Song of the Week: March 18 – ”Raincheck” – Strawser Music Studio

Lagging behind over here lately, on account of school and other contract work. Also, it seems that I’ve run out of space on my free SoundCloud account, so I’ll instituting a change of venue for storehousing the song files. Kind of a drag, since SoundCloud can tell me how many plays I get and all. Oh well….guess I’ll have to pony up and start actually paying for the service.

In the meantime, my latest offering was borne out of a rainy Sunday afternoon stuck inside, doing my best to put off doing actual work. I felt obligated to put “rain” in the title, and now that I think about it, I guess I was giving my actual work a “raincheck” so to speak. Anyway, I was trying to go for a more upbeat, groove-oriented fusion vibe for this tune. I’ve been listening to a lot of gospel stuff lately (Kirk Franklin, Richard Smallwood, etc.), and I was hoping for some of that to influence me somehow. Not sure it did, but I was thinking about the syncopation in that music and how I might emulate in a tune.

Again, I was trying to be a guitar player….I should just start apologizing for that up front. I do have plans of tracking a real guitar part in the places where you hear “synth guitar”, so just bear with me. Also had a time programming the drums. I should probably take a class on it or something.

Some items of note: found a pretty cool compressor plug called Molot by vlagd/sound, which I used on a buss for the drums and bass. Also broke out the ES1 for the bass synth, which I’m really digging. Two others I don’t mess with too much were the EVD6 and Ticky Clav by Big Tick Audio, both of which added a lot during the “funk synth solo” section. Most everything else are stock plugs that I use pretty much all the time:

  • Scarbee (Rhodes)
  • SampleTank (drums)
  • EXS24 (trinagle)
  • EVD6 (clavinet)
  • Ticky Clav (wah-wah clav comp)
  • Obxd (brass synth)
  • NI B4 (Hammond)
  • Kontakt (guitar/guitar solo)
  • Arturia 2600 V (synth melody/1st synth solo)
  • Arturia Mini V (2nd synth solo)
  • KV331 Synthmaster (pad)

via Song of the Week: March 18 – ”Raincheck” – Strawser Music Studio.


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