Re: Advice for improving?
|Originally posted by Lobst |
I've been making trance for a little over two and a half years now and even though I can safely say that I'm way better than I was back then in terms of sound quality and knowledge, I feel like my creative thinking is way worse than it was back then. For over 1.5 years, ALMOST every day during this time, I've been trying to finish something. I've gotten about 75% through in certain cases but I often just get about 30-40% into the track and then realize it really sounds like crap. I then spend a few days trying to make changes which sometimes are for the better, but even when I manage to create something that feels like "WOW!" it'll take about 2-3 days before I start changing it again because I don't like it.
On some tracks I have about 50-60 different 30s-3min versions and in total about 1000 rendered files. I've told myself not to make anything more and given up literally over 50 times but it only takes listening to a good tune to make me forget all about that and pull me back in.
Anyway, I'm not really sure where my problem lies. I used to be able to make a full track in only a day or two but now I usually don't get anywhere. I still feel totally lost the second I open a new project because I still don't have a clue how good percussion loops are made. So when it comes to some things, I feel like I haven't improved at all and the only reason it sounds better than before is because my ear has improved.
I should probably also mentioned that I never during this time have managed to create a full 32 bar chord progression period, and not a single 16 bar chord progression that I'm satisfied with. I'm not sure why but I think it has to do with going about it the same way over and over again, but I'm not sure exactly what to do about that.
Oh, and I don't begin by creating 8 bar loops. I usually create the structure first, but in the end, I always end up stuck there anyway...
I'm not sure exactly what kind of advice I'm looking for. I'm hoping that maybe someone has been in the same situation as me and knows what to do about it.
You're trying to finish a song that is beyond your skill level.
In order to get there you have to separate out song time with study time.
If you try and improve yourself while trying to be creative, you will run into the roadblock that you stumbled upon.
While you're making your song, only do the best job you can and do not expect yourself to do any better. If you can only make a noob track, then make a noob track.
But, have time to study and practice the aspects of production as well. So put side a time where you only work on your chord progressions, or you try and put together a good sounding percussion loop. Then study other producers you like. Read books and watch tutorials. Learn new tools, create new patches.
Basically, separate song time and study/practice time. During song time, do the best job you can. Study/practice time is where you will improve yourself, do not do this during song time. The mark you are going for during song time is your best, not a pro level. If you are striving for pro level when you aren't a pro, you'll never finish anything because you have quality control sirens going off 24/7.
IMPROVEMENT TIME /= CREATIVE TIME
|Originally posted by dj_alfi |
change your avatar for fucks sake.
Last edited by Beatflux on Jul-16-2012 at 05:03