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Mixing/Mastering / Send vs Insert
« on: August 25, 2016, 08:45:36 pm »
I know it's best to send EVERYTHING to your room reverb to "glue" all elements together.


If i want a sound to be drowned in verb, I struggle with understanding if i should send more of the element to the room OR adding an insert to it to effect the sound itself.


I noticed all of odeszas tracks, especially in Beaches Beaches, everything is super lo-fi, crunchy, and vinyl..

How do you get this sounding good overall and authentic? It really feels "classic" and "raw".

Guessing it's a combo of bus saturation, vinyl distortion, filters,  small layers..

Sound Design / How do you make this FX sound? (Flume)
« on: August 05, 2016, 08:41:30 pm »

At 1:10 flume brings in that white noise/squiggly sound, it's like an LFO on white noise or a tone. i've heard it a lot throughout his music, wondering how you get that.  I'ts the scratchy/pencil against the paper sound in the back.


WIPs / How's my mixdown?
« on: April 25, 2016, 11:50:56 pm »
Had some fun with this track... let me know what you think about the mixdown!

In efforts of trying to better understand song story telling and song arrangement I've broken down one of my favorite Odesza tracks.

 I love doing this because I feel like everytime I do this I walk away with that much more of an intuitive understanding of arrangement. On the flipside, I also hate it because I've not only listened to the track so many times but followed each element through the track, the result is a little less magic when I hear the song.

All in all - I've noticed Odesza does a great job arranging, I think that's one of the reasons they are so mainstream, their arrangements "make sense" and feel right. They do a good job clarifying when you as a listener can expect something to happen.

They also do a great job of raising raising the energy during the chorus, in this track a body synth comes in (If anyone can guess what that is btw please do tell me how you think they made it). They have a vocal that runs only during the chorus, that vocal is higher in pitch than the other vocals.

The chord progression is really, really simple, that's one reason I love this track, they do a great job of keeping you interested in simple chords. Less is more, yet it's still complex with detail.

It sounds like they sampled some sort of strings as it's heard in some of the transitional sections and emphasized in the 4th chorus.

One note, they introduce a new lead (Marimba/Twinkle) sounds towards the end of the song. I can hear SoundToys crystallizer being used with that twinkle sound (echo reverse setting) I guess it keeps the mood interesting while retaining original sounds/progressions.

Enjoy! If anyone has done something similar please share your maps.

WIPs / Where can i take this?
« on: April 12, 2016, 11:11:10 pm »
seeing what you guys think and how i can bring this back full circle, i want to keep the arrangement simple. The end doesn't fit in that well i feel.

Let me know your thoughts.

Sound Design / Beautiful Dynamic Mallet/Chord Design [Odesza]
« on: March 18, 2016, 06:02:26 pm »
I'm trying to get figure out what Odesza is doing with their chords in this song - It sounds like it's a simple mallet hit.. with some secret sauce?

My theory is their using a combination of effectrix and beat repeat. It sounds gorgeous.
What do you guys think?

I need to reinstall my instance of Ableton, but I don't want to lose my plugins and their organization.

Is there a simple way to do that? If I replace my old instance of Ableton with my new instance will Ableton write new empty folders in the place of all the old ones?

Thanks for the advice.

Mixing/Mastering / Ear Fatigue
« on: January 21, 2016, 11:31:44 pm »
After producing for 3-4 hours a day 4 days in a row, I've hit a new level of ear fatigue. I can feel the pain. I need to start being more conscious of my volume while producing & mixing. 

I don't know why I push it, even when I feel fatigue coming there's this masochistic urge to continue at the volume I'm at. I somehow convince myself it's okay and it's worth it.

I feel like at lower volume I can hear the sounds as well. I know that's false, I've learned that your ear can actually differentiate sound better at lower volumes, kinda why at a nightclub you can hear someone easier if you stick your finger in your ear.. Overall volume goes down and you can mix out different sounds easier. You can finally understand that friend asking you to buy him that Moscow mule.

How did you guys learn to produce at lower volumes? How do you still get the same enjoyment out of it? How often do you turn it up? I can't keep hurting myself. Wanted your thoughts on it.

Not sure how to describe this haha but I thought I'd share the idea with you. Inspirations are Bonobo, Flume, Glitch Mob, Odesza.. Let me know your thought, is it totally wack or is it coherent? Going to write part 2 two later tonight. I really don't like the main synth I'm working with when the full song comes in.. It's an Ableton dnb sound. Might look into some presets in Spire or Serum.

WIPs / [_] Wildcat - Kyajsha (Chill, New Age, Odesza)
« on: January 12, 2016, 05:23:28 am »
Some new beats, a work in progress about 70% there I'd say.

 Sampled tribal vocals, Japanese Taiko drums & a speech  on synthesizing sound (circa 1950)     

I think a couple sounds I used could be adjusted, both in terms of instruments/levels.

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Happy to return the feedback, especially if have similar styles. I'm into airy vibes with strong beats and a flavor of experimental. Think Bonobo, Odesza, Flume, Apparat.

Finished Tracks / Wildcat - Retro Chill Beats
« on: January 06, 2016, 09:48:24 pm »

WIPs / WIP Short Trap Mix - Chill to Hard
« on: January 06, 2016, 09:37:21 pm »
Worked on this one this morning, wanted to share and get your thoughts. Thank you!

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