Michael Jackson – The Way You Make Feel

It starts off with a lion roar and an auto panned 80s Tom electronic drum sound that could be heard throughout the whole track. The hi-hats are placed in front of the mix, which pans from left and right and a open hi hat can be heard on the left. The analog bass sound sticks in the middle on the track, and a synth line fades in panned on the left to introduce the start of the verse. The synth line that has a pulsing rhythm to it which is placed in center of the mix. The snare has a gated reverb sound that is common in most 80s music and has this cool call and response effect to the bass. Once the vocals come in, placed in the middle of the track, you can hear the synth line place further back in the mix with reverb while the vocals is place in front of the mix. Just before the chorus a Michael sings ” The way you make me feel ” and the music stops, signifying the start of the chorus.

During the chorus another percussion is introduced, with the claps panned hard left and right which has a gated reverb on it as well. During which, the vocals do a call and response effect to the main line of the vocals, which is panned hard left and right as well, without much reverb on it. The backup vocals is on the same level as the main vocals and it is compressed as well. The back up vocals is also layered with harmonies and the same exact vocal line.

During the second verse, you can hear a wah effect that appears in the middle of the track and the right of the track. A trumpet or saxophone can be heard as well that carries the melody. It is place in the middle of the mix and is panned left and the reverb of that track can be heard on the right. During which the chorus is introduced again with the Toms leading it in. During this chorus you can hear the horns still playing and can be heard on the right of the track.

The interlude just after the second chorus, you can hear a new percussion instrument, that blends in with the toms giving more emphasis on the beat. a synth lead line is played panned in the middle, while the vocals come in lesser with the use of reverb not as full on as the start of the track.

The track ends off with a small fade out that starts around 20 seconds left to the song.

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