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Old 17-11-2013, 07:18 PM   #1
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How many tracks...

do you use in a typical song? I just finished reading an article about how less is often more and I was curious as to how many tracks people typically use here.

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Old 17-11-2013, 07:56 PM   #2
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Re: How many tracks...

Depends on the song but my computer can't handle much more than 30-35 tracks so short of that is typically where I end up. I'd say about a 3rd usually are one or two-time sounds that don't go through an entire track.

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Old 17-11-2013, 08:49 PM   #3
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Re: How many tracks...

usually 35ish. Right now I have 40. But at least 8 are FX, sweeps, impacts, etc.
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Old 17-11-2013, 09:07 PM   #4
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Re: How many tracks...

Usually 50-185 :/

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Old 17-11-2013, 09:46 PM   #5
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Re: How many tracks...

Seldomly more than 20 given the simplistic, shallow nature of my music... The thing with FL, which I don't really like, I can make 50 patterns and paint them all on one track. It's my own fault but I regularly end up with such a mess by painting different parts of the song on one track and I keep on losing track of what goes where etc...

With FL it's best to lay out the tracks for yourself before you commence with the project and stick to that structure otherwise you'll end up confused really quickly..

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Old 17-11-2013, 09:54 PM   #6
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Re: How many tracks...

Haha, i know what you mean
Its really not such a big deal though, name and color everything!
Just takes a little discipline which i usually lack as well

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Old 18-11-2013, 12:30 AM   #7
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Re: How many tracks...

My drum kit can be up to 10, plus percussion loops (shakers etc..)
then 1-3 bass tracks
1-5 chord/pad tracks
0-5 lead tracks
0-5 vocal tracks
0-lots fx racks
and 4-8 return tracks

I have every thing coloured and grouped so i ofeten only looking at 5-6 groups of tracks

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Old 18-11-2013, 12:35 AM   #8
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Re: How many tracks...

Thanks for the response, very interesting!

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Usually 50-185 :/


Wow! Right now I stay around 16...

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Old 18-11-2013, 12:51 AM   #9
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Re: How many tracks...

lately... around 5-10.

concentrating more and more on timbre and less and less on structure.
note that my number may be low as hell i've tend to strongly avoid percussion tracks.
i'm probably going to go through the mother of all drone phases soon...

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Old 18-11-2013, 12:59 AM   #10
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Re: How many tracks...

the number of tracks keeps increasing. I at 50-70 now

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Old 18-11-2013, 01:55 AM   #11
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Re: How many tracks...

Well, I have like 30-50 mixer tracks on average, but 100+ channels and maybe 60 patterns sometimes
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Old 18-11-2013, 02:03 AM   #12
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Re: How many tracks...

When I was using hardware it was rarely more than 8 to 10. Since switching to software ( ) at the beginning of this year it's increased to 25-30.

I could easily see it growing though. Especially considering I'm focusing more on atmosphere, texture, and mood these days, and less on bass lead etc.

Most of the sounds in my recent stuff all come from one primary, usually basc, synth patch. Then I just make all the rest of the sounds out of that one (and the ones that come from it) via resampling. If I really wanted to put in the time I could probably take that process pretty far, ie. more tracks, but as soon as something takes shape I get real eager to finish it.

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Old 18-11-2013, 12:05 PM   #13
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Re: How many tracks...

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the number of tracks keeps increasing. I at 50-70 now
did you use 50-70 in the track that is in your sig? the dubsteppy kinda thing?
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Old 18-11-2013, 12:22 PM   #14
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Re: How many tracks...

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Usually 50-185 :/
Same here. The screenshot of the tune I posted in the screenshot thread has about 120 tracks right now but most of it is audio with fx or something that's been bounced down for layering. I find it easier to just leave it at that than try to consolidate 5 tracks into one just to save space. I sometimes feel like I need 8 layered tracks just for 2 seconds of audio that no-one will really notice but eh - not everything is made for people to notice on it's own...it's just a part of a larger whole and if I left that little piece out I don't feel the texture/story/feel would be complete, and having those sounds on individual layers is just how I like working.

Or maybe I have a fear of commitment never consolidating tracks . I also take forever to finish shit so yeah....um....yeah.
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Old 18-11-2013, 12:44 PM   #15
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Re: How many tracks...

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Same here. The screenshot of the tune I posted in the screenshot thread has about 120 tracks right now but most of it is audio with fx or something that's been bounced down for layering. I find it easier to just leave it at that than try to consolidate 5 tracks into one just to save space. I sometimes feel like I need 8 layered tracks just for 2 seconds of audio that no-one will really notice but eh - not everything is made for people to notice on it's own...it's just a part of a larger whole and if I left that little piece out I don't feel the texture/story/feel would be complete, and having those sounds on individual layers is just how I like working.

Or maybe I have a fear of commitment never consolidating tracks . I also take forever to finish shit so yeah....um....yeah.
can you post a track that you used over 100 tracks to make?
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can you post a track that you used over 100 tracks to make?
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Re: How many tracks...

Usually between 5 and 12..but more if it needs it. Guess it depends a lot on the instruments and sounds/ samples you use in your mix.

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Old 18-11-2013, 03:49 PM   #18
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those are ok tracks and all, not to my taste, i like idm. But i really can't fathom why you would need over 100 tracks to make them?
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those are ok tracks and all, not to my taste, i like idm. But i really can't fathom why you would need over 100 tracks to make them?
hmm.. i do...
i hear a ton of insane intricacies.
are you listening through laptop speakers or something?

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hmm.. i do...
i hear a ton of insane intricacies.
are you listening through laptop speakers or something?
Yeah..same here. The depth of sound to that track is a dead give-a-way that there's loads of stuff gone into that mix. Unless he used just a few tracks with really complex samples and presets..but that's not how scyn rolls!

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