>get out mom I'm recording edition
Post the tracks you're working on, discuss general music production. Learn why oceangrunge is shit and why I can't listen to music while using ASIO.
>Pastebin - Links, books, videos, articles and stuff
>/prod/ wiki - looking for contributors (wink, wink)
I'm currently having some problems with ableton and was wondering if someone could help me out
I've been using this free pulse modulator VST and it's totally awesome except today I can't hear the effect anymore through the monitors unless it's recording. Nothing is different except I added an audio interface that my headphones are now plugged into instead of going straight into my computer lie before. It's really bugging me and I can't tell what's going on, can anyone help?
You said you can't hear it through the monitors unless its recording.
Can you hear it through the headphones without recording?
Do other tracks without the effect play fine?
Does the timeline have to be playing for the effect to work?
can't hear it through headphones, other tracks without the effect play fine. it's not even like i can't hear this track with the effect on it, and i can even tell a difference when the effect is on or off, but it just doesn't sound at all like it does when recording is enabled
i am almost positive this effect worked without the timeline playing before, but maybe not
Yeah some effects do this. If you other tracks are playing fine, then its probably not a driver or interface issue but an issue with the effect itself.
Sometimes you have to start the timeline on an even bar, not just anywhere, for these midi synced effects to sound right.
What you could do is make a new audio track and set the input of that track to be the other track with the effect on it. And then hit record and see if you can get it to sound the way it's supposed to sound. Then you have an audio file of the proper sound effect, though you cant really tweak it the same.
What headphones do all you guys use? For the longest time I've been stuck with some $20 Sony earbuds and I've never had any complaints.
Just wondering if there is something out there that producers hail as being really great.
>What headphones do all you guys use? For the longest time I've been stuck with some $20 Sony earbuds and I've never had any complaints.
>Just wondering if there is something out there that producers hail as being really great.
>>What headphones do all you guys use? For the longest time I've been stuck with some $20 Sony earbuds and I've never had any complaints.
>>Just wondering if there is something out there that producers hail as being really great.
according to the "mixing secrets for the small studio" book you dont get much more quality when you buy the most expensive headphones, and all you need is a decent pair and you're fine.
I use AKG K-44 or K-55s, they're comfy as fuck for long periods and fairly cheap. been using them for years.
Recorded some vocal parts for a /mu/tant collaboration today. should be a nice track
This is at RBMA. What kind of track do you think she is making?
it doesn't matter since you don't want to be relying on them anyway for your mixing duties. decent monitors (decent is all you need btw) + room treatment is what you need to be worrying about.
>not watching the army of reptile lizard gender changing army the president has in his command right now
>not having the '9/11 was an inside job' ableton theme
yeah i dont think she's for me
there's a science to it and i recommend using google but low frequencies will most likely be your biggest enemy so you will want to make that a priority. look up the term "bass traps" with regard to this subject.
You should just listen to more disco and funk. I don't think it helps to have a calculative approach to making music like that; you just do it.
Two things to post that aren't from my actual releases.
My music is usually experimental ambient shit but I love making dance music.
Acid sounding bit
Bootleg of Break Da Law 95 by Three 6 Mafia
Any advice? Besides of course quit music
6th chords, major 7ths as well. mixolydian using the V chord pretty well so that it doesn't sound too much like a V chord but still gives off the V vibe. i like disco and funk as well, but i haven't gone too in depth with it.
also i think there might be a use of 4ths and 11ths on chords a good bit, but subtle. this may be more jazz fusion though, especially chord progs sounding like they go up in 4ths.
If I understand correctly, they pay for everything.
And I think it would be totally worth it. Look it up and see what they do. They actually should have applications up by now for RBMA 2015 but they don't for some reason.
what does /prod/ think of these speakers i picked up today? is 50 watt amp my best choice or should i go high/lower
Duplicate a track, delay it by 15 or more milliseconds, apply very small amount of pitch modulation, sine wave or random, maybe on both tracks if its not too noticeable. Pan first track to one side and duplicate track to the other side. That's a pretty basic way to do it.
those speakers are fine man! generally you should go higher than 50-watt, but the trick is to make sure the amp is rated 50-watt continuous (NOT 50W peak!). As a general rule it's good to have an amp that runs 2x (or more) power than your speakers want. this allows you to get clean optimal audio out of it without stressing it. this also means you can blow the speakers if you crank it all the way up, but that's always true.
i would look for a 100W (continuous, per channel, into 6Ω) amp, or maybe if you find one that only publishes "peak" it should probaby be no less than 150W per channel into 6Ω.
Sorry for the delay I've been working on what I'm posting right now.
Currently working with a rapper and I'm about to send him these tracks.
Didn't know which site to use to upload either since it wasn't in OP's post.
Hello there friend, you seem to be mistaken. This is not a soundcloud thread. This is /prod/ meaning we pride ourselves in not having the passive feeling of "Hey maybe if I post my soundcloud and put myself out there, I will get more known and people will like my music and I will have fans and friends". Instead we use clyp.it or any other form of rather anonymous posting of WIPs and the like because this is a thread for questions and in context conversation. You are more than welcome to post here, but please do it with purpose. You will not gain anything here by posting your soundcloud other than a bunch of people telling you to fuck off. I love you
>reading on synthesis
>spend all day trying to get a good sound
>make a beautiful lush pad that'd blow your mind on accident
>made a decent melody
>try to tweak the sound a little
>load the previous set
>the sound is now just a laggy buzz and i can't fix it
Try adding some reverb on your lead and also try adding some accompaniment under your lead to give it depth and melody.
Reminds me of 90's dance music just with a little less depth but still holding some modern elements.
Thanks, I'm trying to make the beats more complicated but it's difficult not to over-complicate the song so that the rapper can flow nicely over it
Like if you've ever listened closely to Shabba by A$AP Ferg then you know how lacking in complexity hip hop can be
>implying white people can't rap
Then why the fuck is all this El-P, Action Bronson, Aesop Rock shit praised so highly?
Don't doubt yourself man, unless you really, honestly, suck ass.
speaking about white rappers i cant believe mac ''memester'' miller go through the metamorphosis that he did. went from justin beiber of rap to being kind of euphoric but admittedly good.
>enlightened by his own intelligence
he's the obviously not black sounding guy on this track
He's full of shit, he thinks he's some swaggy white asap mob member and I can't take anything he says seriously.
If you heard any average white guy that sounds like him you'd immediately rule him out as a fake negro wannabe. It's bullshit.
it's an ms2000r, i've never used it as a sequencer cus i do everything thru midi but the mod seq is pretty fun and cool.
post your toes fagit! I bet you don't have cute ones or.. or.. anything!! do you!?
ty, most of this is from the ms2000r https://clyp.it/ksruknv3
SC is awful to use and it makes my tracks sound bad to me lol
Thank you ill try that. Currently running mostly hardware so I have some limitations I'm working around but thanks for the listen.
Ableton is the best horizontal track based DAW right now. Renoise is the best vertical track based (or simply called a 'tracker') DAW right now.
Others include but are not limited to Pro Tools, FL Studio, Sunvox, Sonar, Cubase, Logic, Reason, MuLab. That's in descending order from most shit to least shit, but they're all shit.
yeah, i did but no luck. i still have hope though. before i moved one of the best bands i was ever in i met through craigslist. we still keep in touch and jam when i visit. I doubt this kinda thing happens often to other people though, I just got lucky and am friendly and like to jam
I think the percussion is good, with the snare stabs and hihat delay and stuff. That's all cool. The synth line makes it boring I think though. If you wanted to keep it the way it is, you could emphasize the hell out of the "and" that you have before all the new synth notes. Like how it goes, "one, two, three, four AND, one, two,..." Or you could just make the synth more interesting instead of just having it hold and not change, maybe put an envelope on it so it can change when each note is held.
If anyone is looking for the cheapest way to start recording acoustic music, the M-audio producer mic is fucking incredible for the price, only 99 bucks. Everything on my soundcloud except for the most recent song (I upgraded to a full setup this week) was recorded with this little beast.
Did you really fuck up this badly?
Here's a picture of the mic (I thought I had it attached in the original post).
Well Ableton is a fucking great program. If you're fine with a learning curve, I'd say get on Ableton because in the end it's worth it. Reason is really fun to learn on though. Cubase is very powerful, but its the kinda program you use if your gonna hook a big mixer up to it and you have a separate control room and all that shit, besides Pro Tools of course. These are the only ones I've used.
The anon up there pretty much gave it to you straight; except for all other DAWs being shit. About all of those DAWs have free demos that you can try. I recommend you atleast try Fruity Loops and Ableton and pick the one you feel most comfortable it. Pro Tools and Cubase are very similar so try whichever (or don't).
Maybe you should give Renoise a try, so you could see what using a tracker feels like. You might like the workflow more. If you feel you're still not comfy in none of those you could also try Reason which is very good because it teaches you how synths and effects and racks connect visually, not just a setting on a drop down box.
is it easier making synth with keyboard synthesizer? i'm tired of all this mouse clicking and want to do some hands on shit cause th mouse clicking is hella boring. also do the the keyboard synthesizers or just synthesizers get as buck wild and make cool as sounds like software synths?
Another option I would recommend (which I am using currently, as well as Pro Tools on my other computer) is reaper. It's really feature-rich and you can try it free for 60 days. Even if you don't want to use it in the long run, it's a good start because its pretty close in features to the major DAWS and downloads almost instantly because it's so small. It's also only sixty bucks to buy, which is great if you like it. I record mostly acoustic music and it works great for that.
Finding a comfortable workflow is pretty important so just try everything. Also, personally, I find that with workflow faster does not always mean better, sometimes the more hoops you have to jump through to get something done makes you stop and think why you're doing it or how it could be done differently.
you can buy a prophet 12 and make some cool as fuck sounds with it. it will also be intuitive as fuck with all those knobs and mod options. but a prophet 12 is like fucking 2000 bucks and you can pirate most soft synths that are worth anything.
If you really wanna turn knobs (which i prefer myself) get some kind of controller with knobs and sliders and then assign that controller to parameters in your soft synths. hardware synths are awesome and fun, but it all depends on what you wanna get out of it and how much money you can spend. you can do most normal stuff with soft synths that you can do with analog, it's mainly the aesthetic and that a lot of analog synths have some character that makes them kinda unique from each other, like if you were to compare a DSI vs an oberheim, the oberheim will have this more natural brassy, round sound, where the dsi will probably sound a tad thinner in comparrison. sorry if this is a lot, kinda drunk.
well i was already gonna get a keyboard and rehash on my piano skills so thats not a problem. i hate the constant clicking and it takes forevr to experiment with sounds and it seems easier and faster to do with a synthesizer. it's just with all the youtube videos i see of people making sounds with synthesizers it's literally like bleeops and bloops and sawy sounds noting really good or cool sounding like you'd get out of a software synth
if you plan to use software synths and dont really care for the lame restrictive bleeps and bloops some of the reasonably priced, affordable synths have, then simply get a good midi controller, bro. They're way cheaper. One with plenty of knobs and faders and maybe pads too.
I mean, it's as complicated as you want to make it, You could just assign knobs to those quick edit parameters in massive or anything else. the routing you'd be mouse clicking in obviously, but mouse clicking for routing is not any more mundane than hardware. it's really all about the knobs and the parameters you like to fuck around with.
Not him, but YES!
I'll have you know that Waldorf Largo lets you map literally every single parameter within the program. Every fucking parameter. Other programs its kind of annoying because there can be important things that aren't midi assignable, like toggle buttons and switches. I actually spent a lot of time organizing all of the Largo parameters on my Novation sl mkII so that I could pull the keyboard away from the screen and control the synth fully without having to look at the screen at all. I even labeled my midi controller with pieces of paper because I thought I was gonna use Largo all the time from then on. I don't.
well it's just the videos i see is just bleeps and bloops but i see some people studios and feel like there's waaaay more to hardware. looks ten times more interesting than sitting on my left clicking for hours on end just don't know if it's worth the money
and btw, if anyone uses a Novation sl mkII variant and has Largo or wants to get it, I can give you a copy of the pretty well organized control map I made (it took a lot of time to do)
Hey man I'm about to get a novation launchkey 49, used for about $170. Its gonna be my first midi controller with knobs, faders and pads, I already have a 88 key Yamaha that has midi but only in keys, no controls. Plus the 49 fits on my desk.
Do you think the SL mkii is enough of an upgrade to be worth the extra $$?
my sides have been sucked into a black hole 240.05 Mly away
Eh depends on how you produce. Honestly I hardly use the buttons and knobs on my SL mkII. It's only really useful if you plan to move the keyboard away from the screen because then it offers you plenty of control. Otherwise it can be just easier to use your mouse. If you wanted to do a live performance and do some fancy production stuff on the fly, then yeah it could really be helpful. Even so, the launchkey could probably handle that to a degree.
Huh, thats weird. I pirated it though.