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There is an element of genetic memory involved sometimes, but this is just accumulated practice that transcends generations. It had to start somewhere. If the 10,000 hours doesn't make you the next Mozart, then maybe your offspring or your offspring's offspring will reap the benefits as long as the tradition of practice is maintained.

You Might Like... / Re: Haywyre - Everchanging
« on: January 27, 2016, 09:58:11 pm »
This is my fav of his so far

Samples/Plugins/Software/Gear / Re: Why should I consider Serum?
« on: January 27, 2016, 09:54:12 pm »
I wouldn't recommend it as a pad synth, but it's definitely extremely versatile. Absynth performs far better as a pad synth though

Samples/Plugins/Software/Gear / Re: Vocaloids. Worth it?
« on: January 27, 2016, 09:52:38 pm »
I highly recommend it. If not for creating final vocals, its good for getting vocal ideas down before you send to vocalists.

It's just a shame that it's so non-user-friendly and expensive

EDIT: Btw I never try to do the pitch changes in vocaloid, I just do it all one pitch and edit it in melodyne

Sound Design / Re: FM Synthesis
« on: January 27, 2016, 09:50:50 pm »
FM synthesis is also great for creating more natural sounds. When you play any organic instrument, the vibrations are feeding off each other in a way that is more similar to the way FM synthesis works. Additive and subtractive synthesis will usually give a far more artificial sound.

If you listen to my track 'Yoyo Ma', I made the lead cello sound from scratch in FM8 by accident when I trying to make a bass sound. You'll find with FM synthesis that a lot of the best sounds you make with it will be by accident because of it's unpredictable nature.

Sound Design / Re: Issues with choosing sounds for layers
« on: January 27, 2016, 09:41:36 pm »
When you layer things together you have to make sure their frequency range compliments eachother and doesn't create clashes. You can use EQing to cut out the frequencies that clash, and multiband compression to EQ dynamically. Especially with bass layering, it's important that your sub doesn't clash with your low mids, so it's important to cut everything below the sub frequencies on the layers that aren't your sub.


There's no output without input. You can work all you want but if you're not actively searching for as much external stimuli as possible, your musical range will be limited. This stimuli can be in the form of other music, or even completely unrelated things like going into nature, reading a book, or watching movies. Anything can contribute to your musicality, and enriching your life will tend to enrich your music.

Contrary to popular belief, there is no such thing as innate talent. There are people who have had more exposure to an artform or skill, or people who have had more practice. But there are no people who are born gifted with no previous stimuli. Everyone has the potential to be a great composer as long as they put their 10,000 hours in. The people who pick up an instrument or DAW for the first time, and immediately have abilities beyond others who have spent more time practicing, usually already have a skill where there is overlap. Or, in some cases of autism the brain is wired in such a way where there is a natural ability, but this is extremely rare. For most people it just takes years of practice.

I personally was extremely lucky to be exposed to music even before I was born. My mother consciously sang and played violin to me while I was still in the womb because she wanted me to have musical abilities. Then when I was born she consciously taught me methods such as the Kodaly approach to further my musical abilities. Even still, if you listen to my early tracks they're absolute garbage. It still took years of practice to create anything worth listening to.

Sound Design / Re: Snares
« on: January 24, 2016, 04:53:23 pm »
I always use a combination of layered synthesized snares and samples. The synth snare provides more body to sample, as long as you match the pitch envelopes with the pitch modulation of the sample, which requires some practice.

Have you guys seen the video for Kill The Noise - Kill it for the Kids? That definitely has a political message that a lot of people missed. Jake has always had a political message in a lot his music.

I tried to put political messages in my first album. 'Moderate Stimulation' is about our generation's inability to focus on things that aren't pure entertainment

Samples/Plugins/Software/Gear / Re: Any decent free de-click/pop plugins?
« on: January 24, 2016, 12:23:39 am »
Not that I know of, the programming for such a plugin is quite intense so I don't think any music software developer would give away such a plugin. If there is a free de-clicking plugin I bet you it doesn't work that well.

You can manually go in and get rid of pops and clicks though, my step dad does this to recordings of old vinyls with Audacity which is free.

I use the oxford de-clicker, but it isn't free

Everyone has times when they feel like this, no matter how inspired their music sounds. I'm going through this right now in fact.

I usually feed off of extreme emotions to write powerful music, and I'm too centered and content right now. I'm trying to find a place in my mind where I can conjure up those extreme emotions without actually being immersed in them.

Inspiration/Creativity/Motivation / Cooking
« on: January 23, 2016, 05:25:18 pm »
Cooking food and producing music are very similar, and I believe improving your cooking skills also improves your producing skills and here's why:

- Shopping for groceries is basically crate digging but for food. It's about finding those ingredients that work well together.

- Preparing the ingredients; chopping, processing, seasoning, marinating. These are all terms which could be applied to sound as well. Marinating in music is sitting on an idea for a while to let your brain pick out what needs changing.

- Seasoning while cooking is like the little touches of processing you add to an already processed sample.

- Timing, arrangement and layering are things you have to consider while cooking and producing music.

- When your dish is finished cooking, or your track is mixed down, you can just throw it in a bowl and eat it. Although if you're serving your dish in a restaurant, or selling your track on physical formats, it is wise to make the presentation look nice, or get your track mastered.

There is so much overlap between producing and cooking that the two definitely compliment each other. I highly recommend cooking as a boost to help you think about producing in a different light.

R&A Graveyard / Re: Notifications
« on: January 23, 2016, 04:48:48 pm »

I just said it will create a heavy load on the server. I could take an educated guess as to what they are using, but if I'm right I don't take to post it to the public.
Sutor, ne ultra crepidam.
My day job is IT/Telecom. You arrogant twat.

Keep it friendly please! This isn't twitter

Inspiration/Creativity/Motivation / Curiosity/Personal Development
« on: January 11, 2016, 05:19:38 pm »
If there's one thing I've learnt about making music it's not the sound design or the music or the marketting, its about the idea of what it means to be a human being. I was lucky to grow up in a culture of self assessment and questioning the world around you, which is being lost right now. My favourite music growing up was grunge, and grunge wasn't about being depressed, or hating the world, it was about taking a step back and questioning and learning about the world around you, not because you have to, but because you WANT to.

The more you learn as a person the more you will learn as a human and therefore as an artist, the rest doesn't matter.

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