Zergmazter

Zergmazter

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  • Joined : Tue 9th Dec 2014, 7 years ago

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  1. rolover
    rolover on Sun 2nd Apr 2017 - 5 years ago
    Commented on For a special one by Zergmazter

    Would be great for a film!

  2. LonerNova
    LonerNova on Fri 22nd Jul 2016 - 6 years ago
    Commented on For a special one by Zergmazter

    Wonderful! I feel the strings take away from the piano, but i mean, technically piano is a string instrument. Looking forward to the final product!

  3. 7venth12
    7venth12 on Sat 28th May 2016 - 6 years ago
    Commented on For a special one by Zergmazter

    Great work!!

  4. austinmusic
    austinmusic on Fri 27th May 2016 - 6 years ago
    Commented on For a special one by Zergmazter

    Really like this piece! Agree with some others that the strings are a bit loud and abrupt, but I like the overall effect of them and think it all builds really nicely and captures the emotion. And I always love a big ending like that. Overall, really great track!

  5. MarnieG
    MarnieG on Fri 27th May 2016 - 6 years ago
    Commented on For a special one by Zergmazter

    It's magical! The only thing that would make it better for me is if the strings fade in/out more realistically as they just kinda start and stop without warning, the rest of it sounds pretty perfect. That guitar is lovely!!

    Zergmazter
    Reply by Zergmazter

    Thanks for commenting. You have amazing songs yourself. You and I might have similar taste haha. I always try to make it emotional even if it's a rock song.

  6. BradoSanz
    BradoSanz on Fri 27th May 2016 - 6 years ago
    Commented on For a special one by Zergmazter

    What did you use for the piano? I really like how it sounds. Im interested in whatever VST/hardware you used for it because it sounds real crisp and close.

    Brado

    Zergmazter
    Reply by Zergmazter

    I am replying to your comment over the other ones because you requested some info. I'm trying to return the favor and give my little input in one of everyone's track as appreciation for their answers, and as a thank you in return. I will not reply to the others until I catch up to them hehe. I just think it's the right thing.

    That being said I used the addictive keys Studio Grand-Producer, Grand piano preset and edited it. I increased the value of the tone knob, timbre knob, and decreased the soft/hard knob. I can upload the preset, I just saw that option I didn't know was available.

    After that I added some EQ to it. 3db-10% width boost on 71 hz, 1.5db-5% width cut on 355 hz, 1db-5% width cut on 201 hz, 1db-39% boost on 1436 hz. The 71 hz boost could be adjusted. I did it that low because the track barely has any bass until the rock guitar hits. The rest I did because I liked it and I will probably use this piano the same way on every song I make, and adjust the low end.

    Of course EQ to taste. You can get similar sounding piano with just the knobs I tweaked from the Grand Piano patch of the producer addictive keys.

    If you wanna try it out yourself this is how I did the knobs:

    Tone, and timbre I increased to about 1 O'clock. Soft/hard I decreased to about 50% over 9 O'clock. Thats all. Good luck.

    Note: The default preset sounds similar, but I didn't like how the high seemed a little thin for me, and I wasnt satisfied with the overall tone of the low end.

  7. Danke
    Danke on Fri 27th May 2016 - 6 years ago
    Commented on For a special one by Zergmazter

    You got so many clever ideas here so I just want to tell you that it's a cool snippet and hope you'll finish it but to tell you the truth it doesn't need much...is there a bass on it? I didn't hear it on my old pc at my work place...

    Handshake, Danke

  8. jonowinn
    jonowinn on Fri 27th May 2016 - 6 years ago
    Commented on For a special one by Zergmazter

    great work man! I don't think you over used the orchestral strings, the piano sounds amazing! i think it'll be a great idea to put lyrics in it! keep up the good work man!

  9. Tumbleweed
    Tumbleweed on Thu 26th May 2016 - 6 years ago
    Commented on For a special one by Zergmazter

    Thats a great sounding piano Zerg...and you play it well...nice expression...orchestral music is at best a challenge to mix well and I see you have some comments already...I agree with Brado..I would pull them waaay back, slow the attack & release a lot...the piano is really the star of this one & if the strings are just very subtle it would be right on )personal taste of course)..I would also think about warming them up a bit...maybe a cut around 1-2 khz and a little bump up down around 320...I like your composition...the drums are good too..they have a nice feeling of power if thats the way you want to go...You have the ingredients for a really good mix here so I think its just a matter of how to deal with the strings (if you keep them why not try a mid-side process vst on that track..for a nice wide soundscape)....well done...keep it going...Ed

    Zergmazter
    Reply by Zergmazter

    Thanks! Hmmm interesting way to warm things up by boosting 320. I will try this. I've never done it before. Yes I will pull the strings back a bit. After spending so much time in the composition stage I cannot hear the levels accurately since I'm so used to the song already. After taking a break I noticed what you guys were talking about hehe.

    The drums are a modified preset of mine from addictive drums. I play rock, so I like them heavy hehe.

    I gotta admit I know nothing about mid-side processing. I gotta figure out how to do it. You mentioned it is related to wideness, so that's a start for me. I've heard strings that sound wide, and maybe the is what they are doing to them.

    Thanks for the pointers.

  10. BradoSanz
    BradoSanz on Thu 26th May 2016 - 6 years ago
    Commented on For a special one by Zergmazter

    In my opinion, the strings enter the mix too abruptly. You may want to bring them down a bit, and fade them in a bit longer in the intro. I'd offer trying to mix it for you, but something is wrong with my Pro Tools at the moment. The piano sounds great, I'd almost say to just keep it to the piano and do the vocals :P The chords are beautiful and romantic. Just a thought. The piano is much more romantic for a date than the other instruments, sometimes simpler is better in this situation :)

    Brado

    Zergmazter
    Reply by Zergmazter

    Thanks for the comment. You are right I'm gonna lower them and bring them in slowly also some reverb when they finish I think would be good as they are ending to abruptly.

    Ha well I was gonna do the vocals, but I'm not super good singing. If I only leave the piano and the vocals I'm afraid my ability to sing won't be able to deliver.

    Thanks for the pointers.

  11. joecramer
    joecramer on Thu 26th May 2016 - 6 years ago
    Commented on For a special one by Zergmazter

    Hello Zergmazter
    You got some comments on the strings and i have to say that i don't think that you should think to much about real or synth :) but i believe that they in this version are much to loud and i (and this is really only my feeling) would give them at least at the end much more reverb or let at least the last note fading out slowly. Cause it sounds in the way you done it so extremely cut off ....
    The overall "feeling" is ok i would say. I don't know for who you composed it and i hope that the person don't think that it is a little to "schmaltzy" :)
    But overall it is a nice melody
    Hope that it helps a little

    stay tuned
    joe

    Zergmazter
    Reply by Zergmazter

    Lol 'schmaltzy' for a first time date yea lol. I agree about the reverb. It sounds like suddenly they died haha. Thanks for the comment.

  12. silverman
    silverman on Thu 26th May 2016 - 6 years ago
    Commented on For a special one by Zergmazter

    Sounds good to me very good but .... it's lacking depth and I think that depth could be achieved with some kettle drum and cymbal.

    Zergmazter
    Reply by Zergmazter

    Thanks for commenting. I had to look up kettle drum in google for a second lol. I wonder if I've used one of those before and never knew it was a kettle drum.

    Interesting idea, will give it a shot.

  13. Spivkurl
    Spivkurl on Thu 26th May 2016 - 6 years ago
    Commented on For a special one by Zergmazter

    I meant it not as an insult or anything regarding the strings, and it has little to do with the composition. Probably the "pickyness" I have is due to early on playing cello for about five years, and playing bass and guitar for 25 or so. Stringed instruments are something which are so aside from something which software, samples or electronics can come close to. I consider a string made with that sort of instrument as having a totally different purpose than a recording of an instrument which actually uses strings, A sample set, at best, incorporates a set recording or group of recordings of an instrument. With an actual string instrument (piano included), every single note and performance is at least microscopically dissimilar to each other. Two trains, even if they're on the same track, never shall they meet. Just wanted to clarify.

    Zergmazter
    Reply by Zergmazter

    Ahh I see what you are getting at. You mean it sounds like it's being played with the same string because all string strokes sound the same, and don't have the natural flaws of the instruments.

    I'm gonna do an experiment and switch all the strings to solos. I used all ensemble so if there was any micro differences they were all gone.

    The solos were recorded string by string, with no pitch bend. Maybe it will sound more like what you say. I'm gonna test it out. I was playing with them earlier and I was asking myself why the strokes sounded slightly different from each other.

    I get what you are saying though.

  14. DanGoldstein
    DanGoldstein on Thu 26th May 2016 - 6 years ago
    Commented on For a special one by Zergmazter

    on the electric guitar part - I would keep it sustained (no empty space). It is a beautiful new color

    I am not particularly troubled by real vs synth as far as strings go. I don't try to hard to emulate acoustic - just try to make things sound good. And your work sounds great. regards - Dan

    Zergmazter
    Reply by Zergmazter

    Thanks for the reply. I will try that with the guitar though I'm thinking maybe to take it out completely, but first I will try that.

  15. niggabiotch321
    niggabiotch321 on Thu 26th May 2016 - 6 years ago
    Commented on For a special one by Zergmazter

    you could try softer strings, meaning less layers. excuse my terminology .... it should let the piano stand out with a nice soft string in the background .... nice work though, very nice :)

    Zergmazter
    Reply by Zergmazter

    Yes I think I'm gonna do that. Virtual strings are extremely difficult to program for realism and I don't feel like it right now. Putting them on the background might be my best bet.

  16. Spivkurl
    Spivkurl on Thu 26th May 2016 - 6 years ago
    Commented on For a special one by Zergmazter

    It's an interesting experiment to make a virtual song for a date, I hope that goes well for you. I don't think that the strings take away from the piano, but more that they sound "cheap." So if that's the effect you are going for, then it's probably fine. As far as it sounding emotional, that is a hard question to answer, and really only you can know... after all you were the one composing it, and if you were feeling emotions, then only you know what they are. It sounds like a good mix and stuff, so you should be proud of that. Of course, it's not the kind of music I usually enjoy, but I think you've done well, and that you have been improving! Good work!

    Zergmazter
    Reply by Zergmazter

    Thanks spivkurl. As far as strings go, they are one of the most realistic sampled strings out there I think. Maybe the cheap sound comes from using them in a polyphonic way? Maybe I should stick to using them monophonic and in legato mode so they sound as real as they were recorded and intended to sound like.

  17. promenade2239
    promenade2239 on Tue 29th Mar 2016 - 6 years ago
    Commented on Guitar Mixing practice V3-2 by Zergmazter

    I do not really understand what you are complaining at on forums because this fragment sound actually much better from the usual midi music that you can find on this site.

    Can you eleborate on how you input the actual notes? Was it entirely your original composition? Sounds really good to me, especially some guitar passages.

    Also I do not know why you do not want to upload more compositions on looperman. People will simply play your music and comment. It will be better if you can upload more serious examples of your 'basses' if you want to get more detailed feedback in the future.

    I think the reason why this arrangement sounds artificially is because of quantization and the mechanical nature of midi performance. The guitar plugin itself has quite realistic sound and I wouldn't expect more than this.

    Did you render the midi tracks to audio before mixing? I always do this. Plugins are actually quite unstable.
    Also I think it is good to be fresh and avoid listening to midi music for too long. After some break you can sometimes come up with excellent mixing results spontaneously.

    Hope it helps.

    Zergmazter
    Reply by Zergmazter

    Hey there. Well I'm one of those people who got a lot of fragments but rarely a whole song. I thought about uploading only after I got a full song with the exception of this fragment I uploaded, so that people could hear how the entire mix sounded. That's why I rarely upload, and also a lot of times I lack the energy to finish a song after I'm back from work. Just too sleepy.

    And you are right about quantizising. I'm not a very good studio performer, my timing sucks, and sometimes I give up and quantizise lol. I'm getting better at timing since I've been practicing with a metronome, but not good enough yet.

    I should render the midi tracks before mixing like you say. I always left the whole thing raw just in case I needed to make changes, but I'm rethinking that.

    I have a problem defining what is midi music and what is not. Maybe because I exposed myself to midi music my whole life unknowingly. I really can't tell more than half the time.

    Thanks for your insight. I will make changes to my routine for sure.

    Oh and yea this was my original composition. Input notes? I practice on the keyboard till I hear something I like, then press the rec button. After that I quant, but I will def quant less in the future. My timing is still not that good. I mean I keep the over all time, but my time in between clicks is a bit off half the time.

    Thanks again I really appreciate it. There is nothing worse than being your own judge and trying to correct yourself with your own biased opinion. I really need any critique I can get.

  18. crucethus
    crucethus on Sun 27th Mar 2016 - 6 years ago
    Commented on Guitar Mixing practice V3-2 by Zergmazter

    Bass is crystal clear in this one Zerg. I use in my studio . A pair of Bose 2.5 speakers from 1984 with a 40 watt kenwood amp that just reproduce sound naturally and clearly in the space in which I record. Bass is where it's supposed to be on the mix.
    Cru

    Zergmazter
    Reply by Zergmazter

    Cool man. I have a hard time telling what's not clear with my monitors. It seems they even take mediocre sounding songs and make them sound good and I hate it. I need a monitor system that does not sugar coats the sound.

  19. Danke
    Danke on Tue 5th Jan 2016 - 6 years ago
    Commented on Guitar Mixing practice V3-2 by Zergmazter

    cool but for my taste it needs another part to be a full song (if we call this state full...)

    handshake, Danke

    Zergmazter
    Reply by Zergmazter

    Lol I'm still working on it. I got ideas, but not down on here yet. I'm planning on a full 3.5 - 4 minute song.

    I was just working on my album for the moment. You know I think I also hear mud here which is driving me insane, but I need to try and ignore it till I'm done with the arrange.

  20. topvega
    topvega on Tue 5th Jan 2016 - 6 years ago
    Commented on Guitar Mixing practice V3-2 by Zergmazter

    Pretty cool. I am on the fence with getting Shreddage 2. The guitar tones sound pretty awesome so i might take the plunge. I recently bought Trilian from Spectrasonics.
    Nice job with the mix.

    tv

    Zergmazter
    Reply by Zergmazter

    Thanks for the comment. Shreddage 2 is amazing. This right here has absolutely no articulations yet. This is just key played with my keyboard. Once I am done adding the articulations no one will be able to tell the difference if it was a live guitar or not, of course unless you know me and know that I midi stuff.

    Oh I was thinking about Trilian too, but I bought NI Scarbee bass instead. Sounds legit.

  21. Spivkurl
    Spivkurl on Mon 4th Jan 2016 - 6 years ago
    Commented on Guitar Mixing practice V3-2 by Zergmazter

    Haven't seen a song from you in the list recently, so it's good to hear this. Well, in the case of mixing practise, I think this is good work. Things are sounding pretty clear. As far as the guitar goes, it seems like a plugin... this is the main reason my praise is directed towards the mixing and the experience you will gain from it. The real challenge will be transferring the experience to mixing real guitar recordings, as there are often different things to contend with. I enjoyed the idea here though, and look forward to hearing the extended version.

    Zergmazter
    Reply by Zergmazter

    Thanks for the comment. Yes it is a plugin and I tried to give it it's own space. Actually after listening to this again I realize I would have done some things different. I think I hear a reverb or delay mess somewhere which is distracting at least to me.

    It only takes me 10 minutes to become deaf and not see the errors anymore lol. I did not see this till today.

    I used my new shreddage 2. It's a direct recorded guitar into the plug-in, but no amps, so I had to find me a simulator too. I was trying the free TH3 version amp simulator and I think I will buy it. I like it.

  22. DanGoldstein
    DanGoldstein on Mon 4th Jan 2016 - 6 years ago
    Commented on Guitar Mixing practice V3-2 by Zergmazter

    Are you saying the guitar is live and the accompaniment is midi? You have some great guitar chops if that was live. Pretty fast playing. I would have liked to hear the guitar more prominent in the mix.

    Zergmazter
    Reply by Zergmazter

    Hi thanks for the comment. It's just a plug-in and I just tried to give the sound it's space.

  23. Danke
    Danke on Mon 4th Jan 2016 - 6 years ago
    Commented on Guitar Mixing practice V3-2 by Zergmazter

    Great practice :-)...some of us gave a half of the hand for the tune like this...crystal clear sound...like an LP or CD....professional work...and actually could be a good number...won't you finish it?

    Congrats and handshake, Danke

    Zergmazter
    Reply by Zergmazter

    Thanks for the comment. I actually decided to turn it into a full song a few hours ago, so I've been making adjustments and working on the chorus. Will be updating soon.

  24. Spivkurl
    Spivkurl on Wed 8th Jul 2015 - 7 years ago
    Commented on Slicing test track Have a laugh by Zergmazter

    Hey, not a bad start to a unique song here! I like the chopping you did for sure. You need to be very careful using a mastering plugin to fix clipping, as most often there will be clipping occurring as the tracks are mixed at the master channel. The plugin may help the output or render, but the clipping into the master channel will still be present. You would be far better off turning every channel sown by the same amount until there is no clipping a the master. In FL 12 it is really easy to do this. But I like the composition so far! Thanks for sharing!

    Zergmazter
    Reply by Zergmazter

    Ahhhh Thanks for the info. I've began doing that by assigning every bus to a main bus, then controlling the volume.

    Of course I could have just put a balance plugin on the master and turned it down now that I think about it lol.

  25. Klandestyne
    Klandestyne on Mon 15th Jun 2015 - 7 years ago
    Commented on Slicing test track Have a laugh by Zergmazter

    ez zergs crystal clear prod even if it is short n sweet , if u dont mind me asking what mastering plugs to u use very punchy :P off to check more of ur stuff

    Zergmazter
    Reply by Zergmazter

    I used a multi-band mastering plug-in called Maximus. I dont remember what I did here however :/

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