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Discussion in 'Fix This MIX!' started by FanfarePSL, Nov 4, 2012.

  1. FanfarePSL

    FanfarePSL Active Member

    I'm trying my hand at making hiphop beats, but I don't have a huge array of techniques to utilize. So far I've come up with this: http://soundcloud.com/c-vac/beat-instrumental-preview/s-hZH3n

    I've noticed some problems, including the kick being too soft and the bass being so powerful I have to turn it down, creating a weak bass line. Overall it just doesn't have a very good sound. Can I get some people who know what they're doing to help me out?
  2. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    dead link
  3. FanfarePSL

    FanfarePSL Active Member

    try this: Beat Instrumental Preview by C-Vac on SoundCloud - Create, record and share your sounds for free
  4. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Guest

    Most of your sound is based upon the samples that are being utilized. This is not a bass drum track designed to kick butt. It's something like a Roland 808 sample? And that's not a bass drum. That's a synth. So it's not going to have that fresh brewed kick butt flavor. Otherwise, your beat track sounds pretty good.

    Are your drum samples just a MIDI file? And from what sample library is that MIDI file playing from? You should be able to separate your keyboard bass guitar from your drum tracks. Otherwise, it is what it is. This is why people use sophisticated software like Cue Base and sophisticated sample libraries. Not the little general MIDI gizmo program built into your operating system. That comes out just like what you have. Stereo and nothing else. No individual tracks.

    If this is the only MIDI sample library you have to use, and that little MIDI synthesizer can only make those sounds, that's much too much limited, to create anything professionally with. It's there for personal amusement and for kids to play with. Not intended for professional production purposes. For that you have to shell out some bucks. Because to make professional recordings, requires a professional investment, in professional software and professional sample libraries. And that's a healthy investment. Many of us have dropped tens of thousands of dollars just to make professional recordings. So what makes you think that your laptop, with its internal poopy internal $12 sound card and freebie midi samples should sound professional?? You're being a little unrealistic. It's for personal fun not professional release.

    Being able to run your samples and your timelines as separate instruments of a multitrack, recording, where all instruments are on separate channels. This would require, perhaps, multiple passes, with certain instruments enabled and others disabled to stick into your timelines. This requires internal MIDI synchronization. And then it's a laborious process. It's not drive-through for sure. Not that way. So with professional gear, you might be able to expect an actual multi-track MIDI recording of each instrument on its own channel/timeline track. This can still be done with just what you have but it is certainly more engineering and labor-intensive. It also requires that you have a good handle on your software and its integration with MIDI. And that doesn't necessarily come easily. We've all had to work for years that what we do to become the professionals we are today. Few of us just started doing this professionally. I'm one of those people. I was lucky and in the right place at the right time, in the right era. After making some of my own recordings for couple of years, I ended up as a production engineer for the largest recording studio south of New York City which was actually in Baltimore in the early 1970s. Nothing in Philadelphia even existed like this studio. And that's where George Massenburg also got his start. I mean for Christ's sake, they actually wanted to hire me at 16 to be their chief maintenance engineer. And while I was already good at that age, I told him that was much too much responsibility for a 16-year-old. I got hired the following year at 17 as a production engineer, remote recording engineer. Today it's not quite like that anymore except in certain areas of the country like Nashville. And a lot of the studios today won't even hire entry-level engineers. They just want freebie interns who might be enrolled in their own recording school. So it's not as easy to break into the business at a studio like it used to be. In fact it's damn near impossible today. So you either build your own, know someone who has one or help someone else build one. Then you might get a break? Otherwise you are currently playing with entry-level toys and that's the sound of entry-level toys. Great for the average kid that's just looking to have fun. A little limited when it comes to trying to produce professional product with that. Still possible just not easy. And no, equalization will not help your problem. In fact it will likely make it worse. Equalization is really there to enhance stuff rather than to try and correct stuff. It works well at correcting excessive low frequency energy with high pass filtering. It might be beneficial to pull out a little around 250-350 Hz on some instruments, like drums. And it's not necessarily appropriate to use equalization on everything. I like to get away with as little equalization as humanly possible. But when necessary, some of my equalization might go to the extreme? But that's generally a rare case unless one is trying to create an effect. Equalization can frequently be used to create that telephone like effect. Again though, that's an effect and not necessarily an enhancement. In fact it requires quite a bit of technique to get a great recording utilizing no equalization at all. Because this is where microphone selection and placement really matters most. It's just like putting the right lens on a camera to get a particular shot. You can't use a telephoto where you need a wide-angle and vice versa. I mean you can but what are the end results? The end results are usually not good. Because at that point, it's not a creation but a recovery.

    I think I'm fully recovered? At least from my brain surgery?
    Mx. Remy Ann David
  5. FanfarePSL

    FanfarePSL Active Member

    Well that's one way to put it. While your input is appreciated, I'm using a crappy DAW with crappy free synths because my budget is crappy. This makes my sound crappy. I have absolutely no experience with anything in the audio engineering field. Just looking for a place to start. The song that will be produced with the track is more or less a joke among my peers, so I'm not seeking a studio level production.

    I have a beat, I just want to know how to make it sound better lol.

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