How long on average to make a remix?

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How long on average to make a remix?

Post by Doddsy » 11/11/2012 - 19:36

How long on average does it take you to produce a remix?
For me the first c64 remix that I did (Amaurote) took about two days. It was a simple piece to do and my skills were limited then. These days I can take anything from two weeks to a month depending on the complexity of the original sid. I tend to find any WIP's that are longer than a month's work and I get bored with it and started thinking of other remix ideas to do. The one I'm doing now I had the idea way back in June but have just started putting parts together now.

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Re: How long on average to make a remix?

Post by trace » 11/11/2012 - 19:40

It can take from 1 day to a few years for me :duh:

It all depends on as you said complexity and finding the right sounds and if I want to do a stright cover of the sid/mod in my sence (Hardcopy) or a wierd sounding reeemix :D

And for me doing a remix is much like when I will try to draw a picture I have in my head and draw a line on the paper, the picture is gone and all I see is the line.
Remixing is the same, I hear in my head how the remix should sound like and ones I start playing on the keyboard the remix is gone and all I hear is the one I play :confusion:
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Re: How long on average to make a remix?

Post by Razmo » 11/11/2012 - 20:57

Well... if I ever finish them, It is always because I don't loose interrest before they are finished, and to loose interrest is very frequent with me unfortunately, so they HAVE to be done in max 3 days or they're usualy history :roll:
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Re: How long on average to make a remix?

Post by Doddsy » 11/11/2012 - 21:20

reply to Razmo:
When I decide on a remix that I want to do I commit myself to it until completion. If it takes an hour or even a year then that is my goal and i'm focused on it. I start no other remixes during that time.
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I have a vague idea of what I want it to sound like - the style if you will but it's not until I start putting it all together that the remix is fully realised. Sometimes it suprises me what works and I think it's those nice surprises that makes the challange of remixing so fun!

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Re: How long on average to make a remix?

Post by Mordi » 11/11/2012 - 21:33

I usually go on a all-night frenzy when I first start making a tune, and then I'll revisit it in short periods later. Then I let it sit for a few weeks/months, just listening to it every once in a while. Then I usually make small modifications, and call it done. At least this is how I've been doing it for the last year or so.
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Re: How long on average to make a remix?

Post by Infamous » 11/11/2012 - 21:42

Pretty much the same as mordi for me.. inspiration hits i end up doing a 1:1 version of it and then go back and deconstruct/reconstruct over time to see what comes out the other end.

Sometimes It fails and I throw it into the ether sometimes it doesnt and I throw it at you lot ^^

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Re: How long on average to make a remix?

Post by Analog-X64 » 11/11/2012 - 23:00

trace wrote: I hear in my head how the remix should sound like and ones I start playing on the keyboard the remix is gone and all I hear is the one I play :confusion:
That's exactly what happens to me.

I usually have a couple of projects, both audio and visual on the go at the same time. I jump in between them to give myself a break from one or the other.

The length of time is a different matter, I'm learning as I'm going a long and refining as I go along, and lot of re-doing things, and then add to that, real life gets in the way of long working hours.
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Re: How long on average to make a remix?

Post by Razmo » 12/11/2012 - 2:50

Doddsy wrote:reply to Razmo:
When I decide on a remix that I want to do I commit myself to it until completion. If it takes an hour or even a year then that is my goal and i'm focused on it. I start no other remixes during that time.
Reply to trace:
I have a vague idea of what I want it to sound like - the style if you will but it's not until I start putting it all together that the remix is fully realised. Sometimes it suprises me what works and I think it's those nice surprises that makes the challange of remixing so fun!
Wish I could do the same... I really do... but my ADHD keep me from realising it, so I've learned to live with it :?
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Re: How long on average to make a remix?

Post by AndyUK » 12/11/2012 - 3:13

Same as Analog for me, have a few different 'testers' on the go, usually just practice tracks too ( the first few bars even ). No meat just a few chords and the style. I'm not good enough to approach the tune any other way. eventually I'll hear a SID tune that gives me that "ahaaaa' moment, but until i do i very rarely sit down and purposely write a track. I do find myself butchering parts from one tester to use in another though.. ( seeing as I've only done 2 actual remixes does it count heh )

I like the idea Trace's '20 minute challenge' though. Could benefit many of us by changing our habits? Anyone up for a monthly challenge along these lines?

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Re: How long on average to make a remix?

Post by trace » 12/11/2012 - 5:18

AndyUK wrote: I like the idea Trace's '20 minute challenge' though. Could benefit many of us by changing our habits? Anyone up for a monthly challenge along these lines?
yeah why not set up a challenge to name a sid that is not too complex and have only 20 mins to do
a remix. nothing fancy just too see what you can do in that time.
it can be fun and will be fun to hear different take on the sid :D
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Re: How long on average to make a remix?

Post by Doddsy » 12/11/2012 - 14:24

A remix in 20minutes eh? Looks like you could do with one of these. Or even the hardware version that Vangelis uses!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDZUUOKu ... ure=relmfu

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Re: How long on average to make a remix?

Post by trace » 12/11/2012 - 14:30

Doddsy wrote:A remix in 20minutes eh? Looks like you could do with one of these. Or even the hardware version that Vangelis uses!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDZUUOKu ... ure=relmfu
Cool thing :D

I don't mean a full lenght remix, just to see how much one could do in that time :D
If it only would be like the bassline from a sid with a really groovy bass sound :D

Then maybe merge them all together to one full remix :P :duh:
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Re: How long on average to make a remix?

Post by Analog-X64 » 13/11/2012 - 2:31

Monthly challenge I think would be a good way to stir some action in these forums.

A couple of the 3D Rendering I frequent have monthly challenges and then they get voted on by the members.

From the submissions you pick 3 artists and you give them points like this.

For example, lets say Mordi, Infamous and Trace submitted to the challenge.

and I voted something like this
1st Pick - 3 Points - Infamous
2nd Pick - 2 points - Mordi
3rd pick - 1 point - Trace

Razmo Votes
1st Pick - 3 Points - Infamous
2nd Pick - 2 points - Mordi
3rd pick - 1 point - Trace

We take all the votes and tally them up

Infamous: 6 Points
Mordi: 4 Points
Trace: 2 points

Monthly Challenge winners would be.
1st place: Infamous
2nd Place: Mordi
3rd Place: Trace

So for a month the above 3 names would have virtual Cups or awards, and next month we do it again.
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Re: How long on average to make a remix?

Post by NecroPolo » 24/11/2012 - 23:49

For standalone tracks, it's usually a couple of hours. If the themes need some practice, a couple of days. The rakBIT album was a couple of months. The next one will be a couple of weeks. You see, couples everywhere :)

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Re: How long on average to make a remix?

Post by TNT » 25/11/2012 - 21:23

I need a couple of evenings, but I usually only can finish a remix on a weekend. For the basic structure a couple of hours, for the finetuning including the mastering another couple of hours, the revisiting will take place a couple of days later as well as the mastering. Especially the mastering takes some time, because I want to make the tune sound listenable on every equipment, whether on hifi-equipment, iPod, car radio or others. And I also need some time for the text, because I want to keep it as simple as possible but on-topic as well. If I decide to rap, then it naturally takes a little bit longer.

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