The second part of Levels comes from a stab synth part, for which we start with another sawtooth based synth part, this one playing polyphonically rather than as a mono synth.
We set up a new instrument beneath it and assign a piano sound to it, copying the stab synth part down to this second track.We use the filters within an EQ plug-in to dramatically reduce the amount of bass and treble in the piano sound before compressing it to produce a tighter sound.
This produces a ‘tacky’ piano which works well with the stabs and provides articulation. We then send all of the synth parts to an auxiliary buss so they can be grouped and remove the reverb sends from each sound. Instead we route the synth buss to the reverb buss so that all of the synth parts pick up the same amount of reverb from a single source.