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Mixing/Mastering / Re: iZotopte Neutron - Anyone Using This?
« on: September 21, 2017, 12:09:23 am »
I'm not gonna lie, when i first bought it I was curious to see how its auto mixing was, so I made a demo track in like 30 minutes and just hit auto on every track as an experiment. Zero manual mixing at all. It genuinely did a good job haha.

What settings did you have on the Track Assistant? (Medium/Subtle/etc)

Subtractive EQ before side chain compression, or any form of compression for that matter to me generates the best results. Cut out those yucky and useless frequencies first before compression. Then Additive EQ (if necessary) after the compressor. So if you have spots in the sound that you can and want to boost, this is where you would do it. In short, sometimes you'll need 2 EQs, both before and after the compressor.

That was a fun video! Thanks for sharing!

No problem! I feel like this video and the Ira Glass should be mandatory watching for all producers who are struggling or just beginner producers in general. 8)

Mixing/Mastering / Re: wtf mixing techniques?
« on: July 07, 2016, 03:25:51 am »
"Top Down" Mixing.

Finished and good enough is probably about 6 tracks.

Hmmm, you've been producing for nearly 5 years and you've only been happy with 6 of your tracks? It sounds to me like maybe you're a bit of a perfectionist.. which can be more harmful than helpful most of the time.

I think at this point, you should definitely take a break. It's that perfectionism in you that is hindering your progress. I know that sounds weird but just think about it. Also, just wondering but why do you want to make a Demo EP, when you've only been previously happy with 6 of your tracks in the past 5 years? If it were me, I would only feel compelled to make a demo EP if I had at least 100 tracks that I was really happy about. Someone here mentioned it already, you don't have to release anything. One of my professors that went to Berklee once told me that many artists out there would write like a hundred songs in preparation for an album, but only pick the best 12 out of them.

Please watch this:

Hold off on the EP idea for now, finish those tracks and keep making more and more.

(Been producing for nearly 5 years)

How many tracks have you actually finished?

So that means that I only have 1-2 hours to do whatever I have to do.
Seriously, you can get soo much done in 2 hours, even 1 hour, if you plan your time out wisely and do this consistently (like everyday). It all ends up in the end, trust me. Try to find my post on this forum about the Pomodoro Technique, it really does work especially for people like you with busy schedules.

I would strongly recommend using that hour to make and finish 1 track a week. Your progress will be exponential. So for example, Monday: start with the arrangement/drums/whatever you do to start the track. Really pour your heart and soul into this hour to map out a solid arrangement. Then Tuesday: Start writing the melody/hook/drop. Really focus and write the best you can. Wednesday: Write the breakdown/build/intro/whatever section. Thursday: Focus on the transitions between the sections you've written over the previous few days. Get those transitions nice and seamless, and most importantly, interesting. Play your song from start to end and do as many tweaks as needed to ensure that your track tells a story and gets the message across. Friday: Focused mixing. Get into the details of the mix. If you have been mixing as you go and you have everything already labelled and grouped, etc, (you are using a ready made template with all the busses and groups ready to go, right?) you can really do a lot in an hour. Saturday: Work on the mix again. If you're liking the way it sounds, move on to Mastering. Sunday: If you spend both Friday and Saturday mixing, then Sunday will be Mastering day. Get your track to be at a competitive level (in terms of loudness) with tracks you like. Done. 1 finished track in 1 week. You have to trust me when I say that the only way to get better at production is by finishing tracks. You will get better with every track that you finish.

Maybe I should focus on theory for a while, but it's just sad that I can't actually make music.
This isn't such a bad idea actually. At least by the time you do have the freedom to make your own choices, you will have the theory part taken care of.

Don't feel like you can't do anything in one hour. Consistency is the key here.

Samples/Plugins/Software/Gear / Re: Izotope?
« on: May 22, 2016, 02:50:11 am »
Love iZotope stuff. Just bought BreakTweaker when they did their recent flash sale, costed only $49!

I love their plugins because it gets you where you need to be a whole lot faster, especially useful for those of us who deal with quick deadlines on a regular basis. They always have really intuitive GUIs too, which is something I find very important when choosing the plugins I purchase. I have everything they make except for the RX suite, Stutter Edit, Iris and the new Vocal Synth plugin.

I wish I didn't get caught up on the third party plugins bandwagon and just really learned how to use Logic's built in plugins.

Ah, now you´re just provoking here.  Wish I had that gift.

Haha... don't mean to, buddy. But I rely on that skill as part of my job. ;) You kinda have to be able to do that when you have ridiculously tight 4 hour deadlines on an almost daily basis.

I believe that it's all a matter of practice. If you do something every single day, you will get good and fast at it. I think also that listening to a lot of good music every day helps too.

Just the composing part? On average, it ranges between 1 minute to 20 minutes.

I go to bed at around 10-11pm whenever I can. I treasure the nights I can do this because my gigs usually end at midnight or close to. The way I see it, night time is for sleeping. Your body's natural healing time is between 11pm - 3am.. I would strongly recommend taking advantage of this.

Also, I am most productive in the morning, be it music production or music playing practice.

In short, I don't ever have to face myself to sleep.. my body naturally wants to sleep at night and do stuff in the morning/daytime.

Mixing/Mastering / Re: Transient designers
« on: April 07, 2016, 01:28:18 am »
The Logic one is quite great actually. I use Alloy 2's Transient Designer for the most part if I absolutely need to (like with samples, for example). But usually you can adjust the attack from the synth itself, granted you are using a synth.

Composition/Arrangement/Theory / Re: I dont understand modes
« on: April 07, 2016, 01:21:43 am »
Okay, here's how I broke the modes down for myself.

1. The 7 modes are split up into the Major and Minor sounding modes.
2. Major: Ionian, Lydian, Mixolydian. Minor: Dorian, Phrygian, Aeolian, Locrian.
3. MAJOR sounding modes:
    i) Ionian = The Major Scale.
    ii) Lydian = The Major Scale but raise the 4th note in the scale up 1 semitone. *
    iii) Mixolydian = The Major Scale but lower the 7th note in the scale down 1 semitone.
4. MINOR sounding modes:
    i) Aeolian = The Natural Minor Scale
    ii) Dorian = The Natural Minor Scale but raise the 6th note in the scale up 1 semitone.
    iii) Phrygian = The Natural Minor Scale but lower the 2nd note in the scale down 1 semitone.
    iv) Locrian = The Natural Minor Scale but lower the 2nd note AND 5th note in the scale down 1 semitone.

Essentially, there are really only 3 major things you need to know to fully understand the modes:
1. How to construct/play a Major Scale.
2. How to construct/play a Minor Scale.
3. The characteristics of each mode, there are only 7 of them, it's not that hard I don't think?

And when you break them up into the Major/Minor ones, it gets a lot easier.

*Best example of the Lydian mode ever: The Simpsons theme. The third note in that melody is the raised 4th scale note.

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