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Empty Space
« on: March 03, 2016, 03:34:53 pm »
I think there is a problem arising with producers nowadays where they think empty space is a bad thing. It truly truly isn't. Empty space is a beautiful thing. You don't want your sound to be so full all the time. Space adds dynamics. Never forget how key dynamics are when making tracks.

Porter's remix of The Thrill is a great and extreme example. The reason the drop feels so full and inspirational is both because of sound and composition yes, but it's also because of how quiet the song is previous to the drop.

Never forget that empty space can be a great thing in a mix.


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Re: Empty Space
« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2016, 03:53:35 pm »
Amen, borther! :)
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Re: Empty Space
« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2016, 05:16:15 pm »

To summarize: Contrast is key.

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Re: Empty Space
« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2016, 05:21:31 pm »
When I feel like a drop isn't hitting hard enough usually the first thing I do is add a bar of silence/end the build earlier so there's a bigger contrast.  Almost always helps.  Like Bryan said, contrast is key.


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Re: Empty Space
« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2016, 06:00:22 pm »
This thread spoke to me.

Exactly what I needed to hear and I agree.
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Re: Empty Space
« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2016, 07:51:51 pm »
Silence is key to making a drop hit mother fucking hard
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Re: Empty Space
« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2016, 12:15:32 am »

I had to drop my tempos just to be able to play and actually process the music i was making.

found it much easier to write, play, and enjoy the music i was making.

Reggae and funk is a good example of utilizing space for the entire idea to develop into a cohesive sound. bits and pieces floating in and out picking up and supporting one another.
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