|Originally posted by Innocence Lost |
..sigh I didn't really know those one shot robotic samples were working or not. I guess I'll take them off and worry more about content.
Those robotic samples are part of the content. The entirety of a track - instruments, percussion, synths, fx, etc. are what make up the content of a track.
I'm not sure you're really listening to what people are saying or just reading it.
I'll give you one piece of advice, Juan, and it's up to you if you want to consider it: instead of trying to perfect the same track over and over again, with the same exact structure over and over again, I suggest you do something entirely new: experiment and explore sounds and percussion, rather than try to adhere to the same old formula. Because you're adhering to the same old formula , you will never perfect it unless you try and explore new methods.
Personally, if I were you, I'd turn on the TR-8, sequence it with one of your MIDI synths, and just mess around with patterns and percussion until it sounds right, to you. This is how people generally produce. you start with with a kick, for example, then add layers of percussion to drive it forward, adding some fx on some instruments, etc.. Then add the synth (or maybe play around with some synth lines/patterns until something strikes a chord, and build your percussion around that; or the other way around).
I say start exploring and experimenting, rather than envision what the track should sound like beforehand. It will never be perfect anyway, but the more you put in (practice and don't rush yourself), the more you'll get out of it.
Here's an example of a certain producer's evolution in style, all because of practice and experimentation:
Notice how each successive track is more stripped down, and there seems to be less going on? The last track is seemingly the most basic, but it's better than the previous two. Why? Because of more experimentation and less adherence to a certain "style" or vision of what a track should be like.
Perish the thought that adding a bunch of samples and fx will make your track better. It's about how everything works together as a whole, whether there is one synth and basic percussion, or many synths and fx-layered percussion.