Grand Opening EP RELEASED!
So I just finished up my new EP. This was essentially the first time iv ever mastered anything properly. I learned a lot this time round. I'm not going to sit here and bullshit you with me saying "HEY MY MUSIC IS GREAT AND THIS IS WHY" I'm not trying to brainwash people like their neanderthals. You have your own taste in music. I trust that. If you enjoy my music. FANTASTIC! If not no problem.
So for something entirely different from the music norm. This is how I will write these blogs. I come from an Agile background. For those who don't know. Agile is a group of workflows or methodologies for software development (usually). As we go through the process we mark down issues or problem we run into and praise any triumphs we encounter. Then at the end of the development cycle (a sprint), we do a Sprint Retrospective. Retrospectives detail 3 main things.
What we did well.
What we need to do better in.
and What we should continue doing.
So let's get to it.
What I did well:
This is tough, I can always find ways to completely destroy and deconstruct anything iv ever done. Whether I'm cleaning my bedroom, answering a text, driving on the freeway or obviously ....making food (and music) So for easy reading lets list them out easily.
- I'm pretty happy with how the guitar came out in Haze. Although it isn't deep sampled it turned out to be quite pleasant to listen to. Most people won't notice what I'm talking about. As long as it sounds like its a guitar I'm cool with that.
- Fuckin LOVE Byte. This was done last second because the dynamics for another track I was doing was just NOT behaving with the rest of the EP. So what I did well here was put this track in and kick the other out lol.
- LEARNED ALOT ABOUT DYNAMICS. Holy crap. Thanks to the guys at iZotope and SoundsOnline for the endless amount of insight on dynamics in your manuals. Even if you don't own any of their products, download their manuals. It's a gold mine of information.
- Mastering. Pretty much everything under the sun I thought I did pretty decent with. Now there is a lot I still have to learn, but for the most part. Not too shabby. Not too shabby...
- Rhythm man. I love how good the rhythms turned out. Funky, soulful but still pack a good punch but not loud and in your face. I think I did really well. Thank you 60s.
What I need to do better in:
- Mastering haha. There's quite a few hiccups and dynamics that are kind of out of balance. Also still trying to get the stereo imaging correct. Making sure stereo and mono is well mixed.
- LUFS. Although everything is mastered at -16 LUFS I'm getting so goddamn confused with the industry. Listening to other industry leaders. They absolutely crush their dynamics most of the time. The music can reach up to -7 LUFS. -7!! That's insane especially because the standard is -18 to -16. You lose too much detail :(. Because Itunes and Spotify usually round their songs to -13? I think. I'm ok with exporting it at -16. However Google does not do this, nor Amazon, so my music will usually be quieter than most mixes. I don't want to crush my music any more than I have to. But I'm considering maybe -12 or -14. Don't know yet, don't yell at me.
- Stress. Technical and Musical stuff is fine. But stress is what really kills a lot of people regardless of really anything. I need to not stress so much when I master music. Usually, writing music is an adventure for me, but the technical side like dynamics and getting the numbers to square up correctly can be tiring, redundant and cumbersome. This one stressed me out a lot since it was my first time ever doing it. So next time round (because I already learned the basics) maybe I won't stress so much.
Things I should continue doing:
- Joy, love and hate. Wonderful things to keep me moving on my music. Joy for when I found the AH-HA! Love for when it's complete and Hate for when I begin to force something unnatural unto it. Let it breathe and say what it needs to say without shoving my own words and thoughts down its throat.
- Energy Management. Although it takes every ounce of energy from me. It only takes out my composing energy. Not my financial energy, side work energy, food etc. So energy management is important. I got other shit to do.
- Rhythm. Absolutely continue to hone my skills on rhythm.
- Research, keep fuckin learning. There is ALWAYS something to learn. Always.