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  • RickRudeRickRude Registered User regular
    I just bought my gf a keyboard for Christmas, now it's time to learn to play. Anyone know some good YouTube channels and websites? She's also interested in using it in a DAW, but that will come.latwr. it's a Yamaha prsew300

  • hemmelighthemmelight Registered User regular
    I'm fairly new to the piano as well, but I quite like the 'Pianote' YouTube channel for lessons.
    The instructors aren't obnoxious (so far) and everything is very clearly explained.

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  • RickRudeRickRude Registered User regular
    hemmelight wrote: »
    I'm fairly new to the piano as well, but I quite like the 'Pianote' YouTube channel for lessons.
    The instructors aren't obnoxious (so far) and everything is very clearly explained.

    Seemed like some decent basic lessons once I found the playlist for them. A random video came up after I left the room for some time and was watching something else and it seemed pretty good. Was on chords and showed how you can play the notes individually and make a song. Coming from playing guitar I really appreciated that because beinf able to do my own thing kept me learning

  • hemmelighthemmelight Registered User regular
    I've found many of the lessons really useful for explaining general music theory stuff that seemed really abstract to a guitar player.

    For example, the concept of chord inversions.
    On a guitar fretboard, it's really hard for me to visualise - but when they explained it on a piano it made perfect sense!

  • Ronin356Ronin356 Nowhere MORegistered User regular
    Still want to make a harry potter themed bluegrass band called Banjo and the deathly hallows.

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  • RothgarrRothgarr Registered User regular
    edited January 16
    metaghost wrote: »
    @Jeedan — Teledildonicss is my shit. Really great riff executed at a pleasing tempo to just zone out with. Reminds me a lot of Boris' Flood, but less "sludgey" I guess. The added synth accoutrement at the end has me imagining this transitioning into something like a spacey post-hardcore elaboration of that same riff, kinda similar to what Gloe have been trying to do for a few years:
    *video*

    I have another piece in my giant tapestry of cursed ambient "jazz":
    *soundcloud*
    This track is the starting point, hence the initial invocation, which was my attempt at taking inspiration from the classic Dolby theatrical opening, as well as doing my best to reference the opening to Coltrane's Ascension. One of the curious aspects of working in a pure digital environment is how you sometimes have to make compositional adjustments to accommodate unforeseen behaviors of the DWS. In this case, every attempt at exporting this track kept coming out broken because some aspect of the exporter required a bit of "start-up" in order to recognize various automation tracks; as such, the track fades in on some reverse reverb in order to properly trigger all the automation present in the track.
    The actual body of the song isn't quite finished, as I'm constantly fiddling with how the songs intersect, but I thought I'd post this to try and get some feedback. Previous listeners have described it as "too slow", "fucking awful", and "why is the piano out of tune?".
    As with the previously posted track (Edge of an Ocean), a lot of this music I've been working on for 2+ years is developing out of experiments with treated piano and learning how to use some of the fancy vocal synths introduced in Reason 10. That said, it is "conceptually" grounded in recurring dreams I had after my dad died, all of which offered some variation of walking along a beach and watching him drown; so much of it is mournful, melancholic, dirgelike and the structural ebb & flow and slightly chaotic harmonic expression are reflections of those dreams.

    Just wanted to say I really enjoyed that.

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  • RothgarrRothgarr Registered User regular
    Haven't recorded anything in well over a year, was able to make some time in December to record this.

    I actually wrote this song back in 1983, so I guess I was around 14. I originally recorded a simplified version on a crappy 4 track Tascam, but that what was available at the time. This re-record I did in Reason. One of these days I'd like to seriously learn how to do proper mixing, mastering, and compression. In the meantime, this is the result:



    Hope you like it.

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  • RothgarrRothgarr Registered User regular
    Re-recorded another sing I originally wrote around 30 years ago. This song actually appeared in a Tetris clone called Tetris Max in the early 90s. It enjoyed some success before the Tetris company (or whomever owned the rights to Tetris) shut down the game.

    Anyway, here's the new version of the song, I hope you like it.

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  • metaghostmetaghost Registered User regular
    This is a thing I composed after spending a vacation with my brother and his family. It's inspired by the way his three young daughters would breathlessly tell competing accounts of who got up to what mischief each morning as I made my coffee, often interrupting one another with "and then..."

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  • RothgarrRothgarr Registered User regular
    metaghost wrote: »
    This is a thing I composed after spending a vacation with my brother and his family. It's inspired by the way his three young daughters would breathlessly tell competing accounts of who got up to what mischief each morning as I made my coffee, often interrupting one another with "and then..."


    That was really cool!

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  • RothgarrRothgarr Registered User regular
    Posted a new song/video. Another synthwave style song. Hope you guys like it.

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  • SolventSolvent Econ-artist กรุงเทพมหานครRegistered User regular
    Nothing to share right now, but commentary.

    Last year around July I felt I was making really good progress towards songs that would make for another release. But at the time my family was still out of the country, so I had the time.

    I think now I am finally organising myself to spend some time on music again and I have gone back to look at my unfinished work. I have two songs that are pretty much finished, that I like. But the rest are really just sketches, and now that I've lost all sense of where they were supposed to go, I don't think I can resurrect them. I still like the sound and the idea of them, but I sit in front of them and have no idea how to propel them forward.

    That, and also in the meantime I have still been reading about making music if not actually doing so, and I have set up a new template that is far more organised than my previous efforts. So I think I will be better off just starting again, trying to get three or so new songs to add to the two finished, rather than stumbling around trying to reconnect with these 9-month old ideas. Or older, actually, since some are tracks that I wanted to put on my May of last year release, but didn't finish in time.

    I don't know where he got the scorpions, or how he got them into my mattress.

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  • RothgarrRothgarr Registered User regular
    Solvent wrote: »
    Nothing to share right now, but commentary.

    Last year around July I felt I was making really good progress towards songs that would make for another release. But at the time my family was still out of the country, so I had the time.

    I think now I am finally organising myself to spend some time on music again and I have gone back to look at my unfinished work. I have two songs that are pretty much finished, that I like. But the rest are really just sketches, and now that I've lost all sense of where they were supposed to go, I don't think I can resurrect them. I still like the sound and the idea of them, but I sit in front of them and have no idea how to propel them forward.

    That, and also in the meantime I have still been reading about making music if not actually doing so, and I have set up a new template that is far more organised than my previous efforts. So I think I will be better off just starting again, trying to get three or so new songs to add to the two finished, rather than stumbling around trying to reconnect with these 9-month old ideas. Or older, actually, since some are tracks that I wanted to put on my May of last year release, but didn't finish in time.

    I can totally relate.

    Time is one of the most difficult things to come by. And I, too, have many ideas that I recorded (some almost finished), but I find if I let them sit then I forget about them, or fall out of love with them, or like you said can't figure out where to go with it. I've got four songs that are almost done and I feel like I should power through and finish them before they fall under that category.

    My biggest struggle is mastering and overall polish. I do mostly synthwave, and I feel like other songs just sound "fuller", even with less things going on. Almost like their sounds are all "doubled". Or like their stereo separation is much wider. To make it worse, I find the process of mastering so boring -- I just love to write music. I've tried some online mastering tools, like eMastered, and L&R, but I find I can get similar results just by pushing the master volume.

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  • JeedanJeedan Registered User regular
    I made a synth jam with a volca bass, posted it to a discord server I'm in and someone added drums to it

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  • metaghostmetaghost Registered User regular
    I listened to your tune and tried hacking some machines, but got too moody and couldn't hit the buttons right. At all.

    Kept thinking you were about to bust out a noisey guitar solo or some such, like an Adrien Belew styled sheets of skree and feedback. But maybe that just inhibits the hacking even more?

  • RothgarrRothgarr Registered User regular
    edited July 9
    Jeedan wrote: »
    I made a synth jam with a volca bass, posted it to a discord server I'm in and someone added drums to it

    * cool song *

    That was cool. I've always thought about trying something like that (collaborating with people I dont know online). What do you do, upload lossless format?

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  • RothgarrRothgarr Registered User regular
    Briefly stepped out of my synthwave kick to come up with this. More like 80s Erasure-esque pop song:

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  • metaghostmetaghost Registered User regular
    @Rothgarr — This is mostly a comment in relation to some things you said above about Mastering, which is that frankly I don't think I've ever thought anything you've posted has been lacking in terms of engineering, they're always very crisp and present. That said, if you aren't doing so already, take some time developing a mastering effects chain that you can just plop into projects and tweak a little — reduce a bit of the tedium and you might find yourself more willing to give that extra effort to achieve some other level of fidelity.

    Stereo Wideners and Harmonic Exciters can do a lot for increasing that sense of "fullness", but I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of the material you're referencing is a combination of "originally recorded to tape via NEVE console" and "remastered at the dawn of digital by some of the world's best engineers".

    Rothgarr
  • RothgarrRothgarr Registered User regular
    edited July 10
    metaghost wrote: »
    @Rothgarr — This is mostly a comment in relation to some things you said above about Mastering, which is that frankly I don't think I've ever thought anything you've posted has been lacking in terms of engineering, they're always very crisp and present. That said, if you aren't doing so already, take some time developing a mastering effects chain that you can just plop into projects and tweak a little — reduce a bit of the tedium and you might find yourself more willing to give that extra effort to achieve some other level of fidelity.

    Stereo Wideners and Harmonic Exciters can do a lot for increasing that sense of "fullness", but I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of the material you're referencing is a combination of "originally recorded to tape via NEVE console" and "remastered at the dawn of digital by some of the world's best engineers".

    Thanks for the awesome advice! I know I can save templates that show up when I create a new song, so maybe I can do that with effects. I think I also need to learn what terms like "side-chaining" and other things mean.

    In the meantime, I was able to get some fullness by using two effects (not at the same time):
    - https://www.reasonstudios.com/shop/rack-extension/polar/
    - https://www.reasonstudios.com/en/reason/effects/quartet

    But still not able to get stuff as "full" as I'd like (nothing close like in the demos for the two devices above)

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  • metaghostmetaghost Registered User regular
    Rothgarr wrote: »
    Thanks for the awesome advice! I know I can save templates that show up when I create a new song, so maybe I can do that with effects. I think I also need to learn what terms like "side-chaining" and other things mean.)

    Yeah, I just have a combinator connected at the Master output level, into which I have my Mastering setup built. You can certainly get even more expansive in terms of song templates in Reason, but that's just my fundamental "new song" setup.

    And yeah, certainly for your genre of work, learning about side-chaining should be a boon to really enhance the drive of the backbeat.

  • metaghostmetaghost Registered User regular
    As I work in a very piecemeal manner, here is the interlude of sorts that appends one of the other things I posted; these shorter segments represent the turns in which a recursive dream would suddenly become a nightmare, often jarring me awake, so they end somewhat abruptly and exhaustively.



    As it pertains to some of the above discussion of mastering, I spent a good chunk of time this week resolving some issues with competing reverb impulses in the project managing this and other songs. In the process I took some time to better understand the "wiring" of the Reason mixing board and find more economical solutions to the mix. I think I'm much happier with the results in terms of aural balance and the punch of the bass, though I'm not wholly satisfied with some of the percussion, but that's more a compositional matter.

    Rothgarr
  • RothgarrRothgarr Registered User regular
    metaghost wrote: »
    As I work in a very piecemeal manner, here is the interlude of sorts that appends one of the other things I posted; these shorter segments represent the turns in which a recursive dream would suddenly become a nightmare, often jarring me awake, so they end somewhat abruptly and exhaustively.



    As it pertains to some of the above discussion of mastering, I spent a good chunk of time this week resolving some issues with competing reverb impulses in the project managing this and other songs. In the process I took some time to better understand the "wiring" of the Reason mixing board and find more economical solutions to the mix. I think I'm much happier with the results in terms of aural balance and the punch of the bass, though I'm not wholly satisfied with some of the percussion, but that's more a compositional matter.

    Oh wow that just sounds so good! The stereo is so wide and I'd have a really hard time getting bass to stand out that much without it making my car speakers explode. Nice!

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