so I have been into some music production for a few weeks, and I feel like I am improving gradually. The problem I am having currently is layering synths.
If I listen to a track, I can sort of make out the different layers getting introduced, but if I then do something like that it sounds horrible. It becomes a big mess of sounds.
I would really appreciate some tutorials, guides or advice on what kind of sounds mix well together. I know lot of it is practice, listening for some time and trying new things out, but I feel like some help would do me good.
I sometimes try to compose/structure the song without sounds, but I fail to find great synths that match each other.
I currently don't mind either about using presets, even though I am trying to get into designing my own sounds. Currently I would just like to have a track that sounds good, whether it is my own sounds or not.
What helped you find out what sounds good together?
EDIT: Using Ableton Live 32-bit, learning Massive VSTi, I got a USB MIDI keyboard, get a pair of non-studio headset and speakers (I plan on getting studio speakers when I get better), all running on an iMac medio 2011 with 12GB 1337MHz RAM
Not sure if I should include anything else.