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Now Playing / Re: Dance/Electronic Genre
« Last post by petekelly on October 23, 2017, 08:29:27 AM »
Wondering why you are sharing this with us - perhaps you could share your favourite ambient works instead ?
Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Drone/pad EQ-ing.
« Last post by Castleview on October 23, 2017, 08:11:32 AM »
Cutting mids is fine as long as you don't overdo it. Too many mids can muddy the sound very quickly.

Removing resonances isn't really a must but it can help. I do it quite often but there's no rule saying you can never use resonance when filtering your drone textures. There aren't too many rules to making drones except for the basics like monitoring the frequencies and like APK said, making it sound good.
Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Drone/pad EQ-ing.
« Last post by APK on October 23, 2017, 08:05:39 AM »
Hey there.
I think you are onto the main problem, which is resonance, a sharp build up at a particular frequency. I'm always notch EQing them down because they will remain annoying otherwise. A dynamic EQ can be useful, but regular notch works of course. Beyond that, how I would EQ a drone depends what is sitting with it, and where it is good to leave some space for other sounds. For which there is no real formula. Drones and pads can vary greatly, so it is more a case by case issue. One good trick is to turn the thing up loud. Does it still sound balanced and listenable.

Often I will EQ a drone to shape its spectrum. Lower some frequencies and bring up others ... maybe to add a bit of brightness to the high end or cut the boominess in the lows. But as I say, on a case by case basic.

As you say, getting it right when selecting initial sounds and layers is very important. But in my experience some EQ will usually be needed to balance things later on. EQ is such an important weapon.

Because our ears and mind get tired and a bit untrustworthy, I will always park a finished piece for a week or so, then come back and listen it more objectively, as though it were someone else's piece. And listen for anything annoying. Then try to correct it. This will primarily be an EQ job, and some related volume balancing.

Conclusion :  For me there is no one way a drone (or pad) is made or should sound. But there are technicalities and aesthetics of music that should be observed. Which means: It should sound good. If it doesn't it needs work !  :)
Now Playing / Dance/Electronic Genre
« Last post by marga.stine on October 23, 2017, 12:09:08 AM »
LANY and The Chainsmokers are my favorite artists of the genre.
Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Drone/pad EQ-ing.
« Last post by animapara on October 22, 2017, 02:11:40 PM »
Guys ...

Stuck with drone/pad sounds :(

What is the basic concept in EQ-ing drone/pad sounds? Removing resonances and/or various unpleasant whistle frequencies with notch-filter? Of course, some LP/HP filtering - but it's matter of personal taste.

Yeah, i know .. some say "I don't do any eq on drones trying to carefully select source sounds" - but it's not my case. I believe in some EQ-ing
when making drones. 

Is removing resonances all i need to take care about drone/pad/any sustained sound? As i understand, traditional cutting low-mids area trying to clean up
sound is not a way when we talk about drones.

Please, tell what you usually do with EQ when making drones ...

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« Last post by marga.stine on October 20, 2017, 12:17:58 AM »
Memories... Do Not Open - The Chainsmokers
Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / SHIDIM at murmure intemporel
« Last post by FabioKeiner on October 19, 2017, 03:13:06 PM »
get a look & listening of my release at 'murmure intemporel netlabel':
Pardon me for being an intruder at some thread as I am really not familiar this forum. I don't have an idea that you have an introduction section which I really hate doing BTW.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Spotify and 'fake' ambient artists ?
« Last post by marga.stine on October 18, 2017, 08:50:59 PM »
I have always love Spotify for music listening. I have actually changed into a smartphone and bid my farewell to apple/itunes.

This is indeed and interesting article.
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