"The little piece was arranged in Ableton Live 8, using the CoreBass Cherry libraries, particularly fingered and slapped, processed in Guitar Rig 3. By understandable reasons, the EQing is a little bassy. The other instruments are mostly from the Kontakt 3 library and from Ableton Suite 8." - Herbert Binder
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"Very Cherry" is unquestionably high up on my list of songs with infectious grooves. It's traditional reggae beat is spiced up with effects as well as some cool cross-rhythms as fills, to give the groove forward motion. It has everything you'd expect from a good reggae beat--the staccato hits on 2 & 4 from the guitar and a heavy kick drum accent on beat 3 as well as occasional hits on the "and" of 4. The secret ingredient to the catchy groove is the fast, syncopated 2 on 3 polyrhythm heard mostly by the cross-stick in the drums and in occasional fills. Although there are a lot of rhythmic details, the main pulse is strong enough to maintain a laid-back feel.

The arrangement is very characteristic of Ableton Live: it's composed of sections where instruments drop out and new parts are added. A second section, introduced a quarter through the song provides a nice contrast from the repetitive harmonic progression. Throughout the form of the song, a variety of instruments and solos are featured, from a catchy brass melody, slap bass solo (provided by CoreBass Cherry Slapped), and a talkbox solo.

This is a fun, relaxed piece, and the groove and melody are guaranteed to get stuck in your head!

Greg Schlaepfer,
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Herbert J. Binder is originally from Vienna, Austria, but now lives in Switzerland, working in the audiology field. He is a multi-instrumentalist and has worked with MIDI sequencing for over 20 years, mostly on a non-commercial basis.

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