Compo Status :: Round 89 Voting :: Ended 2015-01-29 00:00:00 *CST () :: 7 Votes

A Day at the Beach by Knetter

Round 68
Author Knetter
Title A Day at the Beach
MP3 Link
Module Link sdc68_Knetter-A_Day_at_the_Beach.xrns
Filesize 4138KB
Score 5, 5, 5, 5, 4, 4, 3, 2, 2Total Points: 35 (9 Votes)
1st Place Vote5 Points2nd Place Vote4 Points3rd Place Vote3 Points4th Place Vote2 Points5th Place Vote1 point

Authors' Notes

Inspired by the warm days here in Holland. Started quite late with this track so it has a bit of abrupt ending (just like the summer days in Holland D: ;) )



Comment by waterhead on 2012-08-16 08:01:18

Wow - really amazing work, Knetter! Really sounds like a day at the beach. With sand, wind, sea and sun. A really classy intro, I love the subtle opening low-pass on the arp, the wonderful warm sound of your guitar riffs, and the really most convincing usage of the flute-samples. Obviously, it was a very good choice to use the shaker-like sound for your accompanying percussion, and for me, the "Sonor Hih 004 render 001" on Track 8, even if gentle, is not needed. Maybe I'm wrong, but for me it "brings back" some very digital/repetetive sound into an otherwise "very organic sounding" percussion line. But that's nagging about an irrelevant detail in a very perfect picture. This is - no doubt - one of the best tracker pieces -- I've ever heard so far --, and it's overall sound is so consistent and harmonious, so well composed and mixed, that I hardly find anything to criticize, except the ending is a bit abrupt, as I miss the equivalent of some acoustic sunset, after enjoying such a wonderful impression of your day at the beach. Must have been a wonderful holiday, and your song is a wonderful piece of art. For me, your song is absolutely at eye level with other well known, but commercial, lounge-with-ambience-fillers like AKMusic's "Ocean drive 707" or Aim's "Cold Water Music".

Excellent work, really outstanding!

Comment by keith303 on 2012-08-16 14:29:08

outstanding tune here. waterhead already painted the perfect picture for this track and i can only share his feelings towards this matter. the little gripe with the perc on track 8 he mentioned, might also be related to the slow / delayed attack of the sample, so it appears to be a bit off in the mix. besides that the final mix is very good imo, with the harp'ish SQ8L instrument being a little bit too much upfront for my taste maybe. but the shaker compensates for everything anyway - that sample was bundled EXACTLY for this track as it simply glues everything together so nicely.
i love this, for the wonderful mood, the drive, the mix, the arrange... the (almost) "everything" :)

Comment by Necto_Ulin on 2012-08-17 02:41:06

Very good! You know, for my opinion there are several ways to attract listeners attention. For example, Prodigy\Overseer have drums but no melody, Jean Jarre\Kraftwerk have melodies but not drums (even if style is supposed to have), Orbital\Crystal Method have interesting compromise, some kind of drums+story, no deep melodies but interesting melodic ornament instruments... As I see Your skill develops proportionally between story, melody and rhythmic lines. It's really rare and great way (the way that closed for me to my regret :)!

Let me tell about "bad" things I've noticed because I have nothing to judge about great overall sounding :)
In patterns with 3 snares channels the global snare sounds like several samples and even collapse in solo (because of Track 4), I think subtle EQing could solve the problem and make it sounds solid. I've noticed You don't like to use send (aux) channels for delay here )) Well, it's matter of taste for sure but creating X delay sends for entire song not only the good and classic manner to mix (the same as flanger, exciter, doubler...) but also gives You interesting unexpected results such as mixing a couple of delays for instruments You expect with one delay only. And the last thing I try to struggle every time I press the key on my midi-keyb linked to synth - toylike sounding. I feel overall toylike sounding... Frankly, I can't explain it better than...
[UPD: aghhh... bla-bla-bla, I've read this for a second time, You know, forget it, I'm just obsessed with studio environment, it's clinical case :-D]
Nice job!

P.S. Yep, Your idea to control volume via Signal Follower is much better than mine to control compressor since Signal Follower has own attack\release option ;-)

Comment by nt on 2012-08-17 06:40:35

Very well composed, Knetter!
I'd only like the guitar riffs to appear more distant (reverb) most of the time. In a "dreamy" explanation: Like some distant place that I'd like to go to.
The only time where they should remain as dry as they are, is at 3:08.

All in all a great work.

Comment by hexmode on 2012-08-19 17:57:02

Great track - really nicely composed. Big fan of the bass that comes in around 1:30 :)

Comment by Knetter on 2012-08-20 15:22:18

Wow -- thanks for the kind words and some great comments guys!!

@w4t3rh34d and @Keith303: hihat on 8 indeed has a bit of a slow attack which interferes with the shaker. And you are right about the outro... Thanks for the link to AKmusique - Ocean Drive 707 it's great! But I don't come even near them TBH ;) BTW...BIG THANKS FOR THIS INSPIRING SAMPLE PACK!!

@Necto_Ulin: I have been experimenting with controlling Compressor ratio as well instead of volume directly to prevent volume clipping on zero signal follower input. I think Ableton does do sidechaining like that (?). Good point of using a single send for fx racks, I whish Renoise had a "pack it up and substitue with Send" right-mouse-click option for an FX chain... Or that every FX chain is decoupled from channel and more like a bus principle.
What'd you mean exactly with the "Midi keyb toylike sound"? :D

@nt: I though that making them distant would "drown" them a bit.

Comment by Knetter on 2012-08-21 16:40:47

Put an updated version on SoundCloud,
* Made the guitar riffs a bit more distant with a flanger
* Decreased the ducking from the sidechaining a bit
* Made the arp loop a bit softer
* little tweaks...

Comment by Sallecta on 2012-08-21 17:09:55

perfect melodic drum and bass in scope of track structure and melody.
really the one for those who can enjoy the naked soul.
for others - the track needs to get a suit and a body (sure, keith303 can do it))

enjoyed this track more times. thank you for good mood!

Comment by organic_io on 2012-08-21 21:14:04

Hey Pepijn.... Excellent stuff as always. :) Another classic to add to the collection. I love the syncopation of the beat. The mix seems punchy, kicking sub-bass. And of course the synths and atmosphere. Wonderful blend of evvvvverrything. Only thing I would change is to make the shaker a little quieter.

Really excellent, friend. One of my favorites this round for certain.

Comment by Airmann on 2012-08-22 17:28:22

The arps and progression are really great and did it for me, but also everything else.
This is just a superb tune, among your best for sure.
Sorry that I couldn't write more. Run just out of time.

Comment by Chotoro on 2012-08-22 20:24:40

It's good up until the bass schmoozes in at 0:45, from there it's just aaaahhhh yesss....

Comment by Robbie_S on 2012-09-07 08:23:27

wOw! Can't stop listening to this song!

I soooo wish I had the talent to make something like this. It sounds so simple, but it's so hard to do.

Cudos, Knetter!!

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