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I understand. It does take a lot of seeding. I have Transmission running with 20 torrents uploading all the time. They barely get hit, so it takes a long time to upload much. Having so many plug ins and soft synths is great. Since I don't even know how much they charge for these different things before i get them, i don't know all the hype or how good it supposedly is
mfw I realize there's words written with those synths.
Fuuk... something.... Fast Asleep
As a result of me being so obsessed with trying to mix decently, my creativity with stuff has degraded big time. I want to even try foley to play around with sounds, but equipment is expensive and I'm always broke, and growing more and more discouraged. But I feel like I need to try to get some monitors first somehow, anyone have any favored lower priced ones? And should I stop trying to make everything in the box and work towards getting some hardware to use?
>tfw you have a new mic and interface in the mail and you opted for the super savers shipping
You don't have monitors? I don't know how much space you have, but you'd really love them anyway. 8"s are where it's at, but the 5"s that are around 300 a pair are nice as fuck too. Powered speakers are crucial.
As a final project for a recording class, my group in the class did a cover of Children of The Grave by Black Sabbath.
Let me know what you guys think of the mix. I engineered/mixed/mastered it but didn't play any instruments.
pic related is the new mixing board our school just got
I mean like, not go full hardware but just have some synths and whatnot to use. Surely there's some advantages to not using only VSTs...
It really is a pain with my current setup, I've been wanting to try to get some competent monitors for ages, leaning towards Dynaudio BM5As or HS7/8, but I'm aware that expensive monitors won't make *that* much of a difference since my room is not treated. But I'm hoping they'll at least help me feel slightly more confident in my mixes, enough so that I can just focus on having fun and experimenting while knowing it might not sound COMPLETELY off.
In terms of why the school got an analog console, it's because a huge amount of studios have them and prospective audio engineers need to learn how to use them if they want a job.
Well DAWs are abstractions of real world consoles and gear, so you would be better off than someone who hasn't ever seen a DAW. You probably wouldn't be able to figure out how to use it just based on that though.
i have a similar question, how do you run into the interfaces with this? what interface would you use?
the character and preamps essentially are what makes the thing important, but it's not literally controlling the faders like a controller. i have seen so a couple of those acting as headphone amps in a digital setting nowadays.
they are the best computer speakers you could have too. monitors in a relatively small room sound good still, but it sounds like you've got a really bad room? i've got a treated room and I have the HS80M (old HS8's) pair as a backup and they are the best in that price range.
Autist coming through. I left my headphones fall earlier today and I feel like it started distorting the mid-ranges a little bit, but I can't be sure. Question: is there any way to objectively verify if it really is distorting?
listen to familiar songs and see how they hold up
I can tell those are midi ports, but what are the other ones? and i thought midi was to translate notes for synths and shit, what use would they have on a mixing board?
Non-linear summing, I think. Most equalizers, hardware and also digital, I think, create slight phasing issues or something when you boost or cut frequencies. This is non-linear phasing and it colors the sound in a way that many people find pleasing. If it was linear then it would be transparent sounding. I believe consoles don't have perfect linear summing and this gives them their own sound. Dont quote me on this. Also, hands on is better for mixing anyway.
none, keep playing your manchild game of moving colored blocks around the screen and calling it music making
that's a nice console, though schools tend to have those. did you use this in recording? i hear it's sturdy
this place is toxic for mix advice so be careful.
i've engineered a lot of shit bands in my days and it's always hard to separate the engineers work from the general state of the band/recording equipment quality
i could go on a tirade about how it could use a bit of air, maybe a bit less low-mid mud, less distortion&compression artifacts around the 1 minute mark, some problem frequencies with the guitars - but honestly, it sounds like you did what you could with what you got, it sounds like a school recording. bet those flammy cymbals were a bitch
Generally you would go line out or XLR out into the audio interface or AD/DA converters.
This little mixer for example is one that has been used at the college to teach beginners how to use mixers. The signal goes line out into an apollo uad interface. The faders don't control the faders in the DAW, they just control how much signal is going to the track in the DAW.
I like Reason. I can make these demos of my compositions for my band and we can learn each track easily this way.
Related. What you think bout this shit?
that makes some sense. summing is generally done analog but it's usually a small unit of it's own
ok, that's how i would do it at home given the stuff I have, if i were to use my big old mixer. so it also sends the pan info and eq and you work with that in the daw?
>that's a nice console, though schools tend to have those. did you use this in recording? i hear it's sturdy
Nah haven't used it yet, we just got it earlier this week. It won't be up and running till the beginning of next year.
Thanks for the comments
Anyone ever tried a DIY hardware project? You have to spend a little bit extra the first time if you don't already have a decent solder iron and multimeter, but its soo worth it.
Somehow I managed to build a u87 clone and I know nothing about electronics. It's an embarrassingly sloppy job but it works and sounds beautiful.
I built a kit Theremin...
dreamed about building my own delay too, but my DD-6 does everything I need for guitar.
I studied electronics briefly which helped my soldering and circuit building skills. Our final project was to scratch build a power supply, making the circuit boards ourselves... even the box (basic metalworking).
ive built a few contact mics for field recordings, its pretty easy and fun
got some good creaky sounds burying those fuckers between the thick hardwood floors of an old rope-tying building at a dock
no, i know what chord stabs are and shit I was talking about the type of chord progression, but right now i was reading about picardy third cadences, i think thats what they are. and thanks, ill look around for some midi's
That's pretty cool. Those are very useful skills. Yeah I bet a delay unit would be badass.
word, do you have the pattern switches and all that on it? I still haven't got them working on mine so I just use it in cardiod.
hidden track 'cause it's different than the usual.
latin/reggaeton influence on the beat and through some weird fuckery transforms into overcompressed redux'd distortion hellscape
tell me if you fuck with this.
It's not to hard to learn, i find that theres only like 5 different patterns of scales, but they start on different notes. once you get scales down you can use shit like circle of fifths. a circle of fifths is pic related, and i should really start memorizing it like i told myself i would
Just learn what notes are in what key. C major is C D E F G A B C. So, if you're making a regular triad chord, you take the root, third, and 5th. C major would be CEG, I remembered it as "keg". A minor is ACE, or "ace" like the word. It's well worth taking up keys/learning theory, you'll improve a ton.
Actually playing something really gives you a feel for what works. The last song I write, I drew the vocal melody in the piano roll, but when I actually sang the part, I sang a different note that worked a lot better.
Does any of you guys have a M-Audio M-track (pic related) that can tell me if it adds too much noise when using a dynamic mic like an SM57 for example? Any other comments are also welcome; thinking of buying that for my first pre-amp/midi interface along with (very probably) an M-Audio Oxygen 49.
currently really bored. Thinking about making a track that only utilizes one synth patch that's just a bunch of layered arpeggios.
If i had one of those synths, or one of those drummachine sequencer things, the only thing keeping me from using them like an autist would be my incessant need to fap and eat.
not really, but I would sure be using them pretty much nonstop
I have an M-Track, I only record my Microbrute, Volca Keys and iPad with it though. There isn't an noise that I've heard, honestly for a 100 bucks it's an alright deal.
JUST DON'T INSTALL THE DRIVERS YOUR COMPUTER BLUE SCREEN LIKE THERE'S NO TOMORROW.
Not him, and pardon the ignorance but, the drum machine in your picture is the one in the red circle on pic related right? I can imagine you assign a drum sound to each button and play it/sequence it; that's the main function of it.
And the one in the blue circle is a 2i2 Focusrite Scarlett; how much did you pay for it; do you like it? The main reason I want to get an M-audio M-track is because it's the cheapest; but I don't want to risk it having noise on the mic since I plan to record live.
yea i posted something a couple of days ago. someone said it sounded like hotline miami i think, and another said it was "cartoon mixing", but i haven't worked on anything for about a day. Actually I'm about to try out this donk synth some dude posted because it looks cool.
The drum machine in the circle is a roland tr505. All of the sounds are assigned to each one of the buttons and there are various ways to program it. It's a fairly rudimentary and limited machine but it has some decent sounds and is fairly easy to program once you get an understanding of how to do so. Also it has fantastic midi implementation. You can also use the pads themselves to trigger things through midi so it's a decently versatile tool but I only bought mine a long time ago to use to practice guitar with. I had never intended for it to be a part of my electronic setup.
That is a scarlett 2i4. I loved it until it stopped working but I was probably an idiot for buying a used one. I'm currently stuck on which interface to buy because I really liked my scarlett but I'm hesitant because I already had one break on me. Just about all cheap interfaces the m-track included should have quiet preamps so you should not get a lot of noise and if you do it's fairly manageable.
I put together this pic, not sure if it helps.
this is the chord progression:
what >>52168708 said.
I find that sticking to the chords gets a bit boring, and I naturally go into new places/keys.
notice in pic related, once it goes to the new key/starts using a new scale as a basis it immediately changes the feel of the piece.
I changed key to the relative major of my minor key. so I was in D# minor, and looking at the circle of fifths here >>52168562 (keys on the inside of the circle are minor, on the outside are major.) I can see that the relative major key of D#minor is F#Major. (At the bottom of the circle)
modulating to close keys like the relative major or minor is always easy to do, as they share many notes.
>someone said it sounded like hotline miami i think
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that was me whats good playa; if you post it again i'll listen to it again. care to share link for donk synth?
thanks for the info.
this is that exact same loop that I uploaded some days ago, but in my daw I have mixed it a little more. this loop right now is just all the tracks playing at the same time, I still haven't structured anything
haha, thanks anon, although I don't think they're hats usually are that energetic. actually since then I have lessened the lfo on that saw and brought that arp thing up a little more in volume.