The Creative Catalyst: Keepitinside Produces a Song Using Arcade’s Future Perfect Line
Jan 18, 2023
Producer and multi-instrumentalist Keepitinside builds a hyperpop track from scratch using samples from Arcade’s Future Perfect Line.
Hyperpop. Hip-hop. Emo. Pop punk. These are the guiding lights of Keepitinside, the creative output of multi-instrumentalist and producer Adam Kim. Taking the auteur approach, Kim dives into every aspect of his artistic project—from vocal and instrumental performances, to painstakingly intricate productions, to eye-catching content creation. The result is a fresh, thoughtfully-glitched melding of genres that rests on Kim’s melodious hooks and powerhouse production skills.
As fans of Keepitinside here at Output, we tapped Kim to help develop sounds and loops for our Future Perfect Line in Arcade. Now that Future Perfect has launched, we invited him to take it for a spin and build a Keepitinside track from scratch. In this video, he gives us a glimpse into his detailed workflow while he uses Arcade as the creative catalyst to get the ideas flowing.
START WITH BASS
Kim opens an Ableton Stay session at 146 BPM in the important thing of C, and facilities every part round a bassline that he created utilizing all inventory plugins—a wavetable synth, sub, compressor, and EQ. Whereas many producers would possibly begin with the drums, centering issues round a bassline can set a harmonic and rhythmic framework for quicker decision-making.
By no means one to make use of a Sampler as-is, Kim selects his favourite kick, snares and hi-hats from quite a lot of totally different Kits. He opens the “It Will get Higher” Sampler from the Future Excellent Line and finds a kick that he rapidly personalizes with some hard-clipping and distortion earlier than resampling. For the snare, he strikes on to the “Love Kills” Sampler and detunes it, takes out the low finish, makes it mono, after which provides some refrain to offer it a Sophie/Charlie XCX vibe. He layers in one other lighter-sounding snare from the “Shiny Vibrant Lights” Sampler which he additionally distorts and resamples. For the hats, he returns to the “Love Kills” Sampler and selects two sixteenth observe patterns that interaction with one another to create the ultimate half. The result’s a crunchy equipment with punch, vary and persona.
”I spent an hour making this one sound simply so I may put it in for like a microsecond.”
INSPIRING EAR CANDY
One of many hallmarks of Kim’s work is the density of its element. He grabs a pattern from “Actually Okay” and adjusts the Repeater modifier, information his efficiency, and edits out his favourite half—which he then bit-crushes and warps. He grabs one other slice and provides refrain, EQ, compressor and different results to make what he calls out as his favourite sound of the monitor—a tiny piece of ear sweet akin to an elephant trumpeting. Regardless that these sounds make solely transient appearances, their inclusion provides complexity to the manufacturing.
SPACE FOR SYNTHS
To fill out the excessive finish Kim reaches for a synth sample from the Poolside Line and provides some area, delay, removes the low finish, after which saturates and compresses it. To assist melodic growth, Kim returns to Future Excellent and pulls a pattern from “Actually Okay”. He instantly reverses it and modifications the Playhead place—then digs into the Resequence settings and information his efficiency. He takes a clip of that audio, slows & pitches it down, tightens up the transients, and provides some delay, EQ and a gate. He layers it with a duplicate of the identical audio with even tighter transients for punch. The unique pattern is rendered unrecognizable.
LIVE GUITARS + KIT GENERATOR
Kim breaks out his electrical guitar to get some rhythmic hits occurring with energy chords. Subsequent, he information some acoustic guitar on his cellphone and imports the audio into Arcade’s Package Generator. As soon as the audio is sliced and processed, he performs an element through MIDI. This method is an effective way to reapproach a well-known instrument by altering up how its sound is carried out.
FINISH WITH VOCALS
With a stable basis created, Kim steps away and provides some vocals in addition to a bit extra construction and polish to the brand new Keepitinside monitor. Take a pay attention.
In the event you favored the sounds you heard right now, try the Future Excellent Line in Arcade.