Friday, January 18, 2019

Chill Beats Bumped


"Chill Beats Bumped" is that smooth hip-hop from back in the days. Massive bass thumps over mellow chords driven by lo-fi beats the homies smuggled in from the 90s. 140BPM with beats sequenced for effective 70BPM. Chill.

Only native synths and effects used, no external gear needed.

Template contents:
- Chill Kit (custom MuDrum preset) with Soul Food for slightly overdriven, lo-fi beats on Drums. Plus a sub-track for automation of MultiMode Filter on master channel for smooth, filtered intro and outro.
- Cloudy synth with TF Lowpass Filter playing Chords for that smooth pad sound.
- Bangkiss synth routed through Arpeggiator with WackyFiltered Echo playing arpeggio Chords as accompaniment.
- Heavily tweaked BassDrum synth routed through Step Sequencer playing arpeggio Chords as tuned sub-bass.
- MultiMode Filter, Compressor and Frequency Analyzer on Master channel.

MuLab project file: Chill Beats Bumped.MuProject

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Kraft Kit


An attempt to mimic some of the defining sounds of the godfathers of electronic music, "Kraft Kit" is a 140BPM Kraftwerk inspired orchestra of computerized synths. No samples used, drums and other instruments are all MuLab synths.

Only native synths and effects used, no external gear needed.

Template contents:
- Kraft Kit (custom MuDrum preset) with Compressor on Drums.
- Bright Strings with Arpeggiator playing Chords.
- Kraft Synth (custom MuSynth preset) with Hipass Filter playing Melodic Part.
- Attack preset routed through Arpeggiator playing Chords as bass.
- Tight Room Reverb, Compressor and Frequency Analyzer on Master channel.

MuLab project file: Kraft Kit.MuProject

Sunday, January 13, 2019

The New Wave


Synthwave from the eighties, like seriously. "The New Wave" is a 100BPM of synth sounds hijacked and smuggled back to the future.

Only native synths and effects used, no external gear needed.

Template contents:
- 80s Kit (custom MuDrum preset) with Compressor on Drums.
- Silky PWM run through Arpeggiator playing combined Chords and Melodic Parts.
- New Wave (custom MuSynth preset) playing Melodic Part.
- Vintage Bass Synth run through Arpeggiator playing Chords as bass.
- Room Reverb, Compressor and Spectrum Analyzer on Master channel.

MuLab project file: The New Wave.MuProject

Saturday, January 12, 2019

BitBLT


"BitBLT" is 140BPM chiptune using VSTSid to churn out a groovy mesh of chip arpeggios while a bit-crushed 808 Kit drives the rhythm.

This template requires VSTSid for them crunchy chips only SID can make.

Template contents:
- 808 Kit run through a Bit Reducer for lofi drums.
- VSTSid playing a mix of Chords, Melody and Bass.
- VSTSid routed through an Arpeggiator playing arpeggio Chords.
- VSTSid run through an Arpeggiator and Compressor playing combined Melody and Bass.
- Room Reverb EX, Compressor and Spectrum Analyzer on Master channel.

MuLab project file: BitBLT.MuProject

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Redeath


"Redeath" takes the configuration established in "Rebirth" and chucks it in a meat grinder. It's a blistering 180bpm of TB-303s tweaked beyond recognition and overlaying heavily distorted 808 and 909. It's the flip-side of "Rebirth" for that classic hardcore sound.

Only native synths and effects used, no external gear needed.

Template contents:
- A 909 Kit run through Highpass Filter, with a sub-track for automating the filter cutoff, covering the Drums.
- An 808 Kit followed by AMP SIM Metal, also for Drums.
- SEQ Acid 1 with Arpeggiator, AMP SIM 30, Delay and Tight Room Reverb and MultiBand Crunch playing Chords for synth bass. Additional sub-track for automation of F1 Cutoff to control SEQ Acid 1 filter cutoff.
- SEQ Acid 1 with Arpeggiator, Distortion and Sat Repeats playing Chords, also for synth bass.
- Compressor and Spectrum Analyzer on Master channel.

MuLab project file: Redeath.MuProject

Rebirth


A TR-808, TR-909 and two TB-303s. That's the acid standard set by the legendary ReBirth RB-338 from Propellerhead. The app's no longer available but "Rebirth" serves as a template to loosely recreate the structure in MuLab. It's an 140bpm loop with two drum machines to cover 808 and 909 sounds, and two acid bass presets run through arpeggiators for easier pattern-based sequencing.

Only native synths and effects used, no external gear needed.

Template contents:
- A 909 Kit for Drums.
- An 808 Kit followed by MuVerb, also for Drums.
- SEQ Acid 1 with Arpeggiator, Distortion, EQ, Delay and Tight Room Reverb playing Chords for synth bass. Additional sub-track for automation of F1 Cutoff to control SEQ Acid 1 filter cutoff.
- SEQ Acid 1 with Arpeggiator, EQ, Delay and Tight Room Reverb playing combined Chords + Bass + Melodic Part, also for synth bass. Additional sub-track for automation of F1 Cutoff to control SEQ Acid 1 filter cutoff.
- Compressor and Spectrum Analyzer on Master channel.

MuLab project file: Rebirth.MuProject

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Lofi Vibes


Chillout with some jazzy vibes. "Lofi Vibes" brings you a jazzy blend of arpeggio vibraphones layered over some deep sub-bass. Heavily filtered acoustic drums set the pace at a smooth 100bpm with a bit reducer adding just the right level of white noise rounding out the lo-fi sound with randomly chopped high hat and snare stabs.

Only native synths and effects used, no external gear needed.

Template contents:
- Modified Rock Kit with Bit Reducer for lo-fi, filtered Drums
- Vibraphone run through an Arpeggiator, Lowpass Filter and Scope-A-Lay echo for a mix of Chords and Melody
- Vibraphone run through another Arpeggiator, then Distroyer and Vintage Echo I for a mix of Chords and Melodic Part
- Bass 305 with Parametric EQ to filter around 80Hz frequency then Lowpass Filter to cut above 86Hz for that low-end Bass
- Compressor and Spectrum Analyzer on Master channel

MuLab project file: Lofi Vibes.MuProject