Forum Activity for @simon-unsigned

simon unsigned
@simon-unsigned
06/20/24 10:39:37PM
102 posts

Build a Banger - Member Assignment


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Gutted, time has caught up with me.  I'm away this weekend and haven't been able to finish off my banger.  Only had time to do a very rough mix and some rough automation but ran out of time to finesse it with some final tweaks.  Thought I'd still post it though.

I chose a track that I used to love playing as a DJ.  Back in the day I played more house than full on bangers but when the crowd were up for it, I always used to pull this out the bag and it would always go right off :-)

It's Access by DJ Misjah and DJ Tim and goes a little something like this:

https://youtu.be/4o4joooH5tg?si=naHDPYf8Gsr6Fw_6

And here's my homage:

https://community.producertech.com/simon-unsigned/uploaded_audio/423/my-banger

Good luck everyone and I'm looking to hearing everyone's entries when I get back

simon unsigned
@simon-unsigned
04/15/24 09:31:20AM
102 posts

BANGERS


General Producer Chat

I'll chip in with a couple of golden oldies, these stick out for me as a couple of tracks that always kicked a bit harder than the rest on a club system or warehouse

Renegade Soundwave - The Phantom

https://youtu.be/O5lFGeieCrM?si=DujU7XTJvmXKGvQz

Dee Patten - Who's the Badman

https://youtu.be/29fqWCGj0Ww?si=k0e6b4VxdqTsz33J

simon unsigned
@simon-unsigned
02/24/24 08:46:44PM
102 posts

SUCCESSION ASSIGNMENT


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Here's my rework.  Tried a few things to put a different twist on it but they didn't work so I kept it more like the original but went electronic and grunged it up a bit.  Really fun to do and learnt some useful stuff about music theory in the process.

https://community.producertech.com/simon-unsigned/uploaded_audio/407/succession-rework

simon unsigned
@simon-unsigned
02/09/24 11:41:15AM
102 posts

SUCCESSION ASSIGNMENT


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Another top assignment - thanks Rob!  Lots of opportunity to stamp your own mark on this.

Couple of questions around the rules - are we free to try a different tempo and also tweak the timing/rhythm of some of the note patterns in the MIDI you provided?  I get it will still need to be recognisable as the same theme tune.

simon unsigned
@simon-unsigned
02/09/24 11:25:59AM
102 posts

Self Releasing Music


General Producer Chat

Hi Samuel, you probably don't want to worry too much about having your own label if you just want to get your tracks out onto streaming platforms.  In these days of self-releasing it doesn't seem to be that relevant.  The exception is if you want to build a reputation for a group of different artists or aliases on a DJ download platform like Beatport/Traxsource/JunoDownload.  To me, these seem to be only places where you can search by label.

I've just started doing this and because I'm very old (and old school) I decided to go down the own label route.  I use a distributor called iMusician that allows you to set up your own label on Beatport.  But what I've found is that it's very difficult getting any visibility on Beatport if you're starting from scratch like I am (e.g. no social media presence).

If you go with Distrokid, that'll be a good choice and very cheap and easy to get on all the main streaming platforms.  You can also release on Beatport through them (for an additional charge) and it will appear as a release on the Distrokid label.

If it's just streams you're after and not downloads, you can look at using sites like Submit Hub and Groover to get on playlists etc.  And also Facebook Ads (the cost can build up on these though).  There's some good advice on YouTube from people like Andrew Southworth to help get started releasing through Distrokid and the marketing side of things.

Good luck and if you'd like any more help or questions answered I'll do my best to help with what very limited experience I have on this.

simon unsigned
@simon-unsigned
12/21/23 12:33:38PM
102 posts

Xmassignment - Win Big Prizes!


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I think this was the toughest assignment yet!  Don't think I made it easy on myself with my choice of song and was going to start again but just won't have the time.  I went for a carol in 3/4 time and used some of the original MIDI track that I downloaded.  Trying to convert it into a different style but keep it recognisable was really tough.  I didn't transform the MIDI other than put it through an arpeggio and a lot of delay, but then it's ended up pretty unrecognisable so not sure if it will qualify for the comp :-)

But thought I would post it up anyway and see if anyone can guess what it is!

https://community.producertech.com/simon-unsigned/uploaded_audio/395/name-that-tune

simon unsigned
@simon-unsigned
12/21/23 12:17:04PM
102 posts

XMAS STREAM TUESDAY 19th DEC 18.00 GMT


Livestreams

Unfortunately I wasn't able to make the Zoom call either, so thanks for posting the download Rob.  I'll post up my entry for the Xmassignment in the other thread -  Merry Christmas everyone!

simon unsigned
@simon-unsigned
09/10/23 04:45:37PM
102 posts

Chilled Breaks track


Let us hear you!

Hi Rob and Tone, thanks for the feedback, much appreciated and very useful to hear.  Yes, I was going for something quite piercing with the lead sound but, like you both say, it's a bit much.  But I've got some good input to work on and improve on my next track!

simon unsigned
@simon-unsigned
09/07/23 06:00:44PM
102 posts

TECH HOUSE LIVESTREAMS


Livestreams

Hi Rob, I've been away so not had a chance to check out this new course or view the last livestream yet, but will do soon.

I've not got any questions yet, but do have an idea/request for a future livestream.  Could members upload finished or nearly finished projects where you take a look and make suggestions on how they could be improved, making the changes live on the stream?

simon unsigned
@simon-unsigned
09/07/23 05:57:32PM
102 posts

Track in progress...


Let us hear you!

Hi Tone - really like the track.  If the real vocal doesn't work out, I think you could still use this computer vocal with a bit of processing, it makes the track work for me (got an 'Air' sound to it).

If I had to pick one thing that could maybe improve the mix, there's a pad-like sound in most of the track, it's what I think you've used as the bassline, seems to have a lot of higher frequencies which might be masking a lot of the other sounds because it's got a lot of sustain.  You could try layering a 2nd bass note with less sustain and/or filtering down the current sound.

When it's ready, let me know if you'd like me to release it for you (see my other post on here happy-1)

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