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And one more. By the way, we recorded the entire 10 song album in one take for $500. To say it's not the best quality and that there are some mistakes would be an understatement

 

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Did more music. Tried to go for a late 70s Cars sound.

 

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No one's posted in this thread for ages, so here goes:




None of these are technically new, but I was going through old bits and bobs I'd done as I want to start recording stuff again. The instagram one is quite poor quality as it's just recorded straight onto a (crap) phone.
 

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The first video from my band Kerosene’s forthcoming album, which is released on March 1st 2019.

 

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I know this thread isn't very active but here's two tracks I've put on Youtube for anybody who has a few minutes and wants to give inputs.


 

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Here's one of my attempts! It's a palindrome/ambiagram or whatever the word is for sound. I did this years ago when I was a heavy smoker of the herb.

Here's one I sketched out today, (no point listening after 1.46 it's just a loop) inspired by United's build up play and attack. It starts out kinda promising, but it's slow and ponderous and ultimately leads to nothing. Any advice on recording tips n technique and mixing/mastering would be appreciated. A lot of your lots work is fantastic!
 

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Come on lads, need some tips for recording/mixing. Had a little noodle this afternoon with a new lapsteel (never played one before today, and it shows! :lol: so buried it under a load of reverb) Kinda inspired by Khruangbin style of groove.


Will upgrading my soundcard make a difference? Using a Behringer U-Phoria UMC22 at the moment. Kinda has an MP3 quality to it. This one below was done years ago going straight of my preamp's headphone socket into the line input on my laptop and the quality and clarity seems so much better.

 

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inspired by United's build up play and attack. It starts out kinda promising, but it's slow and ponderous and ultimately leads to nothing
:lol: that must've been some pretty good herb.
 

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:lol: that must've been some pretty good herb.
An immense trip! :lol: Getting stoned when you have a bunch of effects and a guitar is one of the best things ever! Who cares what it sounds like, its about getting lost in the moment and feeeeeling....or at least thats my excuse! :lol:
 

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An immense trip! :lol: Getting stoned when you have a bunch of effects and a guitar is one of the best things ever! Who cares what it sounds like, its about getting lost in the moment and feeeeeling....or at least thats my excuse! :lol:
I liked it, and it really did capture the motion of our build up play. Kudos.
 

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Do you use any plugins with it? I don't use a Mac or iPad.
I just use the basic garage band app. And record my singing and limited guitar play on top. Beyond that I'll sometimes use a loop here and there to fill in the sound but I try to keep that to the mare minimum/mosy inconsequential sounds as it's borrowed, really.

To be honest, my set up is a bit average. iPad (not the most realistic sounding instruments set), no proper microphone, etc but my aim is to give as much life to my tunes. Looking forward to getting an iMac set up. Logic Pro used to be the best, not sure about now.
 

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I just use the basic garage band app. And record my singing and limited guitar play on top. Beyond that I'll sometimes use a loop here and there to fill in the sound but I try to keep that to the mare minimum/mosy inconsequential sounds as it's borrowed, really.

To be honest, my set up is a bit average. iPad (not the most realistic sounding instruments set), no proper microphone, etc but my aim is to give as much life to my tunes. Looking forward to getting an iMac set up. Logic Pro used to be the best, not sure about now.
Ah ok, cheers. Am trialling Pro Tools 12 and Mixcraft 9.0 at the mo. I'm relatively new to the DAW game as I mainly used hardware in the past but sold most of my gear a few years back. Wish I hadn't now. :(
 

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Ah ok, cheers. Am trialling Pro Tools 12 and Mixcraft 9.0 at the mo. I'm relatively new to the DAW game as I mainly used hardware in the past but sold most of my gear a few years back. Wish I hadn't now. :(
I imagine your hardware produced much more realistic and authentic sounds than any of this stuff. My garage band is fine, but even compared to logic on the Mac, the sounds are a little basic.
 
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I imagine your hardware produced much more realistic and authentic sounds than any of this stuff. My garage band is fine, but even compared to logic on the Mac, the sounds are a little basic.
Yeah, I had a Yamaha SY85 synth (which I've still got), the Korg NX5R and X5DR synth modules, Korg Triton Rack, Alesis DM5, Casio RZ-1and Roland TR707 drum machines, Akai S6000 sampler, Roland MC-80 sequencer and a few other bits and bobs. I stupidly sold the lot as I was so busy at the time. One of my biggest regrets. :mad: I'm gonna build up my studio again though. I'm just waiting for my audio interface to arrive but the Mixcraft 9.0 DAW seems pretty cool. I got 30-day trial use at the mo and I will wait to see how the SY85 works with it but it looks like I will be buying the full product.
 

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I'm going to try and turn some of my song ideas into actual songs at some point while we're not allowed to do anything else...I have literally thousands of (probably terrible) bits of songs.





This one's a cover so kind of cheating...
 

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Ah ok, cheers. Am trialling Pro Tools 12 and Mixcraft 9.0 at the mo. I'm relatively new to the DAW game as I mainly used hardware in the past but sold most of my gear a few years back. Wish I hadn't now. :(
Nice, I've been using Mixcraft since MX5 back when it was super basic. I imagine it pales in comparison to the power of Pro Tools, but it's just so easy to use. It's come a long way since version 5. MX9 was a huge upgrade from 8 too. Underrated DAW. I keep trying other ones, but I keep coming back to MX, it just makes the most sense to me. How are you finding it?
 

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Nice, I've been using Mixcraft since MX5 back when it was super basic. I imagine it pales in comparison to the power of Pro Tools, but it's just so easy to use. It's come a long way since version 5. MX9 was a huge upgrade from 8 too. Underrated DAW. I keep trying other ones, but I keep coming back to MX, it just makes the most sense to me. How are you finding it?
Yeah it's ok. I got nothing to compare it to as like I said I was always into the hardware with synths, sequencers, drum machines etc., so I'm just navigating the DAW world and just exploring at the moment. The only thing I don't like about it is that it is making me lazy so I'm looking at getting an Audio/MIDI interface to connect with my SY85. I can't get my head around Pro Tools. It's not very user friendly whereas MIxcraft is great. I've learnt so much already. I'm not sure what high end things Pro Tools does that Mixcraft can't. I'm not a professional producer by any means so it doesn't make sense to shell out hundreds on a top spec DAW. But you're right Mixcraft is pretty comprehensive and it's got plenty of good reviews. For the price I'll probably upgrade when my trial is up.
 

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Yeah it's ok. I got nothing to compare it to as like I said I was always into the hardware with synths, sequencers, drum machines etc., so I'm just navigating the DAW world and just exploring at the moment. The only thing I don't like about it is that it is making me lazy so I'm looking at getting an Audio/MIDI interface to connect with my SY85. I can't get my head around Pro Tools. It's not very user friendly whereas MIxcraft is great. I've learnt so much already. I'm not sure what high end things Pro Tools does that Mixcraft can't. I'm not a professional producer by any means so it doesn't make sense to shell out hundreds on a top spec DAW. But you're right Mixcraft is pretty comprehensive and it's got plenty of good reviews. For the price I'll probably upgrade when my trial is up.
Worth it IMO. Once you've got a foot in the door, when Mixcraft 10 comes out in a couple of years, you can upgrade for something like £20 which is pretty great. The upgrades are usually pretty huge too.
 

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Yeah it's ok. I got nothing to compare it to as like I said I was always into the hardware with synths, sequencers, drum machines etc., so I'm just navigating the DAW world and just exploring at the moment. The only thing I don't like about it is that it is making me lazy so I'm looking at getting an Audio/MIDI interface to connect with my SY85. I can't get my head around Pro Tools. It's not very user friendly whereas MIxcraft is great. I've learnt so much already. I'm not sure what high end things Pro Tools does that Mixcraft can't. I'm not a professional producer by any means so it doesn't make sense to shell out hundreds on a top spec DAW. But you're right Mixcraft is pretty comprehensive and it's got plenty of good reviews. For the price I'll probably upgrade when my trial is up.
I had a SY35 years ago when I was in a band. Tremendous keyboard. I just got back into it with a MOXF6 and it is taking time to get to grips with the thousands of things on there to play with. Got a Native Instruments Komplete Audio interface arriving any day and have some guitar vst programs all set.
 

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Worth it IMO. Once you've got a foot in the door, when Mixcraft 10 comes out in a couple of years, you can upgrade for something like £20 which is pretty great. The upgrades are usually pretty huge too.
Yeah I think I'm all in with Acoustica. It's on offer as well so I'd be stupid not to. Just need the other bits to go with it now. Been very impressed so far.

I had a SY35 years ago when I was in a band. Tremendous keyboard. I just got back into it with a MOXF6 and it is taking time to get to grips with the thousands of things on there to play with. Got a Native Instruments Komplete Audio interface arriving any day and have some guitar vst programs all set.
I've always loved Yamaha's gear. Over the years I've had the DX7/11/21, V50, TX81Z, RX7, RX11, QX5, MD8. I'm looking out for a cheap SY99 but nobody will part with those if they have any sense. I sold all my gear years ago but couldn't part with the SY85. What's the MOXF6 like?
 

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Yeah I think I'm all in with Acoustica. It's on offer as well so I'd be stupid not to. Just need the other bits to go with it now. Been very impressed so far.



I've always loved Yamaha's gear. Over the years I've had the DX7/11/21, V50, TX81Z, RX7, RX11, QX5, MD8. I'm looking out for a cheap SY99 but nobody will part with those if they have any sense. I sold all my gear years ago but couldn't part with the SY85. What's the MOXF6 like?
First impressions were what a sound and number of voices but also I found the menus difficult to navigate especially trying to load and save recorded samples or purchased voices onto it. I got there in the end but it took a few visits to youtube.

Now I am able to move all the voices I want into playlists I am super happy with it. You can split the keyboard up into different voices and do all the important stuff you need for playing live as well. The only criticism I would make is I don't think they key action is the same as when they made those 35s and from what I have read this is common across other companies. It doesn't bother me though and when you conisder I impulse bought it when I saw one locally going for £500 at 2 weeks old and including the flash memory I would make a profit on it were I to sell it.

I don't think I would sell it though as I still get a hankering for the old 35 and this can do so much more especially with a DAW.
 

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I use some free software, a microphone I got for half price in Maplin once and a 6 year old laptop...I should probably look into these things a bit more...


This is 4 years old but I just found it on said laptop.