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>comin atcha edition
Post the tracks you're working on, discuss general music composition. <insert funny recap of last thread here>

Remember to use:
>clyp.it for WiPs
>soundcloud for completed tracks and getting called a fruit for not going to soundcloud threads

We're making an album! (or trying to).
Check the next post for info.

Stuff:
>Pastebin - Links, books, videos, articles, tutorials and stuff:
http://pastebin.com/pYGCLu6q

>/prod/ wiki - looking for contributors (wink, wink)
http://mu-sic-production.wikia.com/wiki//mu/sic_Production_Wiki

Previous thread: >>53200000 (check'd)
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>>53243170
We're making an album! (or trying to).
How to join:
>Take a good look at this picture
>Be inspired by it
>that's it
Anything goes, feel free to find anons to collab and have fun with in any way you want. Or just work solo.
We're doing this for fun.
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>tfw no wall of Korg
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>>53243170
reposting from last thread that died

So I was making this and just out of curiosity changed the bpm of the song to really fast and the result blew my mind. Started trying to make something slow and chill for the /prod/ EP but it seems i can only make high bpm stuff sound good. Which one do you like more, /prod/? I'm trying to pick and while I like the fast paced one more I still want to make something slow and chill. Been working on it for like 70 minutes; glad to finally have a track I actually like.

https://clyp.it/txbswehq

I guess I could develop both but just make sure I don't use the same sounds/instruments. keep in mind i havent been doing this shit for more than 1 month and a half ;~;
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Would like some feedback on this house track i've been working on

https://soundcloud.com/romankov/onone/s-G7tBW

It's not mixed quiet and not limited and I also feel that the clap needs to be changed. What do you guys think?
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live damn you
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nth for synths absolutely rake in the pussy.
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WIP: https://clyp.it/x0c5gd2x

Haven't done much mixing work on it yet, mostly would like feedback on the composition and percussion. Thanks in advance!
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just finished up this track today, would love some feedback.

https://soundcloud.com/smoke-the-sky/rhetorical-questions
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the spirit of /prod/ is dead.
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>>53244456
that's just because it's night and the guys that usually give feedback are asleep

>>53244210
>>53243437
need someone to tell both these sc fags to fuck off though
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https://soundcloud.com/papa-dick/sets/last-d-i-c-k-mmatic
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>>53244620
>>53244210
>>53243437
no one is gonna listen to your stuff unless you post a clyp.it
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>>53244651
it's not worth even saying though. these cunts are just trying to viral their garbage in hopes for those couple extra sc listens.
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>>53244651
sorry i forgot you guys are true patricians who are above soundcloud, here.

https://clyp.it/hdyf5sat
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>>53244738
it's not just about that, it's about separating ourselves from the SC thread which at one time gave genuine feedback but then turned into really lame "hey good stuff" replies and obligatory follows or comments. this thread is built on genuine criticism and the learning of production techniques
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>>53243344
it's pretty beautiful. you could by some of these modules by themselves right? the ones on the top 2 rows?
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>>53244456
Because no thread recap?
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>>53243403
>https://clyp.it/txbswehq

its a bad song dude..... well actually it's ok with all the chords and shit, but yea, they're both pretty shit. learn2compose more
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https://clyp.it/oofdezq3 more silly harmonies and recycled drum beats i love being a fuck boy
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>>53245025
>lrn2compost

Thanks, I understand. How do I, though? I was really just laying notes down semi-randomly and keeping the ones that sounded good. I thought it sounded cool; but do you have any online resources I can use to learn2compose? I'd really appreciate them cus having to hear and rehear my shit to see which notes sound good and which dont is too time consuming.

I was trying to stay in the same ''key'' or whatever that means by using more or less the same notes but in different order and rhythms.
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>>53245124
just learn piano, and then learn music theory. learn how to read sheet music, it's really easy and you can look at theory kind of visually like that
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Just another WIP: https://clyp.it/aooybtt2

I'm not really feeling the drums for the first half, so some feedback on the percussion would be appreciated.
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>>53245173
ahh I see. already halfway there, bro :3

enrolled a piano class this semester and reading one of those fastrack keyboard level 1 books. Hopfully by next week will arrive the book we're officially using for the class.
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>>53244738
Reminds me of myself. I like the guitar work, but the lyricism is pretty 1st grade. Just keep writing to build your chops; use music, television, visual art, a drug trip, a first aid class or whatever and use whatever hits you personally to convey a message as opposed to "why am i so ronery".
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>>53245401
thanks for the input dude. well i usually write about actual world stuff, but some girl problems happened yesterday. so those lyrics are very personal and mean something, it's not just tfw no gf.
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>>53245460
Hurt feelings are pretty easy to convey, but it's so far done, that "Why does no one wanna be with me" doesn't begin to peak interest. In life, depression is a commodity; yours better come with a puzzle on the back or a prize in the box.
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>>53245685
well said man, i will definitely take that under consideration.
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This is a new project with my friend as bassist and I really appreciate some feedback

https://soundcloud.com/maxmadesongs/smoke-1

I'm still pretty new (going on 6 months) at using ableton so any tips would really be helpful.
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>>53245873
one tip:

post your soundcunt with all the other attentionwhores in their designated thread. thanks bro!
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>>53245089
This reminds me a little bit of Afrika Bambassta/SoulSonic Force, which I like. The accompanying square synth should be a bit louder though.

>>53245314
Are you making trance? Otherwise, the high end on the lead/pad synth should be notched on the high end, and the flanger on the percussion in the second half feels weird.

I made a synth-pop thing today. Would like some feedback.

https://clyp.it/n0u00y11
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would love some feedback on this tune i've been working on

https://soundcloud.com/cuteteenboy/untitled-04

still feel like the mixing is kinda off but idk lemme know if theres other stuff you would change
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>>53246187
What do you mean by notched?
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My first deep house mix, advice appreciated. Going to start producing soon I think.

https://soundcloud.com/freecandy1/the-house-that-deep-built
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>>53246187
>https://clyp.it/n0u00y11
The synth lead at 1:08 and harp(?) at 1:21 could stand to be a bit more prominent, loved the ending, sounds like a set up for another track.
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well looks like /prod/ is finally dead. the soundcunts have killed it.
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>>53246366
What mean by that is to take away a band in the audio frequency while leaving the surrounding frequencies intact. Depending on your DAW/EQ plugin, there could be a notch filter option that does that for you. Otherwise, you would simply lower the overall volume of the synth, then add high and low frequencies to the synth if you want less middle frequencies on that synth.

>>53246570
Thanks you for the critique. I was thinking of getting rid of that synth at 1:08 because it didn't seem to fit. The harp is actually a part of the sample I was using and I may need to EQ my sample track a bit more so that is less prominent. The ending is actually a set up for the second part for the song.

>>53246585
Not really, though soundcloud threads are usually unyielding for critiques unless you're one of the first posters in the thread or you're the OP of the thread, which is probably why people are posting soundcloud stuff in this thread.
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>>53244152
Man this song is pretty weird. You need to add more pitched elements to assist and develop that melody in a way that's coherent. I do think the bends in the synth lead are programmed well.
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Can you guys produce while you're sick? It's impossible for me. When the music in my head that has been there since I was little stops playing, then I think I lose my ability to decide what sounds good to me or not.
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>>53247127
I have but I haven't been really sick in a while
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Guys what the fuck
I just pirated FL
How do I do VSTs, is there a starter guide to this bullshit somewhere?
I have some ImageLine ones downloaded (maybe not verified/cracked though?), how do I use them?
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so I've been struggling with the low end....would like to hear opinions about the mixing of this thing. thanks

https://clyp.it/yh1adt2m
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>>53242223
>>53242236

>Whats the purpose of putting studio monitors higher up on top of something rather then just on your desk? Something I've never understood

Those books are my ghetto way of doing fancy sound pads.

Also to make them level to my ears. (they should actually be a bit higher, as they are below my ears, but let's pretend that I'm perfect :P)

>>53241786
I forget, but I can give you a torrent link if you like. It was free in the first place.

pic related >>53241305
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>>53247209
made trips
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>>53247204
Sounds fine man. At the point the track is right now, any mix changes are matters of taste, I think. The ideas in the song will still get across to people despite slight mix imbalances.
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>>53246756
I'm using FL and I placed their Parametric EQ 2 on the synth track.

Is this kind of sound more like what you were suggesting? https://clyp.it/zeihflsj
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>>53247198
read the OP
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>>53247127
i am sick right now, i'm not getting a lot done, but i am having fun. really just fucking around evne though i have some deadlines and stuff and sholdn't be fucking around. mac demarco made a lot of songs on rock n roll nightclub while he was sick and off work. i guess it depends.
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https://clyp.it/yttbc002
>acoustic guitar beats wip
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>tfw you try to live vicariously through your old tracks because you aren't creative enough anymore for new tracks
Anybody?
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>>53247538
This might just be my personal taste, but I feel like the beats sound too choppy in some parts. Besides that, I absolutely love the strings, they've got this nice crisp sound to them.

>>53247640
That feel, I know it.
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>>53247348
Yes. Much better in fact. All that's left now is tweaking the sound (EQing, fx processing, etc.) to suit what you want out of the synth.
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>>53247649
even worse
>tfw living vicariously through your old WIPs because you didn't even really finish shit back then either
How long have you been producing?
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>>53247776
I'm feeling that too now and yes, it is worse.

A little over a year, but only started taking it seriously around the summer of last year. How about you?

>>53247747
Thank you very much, I will keep working on the sound and will post it again in the near future.
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okay so alot of my synths have alot goin on in the same frequency range about 100hz to 1khz. so how should i go about eq? i'm messing around in EQ subtracting shit but i have no idea what im doing.. i spent all day reading and watching videos about EQ and now that i'm here trying to put it to use i'm completely lost..
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>>53247860
You're welcome.
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>>53247860
Ahh damn. Well here's this thing that I've done lately to get songs finished. You setup a bunch of loops and midi controller mappings (have a controller plz) and then press play/record and jam. By jamming you end up creating a lot of the "mass" of the song. If you really get into it sometimes the song can come out a lot more coherent than if you were editing on the timeline. You can edit the recorded jam afterwards or you can leave any mistakes as part of the song and move on to the next one. At least it makes music making fun again. Try it friend. and I've been producing since around 2007.

>>53247990
Its totally fine if you have more than one thing going on in the same frequency range. Put your speakers up pretty loud and try to mix the song like that, but don't do it for too long.
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>>53248094
>tfw no controller

I hope to have one before the year ends.
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Btw anyone else ever mix loud, like really loud, sometimes?
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When all the "let's make an album" thing happened I started making a song with one guy from /prod/, only because he was using bitwig just like me. After a week missing, he just emailed me telling me that he is in antarctica doing research on the ice and that his internet for personal use is almost null.
Does anyone else have some secret exciting life or are you just bedroom producers when not busy being NEET?
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>>53248150
I generally mix loud at first, then turn my volumes in the mix all the way down to something like -30/-20 DB, then turn up the master using a plugin, and compress/eq the master as I please.

>>53248170
I'm going to community college getting my GE done to transfer to a university so I can study visual design for media, like character design and other things like that.
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>>53248170
I'm in antarctica too right now actually. damn it really is a small world.
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>>53248221
>-30/-20db
That made me uneasy for a second because I have this irrational fear of bit depth and signal to noise ratios. Even though I have 24 bit I still always try to avoid doing stuff like that out of habit.
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>>53248221
I meant like turning up your monitors really loud and mixing like that, is that what you meant?
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>>53248094
really? thought if they were the same frequency they would kinda clash. i mean i kinda hear it it's pretty subtle but idk what to take away from what.
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>>53248322
No. I meant having my internal channels in my DAW at -10/+6 DB. Mixing loud on speakers isn't practical for me since I share a room with one other person.

>>53248308
Yeah. I only mix like that so that way if I wanted one channel to be significantly louder than the others, and I don't have to worry about having having that channel overpowering the mix since I have more control of the volume.
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>>53248358
Nah I mean think about how heavy metal has to be mixed. A human can discern sounds stacked on top of each other totally fine I think. Boosting frequencies works really well too. Try simply turning up or turning down the volume of a track if you're not getting good results. I think Chris Lord Alge said something once about making everything louder than everything else. Post a link plz.
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>>53248254
/prod/ Antarctic live show when?
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listen to these dudes I used to record
https://clyp.it/l0u25zz1
First guy would tell me his song needed something "extra" and I'd ask him what he thought I should do and he'd say "just yeah that bit son, just 'yeah' that bit" Then one day he stole $200 from me and I haven't seen him since.
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>>53248711
they sound like idiots
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>>53248711
*cocks gun*
*shoots gun*

GOT THE PO-LICE LOOKING AT ME WHEN i MESS AROUND
PICK UP YOUR BODY, UP FOR MURDER, LEAVE YOU AT THE LOST AND FOUND
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>>53248962
lol

pic related is another guy I recorded. He would try to do like 6 songs in an hour.
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https://clyp.it/fiawxmkp

anybody want to add melody to this idea?
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>>53248254
>I'm in antarctica
damn first time I've heard that here.
...damn. I've heard its a lot of fun down there. scientists and artists getting crazy in the middle of nowhere
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>>53248254
proof plz
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>>53248170
>research on the ice

yea, it's drugs
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>>53249070
https://clyp.it/prbwmrt2
idk
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>>53249318
bad melody
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>>53249335
bad song to begin with, nerd
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just started producing.
I make my own presets
https://clyp.it/z5yu2tg1

I'm 5 and live in argentina

(jk 19 usa)
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>>53249341
true
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>>53249281
pic related its me and my team riding the waves
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>>53249367
Wait i didn't want to start this. Its ok.
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I've been making music for around three years now and though I feel like I'm at a point where I can actualize my ideas for songs at a reasonable level, I lack a lot of the understanding necessary to create full soundscapes. So I'd like advice on this most recent song of mine. I know the song is clipping because the eq is off, aka signals are overlapping, but any explanations on ways to make it a fuller sound are greatly fucking appreciated.

https://soundcloud.com/unmotion/drowning-in-place

Much love my niggers.
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>>53249357
Sounds too mono, stereoificate the skrillex bass and then put a ring modulator on the entire track. Pretty cool though.
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>>53249415
it needs more tommy lee jones, also pitch him up like 7 steps.
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>>53249432
>https://clyp.it/prbwmrt2
Thanks man, I've been pretty discouraged. I'm getting nowhere tonight.

Is there a way to live stream my production?

jw
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>>53249631
>https://clyp.it/ys3dhzo0

How's this white noise? Idk what I'm really doing with it. Any suggestions?
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>>53249415
not a soundbutt thread
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>>53249415
Sit down for a week or two and cram all of this, best resource for mixing tips anywhere, other places just repeat the same old shit but this has actual specific tricks from someone who makes millions out of it:

PT.1:
https://www.youtube.com/show/pensadosplace/videos?flow=grid&view=9

PT.2:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFC57D274A1E94943
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Hey /prod/, some of us guys thought we could use a project to help us all be creative, and we came up with this.

You have the whole of February to make 1 EP containing up to 15 tracks at a max total length of 15 minutes. Anybody is allowed to submit any content under any artist name, provided it's your own material, not offensive and not OLD material! No folder dumps! There are no genre restrictions, make anything you want.

Submit your EP in a ZIP to mikewestaudio (at) gmail.com , together with all relevant info, before March 1st.

The final result will be compiled into one MASSIVE digital release - including top of the line mastering, provided that you don't brickwall your tracks. It will be available on bandcamp as pay-what-you-want and ALL proceeds will be donated to the international charity Medicines Sans Frontieres / Doctors Without Borders.

So, what excuses have you got? Try something new out, challenge yourself, just do some music. Let's go!
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Hey guys, I got pointed this way by a helpful mutant.

I recently installed FL player 11 and was having serious problems with it. I ended up abandoning it due it not picking up my M-Audio box and essentially I couldn't record. After googling I couldn't really find a problem solver. So I ask, what is a good starting DAW?

I've been recommended reaper and cubase. Are they any good?
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>>53250769
YES
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>>53251473
read the OP
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>>53250769

The project is called Project 1EP and will be available on project1ep.bandcamp.com in early march. Get on board!
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where can i get Ableton for free?
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>>53252068

lol
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just got me some memephones for my birthday

they say "monitor headphones" on the box

i don't have any monitors and i am also a poorfag

it's either these or a (semi-good) stereo from the 80s for mixing

what do
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>>53253589
Use the damn headphones. Just make sure you listen to your tracks on a few different sets when you're done, if you can.
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>>53253589
>what do
Use them. I've got a pair of M-45s that have been my goto cans for years. If the M-50s are anywhere near as good, you'll be happy.

Don't spend too much time producing in cans though, spare your ears and spend most time on the stereo, do the fine mixing in your headphones. Also switch a lot.
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>>53243403
bump for any more feedback on this
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I always feel down and I can never produce what I want to do. Nothing sounds right and it's not due to a lack of technical-side knowledge, I don't know what it is. Producing is something I want to do and I love finishing a song, but it rarely happens and I just always feel down and shit about it, I never have the energy even if I'm just a lazy neet with plenty of time.

I don't know what it is and I don't know what to do. Please help me guys.
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>>53254319
Sounds like you have depression bro, go see a doctor.
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>>53254319

I don't have much time to elaborate but look up mike monday on youtube. Guy's all about the struggle of becoming a consistent producer and the mindstate that's required. If you don't feel motivated after watching some of his videos I don't know what will
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>>53254531
this also get yourself checked for low T
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Planning on nabbing a used mic, something all-purpose but mainly vocals, close second is bass guitar. Looking at used Shure mics, for these uses would an sm57 or 58 be better?
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>>53255058
>mainly vocals
I'd say the 58, m8.
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>you will never make catchy and almost pleb-friendly yet rough techno like Blawan
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Hi, I have a simple MIDI file track and I was wondering... How can I record with my microphone a new instrument, so I can play the track using it instead of the default piano? Is there any software to do so?
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>>53256140
So you would want to record a bell sound, for example, with your microphone and then have the bell sound correspond to the notes on the midi track?
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>>53256404
Yeah, exactly what I meant!
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>>53256140
That's called sampling bro.
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