At 4/14/06 10:52 PM, D3C4r7 wrote:
First, Set if you have your bases already (like... you know your stuff a bit) Then set up your drums and bases, then go and get a "Pad" instrument. So it's like wavy, and not precise, prefect for your uses. Then go ahead and play with that. If you need more precision feel free to contact me i'll help you.
Good, but you failed to explain the purpose of all of the main essentials of electronic music >:(
In nearly every song, there is percussion. Theres different styles of percussion, and for trance/techno, the percussion is ment to be a steady 4 beat, with flow in it. No 4 beat, it feels unfinished, and no flow, and its very unapealing(SP?). As for ambient, percussion doesn't really matter. Its about relxation, if you choose to have percussion, make it subtle. Unless you like it loud, then be my guest.
The bassline is usualy what drives the song. Some say its the melody, others say the pad, and yet others say the drums. All of those contribute, but what is one of the only instruments playing in the song? The bass. What adds a hell of a lot of rythym in both ambient AND trance? Bass. The bass makes everything melodic, so never brush the bass off and make a cheap bass synth, or make it unmelodic or something that would ruin the song.
The melody, in either ambient or trance, can or cannot exist. Yes, trance builds up to something, and it needs something to top it off, but the melody always doesn't need to be there. The irst trance songs ever made were repeitious patterns playing with no melody, and if you listened, the song told a story, or so it seemed. If you have a melody, make it powerful. If you don't, make the rest of the song count.
Ambient melodies... err... if anything, most melodies in ambient are all mistakes, and completely unintenional. That, unless, you choose to have a melodic, yet subtle, melody. Keep it smooth though, as is the purpose of ambient.
D3C4r7 said that you should HAVE to play around with a pad. Now, the purpose of a pad is nearly for the same reason that the bassline is there, only that it isn't as nessecary. If the song sounds empty, then add a pad to fill up the empty spaces and make it seem more firm.
Now you migt be asking what a pad is.
A pad is any instrument that goes on for a long time, and fills space, and is subtle. Electonic phased synths, orchaestras, deep basses, all qualify as pads.
Its also a good idea to make the pad follow the bassline, but if you think it sounds better otherwise, then go with it.
There, that should help you out, Mac-Beth.