Old 08-04-2019, 02:05 AM   #81
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You played yourself - rules are loose enough you could post any old noise and say it's a Steve Reich cover or something

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My problem is I can't avoid changing and adding things to the arrangement when I start re-tracking the scratch parts. Sometimes that's good though because the song gets better. But everything I pull out to "finish" seems to need a lot of work and I keep changing my mind.
Yeah, open nature of making a tune from scratch leaves everything subject to change at any point and it will happen for sure. But having the beginning, end and all the checkpoints defined is already half the battle.
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Old 08-04-2019, 09:33 AM   #82
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https://soundcloud.com/user-75039506...ou-m-d-gardell

This [original] song wouldn't be me first choice to post but it's the first one that actually is finished [kinda] from a big batch of remixes what I'm doing. It's just a ditty but I mucked about with it to see if it was a turd worth polishing. Probably it lacks dynamics, a bit too 'level'.

I might post it in collab as well..
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Old 08-04-2019, 12:38 PM   #83
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Sorry morgon I missed that you said you were participating. You want me to post it now? Or looks like you'd have until the 13th to keep working on it...
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Old 08-04-2019, 01:28 PM   #84
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Yeh Fox I was procrastinating about participating but you could figure me in for the next one if you like, it's a rock song with 22% swing timing that I'm trying to beat into shape, I could use the extra pressure of the Song a Month Club to ensure that I finish it, it's called, for now at least, 'Caught in the Middle of Your Fire', cheers.
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Old 08-04-2019, 08:55 PM   #85
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put shady (me) down for one song by sept 4th please
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Old 08-05-2019, 11:11 PM   #86
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Ok, retracked. I have doubled clean guitar, some doubled dist guitar, clean lead, dist lead, two layers of keyboard pads, keyboard bass and obligatory radio ambience samples. Of course everything grew a bit during retracking and now it's like 40s longer, @ almost 4 minutes. Now - reamping and mixing.

I'm fullfiling my long time plan to simulate a broke 1995 band/project studio, so almost all the plugins are modelling sketchy 1990s rig.

I'm still short of a synth-pad machine, was Ensoniq SQ80 available for a broke band in 1990s? I know Roland Alpha Juno was (I lived with one in the same room long before I had an idea I can make music), but I'll be looking into analog ones last. Also not sure if Sansamp BDDI (and its bootleg copies) existed in the 90s.
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Old 08-07-2019, 08:56 AM   #87
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*sigh*

All right, I planted a seed, three "chords"(?) made with some dodgy Casio synth VST I found:

https://soundcloud.com/zeekat/ida-ra...hase-0/s-pnpuT

I'll try to grow it into a tune, lets call it "Ida Random" for now (actual person with an awesome name, found it in the credits to "Silverado" I watched on Netflix the other day). I'll aim at something not-heavy, with mostly clean guitars, may come in handy for the next "ambient" playlist. And yeah, mono leads. Needs mono leads.
Allrighty, done. Turned noises above into the stuff below. There's clean guitars, turned a bit loud though and no mono leads, only a smattering of mono synth bass. Well close enough.

(It's quite experimental, mostly plugs I never used)

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@zeekat - You had until the 26th...getting done early is not very procrastinasty. Sure you're done?
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Old 08-07-2019, 11:25 AM   #89
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Yeah, that was faster than expected. Isn't the motivation the point of the thread though . It's good anyway, as I'm going to see a metal show tomorrow and I suspect my hearing might not be very mixing-dependable following days.

I'll still be remixing probably. And my "in progress" folder still has 89 projects left.
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As I finished my tune in haste (repent at leisure) but I did meet the deadline, as a reward, would some of you mind listening to my song and offering some advice about improving my mix please? You don't need to say I can't sing or play instruments for toffee (I am aware of my limitations) but I would appreciate some tips about mixing

(perhaps this could be part of this finish-a-project initiative, so as to encourage us more coy amateurs to participate).
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Old 08-13-2019, 08:40 AM   #91
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I started a brand new song this month and I'm on track to finishing it, woot!

@Burnsjethro, if you want to try and solicit more feedback you could start a thread in the collaborations forum and you can just copy the link I made for you here.
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Old 08-14-2019, 04:36 AM   #92
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Thanks for the advice and link foxAsteria.
Listening to my tune after hearing some of the works on the forum you linked, I think I wait until I produce a better song.
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I think I wait until I produce a better song.
It's a fine tune, mate. Don't get caught up in comparing yourself to others. Feedback (good or bad) will give you some perspective that you can then use to make better tracks.

But I know how it is, I'm often feeling too sensitive to share my work. Although it can sometimes be help to get some honest criticism early on, so that you know what you can focus on.
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Old 08-14-2019, 12:16 PM   #94
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I'm unable to give any advice for music sounding different than mine (more stereo! noise samples! pour more mud!)
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Im gonna do this one Nirvana cover or a dub reggae jam ÷
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I'm unable to give any advice for music sounding different than mine (more stereo! noise samples! pour more mud!)
Your angle on modern gtr and synth music is grand, I always enjoy them.

I also appreciate your comments on my tracks, helps a lot, esp as I can't really hear all that well.
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Im gonna do this one Nirvana cover or a dub reggae jam ÷
Ey, you signed up almost 2 weeks ago and still undecided? Are you perchance...procrastinating?
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Old 08-15-2019, 01:44 AM   #98
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I'm a horrible procrastinator too, so I'll give it a try! I've currently started a new project, so sign me up! Maybe this will motivate me enough to finish it faster
It will be an alternative soundtrack for the movie "Up" I think. Not sure of the title yet though!
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Thanks a lot for you encouraging words, FoxAsteria.
And of course you are perfectly right, any feedback can only help me to improve.
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@jonova - so you wanna re-soundtrack an entire movie in a month? Well ok, that sounds like an overwhelming prospect, but you're on.
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Old 08-15-2019, 09:09 AM   #101
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@foxAsteria nooo, I'm planning on making just one 3-4min song in the style of this movie, inspired by story and its wonderful soundtrack by Michael Giacchino
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Haha, ok that makes more sense. g/l!
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Old 08-20-2019, 04:48 PM   #103
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I've made progress but still not much to show for. 2 weeks left fuk x3! : p
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I've changed projects several times now. I'm wondering if that's the bigger obstacle; my lack of focus and commitment. Or maybe just another manifestation of my procrastination.

You can do it, shady. But maybe brainwreck was right and the penalty for giving up is not effective enough... More a comment towards myself there.
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I already finished and submitted this month's REAPER Contest entry so I'm good until the end of September, when the next Joe Gilder VIP Challenge is due...after that my own Recordingfest entry isn't due until December 1st...

...until then I will continue to bask in the glow of being the the first in the club to overcome procrastination and finish my project...
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...until then I will continue to bask in the glow of being the the first in the club to overcome procrastination and finish my project...
And rightly so. Congrats.
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I'm still before the deadline, so Imma post a youtube upload of the track with pretty moving pictures and smartass comments

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^^^ Pretty f'in' cool man. A real genre bender. Never heard anything like it. Pretty out there, by pop standards, but... tasty, somehow. Good music for a long drive.
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Great idea. I'm at the mixing stage of my last project but I can't stop trying out production tricks so it's taking forever.

Not yet ready to commit to a one month deadline though, as I'm currently in the middel of moving house, so my time in the studio is pretty limited momentarily. But that should clear in another week or so. I'll report back after that to accept the challenge.

@zeekat: I like Ida Random, very nice done. Now make a 20 minute version because it is way to short
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Yea well done zeekat. I thought I listened to that when you posted initially, but I guess not. Pretty cool and I like the way the drum verb comes in and out.

Is that a sampled kit? I can't quite tell but the verb makes it sound very convincing if not. Good vibes.
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Is that a sampled kit? I can't quite tell but the verb makes it sound very convincing if not. Good vibes.
Karoryfer Big Rusty Drums, drumkit for Sofrzando made of an authentic commie-made 1980s set, the verb is built in the library, I didn't add anything extra. Pretty original as virtual drumsets go, planned posting a review, but I'm too lazy to write it.
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fox I think the penalty has gotten me out of bed many times so far.. it's just a damn long road. //cue nightmares from high school days
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I just had a nightmare about being back in high school. Maybe it's related...
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Karoryfer Big Rusty Drums, drumkit for Sofrzando made of an authentic commie-made 1980s set, the verb is built in the library, I didn't add anything extra. Pretty original as virtual drumsets go, planned posting a review, but I'm too lazy to write it.
Versatile, too, I put it in my bucket list. The kit setup he describes as "weird" I want for my song 'Where there's Smoke there's Fire'

Cool track btw [Ida Random] ZK.

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a tune will be delivered by the end of tomorrow 0: because the shame of monty python is way harsher than anything I make in REAPER
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Nice one, shady! Looks like someone else's deadline slipped past them tho...I though mine was tomorrow and I was almost gonna give up...looks like I can procrastinate for 2 more days!
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I've got a "carbon copy challenge" cover song due September 30 for the Joe Gilder VIP forum...it's a 2 month challenge and the first month has already passed without much effort put in on my part...the problem isn't one of procrastination, it's a lack of enthusiasm (caused by a variety of reasons) for the challenge as a whole...I'd put my name in for it, but in all honesty I don't care one way or the other if I finish it...
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Nice one, shady! Looks like someone else's deadline slipped past them tho...I though mine was tomorrow and I was almost gonna give up...looks like I can procrastinate for 2 more days!
Whose then? Seems mine is due today, but if I figure the International Date Line I probably have a quite a few hours left
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Whose then? Seems mine is due today, but if I figure the International Date Line I probably have a quite a few hours left
It's still yesterday over here, so you have until tomorrow.
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https://clyp.it/wquxmplb?token=bfeb0...d8228831e90232

wow was almost worse than highschool. sign me up for oct 4th :0
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