So: There were times, when I had a lot of sound-output but in the last 10 years I had some sort of writers-block. To make a long story short: Yesterday I came up with this tiny piece of music.
10 years writer’s block is a long time but good to see you back.I had the same experience for 10 or more years but in my case it wasn’t writer’s block but depression.
I like house so thought I’d check it out.
The synths took me back to Orbital, which is cool because I like Orbital.
Kick seems too high in the mix and snare too quiet.
But the melody is nice and could be developed further.
What’s weird about this psychical disease is, that other some people get very, very creative with it. (Kurt Cobain, Robin Williams) and others fall in a deep hole.
I hope you managed it to use your condition to get creative again. I did. (but in my case my family was the reason not to make music, not my depression)
Thanks for that feedback. I’ll get back to the mix/edit and try to improve it.
It depends how far the disease has spread in your mind.In early stages i agree that you can get very creative with it but if you dont get treatment soon then you never get your good self back.I my self got treatment very late so i will be struggling for the rest of my life but thank God for music the best medicine
You could easily make the track 4.5 times better by fixing the kick and adding a BASS element. Add the sidechained supersaw pad and then you have a pretty decent (albeit dated) track. The general progression and phrases are solid.
If you added a fun bassline, a bit modern - bouncy, funky, raw - it would become quite a nice track. And forget sidechained off-beat supersaw idea, but make something rhythmic with stab-chords. I’m thinking a groove with a shuffle feel to make it more modern. Hell yeah…
Modernize your vision a bit and dare going for the funky shuffle and more snappy and raw sounds. You already have some swing in that phrase you’re using?
I´ve been having writers block since two years ago when I started producing, began on fl studio because that’s what I used when I was like a child, then moved to ableton lite because a midi controller I bought, I finally bought renoise mainly because I have unlimited tracks and possibilities. It has been a painful process because I’m never pleased with what I do and I just quit and start again (listening to the same loop over and over and tweaking compressor settings, filter, effects, and so on), so far I have never been able to finish a song. I can’t stop obsessing over arbitrary things like LPB, EQ, using vst’s vs native sampler/fx, whole values in my sliders, or endlessly looking at the spectrum to keep my songs from going atonal. I even have a circle of fifths handy to make sure my melodies are following certain patterns, it’s ridiculous. What I’m trying now is using no vst’s and try to enjoy things, but it is also hard when I don’t enjoy anything (I suspect I have depression or something else).
TL;DR: Don’t be me, find that sweet spot and let it carry you. As John Tejada says ‘‘Vibe is more important than perfection’’.
I liked the track, maybe the kick should just be 1-3 dB less and the snare/clap, lacks more bite. The dynamic range is very good and you really have the possibility to keep building the energy. You just need more percussion, mid-range instruments and high end
Forget about filters, spectrum and shit like that.Make the song first, later think of things like that.In Renoise you dont have to think much of being in scale/key just go to the sampler page and choose a scale and presto what you play is going to be in the right scale.Check the super plugin skaler by plugin boutique,make the chords inside the plugin and feed the output to your lead ,pad,now take what you have and let EZbass by Toontrack give you the most realistic bass lines.
Yeah I just haven’t learned to use my ears only lol. What I meant is when making waveforms or applying fx/mod, I have the obession of making sure the bandwith is not crazy and avoiding presence of inharmonic/sub tones (when doing FM or mixing waveforms), and I’m always looking for artifacts or resonances. Really, when I finish my first song, it is going to be quite an accomplishment. Thank you for you suggestions! I have also tried the tool Gunchord and it is very good.
I can tell you one more thing,you can’t be good at everything, I my self i can’t mix it’s not my thing you can’t believe how much time I ve lost trying to do it.Focus on the music let other’s take care of mix and mastering and you will be making songs in no time.
Thank you so much for your support! I still think it’s good to try a lot of things and go back to the basics in the end. Cheers to all my greek brothers from
Some really valuable input here I guess, I’ll “redo” this song and see where it gets me.
Here’s a track I made before my writers block:
Great track, somehow happy but melnholic at the same time.
Awesome, really loved:
- I hear push, ATB, thrillseekers and balearic influences
- The whole mix is balanced, clean and wide.
You need more perc and more energy on the 2,4’s and I think today’s music isn’t as varied as this, so you need to focus on the fx, modulation and energy more. I hope you get better
cool !! but the kick is drunk !!!
I thought the melody was really awesome. If you had a slamming mix, the nice synth work would come through, and the track would be totally wow!!
But, I understand, as well as everyone else that mixing is just a question of practice, and if this is your first track back from 10 years, you are welcome to a little slack
I think, the writers block is going away. I am even hopping some genres. This thing here is another work-in-progress and looped as shit but I even think about adding some vocals.
yay. I suck at mixing.
1:45 it’s normal, the false note ? maybe yes …