I have fruity loops, presonus audiobox, m-38 monitors, a basic AKGp120, a bass an acoustic and a Roland Juno-60. my sound is lame but my ideas are original and solid minus the production. does it seem like my equipment should do it and my diligence is low, or would you recommend anything to help with the quality of sounds I am getting. I've been doing this for 3 years and feel like I've learned so much yet can't get past some hurdles in getting the sounds as loud and thick as most people seem to be able to even with boring "already been made" sounding music.
There's nothing wrong with your equipment and only you know if your diligence is sufficient. How many hours a day do you put in? Do you treat it like a full-time occupation or is it a weekend hobby for you?
From 1983 to the present day I put in a full day every day trying to improve my skills. Never a day went by when I didn't push up some faders and ask myself "How can that sound better?"
Music is a fun and rewarding hobby and the availability of the tools has allowed many more people to enjoy doing it.
Doing it for a job is a totally different proposition and requires [in my experience] ridiculous amounts of effort and commitment.
The first thing you need to do is to honestly ascertain which of those two scenarios applies to you and then you need to commit, either to many hours of solitary work in obscurity, with the possibility you may never get there, or to enjoying making music as a hobby.
Either is ok, but you can't do both.
I turn 32 this Friday.
I read somewhere (perhaps incorrectly?) that Hallucinogen in Dub wasn't released till you were 35, and that Skylon didn't really take off till you were almost in your 40s. How do you think your age has affected your outlook on creativity, the "music scene", and your own personal artistic direction?
I've been toiling in relative obscurity for almost a decade now, (I prefer to be a hermit), and hearing that you didn't really "break through" till you were almost 40 helps calm me tits when I start worrying about when I can start doing this as my only job.
I understand that there may be some misunderstandings on my part regarding chronology, but I myself struggle with the massive ocean of sonic information out there... and whether or not anyone is going to care about the few drops I add to it.
Did you wonder if this would ever be a career? What did you do in the meantime till this became self-sustaining?
how come you're not on Bitwig's artists page? I discovered it thanks to an old post of yours.Ott responded on 03/10/2017