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How I Did It

Shame (Treatment)
by fourstones
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Thu, Jun 5, 2008 @ 10:21 PM

Samples are used in:


Tools I Used

Ableton (7), Stylus RMX, Recycle, DirectWave, WAVES

Samples I Used

Commercial loop/sound font libs for some of the beats, strings, flutes and acoustic bass.

Trifonic for synth, atmosphere and beat fills.

Original Samples

Strat through Cry Baby


I REXified the Trifonic samples as well as a drum beat and acoustic bass slide from a commercial library.

I fed those into Stylus RMX and worked on the groove for a while, using 'chaos' for inspiration.

Working iteratively between Live and RMX I worked out a groove by combining 4 percussive tracks
- a Trifonic beat with the lows looped off and most of the kick slices removed
- a Trifonic loop that had synth swells and percussion
- a commercial beat will all the snare slices removed
- an RMX snappy snare

For the bass part I had to do some re-pitching and I eq'd and compressed it to smithereens so it didn't sound quite so double-bassy. I played the slices on keyboard for about 16 bars and recorded that into Live where I then chopped that up to better match the other things going on.

The strings and flutes were played through DirectWave where I could control the glissandos. The strings could sound way better but I'm happy with the flutes (even though they don't sound like flutes)

The vocals are in 3/4, the track isn't so there was some chopping and aligning to do there.

Recorded the wha gtr last.

oldDog's piano intro was uploaded today and it was a lot of fun to drop that in as a break to throw things off.

After some cleanup on breaks I ran the final mix through WAVES imager and L2.

Other Notes

There's no way I could have done this in Ableton 6, it seems they have re-written the render engine and I'm pretty happy with it.

Yea, I probably could have done something more harmonically interesting, I meant to. But the groove just felt right and I didn't want to jam a series of chord changes in "just because."