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My first FamiTracker original. I know it isn't great.

Posted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 8:29 pm
by iYamWhatIYam
I'm totally new to FamiTracker, and I would like to post my first "song." Here you go.

Re: My first FamiTracker original. I know it isn't great.

Posted: Thu Jul 09, 2015 5:55 pm
by Alexander283
You're not really off to a bad start. One can see where you try to go with this, I'll try and reword it a little tomorrow (after my exam) :)
The melody is pretty simple, but I think this is a decent first track.

If you keep learning and improving, you might have potential ^^

Re: My first FamiTracker original. I know it isn't great.

Posted: Thu Jul 09, 2015 7:17 pm
by za909
For starters, you used the Megaman toms, actually had a melody, and you weren't aiming too high.
One thing, but almost everyone does this at first, the pulse channels are blasting at full volume, but you'll surely start using volume commands and instruments to control that. The thing is, the triangle can only be on or off, so you have to lower the volume on everything else if you want it to be louder, that's how you balance the volume in your song.
Keep trying, this tells me (and others too) that you'll get the hang of it :)

Re: My first FamiTracker original. I know it isn't great.

Posted: Fri Jul 10, 2015 9:42 pm
by MiniMacro
Well, I can safely say that this is better that my first song, and I'm not a very good composer, so nice first song!
I did make some edits to address the channel clashing and volume etc.

Re: My first FamiTracker original. I know it isn't great.

Posted: Fri Jul 10, 2015 9:57 pm
by James_S
MiniMacro wrote:Well, I can safely say that this is better that my first song, and I'm not a very good composer, so nice first song!
I did make some edits to address the channel clashing and volume etc.

that did not fix the channel clashing in any way. add a P81 effect to the pulse 2 and it would be fixed.

Re: My first FamiTracker original. I know it isn't great.

Posted: Sat Jul 11, 2015 1:17 am
by MiniMacro
Oh, ok.
Oopsy.

Re: My first FamiTracker original. I know it isn't great.

Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2015 1:51 am
by iYamWhatIYam
MiniMacro wrote:Well, I can safely say that this is better that my first song, and I'm not a very good composer, so nice first song!
I did make some edits to address the channel clashing and volume etc.

I actually intentionally used octave 3 for both pulse waves, because I wanted that effect. But eh, it's alright! Just not what I thought it would sound like.

Re: My first FamiTracker original. I know it isn't great.

Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2015 11:53 pm
by Potentialing
Hello! I have a couple of tips to suggest:

- Bass plays a major factor in defining your chords. Notice I sacrificed a lot of the toms so I could put a bass on Triangle. Also notice that I only put the barebones skeleton for the bass, on the downbeat of each measure (until the last pattern, where I polished the skeleton)

- Instead of cutting off notes with --, try using = instead. Add a release envelope to the instrument, so that every time it hits a = release command, it changes from F volume to 4 volume. Also notice that I halved the tempo (with F03) and doubled length of notes (Highlight notation region, Right-click, Expand) so that I can release in-between the faster notes.

- For your longer notes, add some 4xy vibrato after the notes hold out for a while. I like using 483/484 personally, but try not to go too strong on the depth (the y) when playing higher notes! Also, don't forget to disable vibrato on the next note with a 400, too.

- Remember that you can't change the volume on the triangle channel. Because of this, you should avoid using F volume (which is the default, by the way) on your other channels. Try lower volume levels like 9, and pay attention to the green blocks under the channel name: It's the output volume, which is the instrument volume and channel volume combined.

- Try to have a "kick, snare, kick, snare" skeleton going on throughout your song. Feel free to play around and add extra drum notes in-between those, though!

I've attached a modified version to help express what I mean. Good luck, and I hope this helps!

EDIT: ACK. I updated the FTM so now it should work on the latest version of FamiTracker. Sorry about that!

Re: My first FamiTracker original. I know it isn't great.

Posted: Mon Jul 13, 2015 8:26 pm
by iYamWhatIYam
Potentialing wrote:Hello! I have a couple of tips to suggest:

- Bass plays a major factor in defining your chords. Notice I sacrificed a lot of the toms so I could put a bass on Triangle. Also notice that I only put the barebones skeleton for the bass, on the downbeat of each measure (until the last pattern, where I polished the skeleton)

- Instead of cutting off notes with --, try using = instead. Add a release envelope to the instrument, so that every time it hits a = release command, it changes from F volume to 4 volume. Also notice that I halved the tempo (with F03) and doubled length of notes (Highlight notation region, Right-click, Expand) so that I can release in-between the faster notes.

- For your longer notes, add some 4xy vibrato after the notes hold out for a while. I like using 483/484 personally, but try not to go too strong on the depth (the y) when playing higher notes! Also, don't forget to disable vibrato on the next note with a 400, too.

- Remember that you can't change the volume on the triangle channel. Because of this, you should avoid using F volume (which is the default, by the way) on your other channels. Try lower volume levels like 9, and pay attention to the green blocks under the channel name: It's the output volume, which is the instrument volume and channel volume combined.

- Try to have a "kick, snare, kick, snare" skeleton going on throughout your song. Feel free to play around and add extra drum notes in-between those, though!

I've attached a modified version to help express what I mean. Good luck, and I hope this helps!

EDIT: ACK. I updated the FTM so now it should work on the latest version of FamiTracker. Sorry about that!

I am currently studying the piece you edited for me. Thanks profusely, and as a side note, I think it sounds great!