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post Jan 20 2016, 04:58 PM
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I've switched from Cubase to Reaper more or less now, at least trying. Here's another idea I recorded. It's nothing special guitar wise, but drums are pretty tricky to follow:

https://soundcloud.com/benjamin-storm-linnebjerg/idea-8


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post Jan 21 2016, 06:34 AM
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Also, today I rediscovered a band I haven't listened to since 2006. Adagio:



Do you know them?

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mmm I don't think so... maybe I've heard about their existence but I've never been into their music. Symphonic progressive?



You've made me think in my old progressive days... these are some cool not very popular bands that I've used to hear. I think that I'm talking about 2000 year.









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post Jan 25 2016, 02:21 PM
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Little change in mix and sound, as well as an added guitar layer. Is it better or worse?

https://soundcloud.com/benjamin-storm-linnebjerg/idea-1-revisted

I have no idea what I'm doing with the mix or anything, just trying out things.


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It's not worse. I think that the main problem is lower frequencies, mostly bass and kick. You need to adjust this range to find a place for each instrument. I would start with the bass (check some youtube videos on how to equalize and compress bass).

I also think that both kick and bass are loud in the mix.



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Thanks. I will try and look for it.

I started using Reaper, and I'm struggling with some things in it that I'm used to from Cubase which I don't know how to do in Reaper.


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Thanks. I will try and look for it.

I started using Reaper, and I'm struggling with some things in it that I'm used to from Cubase which I don't know how to do in Reaper.



Use google and youtube. Every question is answered there. That's how I learn about new software.


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I have one problem when mixing, even though my mixes hit 0 db or just below it sounds a lot lower than other artists songs on soundcloud or youtube. What is causing this?

https://soundcloud.com/benjamin-storm-linnebjerg/idea-8

This is hitting -0.1 db in Reaper, but sounds low. Whyyyyy?


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I think that you need to compress more your mixes. That's what's done in mastering. In order to get louder mixes you can try a limiter in the output, or any kind of compressor. I usually use Izotope Ozone or PSP Vintage Warmer, but many people uses Waves L2, L3.

You need to know that louder doesn't mean better, in many cases the louder you let the mix the less quality you get, but nowadays standards are unfortunately very high.

You can check this video to do deeper about how to set things during mastering:





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I have not watched the video yet, but I've yet again tingled with some different settings:

https://soundcloud.com/benjamin-storm-linnebjerg/idea-1-better-mix


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yes, this sounds louder. Please check the video, or at least learn to use dynamics processors to make mixes sound louder.

I recommend trying this one, there is a demo version:

http://www.pspaudioware.com/plugins/dynami...vintagewarmer2/


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Not an exercise in good sound, as this is not mixed (very well at all), but this is just a raw idea instead and an exercise in trying to create more full length stuff:

https://soundcloud.com/benjamin-storm-linnebjerg/the-killing-hand-inspired-idea


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Hi Cael, this idea sounds fresh for me. I think that here you have a good little "window" that lets me see your own style. It keeps your influences but it doesn't sound like a band, it sounds like Cael. I recommend you keep on exploring on this direction. smile.gif


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Thanks, Gabriel. I'll see what I can come up with to add to the idea.


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I'll be waiting for the update. biggrin.gif


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Today I have talked with a guy from a place I visit a few times a week. Sort of a community place with music and other activities. I talk to him weekly on a personal basis. And we talked about creating music today and how I could improve upon my writing progress. He doesn't play music himself, but is good at talking and giving advice.

Maybe you have some input as well.

We talked about that I should be less critical of my ideas and put everything out there for people to listen and comment on, like I sometimes do with you, but more openly to people. So I have to share the stuff I record on Facebook, Ultimate-Guitar, on here and so on for people to give constructive feedback.

I'm often overly critical of the things I come up with and don't work on an idea anymore if I think it sounds bad after 2 times of listening to it. Then I don't save it. This means that instead of having maybe 100 ideas in my library, I have 10. I need to change my mindset.

And I need to create more full length stuff and get into a flow of writing stuff that fits together, that moves on to other parts.

So we also set a deadline, that I must create and share something with people before next Thursday (the 25th, I think?).

What is your input and advice? I know we've worked on this before, but I kinda want to try again now, and maybe you have some advice or another way of going about it smile.gif


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GREAT post. smile.gif


I agree with everything your friend said. I've seen many guitarists/musicians becoming better and building a career in this way. It seems that the most difficult part for an artist is to make the first step. We want that first step to be a masterpiece, and I believe that's an error. We learn by releasing material, sharing it, seeing/reading other people's opinion and also knowing our opinion of our work but with the pass of time.

The advantages of starting with this idea right now are:

- motivation
- learning
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- connecting with musicians
- building your fanbase
- etc, etc, etc

I'm trying to think on disadvantages and I can't find any....



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I'm going to start recording this tomorrow:

Also, for better presentation, I'm thinking about making a video as well smile.gif

EDIT: I just reuploaded the file, but haven't checked for errors, so there might be some, checking now, maybe I'll make it before you get to this thread smile.gif

EDIT 2: Think I made it!

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