• Anxiety, a composition on FL Studio 9
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This is probably the first thing I've made on FL Studio 9 that I am really proud of. I wanted to share it with you guys so you could critique, listen, and all the cool shit. [media]http://soundcloud.com/yawmwen/anxiety[/media]
I have always been amazed by the possibilities Fruity Loops has to offer, yet I have never managed to master the program. Your song sounds cool. However, I can't place it in a movie or a game. You got a great start though. Can I ask what you had in mind when you were making this?
I was experimenting with sidechaining compression because I learned how to do it just yesterday and then the rest just sorta like came into my head and I did it.
Good song. Fiddle around with the equalizer a bit and it'd be perfect!
[QUOTE=Natrox;27195616]Good song. Fiddle around with the equalizer a bit and it'd be perfect![/QUOTE] What do you believe needs to be EQ'd? Not disagreeing, just asking your opinion.
[QUOTE=Natrox;27195616]Good song. Fiddle around with the equalizer a bit and it'd be perfect![/QUOTE] I'm sorry, but that's just plain dumb and useless advice. It won't do him any good to just randomly start equalizing stuff that doesn't need to be eq'd. So like yawmwen said himself, atleast explain what you think needs to be equalized.
[QUOTE=healthpoint;27195906]I'm sorry, but that's just plain dumb and useless advice. It won't do him any good to just randomly start equalizing stuff that doesn't need to be eq'd. So like yawmwen said himself, atleast explain what you think needs to be equalized.[/QUOTE] I am sorry, I should have been more clear. I'd like to hear a bit more of the higher frequency. I am not sure on how to explain, but the instruments at a higher pitch sometimes get drowned out by the lower pitched sounds (just a bit though).
[QUOTE=Natrox;27196414]I am sorry, I should have been more clear. I'd like to hear a bit more of the higher frequency. I am not sure on how to explain, but the instruments at a higher pitch sometimes get drowned out by the lower pitched sounds (just a bit though).[/QUOTE] Thank you, but which instruments are you talking about? I didn't intend the bell to be that loud in the mix anyways, it is a harmony instrument. If you say which instrument I can simply turn that up with the fader on the mix window instead of using an EQ and see how that sounds. Are you talking about at 2:34 when that lead comes back in? I can see that a little better. [editline]4th January 2011[/editline] Also, could someone who knows a bit more about electronic music tell me what style my composition fits into? I am curious, but I really don't know electro that well so I don't know myself.
[QUOTE=yawmwen;27196511]Thank you, but which instruments are you talking about? I didn't intend the bell to be that loud in the mix anyways, it is a harmony instrument. If you say which instrument I can simply turn that up with the fader on the mix window instead of using an EQ and see how that sounds. Are you talking about at 2:34 when that lead comes back in? I can see that a little better. [editline]4th January 2011[/editline] Also, could someone who knows a bit more about electronic music tell me what style my composition fits into? I am curious, but I really don't know electro that well so I don't know myself.[/QUOTE] Yeah, it's the lead at ~2:34. The bell sounds good, it should not be loud as it should not distract too much from the rest.
I turned it up a couple dB and I can definitely hear an improvement. I think it blends with the bass as far as color goes which is why it's a bit of a weirdo about coming in and out of the mix. When it harmonizes with the bass it sort of just blends in unless it gets cranked up. I guess that's why there is volume automation though. :v:
Just a quick tip when you're using the EQ don't use additive EQing.
[QUOTE=Yur|ko;27214229]Just a quick tip when you're using the EQ don't use additive EQing.[/QUOTE] What is that?
[QUOTE=yawmwen;27214800]What is that?[/QUOTE] ~Magic~ [url]http://www.gearslutz.com/board/so-much-gear-so-little-time/9533-subtractive-eq.html[/url] [QUOTE=yawmwen;27222381]I do both additive and subtractive I guess according to that. Subtractive more though, since I usually try to get rid of bad sound rather than boost good sound.[/QUOTE] Fucking yes good man.
I do both additive and subtractive I guess according to that. Subtractive more though, since I usually try to get rid of bad sound rather than boost good sound.
There is a lot to EQing, but at a simple level. 1. Pass through the track looking for bad frequencies with a narrow band set at a high db. When you find them lower to what sounds right (maybe 3db) and increase the q a bit. This gets rid of anything annoying with the tone. 2. Find a place for everything in the mix. For example, you'd likely want to find a place for vocals because you don't want those to be muddy. What I usually do is find the main frequencies that vocals have, and then decrease those frequencies on tracks that are likely to mask. Do this for everything so there is minimal masking and so that there is a lot of clarity. 3. More EQ work that expands upon what you did before and is meant to enhance all of the individual tracks. You really shouldn't go out of the 3db range because you don't want to undo the EQ work you did before, you just want to perfect it. And of course always apply high and low pass filters accordingly.
Nice saw-ish bass... I don't really like the intermittent cymbal crash... okay, sudden drums, hah... that little arpeggiating progression in the background is kinda neat, that lead synth that comes in later is too loud and abrupt. I don't like it :( Higher, higher, and back down... >.> ... <.< ... "eye" "eye" "eye" "eye" "eye" "eye" "eye" "eye" "eye" "eye" "eye" "eye" All in all, weird, comedic, obviously not supposed to invoke any sort of emotional response whatsoever, which is okay. It would make a good thematic track in some kind of platformer video game or something, but as an individual work of music, I probably wouldn't be listening to it on my iPod or anything.
[quote] okay, sudden drums[/quote] Would you have put a lead-up to the drums? I felt that it was fine with the suddenness myself. Maybe a fade? [quote] that lead synth that comes in later is too loud and abrupt.[/quote] Again, would a fade be a better choice with it? [quote]"eye" "eye" "eye" "eye" "eye" "eye" "eye" "eye" "eye" "eye" "eye" "eye"[/quote] I like using strange sounds in my stuff. Vowels, gargling sounds, stuff like that I think adds a little bit of uniqueness to something more bland. [editline]8th January 2011[/editline] [QUOTE=Pepin;27252593]There is a lot to EQing, but at a simple level. 1. Pass through the track looking for bad frequencies with a narrow band set at a high db. When you find them lower to what sounds right (maybe 3db) and increase the q a bit. This gets rid of anything annoying with the tone. 2. Find a place for everything in the mix. For example, you'd likely want to find a place for vocals because you don't want those to be muddy. What I usually do is find the main frequencies that vocals have, and then decrease those frequencies on tracks that are likely to mask. Do this for everything so there is minimal masking and so that there is a lot of clarity. 3. More EQ work that expands upon what you did before and is meant to enhance all of the individual tracks. You really shouldn't go out of the 3db range because you don't want to undo the EQ work you did before, you just want to perfect it. And of course always apply high and low pass filters accordingly.[/QUOTE] And thanks for this, I never thought of using EQ to actually fit stuff into a mix. I think that will be invaluable since I have had problems like that.
[QUOTE=yawmwen;27287728]Would you have put a lead-up to the drums? I felt that it was fine with the suddenness myself. Maybe a fade?[/QUOTE] The sudden drums weren't that bad actually, but maybe just a super subtle swelling ambience or something to kind of prep the introduction of the drums. As for the synth, it's just too loud. Maybe if you had some kind of build-up to that as well it would make it better, but you will still have to decrease the volume somewhat before it can really sink in with the rest of the song
I think you should tone down the air horn synth that comes in at about 1:09. Just a bit though, it kinda sticks out a bit too much. See if you can find a place for it to comfortably fit into the mix. Interesting melody by the way. I like it.
Reminds me of super meat boy
Good job, only parts I dislike a little are the "aye aye" part and when the melody gets high pitched, should've added new elements instead. I just finished my own song so I'll just put it here instead of opening a new thread [media]http://soundcloud.com/user3519704/eis-journey[/media]
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