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  1. Thread: Minor scales

    by Bezo
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    Depends what's going on with the harmony &...

    Depends what's going on with the harmony & melody.

    Harmonically, the major 7th of a scale is important as it tends to resolve to the tonic/root. The Harmonic Minor scale raises the 7th, and you...
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    Curious what instruments you have. Most of my...

    Curious what instruments you have. Most of my virtual instruments have SOME presets I like. I start with those & tweak to personalize. I use this method to learn the instrument until I can create...
  3. Your knowledge of music; what you've heard vs...

    Your knowledge of music; what you've heard vs what you're aiming for. And of course your knowledge of the sounds you have.

    And as you use sounds, label them to help identify more efficiently later.
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    Like Charade said, if it sounds good, it is....

    Like Charade said, if it sounds good, it is. Don't let diatonic tones trap you. Too many folks look at theory as a set of rules rather than simply language.

    That F is the major 3rd and should...
  5. Don't forget chords are also written. The chord...

    Don't forget chords are also written. The chord progression goes with the lyrics & melody as written parts.

    A "beat maker" is grouped with the musicians as either a performer, writer or both. And...
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    I would only go double time if it simplifies...

    I would only go double time if it simplifies something for you or you need more divisions than your sequencer can provide at the actual tempo. To expound on what krushing said, if you needed 128th...
  7. The producer is responsible for the overall sound...

    The producer is responsible for the overall sound of the song. The beat maker writes and/or plays the music.

    Think about it in a traditional sense, with bands. The band members (beat makers) write...
  8. Thread: Melody Writing

    by Bezo
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    Things I do: Hum something, then learn to play...

    Things I do:

    Hum something, then learn to play it as my imagination is more developed than my playing.
    Pick a scale and noodle.
    Start with arpeggios of chord sequence and add/subtract notes and...
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    If you haven't come across this yet, the...

    If you haven't come across this yet, the following page & site helped me.

    The Basics of Pop/R&B/Soul/Funk/Jazz Horn Arranging
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    For someone getting the hang of it, I agree. I...

    For someone getting the hang of it, I agree.

    I now forget where I got this from, but I always think of arrangements in 5 parts. I do stuff outside of Hip Hop, but I apply it to Hip Hop tracks...
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    To piggyback modalmo, add some focus to the...

    To piggyback modalmo, add some focus to the arrangement. Mixing & adding vocals will be easier if you pay attention to instrumentation & frequencies during the writing & arrangement stages (the...
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    My suggestion is to be able to do both. If you're...

    My suggestion is to be able to do both. If you're working with someone looking for something specific, you want the ability to deliver on that sound. Other times starting with no preconceived ideas...
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    Came to suggest the 2 already mentioned plus Vir2...

    Came to suggest the 2 already mentioned plus Vir2 Electri6ity. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) it comes as a bundle of 8 guitars.
  14. Nice track!

    Nice track!
  15. Sweet! Congrats!

    Sweet! Congrats!
  16. Intervals? Yes! Those are the keys to melody and...

    Intervals? Yes! Those are the keys to melody and will remove the guess work & trial and error when developing them.

    Perfect pitch? You can only develop this if you already have it. Most don't have...
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    I think it's better than a lot of similarly...

    I think it's better than a lot of similarly styled R&B. By that I mean synthy, new age R&B that may not have a single traditional instrument in the mix.

    But there have been some excellent R&B...
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    I am not sure of an official cutoff, but most...

    I am not sure of an official cutoff, but most folks refer to sub bass as 60Hz or so and below. From there up to about 250Hz is "regular" bass.
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    Rough mixes for presentation to artists. I...

    Rough mixes for presentation to artists. I wouldn't want something dismissed because my bass wasn't punching through, for example.
  20. Thread: DAW Battle!

    by Bezo
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    Poll: I used Pro Tools longer and liked it better for...

    I used Pro Tools longer and liked it better for mixing.

    I use Logic(voted for) now and like it better for the creative process.

    Not a DAW, but MPC 2.X was what I've been looking for until I...
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