Which instrument do you like Programming/composing the most?

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Which instrument do you like Programming/composing the most?

Post by Rave » Sun Sep 05, 2010 10:45 am

Mine has to be the bass. I love writing swingy melodic baselines followed closely by deep lush pads :)
I dislike programming drums the most. Making loops is ok but adding variation is a chore for me :(

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Post by JMFOne » Sun Sep 05, 2010 11:43 am

Good topic. Bass or a lush pad is usually what gives me the most inspiration for the track. Doing the drums feels like a chore sometimes (prob cos I'm shit at them lol). I always find getting a lead you like and works in the mix is abit of a pain.
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Re: Which instrument do you like Programming/composing the most?

Post by Tarekith » Sun Sep 05, 2010 2:37 pm

Drum definitely, I can sit at my Machinedrum for hours coming up with weird beats.

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Post by re.mark » Sun Sep 05, 2010 2:42 pm

Multipart Strings -
Writing harmonies ooooooooo

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Re: Which instrument do you like Programming/composing the most?

Post by Pasha » Sun Sep 05, 2010 2:51 pm

Rave, I hate drum programming as you do. Too time consuming for me. That's why I use loops and modify them a little to make them sound less robotic. I like programming Pads my loved instrument is Operator followed by Analog. If only my guitar could output synth sounds...
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Re: Which instrument do you like Programming/composing the most?

Post by djphenaproxima » Sun Sep 05, 2010 2:52 pm

Bass, bass, bass. I love funky, swinging basslines. And I'm also a big fan of melody, although it's harder to come up with a good lead melody than a good bassline.

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Post by ChiDJ » Mon Sep 06, 2010 3:38 am

The Whole Enchilada! (Drums, Bass, Synths and Space)....


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Re: Which instrument do you like Programming/composing the most?

Post by Simbosan » Mon Sep 06, 2010 3:45 am

Ukulele.

No, I'm serious. It's the best for songwriting! (not so hot for phat beatz)
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Post by distaudio » Mon Sep 06, 2010 7:59 am

Simbosan wrote:Ukulele.

No, I'm serious. It's the best for songwriting! (not so hot for phat beatz)
Agreed. If it sounds good on a Ukulele it will sound good on anything.

The art of soundwriting is sadly lost in most musical instances.

Nice tunes by the way. You certainly know how to rock a ukulele. :D

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Post by LeifonMars » Mon Sep 06, 2010 8:09 am

Rave wrote:I dislike programming drums the most. Making loops is ok but adding variation is a chore for me :(
I hear you, so to speak. That wankery drives me nuts. I often leave the drums out completely.

I bought Machinedrum to help the cause, but I've been using it as a neat step sequencer for my evolver and to create some synthetic buddhist temple environments.

Who invented "beat" anyway? What a moron. There's always rhythm in music, no need to point it out in ridiculously excessive amounts.
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Re: Which instrument do you like Programming/composing the most?

Post by Saxer » Mon Sep 06, 2010 8:19 am

i like to compose melody+harmonies.
i like to arrange strings and brass.
i like drum programming.

i don´t like making exf sounds.
i don´t like to stretch out dancy arrangements out of a short part.
i don´t like to rec and edit vocals.

anyway i do it all ;-)

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Post by jimmynitcher » Mon Sep 06, 2010 9:50 am

My APC40 has transformed into 16 step sequencer for beats, bass and samples with so I can now get all the 'boring' bits out of the way 'live' - so much more fun and quick so I can get on with the other stuff - lyrics, guitar, vocal melody etc
Live itself is the brilliant instrument at the heart of it though.

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Post by anybody human » Mon Sep 06, 2010 12:39 pm

I come up with the main melody first, and then make beat, both of which I enjoy. The baseline comes next but can be difficult because it's so central. By then I often have a vocal melody also (but few lyrics). My favorite things are the counterpoint melodies that follow. My least favorite are finishing the last 20% of the arrangement, working on transitions, and finishing lyrics. Love mixing though, oh to be a mix engineer.

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Re: Which instrument do you like Programming/composing the most?

Post by heavensdaw » Mon Sep 06, 2010 1:34 pm

Tbh.. it seems to vary daily for me..

I can honestly enjoy every aspect on a good day and hate every aspect on a bad one :?

Somedays things flow, others, meh...

I'm really digging working with Nerve now for drum programming and lots more too ie, bass, vocal cuts, fx hits etc..

One thing I do love though most of the time is sample mangling/editing/rearranging/generally mashing up and resampling it all.. Great fun as well as POWERFUL :mrgreen:

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Re: Which instrument do you like Programming/composing the most?

Post by 3dot... » Mon Sep 06, 2010 4:09 pm

drums - bass - harmony
in that order or in reverse...

when I start from the drums... then obviously the bass will set the progression..
and when I start from the harmony.. then the bass sets the riddim/groove..
either way.. I never start with the bass... but it's ALWAYS the anchor on my stuff..
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