It's that time again.
ITT: what's your favorite type of synthesis?
So I want to start making electronic music, but I'm a mongoloid who doesn't have even the slightest clue about how to construct a musical piece.
What should I do/where should I go to learn about this stuff?
learn music theory first to compose music. then you will have fun learning synthesis and shit. or don't learn theory and use arp functions and shit.
I thought they were all the same
It makes no sense to approach something like acid house from a "songwriting" perspective, for example. To try to apply the conventional "composition first" thing is really inappropriate in some cases. Most of the interesting innovations in electronic music haven't had a lot to do with traditional theory.
I never said that you can't make music if you don't master sound synthesis. But it's something cool to understand.
Also there's Max, which isn't free, but it's way easier to understand while achieving a similar function.
>It makes no sense to approach something like acid house from a "songwriting" perspective
Yeah, because it totally doesn't produce any worthwhile results.
not him but no one's saying music theory is completely useless, its just that it isn't a requirement if you are going to be producing certain kinds of bleeps
PD is BSD license, I don't think Stallman is the right figurehead for that. Use Miller Puckette instead.
>ITT: what's your favorite type of synthesis?
FM all the way baby
learn your circle of fifths and play around with dissonance
it's very simple, just intuitively being aware of which keys are 5 and 7 semitones apart
but knowing that can help you move out of standard scales and chords and still resolve it, because you can have a lot of accents (off notes) but still support harmony by moving in fifths..
you can do this with smaller chords and single notes, in really minimal and ambient compositions, and still keep it interesting, it helps you move out of that classical style of arrangement where they push the root key in your face all the time
after that you can do the same thing with thirds (3 and 4 semitones apart depending on minor/major), they do that a lot in jazz
I love playing around with my uncle's Propellerheads Subtractor, but can someone please answer me this - WHY is it a subtractive? It seems to me like it's additive synthesis with filters and shit.
When you go clockwise, the next key is the fifth degree (for example C, D, E, F, G). The accidentals are sharps for clockwise, and it's always applied to the note before the 5th degree (e.g. in the key of G, there is an F#). Next key for clockwise is D (G, A, B, C, D -- D is the fifth degree from G). Now C has a sharp (C#), plus F# from the previous key. When you move clockwise you keep the previous sharps and add one more sharp.
The same thing is applied on the anti-clockwise but you count backwards (C, B, A, G, F) and a flat is added to B instead. So now the key is F and it has a Bb.
the tonic is the root
i believe it helps to move out of the modal mindset (root key blahblahblah), since that's what we're trying to do compositionally here
the point is that this is a circle, an open-ended and fractal thing, the fifth is the strongest/most harmonic interval whether you go up (5th) or down (4th). if you haven't emphasized a tonic yet, which is which? does it matter?
subtractive = start with a rich waveform (sawtooth etc) and filter it down
additive = add multiple sparse waveforms (sine waves) together, it involves ratios of primes and shit
these envelopes should help a bit
thank you kindly, yea i made it. really fun when it moves around like that, can't really get that sound from any other technique
I dunno if it's technically /bleepproduction/, but I'm interested in playing around with some chiptune stuff, and is there any software/VST that lets me make sounds that sound more like the chiptunes you find in old Japanese computer games? They sound a little different, I can't really put my finger on it but there seems to be a lot more variation in the sounds you hear.
Here is an example:
As opposed to the standard LSDj stuff everyone uses.
Or is this perfectly possible to do on LSDj and I'm just a dumbass?