[Drum & Bass/Chilled] First tune finished, tell me what you think?

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  1. phL

    phL New Member

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    I am new to production but this is my first full song that I would say is 'finished', so please give it a listen and tell me what you think and what I can improve on (alot!). Thanks, much appreciated!

    http://soundcloud.com/phl-2/untitled-1-original-mix-oo



    edit: posted in the wrong place :< sorry!
     
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    i had a listen anyway buddy, take a look at my comment :) safe and welcome to the forum!
     
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    Thank you! Much appreciated :) At the moment I'm kinda stuck for synths and sounds cause I can't use 3rd party VSTs in my software, but hopefully I'll work a way round that. Are there any websites or tips you could recommend to help make my stuff sound more professional? Any good websites for getting samples or acapella's from etc? I like your stuff and I've followed you back too! Cheers!
     
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    No worries man, the best advice I can give for eventually acheiving that professional sound is to stick around here, lots of useful tips. Also just get searching around youtube. Try and find the Producer masterclasses from computer music, the Brookes Brothers one may be quite helpful to you, finding them can be tricky tho there are some on youtube and vimeo but others you will have to google, just try to pick up and use the tips you see in these videos and you'll find yourself progressing quickly :)

    also heres some links to really good material thats taught me alot:

    A really good EQ/mixdown tutorial:
    http://dnbscene.com/article/88-thinking-inside-the-box-a-complete-eq-tutorial

    also check out John Miszt's thread on mixdowns too:
    http://dnbforum.com/showthread.php/120686-Mixdown-Tips

    getting your mixdowns right is really important for a professional sounding tune, so get reading and improving on those.

    Also in my comment I mentioned little touches, by that I mean little fx (sweeps, risers, stabs etc) to just help the track transition between each phase smoothly, all of it contributes to a good sound. reverb etc is also helpful to help make your sound more well rounded, works well in large and little amounts, when changing parameters just try each knob and see how it affects the sound, over time you'll understand what needs to be altered to get the sound you want, it all just takes time..

    In regards to samples, get the vengeance sample packs if you can find them, very good drum samples used by a lot of big names. for other sampling i think creativity is key and for that make an account here: http://www.freesound.org/
    any sound you can think of is available there, get hunting and find some stuff that inspires you, cut it up, re work it, process it with effects, get creative!

    for acapellas make an account here http://www.acapellas4u.co.uk

    Cheers for the follow, Hope I've helped :)
     
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    You have been seriously helpful haha, thanks a lot! :) I think I'm definitely improving already!
     
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    no worries man I was so lost when I first started out... it gets easier, its only been 8 months for me so got a long way to go yet, but it gets easier.