Writing a melody/bassline

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  1. Dj Jammin

    Dj Jammin Member

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    Right my problem is that ive got a good bass sound a nice crisp beat but i cant seem to write a good melody for it do most drum n bass tunes use sharps or is it totally up to the producer, is there any set guidelines... all mine turn out to be fucked up.. any advice would help... should i go by scale thingy in that other production thread..
     
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  2. boot

    boot Member

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    Some music theory training would definitely help!!
    technically any note could be deemed a sharp, all depends on the scalic context of the pitch in question
    to diagnose the problem, analyse what exactly is "wrong" with your melodies in the first place

    do they sound too "cheesy"?
    are the in the same key as the the rest of the tune?
    things like that
    any more questions just ask!
     
  3. Dj Jammin

    Dj Jammin Member

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    I really wish i listened in music class at school.. The problem with my melodies is that they sound random... like someones just hit a few keys on a keyboard without looking i cant seem to get a structure to my melody
     
  4. loops

    loops I like beats

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    Music theory can be very helpful, but you can also learn a lot by just listening to other artists. How did they do the melodies you like? Try and disect the music and see if you can recreate those type of melodies.
    I don't know what type of audio software you use but if you have anything with a piano roll you could try playing the part with the melody in a loop and see what happens when you shift some of the notes up and down the scale.
    Good luck!
     
  5. Dj Jammin

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    yeah im using fruity piano roll... i think the main thing is keep it simple i always over complicate my melodies
     
  6. Jungles

    Jungles New Member

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    Just hum or sing some melody for yourself and then try to write it in piano roll.
     
  7. kama

    kama benkama.net

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    like clipz:

    dum dummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm dum dum dummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
    dummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

    eh?
     
  8. logikz

    logikz I Am Not The King Staff Member

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    its not a bad idear you know, there are programs that take what you sing into the mic and make midi from it, been thinking of downloading a program like that for ages.
     
  9. SIRUS

    SIRUS 変なひと

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    do you know of any names of programs that do that? sounds interesting.
     
  10. logikz

    logikz I Am Not The King Staff Member

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    not off the top of my head, no. heard about it at doa or harmony central i think.
     
  11. Jungles

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    You can even make cool basslines recording your voice and then process it till it's unrecognizable. You don't need to turn it into MIDI. You can use audio parts.:idea:
     
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    -- ANTARES KANTOS --


    Kantos is a VST plugin that will map it's input to an LFO, synth's pitch, cutoff filter, etc

    You can match the pitch/amplitude/blah of a synth inside kantos to your voice's.


    I would suggest a strict auto-tune to remove the natural transition between tones (also helps if you can't sing :oops:), then pump it into Kantos and see what it sounds like..


    :hagglers: Gimme my money bisssh!


    --P.S. you aren't limited to using your voice obviously!
     
  14. vickvega

    vickvega Mr. Blonde

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    i dont know much about music theory
    i dont even really try to write melody it just sortof happens
    keep trying and trying
    experience is the best teacher
    absorbing surrounding knoweledge helps too
     
  15. Bad Ace

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    u forgot the high c note....its so high only dogs can hear it!