Session Production Elements:
This session is affectionately named Melody First because I built the beat/rhythm section around the melody. I started with a bright piano patch using the NN-19 sampler and filled it out with an NN-XT synth patch. I enjoyed the way the two instruments interact with each other as they take turns carrying the melody. This interaction between the two parts help to create interest in a rather simple melody.
The Beat itself was programmed using the two ReDrum machines. One ReDrum has only a few percussion hits, while the other carries the core beat. Instead of just programming the drums using the ReDrum step pattern sequencer, I actually performed them using trigger pads. This adds life to the performance giving it a more authentic drum feel, by recording the actual velocity changes in the performance.
The bass was done using the Malstrom synth with quite a bit of grit added to it to give some edge that cuts the mix. I also recorded a mod wheel automation that opens the bass up at the end of the phrase.
Finally, I am opening the loop with a pickup beat that uses two SubTractors to create some interesting texture. These effects are bussed to a delay to give them a huge sound and massive sustain.
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Download the .wav and Reason 4 file here.