Beat first?

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  1. muzzadj

    muzzadj POW!

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    Was just wondering how you guys tend to go about making your tunes. Do you start with the drums and work everything else around the beat or vise versa?
     
  2. Krispy

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    drums then percussion then bass/leads

    risers and other incidentals just seem to happen as i go along

    also, i always start by building my intro and working my way through the song and building it up as i go along
    i know lots of people do subtractive sequencing where they buildup the biggest part and subtract from there but that doesn't really work for me
     
  3. Mr Fletch

    Mr Fletch aka KRONIX

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    I have to agree with Krispy here;

    #1: Start with a couple of kicks and snares, get the main beat going
    #2: Fill out the beat with a few shakers, closed hats and open hats, maybe layer a break underneath if needed.
    #3: Work on a bassline.
    #4: Work any lead synth work around my bassline
    #5: Focus on the structure of the track.
    #6: Add any FX, drumrolls, soundscapes etc etc.
     
  4. jimjimjim

    jimjimjim oldskool

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    i find it easiest to make the drums first then work in a bassline etc.
     
  5. RevTech

    RevTech Butthole=output transduce

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    Usually do the drums first, as every producer almost on masterclass says

    Then comes either a lead, or a bassline.

    And it might be a bit different then others but I do my risers always last
     
  6. subprime

    subprime Dysjoint

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    Always beat first, but check your hair in the mirror afterwards :teeth:
     
  7. Krispy

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  8. MARKLAR

    MARKLAR International Tracksuit Salesman

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    drums first then bass the other bits fx an such
     
  9. higgsy789

    higgsy789 Compress...whatt!!

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    I normally always do my drums first but i get sidetracked trying to make them all shiny so ive started trying to make a cool bassline first, I now sometimes add a couple of kicks and snares just too see how it will sound with a beat and then i build it up from there.
     
  10. muzzadj

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    Exactly the same as me, great to know!
     
  11. Cat Gas

    Cat Gas Aka Basis

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    Drums first, always. Then leads and things, and finally bass. However sometimes when I've done leads and stuff straight away the rest of the tune will seem to come far more naturally. I start with the main riff in the mid, and as soon as I have that more or less hammered out I go straight for the intro so I can work on the pads and leads and whatnot. Generally I have to lay out the entire track so I can see when it drops etc so I can build some sort of structure to it as I go along. Things like risers and little hits to make it less boring go right at the end.
     
  12. T:M

    T:M Dusty Techno Workout

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    I always start with the first 4 bars of what would be at/after the drop. usually i do the drums first and then percussion, followed by whatever sound I made that inspired the tune in the first place. After I've got this part sounding good I work backwards to create the intro and then the rest of the track.
     
  13. TongueFlap

    TongueFlap Flappin'

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    i play with a sample of something..
     
  14. dexter

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    what ever is most inspiring
     
  15. logikz

    logikz I Am Not The King Staff Member

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    ill write strings, chords, pads, and so forth first. great way to make a tune come together quick but it can be tricky to write the bassline last.
    with dam nation we sample the shit out of the most obscure japanese art jazz from 1812 before we do anything. its good fun, think thats what were doing tonight actually
     
  16. Zeal

    Zeal Ohm/C2D/Dark Asylum/Ennex

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    ill use whatever inspires me

    Sometimes could be a patch i have made, or a sample i found

    We have even made a whole track based around one stab sound we found before

    I think as long as whatever is used first inspires you to write then it doesnt really matter
     
  17. vickvega

    vickvega Mr. Blonde

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    agree wif zeal on this one
     
  18. sausagenumber9

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    1. Drums [main beat]
    2. Percussion
    3. Bass/lead
    4. Bass/lead
    5. Background [athmosphere, pads]
    6. Construckt tune
    7. Fx
    8. Fx
    9. Fx :D
    10. Re Construct [melodies, whole tune] - if needed
    11. Mixdown
    12. Upload tune somewhere and ask for feedback :D
    13. It depends on point 12.

    This is what i do.:hold_hand
     
  19. muzzadj

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    Noob question..

    What do you all mean by FX?
     
  20. sausagenumber9

    sausagenumber9 Member

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    effects: risers sweeps (up/down) impacts etc etc.