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    Music maker feeling very frustrated and wanting advice.

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    I've been making music since the summer so not a very long time and I am definitely a beginner but I am committed.

    ive made some songs with my shitty Mac, scarlet 2i4 interface, and my midi controller. When I started making music I used a cracked version of ableton live, I liked what I was making and wanted to take it serious and I've been using ableton lite for about 2 months now. My songs feel like they have been getting worse and worse, when I started my arrangements were decent but the composition and mixing were terrible. I've read Mike Seniors "mixing secrets" to give me a better idea on what I am getting into, but that did more confusing than I needed.

    i just want to make music I love, which will probably have elements of liquid or melodic dubstep. I'd rather not spent days googling it unless one of you awesome producers can give me some tips to really get started and on the right track.

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    Decima5

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    spend days googling it.
    then years trying it and failing.

    and you still won't be able to 'just make the music you love'
    lwj - local space music

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    Its a craft man. I'm only a few more months into this than you and think localspace hit it on the head. I've gotten significantly better but I'm still nowhere near where I want to be. Half the time I think I'm wasting my time and the other half I'm convincing myself if I put in the time I can get great. Its a grind. Develop good habits, ie work on production daily. Play with your DAW, set up track templates, organize your samples, sound design, tutorials, etc. Consistent activity will get you the results you want, no shortcuts. If you aren't putting a few hours in daily you will never get good. (although picking the brain of other producers is invaluable)

    Have you loaded any tracks you like into your DAW and studied them with a pen and paper 8-bars at a time? If not try that.
    Last edited by Trip Lykely; 10-24-2017 at 01:30 PM.
    6-ish months in and trying to find my sound, any and all feedback appreciated
    Latest - https://soundcloud.com/trip-lykely/knot-fukt/s-KWy2R

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    Yeah, there is no end point in mixing really. You keep on getting better your whole life and there aren't really a lot of shortcuts you can take. Just keep doing it and even while it might feel like you are standing still, it will push you forward.

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    Focus on composition and leave mixing alone.
    "Rap is only one end of a whole spectrum of verbal play and virtuosity. Rap is geared for aural pleasure." Rita Dove

    "Talent is pursued interest." Bob Ross

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    Focus on one thing at a time, before worry about the mix just worry about making a catchy melody and groove (no or minimal fx).

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    I wouldn't even bother mixing your tracks in the very beginning. Just set a goal for yourself - one a week or something, and try to stick to it. That's the best way to get to a track WORTH mixing!

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    All great advice ^^^^. There are no shortcuts. It is a life-long pursuit.

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    Its just practice man. it doesnt matter what equipment you have(For sure youll eventually get a better result) But its about putting those 10,000 hours, keep grinding

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    All great advice above. Have an intention before you start THEN figure out how to produce it in reality. Give yourself parameters for each project. Learn new compositional devices (one at a time) create projects that focus on that device - wether it be a chord progression, melody, time feel etc.. Theres probably less than 50 common chord progressions that EVERYONE uses, same with time feels. Google common chord progressions, pick one, write a tune, if it sux, thats fine. Pick another one and write a tune around that, once that one sufficiently sux - move on to next. Eventually things will start to click
    Listen to the music you love and the style you want write - listen to it A LOT. But listen with your head - not your heart. Ask yourself on an intellectual level "why is this so good? " how they do that?" a lot of people like sausage - not everybody can handle learning how its made. You gotta learn how its made. You have to suffer, get frustrated, maybe think its never gonna happen, and yet still soldier on. "Anything precious in this world requires great sacrifice"
    Good luck
    Last edited by sushi tuesdays; 12-11-2017 at 12:04 AM.

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