Starting Out With Presets – Its Not Wrong

When I did 6 Overdrive’s first EP entitled Life@SG, i basically used presets all the way, from mixing to mastering.ezm_01

Not that anyone knows about it, but it turned out ok, nice sounding and listenable.

From EQ to Compression to FXs all are presets based. But most important thing, is making things listenable and the rest of the band feel good about it.

For highly technical producers, this may sound an insult or some cheat sheet, but till you grow into audio , you just gotta start somewhere. Its important to get the ball rolling, momentum is key here, and you can always revisit it in the future if you want to.

Just remember all producers used a little bit of presets … here and there .. its how you captivate the sound to meet your requirement. There will critics, haters, whatever …. but the important you (as the producer) is satisfied with the output. Till next ¬†post … ride on ……


GarageBand – Why It May Not Be Your Permanent DAW

Just like every newbie out there on a MacBook, I started out with GarageBand. garage_band-main_1

The in-built free DAW that is preloaded with every Mac OSX is a very simple and useful tool to start with. Its a good easy to use tool but when come to  customizing, you are down with limited choices.

One thing that was not mentioned that I learn the hard way is that eventhough its on a Mac, is the hardware specs(which is the minimum requirement for all doing audio production). The hard disk in the laptop must be running at least on 7200rpm , mine was 5400rpm (thats the stock macbook ) and at least 4gb of ram (mine is running 2gb). No wonder, I was having playback and recording issues. It makes things if you are running plugins like AUs and VSTs (we will come back about that in the future posts ….. hehehe).

Upgraded my laptop, DIY, to a 750gb hard disk running at 7200rpm and 8gb of RAM after 2 months of trial and error research. Work well but things just went to a downward spiral after 6 months of using GarageBand. It just doesn’t meet the requirements.

Thus as a start, a great tool but when you start to get to the neasy greasy …. it an’t much you can do.

Anyway there are tons of tutorials on GarageBand out there but at Youtube there is one particular channel that I subscribe to when learning using the program.

The GarageBand & Beyond is one great channel you should check out if you’re just starting out.

Till next post ….