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  1. What Garpocalypse said.

    Another thing to remember is that you can't compare yourself to others all the time. If you are a beginner comparing yourself to a pro who's put in countless hours to be good at their craft, you're only setting yourself up for failure. Comparisons are useful if you're looking at someone else's music thinking "What are they doing that I'm not? How did they achieve that sound?" Look at the art critically, don't just bash yourself.

    I used to feel the same way when hearing other people's music, to the point where I felt too intimidated to even start producing music. The only way I'll get good enough to remix songs as small as The World's Smallest Violin is if I keep making music, learn my software, and push my creative to the limit. Use the experience with your DAW to make cool remixes like the one you just linked!

  2. You should definitely learn basic theory (how to read music, playing scales, what makes a melody/harmony, etc). While it's not "required" if you're making music for fun, it will make the music-making process a lot easier. This link pretty much encompasses what you need to know aside from reading music. (Found this here on the forums and it's pretty awesome.)

    Apply the knowledge that you gain by dissecting songs you like/want to remix. (Hell, maybe even add stuff you learn to make the mix more stylish.) The more you make the music, the easier it'll the creating process will be. Theory will simply help guide you in the direction you'd want to take.

  3. Hey, everybody. I've been using GarageBand for upwards of ten years but I recently got Reason Essentials and would just like a little help or advice. I've messed around with it a bunch (especially the drum machine!) but I'm still lost on the finer points, and none of the tutorials I've watched online have been that helpful. If anyone knows a good set to watch, I'd love to know. The big thing that is thwarting me right now is I can't figure out how to dynamically change tempo, volume, or panning. If someone could impart that bit of knowledge to me, I'd really appreciate it.

    When it comes to changing tempo, volume and things of that nature, simply start recording and turn the knob (or for tempo, hit the up/down arrow). During the recording, a track will appear for the mixer. You can further edit the track when you're done recording. Hope that helps!

  4. I have a lot of hopes for the year, but I know myself and I probably won't see all my resolutions through lol So here are the main goals that I'm shooting for this year:

    -Becoming more flexible and getting back into parkour

    -Developing my arranging skills and start composing seriously

    -Playing all my instruments more (mostly piano)

    My goals are more music-oriented, but I want to get more active like I was before I started college.

  5. I'm hella excited for KHIII but a little nervous for the direction that the series is going after it. I'm ready for the Xehanort saga to come to a conclusion (I think we all are quite frankly), but what more could possibly come out of the series? I've forged so many relationships with these characters that a whole new batch of them would probably feel like a completely different game. I hope those feelings are unfounded :lol:

    I've been playing the HD Remix of 2.5. Currently playing through birth by sleep and I'd actually say it's my favorite of the KH games I've played. Beat Aqua's story, now halfway through Terra's.

    Birth By Sleep is also my favorite. Before that game, KHII was the only game I really loved in the series, but nothing hyped me up and made me fall in love with the series' overall story like Birth By Sleep.

  6. I don't know if you have a little knowledge of guitar or music theory but if so, use scales. Most, if not all, solos come from scales except there's obvious variation. If you don't know much theory, I would suggest that you at least get to know scales so that you can explore making solos. Eventually you'll end up something that works for the song you're working on.

    I definitely agree with Jonathon. You'll find loads of inspiration listening to solos you like. Imitating your favorite artists will help you find your own style for creating solos (and your overall music style).

  7. Oh okay, that was simply enough. And thanks for the list.

    Question about automating CC11, or I guess two questions.

    Is it just volume control? I read the thing timaeus linked to up above, which says it's a percentage of volume control (but it did not say which percentage).

    If so, and if I'm doing everything in FL, can I just automate the volume knob for a track in the step sequencer (edit: pattern editor?) and thereby accomplish whatever I would have done by automating CC11?

    Just making sure I get things right.

    You raise a really good question.

  8. (This question goes for any genre that's strings-heavy, but I figured focusing on orchestral makes it a bit more specific.)

    How does one generally go about makes a piece that sounds full, as if it was done by an actual orchestra? I don't know much about other DAWs but I know that in Reason, there are a lot of orchestral sounds to choose from. There are lot of them that have certain sections (such as an entire brass section) contained all in one; and there are others that are individual instruments.

    Would it make sense to simply use the sounds that have whole sections together and simply mix them to sound fuller, or would layering individual instruments and then mixing them be the way to go? I've been hesitant to use strings because I feel the final result won't have much depth to it.

    Hopefully what I'm asking makes sense, haha. If not, I'll try my best to further explain.

  9. Have you tried arranging? I find that arranging strengthens your ear (if you learn the song by ear) and gets you used to song structure and other elements that can be applied to your own compositions. When you get used to arranging songs, I would also suggest doing compos. Doing compos ensures that your arrangement gets done, and pushes you to do better each time.

    I'm also trying to learn more about production, so I'm stuck in the same boat as you. However, listening to music you like in a more active manner will help you understand more about it -- how the guitar is panned slightly to the right or how some beats from the kick will have reverb but others sound more compressed. When you get used to your DAW, definitely play around with mixing tools. Sometimes I watch videos of mixing/mastering, but they bore me to tears lol. It's more fun to hear what you're doing than having someone explain it to you in a monotone voice.

    Before anything though, start with arranging. You'll flow into composition easily once you can break down what happening in a song. I'm sure you'll learn more production the more you arrange/compose with your DAW, so have no fear!

  10. In terms of making my own music, anywhere ranging from a few months to a year. I made a goal/New Years resolution to make a certain amount of songs by the end of the year. That's the most consistent I've ever been with my musical journey, considering that I'm still not that great/don't have a lot of confidence in my skills and knowledge.

    In terms of other music stuff, I would anywhere ranging from a few weeks to a month. I like to play other people's arrangements to get better at the instruments I play as well as to have fun. I'm a music minor at my college and I'm the director for both the gospel and a capella sides of the singing club there (which involves arranging all the songs for the year), so I'm constantly doing music related stuff year-round.

  11. It's anime-style. I think it counts. A game, huh? Never have watched Legend of Korra but that could be interesting.
    I watched the first season of Korra and was pretty meh about it, but I never got around to watching the second. I keep meaning to give it a chance, since the first season's problems seemed to primarily be pacing issues resulting from the fact that it was unexpectedly extended from a miniseries to a full-length multi-season show, but I just haven't done it yet. Is there anywhere to (legally) stream it?

    Korra is def worth watching. The second season is way better than the first imo, and there are just too many cool things that you learn about the Avatar universe that will surprise you. My friend and I literally had a spiritual experience with the second season. The third season is already off to a cool start. I know Nickelodeon has full eps on their website, but I doubt they have every episode starting at season 1 ):

    What I did like is that they made things a tad bit more clear in Crystal compared to the original first episode.

    But hey, it's the first episode. There's a lot to go. Hahahaha

    Since the plot follows the manga more closely, the series is going to be radically different from the original anime. Example: There were a few filler eps in between Usagi discovering Sailor Mercury in the original; in the new anime, Sailor Mercury is discovered in next week's episode. So there's no need to fear when it comes to being too close to the original.

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