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I'm shit at FL studio help me dawgg 2013-02-11 20:07:17 Reply

Oi, so I've been working on a song kinda seriously (as you can probs tell by my submissions, all my other stuff is shite), and you know, I've basically just been doing the music part so far... So melody, percussion, bass, whatever.

Anyways, I've found that I think I like the song, but I don't like how it sounds. If I play it on speakers it kinda sounds bad - it's not bad through headphones though.

It may just be me being overly critical, but I'm gonna go and say that it doesn't sound very good because I don't know how to EQ, mix, or master for shit. (I don't even really know what those consist of). So ya, got any tips?

Something specific that is the most immediate thing needing fixing is the bass I'd say. It's there, but I don't feel like it's powerful enough or... bassy... enough. If you know what I mean...


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Response to I'm shit at FL studio help me dawgg 2013-02-12 05:10:34 Reply

Composing/ song writing = one thing
Producing/ sound engineering = another thing

Make sure your levels don't peak and throw an eye here:
http://audio.tutsplus.com/
http://www.recordbetteraudio.com/
http://www.primeloops.com/blog/
http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/aug01/articles/usingeq.asp

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Response to I'm shit at FL studio help me dawgg 2013-02-12 10:47:24 Reply

Well, you kind of answered your own problem: you clearly need to work on your mixing.
Time for some theory? :)
Go study compression and what it does, and learn how to use it. Practice by compressing some kicks and basses.
Then go learn something about Equalizing and how that works and common techniques. A simple google search could lead you to some good tutorials =)
Be sure to set your volume levels correctly too, although this might seem obvious.
Don't add too much reverb or your mix will just sound muddy.

Once that's finished, go learn how to sidechain and your tracks will sound cleaner.

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Response to I'm shit at FL studio help me dawgg 2013-02-12 11:01:07 Reply

Thanks guys, imma get right to studying.


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Response to I'm shit at FL studio help me dawgg 2013-02-12 13:41:55 Reply

Don't know if it helps, but if I understood some basis of compression, sound design and all these kind of things, then everyone can. Good luck mate


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Response to I'm shit at FL studio help me dawgg 2013-02-12 19:55:23 Reply

I would like to add, get some studio monitors or some good studio headphones because most headphones have bass boost so it sounds alright on the headphones but on the speakers, the bass is non-existent. Also check your sounds dont peak and if you actually get to mastering soon, leave some space for the mix wich is lowering the volume by 20db most of the time, then on the mix you raise it with a limiter without making it peak as it would with just the volume.

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Response to I'm shit at FL studio help me dawgg 2013-02-12 20:08:28 Reply

At 2/12/13 07:55 PM, Fig-9 wrote: get some studio monitors or some good studio headphones

I'm broke.


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Response to I'm shit at FL studio help me dawgg 2013-02-12 20:12:58 Reply

At 2/12/13 08:08 PM, Elephly wrote:
At 2/12/13 07:55 PM, Fig-9 wrote: get some studio monitors or some good studio headphones
I'm broke.

I got some alesis ones for about $100 the pair at guitar center and they do justice for the price i paid, sound was really muddy at first but after the break 3 hours they started sounding boss, but lack some bass tho

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Response to I'm shit at FL studio help me dawgg 2013-02-12 20:21:49 Reply

At 2/12/13 08:12 PM, Fig-9 wrote: I got some alesis ones for about $100 the pair at guitar center and they do justice for the price i paid, sound was really muddy at first but after the break 3 hours they started sounding boss, but lack some bass tho

I'm broke.


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Response to I'm shit at FL studio help me dawgg 2013-02-14 01:18:30 Reply

All I know is that it's all about practice.
Just keep on practicing and you'll get better.
(I don't know how to use it myself.)


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