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Thinkin' About It

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FeaturingFrank Carter III ( Songboy3), Clarence Simpson, ElRon XChile
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Started with Clarence’s intrumental tracks and Frank’s vocals tracks. Very nice tracks. Smoove!

Instead of torturing the tracks, went with a minimal tweaks and victimization approach. Not familiar with hip hop ballad beats and sub-bass grooves, so this was a learning exercise.

(1) Added simple funk bass to the choruses. Modified the volume envelope of sub bass notes in the chorus to support the funk bass pattern.

(2) Created a mono Sub-bass track processing it with Amplitube 4’s Sub Groove preset, which is a model of an Ampeg SVT-4 Pro amp, an old B-15 cabinet plus a pedal chain of envelope filter, overdrive, envelope filter to analog chorus. Happily, added a sub woofer to the studio so the low notes were more audible without headphones. Lots of audio signal in 30-40Hz range. This was different. We usually wack the audio off in that range to tight en up the bottom.

(3) Layered funk drums with Clarence’s drums during the choruses.

(4) Created a mono track of the muted guitar processing through Amplitube 4’s ‘65 Crisp preset, which is a model of the 1965 Fender Deluxe Reverb Amp. For more highs and transients, changed the single 12” speaker to a Brit Alnico G and changed the microphone to a Beyerdynamic M160 ribbon. No reverb was used since Clarence had the ‘verb groove on the tack. Also, turned off the preset’s fuzz wah pedal.

(5) Noticed drums were not a stereo signal so create a mono drum track to boost drive.

(6) Added the drum fill at the end of the first pre-chorus to the end of the second pre-chorus.

(7) The last word in Frank’s M1 Verse R track was distorted. Pulled the same last word from M1 Verse L track, repitched to somewhat match the distorted audio.

(8) Nocthed the Sub Bass by 12dB at 94Hz with a tight Q to give the kick had a little head room. Increased the drums by 9dB at 94Hz with a tight Q for the same reason.

(9) Deleted the two glockenspiel riffs.

(10) In the TAI L and R track outros, removed the hard “t” at the end of the each “Thinking About It” phrase.
(11) Reused the first “You Got Me” phrase in the outro and adjusted the lead vocals to accommodate the change. This phrase sounded too good to hear only once.

(12) In the TAI L and R tracks, moved the first two “Thinking About It” groups of three to the right a couple clicks for beat alignment. Tangential remark: The first time TRF remixed one of Frank’s songs “I Caught You”, he adjusted the vocal track’s beat alignment for us to make a better groove. And, all the time we thought we were savvy funky soul jazz rock fusion guys. Oh, well. Frank’s the pro.

(13) Relegated Clarence’s very funky guitar strums to the intro to accompany ElRon’s intro riff.

(14) Dampened a frighteningly audible click in the Bridge R track embedded in the vocals. Frightening because it made me jump.

And, that’s all folks.

"Thinkin' About It"
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