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Sound quality versus songwriting

Started this discussion. Last reply by Greg Brus Aug 17, 2016. 25 Replies

Hey everyone, first proper post here, aside from entering the HEAT contest, which i may have to forfeit from due to the thing i'm about to spill out in this post.I'm Patrik, 28 years old from…Continue

 

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Greg Brus replied to Patrax's discussion Sound quality versus songwriting
"Machine gun effect. Argh. Anyway, everybody starts with no education whatsoever and remain so until they educate themselves :P So that isn't a problem. I really think you should get around to obtaining some, at the very least, semi-decent…"
Aug 17, 2016
Lara Poe replied to Patrax's discussion Sound quality versus songwriting
"I struggle with this as well, as notation software rarely matches what I have in my head.  To make matters worse, it's difficult to get it to play microtones accurately– I mean, Sibelius does have quarter tone playback, but I rarely…"
Aug 17, 2016
Patrax replied to Patrax's discussion Sound quality versus songwriting
"I am currently working on a track that is supposed to symbolize a school in the extended harry potter universe, it's a school on a ship that always changes it's location to avoid muggle detection and where the students learn both offensive…"
Aug 17, 2016
Bob Porter replied to Patrax's discussion Sound quality versus songwriting
"At this point, I think it would be helpful if we could hear something you wrote. Then we could better help you."
Aug 17, 2016
Patrax replied to Patrax's discussion Sound quality versus songwriting
"Alright, i shall have to scour the interwebs even deeper. I just dont feel like spending money on VST's yet, especially if i dont know how to work them. Thanks for all the replies, it's been very helpful."
Aug 17, 2016
Greg Brus replied to Patrax's discussion Sound quality versus songwriting
"More VST side than DAW side. You will tweak MIDI data in the DAW to make notes blend better etc., but stuff like different articulations are all in the VST. Depending on the sample library you will have several patches loaded and hooked into…"
Aug 16, 2016
Patrax replied to Patrax's discussion Sound quality versus songwriting
"I've used the built in ones in VST'sCubase, and that has worked because i've never really needed dynamics in the songs i've used orchestrated instruments for. It's just been simple notes, and when i've made my midi…"
Aug 16, 2016
Greg Brus replied to Patrax's discussion Sound quality versus songwriting
"I suppose you begin with making the MIDI track -> VST -> output work. After that you mess around with your patches until you have some understanding of what they're capable of :P What samples do you have?"
Aug 15, 2016
Patrax replied to Patrax's discussion Sound quality versus songwriting
"So from reading all this, it is painfully obvious that i have no idea what i'm doing. I tried to import the Notion midis into Cubase and it all became a mess, the dynamics and stuff i've added to notes dont follow into the DAW. And while…"
Aug 15, 2016
Bob Porter replied to Patrax's discussion Sound quality versus songwriting
"H. S. In response to your earlier post: If it doesn't sound good in my notation software, I absolutely won't write it. Why? Chances of much of my music being played are slim and none. Although I write things that could be played, My goal…"
Aug 12, 2016
H. S. Teoh replied to Patrax's discussion Sound quality versus songwriting
"Yes, I know that's only the start. But the idea is reusability. If you need to perform tweak X on a group of 25 notes, you should be able to specify X once, and apply it to all 25 notes (or better yet, an unlimited number of notes thereafter)…"
Aug 12, 2016
Greg Brus replied to Patrax's discussion Sound quality versus songwriting
"Unfortunately, that's barely the start of what needs doing before it all sounds good :P Oh, and of course this should all be presented up-front and not hidden. Except you can't have everything up-front. Good notation programs do a LOT of…"
Aug 12, 2016
H. S. Teoh replied to Patrax's discussion Sound quality versus songwriting
"No. I'm saying that the computer automate the tedious work, and the human direct how the computer does it so that the correct results are produced. Integrating everything into the same program means you can freely switch between the notation…"
Aug 12, 2016
Greg Brus replied to Patrax's discussion Sound quality versus songwriting
"That's what we do when we use two separate pieces of software, us humans working as the intermediate layer. You're asking for AI that's at least as good as a composer who's competent both with notation and with a DAW. A bit of a…"
Aug 12, 2016
H. S. Teoh replied to Patrax's discussion Sound quality versus songwriting
"I agree that Beethoven had the experience to draw from. Still, one can't help but gape in awe at the fact that he could still compose those masterpieces even after he had gone completely deaf. I suspect most of us here would be utterly lost as…"
Aug 12, 2016
Greg Brus replied to Patrax's discussion Sound quality versus songwriting
"To be fair Beethoven didn't need to transcribe what he's imagining onto paper, he only had to choose one of the several hundred solutions (from actual existing pieces of music) he was already familiar with to do the job. Perks of having…"
Aug 12, 2016

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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Songs, Other
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Metal/Folk rock/Classical etc.
Is music your main income source?
No - Not at all.
Where do you live?
Sweden
About Me (Must include biographical information about you as a composer):
I've been writing melodies and toying with arrangements since 2010 but never professionally and not as much as i'd like to.

My absolute dream would be to have my name in the credits of a videogame or a film.
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https://soundcloud.com/silverfluff

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At 4:52pm on July 23, 2016, Larry Elliott said…

Greetings Patrax,

Your composition Shield has a nice feel to it. Keep up the good work. Thanks for sharing.

Very best,

Larry Elliott

At 11:55am on June 6, 2016, Tyler Hughes said…

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