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T Leaf

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i like to mess around with chords melodies and the bassline. When i get one of them doing something cool - say its the melody first i will go and make the bassline relate to it with its sound design. Sometimes you want the melodies to contrast a bit with the pads, sometimes you want to morph them together to make them sound like one entity. its a difficult one. its the most fun part with production (besides talking like a robot through a vocoder) hope this helps.
 

Sweaty Teddy

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Normally if I go in with a set idea it never really works out, I will start using the idea then accidently do something that I think sounds decent and then it all starts to build from that. Most of the stuff I come up with is just from messing about. Sometimes it's good sometimes not so good.
 
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Naa man, you aint the only one. its all about stayin focused...

but yeah, when i started, i felt the same way, lookin at that empty screen is daunting, i now just sit down, import a decent break as a starting point, try t make a quick reese patch, bounce that, then sample it, lay a quick "simple" bassline down, and then repeat the process for a melody and sub, once i have all aspects of the tune, ill then spend time trying to fit it into a decent tune, sometimes it works sometimes it doesnt... if it does then i add more to it and just keep working and if it doesnt, scrap it and start again. I find though if you take too long with each part of the mix, it kills the vibe of the session and you get nowhere. just have to keep at it!
 
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if you know anything about musci theory it tends to be a tad easyer, but loadsa harder at the same time. pick a note, most people go with A, C, D, E, or F, or G, or B or anything acutlay, and just bass it all round that. just start every 4 or 8 bars on that same note, and just mess about on your midi keybord/piano roll til your happy :) if you want something a little dark chuck in sharps and flats, or chromatic scale if you wanna use the proper name. if you wanna use proper scales/keys, just google say "D Major scale" and there shud be a wikki page with the scal on it, and all the notes from it! but generaly. Then make a bassline. simpler version of it for the sub. more complex for the melody. or what ever the fak you want. dont forget, Dnb tends to be a break beat with some sub.. trhen anything gose!!
 
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