HARDWARE DJX-II EFFECTS USEDEditThe distortion effects, like the other onboard effects supplied on the DJX's interface, were very useable according to Beyette, "Each effect had two knobs. One, "Control", assigned to likely settings for each unique effect and the other, "Balance" controlling how much of the effect would be heard compared to the original signal. I was going to use the distortion in my software, but it just didn't sound the same so I recorded the riff directly with the exact effects settings from the DJX-II. I might, but might not, have a dry recording of this particular riff.
DISSONANT YET BRIGHT AND POSITIVEEdit
This song just pushes it, so full of energy that I was trying to express. Pushes everything to the max, like... man! I gotta DO something! What's weird is this song always sounds positive to me. It always has. And I remember the main hook being very dissonant, but sounding brighter and almost relaxing once the harmony kicked in at 0:29. That combined with the live drum loops on the chorus... mannnn-- for a random dude making tunes in a basement in "the wretched place that is" Sanford, Maine, I was doin it!" Like so many songs on "Rugged " and other Dustin Beyette records, "I Gotta Do Something" is intended to be performed by a live band in it's truly completed form.