TOP25 #TranceFamily

My TOP25 greatest songs of all time! They are all tested time-proof ;D TOP10 are complete mind-blowers for me. They’ve done it in past and they’ll do it in future. And the first place goes for how I feel and I can’t describe it :)

01. Defcon Audio ft. Julie Harrington - Lost In You (Jamie Walker Remix)

02. Bjorn Akesson feat. Jwaydan - Xantic (Aly & Fila vs. Bjorn Akesson Remix)

03. A.R.D.I. feat. Irena Love - Memories (Original Mix)

04. Aly & Fila ft. Jwaydan - Coming Home (Original Mix)

05. W&W - Impact (MarLo Remix)

06. W&W - Manhattan (Craving Remix)

07. Aly & Fila ft. Jwaydan - We Control The Sunlight (Original Mix)

08. Max Graham ft. Ana Criado - Nothing Else Matters (Aly & Fila Remix)

09. Tucandeo ft. Cat Martin - Novembers (Kiholm Vocal Remix)

10. Paul Webster feat. Amanda - Time (Sean Tyas Remix)

11. Cosmic Gate - Barra

12. Cosmic Gate - Perfect Stranger

13. Danny Dove & Ben Preston ft. Suzie Ledge - Forever

14. Corderoy Ft. Little Neve White - Run Into The Sun (Original Vocal Mix)

15. Cosmic Gate - Be Your Sound (with Emma Hewitt)

16. Adam Tas Feat Sopheary - Say (Original Mix)

17. Susana and Max Graham - Down to Nothing (Original Mix)

18. DJ Feel ft. Emma Lock - Without You (Vocal Mix)

19. Emma Hewitt - Miss You Paradise (Shogun remix)

20. Gareth Emery ft. Christina Novelli - Concrete Angel (Original Mix)

21. W&W - D.N.A. (Mark Sixma Remix)

22. Dash Berlin ft. Chris Madin - Silence In Your Heart (Club Mix)

23. ATB feat. Ramona Nerra - Never Give Up (Club Mix)

24. Max Graham Feat Neev Kennedy - Sun In The Winter (Original Mix)

25. W&W - AK47

Reality about mastering software

HERE WE GO!

Image-Line Maximus is a multi-band maximizer with user adjustable compression curves, 3 bands and a master band. Each band has stereo separation knob. Maximus has almost everything you need and it is so lightweight and easy to use! Also monitoring gives so many opportunities to see what is going on in every band.

Pros:

  • It is so easy compared to what it holds
  • Low CPU drain (14% on my 3GHz dual core)
  • It has almost everything that mastering should include
  • In-built limiter is quite good
  • Full mastering within 7 minutes and barely defects are barely noticed!

Cons:

  • Stereo imaging too “rough” because of 3 bands and no vectorscope
  • Saturation completely blind with one button on each band only
  • No equalization (or ridiculous 3 band equalization I must say)

Brainworx Digital 2 is a powerful mastering software. Infact developer says that it’s all you need to master a song. Well when I started this test it took me about 10 minutes to adjust equalizers and I must say that they are Beasts. No other station ever allowed by hear to take a part as much as this did in no time with its A-listen function. Unfortunately there are no saturators rather than “gain” knobs. I also noticed that there is "correlation" meter but no stereo imaging at all…

Pros: 

  • Low CPU drain (17% on my 3GHz dual core)
  • BEST MID-SIDE equalization
  • Auto Solo buttons

Cons:

  • No Stereo Imaging
  • No Multi-Band Saturation
  • No compression
  • Too many buttons (which makes it time consuming to find right one)

iZotope Ozone 5 Advanced. Did I previously mentioned beasts? Well this one makes other beasts run away crying like a babies! Unlimited possibilities with its in-depth menus and visual feedback! 4 independent bands on every module exept post and pre equalizers with doubled amount. Maximization is over the edge even with some controls missing we don’t even need them because everything’s automated!

Pros:

  • It has everything!
  • Only real hardware equipment could have more in-depth possibilities
  • Extreme visual feedback

Cons:

  • Extreme CPU drain! (Over 100% which made it hard to compare as it peaked and clipped 5x a second)
  • For advanced users only
  • Took more 1 hour to master and I wasn’t even that satisfied (CPU didn’t allowed me any further adjustments)


To summarize I suggest using Maximus while in production process to have a brief look how it’s going to sound mastered. In some cases you don’t even need stronger device (depends on genre and skill level). Other than that for best results use Ozone5 with external limiter. Another option is using Ozone5 replacing its preEqualizer module with Brainworx digital2 but it will cost because these are definately not free

My new trance song:

Might come in use for you to save time :)

Might come in use for you to save time :)

Questions vol. 2

Q: Which synth you use for the pluck?

A: Depends on what I need. Dreamy ones with Harmless, Strong metalic ones with Toxic Biohazard

Q: How do you make those notes fit the scale? Do you recognise their positions?

A: Not everyone. I just count first as 0, then it’s +2Semitones, +2 or +1(major or minor) and so on.. Or easy way to do is making everything in C scale and then transposing.. Or learn “circle of fifths” :)

Q: How do you make pads?

A: Just add 4 saw oscillators and detune them acompanied with unison x8 voices. You may lower and raise some of oscs by octaves

Q: I can’t find anything in FL Studio! A: Make sure you READ the manual :)

Q: How do I know what kind of technique use where? It rarely fits my needs!

A: This my friend is every learning producers problem. It comes with practice. Just make sure you keep your head clean and knowledge will be there :) By the time you’ll notice how to make magic happen.. Depends on how fast you learn

Q: Do I need any music theory lessons to make chords and harmonies?

A: Yes, of course. Even though sometimes knowing them makes you think too “right” and that’s another thing to get over with

Most asked question in my entire life

- What kind of VST’s and VSTi’s (Virtual Studio Technologies and instruments) you use?

And when I aswer the person that asked in 99% cases admit that he is using pretty much same gear. So this question is kinda wrong to ask, because only importance is efficenty of their use and how it suits your will. Anyway I wrote this article so you knew it and I hadn’t write 200-word sentence whenever there’s someone who asks :D

Instruments: Sylenth1, Toxic Biohazard, Harmor, FL Keys, Sawer, Poizone, 3xOSC, FM8.. Rarely but also Massive, Sytrus and DSK Strings (free)

Effects: Fruity Parametric EQ (both 1 and 2 versions), Fruity Reeverb (both 1 and 2), Fruity Love Philter, Fruity Delay 2, Fruity Delaybank, Ohmicide, Maximus, Fruity Compressor, Gross Beat, TAL Bitcrusher, Glitch… Sometimes also Fruity Chorus

Mastering: IQ-EQ, RS Box, PultroniqEQ, Maximus, Fruity Limiter. Sometimes also Isotope Ozone 4 together with Maximus, because it gives sligtly more “hands” and “eyes” over project ;)

So I hope this helps if you’re a begginer or you’re in that 1% I mentioned above :) Anyway, Have a lovely day and enjoy creating beauty :)

Synthesizing techniques

FM synthesis: Usually has atleast 6 oscillators and basic filters such as Low Pass, High Pass, Band Pass, Band Stop and so on. The idea is to force sound by another sound with the use of modulation matrix which makes everything to be seen alot better.. Example of its work: Imagine you took 2 sinewave oscilators both at 100Hz. Now by applying frequency modulation from 1st to 2nd at 100% and routing only 2nd oscillator to output would make quite crazy sound. It’s because that 2nd oscillator is told to vary in pitch in sine motion all the way up and down 100 times per 1 second!

Subtractive synthesis: It’s idea is taking given sound shapes and putting them in use with usually maximum of 3 oscillators- of course with exeptions. Actually this is a base to FM synthesis although there is no FM option. Nowadays many people still use this synthesizing technique because it is really powersaving, easy to control and still does the job really well :)

Additive synthesis: This one is where it gets complicated. You see- EVERY sound consist of sinewaves so there are atleast 1000 oscillators to reproduce the harmonic structure (number depends on quality). This is really great technique although it is really hard to master if you’re not a robot, because how are you supposed to deal with each 1000 sinewave volumes?! But that’s not it- you also have to manage to get phases right! Its disadvantages are complexity which doesn’t give that much outcome anyway, hell of an energy consumption and time waste. What is it good then? Well, in my opinion making single-cycle waveforms and applying them to subtractive synthesizer which allows importing them :)

Audio resynthesis: This one is definitely not for lead sounds or basses because it will sound too awkward. This works like this: you record or take any sound and it analyzes it’s additive information splitting every grain and giving it spectral information. These synths have some uncommon things related. For example formant filters which is basically the same that FM although it works differently to prevent the sound from losing its characteristics while playing notes different than original. Resynthesis does it really good. Unfortunatelly only use I’ve heard for them is making digitally reduce the speed of recording to unlimited time because these grains keep expanding :)

Image resynthesis: This one is really uncommon. Actually I even don’t know if there are any synths doing it other than VST Harmor by Image-Line. It’s really good on making weird sound effects or if you want to impress your friends with picture slideshows during spectral analysis :D

Granular synthesis: It is based on the same principle as sampling. However, the samples are not played back conventionally, but are instead split into small pieces of around 1 to 50ms. These small pieces are called grains. Multiple grains may be layered on top of each other, and may play at different speeds, phases, volume, and frequency. Anyway the sound you’ll produce will mostly sound like crickets, grasshoppers or birds making it easy way to produce nature like sounds

All the other synthesizing methods have no good use or they can be easily replaced by any of these mentioned :)

Have a nice day and enjoy the magic of sound :)

Project giveaway!!!

My new song!!! Love it like I do :)

Finished old song of mine.. Really nothing special to it: