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Hypotheses

By Avarine on May 20, 2018 11:53 am

I love that doing WB has me creating stuff regularly, and it's certainly forced me to improve. But I am definitely looking forward to the day when I can choose several promising tracks, and refine them over a period of time longer than a week. The one skill I am really honing this year is the ability to churn out a track quickly. I've built a repertoire of techniques and sounds that I fall back on. It feels like a plateau of sorts. It's half way through school term now, but when I get to school holiday time I'm planning to spend a lot of it jamming on synths whilst wearing my pjs and drinking tea.

In this track, I first sat down at the piano to come up with a sad chord progression, but I must not have been feeling sad enough because all I managed was this boring but reliable two chord affair. Then I scrapped the acoustic piano sound and went with an E piano instead. Good old 4x4 beat laid the rhythmic framework. Added some Gaia. Kept the bass simple because I was running out of time. Unfortunately, I didn't EQ it well enough for the master and Landr made it real loud. I didn't have time to EQ it again, so I just used the "Light" Landr setting instead.

Bass continues to be a thing that eludes me. I don't have any bass synths or sounds that are my regular go-to's, because I haven't found any I like. The Gaia does some pretty fatty bass, but my ear craves rounder tones.

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May 21, 2018 6:35 am

Some real good chill, easy-listening. I like the choice of the E piano, and I think the bass suits the song nicely. I agree, I like that Weeklybeats pushes me to just pull out ideas and see what sticks in the moment, but it'll be nice to sift through some of these projects and flesh out the ones that have more potential. The best part about all this is having lots of original material and ideas to work with later on.

May 22, 2018 6:50 am

Woo!  I actually really like the bass and the pulse that it has.  Nice track.  I hear you about the "falling back" into old tropes, but another way to look at it is that you are mastering techniques and then ideally, once you have those down, you venture out into new territory and that's the new "fall back technique"!  :-)

Keep it up!

May 22, 2018 5:39 pm

This is perfect as is; the bass is supportive without being overpowering.

May 23, 2018 12:16 am

I've been using Landr too and sometimes it mystifies me with the choices it decides to make and it can be frustrating sometimes trying to "correct" them, but I agree I think the bass actually works well in this track.  And falling back on styles is also a way to build up a signature sound.

May 23, 2018 1:15 am
Pyure wrote:

Some real good chill, easy-listening. I like the choice of the E piano, and I think the bass suits the song nicely. I agree, I like that Weeklybeats pushes me to just pull out ideas and see what sticks in the moment, but it'll be nice to sift through some of these projects and flesh out the ones that have more potential. The best part about all this is having lots of original material and ideas to work with later on.

orangedrink wrote:

Woo!  I actually really like the bass and the pulse that it has.  Nice track.  I hear you about the "falling back" into old tropes, but another way to look at it is that you are mastering techniques and then ideally, once you have those down, you venture out into new territory and that's the new "fall back technique"!  :-)

Keep it up!

Jim Wood wrote:

This is perfect as is; the bass is supportive without being overpowering.

CosmicCairns wrote:

I've been using Landr too and sometimes it mystifies me with the choices it decides to make and it can be frustrating sometimes trying to "correct" them, but I agree I think the bass actually works well in this track.  And falling back on styles is also a way to build up a signature sound.

Thank you all. On listening to the track again, I'm not sure it merits your positive comments, but I thank you nonetheless for taking the time to listen and comment! Really appreciate it smile

May 23, 2018 12:24 pm

The bass is alright, it's in a place where it doesn't overpower everything despite the decay.

If you feel like you're plateauing, perhaps you could consider a different angle. Your drums, perhaps, are found wanting.

May 24, 2018 12:13 am

Hypnotic. Love the piano. I echo your thoughts, and good points from commenters here .. especially about honing in on signature sound. I've been craving to work on other aspects but focus my time on the weekly new songs. Funny though, last year in a WB "off year", I thought I'd go back and work the previous years WB songs, but rarely did ... just jammed with people and got some piles of sounds for this year, which is OK but the weekly deadline is the motivation I needed to actually do things.

June 18, 2018 8:02 am

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miraclemiles wrote:

Funny though, last year in a WB "off year", I thought I'd go back and work the previous years WB songs, but rarely did ... just jammed with people and got some piles of sounds for this year, which is OK but the weekly deadline is the motivation I needed to actually do things.

I think there's something more that "working quickly". Some of those techniques stick with you and never leave, so even when I've thought "I'm making the same track over and over" you discover it sounds different.

About the bass, my 2 cents of advice are: a) return to the good old sinewave/squarewave with filter and b) repitch everything like they used to do in 90's hiphop. You could bounce parts of the track and lower the pitch of them, even without timestretch, so double the duration. Maybe it's not a proper composer approach but I found it always gives you a starting point. You could then chop that "false" low frequency track and build a different harmony with it. I do it really often with synths, piano leads ...

Good thing is that will take seconds in Ableton smile


June 19, 2018 1:27 am
laguna wrote:

About the bass, my 2 cents of advice are: a) return to the good old sinewave/squarewave with filter and b) repitch everything like they used to do in 90's hiphop. You could bounce parts of the track and lower the pitch of them, even without timestretch, so double the duration. Maybe it's not a proper composer approach but I found it always gives you a starting point. You could then chop that "false" low frequency track and build a different harmony with it. I do it really often with synths, piano leads ...

Good thing is that will take seconds in Ableton smile

Thanks for the in depth advice. I will have a play around with your suggestions!

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