°°Mellow Summer Sun°°

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This is my entry for the FL Core Challenge, May 2010.
I had only 3 days to create this song. It isn't flawless, but I'm happy for what it is, even though the last day was rushed. I've been using midicontrollers to create this song. I never really used midi controllers before, as my studio didn't make it convenient for me to do so. But that's history, I'll be using more midicontrollers in the future :3

Working on this song, I primarily aimed at getting the beat to sound non-Fruityloopsy as a first step. I have heard people moan before about the amount of samples they have to layer in order to get the sound they want. I was expecting that very same thing, but excessive layering wasn't all that necessary. I just picked my drum samples carefully and layered them with soundeffects. Then I tweaked their sound, simply by messing with the pitch and the use of equalizers, envelope etc. After that, I sliced up a beat to back it up. My version of FL doesn't have a limiter, so instead I used a compressor with a ratio of below 1:1. It works. Kinda. It wasn't until later when I decided using symbals, that I had trouble getting the right sound for my drums. Bah :P

Melodiously, I was clueless on what to do. I decided to skim through a folder with old recordings of short melodies I had once composed(none of which have been sampled in here). I picked one of them and used it's chords for this song. I decided not to base my song on any of the crappy included vocal samples. None of it is in my taste, and they don't fit my style either.

Little of the included demo material was interesting to me. Still, I wanted to use some of these samples to make things a little more interesting. So I picked a few vocal samples which I used to break it down at several parts of the song. And there's a sample of an accoustic guitar which I ran through a granulizer to create some funky melodies.

Stuff I used:
- 3xOSC
- Simsynth
- FL Keys
- FL Slicer
- Sampler
- Granulizer
- Wavetraveler
- Audioclip
- Several FL Samples

All of which I ran through Fruity Effects 'n shit. No resampling, no use of other DAWs, everything by FLStudio 4.

EDIT: This song placed 3rd in the competition. Rig's description:
"The only Reggae-style song in the competition and created with FL Studio FOUR, this song features a catchy chord progression, sweet bass arpeggios, and manages to mix techno-style bursts with analogue-style pads without sounding cheesy."

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Enjoyin the Beats

The drums are a bit loud, but don't lower it. The drums really are what create the uniqueness of this song. Keep it up.
Really loving the sound.

needs more

the song is swallowed by the sound of the drums, it would be much better if all the background (somewhat amazing) synth effects were made the main subject.

Just a bobbin' my head a little...

...all while chillin', enjoying the mellow summer sun.
A five and a ten is what I'm billin', for the good beats and the fun.
I hope you do appreciate, the spontaneous poem review.
Earned for a song that's great, hope to hear more from you.
Dig it,


Whirlguy responds:

A cool and rhyming review, of which I am fond.
This comment is brand new, oh what to respond?
A thanks and a cheers, glad you like the song.
After all of those years, I end up where I belong.

Which is frontpage ;P



Whirlguy responds:



I really like this song. Nice beat, not too loud or too soft, perfect for listening to when working.

Whirlguy responds:

Thanks man

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4.53 / 5.00

May 16, 2010
3:17 PM EDT
File Info
7.7 MB
3 min 22 sec

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