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Mixing/Mastering / Re: iZotopte Neutron - Anyone Using This?
« on: March 16, 2017, 03:49:57 pm »
I don't use it for it's adaptive capabilities but it has a nice transient shaper. I don't like the idea of a plugin making mixing decisions for me

Thanks for your feedback. I've not yet downloaded the demo but will take onboard what you have said when working with the transient shaper. In fact the transient shaper module in Alloy is one of my favourite features. Thanks one again.

Mixing/Mastering / iZotopte Neutron - Anyone Using This?
« on: March 16, 2017, 08:36:20 am »
I have been a big fan of some of the iZotope plug-ins for some time now. I use Nectar a lot on vocals and Alloy I find to be a great channel strip. I'm just wondering if any of you guys are using Neutron and how you are finding it in terms of workflow, learning curve and results. I can and will of course download the demo and test for myself but it is always good to get some feedback from actual users. Any feedback at all will be most helpful.

Composition/Arrangement/Theory / Re: Applying Groove
« on: January 04, 2017, 06:10:43 am »
I generally start with my electric bass if i really want something to groove. I might even replace this later with a synth bass but playing in a bass line over a simple drum groove gives me the foundation on which to build everything else such a working the drums in to create that solid rhythm underbelly then sparsely adding other elements for flavour. The other thing that's absolutely crucial when building any track you want to groove is to allow enough space or air for the track to breath that way the groove smacks you in your face. 8)

Samples/Plugins/Software/Gear / Re: Fm8 help
« on: December 27, 2016, 12:41:25 pm »

Just one more thing. Frequent breaks are essential. We get so immersed in what we are doing we forget to rest and refuel our brains and therefore our creativity. I've spent many a wasted hour just sitting in front of the screen aimlessly banging away at the midi keyboard hoping that something would come out that would be useful only to end up deleting it all. What i should have been doing is moving to another completely different activity thereby refreshing my mind and stimulating productivity. Distraction is a great stimuli.

This is a great post as i think many creatives have an innate struggle with staying focused on the task at hand and seeing things through to completion. Our minds often tend to wonder a lot especially when we get bogged down with the more mundane aspects of the process. The 80/20 has been part of my arsenal for getting things done for quite a while now and it definitely works. I have also found that using the Pomodoro Technique of working for set periods then taking short breaks really enhances my output. I downloaded a free pomodoro timer and set it to 30 minutes with 5 minute breaks. it is a bit annoying at first as you feel like you are messing up your workflow but that 5 minute break really injects something into you brain which in turn improves your overall results. It's definitely worth exploring if you find yourself hitting creative brickwalls.

As stated above.
If during the bounce phase your machine overloads then in Logic you can Freeze certain processor hungry tracks which will allow you to export all of the stems. You can then bring those stems into a new arrangement and mix without the draw on resources of your vst or au synths etc.

Mixing/Mastering / Re: why do people say mastering isnt very important
« on: December 13, 2016, 07:10:41 pm »
I look at mastering a little different. I never master my own tracks. I prefer fresh ears to listen and see if I have missed something. So for me, its necessary.

I am of the very same opinion.
It's always a good thing to get some fresh ears and input on the song before it goes out. There is always room for revisions but when you have a mastering engineer who gets you and gets your sound, I'd say stick with him or her as they can add a positive dimension to the project.

Mixing/Mastering / Re: Post your mixing/mastering tips here!
« on: December 12, 2016, 11:15:52 am »
Mix/Master as you write the track if you can .Saves so much time that way and eliminates problematic sounds early on .That way the final mixdown is just getting the extra 5-10% out of the track
I couldn't agree more. This is the process I use. I then allow several hours or up to a full day's break before finishing off my masters. Fresh ears are sooooo important.

Inspiration/Creativity/Motivation / Re: Do you listen to your own music
« on: December 09, 2016, 09:45:18 pm »
I love what I do with passion and have been in the game for a lot of years. However as soon as each of my tracks have come back from mastering and has passed then I don't want to hear it again at least for a year or so when I'll give a bunch of songs a whirl then get back to moving forward with new stuff.

Samples/Plugins/Software/Gear / Re: Kick Samples?
« on: December 08, 2016, 08:37:31 pm »
A neat little VST/AU plugin someone showed me recenlty called TrapBoom 2 has some pretty good dirty low kicks. Worth a look.

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