• The Musician's Gig Room Chat V1 - Songwriting and Sound Design for all!
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[QUOTE=MrJazzy;53058291]Sure but there's more to it than just making use of the pentatonic scale with some blue notes in there imo.[/QUOTE] Listen to some neo-soul/future funk, there tends to be a lot of blues rooted style there but its thoroughly electronic in direction.
[QUOTE=Llamaboy9;53058364]Used to play a bunch of bass back in college, but really lost touch with creating music the past 5 or so years due to life in general. I've been trying to pick up guitar and would love to somehow listen to both music on my PC and play at the same time through the same headphones. I have a toddler and live in an apartment, so I'm pretty much stuck on headphones. Anyone have any suggestion for low latency ways of hooking a guitar up through a PC? I've done some google searching, but it seems like everywhere I look is pretty saturated with not-so-helpful reviews/suggestions.[/QUOTE] A Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 will get you going. It's an external soundcard that allows recording of up to two instruments at the same time without any latency. :)
[QUOTE=killerteacup;53050373] [media]http://soundcloud.com/teacarp/electric-whip[/media] I did a thing myself, first thing I've done in like...a while. First upload in literally an entire year. It could do with being a bit louder but apart from that I'm happy with how it turned out.[/QUOTE] I really like the vibe i get from this. And as others said, really good mixing! I sat down last night and started on a new track: [media]https://soundcloud.com/bok306/breakingpoint[/media]
[QUOTE=bok306;53064415]I really like the vibe i get from this. And as others said, really good mixing! I sat down last night and started on a new track: [media]https://soundcloud.com/bok306/breakingpoint[/media][/QUOTE] I like this a lot! It's got a really nice groove, but I would have some sort of break or variance in the beat somewhere before the end. Just about ready to call this track done. I'm pretty new at this, so I'm just trying to get into the habit of finishing things so I can actually improve a little. Any and all feedback is much appreciated. [media]https://soundcloud.com/jared-tapp/incoming-arrival[/media]
[QUOTE=bok306;53064415]I really like the vibe i get from this. And as others said, really good mixing! I sat down last night and started on a new track: [media]https://soundcloud.com/bok306/breakingpoint[/media][/QUOTE] Sounds dope man. I really dig the sequence from 1:30 onward. The high pitch click part of the percussion feels a little sharp on my ears, but that might just be because I'm focusing too much on it.
[QUOTE=chonks;53065249]Sounds dope man. I really dig the sequence from 1:40 onward. The high pitch click part of the percussion feels a little sharp on my ears, but that might just be because I'm focusing too much on it.[/QUOTE] Thanks! Yes, and it's not mastered so that will be fixed!
[QUOTE=Meller Yeller;53064771]I like this a lot! It's got a really nice groove, but I would have some sort of break or variance in the beat somewhere before the end. Just about ready to call this track done. I'm pretty new at this, so I'm just trying to get into the habit of finishing things so I can actually improve a little. Any and all feedback is much appreciated. [media]https://soundcloud.com/oexia/incoming-arrival[/media][/QUOTE] Dude. This is fucking sick. That bass line and the flutes and just, man. Legit.
[QUOTE=aridpheonix;53052753][URL="https://soundcloud.com/branden-borysewich/the-way-out"]Whill Kreate - The Way Out[/URL] (soundcloud link) - Here's my new song. It's a rock/ rap vibe, so a bit different. I'd be very pleased to hear any feedback.[/QUOTE] I enjoyed this first of all. It was entertaining and I relate to the lyrics personally. Beat and feel was dope, it's a unique vibe. You have your own style, mad props to that. Man your flow is outrageous. I felt that. You have a future I bet. Idk much about rap though so noob opinion. Criticism: the lyrics are about personal development, but the way it's framed isn't relatable. All the rappers that get big do so because they communicate first, then the metaphors follow from there. What I mean is it's easy to play with metaphors. It's easy to put your own story down on paper cuz it happens naturally. But going beyond your own and living life out in the same places where your listeners are is where it's at. But man you're doing fine. Great job dude' [editline]20th January 2018[/editline] I should mention that I'm reacting to your work too, so my advice is too extreme in a way. I'm like trying to counterbalance you, dig? :v:
[QUOTE=killerteacup;53067155]Dude. This is fucking sick. That bass line and the flutes and just, man. Legit.[/QUOTE] Thank you so much! This is basically the first thing I've felt okay enough with to post so it means a lot. Yeah I'm super into funk and disco stuff, so that's what I'm usually trying to make. Even though it seems like that's declined in popularity a lot in the past few years.
[QUOTE=Meller Yeller;53064771]I like this a lot! It's got a really nice groove, but I would have some sort of break or variance in the beat somewhere before the end. Just about ready to call this track done. I'm pretty new at this, so I'm just trying to get into the habit of finishing things so I can actually improve a little. Any and all feedback is much appreciated. [media]https://soundcloud.com/oexia/incoming-arrival[/media][/QUOTE] This bassline is funky as fuck. The only thing I'd say that sounds a little off is the flutes at about 1:55, one note seems off. I made a song and visuals. I got inspired by three chord garage punk songs. [video]https://youtu.be/YU35wUwO4RU[/video]
[QUOTE=Ghille;53076329]This bassline is funky as fuck. The only thing I'd say that sounds a little off is the flutes at about 1:55, one note seems off. I made a song and visuals. I got inspired by three chord garage punk songs. [video]https://youtu.be/YU35wUwO4RU[/video][/QUOTE] I love the drums. That's the first thing that caught my mind (because well, they're the first thing, but also because they have a really, really nice dry sound to them). I think what caught me off guard a bit is the synthesizer, mostly because I read where you got your inspiration from. That however, is a thought that leaves just as the chord progressions keeps on pumping. It's a very sweet progression, and combined with the visuals keeps your head bobbing. And then, the melody comes. Wow. Just, wow. I am absolutely enthralled by it, why is this song not 2 hours and 50 minutes instead of 2 minutes and 50 seconds? I can't envision this song being anything but this chord progression and the pumping drums. Maybe some vocals? I really, really like this song (if it wasn't apparent by the praise :v: ) and I think some sort of doomy "We should totally hang out and leave this town oh and maybe burn it down while we're at it I don't know you in" lyrics would propel this into infinity and beyond. You've found something golden here my friend, that's for sure. [media]https://soundcloud.com/skriket/little-white-flower-ft-skriket[/media] A friend of mine produces dnb, I'm a huge fan of his and this beat in particular caught my attention and made me visualize so many things that I asked for permission to build on it, and well, here it is!
Not sure if anybody uses FL, but I'm a bit confused on the best way to vary the pitch of sample chops. So let's say I have a loop of a guitar or other instrument/vocals that I throw into Slicex. What's the best/simplest way to vary the pitch when I repeat the same slices in a pattern and stay in key? Is this something maybe Pitcher or Newtone would work well for?
[QUOTE=Skeeter;53083198]I love the drums. That's the first thing that caught my mind (because well, they're the first thing, but also because they have a really, really nice dry sound to them). I think what caught me off guard a bit is the synthesizer, mostly because I read where you got your inspiration from. That however, is a thought that leaves just as the chord progressions keeps on pumping. It's a very sweet progression, and combined with the visuals keeps your head bobbing. And then, the melody comes. Wow. Just, wow. I am absolutely enthralled by it, why is this song not 2 hours and 50 minutes instead of 2 minutes and 50 seconds? I can't envision this song being anything but this chord progression and the pumping drums. Maybe some vocals? I really, really like this song (if it wasn't apparent by the praise :v: ) and I think some sort of doomy "We should totally hang out and leave this town oh and maybe burn it down while we're at it I don't know you in" lyrics would propel this into infinity and beyond. You've found something golden here my friend, that's for sure. [media]https://soundcloud.com/skriket/little-white-flower-ft-skriket[/media] A friend of mine produces dnb, I'm a huge fan of his and this beat in particular caught my attention and made me visualize so many things that I asked for permission to build on it, and well, here it is![/QUOTE] It really means a lot to hear how much you enjoy it. I really enjoy when people blend DNB and distorted guitars, especially when it blends in as well as this.
I'm not sure whether I should post this here or the hardware forum but I imagine you guys will have experience with this stuff. I'm currently trying to record a synthesizer. I've got line outputs going into an audio interface, and then the interface connects to my PC with a usb cable. This setup is fine and it records perfectly. When I connect another usb cable from my PC to my synthesizer so that I can send midi arrangements to it then anything I record now contains very faint noise. It sounds like this: [URL]https://my.mixtape.moe/lypeos.mp3[/URL] I turned up the volume by about 20db. Is this a ground loop, or something else? I've googled around a lot but I don't want to buy an expensive piece of hardware to fix things unless I'm sure I'll need to.
[QUOTE=Skeeter;53083198]I love the drums. That's the first thing that caught my mind (because well, they're the first thing, but also because they have a really, really nice dry sound to them). I think what caught me off guard a bit is the synthesizer, mostly because I read where you got your inspiration from. That however, is a thought that leaves just as the chord progressions keeps on pumping. It's a very sweet progression, and combined with the visuals keeps your head bobbing. And then, the melody comes. Wow. Just, wow. I am absolutely enthralled by it, why is this song not 2 hours and 50 minutes instead of 2 minutes and 50 seconds? I can't envision this song being anything but this chord progression and the pumping drums. Maybe some vocals? I really, really like this song (if it wasn't apparent by the praise :v: ) and I think some sort of doomy "We should totally hang out and leave this town oh and maybe burn it down while we're at it I don't know you in" lyrics would propel this into infinity and beyond. You've found something golden here my friend, that's for sure. [URL="https://facepunch.com/"]Listen to Soundcloud recording[/URL] [URL]https://soundcloud.com/skriket/little-white-flower-ft-skriket[/URL] A friend of mine produces dnb, I'm a huge fan of his and this beat in particular caught my attention and made me visualize so many things that I asked for permission to build on it, and well, here it is![/QUOTE] I think this could be cool, the background "keyboard" sound that plays throughout the whole track should probably be muted at some points. I feel like it makes the other parts feel too much like the same. I like the backwards parts too, reminds me of those majoras mask remixes. Here's something less than a minute, it's not mixed or mastered [media]https://soundcloud.com/blazing234/a-half[/media]
Thought i`d post my new song here. Been a while. This is melodic elektronika. I hope this is the right place to post. Youtube [video=youtube;tjrODgJaZz0]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjrODgJaZz0[/video] [URL="http://soundcloud.com/steenrns/steenrns-terra-incognita-2018"]https://soundcloud.com/steenrns/steenrns-terra-incognita-2018[/URL] Anyone know of any good forums for posting electronica?
[QUOTE=SteenRNS;53110185]Thought i`d post my new song here. Been a while. This is melodic elektronika. I hope this is the right place to post. Youtube [video=youtube;tjrODgJaZz0]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjrODgJaZz0[/video] [URL="http://soundcloud.com/steenrns/steenrns-terra-incognita-2018"]https://soundcloud.com/steenrns/steenrns-terra-incognita-2018[/URL] Anyone know of any good forums for posting electronica?[/QUOTE] [img]http://i.imgur.com/PkIcdAf.png[/img] :) As for forums for posting electronica, it depends what you're looking for. If you're just looking for people to give you feedback, reddit r/wearethemusicmakers is a good place to start or you can join our discord, idmforums.com is another place. [editline]6th February 2018[/editline] [QUOTE=Ghille;53076329]This bassline is funky as fuck. The only thing I'd say that sounds a little off is the flutes at about 1:55, one note seems off. I made a song and visuals. I got inspired by three chord garage punk songs. [video]https://youtu.be/YU35wUwO4RU[/video][/QUOTE] This is really, really good - sounds like early Harmonia or Cluster, I suggest you look them up to see the similarities! What they were doing was 3 chord stuff but using synths in this sort of way. This is in the same vein, its great. [media]https://soundcloud.com/teacarp/l-r-01b-4[/media] Well, here's a track. Am enjoying branching out!
[QUOTE=killerteacup;53111601][img]http://i.imgur.com/PkIcdAf.png[/img] :) As for forums for posting electronica, it depends what you're looking for. If you're just looking for people to give you feedback, reddit r/wearethemusicmakers is a good place to start or you can join our discord, idmforums.com is another place. [editline]6th February 2018[/editline] This is really, really good - sounds like early Harmonia or Cluster, I suggest you look them up to see the similarities! What they were doing was 3 chord stuff but using synths in this sort of way. This is in the same vein, its great. [media]https://soundcloud.com/teacarp/l-r-01b-4[/media] Well, here's a track. Am enjoying branching out![/QUOTE] Funny enough your track actually reminds me of those two groups. I really like this and honestly can't find anything you could do better, it's a solid track. Maybe up the lower end a bit but that's just looking for things to give feedback on.
[QUOTE=killerteacup;53111601] [media]https://soundcloud.com/teacarp/l-r-01b-4[/media] Well, here's a track. Am enjoying branching out![/QUOTE] This is so chill! There is a snowstorm ourside right now and this gave the perfect mood. Would love to hear more of this. [media]https://soundcloud.com/bok306/some-demo[/media] Here is some new stuff I'm testing out.
[QUOTE=bok306;53123885] [media]https://soundcloud.com/bok306/some-demo[/media] Here is some new stuff I'm testing out.[/QUOTE] Man this could be really fuckin' awesome. It already has a great mood to it, the percussion's good (hihats especially have like a 2000's dubstep feel which I like), the lead synth thing is great, and that whole second drop at the end (especially the bassline) is sick. I gotta say it mostly feels pretty barebones right now though, up until the end - the intro could do with some ambient soundscapes or something (at least for the first 90 seconds or so) to make it feel more spacey & atmospheric as I get the feeling that's already sort of the aim of the song. Some subtle filter sweeps or risers or shit like that wouldn't hurt during the intro either, I think having some of that in it would really make it progress way smoother than it does now.
[QUOTE=MilkBagz;53125031]Man this could be really fuckin' awesome. It already has a great mood to it, the percussion's good (hihats especially have like a 2000's dubstep feel which I like), the lead synth thing is great, and that whole second drop at the end (especially the bassline) is sick. I gotta say it mostly feels pretty barebones right now though, up until the end - the intro could do with some ambient soundscapes or something (at least for the first 90 seconds or so) to make it feel more spacey & atmospheric as I get the feeling that's already sort of the aim of the song. Some subtle filter sweeps or risers or shit like that wouldn't hurt during the intro either, I think having some of that in it would really make it progress way smoother than it does now.[/QUOTE] Thanks, yes, that is exactly what I'm aiming for. And Thank you for great feedback! I'll be sure to post an update when the time comes.
I still don't understand how to use a compressor to compress sounds down that are greater than a certain threshold. Can anyone help?
[QUOTE=killerteacup;53111601] [media]https://soundcloud.com/teacarp/l-r-01b-4[/media] Well, here's a track. Am enjoying branching out![/QUOTE] I think it's personal preference thing but for me, I feel like some of the instruments are slightly too spaced out. On my M50s it sounds like I'm listening to the song on a pair of open backs. Sounds fine on speakers tho and other than that it's a nice chill track, good job. [media]https://soundcloud.com/yousef-alam/melancholy[/media] I've been feeling down recently so I wrote this.
[QUOTE=FlamingSpaz;53129658]I think it's personal preference thing but for me, I feel like some of the instruments are slightly too spaced out. On my M50s it sounds like I'm listening to the song on a pair of open backs. Sounds fine on speakers tho and other than that it's a nice chill track, good job. [media]https://soundcloud.com/yousef-alam/melancholy[/media] I've been feeling down recently so I wrote this.[/QUOTE] Very cinematic! I like the overall swell/build in emotion. Your orchestral sounds are on point, what VSTs do you use?
[QUOTE=luverofJ!93;53130110]Very cinematic! I like the overall swell/build in emotion. Your orchestral sounds are on point, what VSTs do you use?[/QUOTE] Thanks! It's Albion One for the string ensemble, Spitfire Solo strings for the violin and CineWinds for the flute.
[QUOTE=Speedhax;53126316]I still don't understand how to use a compressor to compress sounds down that are greater than a certain threshold. Can anyone help?[/QUOTE] By "greater" do you mean frequency or volume? If it's frequency, you might be looking for a filter (low pass). If volume, I'm pretty sure most compressors have settings to toggle around with to adjust when it kicks in and how much. Might be helpful to know what program / compressor you're using.
[QUOTE=FlamingSpaz;53129658] [media]https://soundcloud.com/yousef-alam/melancholy[/media] I've been feeling down recently so I wrote this.[/QUOTE] Nice chord progressions in there and pretty good orchestration. Not sure how much I like the low uff you use multiply times. Example is at 1:21. Only saying that with how you've orchestrated everything else, but that's just my taste. Another note and this just my opinion, but the epic taiko drums at your climax are really quite overused in soundtracks. I mean if you're trying to go for that generic epic feel then I guess use them, but if you're trying to stand out I'm not sure I'd use them. Honestly it's a rabbit hole when discussing the use taiko drums in soundtracks these days haha. So don't take much offense to that suggestion. _____________________________________________ Haven't written much in the past few months because of life stuff (bought a house!), but I'm working on getting back into it. Here's a teaser of something I've been working on for the past couple days. Its not done at all. I'm going to try to get at least 5-7 mins of music. So like I said its just a teaser. [media]http://soundcloud.com/russiangodfather/magnum-opus[/media]
[QUOTE=Rich209;53140173]Nice chord progressions in there and pretty good orchestration. Not sure how much I like the low uff you use multiply times. Example is at 1:21. Only saying that with how you've orchestrated everything else, but that's just my taste. Another note and this just my opinion, but the epic taiko drums at your climax are really quite overused in soundtracks. I mean if you're trying to go for that generic epic feel then I guess use them, but if you're trying to stand out I'm not sure I'd use them. Honestly it's a rabbit hole when discussing the use taiko drums in soundtracks these days haha. So don't take much offense to that suggestion. _____________________________________________ Haven't written much in the past few months because of life stuff (bought a house!), but I'm working on getting back into it. Here's a teaser of something I've been working on for the past couple days. Its not done at all. I'm going to try to get at least 5-7 mins of music. So like I said its just a teaser. [media]http://soundcloud.com/russiangodfather/magnum-opus[/media][/QUOTE] Thanks for the feedback, I'll admit the low boom is kind of a crutch for when I think there isn't enough variation in the low end or I need to clearly separate sections. Is there something you would have done differently, or would you have just not had them at all? I definitely need to get better at my perc game in general. Your track sounds great, and it could go anywhere in my mind. Looking forward to hearing the rest.
[QUOTE=FlamingSpaz;53140915]Thanks for the feedback, I'll admit the low boom is kind of a crutch for when I think there isn't enough variation in the low end or I need to clearly separate sections. Is there something you would have done differently, or would you have just not had them at all? I definitely need to get better at my perc game in general. Your track sounds great, and it could go anywhere in my mind. Looking forward to hearing the rest.[/QUOTE] A good way to transition between sections are cymbal rolls or timpani rolls. Basically you have them start low and crescendo up. There's also a lot of miscellaneous percussion instruments that are pretty useful in helping in section transitions like the wind chimes. Sometimes nothing but silence works really well creating clear sections. There's a lot that you can do. Just experiment and listen to a lot of different composers to help with ideas. Some composers that might help you is Michael Giacchino, Alexandre Desplat, Joe Hisaishi, James Horner, Ennio Morricone, Alan Silvestri, and Thomas Newman.
[QUOTE=Rich209;53141010]A good way to transition between sections are cymbal rolls or timpani rolls. Basically you have them start low and crescendo up. There's also a lot of miscellaneous percussion instruments that are pretty useful in helping in section transitions like the wind chimes. Sometimes nothing but silence works really well creating clear sections. There's a lot that you can do. Just experiment and listen to a lot of different composers to help with ideas. Some composers that might help you is Michael Giacchino, Alexandre Desplat, Joe Hisaishi, James Horner, Ennio Morricone, Alan Silvestri, and Thomas Newman.[/QUOTE] Michael Nyman is very good too. [media]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldkSV0gElxg[/media] [editline]24th February 2018[/editline] [QUOTE=FlamingSpaz;53133516]Thanks! It's Albion One for the string ensemble, Spitfire Solo strings for the violin and CineWinds for the flute.[/QUOTE] Albion was the Roman name for Britain, lol. I wonder why they chose that? [editline]24th February 2018[/editline] [QUOTE=FlamingSpaz;53129658]I think it's personal preference thing but for me, I feel like some of the instruments are slightly too spaced out. On my M50s it sounds like I'm listening to the song on a pair of open backs. Sounds fine on speakers tho and other than that it's a nice chill track, good job. [media]https://soundcloud.com/yousef-alam/melancholy[/media] I've been feeling down recently so I wrote this.[/QUOTE] I am also feeling down. :c I liked your piece. It is difficult to write with not-so-great samples, although it was good. It's kinda classical - exactly my sort of music. In fact, speaking of not-so-great samples, I wrote something and a friend wrote a guitar and bass part for it, with me playing piano and writing strings. We used some great samples for Logic Pro, and they sound quite good indeed! [media]https://soundcloud.com/mikehawkbiscuit/allbecauseofyou5[/media]
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