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Help for a beginner?

Postby CrimsonEpilogue » 04 Sep 2011 12:57

Greetings, everypony, I have recently decided to start making music, after realizing my uncle and grandfather already have most of the materials for it. They both have the DAWs Reason, Pro Tools, and GarageBand. They both have MIDI keyboards, Is there anything else I should have, and any tips on where to start with songs?

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Re: Help for a beginner?

Postby Makkon » 04 Sep 2011 13:09

It's also good to have some good sound libraries. Otherwise, time to get started, bro! Show us what you come up with, and we'll do our best to help you out and offer feedback :]
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Re: Help for a beginner?

Postby Aussie » 04 Sep 2011 13:13

You have the most badass relatives, seriously.

Anyway, what genre do you plan on doing? We could probably help you more if we know. :lol:
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Re: Help for a beginner?

Postby CrimsonEpilogue » 04 Sep 2011 13:21

I kinda really like Trance, House, and Drum'N'Bass, and would like to make those kinds of music.
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Re: Help for a beginner?

Postby CrimsonEpilogue » 04 Sep 2011 13:24

Also, I forgot, they also have SampleTank 2.5
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Re: Help for a beginner?

Postby sci » 04 Sep 2011 15:11

my advice pretty much boils down to four things:
1. make music all the time. never stop.
2. try new things. try everything.
3. learn from others. Try to copy elements of songs you like and adapt it to your own style. (or, at this stage, build it into your style)
4. and have fun. that's important too. :)

but yeah pretty much just jump in and make music. That's the way to go.
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Re: Help for a beginner?

Postby PinkieGuy » 04 Sep 2011 17:17

My advice:

1) Listen to sci, he is right.
2) Don't be disheartened if you can't get the exact sound you want. This often leads to developing your own sounds, which are always more badass.
3) Samplepacks. Reason's drum samples are a bit wishwashy, but a quick google search can find a lot of free samples with much better sounds.
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Re: Help for a beginner?

Postby Aussie » 04 Sep 2011 17:20

PinkieGuy wrote:3) Samplepacks. Reason's drum samples are a bit wishwashy, but a quick google search can find a lot of free samples with much better sounds.


Oh yeah.

I put a mediafire download up of all the samples I use right now. You can try them out if you want!
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Re: Help for a beginner?

Postby CrimsonEpilogue » 04 Sep 2011 17:46

Thanks, everypony!
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Re: Help for a beginner?

Postby General Mumble » 05 Sep 2011 07:14

If you haven't already, you should add as many of us on Skype as possible, it would be very useful for you if you need to know something real quick.

I can't think of anyone here who wouldn't offer you help as soon as possible.

I think a lot of my music can be loosely described as house, and I'm starting to dabble in drum and bass, so I'd be happy to help you with anything. Apart from working with Reason, I haven't got a cluuueeee~
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Re: Help for a beginner?

Postby bartekko » 05 Sep 2011 07:56

Few more tips:
Experiment! : even if you don't have an idea for a song, mess around a bit with drum sequences, synths, whatever you use. Even if an idea is not the (classically) best one, it may prove to make a whole new genre, or at least song (dubstep wobble?, overdriving guitars?, vocoders?, sidechained bass?)

If you don't feel completely free using your DAW, try another one: It's been a while 'till I discovered my destiny, that is ableton.

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Re: Help for a beginner?

Postby CrimsonEpilogue » 05 Sep 2011 09:53

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Re: Help for a beginner?

Postby SwissArmyCheese » 05 Sep 2011 11:10

make music all the time. never stop.

Seriously, This is number one in my opinion on how to get started. I recently started also and doing this will help get you off the ground a shit-ton.

It seems everything else has been covered, but take time out of your day, however long you want and just dedicate it to practicing. You'll learn something new every time!

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Re: Help for a beginner?

Postby frkygp » 07 Sep 2011 17:16

is there also a collection of sound clips from the show? im really new and have no idea where to start
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Re: Help for a beginner?

Postby Aussie » 07 Sep 2011 17:25

frkygp wrote:is there also a collection of sound clips from the show? im really new and have no idea where to start


Kyrospawn has tons of quotes from the show available on his Youtube. If you download this and paste his channel into it, you can get ALL the quotes available so far, in mp3 format. ;)
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Re: Help for a beginner?

Postby frkygp » 07 Sep 2011 18:06

sweet will do. in the mean time is there also a pack of just other sounds and samples that no one should be without?
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Re: Help for a beginner?

Postby CrimsonEpilogue » 08 Sep 2011 17:25

frkygp wrote:is there also a pack of just other sounds and samples that no one should be without?


This.
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Re: Help for a beginner?

Postby frkygp » 08 Sep 2011 17:36

i think you forgot the link...
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Re: Help for a beginner?

Postby Aussie » 08 Sep 2011 17:38

frkygp wrote:i think you forgot the link...


"This" means he's agreeing with you. ;)

Also, no I don't think there is an essential pack thing for pony quotes.
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Re: Help for a beginner?

Postby CrimsonEpilogue » 08 Sep 2011 17:44

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Re: Help for a beginner?

Postby frkygp » 08 Sep 2011 17:55

Aussie wrote:
frkygp wrote:i think you forgot the link...


"This" means he's agreeing with you. ;)

Also, no I don't think there is an essential pack thing for pony quotes.


well not really pony quotes because i downloaded all the sound clips i could ever possibly need. im just talking about sounds in general. some really good drum packs or bass samples, stuff like that
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Re: Help for a beginner?

Postby Aussie » 08 Sep 2011 18:28

frkygp wrote:
Aussie wrote:
frkygp wrote:i think you forgot the link...


"This" means he's agreeing with you. ;)

Also, no I don't think there is an essential pack thing for pony quotes.


well not really pony quotes because i downloaded all the sound clips i could ever possibly need. im just talking about sounds in general. some really good drum packs or bass samples, stuff like that


Oh, my bad! Yeah, those are probably around. Somewhere. Don't know where though.
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Re: Help for a beginner?

Postby frkygp » 08 Sep 2011 18:38

Aussie wrote:
Oh, my bad! Yeah, those are probably around. Somewhere. Don't know where though.


awesome, i will start looking... somewhere
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Re: Help for a beginner?

Postby Dave! » 11 Sep 2011 15:56

Hey man, i can sort you out with some samples. I run a subreddit called "Sample hunters" where you can ask and request for samples

http://reddit.com/r/samplehunters

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Re: Help for a beginner?

Postby CrimsonEpilogue » 11 Sep 2011 16:03

Cool. Thanks.
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