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The parts

The parts

The song opens with one of the most prominent parts of the song: the electric piano part. Because Cubase has no built-in electric piano, I had to use a different source—in this case, a sample patch in Reason. I loaded a Rhodes Suitcase piano from a commercial Reason ReFill called Dirty 'Ol Relics and played a simple descending E-minor to C-major figure. I routed the sound via ReWire to a stereo group in Cubase, but rendered the audio and put it on an audio track in SX 2 for you to hear. It's still routed to the Epiano group, so you can turn the effects on and off to hear what's been done to the dry sound. The sound goes through a delay, then a phase shifter, and then a filter. The delay is one of the few third-party effects in the mix; it's a freeware effect from Voxengo (www.voxengo.com) called TempoDelay. Grab it from the Web site if you are a PC user; if you're a Mac user, open the first insert slot on the Epiano, add a Double Delay effect, and open the effects preset called PianoDelay. It will get you pretty close to what was in the mix.

The rhythmic part of the mix consists of a group of drum and percussion parts from a couple of sources. The main beat was programmed using the ReDrum module in Reason; I rendered it and put it on its own track for you to hear. It's a simple beat that, if slowed down, would sound more hip-hop than anything else. The percussion parts are a very prominent shaker that goes through the whole song, a conga loop, and a tabla loop. All three of those parts are from commercial loop CDs, and I edited them and time stretched them in Live. Because of this, they are rendered as a single stereo so I can stay on the right side of the law.


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