Opus 2

As I did before, I turned out to have underestimated the amount of time it would take to finish my track. I thought all of the arranging was done, but then, I listened to my rendered track on my phone and realised that my mix sounded horrible.

I’ve spent a good 6 hours over the past week adjusting velocity, trying to get the mix to sound loud in all the right places. The velocity changes are done, but ideas for new changes keep popping into my mind. They say that women are fickle; I certainly am. Now I’m getting to the point where I’m starting to loathe ‘Into Winter’, and I haven’t even uploaded it yet.

I could ignore the suggestions for improvement that pester me and upload the mix. Or I could struggle some more. I wouldn’t mind choosing the latter option if only I wasn’t such a slow composer. Six hours it took me to adjust velocity, mind you. I try so hard not to be a perfectionist, but once I sit down at my computer, something else seems to take over.

The only consolation I can take away from this is that the ‘final’ mix of my second piece sounds better than that of my first. It’s not ideal, but it’s a step up—maybe several steps up. At least that’s something.

2 thoughts on “Opus 2

  1. You and me both! I’ve literally been sitting at my keyboard for the past four house just trying to get a strings section correct. Perfectionism is a blessing and a curse (mostly a curse).

    If you heard some of my earlier mixes I’m sure you’d cringe because I sure do XD mixing I think is one of those things that 100 percent have to come from just doing it over and over again and then eventually you get good at it. I’ve never met someone who was like “Yes, I picked up mixing right away and it just clicked for me” lol. It’s fun once you get alright at it though! I wouldn’t say I’m amazing at it or anything but it’s fun to play around with the mix.

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    • Ugh, you’re right. I thought that once I starting making music, I’d immediately be blessed with happiness—after all, I’m doing what I love. But it seems like it’s going to be a while before I can feel genuinely proud of anything I make, and pride in one’s work is a staple of creative happiness.

      I should just upload ‘Into Winter’ and move onto my next piece. It’s no use wallowing over my lack of experience. Good things will come to those who persevere.

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