leisuremuffin wrote:I am constantly mystified by what people think they NEED to do.
The first concern should be the quality of the material. Sound quality doesn't matter if your material is shit.
Agreed. But sometimes the quality is tied largely into the production of the sound. I’m a huge fan of Progressive and Electro House but can’t write a track in those styles to save my life. Musically a lot of it sounds really basic to my ears but when I try to write similar it just sounds stupid and like a genre specific preset on a cheap Casio keyboard. That’s because the quality is tied more to the production of the sounds than an interesting musical progression.
Similarly I tried to give House music another go a couple weeks back. I started with one of the House kits in Logic’s Ultrabeat. The song I was coming up with sounded like shit. So I then started a kit from scratch using Vengeance samples and holy shit did that make a massive difference. I know Vengeance samples aren’t the only way to get that sound, but my brain isn’t interested in figuring out how to alternatively reproduce them. I can just drop them in the sampler and get on with what I’m more skilled at.
Of course all that doesn’t mean you need a song that is 100 tracks deep with 150 plug-ins. I’m just saying musically bland (notes) songs can sound great if the production is solid.