Thanks guys, appreciate the responses. If I may for a moment interject.
I am juggling both of yours and Story's input as well as hitting a track myself atm. The wave hasn't come for awhile so, trying to ride it as much as I can.
I do want to respond in the immediate form however about track layouts.
It isn't that I am not interested in any of that as a matter of fact I find it interesting that I incorporate a hybrid form of what you guys do.
|Projects, for me, always start with a clean slate. No preset config. I imported the tune mentioned above into Ableton, took aan arbitrary piano and started recreating the chords. When I had the first 4-5 chords (can't quite remember) I put a kick under it to see what placement/timing would do. When I had a progression I liked I started to build a beat. Usually for me that goes something like this in order: Kick Offbeat closed hat Low perc to get groove going Mid perc high perc (put in light reverbed drum track in this project)|
This is 90% on how I start a track. The difference for me is that I tend to feel for the flow of what I have. If it seems to be leaning towards a percussive side then I tend to build on that. If I happen to have a solid groove in a short period I tend to lean towards adding bass,sub next. On and On..
Hive is one of my go to's. I have almost their complete line. Almost
Ahhh Cthulhu. I really really need to get this as this is what my style craves in arps. ALL of Dudas stuff is straight up legit. As for your starting with this, I generally do the same if I (again, how my tracks are formed) am feeling that Arp vibe and start off messing around with just ...an arp. It is a different approach than what I listed as Story's way but in context it is all about mood for me.
With that said, IF I start off using an Arp, in this instance you using Cthu, the point of where you start talking about routing to bus is where again...you got me ( I do remember our prior discussion and followed the links but still was stumped at...why)
Now, I know this could get lengthy and I am not sure I am quite prepared for that but with that said...
Most of the questions are based on Dynamics.
I have TONS of issues with Sub gelling in a mix. I use EQ albeit I really have no idea what I am doing say that I can generally gauge by ear and know relatively on a frequency scale what I need to achieve.
Compression for me is not really an issue. Do I understand it? Not even close but at the very least I know how much to and NOT to use.
I low cut filter as much as I can and generally don't get to much frequency battles and If I do I am able to at least recognize it.
I have been messing around with panning and stereo widening on certain elements and just now at a point where I am able to recognize that yet again, things do not need to be an over aggressive amount. Subtly plays.
Again, I still am unable to achieve certain dynamic ranges with my tracks. I use a resource track and try to emulate tones and frequencies but in the end, I just get a muddy tone.
I can say this, a good example will be forth coming from me real soon as I have some tonality issues with a string segment.
Really really really appreciate all of your inputs guys