reply to post by Korg Trinity
Just having a quick listen to your first track. I hear some very familiar presets that I always use and love! Are you using Amplitube by any chance?
Very nicely mixed by the way (listening on krk 8's and 10" krk woofer) perhaps the bass drum which is sitting pretty nicely in the mix, might be
slightly more punchy by using a second track and a short low sine wave on the bass kicks. Your music sounds pretty similar to what record when I
noodle about, and I think I hear some similar places to where I am going wrong. Variation.
Since I'm doing mine all by myself like you, I find it's hard to keep working on a single song, not only that, but when building the track up there
is some short comings such as copy/pasting drum tracks which tend to get repetitive. Like, there's no one there to bounce off at the time kind of
thing... I hate doing drum tracks! Very nice guitar playing on the second track by the way which has just started. (drum loop repetitive again) but
the rest of the track sounds wonderfully epic.
Third track, pretty nicely done, I prefer these drums, but they seem a little loopy again, rest of the track is nice. The bass though, were you using
DI from your bass into your interface? I only ask because my bass sounds very similar and I just cant get mine to sound punching, there's always a
slightly slow attack and wooly sound. I think I need to get a proper bass amp and then mic it, cause the DI's I think just don't work well enough
for bass. Anyhoo, enough waffling from me, I'm quite enjoying your stuff. Making me think of bands like Mogwai, or Explosions in the Sky. I very
If you were from vic australia, I'd probably enjoy working with you! Best of luck and very nicely done stuff overall, I'm being super picky, but I
can tell from the quality you've achieved that you understand how tricky it is to produce tracks this well and will understand I'm just adding some
suggestions to help. I appreciate how much time you'e put in to doing this all on its own. (Mike Oldfield influences?) I've made it up to Save a
Prayer 2nd and haven't heard a dud track yet, and I think you could target tv shows with most of those tracks as is. By the way, if your drum tracks
were in midi, even just changing the hi-hat pattern for a few bars might be enough to break it up a bit.
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Thank you for that detailed review.
To answer a few of those questions...
My set up is based around an 8 core pc. I have owned quite a bit of equipment in the past but it has been all made redundant in favor of
visualization. It really is the norm to produce almost entirely out of the box these days.
The Software I use is Cubase 5, Reason 5, Guitar Rig 4, many different virtual instruments... some of the main ones I use are Spectrasonics
Omnisphere, Trillian, Jupiter-8V by Arturia, KORG Legacy Collection, LuSH101. But I use quite a few others too.
I have used Amplitude in the past but find it very heavy on CPU resource requirements and quite noisy, I hate using heavy noise gates as it ruins the
sustain and cuts off harmonics.
My speakers are a pair of Eltax monitors, and I use a pair of Sony headphones for reference.
My base drums take quite a bit of tweaking to get to sit right and usually take quite a lot of time working with the bass and bass drum tracks to
ensure they don't interfere with each other... not always successfully lol
I am very much like you feel that what let's my music down is the drum variation. I am not a drummer and always find this part of the track the
hardest to get right. You just can't beat a real drummer (lol pun intended).
I would love for a real drummer to work with on my tracks to really give the dynamic feel instead of the feeling of being tethered to earth by the
repetitive nature of the rhythm. I think you can get away with it if you are doing a dance track but it does defiantly spoil a rock or post rock
I think your highlighting this issue has inspired me to give this aspect some more thought and work.
I'm kind of Happy that you thought the bass was a real bass, it isn't. The base sounds I use come out of Spectrasonics Trillian. It's simply the
best emulation I have found with all the fret noises and buzz being automated so it really does sound like a real bass.
I am very much influenced by Mike Oldfield, so you are bang on there, though I was not trying to reproduce his style. It has been hard to categorize
my music, I don't play to achieve or aspire to any particular genre, more I just play and the music evolves, what comes out is what comes out sort
The purpose of my soundcloud is to get the stats needed to approach for publishing deals or production houses. once I have enough plays / likes /
followers currently at 108 followers, I will approach directly.
I am working on a further 3 tracks, which are at various states of completion, I will take on board your advice and once I've uploaded them I'll let
you know, so you can give me your thoughts once more.
Thank you again for listening and your obvious experienced and good advice.