New Track: “Go With The Flow” - Waves Flow Motion FM Synth

edited January 9 in Creations

Backstory: I recently picked up the new Waves Flow Motion FM Synth on sale. It is an impressive-looking hybrid FM/subtractive/step-sequencer synth that I've been hearing about in the works for some time, so I was delighted to score it a killer holiday-deal price. But I was initially not vibing with the sounds and interface.

However, I have this new rule for myself that I must use every new product I buy in at least one track, so with some perseverance, and 1000 presets + tweaking, I was able to coax some love out of it.

All sounds come from Waves Flow Motion FM Synth (except drums, guitar, and vocal samples).

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  • Nice track!
    Are there really 1000 presets with Flow??🤪

  • I love that Bass sound and the Synth Solo near the end.

  • DAMN. That is a tasty groove! B)

  • Most excellent groove

  • @J_B1GS said:
    Nice track!

    Thanks!

    Are there really 1000 presets with Flow??🤪

    Yes. And I must have combed through hundreds of them to find the 3-4 used in this track. Most of them are quite extreme and somewhat harsh and metallic and throbby -- which can be just the right thing in some situations, I suppose. But, I wasn't connecting with a lot of it.

    However, I have this rule that if I buy it, I have to use it, so I just kept slogging away until I found something that worked. So, I don't know if this is going "with the flow" or "against the grain," but I can now rest assured that I've done my due diligence in terms of my investment.

    Many of the plugins and other sounds, I used here were also first timers, like the drums come from a sample pack I purchased last year but never used, and the vocal samples come from Maschine (which is a vast and massively underutilized piece of kit for me)... Even the guitar, I pulled out my wah wah pedal for the first time in over 10 years.

    Sometimes, you have to confront and deal with the unfamilar and just "go with the flow"!

  • @aquasloth said:
    DAMN. That is a tasty groove! B)

    Thanks, aquasloth.

  • @Blipsford_Baubie said:
    Most excellent groove

    Thanks, Blipsford B.

  • Cool. Keep up the funk!

  • Listening again after work with my cans this time. Funky solo and nice stereo work. Awesome over all funky feel!

  • edited January 10

    I love this wonderful funky groove. Excellent job, Lady A! New profile pic looks cool too. 🤗🇬🇧

  • edited January 10

    Where's Huggy Bear ? :D

    A nice track overall, love the laid back groove. The sounds are decent enough, they suit the track (or the track suits them depending how you look at it). I think the lead sound on the awesome improv solo is my favourite.
    The guitar chops took me back more than 25 years to when I used wah A LOT
    Not a huge fan of 'floating' vocals in general, that panning makes it harder to get them to sit just right and to me they are masking the lead a touch at the start of the solo, take this with a pinch of salt as it did take 5 listens for me to decide this :)

  • @pichi said:
    Cool. Keep up the funk!

    Thanks, pichi!

  • @Blipsford_Baubie said:
    Listening again after work with my cans this time. Funky solo and nice stereo work. Awesome over all funky feel!

    Thx! I kinda live in cans, and have for decades, so most of my stuff has an added can/pan benefit.

  • @Spidericemidas said:
    I love this wonderful funky groove. Excellent job, Lady A! New profile pic looks cool too. 🤗🇬🇧

    Thx, Spidericemidas! Is Ice Midas like King Midas, only everything he touches turns to ice? Eight legs at a time too, I imagine! :D

  • Very cool track! Brava!

    i also purchased Flow but I haven"t had time to dive in yet. Wonderful to hear your work with Flow - it has inspired me to explore the synth sooner rather than later.

  • Ha! You’d have to ask my mate about that, as he came up with that label during one of his ‘altered states’!
    Apparantly, according to him, I weave a lot of things together in a cool calm aloof manner, which usually turn out gold when I turn my hand to them.
    Well, I hope that’s reflective of my new Mitosynth soundbank I’m about to drop on the Forum!
    The name had a nice ring to it anyway, so I kept it ever since! 😉

  • edited January 10

    @AndyPlankton said:
    Where's Huggy Bear ? :D

    A nice track overall, love the laid back groove. The sounds are decent enough, they suit the track (or the track suits them depending how you look at it). I think the lead sound on the awesome improv solo is my favourite.
    The guitar chops took me back more than 25 years to when I used wah A LOT
    Not a huge fan of 'floating' vocals in general, that panning makes it harder to get them to sit just right and to me they are masking the lead a touch at the start of the solo, take this with a pinch of salt as it did take 5 listens for me to decide this :)

    Thx for some interesting comments. I was quite ambivalent about using the vocal samples at all and was just going to have synth lead throughout. In the end I decided, on a lark, to leave them in, because they just sounded kinda unpredictable or different..Ha! Probably the most resourceful mileage milked out of two 1-second samples in history! I threw the rotary effect on there because I like how it made them even more sick, and somewhat organy, but the panning was perhaps an unintended side effect (literally a side to side effect). I don’t really think of them as vocals, but more of a vocally synth lead, which is then handed off to the actual synth lead who sneaks in and takes over for the end.

    Blame it all on Huggy Bear! :p

  • edited January 10

    @Spidericemidas said:
    Ha! You’d have to ask my mate about that, as he came up with that label during one of his ‘altered states’!
    Apparantly, according to him, I weave a lot of things together in a cool calm aloof manner, which usually turn out gold when I turn my hand to them.
    Well, I hope that’s reflective of my new Mitosynth soundbank I’m about to drop on the Forum!
    The name had a nice ring to it anyway, so I kept it ever since! 😉

    In terms of super villains, I always picture something like Doctor Octopus meets Mr. Freeze (if I may be forgiven for mixing Marvel and DC metaphors).

    Believe me, nothing is worse than being stuck with a name like “Lady App-titude” :#

    Looking forward to the new soundbank! B) :)

  • @Lady_App_titude said:

    @AndyPlankton said:
    Where's Huggy Bear ? :D

    A nice track overall, love the laid back groove. The sounds are decent enough, they suit the track (or the track suits them depending how you look at it). I think the lead sound on the awesome improv solo is my favourite.
    The guitar chops took me back more than 25 years to when I used wah A LOT
    Not a huge fan of 'floating' vocals in general, that panning makes it harder to get them to sit just right and to me they are masking the lead a touch at the start of the solo, take this with a pinch of salt as it did take 5 listens for me to decide this :)

    Thx for some interesting comments. I was quite ambivalent about using the vocal samples at all and was just going to have synth lead throughout. In the end I decided, on a lark, to leave them in, because they just sounded kinda unpredictable or different..Ha! Probably the most resourceful mileage milked out of two 1-second samples in history! I threw the rotary effect on there because I like how it made them even more sick, and somewhat organy, but the panning was perhaps an intended side effect (literally a side to side effect). I don’t really think of them as vocals, but more of a vocally synth lead, which is then handed off to the actual synth lead who sneaks in and takes over for the end.

    Blame it all on Huggy Bear! :p

    hahaha, he has a lot to answer for !

    I guess this shows how perspective changes things....I heard them as masking the lead, you wanted that effect to get the lead to take over from them :)

  • @Kikoblu said:
    Very cool track! Brava!

    i also purchased Flow but I haven"t had time to dive in yet. Wonderful to hear your work with Flow - it has inspired me to explore the synth sooner rather than later.

    Thx, Kikoblu!

    Incidentally, “I purchased ______ but haven’t had time to dive in yet” is why I had to force myself to adopt the rule!

    You bought it, you break it! — that’s my new rule! :D

    (hashtag)GANUS (Gear Acquired Never Used Syndrome)

  • edited January 11

    @AndyPlankton said:

    I guess this shows how perspective changes things....I heard them as masking the lead, you wanted that effect to get the lead to take over from them :)

    Yes, I was picturing the lead as a kind of “obligato” behind the “vocalist” when it first comes in. That’s why the initial lead licks are kind of simple and portamento-y and slippery and repetitive at first and take time to get going, until it eventually steps into the spotlight on its own and takes over at the end.

    Yeah, I actually spend time thinking about these kind of arranging concepts. Whether I actually succeed in pulling off such concepts is hit or miss, but... :D I really should hire a better arranger than Huggy Bear!

  • @Lady_App_titude said:
    In terms of super villains, I always picture something like Doctor Octopus meets Mr. Freeze (if I may be forgiven for mixing Marvel and DC metaphors).

    Believe me, nothing is worse than being stuck with a name like “Lady App-titude” :#

    Looking forward to the new soundbank! B) :)

    Hmm...I like the super villian idea! Loved Doc Oc especially!
    I always thought your moniker was a pretty cool play on the three words, aptitude, app and attitude. All relevant and descriptive of your awesome music making!

    My Mitosynth bank will be ok if you’re a total ambient soundscape-head! But if not, give them a go anyway if you have Mitosynth, they’re FREE, and very good for noodling on for relaxation! 🙏🙏

  • Great track.. Smooth. Love the pauses around 1:12.
    Keep it up cheers

  • This is so...so....so... Pro!

  • Brilliant track love it.

  • Put the cans on this time and listened again - really feeling this! Nice track 🤩 ! Purchased Flow as well based off your demo and the $29 sale price didn’t hurt the decision to buy.
    Now I have to start demoing the presets and not let this turn into a GANUS for me.

    Keep up the Nice work my Ladyiness !!

  • @Lady_App_titude said:
    Yeah, I actually spend time thinking about these kind of arranging concepts. Whether I actually succeed in pulling of such concepts is hit or miss, but... :D I really should hire a better arranger than Huggy Bear!

    Nah...I need to re-learn how to listen to something without trying to analyze it :D

  • @RUncELL said:
    Great track.. Smooth. Love the pauses around 1:12.
    Keep it up cheers

    Thanks, RUncELL!

  • @LinearLineman said:
    This is so...so....so... Pro!

    Thx, LL! :)

  • @Jumpercollins said:
    Brilliant track love it.

    Thanks, Jumper!

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