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Response to Works In Progress Advice Thread! 2010-05-22 16:04:07


So...

What is the difference between EQ, mixing, and mastering?

These are all terms I hear thrown about, but I have never known what they meant, really.

I use FL, and I twiddle around with filters, panning, and effects etc. Does that have anything to do with it?


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Response to Works In Progress Advice Thread! 2010-05-23 01:56:42


EQing is when you emphasize certain frequency ranges over other ones. EQ'ing is most important when dealing with individual instruments, to make sure no one instrument is interfering with other ones, or to improve the tonal qualities of an individual instrument. this is essential to having a good mix, which is...

MIXING comes before exporting your project, when you are taking the qualities of each individual instrument and making sure that they all work together harmoniously. EQing is part of mixing. balancing volumes between instruments is part of it as well. most of the adjustments, generally, is still done on the individual instrument level here, or certain parts of the track, but not as much on blanket overall effects and adjustments for the entire track.

MASTERING is that blanket stuff, to make your track sound good across different media, and to just make your track shine in general beyond what you've done in the mix. mastering also applies to entire albums, if you want a set of tracks to all have consistent levels, frequency ranges, etc. mastering is a whole different ball game, one that i'm not very experienced in, but it involves the use of compression, assorted effects like reverb, EQ'ing over the entire track, and things like exciters that i'm not entirely sure what they do but after toggling around with some do make tracks seem better.

Response to Works In Progress Advice Thread! 2010-05-23 09:04:36


First of all i want to say hi to all since im new here. Great thread, really needed. Anyway this is a wip i've been working on during this weekend. Tell me what you think. And oh, i'm kinda new to make my own music so don't be to harsch on me. Thanks

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Response to Works In Progress Advice Thread! 2010-05-23 10:58:23


Here's a videogame esque trance song I started writing and I have about 2 minutes into it, but im gonna make a full length version around 4 minutes or so.

What do you guys think? I'm debating whether to drag out what I have already and really milk it, or keep it very non-repetitive.


www.macjams.com/artist/kgz (Download links)

Response to Works In Progress Advice Thread! 2010-05-29 19:42:26


Technologic ( WIP )

Going for a different style here. I got quite a few ideas to finish this one off. Any criticism would be great!


Hi

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Response to Works In Progress Advice Thread! 2010-05-29 22:57:40


Here's a tiny snippet of a tech house track I'm working on. I'm really happy with it so far and it sounds great to me, but I don't have a subwoofer and my monitors only go down to 80 hz (don't really trust my headphones either) If anyone has a sub could you please listen and tell me if it sounds muddy at all?

http://www10.speedyshare.com/files/22692 480/download/Preview%203.mp3

Response to Works In Progress Advice Thread! 2010-05-30 12:45:56


This is pretty much done, though I thought I might get some feedback here.

Download link:

http://www.speedyshare.com/files/2270299 6/Ready_For_Departure.mp3

Response to Works In Progress Advice Thread! 2010-06-19 23:10:49


OMG IT'S A WIP!!!!!!!!

Electro Orchestral Piece 1


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Response to Works In Progress Advice Thread! 2010-06-24 02:05:52


hey guys. i wanted to see what you thought of my drumming.....so yeah
video
my drum set was pretty fucked when i played this but i did what i could.
the camera also diddnt pick up all the sound so it might sound like theres a lag somewhere in there


Celestica

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Response to Works In Progress Advice Thread! 2010-07-02 07:35:49


At 6/30/10 10:40 PM, Cabbster wrote: Also, apologies for the double post but I forgot to post a link to my own WIP. Comments would be appreciated. I was going for a hardstyle-esque song, i got through the intro, right before the break and melody, wanted to get an opinion on if it sounds like it works or not.

The intro/break thingy sounds really cool and atmospheric. Altough after that it kind of looses energy. I personally don't like that synth you used for your melody. I doesn't feel strong enough for a hardstyle song. I would consider changing the synth. Maybe don't start with the cutoff down. But go from up to down instead ( With some kind of awesome FX ). Because it sounds a bit too empty at the part right after the intro.
The kick sounds decent. I geuss you would want a typical kick like this one. I would prefer one to goes a little bit deeper with less click maybe. Well, i know how hard it is to make an hardstyle kick and you did a better job then i could do >.>. Maybe add a little bit more distort :).
I hope you could use my comments.


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Response to Works In Progress Advice Thread! 2010-07-02 07:38:27


Crap sorry to double post but,
i forgot my WIP.
Linky!
I was aiming for a electro/house song. But it's still missing something. If any of you could give advice to what to add/ get rid of that would be great.


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Response to Works In Progress Advice Thread! 2010-08-10 00:09:04


The piece above mine has a broken link ):

(I apologize for the AP link. D:

Here's mine. A few things I need to know: How can I make the vocals (that havn't been added yet) sound robotic and similar to the vocals in "Raver's Fantasy" by Tune Up! I have FL Studio, so tips would be appreciated. I know it needs work on smooth transitions, especially at the end, so tips on what to do there would be appreciated as well as tips for making it longer.

Thanks !

Response to Works In Progress Advice Thread! 2010-10-03 12:55:28


second attempt!

Hey guys, I'm having a little trouble with this track and I'd appreciate it if you'd just give it a listen and let me know what it is that I can improve on to make it "flash game asset" worthy.

Battle Roads

Guitars are all Slayer 2... definitely would have sounded better if I had recorded them myself but I work with what I'm given, you know. It isn't loopable yet as I'm not sure I'm finished tweaking.

Thanks,
JWhitt


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Response to Works In Progress Advice Thread! 2010-10-03 13:10:45


Well it's funny I used to give advice on Newgrounds long ago, and now I'm in need of advice.

Anyone who's familiar with the Hardcore genre (subgenre of Techno,) I'm in need of a pair of ears. Reason why is in the description. If there's anyone out there who could lend an ear, and some advice (looking for experienced Arists, mainly that on at least an indie label, or an experienced Artist who's reputation proceeds him and/or her.)

I will return the favor if ever needed, *may need a PM if you would like me to, I don't browse the NG BBS that much*

So anyways if anyone could give me some advice, It'd be much appreciated and I would return the favor (the best I can, anyways.)

Thanks in advance.


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Response to Works In Progress Advice Thread! 2010-10-03 13:11:45


You can tell I haven't posted in awhile, forgot the damn link.


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Response to Works In Progress Advice Thread! 2010-11-05 13:20:51


Here's a little something I've been putting together. Check the song description for more info.

Just a couple of breaks ideas and a dubby twist at the end.

I've never really put my music out there like this, but I thought that this one could do with being torn to shreds. Do your worst :)

Response to Works In Progress Advice Thread! 2010-11-05 13:21:59


Oh, and obviously I'll go through this thread and offer any advice I can, though my musical knowledge is slightly restricted :]

Response to Works In Progress Advice Thread! 2010-11-05 21:05:31


At 8/10/10 12:09 AM, nickbryant wrote: Here's mine. A few things I need to know: How can I make the vocals (that havn't been added yet) sound robotic and similar to the vocals in "Raver's Fantasy" by Tune Up! I have FL Studio, so tips would be appreciated. I know it needs work on smooth transitions, especially at the end, so tips on what to do there would be appreciated as well as tips for making it longer.

I'd make the kicks meatier, and maybe drop them in the backbeat as well (whilst losing the clap).

The song doesn't sound particularly structured. Needs breakdowns/builds/drops. If you don't listen to much dance music, I'd suggest you start now ;D. Grab a piece of paper and try to jot down a visual reference of what's going on. Most dance music genres usually evolve in sets of 32 bars. I'd work on trying to build tension between parts with automated effects and crazy sounds.

The synth part you bring in at 0:26 sounds unusual. I'd probably lose it.

Also, it needs bass. Which you'll probably end up sidechaining to the kick :].

Having said that, the synths sounds are very nice, and the progression is interesting enough. The chords that you brought in around 0:17 were cool as well, and could definitely be expanded upon. You could gate them/distort them/bitcrush them as part of a buildup to increase tension and keep people interested :)

Response to Works In Progress Advice Thread! 2010-11-05 21:15:39


At 11/5/10 01:20 PM, jarrydn wrote:
I've never really put my music out there like this, but I thought that this one could do with being torn to shreds. Do your worst :)

it's too late for me to use my monitors in the dorms but even without them i can tell that this track is in need of some serious pads. everything sounds clean enough on these tiny laptop speakers so definatly keep doing what your doing... just give us some atmosphere to listen to.

Response to Works In Progress Advice Thread! 2010-11-05 22:22:13


At 11/5/10 09:15 PM, Quarl wrote: it's too late for me to use my monitors in the dorms but even without them i can tell that this track is in need of some serious pads. everything sounds clean enough on these tiny laptop speakers so definatly keep doing what your doing... just give us some atmosphere to listen to.

Cheers man :). I've always gone for a pretty stripped back ethic with my tracks...I'm still not sure whether I want to go crazy with pads and stuff because I prefer my dance tunes pretty dry and crunchy, but I'll give it a go :)

Response to Works In Progress Advice Thread! 2010-11-05 22:28:22


At 11/5/10 01:20 PM, jarrydn wrote: Here's a little something I've been putting together. Check the song description for more info.

Just a couple of breaks ideas and a dubby twist at the end.

I've never really put my music out there like this, but I thought that this one could do with being torn to shreds. Do your worst :)
http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/3 73967

I don't have time ot write a long review, but the one thing that stuck out to me in a bad way was the bassline itself... the three quickl blips at the end of the phrase sound too rushed. It's likely that's the part of the bassline that you think is "the cool part," but IMO it breaks the flow too much and ruins the foot-tappability. Other than that, no real comments at this time other than GJ.

Response to Works In Progress Advice Thread! 2010-11-05 22:34:05


At 11/5/10 10:28 PM, jkap1 wrote: I don't have time ot write a long review, but the one thing that stuck out to me in a bad way was the bassline itself... the three quickl blips at the end of the phrase sound too rushed. It's likely that's the part of the bassline that you think is "the cool part," but IMO it breaks the flow too much and ruins the foot-tappability. Other than that, no real comments at this time other than GJ.

Thanks for the input :)

I am a big fan of staccato, and after listening to it with your criticism in mind, I think I've definitely overused it. It would probably have more of an impact if I only used it a couple of times, instead of at the end of each bar. I'll try something different :)

Response to Works In Progress Advice Thread! 2010-11-06 13:51:05


I'm kind of having a problem with volume levels in the beginning on my song. The filtered kick can be heard on my headphones and such but whenever I try to hear it on laptop speakers I cant hear the kick at all, even if I layer a high frequency kick over it. What's going on?

Also around 0:46 should I lower the volumes an pan the synths all the way to the left and right to get the most sound out of the wub wub?

Response to Works In Progress Advice Thread! 2010-11-12 16:12:42


was messing around with NI Massive and managed to make a sweet talking bass sound so i thought id chuck it in a mix lawl.

please gief advice thx

Response to Works In Progress Advice Thread! 2010-12-09 18:18:30


Tired of having this WIP's with potential sit as project files. I'd like to make them into something someday. I would like expert opinions on how finishing them would sound like or be.


Just lurking...

Response to Works In Progress Advice Thread! 2010-12-14 05:44:18


What could/should I change/fix?

http://www.mediafire.com/?us3g6fcc1a3ak4 i

Response to Works In Progress Advice Thread! 2010-12-14 07:55:19


http://soundcloud.com/velvet_rose_traged y5/wip33

It's techno I guess, looking for early feedback.

Response to Works In Progress Advice Thread! 2010-12-14 09:19:52


scratch that last post I finished it:

Response to Works In Progress Advice Thread! 2010-12-15 04:13:58


http://www.mediafire.com/?g22cf3x2m99tt3 2

I've been working on this for a couple of hours now and I need some unbiased opinions. What do you guys think?