5 dnbforum noob mistakes

Discussion in 'Production' started by smoothassilk, Dec 31, 2014.

  1. smoothassilk

    smoothassilk Active Member

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    I keep seeing the same things in the track reviews section.
    Music is subjective and all, but here are what I think are the most common mistakes people make when making dnb:

    1. Stacking things up one loop at a time. It gets dull and repetitive very quickly.

    2. Overloud, dominating snares. So many people do this cause they think louder is more awesome and better, they end up with this huge mess of white noise that blots out everything on beats two and four. Turn them down, or use less decay or something.

    3. Not enough layers of hi-hats/rides/percussion. It's the kicks and snares that dominate, but hats and rides are where the groove is.

    4. Too few risers, fills and transitions. They are what keeps your tracks interesting.

    5. Loops that have no rests or pauses in them. Give things a space to breathe otherwise your track will end up very crowded very quickly.

    Most people on here know this already, but some people may find it helpful.
     
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    I haven't listened many tracks over here, but in general:

    1. I agree.

    2. If we are talking about overloud with mixdown in mind, I agree. I still prefer splashy hit-you-in-the-chest snares instead of small claps and stuff.

    3. Depends on the style of the track.

    4. Mostly agree, but I in my opinion obvious white noise risers aren't that amazing.

    5. Again depends on the style of the track.
     
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  3. Quotec

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    DC Breaks - Swag, pretty much defies all these tips. Beast tune and also most bought on Beatport in 2013(dnb). But I agree, percussion is very important to fill up the space, one particular tip from my experience would to avoid stacking too much breaks and percussion loops. Choose few, mix them well into track and this will do its job.
     
  4. MARKLAR

    MARKLAR International Tracksuit Salesman

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    6. make sure you always go overboard on the sticks
     
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  5. Alert

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    MARKLAR International Tracksuit Salesman

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    8. always get in a sticky situation
     
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    9. Do you even compress, m8?
     
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    logikz I Am Not The King Staff Member

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    very nice smoothassilk. and does that wunderground bit remind you of dj livloy. it does me, at any rate