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Tracking / Re: How do you choose samples for your song?
« on: March 18, 2008, 20:49:53 »
I   For me,  what's the point in doing some creative artistic work, if I'm working off someone else's product? 

Why try to reinvent the wheel, when it's already there and developed and refined?
I admire your search for a unique sound, but that wouldn't work for me. I myself try to make my music sound as genuine and real as possible, so I'd rather use existing samples from existing instruments. But this is slightly off-topic right?

on-topic then...
I don't really know how many samples I have. I never counted them, and I'm not going to either :P
I do have them ordered per category, so Drums, Guitars, Synths, Keys, etc. After you've been using them for a couple of years you'll quickly find your way through them and after a while you know what they sound like even before hearing them.
And I do have a nice set of looped drum rhythms, but I like to chop them into drum slices so that I can eat the parts I like. Otherwise it wouldn't feel like proper tracking to me, and I like to add my own touch to them. The challenge for me is to alter the order and still make it sound nice, genuine and without silences.

The Lobby / Re: What are you currently doing/thinking?
« on: March 07, 2008, 01:52:06 »
I'm holding myself from pissing my pants and sipping some ice tea to make that a bit more exciting. Listening to a Reggae-livestream. Looking at my Irish Tin Whistle that carelessly lies on top of a printed copy of a research paper on Conscious Strategies in Second Language Acquisition, together with a dictionary of my local dialect. Eating some sweets. wagging my head to the music. thinking about what to write more.

Tracking / Re: How do you choose samples for your song?
« on: March 07, 2008, 01:37:47 »
I've always had my samples ordered per category. Saves A LOT of time looking up the right samples. I often get inspiration while listening to other songs of mine, so then I use the samples that were already loaded.

There are many different approaches to sample selection.
- Some do it in advance of the tracking process, wether or not with a clear idea in mind, selecting a more or less standard sample set (drums, bass, accompaniment,  leads).
- Others do it as they go along, trying different instruments for one melody, only proceeding when they're (more or less) satisfied.
- And there are people who first have a set of samples, finish the song and then try different sounds for different parts of their songs.
(I myself use all three options variably)

I think it is best for yourself to find out which approach works best.

As you gain experience in tracking, you also get to like and dislike some samples, the former which you use more often ofcourse. For example, when I plan to make a Reggae song, I load an earlier Reggae song of mine and use its samples, because they have proven to be good before.
I mostly start of by laying down a basic reggae pattern of drums, or accompaniment/chords. after that I start improvising on bass and melodies.

The Lobby / Re: XM vs IT
« on: February 19, 2008, 17:48:56 »
Tough choice

I prefer .XM, but that is mainly because I got used to its effect commands. Switching to .IT means learning all commands all over again.
And there are some commands that .IT doesn't have (I think), which .XM does. But then again, same goes for .IT. ;D

The Lobby / Re: What are you currently doing/thinking?
« on: February 05, 2008, 19:03:53 »
I'm listening to my Reggaez.xm - likkle ditty ting
and I am mentally preparing to go help my brother redecorating his house  ;D

The Lobby / Re: Timbaland ripped a track from demoscener
« on: December 29, 2007, 01:50:20 »
I think they must have come to some agreement by now, because I heard Timba's/Nelly Furtado's version played in a shop while I was buying clothes there last week. And I do not believe it was one of Timba/Nelly's top chart songs that can be found on the internet 2 weeks before the release date, so it must have been copied from the original CD I guess...
are there any updates on the subject?

The Lobby / Re: Christmas
« on: December 28, 2007, 00:51:52 »
@Deviant: are you a follower of Asatru?

in the Netherlands most people do not celebrate Christmas with a santa claus or presents (although it is gaining terrain), but in the Christian way, often with decorations and a christmas tree. So most people do celebrate it, but not very extravagantly.
Santa Claus is derived from our Sinterklaas (St. Nicholas). We celebrate Sinterklaas on the 5th of December, with gifts, sweets and the lot. So the kids believe in Sinterklaas rather than Santa Claus.

The Lobby / Re: Ever burnt your favourite mods on CDs?
« on: December 28, 2007, 00:43:26 »
I'm addicted to my tracker, so every year when I go on a holiday, I burn my best most recent tracks on a CD so that I won't be too lonely for the rest of the week(s) :)

Sampling / Re: Voice mixing software
« on: December 16, 2007, 01:29:45 »
Maybe try Goldwave. It has all kinds of nice features, including your mechanical alien voices. 

The Lobby / Re: Remember the first time?
« on: December 05, 2007, 00:56:41 »
My brother (of all people :P) provided me with an early version of Fasttracker, together with some tunes. I played the songs Agony and Just Can't Get Enough probably a thousand times...

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