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Loop Oddity

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Soo... As you can see, I'm still training. This is why I make these loops. I want to learn as quickly as possibly, while still being able to procrastinate! I already know how to compose songs, and usually I'm good at structure too. So in order to learn a lot about the different uses of a DAW, I tend to only make shorter stuff every now and then, using different techniques and such.
Last time I practiced my percussion. Can you guess what's new this time? The synth bass.

It's not even close to a raw preset, even if it originally is one. I was heavily inspired to do something like this by our very own <a href="http://elitistinen.newgrounds.com/">Elitistinen</a>. He's a great musician, and even if this song isn't as epic as some of his tracks are, I tried to mimic what's going on it the background in some of his songs.
Now naturally, I didn't even get close to the epicness of his tracks, but it was fun anyway. <a href="http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/570641">Here's an example</a>.

This took far longer to make than it should have! I actually lost my project after working on it for an hour... But as I remembered what I did earlier, I redid it all in just 15 minutes. It wasn't that bad, although frustrating!
Remember: always save now and then.

Anyhow, this was just a small thing I did tonight. I hope it doesn't suck completely :3

P.S. Is it just me, or does it sound like the subtle melody sounds distinct from the rest of the song in some way? Like it's in another rythm or something :/

P.P.S. Please tell me what genre this is...


I love this! :D The mood is crafted perfectly, it loops extremely well, and that melody just adds to the creepiness. :D I love the effects, especially the ones that remind me of either shoes squeaking in a wooden hall after the rain or perhaps bubbles at :07. I think you should expand on this a lot more. It's a really entertaining piece already, even if it is so short. Keep at it, LSD! ;D

LucidShadowDreamer responds:

Hi! How's it going XD?

I'm glad that both you and LunacyEcho (and Elitistinen) like this! I think I'm getting better at these things slowly but surely ;3 As I told LE, I think I've finally figured out a way to make pretty smooth loops :D I'm really fond of the melody instrument, personally.
I'm glad you like the effects! You know, I didn't actually craft them myself, and although they might sound like bubbles and rain and stuff, they simply consist of a synth bass and some odd percussion! I just ran them through some other stuff like phasers, flangers, filters and gave them other weird effects as well as a lot of reverb! XD

I might actually expand on this somehow, when I feel like it! For one, I want to get rid of that annoying noise. I don't know if you can hear it. I was blind to the noise while making this loop (it must've looped several hundreds of times). But once I heard it once, I could not unhear it! It's a curse that has ruined a big part of this piece for me :(
It sounds like some odd scratch noises >:(

Thanks for the review ;)
Do you have any new projects going? I know you have a though schedule :/

Loops! I think you should take pride in the fact that your loops do so almost perfectly. Not many musicians can say that.

This one sounds extremely eerie, with some really cool sound effects. The main melody, played by some sort of theremin-like instrument, sounds really nice with the rest of the song. The background strings and the rest of the ambient, reverb-heavy stuff create a really nice atmosphere.

You say you were practicing your bass? Well, I think you should probably make it louder. I could barely hear it as it is, with everything else going on around it. Although, from what I heard, it sounded fine.

I can easily see how this was based off of Elitistinen (except for the fact that it was so short :P ). I keep thinking you two know each other from outside the website or that you're both Finnish or something since you have such similar DPs.

It doesn't suck completely! I wish it was longer. You know, come to think of it, the melody does sound 3/4. Strange.

This song belongs under bluegrass. EVERY SONG IS BLUEGRASS.

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LucidShadowDreamer responds:

The only reason my loops work okay is that I figured out the secret behind making somewhat smooth loops with Cubase (at least my own version of it...). There are actually only two steps! First, it always helps to hame some kind of a loud noise in the very beginning! I think that some kind of drums often do the trick. The other one is: I actually duplicate my loop in Cubase before I export it. That means that the file that I get actually plays the whole thing twice. Then I put the audio into audacity, and cut off the first half. That way, all the reverb and delays/echos and other stuff that remains from the end of the song is played in the beginning. I'm sure there's some other way to do it, but this is my way :3

I put such a deep filter on the melody instrument that it's creator could not recognize it though! I do love theremins, which is why I liked the sound I got :)
I love eerie songs too, and I tend to use extreme amounts of reverb!

"You say you were practicing your bass? Well, I think you should probably make it louder."

=> Actually, I phrased myself poorly. You can clearly hear it, you probably don't realize it's originally a bass though. First of all, it was a synth bass. But I put so many effects on it, and ran it through some other VST:s to get the sound I wanted. That whole jumpy thing in the background is actually the synth bass! Even so, one can also hear the RAW bass sound in there, if one focuses, which I think is what you're referring to :)

I'm glad you can see that this was based off of Elitistinen, since that was part of what I was aiming for :3

"except for the fact that it was so short :P"


Well, Elitistinen is Finnish, even though he lives in Canada XD We don't know eachother from off the web, but we've talked some on the web :'D

You feel like the melody sounds like 3/4!!? I feel so too! Strange indeed...

I almost want to put this under blugrass now. Almost.

Thanks for your review!

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4.91 / 5.00

Apr 23, 2014
8:24 PM EDT
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