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Old 28-10-2013, 09:03 PM   #1
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Making music similar to Tim Hecker

Hello there!

So as the title suggests, I'm a big fan of ambient music, I've reached that point where I'd like to *make* my own music. It's all inspired by great artists like Floex, Bvdub and of course Tim Hecker.

Would you please be kind enough to tell me which tools do I need to begin this long quest? I already have Reason 5 but I don't know if it will suffice as a first step.

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Re: Making music similar to Tim Hecker

I used Reason 5 for ages, but upgrading to the newest version would really open up more doors. 5 is nice for running on crap computers though.

As far as what you need... what do you feel you are missing? Get those things first. Its too easy to run out and buy a bunch of crap you don't need.

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Old 29-10-2013, 09:53 AM   #3
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First of all, thank you very much for your kind reply.

Actually I have some money and I'm hesitating whether to buy a midi keyboard or upgrade Reason. In all honesty, if the latter is enough *for now* as I'm a total noob it's ok, if not please feel free to suggest and I'll go with it!
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Re: Making music similar to Tim Hecker

I like Reason quite a bit, but I have tried some other options before coming back to it. If it's all you have ever tried I'd definitely suggest spending some time to check out other software before committing.

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You are right, I didn't check out any other software/tool apart from Reason. I'm gonna experiment more before making decisions.

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Re: Making music similar to Tim Hecker

Don't forget to use some recording device like many ambient artists do (like Bvdub). In many cases your mobile phone is all you need. Some ideas on this site: [Only registered and activated users can see links. Click here to register]

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If you want to know everyone's personal favorite DAW, my answer is Ableton Live.
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Don't forget to use some recording device like many ambient artists do (like Bvdub). In many cases your mobile phone is all you need.
Thank you very much! good news then since I have a smartphone

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If you want to know everyone's personal favorite DAW, my answer is Ableton Live.
Thank you, to be honest with you; every subtle detail like this seems like a big step for a newbie like me.

Also, the music in your sig is just great, that's what I'm looking for!
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^ Thanks, man .

I would recommend demoing workstations or using lite versions before you decide. You can make any / every kind of music with any DAW.
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great artists like Floex
Never heard of Floex til now. Just a listen. Mind = blown.
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I would recommend demoing workstations or using lite versions before you decide. You can make any / every kind of music with any DAW.
I've had the chance to play with ableton Live at a friend's house, looks cool!

As of now I don't have any MIDI controller, I hope this won't cripple me much!

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Re: Making music similar to Tim Hecker

Hecker uses granular synthesis a lot.

Also on the piano drop he recorded most of the album on a church organ before processing after. Buy a church organ.

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Re: Making music similar to Tim Hecker

Listened to snippets of Tim Hecker's latest, "Virgins.."

This is definitely one that will take time for me to get into. It seems like something I'll really dig in the summer of 2015. But, not now.

I can only assimilate/enjoy bits and pieces but don't like the songs as a whole.
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It's a joke. It takes your username and places it in the sentence. For me it says "I heard lowlif3 still sucks at music."


I'd rather go with Live than Reason for Tim Hecker's style. Then get a shitload of free granular, bitcrusher and pitch shift vst plugins. Record real instruments and cool noises and manipulate them to sound even cooler. Try paulstretch. It makes nice ambient music from pretty much anything by stretching it. Sounds way better than the internal time stretch in Live.


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If on a budget I would use mixcraft, it is a decent enough DAW to where you can get your tracks lined up on rhythm along with multiple lanes. Personally I would never use my phone to record, again if on a budget you should look into an AT2020 condenser microphone(It's around $100). It's your effects though that will really create the atmosphere of an ambient song. Reverb, chorus, delay, compression. All essential.
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Hello Pluvius!

Any DAW would work with the exceptions of Dr. Drum, Sonic Producer and Dub Turbo. So, Reason is fine.

As for what you need to get started, that's the beauty of Ambient, Drone and whatnot. It's personal preference and it's all based on what you feel. If you'd like, you could invest in a recorder and record various sounds such as a busy street, a forest or even your cat purring. Then if you want, you could drench those in FX.

If you don't have the money, you can always explore on Freesound, I know for a fact that Bvdub likes to acquire some samples from there.

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They need to make a Dr. Drone. I'd actually use that.
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Re: Making music similar to Tim Hecker

Hey threadposter, lots of good suggestions here. Ableton 8 is pretty good for sequencing and audio interface (using a thru for a keyboard, MIDI or Audio/MIDI, I use both) but I don't use Ableton much for timestretching purposefully. I repitch using the transpose function instead and rarely record to a tempo. This kind of thinking is to create transcension in the ambient drone field since, for the most part, ambient is metre-less.
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Can't add to the software recommendations cos I think they all have their advantages but I think the best ambient music (imho) stems from field recordings, then using those to sample, picking up on binaural beats, adding dynamics and effects. It's always original then, atmospheric with 'feeling' as well as unique and un copyable.

A useful forum for you could be Ambient Online Forums-these are a group of dedicated guys (and gals) who really know their ambient stuff.

Best of luck with the ambient making!

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