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Old 21-03-2018, 06:07 PM   #1
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Listening to Audio Library Demos for Inspiration

Who else listens to Audio Library demos for inspiration? I cannot be the only one who does it.

I do it all the time, seriously, I have lost count as to many times I have done it. Last night I spent almost an hour or two listening to Native Instruments Maschine audio demos.

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Old 21-03-2018, 08:36 PM   #2
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Re: Listening to Audio Library Demos for Inspiration

Donít forget to look at the midi pattern and solo different elements to understand how the groove is built.

Pretty much similar to active listening to your favorite tracks. Iíve done that so much, some favorite tracks ceased to be my favorites.

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Re: Listening to Audio Library Demos for Inspiration

I think that's why they're there, TBH. They're incredible tools for inspiration, because you can deconstruct and reconstruct the shit out of them to figure out what the hell is going on.

If you're talking about audio-only, I guess they could almost serve a similar purpose, but having all of the components tends to help the most IMO.

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Re: Listening to Audio Library Demos for Inspiration

It’s all music, even if it just a demo. Not shocked at all this works for the OP. Though sometimes when I get hot with particular flavor of dance music in the studio, I usually stop listening to it. I try to listen to very different kinds of music than what I’m making and see how that influences me to work on another.

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Re: Listening to Audio Library Demos for Inspiration

It's a great way to explore sound design possibilities, especially when you feel stuck with your current progression. Sample libraries often include one-shot isolated sounds (think about percussion, sweeps and other SFXs) that you can deconstruct much easier by listening and follow a similar audio processing and sound origins. I like that some companies often include more detailed description, for example, that library blends organic sounds with some granular synthesis. This brings on a table a great suggestion to do try something similar because you already can hear a result that you really like. Trying to re-create sounds will never lead to exact same copy of a reference you followed and that can push you through a lot. It's quite a steep learning process but can be super fun once you realise you have your very own sample library.

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