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Postby zanshi » 05 Apr 2010, 18:09

This is not really a tutorial, more a guide for all the awesome people doing tutorials & supporting newbz
Since I saw some seriously horrible tutorials, here, on other forums, blogs & on youtube
Here's some advice for the people DOING these tutorials

1) Make sure the sure the title is not misleading
    If you're talking about kicks, you should do kicks.

2) Make sure the tutorial fits all DAW'S!
    This is maybe the biggest epic fail you could do and also the most common mistake.
    so make sure that the RTAS/VST's/AU's you're using are also available as AU/VST/RTAS!
    if NOT, please recommend a synth/plugin as similar as possible.
    There are SO many really good tutorials which get USELESS just because people ignore the fact that not every DAW has has VST/AU support. But you can rescue the "usability" of your tutorial by...

3) ... Explaining how and why
    What are you doing? And do you know why you're doing it?
    Always keep in mind that there may be some people watching your tutorial who have never ever used that synth/daw/fx in their lives. Explain what you are doing, and do it as detailed as possible, that will help a lot & people who already know some basics can use the techniques on other synths/fx/daws/whatever in case they don't have exactly the synth you're using.

4) keep it cheap
    so you're using symphonic choirs, all NI-instruments, and at least 4 different distortion plugins by 4 different providers.
    Keep it real. Somebody who's watching your tut will NEVER have all of them and it takes a lot of time and money to get them. Use as much free and internal plugins as you can, as long as it fits paragraph 2 but never more than needed.

    Examples:
    Every DAW has an overdrive, a bitcrusher, several equalizers and other stuff included! you don't need expensive plugins to do that!
    Not every DAW has an internal synth that can be compared to another internal synth, eg: logic, reason, ableton & cubase don't have the fabulous and amazing 3xOsc - envy!
    Keep it minimal, you're just explaining a technique, the noob has to find "his sound" him/herself

5) Know what you're doing!
    a reverb is a send-fx, not a insert. any channel clipping is a no-go. strange sounds suck.
    If you're doing it wrong - don't do it. if you kick sounds muddy, your screech sound messy and you channels are clipping, you shouldn't be posting tutorials. People will laugh at you. very sad but true. /:

6) use as much pictures/videos/examples you can!
    Stuff I do when I can't find the preset: i try to figure the preset out by looking at it in the video/blog/whatever.
    pictures and (HD :D) videos are worth gold for a noob.
    if you don't know how to film that or screenshot it, try explaining what the parameters should be like or how stuff should sound like
    (before/after examples are awesome!)

Short summary: In the ideal tutorial the user will end up with a clear understanding on how to do something and can use that knowledge to get a similar sound in another DAW/plugin.

(grammar-failz & typos can be eaten, they're still fresh & juicy :D)

hope this will raise the quality of "our" tutorial section a little bit :3
btw: sticky pls? :star:
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Postby waffles » 06 Apr 2010, 03:50

_O_ good one, cause some tutorials just confuse us more...
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Postby casefan » 12 Apr 2010, 19:07

_O_

I always found it hard to criticize on these people, because they are only trying to help other people. But you're damn right. If some kiddo shows you his 'tutorial' with crappy vid/sound quality, using this never seen before vsti, and maybe even doesn't know what the hell he is doing. Then the 'tutorial' is just worthless...

Tutorials like the Tweakheadz guide and some of the tutorials at GHF before it closed, are/were just awesome and give help to so many people..

I actually prefer people that tell you how stuff work and why it works like that instead of people just showing of their zomg super-fantastic preset (that they've probably just ripped somewhere.)
meh.
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Postby Subject Zero » 13 Apr 2010, 18:04

casefan:_O_

I always found it hard to criticize on these people, because they are only trying to help other people. But you're damn right. If some kiddo shows you his 'tutorial' with crappy vid/sound quality, using this never seen before vsti, and maybe even doesn't know what the hell he is doing. Then the 'tutorial' is just worthless...

Tutorials like the Tweakheadz guide and some of the tutorials at GHF before it closed, are/were just awesome and give help to so many people..

I actually prefer people that tell you how stuff work and why it works like that instead of people just showing of their zomg super-fantastic preset (that they've probably just ripped somewhere.)

Yeah i wish we still had access to the tutorials on GHF, there was so many of them and a lot helped me start off with producing. There are a few decent tutorials here and over at The Harder Forum some people have managed to get a few that were on GHF.
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Postby atomicoz » 24 Apr 2010, 00:46

Cleaned it up a bit (grammar, typos, etc) and stickied it! If anyone here created a tutorial at GHF which they lost and wanna repost, drop me a PM and I'll fix it. :)
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Postby MKN » 23 Oct 2010, 17:42

i'd love a sound design topic, because i just wanna ask how the hell do you make hard sounds like the ones from scope & alphaverb for example.

Like that raw sounding lead, how?! :(

and there's lots of different good sounds in this vid.
@ 0:57 there's background noises/fx
where do i start to try making them i have no idea :'( lol
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Postby zanshi » 24 Oct 2010, 08:06

i'm already working on that, i'll put up a basic tut asap since many ppl are asking o:
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Postby MKN » 25 Oct 2010, 00:19

ah thanks a lot :)
i mean ive started making my own leads from init lately, but can't get any good sounds, screeches/fx etc :(
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Postby Subject Zero » 25 Oct 2010, 00:36

MKN:ah thanks a lot :)
i mean ive started making my own leads from init lately, but can't get any good sounds, screeches/fx etc :(

Check out some presets, look at how they created, then try recreating it BUT tweak it to your liking & mess around, you will get some surprising results :) (Some horrible ones though :P). Im ok at basic screeches etc but yes how some of those fx sounds are created is beyond me, Alphabverb uses a lot of cool ones.
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Postby MKN » 25 Oct 2010, 00:50

yeah i know av has some nuts ones lol
yeah ive had a gwd look thru sum presets but cant get any good hardstyle sounding ones or ones that will fit to my bassline :'(
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Postby Subject Zero » 26 Oct 2010, 23:30

zanshi:i'm already working on that, i'll put up a basic tut asap since many ppl are asking o:

Cool :D
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Postby MKN » 26 Oct 2010, 23:32

yeah i hope that will be soon zanshi, cos i have a good midintro with the bassline and everything, but no good sounds :'(
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Postby MKN » 11 Dec 2010, 00:22

zanshi:i'm already working on that, i'll put up a basic tut asap since many ppl are asking o:

erm...a month and a half...u forgot? hehe
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Postby zanshi » 15 Dec 2010, 22:13

MKN:
zanshi:i'm already working on that, i'll put up a basic tut asap since many ppl are asking o:

erm...a month and a half...u forgot? hehe


no id didn't XD but i'm in exam season atm and i'm also trying to finish a track for january
i have to re-write it completely cause it got messy all over the place & my opinions and expierences changed A LOT too ;3
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Postby MKN » 16 Dec 2010, 01:39

ahh right yes i know a lot of ppl who have exmas lately and upcaming too, no problemoo
good luck in your exams :D
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