Blog Revival Day

•July 31, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Hello hello

Sorry for being inactive on the blog,the blog will return with a bang with good news and surprises!

Keep checking!

Latest news: I have started mixing and producing bands for nominal rates.Get in touch through my Facebook or email me at 1993siddharth@gmail.com and I’ll revert asap!

 For some test mixes-

Frequency2.0 ,a forum for indian musicians and producers.They are doing a good job by keeping the guild of Indian producers alive!I will always support them,they had a mix test competition with some DI’s.My contribution to them in a form of a mix hah!          http://dl.dropbox.com/u/8763321/Freq20mixtest2.mp3

Decayed Souls,my ex-band from Ahmedabad.New bunch of good musicians.I mixed their third track.Not my best work because the source was’nt that good!Hope it will get better day by day! :)
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/8763321/I%20smell%20blood.mp3

Cheers,and wait for the surprise,loads coming.

Peace out,

Sid

Sweetblame track Ms.Briganza!!

•May 6, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Helllo guys,

2 days,I was just in front of Nuendo sitting with a local punk band named Sweetblame in my room tracking/mixing/producing their third track named Ms. Briganza.

Messed with S2.0, with the Slingerland snare sample for the first time and also some new plugins.Came out pretty well.
Also mixed vocals for the first time :)

Here’s the link

http://www.reverbnation.com/siddharth.

Track is Miss Briganza.

Need feedback!!!

Cheers!!! :P

And ,is it raining??.Oh yeah,it’s absolutely raining! :D

•April 30, 2010 • Leave a Comment

I’m actually too excited for my first gig at Chennai which is 2nd May at Unseen Underground Pub Fest VI along with Escher’s Knot,Spitfire and Franks Got the Funk.And today it rained in Chennai.

Now I happen to be a complete Rain-drooler! :P .I love rains to the core.It brings that particular smell all around and as well it’s a very well mind-soother IMO.

What does the rain indicate here?Is it a good sign.I think it is.

What do you think?? :)

Is giving music the first priority in life,WRONG??

•April 29, 2010 • 2 Comments

Well,

It just struck me when I was talking to a friend o’ mine.He told me that I only was a better musician as compared to him because he was not jobless as me.What the heck?!

I just told him that if I devote most of my time to music does’nt mean that I am jobless!

I have noticed this everywhere.People who devote their time to music are always considered jobless.What’s happening??

Some people are actually b00bz when it comes to this.Bleh! :x

What do you think??!

Wanna record?!Most-important-article for n00bz! (Part-1)

•April 29, 2010 • 14 Comments
Before reading instructions:-

1)It’s a pretty long-ass cut-to-cut and the simplest and non-technical jargon used here to make you understand.Think of it like a story and then proceed.
2)Tweaking is the ultimate key(I have learnt that the hard way).The more you indulge in messing with the softwares and the samplers,the more you progress.Now start readin fella’s. ;)

Ok!Thank you everyone for supporting me for my scribblings so far :) .Take it as a return on my behalf  ;)  .

Many people have been asking me after listening to my solo project Essence that how do I record,program drums,process,mix,master etc etc in short,the same things which I used to ask to my fellow awesome musicians and producers some time before and it took me many hours to learn and have a  proper understanding of how production works and still I myself am not a pro in all this.

So to avoid answering all those friends of mine multiple times which is absolutely one hell of a job to do(you know that :P  ),I decided to make up an article on how to start recording.And I will cover the basics of mixing further in the continuation to this article.This is a very long-ass read but I assure you it’s almost very non-technical and reader-friendly and y’all n00bz will get most of your basics cleared ;)

RECORDING BASICS

So I’ll start off with what is required first of all to start your recording with.(for a guitarist)

1)How to connect your guitar to your pc?What all you need?
-You need your guitar,processor,nice cables(minimum 2),a sound card/usb recording interface.

Basically you can record using a soundcard,that is plugging your guitar into the processor  and then connecting your processor to your “line-in” jack which is usually present on the back-side of your PC :) .OR if you have a usb interface > Line-6 Toneport UX2 ,you connect your guitar to your processor and then connect it to your USB interface like the one which I linked above and you have a USB connection from the interface to the USB hub in your pc.Nowadays processors also have USB connections for recording.So you can also invest on that.Here I covered what all connections you make just before recording.USB Interfaces cost around from 5k INR/-  + AFAIK!.

2)Why is a good soundcard or an USB Interface necessary to record??
-Generally you must have heard this word named “Latency”(i know it’s a bitchy word :P ).Latency in simple language means the delay of output from your speakers. i.e. When you record using your on-board sound card,when you strike a note on your guitar,the sound will come after some micro-seconds which makes it pretty uncomfortable for an artist to record.So using a good sound card or an USB interface eliminates the latency to almost zero which is ub3r comfy for you to record. :)

3)What all do I need to get my recordings started?
-You need your guitar,interface/sound-card,processor,a DAW for starters,a drum sampler

After you are done with the connections(refer to Q1),you just fire up your DAW and start recording.

Ok so what is a DAW??
DAW is the short form for Digital Audio Workstation or audio recording software in layman terms ;) for e.g Adobe Audition(the best DAW for starters),Nuendo,Cubase,Logic,Ableton Live,Fruity Loops etc.

Drum Samplers

-Well for an amateur/semi-pro musician in India and as well as an amateur producer,it’s a pretty tough job financially  to go record live drums in a studio.Instead of that we have a very very good alternative that is sampled/programmed drums.They give out pretty good quality if processed well.Some of the e.g are EZDrummer,Drumkit from Hell a.k.a DFH, S2.0 ,Steven Slate Drums,Metal Foundry Drums etc.

Well as this guide considers to helping up beginners,EZDrummer with Drumkit from Hell is the best alternative for y’all.

-PRE-PROGRAMMING ,TO-DO LIST

To program drums,you need both of these softwares.First install EZDrummer and then install DfH.After you are done with this,open up a DAW for programming the drums.According to me Fruity Loops 9 is the best deal for us over here.Even I use FL9.

Just load up FL9(after installing both the softwares),click on Channel>Add One>More.A long list of plugins will appear,just click on “Refresh” which is at the bottom of the list so that it will show “EZDrummer”.Just tick it and close the list.Then afterwards whenever you open up your list,EZDrummer will always appear.

So,when to open up any plugin(including EZD) in FL,you click on Channel>Add One>(the list,find EZD from the list) and click on it.The EZDrummer interface will open which will consist of a drumkit.Click on each drum-part to know the sound,and keep exploring.I’ll go ahead on how to actually program.All this was “Pre-programming” instructions and how-to-start stuff.Haha already bored,are’nt you??But the drive to learn new stuff should overcome this boredom :D .

-PROGRAMMING THE DRUMS

So after doing all that stuff which I mentioned above^.When you come to the main interface page with the drumkit,press “Alt+P”.It will bring up the Piano Roll.A Piano Roll consists of keys(that of a keyboard) and small boxes beside them.Each key denotes one drum part i.e snare,kick.Your job=EXPLORE and tweak.Click on one box,it will be filled with a green box.Set tempo and start tweaking with the software.Similarly you can mess with DFH(which is mainly for programming metal drums) by clicking on a dropdown option which is right above the drumkit on the main interface and selecting “Drumkit from Hell”.Now start tweaking.

Sigh!I have completed the basics of Drum Programming and Recording over here.The conclusion to this guide will have the n00b tips on mixing and mastering(which I myself don’t know properly :P ).

All the Best!

Cheers.Feel free to pop up any questions on comments below and spread word!!

Finding the right sound!

•April 28, 2010 • 8 Comments

Has it ever happened that you have a song composed and when you sit to record it,it does’nt sound how YOU want it to sound? Ever stuck in such a frustrating  situation??

Well what I do is,try playing the song in my mind and at the same time keep looking out for tones and sounds which I think will help me.One particular e.g is that I was just recording a part of Essence’s third track named Life! in which I shift from a riffing pattern to an ambient pre-solo pattern and I was just absolutely stuck at that part because the sounds/tones which I used did’nt just fit in.After trying out for some time,I just shut everything down and played games and watched movies.I’ll try in sometime again.

Well this is what I do,when stuck,shut everything down.Give a breather to your mind,let it think and find answers on it’s own” .According to me this is what works the best.What do you do when you are in such a situation?? :)

Cheers.

Ok mm mm.Welcome!

•April 27, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Hello people,this was something I started off to update the world about my happenings over here and my friends who are not in touch with me everytime :)

I will be noting down my thoughts here regarding Essence,Blind Image and my own experiences.I’d like to thank Itihas Shetty aka http://www.absurdhistory.wordpress.com for helping me create this blog.

Keep checking for updates.

Cheers and Peace out. ;)

 
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