28​-​03​-​21 Spring Forwards

from File Under Miscellaneous - Vol One by Darren Lock

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I am obsessed with virtual drum kits and whenever Toontrack have one of their weekend deals, I invariably end up splashing the cash for yet another fancy virtual drum kit for their Superior Drummer 3 plugin, which has been my go-to drum plugin for over a decade now.
This weekend was no exception as I bought their Classic SDX kit and so I used this kit as the basis of this track. My process is simple and streamlined these days. In Logic Pro X, I use the Drummer strip to lay down some grooves, I often double up here and have two loops playing off each other and then I use the Superior Drummer Plugin to add colour via the various kits I own in that plugin.

Sometimes, recording is a bit more formal, like when you are trying to record an actual song to lyrics or you have a specific idea. But there is also the “jam” process, where I lay down a rhythm track and just jam over it. I keep the chords and sequences pretty simple (but then my most of music is pretty simple, I’m a simple guy) and then keep jamming over the top of that stuff. Wait a minute, that’s how I record a lot of my stuff. This is often a starting-out point and sometimes ideas are developed from these jams. Sometimes the jams are clean enough to exist on their own as a song with minimal editing and fiddling with.

This is the jam I recorded in the early hours. It is pretty light and airy and almost captures the sap rising. Very spring-like and so while writing this paragraph, I have titled it “Spring Forwards”. So there you go…

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from File Under Miscellaneous - Vol One, released February 22, 2021

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