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  1. I do not produce music that is in your stylistic...

    I do not produce music that is in your stylistic range, but there are a couple of ways compressors can be used that should translate.

    In terms of bass, the compressor really helps even it out (as...
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    The best thing to do is find a way to make your...

    The best thing to do is find a way to make your own samples. If you have access to a drum kit, or even just a high hat or a snare, experiment away until you find the sounds you need. This gives you...
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    He's just kidding coach. The only thing I would...

    He's just kidding coach. The only thing I would say that hasn't been mentioned is bussing all of your individual tracks into a dry drum buss, which you can then send to a second bus with a reverb. I...
  4. Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro are my pair. They are...

    Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro are my pair. They are closed, the open backed ones are a bit pricier but these work great.
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    element from waves sounds great and is easy to...

    element from waves sounds great and is easy to use. I got it for 40 bucks and I use it all the time. New it is 200, but Waves has sales all the time so I would keep an eye out for that one if you're...
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    Chopin, I'm glad so many people agree. Debussy as...

    Chopin, I'm glad so many people agree. Debussy as well. Beethoven obviously, you gotta give the man credit where it's due. Messiaen.
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    Your "Secret Weapon" Plug

    I've been producing for a couple of years now, and I've found a good batch of plug-ins that get me where I need to go without being too pricey (thank god for Waves and their sales, right?)....
  8. I have no choice but to use headphones, and this...

    I have no choice but to use headphones, and this price combined with the reviews I found made it a low risk purchase. I will get back to you when I use it thanks for the heads up!
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    For my style of music quantizing is out of the...

    For my style of music quantizing is out of the question. My groove is at the heart of everything I do. I know it works for some forms of dance music though, it's just not my bag.
  10. For melodies I am a big fan of turning a recorder...

    For melodies I am a big fan of turning a recorder of some kind on and just improvising using vowel sounds and random words. The most important part of a melody (to me) is the phrasing, and natural...
  11. Let it grow organically is my 2 cents. Don't...

    Let it grow organically is my 2 cents. Don't force anything, it's not like you have a label breathing down your neck. If you have developed your own style and feel it represents you as a musical...
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    Are you saying you have been playing a live kit,...

    Are you saying you have been playing a live kit, or have been using a trigger pad to play MIDI samples? If you are playing a kit, then that is always going to have the potential for much more energy...
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    Whatever line contains the heart of the groove,...

    Whatever line contains the heart of the groove, usually either guitar, hi hat, bass or a synth figure if that is the type of track. No set process.
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    It helps to sing or hum melodies when writing...

    It helps to sing or hum melodies when writing them. The voice is the most pliable instrument for us since, unless you are trying to record a perfect vocal, you know how to use it without practice....
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    Oh gotcha. Well remember there are no rules past...

    Oh gotcha. Well remember there are no rules past what sounds right to your ears, so there is no black-and-white right or wrong here. However, if you play certain chord tones, specifically the VII of...
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    If it is a melody then I would avoid using the...

    If it is a melody then I would avoid using the tonic notes, as that is just kind of blah and the bass would probably be playing it anyway. The favorite for me would probably be the 3rd or 5th...
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    Add more dynamics, breaks and sonic dimension...

    Add more dynamics, breaks and sonic dimension (height = volume, width = pan, depth = verb in really basic terms) for a start. Also there are some great specific plugins that have helped me a lot in...
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    I make music for different purposes and I like to...

    I make music for different purposes and I like to approach it very differently depending on what I am working on. For my songwriter stuff I always start by getting my tempo for a new song. This is...
  19. Thread: Theory?

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    Yea man the themes in those Square Enix RPG...

    Yea man the themes in those Square Enix RPG games, particularly Final Fantasy VII for me, still hit me pretty deep. That melodic minor thing in the caves still makes me kind of want to cry lol.
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    Yea they had some great end-of-the-year deals I'm...

    Yea they had some great end-of-the-year deals I'm not sure if they are still going on though. 10 band EQ for 9 bucks felt pretty good. 1 free band haha. Thanks for the tips on the Compressor I will...
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