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Finished Tracks / Josh Pan - One Thing (AGNO3 Extension)
« on: December 06, 2018, 04:35:59 am »
New remix posted up now!
Unfortunately the project file got corrupted before a few final touches, but regardless:   ;D

It depends on the type of track you're producing. This forum seems to be generally geared toward electronic music, in which case I'd say it's pretty important to have it in tune with your song, because otherwise your drops will be sort of confusing to listen to.. The pounding of your kick will imply one tone, whereas your bass etc will imply another. This kinda thing is far more evident over PA's, club monitors, etc.. and that's what you've got to consider when making electronic music. Check the "Mastering" section on here, I just posted a wiki article on Fletcher-Munson curves which kinda relates to this.

Samples/Plugins/Software/Gear / Re: Scarlett 2i2 replacement suggestions?
« on: January 13, 2016, 10:04:16 pm »
Steinberg UR22, great interface, super clean and good looking with enough stuff to get the job done.

Mixing/Mastering / Fletcher-Munson Curve - IMPORTANT
« on: January 13, 2016, 10:03:28 pm »
Hey everyone, this is an interesting topic, and one that I think is super important to consider when producing.

Samples/Plugins/Software/Gear / Re: Secret weapons...
« on: January 08, 2016, 09:00:42 pm »
Tons of chain processing, but I often use Harmor, Harmless, 3xOSC and WASP. Image-Line's stock synths are seriously fantastic and super capable. They definitely cannot do the same sort of thing as Massive or FM8, but they have their own sound and personality that can be utilized really well.

I've always personally felt that there's no real purpose in comparing DAWs, but I suppose they come with their different capabilities and tools that make them unique.. But at it's core, whichever DAW you choose can essentially do the same thing. It's about how you use it and how creative you can be with your tools. I've used FL studio for like 6years, pretty much simply because I like the workflow and way it looks.. Everything is laid out in front of you, which can be daunting, yes.. but I understand very quickly how things work. Whereas with Ableton, without someone teaching me, Id never have a clue how to use it.

Whatever works for you is best!

Inspiration/Creativity/Motivation / A New Idea?
« on: January 08, 2016, 08:48:09 pm »
Very often when making music we fall into patterns (no pun intended). We start off in zombie mode, laying down drums or a melody, and just work from the ground up, inspiration pouring out more and more as we click on through our project. But at what point have we really committed to an idea, or a concept? (and whether or not we need to is another discussion..). I feel that often in the writing process, it's easy to overlook a message or purpose, and truly a message or purpose is very important if you want your music to have longevity and value. The fact is, most dance music will be forgotten, because it's a very temporary thing, but that's also the beauty of it. Often it's the sound of the time, and the theme of the party. It's here for right now, not forever, just like our brain cells (ha ha ha). So to put my point into a single line, it'd be:
We often make music and label it with a purpose, but why not create a purpose and tailor sound to it?
This might not seem like a revolutionary idea and it probably isn't, but it's a thought I had driving home the other night that excited me. Imagine "scoring" a thought.. Coming up with a story or idea, and very specifically tailoring music to it so that the message is clear to the listener without a single word having to be spoken (unless that's part of your concept).. I see the idea as sort of an "opera" method.. Utilizing all the tools we have an are capable of, composition, sound design, effects, vocals, etc. to create the ultimate form of auditory art that envelopes the listener and creates not only a mood but a STORY.
This is something I really want to try, and I know if I did it the way I want it'd be really difficult.

Anyone else have any ideas like this, or know of any concepts like this? The closest kind of style I can think of is classical composition ie. Mozart, Beethoven, etc. where they wrote to a concept extremely vividly and intricately.

I used to approach it differently but nowadays how I'd do it is probably as follows:
Over time, save up some ideas you feel have potential, even if it's just a melody, progression, etc.
Sit down and rework those progressions, melodies etc. in as few sessions as possible so they have more of a general cohesiveness. Add or remove tracks where necessary to fit your idea or concept.
Once you have a really rough layout of your album, and your progressions, melodies, etc. laid out, give yourself some time to figure out how you want to execute each track, then start at track 1 and move your way forward through the album track by track, creating a more developed "skeleton" of the album.
This method may seem a bit rigid but I think if you're working with a concept/theme it's a good way to keep things in line and make sure you're not being redundant or confusing in your message.
So now that you have a rough version of all the tracks, this is when you lock yourself in your studio for the next month or two and flesh them all out. I feel it's really important to work on this part of the process as consistently as possible, so that your full talent and potential at that time is put into all the tracks equally. Doing it this way will also ensure a consistent sound quality between tracks.
I know there's many ways to "skin the cat", this is just the method that I think works best if you're really shooting for a theme or concept album. I know this is how some of the greatest concept albums were made and it makes a lot of sense to me..

In terms of electronic music, probably Skrillex because of his sheer enthusiasm.. He has a fantastic energy about him and it's clear that he's always made the music that he wants, and the fact that he's been so successful in that is extremely motivating to me..

In terms of creativity, I look up to people like Pink Floyd, Gorillaz, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Death Grips, Drake, Mr Carmack, Noisia, Amon Tobin.. The list goes on and on and on.

Inspiration/Creativity/Motivation / Re: Why do you do it?
« on: January 08, 2016, 08:14:03 pm »
This is a really good question, and furthermore it's one that I think all musicians/producers/etc. should ask themselves often. It's good to reflect on why you're here and why you do what you do, without reflecting on that you can become really lost in the superficial things.
I'm here because I really really love it. I started making music while on vacation with my family when I was 16 (22 years old now), and I feel like the whole time I was just smiling and laughing because it felt so cool to be MAKING a song. I've listened to tons of music all my life, music has always been really important to me.. so being able to make music, my own music with my own message, was really exciting to me. As I've continued on I think my intent has shifted here and there, but it's only ever shifted to a different message, it's never shifted to doing it for money or fame.
I think if you are motivated by things that have an attainable "end", then you're eventually bound to fall.. If I was motivated to just make millions, and then I did, why would I make music anymore? That's why I choose to make it because I love it, because that's something that can never run dry


Inspiration/Creativity/Motivation / Re: How do you get your own style?
« on: January 08, 2016, 08:09:23 pm »
The truth is, it's impossible to just FIND your own style, you create your own style over a fairly long period of time. The more things you expose yourself to and get inspired by, the more unique and interesting your style is going to be. There's a quote I quite like that goes something like:
"Creativity is knowing how to hide your influences"
and I couldn't agree more with that sentiment. A lot of people think I make unique music, but I can almost always point out where I got the inspiration from songs.. Whether it be influenced by another artist, a genre, etc., and that's the beauty of it.
I try to listen to as much different music as possible, and on a daily basis that ranges from indie, to metal, to electronic, to jazz.. and when I sit down now I never feel like I'm making something that's already been made.

Hope this helps!

Sound Design / Re: What's your opinion on Presets ?
« on: January 08, 2016, 08:06:00 pm »
I think it's perfectly fine to use presets just as it's perfectly fine to use samples, as long as you're in some way either processing the preset or sample to make it less noticeable and more of your own. I use presets really often and then just adjust the perameters and it ends up as it's own thing. It's kind of like painting with a template or something like that, always nice to start with a little bit of something to give you inspiration and then you can branch off from it. I think in dance music presets are part of the culture anyhow ie. 303s, 808s, Rees bass, etc.etc.

Do what works for you! Just my opinion.

Samples/Plugins/Software/Gear / Re: favorite synths?
« on: January 08, 2016, 08:02:57 pm »

Composition/Arrangement/Theory / Re: A HELPFUL PRACTICE for BEGINNERS
« on: January 07, 2016, 09:19:23 pm »
Look at the songs not just in waveforms, but in a spectral analyzer (SPAN or a visual EQ). Try to see how the sounds move, and see if it reminds you of things you know how to do. Spend tome time putting various waveforms through different filter types, both with and without other FX like phasers and flangers and reverbs and distortion. Listen to what they sound like, and look at how their frequencies move.

Honestly that's kind of the point! Hitting a brick wall teaches you to be creative with your approach. Like if you honestly cannot reproduce something, record yourself mimicking it with your mouth and try processing that, that's the beauty of making music, there's a million ways to reach your goal :) and through doing that you'll be crafting your OWN style in the process

Composition/Arrangement/Theory / A HELPFUL PRACTICE for BEGINNERS
« on: January 07, 2016, 07:42:00 pm »
Here's something I used to do to hone my skills:
Take a track you love, or that's in the style you wish to produce, and try to copy it as closely as possible. Everything from the synths, to the drums, etc.. This practice not only gives you a first hand lesson in song structure, but it also teaches you to be more creative in you approach in terms of sound design. You may not emulate a synth etc the same way the original artist made it, but you just created your own new method! This is also very helpful in learning how to reach the "standard" of mixing.

Try it out!

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