FUNDAMENTAL QUESTION:

Discussion in 'Production' started by cactopus, May 11, 2011.

  1. cactopus

    cactopus Producer

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    what do you guys start off with when making a song? ex. bassline, drums, lead, etc. i tend to start with a bassline. i just wanted to see what everyone likes to do in order to get started with a new project
     
  2. jimjimjim

    jimjimjim oldskool

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    for me drums or bassline.
    ive never finished anything when i start with pads or a lead.
     
  3. T:M

    T:M Dusty Techno Workout

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    This. Starting with a lead usually gets me nowhere, though starting with pads usually leads me down the path to creating some cool ambient/downtempo/chillout stuff.
     
  4. elmaruk

    elmaruk slannndaaaaaaar

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    depends what mood i'm in. sometimes if i start with just drums and bass i end up with loop mong and the tune goes nowhere.
     
  5. richie_stix

    richie_stix gomby plz

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    thanks god thats not just me

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    if i've found some sample gold... say a film or trialer i'm getting the intro sounds, melodies and vox from... then i will start there to get the 'vibe' of the tune (usually with a placeholder drum loop) and go from that (y)
     
  6. elmaruk

    elmaruk slannndaaaaaaar

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    haha same

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    to be honest all my favorite tunes have been the ones that i've started off with just a sample and a break, and they never usually end up being in the finished track by the end of it.
     
  7. sam the dnb man

    sam the dnb man Variation

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    I have sessions where I focus just on drums.
    Sometimes I spend a week trying to get the sound I desire.
    I will then create lots of different variations to keep them sounding interesting.

    In the end I end up having 50+ tracks just for drums.
    After that I will use an idea I may already have or start on a bass sound which is usually just a sub bass to add a groove to the rest of the track.

    I think its best if you try to get the basic elements sounding as interesting as possible then you can build around it.

    A great example is Hand gestures by noisia.
    Its a relatively simple track, there isnt too much going on but they have put a lot of work into each sound which makes it a brilliant track.
    In most cases less is more.
     
  8. miszt

    miszt BASSFACE Royale

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    if i dont have any ideas to start with, ie a melody or sample, then i lay down the sub bass, then percussion, just get a groove going, then mid-range bass, and build it up from there with sounds/melodies etc