Hey cyprusx, try this old school hip hop track. Is really chill out. You can very easily loop it if you need longer version, or I can extended for you and upload it on AJ.http://audiojungle.net/item/smooth-and-sexy/2779329
Thanks for listening and cheers!
thank you on your detailed post. It is very nice from you to write all these things. This is great moment when people get talking about their experience in composing and producing process. On that way we learn a lot from each others and I think that is biggest value of this forum.
But basically its about trying .. and trying .. and trying I guess .. or do you exactly know how to use all of these buttons? For me this seems like it is a whole science for itself.
I wold rather say practice and practice and practice. I know what one compressor, EQ, delay reverb… do to my tracks. If I have some new plug in with some option that I do not know how it manipulates with sound I always found out before start to using it. But at the end, most important is to listen. If it sounds good, it sounds good…
Maybe you should find some books online, or video tutorials about mixing and mastering. My advice is to start learning from beginning.
About your questions:
1. What I experienced with producing orchestral music is that good arrangement is a half of work. If you make good arrangement, you will use less EQ in mix and believe me less is more in mix. For example think about double bass and tuba. If they play in same range, same notes, they will probably sound muddy in mix. Think about that wile you are composing your tracks. Also, think about where you are going to put low timpani in track, they also can make mud with another low instrument in mix…
When you EQ your tracks, you must really listen to what you are doing. EQ as much as instrument still sound natural. In my case I never boost, or cut more than 2 or 3 dB, except when I want to high pass some instrument.
2. Before you start mix, always export your midi tracks in WAV. That will save you CPU power in mix stadium and believe me you will need it. If some exported track clips, take gain down on that track and export it into wav again.
3. When I start to mix, I start from drums. For me, drums are the most important thing in mix, besides vocals. I like to compress and tight drums. When I finish with drums, I add rest of tracks in mix, producing them and in every moment watch not to harm drums in mix… So, always start with drums…
My 2 cents. I hope I helped.
I use pianoteq for piano. Small vst plugin with very good piano sound.
For strings I would recommended East West, Miroslav Philharmonik and Vienna. I often use East West, but I think to move on Miroslav Philharmonik, because East West samples have tones of reverb that I can not absolutely reduce.
“Catch me if you can” – http://audiojungle.net/item/catch-me-if-you-can/589087
Little bit of cartoon music style.
Here is some rock songs from me.
1. Just Extreme – http://audiojungle.net/item/just-extreme/5113890
2.Triplet Rock – http://audiojungle.net/item/triplet-rock/4744534
3.Time for Action – http://audiojungle.net/item/time-for-action/2746359
I hope you like them.
Listen to find minor third. xD
In moment when I feel tired of music, I simply do a break for few days or week. After that, I have a lot more inspiration and energy for making music. Otherwise, music would become sort of obligation for me and that is something that I don’t want.