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  1. BitsNPiecesMusic

    Some DAW Questions

    Thank you, everyone! I did look a little into Reaper and Cubase over the weekend. Both look pretty cool. I may have to start getting some trial versions going to see what suits my needs!
  2. BitsNPiecesMusic

    Staying Focused (A Video)

    I was going to keep this in my music thread, but wasn't sure if people would realize it was there. I tend to make videos on various subjects as I continue nurturing my hobby. This is one of them: It's all about getting distracted and just some basic things I do to keep focused on my work. Hope you all enjoy!
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    Bits & Pieces Music

    Good morning, everyone. I'm thankfully finally feeling better. I did end up working on a short track this weekend. Started it Saturday morning and finished it this morning. It's just over 2 minutes. Here's what I've got thus far. I actually got some tips on using the sidechain effect, and I'm digging what it can do to a track. It's giving the bass in this track that "umph" it needs. Any and all feedback is welcome. This is more within my comfort zone, but I'm okay with that. I was so sick last week that I didn't have the strength to work on any music, so I wanted to start getting my creative juices flowing once more.
  4. BitsNPiecesMusic

    Some DAW Questions

    Hi, everyone! I've been getting over an illness, so I haven't been as active as I'd like to be. However, I'm actually curious to know what kind of DAWs everyone is using? I'm still a hobbyist, and I've been using Rytmik Studio for some time now. It isn't bad for the price, but I'll show you where it gets a little tricky. Each piece of the track I make can have a total of 4 channels, so I can build off of something and make slight variations with a few clicks of a button. The song track itself also only has a total of 4 rows to work with, so this limits my space. Still, all of the audio mastering, sidechaining, etc., can be done within the program before I export a track, and there are quite a few samples, in addition to being able to upload/record my own. Again, it's not bad for the price, but I think it might be limiting what I can do because of how much limited "real estate" I have to work with for each track.
  5. Thank you so much for this!!! Seriously, these are great videos with some really solid advice. I know I'm on a tight budget, especially now that I'm planning a move. The software I bought has cost a total of $40. It has done more than I ever thought capable thus far, but I'm looking to slowly get more samples and whatnot (looking into Splice, per your suggestion a while back!).
  6. BitsNPiecesMusic

    Composing music for games

    Thank you for the advice!
  7. BitsNPiecesMusic

    Studio Ghibli-esque animation i'm scoring (WIP)

    This reminds me so much of Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, and that's a very good thing! I really like how the different segments evoke different feelings; adventure, danger, etc. Keep up the excellent work!
  8. BitsNPiecesMusic

    Composing music for games

    I'm going to agree with @Chris Schmidt on this one. I honestly had zero experience, other than the basic music classes we took in middle/high school. I got my start using the old PS1's MTV Music Generator and some online stuff that had a bunch of pre-made riffs. I didn't start making things from scratch until about almost 2 years ago now. But, I still do not have music theory background or major knowledge. Anything I need help with, I use the internet and YouTube for assistance with. Since this is a hobby for now, I'm learning on my own time, but should I pursue this into a more solid career, I've got a long ways to go. Even now, I'm just using one program that has samples (and lets me upload my own), and there is still so much to learn.
  9. BitsNPiecesMusic

    Sound editor for developers (Really newbie question)

    What's your budget? I'm a newbie music composer (more of a hobbyist), but I've been using Audacity for some minor tweaks and whatnot. Might be worth checking out since it's free. There is an extension you need to download so you can import/export from/to mp3 if you need to, but it does what it needs to!
  10. BitsNPiecesMusic

    Bits & Pieces Music

    I know I uploaded a revamp of a track this morning, but here's another 8-bit track I worked on. The challenge for this album will be to use nothing other than 8-bit sounds (reverb, etc., are allowed, but I'm also trying to shy away from those). Thoughts?
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    Bits & Pieces Music

    I revisited my Forest of Enchantment track, and tweaked it a bit. I tweaked the volume, added a little to the middle to vary it up, and am overall happy with it. I'm still not sure if I like the original better, but this does sound a lot nicer! Thanks @nsmadsen for the feedback! Happy listening, everyone!
  12. BitsNPiecesMusic

    Bits & Pieces Music

    Good morning, folks! Sorry for the brief silence, but I was on a much-needed vacation. I finished a track this morning. It's another experimental track that I wanted to feel like a chase scene. Two things I've noticed: the plucks sound a little "disorganized" if that makes sense, and I'm torn between fixing them or leaving them in (the disorganization could reflect the frantic nature of being chased). The other thing is that, as I keep learning, I may need to lower the volume of some of the instruments as I introduce more into the track. But, I'll let you be the judge(s): As always, thank you for listening and for offering feedback!
  13. @nsmadsen Sorry for the late response (just got home from vacation at 3:00 this morning!). But thank you so much for this insightful video! This is exactly what I was looking for, and I really appreciate the time and effort you took to make this.
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    Bits & Pieces Music

    @nsmadsenThank you for the feedback! One of my biggest challenges is harmonizing, and I admit that I wasn't sure where to "take" the song next. But this is another one that I'll be working on when I'm back from my vacation. I really appreciate your input!
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    Bits & Pieces Music

    Hey, everyone! So, I made another track over the weekend and just completed it this morning. It's another somewhat experimental track, that will be on "The Forgotten Legend" OST that I'm working on. This is another one that I tried without any drum loops, and I think it works pretty good. I was trying to capture a forestry feel that also has a slight sense of urgency and uncertainty. Using repetition, I tried to keep the same organ sample throughout the song, and I think the violin plucking helped set the mood. There is also a chip sample in there, and that was intentional as well. I appreciate your feedback. Thank you!
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