Melbourne band 30/70 get the remix treatment from Setwun. What started as a dub cut he made for the launch of their album Elevate, ended up as a full remix released on Rhythm Section.

“This was a complete surprise to me, it was something I put together in like half a day”.

The fast workflow doesn’t diminish the results, here’s a couple of production notes about the remix worth checking out…

The original version at 85 beats per minute took a massive bump up in tempo to 130 bpm, as you can hear by comparing the two:

Listen again to the remix version and pay attention to the hi-hats. Josh says:

to give the hats samples some life and a sense of natural movement, I set the warp mode so I could play with the transient length. This let me create a groove by undulating between crisp short hits and sizzling full-length hits. Once this was setup I jammed it live and recorded it a few times until I got the right take.”

By working this way, Josh was able to take full creative and expressive control over what was a single long hi-hat sample.

The result is a modern retake on the groove variations of Open Hat / Half-closed / Closed Hat combinations of live-played drums. It’s modern in feel, while still retaining an organic texture and expressivity.

For a visual on the Warp Mode settings for the hi-hats, here’s how that’s done:

Setwun hat settings

Steps:

  1. Set the warp mode to Beats,
  2. Set the preserve setting to Transients and the transient loop mode to off (the icon for this is the single forward-arrow).
  3. Now you have control over the blue value while playing the loop. Get a feel for the changes before recording a take.
  4. Jam while recording the result into a new audio track, or while recording from Session to Arrange view.

Josh Molony aka Setwun is a producer, performer and member of the Liveschool training team.