Whelp, hopping back on the horse, I pulled this together.
I've been studying old new-wave (using the term pretty lightly...a bit more accurate to say "Sheffield electro-punk/pop" from the early years), and working out what I liked and didn't like about it more specifically than just enjoying the songs on my playlist.
This isn't to say that this is a direct link to that style, but more the way I tend to do things is to let the influence take my personal style in new directions.
I'm pretty happy with the end result.
Fun fact on this one: I did a "no-no" in that I placed an auto-pan at a panning rate in proportion to 120 bpm (about 1 pan side per second, so half the rate of the bpm) and only a slight pan...very slight.
I also put a teeny tiny hint of a delay; very, very faint...just enough to wet the track a very slight bit.
These are both on the master (that's the no-no), and I was OK with this because I kind of wanted to simulate, in form, the effect of old tape issues where one roller would wobble and your result on your playback would be a slight wobbly effect to the entire sound. The delay was to simulate some of the older boards that had reverbs just flipped on at the final almost the entire time.
This was a fun one to work on. It was a bit of a challenge to balance an essence of old sound, but a splash of new fidelity sound and styles without really going fully either direction.
What I really didn't want was to just retrosynth new-wave like a lot of synthwave seems to do; sounding LIKE new-wave wasn't the point - I wasn't aiming to "take you back" to the 80's...it was more that I was aiming to let the new-wave 80's sound I was focusing on influence a new sound....hopefully!
It was also fun to work with an old DX7 (emulator) again.
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