Yea I'm getting more familiar with the software after every track I produce.
Also you suggest I should learn to use one synthesizer? I'm mostly using Sylenth1 and Massive right now, anyone got pro's and con's? It's my own choice but still I would like some feedback. And I think it's easiest to tweak presets, but at some time I should go start making sounds all by myself I think?
Also you suggest I should learn to use one synthesizer?
It depends on what features do you like the most and how do you use a synthesizer. Massive is huge for me and I use it sometimes and sometimes not even a bit. It is not said that you have to use a lot of vst plugins to go crazy with your imagination. My last try went only with trilian plugin and rest of built in ableton instruments - at the end I used izotope to make it a bit dynamic. Still I'm an amateur in mastering my tracks. So if you want to get what you really need try out as many interesting synthesizers as you can and then maybe you'll find the closest one to your needs.
interesting thread and I'm in a similar position to the OP. One quick question, can anyone recommend any great videos as I see a few mentions of watching tutorial videos, I've seen a few but there seems to be a bit of difference in quality so any advice would be great
You should stick to a limited set of tools and learn them inside and out rather than using 50 different synths and not really knowing any of them that in-depth.
to say you should only use one might be a bit extreme, depends on what you choose to use. I would say three or four is the most you should focus on though, any more and you're spreading yourself too thin in my opinion. With Sylenth and Massive i'd say you have plenty of versatility.
yeah I agree, I've not been producing too long, (aprox 1.5 years), and I used to use s**tloads of different synths ( I actually was getting new ones everyday lol ), but what I've realized now is that you totally should stick to a few only (atleast in the beginning) and learn them througlhy. That's what I've started working on recently.
I love techno because the soundscapes are so unique in every track (eg. in comparison to electro), and that's what's my main motivation to learn a synth throughly, so that i can put the exact sounds on my mind into waveforms
For me techno is all about creating a driving rhythm with nice kicks and then just soundscaping around it. Melody isnt all that important. Its good to keep a song in key though, but even that is not 100% required. Sounds need movement and thoughtfully automated fx. And you definitely benefit from creating a unique character of sound, be it vocals, drum edits or ambience. As long as at least one aspect of your song is totally different then what is out there.
i guess it the same for everybody.. u get familiar to techno by listening to it ..in club, at home etc ..
I listened to loads, found out what i liked, tried to recreate it and failed, and found some personal tricks and methods that sounded cool. Im not pro by any means now, but i can make stuff that sounds enjoyable to me and is not quite like anything out there, as far as i know.
2 months is a drop in the bucket. forget about keeping track. i honestly can't remember exactly how long I've been making music because it doesn't matter.
Just keep making stuff and trying to improve. You'll never notice it as it happens; one day you'll just be making a tune and suddenly be like 'wow... I'm a lot better at this than I was before. when did that happen?'
Definitely agree with this. Taking too much notice of how long it's been puts to much expectation on yourself and you can start to get impatient but if you just keep doing it you will find your constantly improving with each track. Pick up some techniques from youtube or articles around the internet and experiment!
Yeah man, I agree with 99% of what people are talking about on here. Experience is key. Just groove with yourself and be honest. Learn the plugins and hardware that you love to use most. Learn how different sounds interact with each other and learn how to MIX!
I have been producing shitty as tracks for just about 12 years now. NO one likes them, but hey it keeps my brain working and I have fun at it. The gigs I have played, everyone leaves. So, I do it for myself.