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Old 02-07-2014, 11:57 AM   #41
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Why is that? You mean auto make-up I suppose?
That's right, auto make up. Very uncool and sets a bad example to underage children who might be passing by. Good compression starts at a very early age. If kids haven't mastered gain structure by about four or five, they are pretty much fucked for life. There's no amount of Google that can save them.

One tip I can give you is to play vinyl when kids are around. It will instantly make any of their musical output in later life sound heaps better.

Also, get them on the modular system as soon as the patch cables no longer constitute a choking hazard.

This is the truth about raising analog children in a digital age.

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Old 02-07-2014, 12:02 PM   #42
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Re: What's the best production tip(s) you've learned/discovered so far?

dont layer for the sake of layering learn the tools you have at your disposal (vstis plugins etc) and soon creativity and sample placement will outshine.
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Old 02-07-2014, 07:35 PM   #43
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do it for the love of music...and spend as much time a day mastering your craft...learn as much as you produce as well...keep learning
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Old 03-07-2014, 03:42 AM   #44
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Be wary of what notes are being overlapped by another. There is no need for that.

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Old 03-07-2014, 05:51 AM   #45
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Re: What's the best production tip(s) you've learned/discovered so far?

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That's right, auto make up. Very uncool and sets a bad example to underage children who might be passing by. Good compression starts at a very early age. If kids haven't mastered gain structure by about four or five, they are pretty much fucked for life. There's no amount of Google that can save them.
Ah ok, i agree with auto makeup, but the normal makeup gain knob you dial in manually to compensate for the gain reduction is nothing wrong with afaik.

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Old 03-07-2014, 07:08 AM   #46
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Old 03-07-2014, 12:10 PM   #47
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One of the best things I've learned for getting a good mix is simply don't over process things. Only eq where you need to, don't compress too much unless it's beneficial to the sound you're trying to achieve. And so on for everything, including layers and tracks in a project.
Simply put, less is more
Pretty much this when I just started out. I didn't fully understand the concept of it as much as I've read a lot of articles or guides on mixing. But hours of trial and error made me realized a lot of things in the end.

On top of that I've pretty familiar with most of the frequency ranges by ear now. Very happy that things are progressing for me.

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Old 03-07-2014, 01:27 PM   #48
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Re: What's the best production tip(s) you've learned/discovered so far?

The best tip I can think of would be that Experience is the key to making good productions!

You need to learn how your audio interface/monitors sound and compare to other systems,
learn how to use the tools you have and learn how to get the most out of them,
read topics on production, watch tutorials,...

And don't be afraid of stepping away from using a bunch of loops that already sound great and already define how your production is sounding.
Just begin from scratch, first it will sound like utter crap but in a while it will get better, more advanced en after a few years you'll make great songs and the best thing about that will be you made them from scratch.

I'm not against using loops but it seems that lots of people don't know the basics of production and spend their production time scrolling through loops and presets instead of making music...
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Old 03-07-2014, 01:41 PM   #49
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Perfection is in the detail, & don't be lazy...

Know/find out & apply as many techniques as you need to use but no more. eg for a melodic breakdown if you're after a 'dreamy' effect, soften the attacks of instruments & drums, drop some beats slightly later than on grid, more reverb, slower portamento, longer notes.... you can quantify art if you look closely enough
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Old 03-07-2014, 07:44 PM   #50
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My biggest time and head ache saver: CAREFULLY and deliberately choose all of your samples and patches so that they mesh well and compliment each other. I wasted so much time in my early years of producing trying to "fix" and eq sounds in tracks so that they don't sound like crap, when all I really needed to do was spend a little more time up front finding the right sound . That goes for crappy and low quality drum samples, instruments that conflict frequencies, sucky patches, sucky VSTs, etc. No amount of EQ and processing will fix crappy sound. Actually one of the reasons that I moved on from Reason was that I was spending too much time trying to get the sound I was looking for with their instruments. Finding more VSTs that had more of the sound I was looking for helped out a lot.

Also: making full use of the stereo spectrum. Smart and frugal

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Old 03-07-2014, 09:57 PM   #51
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TUNE YOUR KICK!!! and low cut everything that isn't your kick

MUD HAPPENS and it sucks
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Old 04-07-2014, 04:12 AM   #52
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Most of them have already been mentioned, but one problem I faced as a novice was avoiding certain aspects of the writing process, like arrangement and programming drums, but for the last year I have faced them dead on, to the point of almost obsession, and now I feel more than adequate in all those areas I once avoided. Don't run from your weaknesses!

The biggest one, JUST PRODUCE, constantly, stop reading so much. You WILL get better. Stay in the game, listen to tons of music you love, try to sound like that (not a copy, but mixing wise), hell even start out straight up copying a track, if you are at all talented and inspired, it will end up being something completely unique, but that initial novelty was enough to get your ass in gear.

I also just figured out this tiny, practical little tip though, and thought you guys might find it interesting. Know when you are A/B'ing a very subtle effect and can't quite tell if you actually like the change, or if you are subconsciously convincing yourself you like it, well, you can see that you are turning that effect on or off visually. So, now try closing your eyes, and hitting the on/off button a bunch of times at random. With your eyes still closed, having not kept track how many times you hit the button, you now sincerely don't have a clue whether its on or off, now use JUST your ears to decide, keeping your eyes closed.

trickery!!

Edit: get a Maschine. Not before you're ready, only once you are over the learning curve of your chosen DAW, but seriously it was the biggest game changer for my workflow yet. Things are fun, natural, intuitive again. The opposite of tedious, and music happens quickly, keeping you inspired

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Old 04-07-2014, 04:22 AM   #53
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Some awesome tips in here.

I'd say staying simple with the arrangement in the beginning. It's so easy to get all caught up on the technical shit when you should be WRITING. I always start with broad strokes and then slowly paint the details later.

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Old 04-07-2014, 04:48 AM   #54
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- Quitting all preset use and actually learning stuff
- Quitting straightforward sampling and learning how to get creative
- Designing source sounds separately from the context of a song
- Using master bus effects only AFTER I've written the song
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Old 07-07-2014, 04:29 PM   #55
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Listen to your mixes in your car or on a crappy boombox because 9/10 that's where they'll be heard. It doesn't matter how good they sound on your awesome studio monitors because most of that will be lost coming through the dreck most people listen on. No one but audiophiles care about sound quality anyway.

Start with a fantastic melody. It doesn't have to be complicated. Even the greatest of symphonies can be broken down to a right hand melody over left hand chords and it'll still sound powerful.
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Old 15-07-2014, 07:48 PM   #56
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Best lesson I learned is: master the stuff you got before buying new stuff.
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Old 17-07-2014, 06:46 AM   #57
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It's early days for me so I'd say I've already picked up some useful ones in this thread alone.

Personally though it's been unlocking the secrets of EQ and compression. I've still got a lot to learn/practice but things are making sense now.
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Old 17-07-2014, 10:11 AM   #58
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Learn arrangement (by studying other tracks) and workflow.
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Old 17-07-2014, 02:19 PM   #59
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My biggest production trick/lesson? Just write music. Do it on shitty laptop speakers, that stereo you got at 13. You don't have to be in front of all your shit to make a track. You might have to be in front of it all to get a great sounding mix down but to write a tune? Nope, don't need it. The only requirement is your imagination. But if you're not exploring that world than you're not doing it right.

Secrets to a great mixdown? That shit's entirely too circumstantial. You want to be a big shot, known producer? Then you'll have to crank out tunes in your sleep. And if they're all great then you'd be able to afford to have someone mix down for you. Music is always the number one priority.

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giving 5$ to get your song 'masterized '.

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