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    Perth based producer / DJ / all round nice guy
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  1. Having a listen on internal speakers and I like this. Nice and chill and the video is pretty cool too - even though it's just water haha
  2. Happy to help! I did think about making videos but it's a bit hard at the moment so a quick search and some basic typing skills got me over the line
  3. Here's a link to a video I did a while ago about chopping vocals into samples and loading into the sampler. The principles apply to most audio so it may be helpful. 1. When looking for samples it all comes down to what you want to use and how creative you can be with them. It's a timely process and involves a lot of research but it's best to not get bogged down in the hunt. Listen out for some interesting sections in tracks, whether they're old Motown (very common) or loops in a sample pack, something will stand out and from there you can transpose, stretch and chop away. When cutting them up, you want the start of the audio sample to be the hit of the transient so when you pay it, it's hit on time. If the samples are short it's likely there can be a click at the end of that sample which will be a slight chop from the next transient. you can resolve this by fading the end of the audio clip inside the sampler, or in the workspace. It helps to EQ your samples to avoid any clashing of frequencies, which may be what's causing the track to sound odd. It's good to transpose the samples so they're in the same key. If you don't do this, everything will sound like turd - no nice way to say it. Here is a video on chord progression. Follow the guy's videos as they will be extremely helpful, and as his suggests in the beginning of this video, watch the video on scales first! 2. Scales are very important in music theory. They're the core to understanding the structure of chords and the progression of melodies - why you can play certain notes and why you cant. Learn your scales! Learn the difference between different types of scales and what they mean. Chords can get very complex, especially when studying jazz music but the video on above and the other links will be a great help in getting started. 3. Plugins (synths) can be used for a variety of different applications in the sound design process. You can use the basic wave shapes such as square, sine and saw for basic sounds or you can get more complex using wavetable synthesis, FM synthesis and modular synthesis to make wacky and aggressive sounds or even synthesised drum sounds. The point in time to use a VST instrument is at any time you wish to create an audio track (such as a melody) you play yourself. A virtual instrument is triggered by a MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) signal. In a nutshell, a MIDI note sets an address / set of instructions which is sent from the keyboard to the software. A MIDI note / location will have information such as the key to be played, the velocity of that note and the pressure it's played at. It sends a lot more information but we'll leave it to the basics for now. With the knowledge learnt from the scales, you'll be able to play a melody into your project with the use of a virtual instrument as the host for your sounds. 4. Everyone has a different workflow. I use to start with the intro, build to the middle and then the end - just like if you were listening to a track. Now days it's a bit different for me. I start on the main elements and get the body of it the way I want, then I'll move into structuring the rest of the track with the intro and outro then colour the track in with all the extra layers and FX. Watching other workflows may help you experiment with your own. There's no right or wrong way to do it. Hopefully this has been helpful for everyone. It's a bit basic, especially with the VST part but should be enough information to get the hang of it.
  4. Yeah I've learnt a lot in 3 years haha i remember having an issue when changing the tempo from the original to 128 and logic didn't like it but for the best part I think the track sounds a bit warped. Haven't heard it in so long lol
  5. Oh classic. All your sounds and ideas are cool but if I have one gripe about it, it's that it holds too many of the same parts as the original. I like the idea of having that significant melody in there but try colouring it with some other stuff that make it your own. You got a nice mix so far, the second section brings those transmission days back which I like about your tunes lol keep at it man!
  6. Thanks man! That was the era I guess. I started out with all those guys so the influence was definitely there
  7. After digging through the vault and listening to some old tunes I dug up this little stunner. This was done back in February 2014 and become one of the biggest tracks I made. I popped up snippets on Snapchat a week or so ago but thought I'd take a chance on the upload. I remember Soundcloud removing it a few years ago but tried my luck again. It's a private link but sharing it anyway. I reckon it could do with a bit of a clean up but I've uploaded it in it's original form. Am keen to hear your thoughts on what was a pretty big deal for me back then, and if anyone remembers it then hopefully it fuels the nostalgia!
  8. Lol yeah there's a lot of the same FAQs in there so it should help
  9. Those points above are great points. I can't stress enough about how important music theory is. There are a lot of technically brilliant artists but they go back and learn some form of musical theory.
  10. I see this a bit differently. I use to tell people the same thing, don't expect to write anything fantastic on your first attempt but I've had a change of heart since then. I now find this statement a little bit degrading (no offence of course) in the sense that you're giving advice to people who are really excited and motivated about what they want to do and you have to give them negative advice right off the bat. This changed for me when someone showed me a track. It was their first one and they were looking for feedback. Although technically it was a bit messy (as expected), the track was an absolute banger! A bit of rearranging and it could've been well worthy of circulating the club scene. There's people out there who have the creative ability and therefore just require guidance. Some people have the technological know-how but require some creative guidance. I feel now that this is quite an important part in assessing how to give advice. When I have students come in we have a chat for a few minutes and the first question I ask is what are their short term goals. Something that's realistic and achievable with the proper approach. It becomes a small brainstorming session from there and before long we have a baseline to work with. I believe that if you have the right attitude your first track can be quite good. These are times when trial and error come in to play and some of these ideas can be really interesting and rewarding. Sure, it's unlikely record labels will look at you and the tracks may not be technically fantastic but the confidence you have of completing your first track should be quite motivating. With anything though, the more experience comes more knowledge and that's all that's really required to improve on your work so in a sense these "shit tracks" can somewhat be true, but I believe no track is a shit track - they're learning tracks where you can reflect and compare old and new skills.
  11. this guy genuinely enjoys what he does
  12. Hey buddy, just figured out my soundcloud login details. stalking....I mean following you lol.

    Also got started on cleaning out downstairs today and got a power board to plug in so should be back on the decks tomorrow and opened up Ableton tonight, first time in a long time. Just wanted to say thank you specifically as you have been really friendly and has made this much easier to get back into things. Thanks man :) 

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    2. Doddy


      Yeah I'm seeing a few things, and rekordbox looks good given the backing of both hardware and software done by pioneer. God knows their mixers and I assume cdj are industry standard. I recall playing in the djm 600 back in the day. But same goes with traktor with the NI line of products. But pioneer are newbies in the software side, so there's that.

      i agree time coded vinyl will be the way to go, then I will need to investigate and research the different 'controllers' and/or mixers. I do like the idea of setting a cue point with a press of a button and have been watching a few mixes on the z2 so atm I think that's what I am leaning towards, and that's why I started on ableton, was to add more production and homemade tracks to go with the mixing/scratching.

      anyways I'm sorry to regurgitate this to you, just wanted to kinda get advice from someone in the know and up to date with what's out there at the moment. 

      Actually one question, if I were to go the traktor route, I got confused with all the different naming and options. Is there one that can actually hook up multiple decks. IE a set for mixing and have a scratch set plugged in running on an extra channel from a 4 channel mixer type thing?

      Or would I need to buy them individually? I will keep researching but that will be the end requirement for final decision.

    3. Doddy


      Did you get your car sorted with the fluctuation in rpm as well?

    4. LabRat


      Pioneer is only industry standard because they bough their way in lol

      hmm... you can use 4 decks but you'll need to buy the bigger sound card, which I think is an audio 10 but I'm not sure...

      i don't know much about the Z2 but it does come handy being able to have those cur point functions on a mixer. When I was using time code vinyl I was using the dicers by Novation. They're super cool but you need to map them in traktor and it's a bitch! the dicers are plug and play with serato but not traktor which is why you need to map them. MIDI mapping in traktor is a very time consuming process. It took me 3hrs to figure out how to do it lol

      i think the z2 with the time code would definitely be a good option. I'm assuming they only make that 2ch so if you were looking for more you'd probably have to go 4ch mixer and then find a sound card that has 4 inputs 

  13. thanks mate
  14. that's the hardest bit. trying to find something that's relevant to what you want to learn can take time and it helps a lot more if there's someone that can help, which is why i'm happy to try put a few things together for a more specific tutorial the video where i made the texture? that was absynth