First Ableton Project
This was my first project on Ableton of many to come. The arrangement uses a premade sound pack, and I altered all of the tracks: transposing, adding reverb, etc. to create a smoky electric energy in the build up. Through the middle of the song I experimented with different drum tracks and pauses from the main group of sounds. My main struggle making this was the difficulty in producing the sound that I had imagined in my mind. While I was able to find a good sound going off of the sounds available, I couldn't make sounds that I had imagined beforehand.
First Soundtrap Project
In this project, I began understanding how digital audio workstations function. Through a mix of premade and original sounds, I pieced together a cohesive beat. Here, I also learned to tweak volume in specific locations and the importance of the key matching. It was difficult to implement my own piano effectively into the loops, but I think I made it work. This was a good first learning experience.
In this remix, I made my own take on Flume's song "Rushing Back." In this piece, the majority of elements other than the vocals were original. I learned how to make drum patterns and play the piano through the computer. One of the main ideas I took away from this project was how to maximize energy in the music. At various points the piano or beat drop comes in or fades to lower the energy in preparation for a bigger boost. This technique adds stress to important transitions and elements of the song.
For this song, I created a smooth flow based off of R&B guitar loops. The energy was soft and gentle, lending to the pleasure of listening. To mix the song, I adjusted the pan to have melodic elements to the left and drum/bass elements to the right. I also faded out the track at the end and added a little bit of reverb. Through this project, I learned that making quality sounds is fairly easier than I thought. By mixing everything to one key, everything sounds like it fits, which was a problem I didn't understand before.