1 more day until da challenge is over
>You have until saturday to produce a song. We are posting here on Saturday primarily, there are those who probably can't post until sunday but the goal was saturday.
>Also, you can't just drop your song link like a SC thread, you have to talk about what you did, what you were going for, cool things you did in the mix. Talk about what you did technically, this is a learning experience. The comments shouldn't be like "Nice" or "Cool song", you either post something constructive or don't post something at all. Either way, there are gonna be anons who read all the technical shit that you post and that's the whole reason we're doing this first anything goes challenge.
So i fell over this
I'm not exactly a synth expert. All i know is that i really want something analog. I was pretty sure i'd go with the Vermona Mono Lancet until i fell over this thing: Synthlab SL-1 from Mode Machine. I've never heard about this before now.
Is it worth spending a little extra bucks to get this instead of the mono lancet? It's a 2 VCO like the lancet but seems to be packed with more features.
Does anyone here have the MAudio Keystation 61ES? Looking for a decent sized midi controller and I don't want to spend a huge amount of money and would like to know what people think of it past just YouTube/amazon reviews. The plan is to get my hands on that and a microbrute (babbys first hardware synth) and a USB microphone, sounds like a lot of fun and could give me a lot more to experiment with.
Also, I really want that VSTi that was posted in the last thread, the Mangle. Considering it's only 20£ I figure that's worth my time and money.
do you already have an interface? If you do then don't get a USB mic, the A/D conversion will be better in a dedicated interface than a USB mic. And you'll get better audio quality plugging the Microbrute into one than the microphone jack on your computer. Look at the Lexicon Alpha or the Alesis iO2. They're very cheap, but not bad too.
latest song ive made, finished it off this morning
was reading up on chords so made a nice chord progression and tried to keep it interesting using different reverb, space, filter effects
also learnt a bit more about eq'ing and have eq'ed most elements properly
overall quite happy with the outcome, relatively simple but nice feel and good beat to it
what are your thoughts?
I was thinking of getting the mic for raw audio recording purposes to throw it into The Mangle or Harmor, sorry if I made it seem like that was related to the brute.
So what would be the pros and cons of getting the USB mic for that purpose? I know nothing about the subject
USB mics are only useful if you don't have an audio interface, they don't typically have great A/D converters because they're aimed at podcasters and stuff like that. But for granular synthesis sure use whatever it doesn't matter, it won't make a difference if you're using a U47 or an SM58 when you process it to fuck with granular synthesis.
Hey guys, I made a song for the challenge using samples from Imogen Heap's "Hide and Seek".
It'll be on my upcoming EP, I'm putting the track up on bandcamp as we speak
I was going for a glitchy yet melodic and catchy sound using tiny pieces of her voice, using a technique called microsampling. It was all chopped up and rearranged in my DAW (mixcraft 6) by hand, without the use of midi or a sampler. I used 808's and trap drum sounds but I didn't want to go full trap, however the bass is a big part of the track.
Check out the music video here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mftp2T8vwI0
Download the track here - http://arcadecity.bandcamp.com/album/fields
Any thoughts would be appreciated, thanks in advance. The song used in the video may differ from the track on bandcamp (I may toy around with the mix some more)
Here's the original song - www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYIAfiVGluk
how the fuck does sam gellaitry get his shit so fucking loud
i mean even if i mix my shit real well, to where it sounds great when you turn it way up, this guy sounds loud when my volume is at 20%
yes, the keys feel nice although not the springiest, and the knobs work nicely. the single slider feels pretty cheap but i don't give a fuck about the slider. i love the keyboard, you should get it
You want to record the Microbrute through the MIDI controller? Are you talking about audio or MIDI? But MIDI controllers can't receive audio or MIDI, but audio interfaces can so yes.
also the pitch knob feels nice. and the keys are the right size, none of this tiny keys like the akai mpk or that stupid portable keyboard where the keys are more like buttons than keys. forgot what it's called
anyway, get it
Shit. Just looked up a review, you may have changed my mind. Thank you.
I mean using the Microbrute through the controller, and having what I'm playing go through to the computer. I'm getting the vibe that there would be latency problems if I just go with what's given to me. But then again, like i said before, I have very little experience with hardware and I'm probably talking out of my ass and making assumptions when I shouldn't. My understanding of it is that with an audio interface I wouldn't have to worry about latency
I have a 2 octave Axiom MIDI key board with 8 square pads on the side of it. I want to use it to trigger samples so that use it kind of as a weird drum kit when I jam with my friends. Ideally I would drum on the pads with one hand while I can play the keys with the other.
What software should I use for this?
I wouldn't, I can't listen to one of those songs all the way through.
Yes there would be latency problems. But for a monophonic synth the 2 octave keyboard it has is definitely enough. I wouldn't bother with a 61 key controller. You'll find that you'll probably only ever use 2 octaves at a time and end up overspending on your MIDI controller, which is what 90% of beginners end up doing.
The cheapest polysynths are things like the Blofeld, or go on ebay and get something like a JP-8080 or MS2000.
Ableton Lives Drum Rack
>Ableton Lives Drum Rack
I might try Ableton.
If anyone knows of a free opensource program please let me know.
The last time I tried to torrent Ableton the patch had a trojan in it.
Well I think getting a larger controller is justified because It's not just for recording stuff, I'd like to be able to play around for fun and for practice, which I wouldn't want a two octave keyboard for.
LMMS is free and open source. You can definitely use MIDI and i THINK the beatpads can work in it but if not there's definitely a VST out there that can take the midi notes from the beatpads and trigger samples
>On his writing?
Pure fun, knows his niche but is not afraid to experiment.
Great example of not needing gear to make strong tunes.
A shit. It's literally pressing "play".
Can second using LMMS. Beatpads should definitely work as long as they are mapped to keyboard keys. Other wise, you're limited to midi controls using the beatpads.
However, one of LMMS's biggest flaws is the inability to export midis for use with other DAWs, and another would be its own inflexibility when opening projects within other operation systems, though that is more of a consequence of using multiple operating systems for music production rather than a fault of the program. At the very least, individual stems could be exported out of LMMS for use in other DAWs.
Unfortunately, open-source/free options for producing audio on Windows is very limited, though there are a plethora of options for Linux/Mac OSX/Unix.
it has like a thunk too that i think you can turn down and up.
$200 though man
$140 used in a few months after release
good alternative to volca beats in my opinion, plus the board is going to be very moddable according to akai
things sound mixed pretty well, I can hear all the instruments. although you do make them dissonant from each other until ilke 3min+ in. that bass (not the drum) is a little too boomy. I would maybe cut it off a little more, and if you want to mix it melodically maybe double it with something that's higher in frequency than the bass. i do this a lot for basses in general.
also the chord prog isn't bad either, it's like a chill dance song. the only thing that kills it for me is the bass
oh boy oh boy oh boy oh boy oh boy
All the audio files are 48000hz and nobody is ever going to want to listen to it at higher quality. It's not even bad quality, it's higher than CD sample rate. 24 bit 48000hz whereas CDs are 16 bit 41000hz.
you're not wrong, but 44,1khz is the standard for audio, 48khz is for movies. if you want to push your nyquist-frequency, go for higher samplerights. otherwise it looks like you don't know what you're doing
Do you guys have fancy computer desks or how do you handle all your stuff? I'm thinking about getting a plastic table with fold legs and using that as my producing table but I'm not sure where i'd put my computer, I don't want it on the carpet that's for sure.
this is my studio
go to thrift stores and shit to look for desks, tables. I am using an old table that folds out into a larger table, it used to be used for beer pong. the rest is just small plastic tables, keyboard stands. buying a "specific" recording desk is often expensive, look around and keep in mind specific measurements you might have to conform to.
do you keep your computer on the fold out beer pong table thing? Or do you have it on something else? I just don't want to have too much weight on the table. I was thinking about buying some monitor stands for my hs50m's but I figured I'll just put them on my table.
How do you guys find stuff at thrift shops and flee markets? Any tips?
Usually garbage. Every once in a while there's something that's the right level of cheese that it get's by kids, but it still sounds good. I got a nice 2 OP yamaha FM synth with an auto rhythm section that lets you use the limited programmer for the synth engine, it gets really noisy and trashy if you use it right, in a way that still sounds good, but unlike any other auto accompaniment section I've ever heard.
The other find was a casio that had analog drums that was very CR78 sounding. Unfortunately the fucker didn't like staying in tune.
Sometimes there's good speaker cabinets with shit speakers. If you can source good speakers, old cabs are usually worth $8-10
I also found a toy megaphone thing that modulates your voice with some weird pitch shifting. Still don't have a use for it, but I'm glad I nabbed it when I did.
Avoid organs like the plague, there's always home organs to be found for free.
My last bit of advice, check sundays, that's usually when the most new inventory gets out.
cant help you there
And remember, check craigslist religiously.
I should also add, be prepared for them to counter your offer, that's how bartering works. Don't do it pawn stars style, where you constantly shoot offers, that's bullshit and never happens in real life. Just make an offer, wait for their counter, and decide if you want to make the deal.