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oldschoolgoa    43

that ejay dance edition lol omg was first software i got for pc loooooooooooooollll

it was good except its all recorded loops.. was that and sonic foundry acid music aka sony acid nowadays... its just plain bad windows GUI... shit yea we are spoilt today even with all fancy eye candy stuff who cares...

got to the point of recording loops with a yamaha keyboard all hand played accuratly as possible... midi ? at the time da fuck knew what midi was? thats another story how i got to know midi fl studio etc.. maybe ill write about it when i manage some more time .

 

for psytrance old fruity loops does the trick , reason was good too , cubase etc... vsts and so on... not so happy with the sound of it nowadays for some weird reason dunno...

well as for propellerheads reason today its a monster super protected by all these dongles n stuff like cubase i think... not even gonna try it

 

rebirth was da shit too in 97 or so i think and still good sound but bit of a pain to get it running on windows 7 and so on... even my windows is outdated but couldnt care less... XP is still good but for internet its kinda fucked up microsoft forces you to upgrade because of 'security' reasons... <_<

 

 

luckily enough i kept all this old music software still happy with it and for acid you can always grab some vsts 909 808 samples and emulate rebirth easy nowadays... of course that rebirth retains that unique sound thats for sure.

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recursion loop    408

The new software synth Rapid by Parawave is really good for psytrance. I comes loaded with all kinds of EDM/trap/pop presets but making trippy psy sounds in it is pretty easy. Ths basic character of the synth really reminds me of Access Virus, fat and edgy. 

 

This is a short psytrance demo I've made with this synth, almost no external processing except for reverb/delay and very basic equalization, all sounds are basic psytrance patches which I've made from the init preset.

 

https://soundcloud.com/recursion-loop/parawave-rapid-psytrance-demo

 

If anything, I'm not associated with the developer anyhow, just really like the synth.

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antic604    484

Have you noticed that you best bits happen when you're just fooling around or toying with ideas? This was really something!

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antic604    484

Yeah, I have and that's a kind of problem :(

 

I remember some of my better tunes were started when I was at friend's house, drinking beers, watching TV, etc.

I guess this is because one doesn't stress himself to "do something" and just has fun, instead of "working" :)

I believe this is also why often collaborations are much better than those artist's individual output.

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recursion loop    408

I guess this is because one doesn't stress himself to "do something" and just has fun, instead of "working" :)

Yes, that's pretty much it. I really want to break away from my amateurish mindset and finally make something worth releasing on a decent label but when I try to be serious abot my music all the fun goes away. 

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antic604    484

Yes, that's pretty much it. I really want to break away from my amateurish mindset and finally make something worth releasing on a decent label but when I try to be serious abot my music all the fun goes away. 

 

I know exactly what you mean. And having a family (3 kids) + a full-time job doesn't help either.

 

Can't wait till I get retired (or at least the kids move out) and finally have the time for travelling with wife, music-making, reding, watching movies, etc. ;):D

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recursion loop    408

Exactly the same here except that I only have two of them.

 

Maybe we need a thread "what is the best software to make psytrance if you only have a half an hour per day when you are tired and wasted" :) Btw, in this scenario software really helps because of its immediacy, as much as I'm loving my Access Virus i think I'll move to software.

 

But don't lay it away, chances are that when you get retired you'll just have no more passion for music.

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antic604    484

But don't lay it away, chances are that when you get retired you'll just have no more passion for music.

 

...or I won't have hearing anymore :)

 

BTW, I found this to be awesome for fooling around on-the-go: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.singlecellsoftware.caustic

It also has a Windows PC, iOS and Mac versions.

 

Here's an album/ep made using Caustic:

 

 

Album made with tablets and phones in various foresty places, coffee shops, beaches, and balconies with Caustic 3 for Android.

 

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recursion loop    408

I have that Caustic app installed on my office PC, I've made a two minute goa sketch in it :)

 

But it is way too limited, making complete tracks with proper stucture and decent quality in it would require much more patience than doing this with a normal DAW and plugins, I truly admire that guy you linked.

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antic604    484

I have that Caustic app installed on my office PC, I've made a two minute goa sketch in it :)

 

But it is way too limited, making complete tracks with proper stucture and decent quality in it would require much more patience than doing this with a normal DAW and plugins, I truly admire that guy you linked.

 

True, but on the upside you can sketch tracks while standing in a line, commuting, on the beach :)

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Themaniac    70

All the tracks I've made are from Caustic! It's pretty great for forming ideas on the go!

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antic604    484

All the tracks I've made are from Caustic! It's pretty great for forming ideas on the go!

 

Would you care to provide a link to your music? :)

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Themaniac    70

I've posted one track in the free music promo sub forum..but anyways here it is..

 

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antic604    484

I'm thinking of switching to a new DAW, because the tracker paradigm - I'm using Renoise - which I grow up with was working great on Amiga (just 4 tracks, 8-bit samples, etc.) to get the most of it, but seems to really constrain my creativity and more importantly gets in the way of the workflow now, with practically unlimited possibilities with regards to sound sculpting and arrangement.

 

Upon checking many "Best DAW" lists, watching videos, etc. I'm leaning towards either Ableton's Live or Bitwig.

 

I can upgrade from Live "Lite" (which I got with my Arturia Minilab) to "Standard" version for EUR 240, while Bitwig would cost EUR 300, but the latter seems to come with more stuff (instruments, effects, samples) as default - so the price difference isn't really that big and important. But which has better features and more familiar work-flow for someone who only worked with trackers? Both seem to operate on very similar principle: 1st you come up with a collection of clips and ideas, that you can organise in "scenes" and then you can arrange those clips & scenes in a full track - this very much fits into my idea of how I want to work. I understand Live is much longer on the market (since 2001 vs. 2014 for Bitwig) which makes it thoroughly tested, feature-packed and stable, but then Bitwig doesn't really seem to be missing any key features and on top of that has a lot of small things (like side-by-side clip & arranger views, in-track mix of MIDI and audio clips, per-note setting of selected MIDI parameters, etc.) which are really great, especially for electronic music. I guess Bitwig appeals to me more, because it seems more modern (for a lack of a better word), but on the other hand Live - with already being on version 9 - gives more confidence as a product.

 

Any suggestions, ideally based on experience with both?

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Rotwang    321

Any suggestions, ideally based on experience with both?

Haven't used either, but this thread might be worth reading. The last few pages especially have some people debating their relative merits.

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antic604    484

Haven't used either, but this thread might be worth reading. The last few pages especially have some people debating their relative merits.

Thanks! :)

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antic604    484

I'm thinking of switching to a new DAW, because the tracker paradigm - I'm using Renoise - which I grow up with was working great on Amiga (just 4 tracks, 8-bit samples, etc.) to get the most of it, but seems to really constrain my creativity and more importantly gets in the way of the workflow now, with practically unlimited possibilities with regards to sound sculpting and arrangement.

 

Upon checking many "Best DAW" lists, watching videos, etc. I'm leaning towards either Ableton's Live or Bitwig.

 

I can upgrade from Live "Lite" (which I got with my Arturia Minilab) to "Standard" version for EUR 240, while Bitwig would cost EUR 300, but the latter seems to come with more stuff (instruments, effects, samples) as default - so the price difference isn't really that big and important. But which has better features and more familiar work-flow for someone who only worked with trackers? Both seem to operate on very similar principle: 1st you come up with a collection of clips and ideas, that you can organise in "scenes" and then you can arrange those clips & scenes in a full track - this very much fits into my idea of how I want to work. I understand Live is much longer on the market (since 2001 vs. 2014 for Bitwig) which makes it thoroughly tested, feature-packed and stable, but then Bitwig doesn't really seem to be missing any key features and on top of that has a lot of small things (like side-by-side clip & arranger views, in-track mix of MIDI and audio clips, per-note setting of selected MIDI parameters, etc.) which are really great, especially for electronic music. I guess Bitwig appeals to me more, because it seems more modern (for a lack of a better word), but on the other hand Live - with already being on version 9 - gives more confidence as a product.

 

Any suggestions, ideally based on experience with both?

Just in case anyone was wondering, as of today I've become a happy owner of Ableton Live 9 Suite. After a lot of research, reading & watching tutorials and extensive hands-on testing I came to the conclusion that at this stage it will fulfill my needs better: it's more mature, more feature-packed and complete; and since it's not as flexible (modular) as Bitwig it will let me focus better.

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Wamphyri    7

Hi there!

I have used/tryed several DAWs since mid-90s: FastTracker, Jeskola's Buzz, FruityLoops (and the later FL Studio), Ableton Live, Cubase, Studio One, Reaper... But the one which has fitted me like a glove has been Bitwig Studio. I'm impressed on how simple is being creative with this software. It boosts your workflow and it works really nice: no need to wait for minutes to load any plugin. But the reason why I decided to finally buy this one a couple of weeks ago was its integration into its application. I mean: You can duplicate clips/samples/whatever into the arrangement view, but also into the clip edition view, which can be individual or multiple. It's charming, because I finally found a DAW which is not too complicated (quick workflow) and that really cares in a matter of harmony (which is what music is all about, if somebody had forgotten it).

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antic604    484

Hi there!

I have used/tryed several DAWs since mid-90s: FastTracker, Jeskola's Buzz, FruityLoops (and the later FL Studio), Ableton Live, Cubase, Studio One, Reaper... But the one which has fitted me like a glove has been Bitwig Studio. I'm impressed on how simple is being creative with this software. It boosts your workflow and it works really nice: no need to wait for minutes to load any plugin. But the reason why I decided to finally buy this one a couple of weeks ago was its integration into its application. I mean: You can duplicate clips/samples/whatever into the arrangement view, but also into the clip edition view, which can be individual or multiple. It's charming, because I finally found a DAW which is not too complicated (quick workflow) and that really cares in a matter of harmony (which is what music is all about, if somebody had forgotten it).

 

Good to hear it works for you! What would you say differentiates it - in terms of work-flow - from Live 9? I tried both extensively and frankly both worked out very well for me, because of combined session (clips) and arrangement (timeline) views, but I wasn't very fond of Bitwig's interface, while I liked the simplicity of Live 9. Still, the underlying modularity of Bitwig is something great, e.g. being easily able to route certain parts of the sound via specified effects. In the end I purchased Live 9 Suite which even if more expensive (even with Christmas discount & upgrade from Live 9 Lite) seemed more 'complete', starting from the manual which was much better and clearer. Also, the amount of content - free tutorials, packs, M4L devices, etc. - is huge for Live 9, because it's on the market 14+ years, compared to Bitwigs 3+.

 

But in the future I'll really consider switching to Bitwig, because indeed it shapes up to be awesome, especially for music like ours.

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recursion loop    408

I think ITB psytrance production is not DAW-centric at all, it's more the matter of  what synth plugins you pick and how you program and process them. Any DAW with basic functionality is just as fine as the next one. If you incorporate hardware synths into your workflow then some DAWs may handle them better than others.

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antic604    484

I think ITB psytrance production is not DAW-centric at all, it's more the matter of  what synth plugins you pick and how you program and process them. Any DAW with basic functionality is just as fine as the next one. 

 

I disagree - both Live and Bitwig are centered around the Session view / Clips idea, which in turn work best for repetitive / loop-based music, i.e. trance. Most artists using those work by creating their tunes in Session view with clips and then are recording the live performance to the Arrangement view, to further tweak the automations, add the one-off events like transitions, breaks, etc.

 

Sure, plugins are important but they work the same everywhere.

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recursion loop    408

Different strokes ... I know many psy and trance producers who use Cubase and Logic. I use Studio One which has essentially the same linear workflow as Cubase. I tried FL Studio and Live too but didn't quite like them, especially this clip/session concept in Live seems somehow cumbersome to me - I understand how it works but I don't like that I have to keep in my head what is going on in each of these sections.

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antic604    484

Different strokes ... I know many psy and trance producers who use Cubase and Logic. I use Studio One which has essentially the same linear workflow as Cubase. I tried FL Studio and Live too but didn't quite like them, especially this clip/session concept in Live seems somehow cumbersome to me - I understand how it works but I don't like that I have to keep in my head what is going on in each of these sections.

 

Yeah, I can see that. I believe Live/Bitwig works great for people who:

- used to work with trackers on Amiga or PC many years ago, because the concept of 'clips' is a generalisation of tracker's pattern,

- are completely new to music-making, so they can easier wrap their head around a 4-bar loop, than an infinite timeline.

 

So, indeed it's literally different strokes, for different folks :)

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