Tuned Logic

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  1. This is very well done for a first-timer; I really like your arrangement of this. If you want to add something non-invasive, I would suggest a very soft synth pad, which would add atmosphere to the music without detracting from the strings. Also, some very light percussion might sound good ;) Oh, and maybe lower the strings' volume a tiny, tiny bit in comparison to the beginning of the song; they kind of startled me.

    Keep up the good work.

  2. I really like this; take out those few foul notes, though. :-P

    In Garageband, you can add the Compressor plugin to each track. When you do, however, that alone will not make the red lights go away (which mean that the track is above 0dB). Decibel (dB) ratings don't ALWAYS correspond to volume. For example, something could sound not so loud, but it can still peak (get the red lights b/c it's over 0dB). You have to watch the meters with your eyes.

    Anyway, when you add the compressor, most likely the volume of the track will increase, but so will the dB level. To counter this, you can also add a limiter. I know Logic's compressor has a built-in limiter, and I think there's an option for this in Garageband as well. It takes a lot of practice to the get the volume levels where you want them while also not peaking. If you can't get a sound loud enough, just lower the volume of everything else enough that everything balances out.

    Also, as long as the entire output is not peaking versus the individual tracks, it isn't as big of a deal regarding harming speakers, but your song can still clip, which means you'll get undesirable noises in your finished product.

    The best advice I can give you is to practice, practice, practice. Experience is the greatest asset you can have as an arranger/composer/whatever. Best of luck to you!

  3. This is strictly a WIP; it's nowhere near finished, but I want to gauge interest and see if I should finish this. I was working on it a while ago and recently added a bit to it. It's a remix of Chronopolis (an interesting take on an old Chrono Trigger fave) that currently has no remixes on this site, so I thought some might be interested. My mix is called Eternal Flux. Enjoy, and comments appreciated.


  4. I dunno what to call it but whatever the constant low bass is in the background just doesn't sound right. It's almost painful to my ears. Your versions 11 1 and 12 C sounded the best to me. Personally I like 11 1 better but I have both versions saved so I can listen to both ^_^

    I do feel that the bass in the background takes away from the rest of the song. It doesn't feel like it should be there.

    Hope that helps.

    Hmm I see. I didn't think there should be much bass in this either. I see it more as a world percussion type of song, and I didn't want to pronounce the bass, but then a couple of people on the WIP IRC said the drums weren't "there" enough. Any other opinions?

  5. I'm seriously on the brink of submission here, but can somebody please tell me if this is adequately mastered? I just plain stink at mastering, and I don't know if this is too tiring, too sharp, not bassy enough... I've listened to it so much that I no longer know what to think about it. I doubt I'll be going back to it again, so as long as it's adequately listenable, I'll sub it. Yes, I know it's too big; I'll trim down the bit rate. Thanks in advance.

    EDIT: Linkage: http://tindeck.com/listen/brhr

    By the way, if you think the previous version sounded better production-wise, let me know. Thanks!

  6. M-Audio Axiom 25?


    About 140 bucks there; no tax (unless NY) and free shipping. I have the 61 key version, and it's great! (Except for the buggy pitch bend wheel :?)

    EDIT: Oh, yeah, forgot about the Oxygen that the above poster suggested (I didn't think it had a mod wheel). That one is even cheaper.

    Double Edit: Just noticed you said you would prefer semi-weighted keys; Axiom 25 is semi-weighted.

  7. That depends if you want just a MIDI controller (it doesn't have any sound/speakers, but it triggers sound in audio software), or an actual keyboard with built-in sounds.

    For your price range, the M-Audio Keystation 49 (a MIDI controller) would probably do nicely.

    As far as software, that's all up to how much you want to spend. Many USB/Firewire audio interfaces come with "Lite" versions of their software (and the audio interface will replace your PC's soundcard).

    Give us some specifics, and I'll do my best to be more to the point.