>>48626677 a follow up project to a concept album: https://soundcloud.com/phillipspiller/9-engineers-workbench?in=phillipspiller/sets/sketches-from-the-arboretum ive gotten a method of working on this type of stuff and im hoping i can finish it in a short amount of time. Ive started out with alot of frames that i will eventually have to go back and fill it in. Im also worried about mixing, i try to use less but after long periods i start to get sidetracked from it. I end up working with headphones and then maybe hook it up to an amp or pa of some sort.
>>48629116 You know the kind of music you usually produce? Don't try that for now; do something else, maybe something you hate. Learn its in and outs, and why it works for other people, and how you can apply techniques to your favorite kinds of music.
>>48629116 changing my setup has always worked for me. the main reason i dont have this issue anymore (or at least not as often) is due to my hardware. being able to turn stuff on and get a sequence in minutes is great for fighting writer's block
otherwise, id suggest maybe finishing tracks that you've been sitting on half-finished and go from there.
>>48627881 >https://soundcloud.com/phillipspiller/9-engineers-workbench?in=phillipspiller/sets/sketches-from-the-arboretum Whoa, this is really cool!! Those drums are really awesome. The second half of the song is really nice too, although at that point the weird discordance between the drums and piano rhythmically starts to get a little old IMO. Generally it helps to have at least one part of the track anchored rhythmically when doing stuff like this, otherwise it just feels too random/boring to really be interesting
Anyways, I've been focusing a lot more on remixing recently, mostly because I've been struggling to find inspiration as of lately and working with other people's music helps me find that inspiration I need
I've been using Logic Pro X, but not really for bleeps though.
Impressions: I like the inserts, I kind of like the Dummer instrument (but it makes trying to get individual drum channels 10000 times harder than it needs to be), the synths are all pretty horrible mainly for the GUIs, the way that it defaults the project audio recordings to 44,100khz pisses me off, but I think I can change that somehow. I fucking hate the way that the mixer and the arrangement don't necessarily mirror each other. And I also hate the way that it is pretty much impossible to organise busses without going into the environment editor and tearing the entire project apart, and that only sometimes works. Other than that it's pretty versatile and I like the way it does comping for audio recordings. I also really like Reverb Designer and the Compressor.
I've had Logic X for a while but I've only ever used it for occasional mastering, but not much thanks to it not being compatible with my 32 bit plugins.
I've also been using The Mangle. I love this instrument. It is ridiculously efficient and straight forward. Some parts are a little clunky as it is in beta but I'm very happy with it, it's too easy to make some really cool pads.
Don't even think about producing for a week or two, but spend that time finding as much new music as you can. Soundcloud, radio shows, anywhere. Even just getting excited about a new track you've found can be enough to spark something
>>48633022 i enjoy reading /bleep/ from time to time. it has a weird kind of culture to it, everyone is trying to out-chav each other but at the same trying to be some kind of hipster-elitist dance music demigod. it's funny because nothing like it exists in the real world.
>>48630374 There's some reasonably priced clones in serge, shame they stopped doing official custom panels but the lead time was just ridiculous. I never got into it just because mixing formats is a bother to me. Yeah I've got some stuff listed there I just hate shipping anything bigger than a small rack.
>>48634330 I was just going to post this. I was actually super excited for that thing but it's been years. They should follow Intellijel's lead and basically not announce anything until the shit is shipping. >>48634037 The only high-end euro I'm interested in at the moment is the Verbos stuff, I'd love that harmonic oscillator.
>>48634397 Yeah, that Verbos stuff looks like the shit. I knew a guy who worked for Avid and owned a bewclah 200e, and he swore by the Verbos modules. The euro stuff totally came from left field too. The harmonic oscillator gives me the biggest boner, but the voltage multistage looks neat too.
>>48634682 >yes, Verbos stuff sounds amazing. not sure id ever own a Buchla, but would love some Buchla inspired stuff in my rack If I was looking to drop bank on single thing, I'd probably get a new easel just for the sake of it, but I've no interest in the format either.
http://www.modulargrid.net/e/tiptop-audio-p3000-poly-oscillator Google around for that
alright got a job and I've always wanted some sort of hardware obviously I can't afford anything to crazy. So what could I get for a couple of dollars. Like a reverb or a distortion I don't even know if those exist stand alone, or what about a bit speak (I think thats what those are called). Just want something that'll give me a unique sound. I remember someone putting there voice through a kids toy and it changed it dramatically I want some thing like that. thanks in advance
and i dunno really - was a super vague / open question. but i guess an interesting question could be whether or not one would change their mindset when writing the music if it were to be released on vinyl. i understand you can't have crazy panning in the bass frequencies for instance
>>48634958 Check out the ART Tube MP. Super cheap, but the most utilitarian piece of kit I've ever owned. Good for mics, good for distortion on whatever you put through it. Only distortion I've ever found that works well with my Hammond organ.
>>48636787 oh let me be more specific like how do I know it's some sort of effect that I can plug into my computer another question how would I actually connect these plug ins into my computer? an audio interface sorry for all these newfag questions
Is there any resource that elaborates on different approaches to performing live? Not that I'd be doing that any time soon, but it'd be interesting to read on how people do that stuff. I'd probably end up just pressing play and trying to look important myself.
Working on my mono compatability, my mixes always falls into the pit when it comes to phasing and stereo width, so I figured I'm going to make all my synths in mono and play around with panning to make a wide stereo image, but still retain a very good mono compatability.
Before that I just made everything under 160 hz in mono and just made sure it wasnt phasing. It wasnt untill a year ago I figured out how much phasing was killing my mixes.
Lesson learned, I think I'm going to make all my synths in mono from now on. Better controll of stereo image and clearer sound mixes.
So how do you guys deal with phasing, stereo width and mono compatability?
>>48637408 >program at first, anything that is simple and doesn't intimidate you. GarageBand even. Just dick around and have fun making sounds at first. I use Ableton by choice like a lot of people here, but I started with Audacity, GarageBand and FL studio.
>equipment You don't need any. Maybe a midi controller, but you can use your computer keyboard as a midi controller with most DAWs. If you're producing equipment makes the process faster and more precise at times but it is not essential.
Can you guys tell me where to find more obscure VST downloads? I've looked around absolutely everywhere for some for months and still haven't gotten any results. Does Whatcd have any, and if they do, can someone upload one or two in exchange for some music or something? I'm really desperate here.
>>48638921 Thank you, but I mean for free. As in pirated. As much as I'd love to support the creators and all that, I'm dirt poor and can't afford any of it. Hence why I have to use VSTs instead of hardware
>>48638850 I dunno is obscure enough for you, but this is a vst based on an old sampler/keyboard from the early 90's, Eric Serra used it when he made the soundtrack to Goldeneye and so did Graeme Kirkhope when he made the soundtrack for Goldeneye 64.
It's free and comes with hugefucking midi library, lots great sounds of the 90's
>>48639071 This is actually extremely cool, and I'll definitely be downloading it.
But to clarify, I'm looking for some free downloads of a few specific paid VSTs. Echo Trip in particular. I've been using the demo but can't record anything with it since the demo puts out a loud white noise signal at random.
what are the best vst synths to download to make like 2 step or liquid dnb? i mainly produce hip hop and work with tons of samples but the only synths i can name off the top of my head are massive and albino 3.
>>48639171 I haven't been able to find anything that has the same capabilities and features of Echo Trip, Stutter Edit, and Speakerphone 2, all of which I've been looking for, along with a few others. Plus I've already learned the in's and out's of a few of them just from their demos. But if you have any recommendations I'm all ears.
>>48629555 I used to use Logic 9 ages ago, I can't get into X. I just don't like the interface, the buttons are too big, all the elements look horrible, and that gigantic frame around AU plugins in the worst thing I've ever seen. That and the layout and shortcuts are a bit different.
What I liked about Logic 9 was the text was small, the buttons were nice and compact and the frames were small and manageable on a laptop. The new Final Cut has the same problem too. It's definitely better on a desktop.
I ended up moving to Live 9 as soon as that was released (much better on a laptop, plus VSTs and no frames around plugins) but gave Logic X a try for old times sake at least.
about to pick up a Grendel Drone Commander from a guy on craigslist today. to anyone that owns one: how do you like it? how often do you use it? any tips or tricks? anything else I should know about it?
Is it weird that when I see a pic like that, I don't think "awww that poor synth has seen better days", but instead "wow, I wonder what sounds that synth can make now due to all of that age and damage?"?
>>48639033 I liked the idea for using your voice to make a song. Like, sampling it and using it to make all of the sounds in your song, synths that can use samples in place of waveforms, etc. Singing isn't necessarily required.
>>48646580 It's understandable, 4chan is pretty shit for most everything. If I'm ever looking for real information or input, I go somewhere else. The only reason I still come here is because I've been here for almost 9 years and this place is ingrained in me now
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