What's /mu/ making today?
Whether you use Fruit Loops or Unableton, everyone is welcome to share what tunes they're creating.
Pic related, a little groove/funk track I've started today
Also, producer general (share tips, feedback and whatnot)
Disableton user here, currently making a big room track (completely satire) for a friend as a birthday present.
also as a tip: when doing your mix-down before mastering, always give your instruments -5 dB headroom. It helps so much in mastering later.
Just made this a little while ago - I'm not very comfortable remixing things, but wanna get more used to it.
What do you think?
Hm, seems like a big project for a joke. I never really go over 5 or 6 tracks in my works.
A bit inexperienced at mastering as well, what does your process consist of besides boosting and lowering frequency bands?
>Hm, seems like a big project for a joke.
It's just from layering a load of synths and percussion together. Also because I'm shit at synthesis theory I'm gawful at making good patches and end up just layering basic shit together.
And for mastering, I just EQ all my shit, compress/sidechain if I haven't already done. I use iZotope as well for things like stereo expansion. I'll also stick a glue compressor on the master and large group buses to make sure everything doesn't clip.
I see, personally mastering has seemed to yield an insignificant change in the overall sound for me so far, guess I'll be digging around a bit more to see if I can make it worthwhile.
It really depends on how picky you are. Usually mastering isn't a problem when you don't have many layered instruments but it's especially useful if you're either an audiophile or multiple synths are conflicting at certain frequencies.
I sometimes get very annoyed if something doesn't sound just right. But then you've got to remember that the vast majority of people listening to your songs will either have less than high quality sound systems/headphones and/or will know jack shit about audio fidelity and won't care if a drum is slightly weak.
Honestly not my style so take this with a grain of salt..
Overall it seems dull, a bit too dreary in contrast to the real song, but atmospheric dreary. I didn't like the vocal chopping, was kind of annoying to hear a word and then hear it cut out, I personally like to hear some part of the vocals intact in a remix, but that's just me. Again, not my style so someone else is probably much better suited to tell you about it.
Yeah, I think you're right. It wasn't initially intended to be a remix, but using the acapella for vocal samples made it so.
Thank you for being direct/forward with feedback - very much appreciated!
I liked the chopping, in fact i thought it could use more samples, but at times the chopping got boring, like at 1:44, the 'chorus' repeats itself, but should have been at least slightly different from the previous chorus. or something like that
Agreed. I didn't really do nearly as much with the track as I could/should have.
Next time things will be different hahahaa
Thanks for the feedback homie
you are either an artist who can write songs or you are an engineer who can mix into infinity. you can not be both please dont try. you either make good songs or you make good songs better.
songwriting is seperate from mixing/mastering
At first it seems really boring, like it was just made to make chiptunes and such, but it's actually really powerful. And if you do try it out, I suggest you learn it on your own.
>implying that engineering and song writing are the same thing.
tell me one /bleep/ artist who doesn't send their shit to get professionally mixed and mastered.
even burial had uncle kode9 to fix his shit before it got sent to master
A kick that has some sub bass would help this. That bassline got irritating too. I like the rhodes and guitar though, has a Da Funk vibe to it
Loving the vocal cuts, I like this.
This is the most recent thing I've released https://soundcloud.com/robots-cant-dance/danny-brown-blunt-after-blunt-robots-cant-dance-bootleg
>implying that engineering and song writing are the same thing.
I literally implied the opposite what are you talking about. They're two different skills and, stay with me here, humans are capable of learning more than one skill.
i write melody's and basslines, i dont give a fuck about eqing kickdrums to perfection, im an artist not a nerd. id rather pay the nerd to fix my tunes as he has never been to a club and therfore his ears are not fucked up
yeah i know but you cant be good at both, hence the existance of mastering studios. you need perfect ears to master. im pretty sure all djs have hearing damage at some range or else they are super boring cunts who keep levels low in a club
Dude, you need to know how to EQ for clubs, stop lying yourself. That's why now there are so many guys with weak kicks, or too much bass. You need to know at least the basics.
Also, producing music is so basic and easy that is recommendable to learn about mixing and mastering, unless you're lazy
i want to do some dark ambient or something like radigue works or maybe some synthpop for my own listening
what program is the best for a begginer? also i dont have a synthetizer
yes they are capable but you master one art not two. no one has gave me examples of an artist/engineer as they dont exist. rustie gets his tunes mastered, burial gets his tunes mastered, hudmo gets his tunes mastered. only spergs think they can do both at a pro level
there was basically no mixing in the 60s just recording techniques, i know this as i had to write a fucking huge essay on mixing techs and my lecturer said anything pre 70s is null and void
What is the best program to use to go between PC and Mac? I'm working on music with a friend and he insists on using Logic Pro (regardless of the fact that it can't be used on PC) because he doesn't want to pirate FL Studio beta.
So that's why you're so arrogant haha. There were mixing techniques in the late 60s, they re-recorded stuff to get more tracks, so they mixed everything before doing that. It was pretty hard.
Sup /mu/. Help me find a DAW!
I own Komplete 9 Ultimate so I dgaf about what plugins it comes with. So far I've worked with Reaper and FL Studio. I like Reaper for being able to tempo map, simpler audio recording (expanding multiple takes onto their own tracks etc.), an all around better midi editor.
I like FL better for automation clips. Reaper is a giant pain in the ass in that regard. I can't just right click a knob and make a curve out of it. Pattern-based sequencing is kinda nice too but I try to avoid that. I'm ok just copy and pasting midi and audio clips.
So out of the other DAWs do you think any of them will actually meet my needs? Mainly tempo maps, changing time signatures but not for the whole project, decent automation clip handling, and a quick audio recording workflow.
I downloaded logic pro x about a month ago. Does anyone else use it? Or am I just wasting my time trying to get good at a program that will never be able to attain a professional grade sound? All this stuff is really interesting to me
If anyone wants to give me some advice about mastering based on some of my stuff I'd appreciate it a lot
I'll assume you meant logic but yeah, it was such an intuitive program that I was beginning to think there's no way that pros use it
awe shit i love sunvox, i made a few tracks on my phone.
here's one that i uploaded
I use Renoise, working on a collab track right now. It's like a house tune with some rapping, it's basically done but i might have to change a few things, just waiting for the other person i am working with to see if they want some changes before it gets uploaded
mate i went through college getting blasted with beatles recording bullshit. if there was credible mixing you would hear john and that talking in the reverb room when having smoke breaks
Can someone ID those white monitors John is using?
And what some of the shit is in this pic
no actually, it was way too simplistic. You can't set multiple complex meters. It also handles regular audio in a counterintuitive manner. I do like the beat matching algorithm, and the MIDI learn/programmability is great, but it really did not suite my needs. Everybody talked up how awesome it was, and was really nothing but disappointed.
Just bought my first MIDI controller today. Nothing fancy, just an Akai LPD8. Should hold me over for a while until I have the funds to invest in more equipment. Anyone have experience with it? I've heard you shouldn't use the USB that comes with it because it fucks up and renders the controller useless.
Fiddled around with the levels on this fucker for a while, couldn't seem to get it quite right. Too much ear fatigue to figure out what's wrong myself right now
Supposedly the USB jack comes loose and fucks up pretty easily, but most reviews I've read have been very positive, only a small number I've read have reported the issue so maybe those users are the types who are rough with their equipment? One solution to the problem that I've read is just to use a standard USB cable rather than the one it comes with
As "samples" which cannot be properly aligned at the 0 mark unless you record it inside of ableton. It seems to work pretty cool as a live looper, but TBH, I'd rather just use my looper pedals, it's also worth saying that almost every DAW will let you trigger loop and transport controls in realtime, via MIDI.
So outside of using it for DJing or *tronic production, I couldn't really find a use for it. Also, I've already got, and use other stuff for that anyway, that is way less of hassle to use. If they fix some of the most basic aspects I'd consider converting, but in it's current state, it's just more annoying(to me anyway) than helpful.
Live does lack some things for audio, definitely. Not being able to increase or decrease waveform size is one that annoys me. I still use it because I think it's more inspiring to work in than other DAWs.