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Wave is an uncompressed or lossless format, whereas MP3 is compressed or lossy. Technically .wav is just a container format and can hold various types of compressed or uncompressed audio, but typically you'll see it containing LPCM uncompressed audio (the same as on audio CDs). With .wav files, you are essentially getting a raw bitstream representation of ...


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Making everything audible in the mix is not always possible. Elements that share frequencies will mask each other. The most crucial part of the mix is not actually in the mixing phase itself, but in the composition, instrumentation, and arrangement phase. Experienced composers will give each element its space in the frequency spectrum, so there is little to ...


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What you are trying to achieve is not a trivial task. If you want a good master it'll take more than some tips. I'll try to do some quick observations on some possibilities. There's nothing specific to Ableton Live, because there's nothing exclusive to Ableton Live in this subject. You want more loudness in your track. As you might know we can't just turn ...


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What you're asking is similar to "I want to write great software, but I'm not a programmer and have no knowledge of computer science or programming or anything like that. Will I be able to write great software if I just get the right IDE?" I'm a programmer too; take it from me: YES theory is extremely important for what you want. Given that you are a ...


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I'm happy to hear you're brave enough to start producing music with no musical background but being a passionate listener. You don't need a lot of money to do great sounds but in the beginning having a sample pack, great VST plugins and full version of a DAW does speed up the process of learning. ~300€ for the software and samples will do fine for more than ...


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Is it only performance of the covers you are interested in, or also recording the covers? If the former, in practice I suspect most small, independent bands DON'T contact the original artist and ask permission to perform a cover of their song - unless the artist is a friend! As a case in point, my little band haven't contacted Joni Mitchell (whose songs we ...


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Are there general rules or tips on how to organize VSTs? (...) I would like to know if there's a way to arrange VSTs properly, so that every plugin uses its full potential. There's no correct order. It's all about preference, what you want to achieve, and the context. You'll find a lot of suggestions, like putting time-based effects (like delay or ...


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The executive summary of Charles' very detailed answer is: Use WAV for recording and editing. Use your audio editor's native file format with references to the WAV files to keep disk space under control use MP3 for distribution. 44.1 and 160kbps is lots, unless your audience has a home stereo that is worth more than their car and ears to match.


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I'm an amateur EDM producer. Based on my experience and the way I've developed as a producer, I'd say that the way you look at things is pretty accurate. Here are a few specific things I'd like to add based on my personal experience: By far and away, my most important advice is to write a lot of music. As you write more tracks, you'll become more familiar ...


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A quick note for when you decide to start using a DAW: If you have a Mac, it has GarageBand on it for free. GarageBand is a full-featured DAW, and since it doesn't cost anything, it's a good tool for learning how to use a DAW (an entire skill set in itself). It isn't as powerful as other DAWs, though, so at some point, you are going to want to buy something ...


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Start with some kind of software, after that, the important thing is: Make LOTS of music and don't ever stop. There is a relevant quote from Ira Glass about this: It is going to ...


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Pretty sure he uses FL Studio, at least for part of the process. Another popular option is Ableton Live. Madeon's samples are very meticulously arranged, so if you if you don't have a background in music theory or some natural gift for composition you might want to get your feet wet somehow. Any old book on music fundamentals will help, or more importantly, ...


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It will depend on both the singer and the setting of the auto tuning. A well implemented auto tune will be very hard to notice even for the most trained ears, and the better the singer the smaller the corrections and the harder it'll be to notice it. There are two common artifacts that make pitch correction noticeable: Pitch correction becomes most ...


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Well as far as I know that is what's referred to as a 'bass drop' (but I think that term gets thrown around for a few different effects). There are probably a bunch of ways to do it: a fretless bass can simply slide down the lowest string with some nice EQ and that's about all it takes (provided the bass is tuned low enough). The studio sound on your ...


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Think about what you want with your band. Are you looking to go and tour the world? Are you looking to play local clubs while you're all working? Something in between? Next, consider how important this album is to your goal. If this is just a demo, it's probably alright to release, and if you're constantly writing and will have something new next year that ...


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I'm pretty sure the key is the same thing as the root note. Anyway, I think that the key of that riff is A. A is the first note of the riff, it occurs a lot in the riff, and the notes are all on the A Minor scale. I'm going a little bit based on intuition, but that's my thought process.


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Is music theory necessary to compose music? I remember writing a little tune (about ten years ago) just to try out a computer program. At that time, I knew nothing about music, and I had no interest in learning to compose or play music. I basically wrote a couple of measures (I had no idea what a measure was at the time) using only trial and error. It took ...


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You could have the best of both worlds. You can buy a new Xponent for about $199 right now and then get a Traktor Pro 2 license for $89 (Sometimes on sale for 50% off). Download an Xponent TSI file from the web or make your own mapping... I have an S4 and my DJ partner has an Xponent (that he just bought 10/2012). They are honestly very close in feel and ...


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I have been using the Xponent for a couple of years now, and I agree with most of what Johnny said above. Here are a couple of other issues: Xponent is plastic and it just feels cheaply made. I have had many problems with the drivers for Xpoenent as well as with the sound card. The sound card is low quality. The Kontrol is metal and feels more solid. It ...


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We have two songs we play differently live to studio, one because it has two bars the owner refused to licence to us for recording, and the other one which has a range of riffs we play at the end that are instantly recognisable and despite getting permission for a couple it was too difficult to get all of them. Live, it is a non-issue. Performance royalties ...


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The roadmap is correct even though it's never a straight line. If you like learning new stuff and are curious by nature everything will work out itself if you put in the hours and work smart. Look on MacProVideo and Sonic Academy. They all have a lot useful stuff like how to remix, music theory, sound design and synthesis, software and mixing tutorials, etc. ...


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If you want to get started creating music quickly on your computer, with no knowledge of music, I would recommend looking at a loop-based DAW such as Sony Acid. With these systems, you can download loops, which are bits of recorded music on various instruments, and combine them on your computer to make new music without knowing how to play those ...


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Here are the basic answers to your questions: Technically no, but being a computer engineer it should be very simple for you to learn basic theory. You can get away with knowing nothing about music and making a good rhythm or melody, but music theory will help you understand why it sounds good and will help you if you are creatively stuck. I would ...


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Once your music hits the public domain, it no longer belongs to you It belongs to your fans. Even if you do label it as a DEMO and release a good studio version later, some fans will prefer the DEMO. If your putting something in the public domain for all to see, its needs to be completed to a quality you all satisfied with as a band. If you release ...


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There are basically two classes of effects: linear ones and non-linear ones. From an idealized signal processing view point (discounting noise and quantization), the order of linear effects can be interchanged without a net change in the result. A lot of effects are also time-invariant: start your signal an arbitrary time later, and the result will be the ...


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A stereophonic signal gives you a much better starting base since there is a simple correlation between the initial wave fronts and more information about the room transfer function. There are ways of removing the less phase-consistent elements you get in the reverb. However, the better you do this kind of reverb-removal, the more artifacts you get in the ...


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My experience in working with the DAW Ableton Live is that: it has a very intuitive approach. it incorporates a collection of good sound samples for electronic music. it provides sound clips / loops as well. This means you can learn about styles and start combining sounds right from the start. you can enter music notes step by step. So you don't have to ...


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I suggest starting with a DAW. Look for free DAWs and demo versions of DAWs, and go through whatever tutorials are available. You won't need a music keyboard for this. You should be able to manage these tutorials with only very basic music theory knowledge -- if you already like house music, you probably understand a 4/4 beat. You should try: GarageBand ...


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I'll consider you know the basics of DJing and how soft/hardware works in these cases so let's try to split this question: Xponent VS Traktor S4 The main advantage of the XPONENT is that IT FREAKIN' BLINKS! It has an awesome club presence, just check any youtube video to get that. The main disadvantage is that it is a piece of crap! Excuse my french but ...


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The following bits makes Torq 2.0 better in comparison to Traktor in my opinion: Torq + Xponent has better sound quality (developed by the guys from Protools), you have a 18cell sampler, you can use VST effects as well, you can use rewire function as well. Obviously Torq has all the essential functions that Traktor has as well. I've been playing with it ...



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