Bernaise…

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    • #299120
      ,Mark RickettsMark Ricketts
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      Hi all,

      Been working on a jump-up project – got as far as the first half so far. It’s a blatant ‘The Sauce’ rip-off, hence the name.

      Would appreciate some input on what it needs…
      https://www.dropbox.com/s/fyzp7zo0wsrv4d0/Bernaise.wav?dl=0

      Thanks in advance!

      Mark

    • #300204
      ,GENIE HQ
      Keymaster

      This is heavy Mark! Would go down so well in the rave. Really nicely executed and produced too.
      Perhaps needing a little something to add a unique identity.
      Those stabs tucked away in there, heard from the breakdown are awesome, big Bad Company flavours. Is that a sample?
      Definitely keep this in your demos folder and keep writing, keep the vibe and productivity up πŸ˜€

    • #300244
      ,Mark RickettsMark Ricketts
      Participant

      Thanks for the kind words of encouragement Genies!

      Any suggestions on what could be added? I’m starting to go ‘blind’ to the tune TBH.

      Yeah I added the Pulse reference after my original post and switched out the files :-). It’s a synth preset (DC Breaks’ Halo), that has been OTTd, Trashed, excited and filtered to thin and flatten it out.

      I’ll deffo drop this at house parties, etc… but unsure I can I ever do anything further with it as, as originally stated, it started out with me trying to recreate a ‘The Sauce’ tune (particularly the break and intro) – there is just way too much similarity. However, it was lots of fun to make (and I learnt a lot in the process) – i just wish I could make those DLR basses oozing minimal funk… *sigh*

      Many thanks,

      Mark

    • #300772
      ,GENIE HQ
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      Any suggestions on what could be added? I’m starting to go β€˜blind’ to the tune TBH.

      Leave a while, don’t even listen to it for a month or two.. or more!
      Keep writing and generating new tunes all the time.
      Clarity / samples / ideas for this tune will pop into your head when you try not to force it!

    • #301537
      ,Mark RickettsMark Ricketts
      Participant

      Thanks Genies!

      Yeah – will deffo step away from this one for a bit (that’s what I did previously, I started it in July :-)). Taking a break from the tune last time allowed me to approach with fresh eyes so sound advice!

      Many thanks,

      Mark

    • #301543
      ,Mark RickettsMark Ricketts
      Participant

      Tried to edit the post but it didn’t stick, so replying to myself instead πŸ™‚

      I wanted to add that, when I originally left the track (rather than ‘pushing through’), I wasn’t sure if I was doing the right thing ie – it felt like giving up.

      Your confirmation that feeling the need to step away from a project should not be misconstrued as creative failure, is both encouraging and great to hear!

      Many thanks,

      Mark

    • #301548
      ,GENIE HQ
      Keymaster

      that feeling the need to step away from a project should not be misconstrued as creative failure,

      Definitely this 100%

      You’d be amazed how many tunes that get released today for example, began 2/3/5 years ago and the artist had to wait for the idea to settle…
      If you stew on something too long you’ll go crazy!

    • #379719
      ,Mark RickettsMark Ricketts
      Participant

      Hi Genies!

      As discussed I gave it some time before revisiting πŸ™‚

      https://www.dropbox.com/s/y26awi6hzve60b7/Bernaise%20v2.wav?dl=0

      I’d welcome any feedback you have for me.

      Many thanks,

      Mark

    • #380677
      ,GENIE HQ
      Keymaster

      Nice work Mark πŸ™‚ The idea and the main of the tune is down now, has a vibe!

      It feels like the beats are what really need focusing on now to bring this tune up a level. Perhaps a little grid / robot and need some human-ing..
      If you just solo the beats is it a beat you could dance to? That’s often a good test (but definitely not always a good test!).
      You have the backbone of a fat groove down, with that sick offbeat worm hit in there, but it feels like the beats need more crafting, maybe more layers, fatter snare, more kick texture, more groove in the perc. Then glued together with some clipping and bus processing.
      The best advice at this stage would be work and work on the drums (save versions!!) until they are grooving and sounding really fat. Then when you have that aspect totally nailed, come back and look at the rest.
      But remember: this genre is Drum & Bass. Those two aspects are all you need; but have to be impressive on their own.
      Hope this helps!

    • #381595
      ,Mark RickettsMark Ricketts
      Participant

      Thanks for the awesome feedback Genies – I will work on the drum groove to get it rolling!

      Many thanks for taking the time,

      Mark

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