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The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release => Technical Issues => Topic started by: ZiM0917 on November 10, 2006, 02:50:24 pm



Title: How to make music remix??
Post by: ZiM0917 on November 10, 2006, 02:50:24 pm
Sorry to sound a bit boring but.... How do you make remixes? I mean.... What tool are you using if u make music remix? I know you need real talent to make such thing but I'm just curious.... :-[


Title: Re: How to make music remix??
Post by: Novus on November 12, 2006, 08:42:49 pm
That varies a lot between musicians. I personally like Modplug Tracker (http://www.modplug.com/), but I think the Precursors (who rule much more than me) use more complex and/or expensive stuff.


Title: Re: How to make music remix??
Post by: Halleck on November 18, 2006, 05:18:50 pm
I think that the Precursors (TiLT and VOiD at least) used Reason to create most of those songs, although they have since upgraded to using Protools with high-end sample libraries.

There are different ways to make remixes. In this case (remixing MOD files) you could load up the MOD into a tracker program like Modplug or MilkyTracker (http://www.milkytracker.net/) and fool around with it there. Or, you might be able to convert it to MIDI and import it into a sequencing program. A lot of the free tools out there are difficult to use for this purpose (In my experience, at least), although if you have a mac you can use garageband.

Here are some of the free tools I've come across:

  • Audacity (http://audacity.sourceforge.net/) (multi-track digital audio workstation. Good for sound editing, but I wouldn't reccomend trying to use it as a sequencer)
  • Rosegarden (http://www.rosegardenmusic.com/) and BEAST (http://beast.gtk.org/), if you have Linux.
  • SawCutter (http://www.cuttermusic.com/productsSC1.htm) for windows (has a synthesizer and built-in sequencer, but can't import midi- at least for the free version).
  • Free VST Synths/Effects (http://freesound.iua.upf.edu/forum/viewtopic.php?t=817) that can be used with a Free (http://www.plogue.com) V (http://www.audiomulch.com)S (http://www.hermannseib.com/english/vsthost.htm)T (http://www.tobybear.de/p_minihost.html) Host (http://www.kvraudio.com/get.php?mode=results&st=adv&soft=h&type%5B%5D=0&f=vst&fe=vst&linux=1&mac=1&osx=1&win=1&free=1&com=1&un=1&sf=0&receptor=&sort=1&rpp=15) (check out all those links!)

But to be honest most of the remixes were probably made with commercial software like Reason, Cubase, Logic, Protools, etc. Maybe even Cakewalk or FL Studio.


Title: Re: How to make music remix??
Post by: TiLT on December 12, 2006, 09:36:37 am
Looks like I'm late to the party. Didn't notice this thread until now. Anyway...

As Halleck mentions, most of the remixes were made with commercial software/hardware. VOiD, Riku and I all used Reason, which is an excellent piece of software for someone who wants to learn to compose electronic music of some quality. Since then I've upgraded my home studio to a nearly professional level. At this level everything is a lot more complex to use and setup, but it can sound as good as anything you hear in commercial music releases. The value of my current equipment is probably somewhere in the $6000-$9000 range, which means it isn't for the casual composer. The main software I use right now is ProTools 7.1 by DigiDesign.

If you want to have a closer look at how we made the remixes, I strongly recommend downloading the Reason demo (from http://www.propellerheads.se ) which allows you to play around with its features. Note that in addition to Reason itself, we also used a variety of commercial instrument libraries that aren't included.