :: 2017.01.08 7:19pm
  Post-retro, Xaser and pedipanol liēkd this
6.666 funkability score wow did you sell your soul to the devil
Level 23 Mixist
post #76477 :: 2017.01.08 7:40pm
  pedipanol, mootbooxle and Blaze Weednix liēkd this
I guess you could say this was devilishly funky
Level 20 Mixist
post #76721 :: 2017.01.13 5:04pm
pilotwings 64?? :P
Level 9 Chipist
post #77040 :: 2017.01.20 8:08pm
  mootbooxle liēkd this
Fuuuunky, great track, good all the way!

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