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  1. 2 hours ago, Tory said:

    I mostly write lyrics and melodies (they come at the same time), but when I sit behind the monitor with nothing but me and my studio, software and hardware, things come to me. I may start with just a couple notes, add a horn or strings,... It has to be mood and time because things created are never planned. This is just me. No overall generalization. But for me my rhythm tracks are moment inspired.  Funny I can't put lyrics to my rhythm tracks. Who would have thought?




    I wouldn't go as far to say that things created are never planned. I know what you're saying though. Today's DAWs are so fluid that you may think you're not planning your creation, but that's exactly what you're doing, in real time. The planning is happening between your ears  😉

  2. 13 hours ago, Capo3tanya said:

    Hi Roymega, wanted to add my 2 cents to this lol.  I've just recently realized that the stuff in my head is percussion centered.  When I find a cool ditty on the guitar I usually go through the measures divided into 8ths (unless it's 6/8 whatnot) and play with which downbeats or upbeats to accent.  Then I go through it again divided into 16ths and listen for cool rhythms and dotted note placement. But I've always done this all in my head! Finding it a real challenge to break into the DAW. Syncopation ROCKS. Maybe I should have been a drummer lol. 


    Very interesting method of madness you have there Tanya lol, what DAW do you use primarily?

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  3. Where do you guys draw your inspiration from when creating new beats/instrumentals? I tend to focus on an emotion and get the drums sounding good and then go from there but I'd love to hear some of your guys' process! 

  4. 9 hours ago, Samuel Davis Jr said:

    I do support Cubase. I upgraded last year from the free version that came with my interface to the paid elements package which is the lowest of their 3 tier system.


    I though I had to upgrade to the pro version to get side chaining but after some quick research I can get that with the artist version which might be in my price range at $200. That may be my best bet.


    Have you looked at FL Studio by chance? It gets overlooked when comparing other DAWs because I guess it's seen as amateur-ish, but everything I've seen done in ProTools or Ableton or Reason, I've been able to do easily in FL Studio as well.

  5. 24 minutes ago, Samuel Davis Jr said:

    I downloaded cakewalk last night. It does allow sidechaining but it took me forever to figure out how to use the program and then it was still a pain. I'll have to watch some videos on YouTube and see if it gets any easier. Cubase just seems so much more user friendly to me but then I've been using it for about 3 years.


    Which can be said about any of the DAWs you decide to use. Like I said in my original response in this topic, it usually comes down to whatever one you feel most comfortable in. Which for me is FL Studio, because it's what I started with.. for you it might be Cubase; in which case, you may want to consider supporting the creators of that software by purchasing a full version. Or continuing to try different trial/free versions of other DAWs til you find one that suits your needs.

  6. 13 hours ago, Samuel Davis Jr said:

    Does Cakewalk have sidechaining capabilities?

    If Cakewalk allows plug-ins I guarantee it does.. sidechaining is such a small hiccup in the production game though, that if that's stopping you from committing to a DAW, then screw me I guess.. I suppose you did say you wanted to produce EDM though huh? Might as well bite the bullet and buy a copy of FL Studio like Avicii (RIP)

  7. 33 minutes ago, MikeRobinson said:

    Quite honestly ... "today, we enjoy an Embarrassment of Riches."


    Obviously, commercially-focused products such as Logic Pro and ProTools will never change their focus away from their commercial customers (who continue to do billions of dollars' worth of business with them ...), but those of us who "do this, just for fun" have never had more options at our disposal. (And in some instances, "they completely re-invented themselves without changing names."  For instance, GarageBand became Logic Pro Lite!)


    So, "these days, if you just can't get 'er done, don't blame the computer!" 😁


    When I worked in tech support, we used the term "operator error" often.

  8. It's all about how much time you take to get to know the DAW's layout and interface.. almost all DAW's provide the same features and functionality.. I stick with FL Studio because I started with it and learned the in's and out's that a lot of people that poo-poo it don't know about.. Sucks to be them.. Buy another DAW and be let down when it provides the exact same thing but in a more complicated manner.. FL Studio is very user friendly for mapping out 'beats' and instrumentals, and if you take the time to learn the DAW itself, just as good and useful (if not better because of it's simplicity) as Avid Pro Tools, the "industry standard".

  9. Jack Johnson - his story is just so cool, former professional surfer has a nasty wipeout, has to get 150 stitches in his forehead, teaches himself guitar and writes what would become Brushfire Fairytales, one of my all-time favorites of his, 'Flake':



    Neil Young - Classic:



    James Taylor - Who doesn't love 'Fire and Rain'?


    Jeff Buckley - 'Hallelujah':



    Parents loved Gordon Lightfoot, one of their first dates was at one of his concerts and they've been together over 40 years so he musta done something right (or is it write? lol). I still remember vividly singing the song Edmund Fitzgerald in music class while in 3rd or 4th grade and couldn't wait to do so..



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  10. If you want studio quality, go buy a freakin' album.. this is a critique board for a reason. While I see where you're coming from I don't believe you see where the people post are coming from. They're not looking to necessarily post a hit on the Hot 40, they just want a critique on their song. What they do with it is their business. This isn't Motown, this isn't the Berklee College of Music and shouldn't be treated as such. It's an open forum, open to the public, if you don't want to critique or don't like the music posted than just log off, simple as that. 

  11. I use FL Studio 10 for all my instrumentals, and Cool Edit Pro for recording vocals. If you're looking for a user-friendly interface, FL Studio is your DAW and I've just used Cool Edit Pro because a lot of my friends that produce use it for vocals (keep in mind depending on which version of FL Studio you get you can record directly into FL Studio as well).

  12. Unfortunately with Windows 7, it's near impossible to get ASIO to work with on-board audio.. The only way I got it to work (before I got my lovely M-Audio Fast Track Ultra USB interface), is by adding another soundcard and using one soundcard for recording and the other for playback.

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