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Old 09-08-2014, 09:55 PM   #81
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Old 16-08-2014, 08:50 AM   #82
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"If it sounds good, it is good."
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Old 29-08-2014, 10:48 AM   #83
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Sometimes a note less is a note more.
I learned that from Varien in one of his song breakdowns (I think Lilith) and it really gives the whole song space to breathe
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Old 29-08-2014, 03:03 PM   #84
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If you're getting frustrated with something walking away from the computer to do something else, for even five minutes, makes a huge difference. You come back with a fresh perspective and rested ears. Always good to step away from the same loop you've been listening to for the last hour.

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Old 29-08-2014, 03:49 PM   #85
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If you're getting frustrated with something walking away from the computer to do something else, for even five minutes, makes a huge difference. You come back with a fresh perspective and rested ears. Always good to step away from the same loop you've been listening to for the last hour.
There is science behind this. The particular network of neurons in the brain that represent the song you're working on burn out from being over stimulated by the same sensory input.

Give them recharge time. It's like magic when you return to a song the next day and it seems to have regained the magic again where before, it was becoming dull.

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Old 29-08-2014, 05:37 PM   #86
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On the opposite side, try and remove distractions when intending on working on a track. The internet really takes my time away from me so easily.

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Spend several days to make your own libraries of sound loops and riffs and one-shots. Label them well and keep them sorted in folders. Have fun making them, and don't hold back. Then, when you get to work on your tunes on a different day, you'll have great source of material to fill in the gaps of each tune so each one can be amazing!

I have finally started reading about some famous artists who do this also, and it's making sense. It also helps defeat creative blockage.

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Old 01-09-2014, 01:20 PM   #88
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This one is an area I've only recently been thinking more about, as I tend to work on a track each time I'm doing something, rather than making sounds and ideas for future use. I find it hard not to get down onto something new, but it can be much easier when you have a lot of your own material ready in samples to put together. If you spend too much time doing this while making a track, you can very easily burn out the idea you are working on and sometimes the quickest way is to use loops from other sample cd's, therefore to be more original and more creative, separate the music composing from the samples and sounds side like mentioned above.

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Old 12-09-2014, 06:47 AM   #89
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Always always highpass instruments to leave space for the bassdrum and the bassline. And also make automations to the high pass, casuse sometimes during breakdowns a synthline will sound better with some low end.
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Old 12-09-2014, 07:40 AM   #90
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A good melody is about the relationship between the pitches/notes. The relationship - and therefore the melody - can be improved by manipulating elements like pitch/harmony, timing/arrangement, emphasis/velocity, adsr shape... I dont know if making a melody is "easier" once you've chosen the particular sound/timbre, but changing the timbre or instrument can certainly change the dynamic/mood/emotion.
I agree completely on choosing the proper sound. It works that way for me anyway. The sound/timbre for me carries special emotion and feeling that I need to get into a mindset to make a specific melody. For example I do not write dubstep basses on a piano. The note length, velocity etc all depends on the timbre.
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Old 12-09-2014, 07:52 AM   #91
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Being more organized when i first start a track instead of just kinda jumping in and throwing fx all over the place and making a mess that has to be organized and fixed later on. I've been trying to go back to old tracks from years ago and holy shit it's a nightmare trying to fix everything. I never had anyone to teach me anything I spent years just figuring shit out on my own. Over the years i gradually started picking up new things, I took the time to research and learn as much as i could and started to really take pride in my work. Understanding headroom, FX chains and how to EQ properly were big ones for me. My sound began to improve drastically after learning those things. But yea i feel being organized and having a sort of system i think is the key to having a more enjoyable and productive session.
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Cutting frequencies > boosting frequencies.

For me, whenever I boost frequencies, the mix always doesn't sound right. My main problem is dealing with the highs frequencies. I actually used to boost high frequencies since the mids were taking over. I found a significant improvement when I cut the frequencies that just sounded like noise and made the mix messier.

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Old 12-09-2014, 10:12 AM   #93
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Learn everything about chord progressions.

Unfortunately, my knowledges at that are still painfully neglible
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Old 13-09-2014, 07:04 AM   #94
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Put your volume level around 65% when mixing
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Old 13-09-2014, 10:28 AM   #95
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Automate as much as you can. The most subtle automations all add up to give your track movement and life. It can be something as small as automating the dry wet of a phaser from 0 to 20% at certain parts of a melody like a sustained note on a lead synth. Or like automating different legato and portmanteau settings at different points in the melody. The possibilities are endless. Also make use of controllers. That is, assigning a whole bunch of parameters to one knob and then automating that knob (like macros in massive). I know this can be easily done in FL and Ableton, not sure about other DAWs but you most likely can (would be whack if you can't).
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One of the best things i was taught was to record with my level low enough as to where when i mix and master in the end my sound isnt clipping. i know this sounds obvious but i used to record close to the mic or on bass id crank it hight then when i mixed down i was losing some "umph" out my bass and my vocals were garbage
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Some good stuff in here.

I find having pen and paper on hand to take notes on your mix is quite underrated. Especially when listening the next day with fresh airs.

I was also told once to have respect for compression and not get carried away with it unnecessarily. This helped a lot.

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Always always highpass instruments to leave space for the bassdrum and the bassline.
Such a simple thing yet so important!

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Old 21-09-2014, 02:41 PM   #98
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Probably EQing things which also helped me realize that everything has its place on the frequency spectrum.

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That everything is a balance or restoration of balance. It's not about how many fancy layers you have compartmentalized into their own buses, it's how you use your resources and skills to bring a song to life. Some recipes call for different amounts of ingredients, but at the end of the day it needs to taste pretty balanced. And it doesn't always need high-fructose corn syrup or salt, depending on what it is.
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Study music theory and composition and practice it on a physical instrument. Listen to all different kinds of music! A well rounded sense of harmony and timbre will make the arrangement, sound choice, and writing process much easier since you won't be fiddling around to get the sound you're looking for for hours.

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