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Inge
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 12 2004 23:05    
MadTracker's 'Tip of the Day' needs your tips!
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The most current Tip of the Day list can be viewed at:
http://quinone.madtracker.net/tips.htm


Yannick is planning to introduce a 'did you know?' splashscreen inside MadTracker 2.5. What we therefore would like to know from you, is your favourite small tips and tricks (such as Goose's infamous 'click on a note in the pattern window to select the corresponding instrument').

Please write down whatever pops into your mind, no matter how trivial it may sound or seem. All input is more than appreciated!

Kind regards,
Inge (and an implicit Yannick, mais naturellement)

ps: don't worry. You can disable the 'did you know' window Smile


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Elijah
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 13 2004 02:15    
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greeeeeeeeeeeeeat idea!!!!

this is awesome....

ill think of some good ones..

K heres one...

"You want to make Phat Drum Beats?

Loops, Loops, Loops!

create a couple different loops leaving out the essentials that would normally make that type of beat (Kick, Snare) and layer them over other beats of the same kind. add your basic Kick Snare and you have some Crazy Beats!"

another loop tip

"Syncronize a loop to its regular BPM but instead of the normal length, make the length double the original length. eg. normal length 8beats -> make it 16 beats.. what you get is a really cool slowed down breaky thing. works well with drum & bass, hip hop, breakbeat, etc. add a LITTLE reverb on the slowed down loops to give them more volume too."

there you go.. i will add more when i get some good ideas.

.. PS GREAT IDEA!!!!!


- Elijah
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BeatMax
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 13 2004 02:58    
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Nice to hear, sounds like a very good idea Smile I`ll keep you updated if I find any.

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goose
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 13 2004 09:47    
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Here's some more MT specific tips...

Double-click in the space above a track to select all the track in one go. Idea

Shift-Tab after creating a new track to go straight to that track. Idea

Mouse over BPM field to get exact accurate tempo for exporting. Idea

Right-click on cursor bar to get command effects menu. Idea

Double-click anywhere in the oscillator window to unsolo all tracks Idea



All these tips should be put in the help file, too. Rolling Eyes


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Powerdown
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 13 2004 13:51    
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goose wrote:
Double-click anywhere in the oscillator window to unsolo all tracks Idea


Only if one or more tracks are solo.

If no tracks are solo: double click on the track in the oscillator window to solo it.

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Martin
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 13 2004 15:07    
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Yannicks tip about hitting ENTER for playback while recording a new sample is a pretty good tip imo.
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N0N
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 13 2004 17:01    
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If you've selected any thing outside of the pattern editor in madtracker, just hit enter and you end up back in the pattern editor. Instead of moving the mouse to return to it. like when opening a new sample, it selects the instrument, but if you hit enter it will jump you to the pattern editor.


The did you know thing would be great for all of the fasttracker and madtracker effects with there explinations.
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LogicDeLuxe
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 13 2004 22:48    
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Some hints for the list:

Idea Deep bass are best centered (and in phase) since it's the best distribution of energy, and the human hearing can't localize low frequencies anyway. If you plan to cut a vinyl, this is a requirement.


Idea Out of phase signals are comming from the rear speakers on Dolby© Prologic® systems. You achive this effect by setting the Pan slider to "P" (left end). Though keep in mind that those speakers aren't made for deep bass reproduction, unless you have a Prologic II® system. Even on regular stereo systems, the out of phase effect results in sounds hard to localize.


Idea When sampling, always turn off crt television sets nearby! The flyback transformer might disturb your sampling hardware resulting in a 15.6 kHz whistle.


Idea Always edit samples at a zero crossing to avoid clicks! Forward loops should have the start and end sample at a similar value.


Idea Effect processors (not limited to those in MadTracker) can produce strong dc offsets and subsonic rumble. Therefor a subsonic filter can save energy and you can get a bargain of several dB of usable dynamics. Phase free high pass filters with a narrow shelf at around 15 - 40 Hz usually work well.


Idea "Don't join the loudness race which has no winners!" (quote: Bob Katz)
In general, don't overcompress!
rock/pop/techno/hiphop etc. should be mastered at -14dBFS RMS.
classic/jazz/spoken text etc. should be mastered at -20dBFS RMS.
Of course, those are rough guidlines, and you material may require different leveling.
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Inge
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 13 2004 23:18    
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These are all excellent tips! Please continue mentioning stuff. The broader the better. Think both vertical (superficial/trivial to hardcore/l33t) as horizontal (inside-MT to general/trivia).

Inge


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D Vibe
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 14 2004 00:07    
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"Did you know that pink underwears fits amazingly well with green socks?"


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LogicDeLuxe
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 14 2004 01:16    
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Idea When singing, avoid blowing into the mic! In case your recording can't be redone for some reason, you can try removing the rumble with a high pass filter at around 100 - 300 Hz depending on the voice.


Idea In case you got hiss noises on the "s" in your recording, you can reduce this noise with a band limiter in a range approximately at 3000 - 10000 Hz. Though be careful, hence too much compression rips off the life of your voice. If you can effort it, also try a better mic!


Idea To save some CPU time, you can switch off the effects of some tracks temporarely in parts where they aren't needed.


Idea Name your samples with its tone in the end of the name like Piano_C4.wav for example, and MadTracker can set the tune automatically based on the name.


Idea The "Cleanup"-feature might reduce your file size for distribution.


Idea 1££7 5P£4ch 15 n0 l4ngµ4g£, 'coz ye can't sing it! There's no doubt, your local tongue is much more valuable.


Idea A perfectly clear recorded instrument or voice usually sounds boring, try a slight subtle reverb on it for a natural acoustic sound!


Idea You can chain several effects through track routing in the mixer.


Idea If you plan to do your music unplugged, MadTracker is not your choise since unplugging your computer wouldn't do any good, apparently. Of course, you might do something in MadTracker which sounds like it were unplugged.
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Walter Vos
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 14 2004 02:56    
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LogicDeLuxe wrote:
Idea When singing, avoid blowing into the mic! In case your recording can't be redone for some reason, you can try removing the rumble with a high pass filter at around 100 - 300 Hz depending on the voice.


Maybe you can also explain how to make a pop filter with one of your mom's pantyhoses and a clothing hanger here?


what is hip?

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Elijah
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 14 2004 04:33    
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Walter Vos wrote:
LogicDeLuxe wrote:
Idea When singing, avoid blowing into the mic! In case your recording can't be redone for some reason, you can try removing the rumble with a high pass filter at around 100 - 300 Hz depending on the voice.


Maybe you can also explain how to make a pop filter with one of your mom's pantyhoses and a clothing hanger here?


yepp.. pantyhose and coathanger is the best... or just spend 50 bucks and buy a decent mic stand....

Idea for recording any instrument, BUILD A BOOTH even if you need to drape sheets over something. anything to buffer excess noise. also. when recording anything it is best to use a stand to get the best positioning available (aside from holding the mic yourself (yes, even for vocals.) it also reduces the bumping noises you get from the mic moving.)


- Elijah
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InHousePussy
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 14 2004 05:43    
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One tip from me...

Listen to some of Jim Reeves' tracks...it will save your life.. Wink
Back then they really knew how to record vocals..(the nashville sound)
This should be the first tip, imho Very Happy

Edit: this should not be in this topic at all...sorry.. allthough, listening to old Jim records never hurt anyoneTwisted Evil


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 14 2004 08:28    
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c-frog wrote:
"Did you know that pink underwears fits amazingly well with green socks?"


hmm, so now we know where to colored song names comes from, admit you just match it with your underwears you wear the day the song is done and voila...


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