Riff of the Month (RotM) #44 - Chat

stratman3142stratman3142 Frets: 719
edited June 8 in Making Music
Here's the 44th Riff of the Month (RotM) Challenge, being run by @stratman3142 and @TTony.

The challenge is now open, and remains open for submissions until 11:30pm on 23rd June 2018

All you have to do is ...
Write a riff. You can include whatever else you want in the mix, but the main focus must be on the riff. Most entries will probably be guitar based riffs, but they don't have to be.
Keep it to a maximum of 50 seconds. This is about riffs, not songs.

Send your entry (as an mp3) to riffs@theFB.co.uk
Include your forum name in the email.


Voting will start soon after the submission deadline of 23rd June 2018, with each voter selecting their 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice.
First choice gets 5 points - Second choice gets 3 points - Third choice gets 1 point
Voting will end on 11.30pm 30th June 2018
The order and scores of the top three entries will be announced soon after the voting ends. If there are 8 or more entries, then the order and scores of those in the top half will be announced.

No prizes. It's just for fun.

As people submit their entries, I'll post them below to hopefully promote some discussion on approaches used.

https://soundcloud.com/thefretboard/sets/rotm44-2018-06

It's not a competition.
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  • flying_pieflying_pie Frets: 365
    edited June 2
    Riff sent. Short and to the point. And less heavy than last month.

    But still heavy. 
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  • stratman3142stratman3142 Frets: 719
    Riff sent. Short and to the point. And less heavy than last month.

    But still heavy. 
    I'll start a playlist when I get another entry.

    It's not a competition.
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  • DesVegasDesVegas Frets: 3472
    And let that other entry be me. It's on its way hosay
    trust me I'm a stomach
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  • stratman3142stratman3142 Frets: 719
    DesVegas said:
    And let that other entry be me. It's on its way hosay

    Just checking. Your entry isn't in my emails. Is it still on it's way?

    It's not a competition.
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  • DesVegasDesVegas Frets: 3472
    i'll try again tonight, it's for the raw riff anyways so I'm just getting in the way on this page, sorry
    trust me I'm a stomach
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  • stratman3142stratman3142 Frets: 719
    DesVegas said:
    i'll try again tonight, it's for the raw riff anyways so I'm just getting in the way on this page, sorry

    OK. Got it now and it's in the playlist in the RRotM37 thread.

    It's not a competition.
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  • stratman3142stratman3142 Frets: 719
    edited June 8
    Riff sent. Short and to the point. And less heavy than last month.

    But still heavy. 
    I'll start a playlist when I get another entry.


    Done mine. So there are now two in the playlist in the original post.
     
    It's not a competition.
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  • stratman3142stratman3142 Frets: 719
    ...and an entry from @IMC1980, so that make 3 so far.
    It's not a competition.
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  • IMC1980IMC1980 Frets: 16
    A nice slab of dad rock from me!

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  • poopotpoopot Frets: 803
    Quick one sent in from me
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  • stratman3142stratman3142 Frets: 719
    poopot said:
    Quick one sent in from me

    Added to playlist. That makes 4.

    It's not a competition.
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  • poopotpoopot Frets: 803
    Right chaps, just been listening to the entries...

    how are you getting that much volume in your mixes? School me please!
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  • stratman3142stratman3142 Frets: 719
    edited June 17
    poopot said:
    Right chaps, just been listening to the entries...

    how are you getting that much volume in your mixes? School me please!

    Limiting to remove high transients helps. I use Voxengo Elephant as my master limiter which is excellent and my favourite, but there are cheaper and free alternatives you could investigate as well.

    It's not a competition.
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  • poopotpoopot Frets: 803
    poopot said:
    Right chaps, just been listening to the entries...

    how are you getting that much volume in your mixes? School me please!

    Limiting to remove high transients helps. I use Voxengo Elephant as my master limiter which is excellent and my favourite, but there are cheaper and free alternatives you could investigate as well.

    I have that... although I have just been using the limiter in logic. How are you setting the limiter up? According to the meters innoigic I’m bang on 0db but it just seems quiet in comparison, admittedly I don’t know that much about mixing and mastering :)
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  • stratman3142stratman3142 Frets: 719
    poopot said:
    poopot said:
    Right chaps, just been listening to the entries...

    how are you getting that much volume in your mixes? School me please!

    Limiting to remove high transients helps. I use Voxengo Elephant as my master limiter which is excellent and my favourite, but there are cheaper and free alternatives you could investigate as well.

    I have that... although I have just been using the limiter in logic. How are you setting the limiter up? According to the meters innoigic I’m bang on 0db but it just seems quiet in comparison, admittedly I don’t know that much about mixing and mastering :)
    In Voxengo Elephant I set the 'Out gain' to about -0.5dB, then crank up the 'In gain' to give effect I'm looking for the particular track.

    It's not a competition.
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  • flying_pieflying_pie Frets: 365
    I use George Yohng's W1 limiter which is a free waves 1 limiter clone as the last step in my master channel. I keep the channel slider at 0dB. I set it the limiter to - 0.7 dB limit with adaptive release then tweak the volume so that some transients might be limited but it doesn't sound compressed. It's easy to tell when you overdo it as it sounds horrible.
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  • poopotpoopot Frets: 803
    Right... will give it another go!... won’t resend but for my own reference!.
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  • IMC1980IMC1980 Frets: 16
    Thomas Mundt's Loudmax 64 (free):

    https://loudmax.blogspot.com/2018/04/loudmax-plugin-v121-released.html?m=1

    I set the threshold to -3.5 and the output to -0.5, this is after an SSL bus comp clone on the master bus to add some light (2:1) compression and a fair bit (around 6db) of makeup gain.

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