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  1. 5 points
    I agree that samples can be a foundation for creativity but it's a shame that this is not the way it's being taught to many producers. Samples used as is has become the accepted norm of how music is created. Many tutorials today involve little more than "I happen to have the right samples sat in this folder, and they all happen to just sit together nicely". This combined with equipment cheap enough for anyone to create music has resulted in an explosion of consumers calling themselves producers because they can glue a bunch of automatically time-stretched samples together. The problem is that they also bring a consumer attitude with them. A professional invests in his tools, he learns them inside out and understands you pay for quality. A consumer jumps from one shiny new toy to the next but with this attitude, it's a difficult hobby to maintain so everything should be cheap. If it isn't, it's a rip-off, over-priced garbage that should be cracked or downloaded and given to everyone for free or it should be permanently discounted because the price is "ridiculous". There are countless plug-ins being released for £50 or less that are nothing more than repackaged enhancers and expanders, or a compressor and a waveshaper - just repacked into a pretty looking interface with a single parameter that will add "magic" to your mix. One company (who will remain nameless) was recently accused of taking distortion and compression code from a DAW and repacking it with a fancy new interface. I recently received an email from what I considered a respected company selling another visual aid tool revealing the dynamics and various other levels in my mix. The sell is a video is of a very well-known artist sitting in his studio stating that "mixing is becoming increasingly difficult, so we need these tools". Mixing is no more difficult now than it was 20 years ago. With all the automation and tools we have it's easier - provided you have trained ears. But consumers don't take the time to train, they want it now. The focus moves from our ears to our eyes. Can't get a release? Start your own label and release it. You have the sonically deaf releasing records from sonically deaf artists. Can't produce great music? Write any old shit because some hack journalist/blogger wants to get his name down in history so he'll label it as future emo claptrap trip-hop. Sample dragging neanderthals masquerading as producers offer advice on forums and facebook groups based on an incomplete or partial understanding of engineering topics, and then take offence and argue when you attempt to educate them properly. YouTube "producers" act like idiots to hide their limited knowledge to entertain "producers" with the attention span of a 3-year-old. Ableton is the number one DAW for EDM for a reason and it's not because of its PDC. The result? The entire dance music industry becomes watered down and just plain fucking dumb. Consumers don't want to invest in training so Youtube has become an educational platform. Students learn misguided dogmas and spread that like a virus on YouTube. Companies appear offering half-baked advice to turn a profit and consumers then expect the professionals to offer better for less, manufacturers dedicate less time into development to save costs so they can market plug-ins to consumers for higher profits. And at the end of that chain, the music ultimately suffers. I used to argue with rock music musicians for making outrageous claims that electronic music producers are just button pushers. I'm not sure I can argue it any more. Yes, there is still some great stuff being created, but it's appearing far, far less often and it's increasingly difficult to find amongst the utter shit surrounding it. /rant over
  2. 3 points
    Try not to think of sample CDs as only drag and drop tools. Yes that's one way, and a boring and uncreative way as you suggested, but it is not the only way to use them. Insert a sample into your mix, but then process that sample with EQ, FX etc until it sounds dissimilar or nothing like the original sample. Then the sound will be your own. No one on the planet will have that exact sound you just created, even though u used a sample CD that many people would own. You could also layer your samples with other samples, or with a drum synth, to turn the samples into your own creation. Even if you record your own samples, you will still have to process it in order for it to work with your mix. Very rarely will you insert a sample into your mix (whether it be your own or someone else's) and then just leave it as is. Also, all art/science forms, including music, are derivatives of past work. That's how we expand our knowledge and creativity. For example, if you choose to write a trance track, you must borrow at least some techniques from past work in order to create your own trance track. But you may try to do some things differently in order to create your own sub genera. However, you would never write a track using 100% new techniques without using any of what we've previously discovered. Otherwise you would be there for years trying to work out how. Over time, everyone shares their ideas and knowledge, then we use that to create our own derivative work. That's how we expand our knowledge, creativity and technology as quickly as we do. For a real world example, think of the TV. Every year, companies continually refine the current technology and improve upon this, so that TVs become thinner, lighter, higher res, more colourful etc.... So essentially what companies like Sony and Samsung are doing are taking the current idea of a TV and then turning it into a better one the following year by adding some of their own ideas which lead to improvements. At no point in time do they just pull a completely new design from there arse and call it a TV. So think of sample CDs in that respect. You are building on the past work of others to create your own modern version of music in a more timely way. So i would argue that sample CDs (when used correctly) allow you to expand your creativity, rather than reduce it. Because you are being given sounds to work with that you could not have created otherwise. Just remember, as you rightfully say, to always make your work your own by changing the sample via processing, or layering with other samples or synthesisers. It's always more fulfilling that way and then you can always be satisfied that the work is your own Happy new year!
  3. 2 points
    I'm also sad to see this go. I have a fb account, but i haven't made a post for a few years now, and i'm not sure that it's about to change any time soon. It's just not my thing. That said, I'll always be supportive of whatever DMP decide to do and i do understand that it makes sense from a business perspective to do the move to fb in terms of the numbers. I'm sure there will be many more people who stay in the loop with DMP via fb than they do on here. However, i'm not yet convinced that the quality of interaction will be the same on fb. Forums encourage long, deep, and thoughtful interactions. When i look at fb posts, most are short and sweet in comparison, and do not go as deep. I think partly because the text window on fb is much more narrow and smaller, so it becomes difficult to read and interpret long texts. And i'm not yet convinced it will be as easy to navigate through in terms of searching for topics. But maybe i'm not the best person to be receiving feedback from because i'm not so active on fb i'm not really a fan to begin with. Anyway, give it a trial and see, i may be completely wrong For me personally, i don't expect to be anywhere near as active on fb as i am on here, if at all. Sorry guys. For me it's the whole privacy issue with fb. On the forum, other than the information i've provided (basically just where i live), my privacy is completely maintained. On fb, any posts are linked to my picture, name and friends. And any posts i make, to my understanding, are broadcast not just to the group but also to my friends as it is a public group. The barrier between public and private space is just too thin on fb for my liking. In saying that, i continue to wish the company success and will still be following along with the tutorials. Maybe i will soften up a little and start posting eventually. But i don't think it won't happen just yet. Thanks for hosting an amazing platform over many years, and particularly for the past 7 or so years which i've been a member. I've really got a lot out of it and have really enjoyed it. Hopefully we'll catch up again soon. All the best.
  4. 2 points
    Can you add live streaming for the rest of us living across the planet?
  5. 2 points
    At present we are looking at the app and how we will develop it in line with the new website.
  6. 2 points
    Join Rick in the latest course on Analytical Production Skills. These skills are vital if you are serious about a career in Music production.
  7. 2 points
    Okay, all wishing you a great creative new year and for the occasion I do wanna support the general philosophy here: fuckssamplecds! Record a hit and apply processing to make it all your own. Or use a drum synthesizer, maybe layer with your own hits. #dontsamplesurfandgetbored and when you are looking again into some marketing to make you buy the genre package remember you are setting aside your creativity One of the things I love about the tutorials is that these thoughts come back over and over again and I fully love the philosophy take time to sculpt yourself happy new year!
  8. 2 points
    I just wish to say thank you.
  9. 2 points
    This isn't really an accurate analogy. The student who made just one plate in three months did not make any attempts to put aside time to practise and learn the art. We're not saying that if you sit there and re-write the same song, that you will be better off. I don't think that will achieve much either. We are saying that if you take time out from your writing to practise and learn the technique without shortcut, as well as write music, then you will be better off in the long run. To use the analogy approach.... suppose two guys work in retail and both would like to make lots of money and then spend it. The first guy doesn't like thinking much. He just wants to get money as fast as possible so he can buy things asap. So he works overtime to make more money fast. The more i work, the more money i can make he says. The second guy however, decides he will take time out to learn how to make money in a smarter way. So he works his normal full time hours but no overtime, and studies with the rest of his free time. He learns that most rich people don't just have a job, but also invest in property, shares or run a successful business (which is fact by the way). He decides he will become a property investor. But obviously, you need money for that. So he spends years saving (but not spending). Meanwhile, the first guy feels he is making mega bucks working overtime at double time. he loves that he can buy more than the average bloke working in retail. He's happy because he can get it all now. So he keeps doing more and more overtime because hey, it clearly makes more money in a shorter time. So of course this is the best way forward he says. Several years later, the second guy, who is earning and spending money more slowly, now has enough money to start investing and buys his first property. But, he has to continue spending extra hours managing and developing his investment (and is still not making much money yet). Meanwhile, the first guy is starting to tire out and hates his life because all he does it work. He's had so much "practice" making money, but in the end, it hasn't got him very far because he hasn't practised the most optimal technique. 10 years later, the second guy, through his investments, is making much more money than the first because he put the time into learning how to do so. But, he is working less hours than the first, and achieving more. 20 years later, the guy who progressed more slowly at the beginning, only needs to work part time now because he has all this money coming in from investments. Meanwhile, the first guy who did not care to learn how to make a lot of money is still working round the clock, but is achieving no more now than he did 20 years ago. Slow and steady wins the race. And once again, this example shows that more input does not necessarily mean more output.
  10. 2 points
    Since it's later now...THANKS!
  11. 1 point
    Ah i just worked out the problem. It was a browser issue. Was using safari, then switched to firefox, and i can now see the post bar. Not the first time safari has done something weird like that...
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    Hi just to remind you all to read your Musical Musings newsletter. We launched a new competition today in it and the prize is awesome but you have to ensure you read the musical musings to win. Every week, I'm going to take a photo of a piece of kit from the DMP studio, can you guess what it is? Email me with the answer. The first person to get 10 right will win an hour one-to-one on Skype session with Rick. (My decision is final by the way!!) As its New Year and I feel kind, so I have decided that I will post the first image on here, then you are all able to join in. But the rest of the images will only be in the Musical Musings newsletter. So if you have not subscribed for it and you want to take part you need to sign up. Good luck everyone. Cheers Alexandra .
  14. 1 point
    I'm quite excited to watch this.
  15. 1 point
    Hi why do you feel I would attack your work? I ask out of interest. I am not a person that attacks peoples work. I am interested in how other people work and also their work ethics. I think we can all learn from each other and we should respect each others points of view. Peace also.
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    The bulk of my energy remains with music production for clients. The production services are taken on by my engineers - I only take the occasional job if it appeals to me. And royalties from books and teaching do not pay well, passion has to drive those.
  18. 1 point
    I couldn't of said it any better myself!
  19. 1 point
    It’s very easy for us to mistake input for output. Said differently, more work does not necessarily mean that we achieve more. It’s about working smarter not harder. re the gym: in my experience, going to the gym every day working hard by “practising lifting weights” while taking shortcut supplements (analogous to our situation here) turned out to be less effective than doing the research first, and then working out less with better techniques. I used to train 5-6 days a week and take all the protein powders and the other “shortcut” supplement rubbish that the industry sells. I was constantly told that if I didn’t have a post workout shake or if I didn’t take in session amino acids, I would not see results, and that I needed to keep training 5 days to get results. I did this and of course, just like you’re seeing now with your music, I got instant results. I put on weight and gained muscle. My best result was about 3kg in one month. But then I couldn’t maintain it. The gym took over my life because all I could think about was having the next shortcut protein shake and I would not eat normal meals at the time everyone else ate. And I always thought about eating when everyone else was full. In the end it had a negative effect. I also started going broke. I was literally spending hundreds on shortcut supplements. And I also had less time for friends because I had to make sure I was at the gym each day Sometime later, months after I stopped bothering with all this gym work and spending money, I decided to do some research and learn the science. I read academic articles and spoke with experienced researchers in the area, all of which had different opinions to the companies marketing the shortcut supplements (unsurprisingly). Instead of training 6 days, I trained 3 days a week, and at a lower intensity but with better technique. I then stopped taking shortcut supplements and just ate wholefoods to obtain my nutrition. In 1 month of working smarter (not harder) I put on 4.2kg of muscle. About 1 kg more than I ever achieved training twice as hard and taking shortcut supplements. So after putting in some effort to learn the science, I was actually able to achieve a better quality workout and I could do it in half the time with less effort. The moral of the story: yes you will achieve more in the short term with shortcuts, but in the long term you will be worse off. If you put in the effort to learn the science and art now, yes it may slow you down initially, but I guarantee you that you will eventually end up producing more tracks in a shorter time that are of a better quality, than you ever will sticking to shortcuts. So instead of needing to produce 10 tracks a month in order to obtain 1 or 2 tracks that are good quality, you may only need to produce 3 tracks a month to obtain 1 or 2 tracks that are good quality each month. The same principle applies to any art. And this has invariably been my experience in any area of life.
  20. 1 point
    I am perhaps bit biased to answer this, but I would say that mostly it's their fault. Here is my reasoning. Firstly if you are the one makes the calls, you should have understanding of how things work. If you don't understand how things work, then you should not be in that kind of position. Secondly if you are the hired gun, you are most likely because you can work in ok quality level, but most of all, you are not difficult person. Difficult in this case means, that you are not going to argue or question the requests that have been made. This mixing engineer that I was talking before, told me (when I wondered how much shit his going to take) that he never really dares to question these orders, because despite he has mixed hit records, he is scared that if gets reputation of being difficult, he will start to loose clients. I understand him very well. Thirdly. On my main job I am in a position where I can question these revision orders and be very open when I disagree with producers (well most of the time I can be quite open, not always), and for the last 4-5 years I have been very vocal (still trying to remain polite) about all these problems that exists. Despite of this, nothing has really chanced.
  21. 1 point
    I can't accept the idea that lots of small labels are dumbing-down the whole music industry, sorry but I simply can't. Still the big players are the ones that rule the things (marketing budgets, club nights etc). There may be some sales from lo-quality labels and some exposure from completely unknown DJ's but again, they're a very small part of the market. Beatport have more varied styles than ever. https://www.beatport.com/top-100 - you have the occasional 70s-80s sample snippet, techno is how we know it but more flavours, house music continues to evolve in a pleasant way, progressive house (GU & stuff) is holdig on quite good, tech house is shitty as we know it - it looks quite fine from my point of view. Fore sure, the big majority of songs are original productions. And when you flip to Traxsource there is even better selection to pick from. I remember having white labels with sample loops cut audibly too late or too early and beatmatching was a continous pitchbend. I remember overcompressed vinyl, I remember "boxy" kicks, music is really better now days. When you think best progressive was invented in the early 00s and discover in 2018 a song like Joseph Ashworth's Cascade (f. Run Rivers) [Anjuna] you realize that music got so good. Clubs closing? For example, please note how some genres (flavors of techno, tech-house and more recently the bigroom "edm") have a huge % of male-only attendance. You go to the venue then you leave saying that "music is shit" but in fact it was the lack of girls. A club that attract ladies will never go out of business (and it's not that they play shitty tech-house, but because tech-house is completely melodicless and ladies like some hint of melody - I may be sexist, but this is the reality). But then in UK you had a lot of real-estate "lobby" against clubs so that may play a big role also... PS for Alex: A pottery class teacher assigned a student to make a perfect plate in 3 months and another one to make 100 plates in 3 months. Unsurprinsinlgy the former student made a "meh" plate (although his intention was to make a perfect one) while the latter made more than one perfect plate (even though his intention was just to finish the hundred). Practice makes perfect. Always. If one can't get better with practice, I'm pretty sure no other method will provide better results and that person reached her limit.
  22. 1 point
    I’d agree that the majority of watered down music isn’t being produced by kids with the latest Nexus packs, it’s being produced by kids with a stolen copy of Ableton and a ton of stolen sample packs. We’re not talking about using a single hit sample in a creative way, we’re talking use of complete drum loops and complete basslines dragged around a DAW and glued together. And these are being released by small labels who are as deaf as the artists who create it. And regardless of the quality, they will always see streams and sales and signings. You have a 1,000 half-baked records signed to your label, you only have to sell one of each to some deaf DJ to turn a profit. And streaming will always occur regardless of the quality of the music. If I were paid for the amount of utter shite Apple Music and Spotify have streamed to me with their playlists, I'd be making more than the artists who produced them. And this is the problem, these kids do want to release half-baked songs because they’re not interested in producing quality music, they’re interested in the attention. It’s the current vogue to be a “producer”, it’s cool to say you’re a producer with releases. The quality doesn’t matter as long as someone, somewhere signs it - spend an hour on Beatport with an experienced ear and tell me that the quality hasn’t dropped significantly? A large percentage of is overly compressed, over processed, poorly effected noise. The big respected names are few and far between and do release quality material, but the majority is a sample spotters dream. Even Beatport are selling samples because they know that’s where the money is. And I would argue that everyone can and does judge the quality of dance music, and many are doing so with their wallets and lower attendance figures. Streaming and sales of electronic dance music are showing a decline, clubs devoted to electronic dance music are closing across the country. Complaints about its quality are on the increase and the public are becoming disillusioned.
  23. 1 point
    It's going to be a new year soon at my place so I decided I'll wish everyone a happy new year now because I probably won't have the time to do it afterwards and tomorrow my hangover will probably be too big to sit in font of my pc or my phone. I guess this comes with aging So I wish everyone the most successful, happiest and healthiest year of them all P.S I'm a bit intoxicated so please forgive my inability to type
  24. 1 point
    Happy new year all Thanks for all your discussions and contributions this year. I've learn't a lot. Look forward to many more this coming year.
  25. 1 point
    please do rant over what is PDC? luckily there are some that spend +10000 hours on developing their skills for us to enjoy and people have a tendency to find and share amazing things and luckily uncreative end results die out but music will always be here and skilled people as well so as you are doing, reaching out to those who want to deep dive, will potentially bring out more talent, push them further and ignite others to cherish this form of art happy new year and good luck with further growing the brand!
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    Hi, For almost six years I have been pressing buttons moving faders up and down with various presets on software synths . I purchased Sound Design Tutorial I do not use any of the synths included in the tutorial. I switched off the lights, closed windows then pressed play,. While i listened i was able to visualise my own Synths, then all started to become clear on how i should be approaching my own set up. I will be having a great Christmas and New Year, then i will be getting creative. Have a Fab Christmas and New Year. Chris There is a sound on a particular track which has been bugging me on how it was created for three years. I am only three quarters of the way through the first section....and i am getting it. so if anyone is stuck on creativity this is a must buy.
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