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Inspiration/Creativity/Motivation / Re: Ghost Production: Discuss
« on: January 11, 2016, 05:10:20 pm »
Be your own ghost producer

Inspiration/Creativity/Motivation / Re: Overcoming negative thoughts
« on: January 10, 2016, 03:11:59 am »
Not hanging onto ideas you think are mediocre, learn to enjoy making mediocre ideas and scrapping them, but to do that YOU need to be honest with yourself and don't let lovey-dubby soundcloud comments get to your head. Ideally by not sharing EVERY idea you ever make

I think I've been taking the wrong attitude, there's nothing wrong with marketing, it's just a matter of what you use it for.

Let me elaborate, I said I have no ambitions of reaching a wider audience, but now I realise that's cowardly. When you have something to say, you HAVE to reach a wider audience, as long as you're saying something you truly believe in and not just promoting yourself.

What makes me different from all the other people I know in the industry is I don't have any financial, or commercial ambitions, besides being able to do what I love every day, all day, and still afford food and shelter and the occasional bundle of plugins.

I'm not naïve - I know the majority of the artists are doing this for commercial and financial gain - but surely there must be a few producers with as much passion as you? :(

There totally are! Jake, Kill The Noise, is like that too, that's why we're friends. But the thing that separates him from me is he really wants the world to hear, and the world fucking should hear cus he's got a lot to say.

What makes me different from all the other people I know in the industry is I don't have any financial, or commercial ambitions, besides being able to do what I love every day, all day, and still afford food and shelter and the occasional bundle of plugins. I don't want everyone to hear my music either, I don't 'want the world to see my talent', I couldn't give two fucks if the whole world sees or not. I want to look at what I've made, lying on my deathbed with my family beside me and think "I did something great", and that's all I want.

Btw, don't think "oh hes so selfless" cus I'm not. This is totally an ego thing

Sound Design / Re: Pad Design Thread
« on: January 09, 2016, 06:08:14 pm »
For me it depends on what kind of mood my pad is trying to help fill.
From there decides what the actual midi structure will look like and the tone of the harmonics.

On softer pads I like to use very dark sources w/ maybe +7 semi a little quieter than the root and then make it ring out with some reverb.

Harder pads tend to move a lot more than the dark ones and I will often balance the oscillators with ROOT about on a +7 and a quarter on a +14 semi. Usually the sound stays pretty close to the original oscillator (minimal filtering) but I do like to play with detune and voicing here. I often might add a plate reverb to brighten the sibilance area a smidge and almost certainly always layer pads together for large parts.

For me it isn't always about how incredibly unique a sound is, but rather how well it fits. Sometimes crazy pad design works well, but never doubt the minimalistic choices, too.

To build on this, here is an example of what you can do when layering pad sounds with other things such as chords / organs / foley:

Also this has an example of what paulstretch can do to an audio sample:

happy padmaking!

Great sound design. What is a 'foley' though?
Alsom I've tried paulstretch and just feel it's a tough application to use.

Foley is a whole area of sound production, creating scenes with sound, or creating the sound of an object. It can be done with synthesis or (more commonly) by recording stuff with a microphone.

I love foley-age :D

Inspiration/Creativity/Motivation / Re: Skype/Producers/Internet Friends
« on: January 09, 2016, 02:14:23 pm »
I hope this is the start a beautiful relationship for you 3 :D

Mixing/Mastering / Re: DnB Help - How do you mix the kick and subbass?
« on: January 09, 2016, 01:10:39 pm »
I don't know how to mix the kick and subbass

What I'm doing is I'm using the sidechain compression method

How about the EQ? from what hz range should the kick be where it doesn't clash with the subbass, or how should the subbass be eq'd

As Mat mentioned,really quick sidechaining , but that isn't always getting good enough results .The best way I find is actually cutting a hole in the element I want ducking and tailoring the volume curve to the curve of the kick/whatever I want prominent for that split second .I also look at a bus with both sources going to that and make sure I manage to keep the volume about the same as when the kick/snare goes by itself to maximise headroom overall .A loud,punchy mix is made on the channels,not the master .-TeeBee

Do you have any tips on getting rid of sidechaining clicks? this is something thats always bugged me

Yo Mat, one really easy way to get rid of the clicks on the sub is to put a low pass after the sidechain and filter out the click :) only works for sub though since you probably wouldn't want to filter out harmonics of other sounds

Yeh, I do this sometimes, but it still adds a 'lump' where the transient should cut it out completely. I guess I'll just have to do it the long way like TeeBee said...


R&A Graveyard / Re: Option to see posts from old to new
« on: January 09, 2016, 11:19:32 am »
We will see what we can do, I like this idea and you're not the first to suggest

R&A Graveyard / Re: Live/DJing forum?
« on: January 09, 2016, 11:17:30 am »
I want to keep that kind of thing separate, producers these days are too pressured to care about DJing. Don't get me wrong, I love DJing and fell in love with it at the same time I fell in love with producing, but I wanted this to be about music production only.

Isolation is the most inspiring thing for me. The times in my life where I have felt the most alone are the times where I have written the most beautiful music. Or being in love, I'll write the most cheesy crap when I feel in love though

You Might Like... / Medasin - Null
« on: January 09, 2016, 06:13:30 am »
I was listening to this over and over when he uploaded it, so visual and evocative

Sound Design / Re: Pad Design Thread
« on: January 09, 2016, 04:46:21 am »
Absynth is my go to pad synth, and I heard from Thijs from Noisia that Reaktor 6 is great for pads as well, which I can't wait to try out. Any synth with good granular/fractal synthesis and a good selection of filters will be good for pads.

As said before, paulstretch is a great tool for turning anything into a pad, I use it on nearly all my tracks, especial ones with vocals.

I'll send some some reaktor shit at some point.  It's been one of my favorite tools for a decade now.

I bet, Matt, you were using reaktor when you had to be a programmer to operate it. I remember you telling me a few years ago about it  ;D

Samples/Plugins/Software/Gear / Re: F**k S**t Up plug-ins
« on: January 09, 2016, 04:43:18 am »
KT Granulator was a great free fuckshitup plugin, but I just looked now and it's been updated, and you have to pay for it :/
Yeah. I was about to pay it but then I thought I could check out other granular delays. And if I may suggest, check out Melda's Multiband Granular. Imho absolutely awesome thing.

...probably not my FSU plugin of choice though. Have to second Glitch2, Effectrix and Grossbeat

Oh yeh, the melda multiband granular is way better actually. Only started playing around with it in the last month or so, but it has way more versatility

I used ableton's native vocoder

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