automation and velocity and note lengths

The real magic of trance comes alive with velocity and automation.

To give you an example im sure you all been to a Sade concert and you will notice that the guy on the sax or the horns,the guy on electric guitar all of these guys none of them play each note at the same velocity!!!

Its so funny how i see newbies and even advanced professionals adding elements with the same velocity and no automation over and over again.

The fact is we are human so if we are trying to emulate the natural feel of someone playing an instrument we need to draw in some velocity  and create some automation. Back to my Sade concert example i know its not trance but ,no instrument just comes in real hard  or fast its usually gradually a slow crescendo or a decrescendo  ,or a long drum fill then everyone stops then a new element comes in like a new instrument so you could have the most expensive synth and the best gear ever but ,if you dont apply automation or velocity your stuff will sound real boring real quick so do your self that favor!

Note Lengths

while automation and velocity are important it wont do you any good if you dont change the note length.
No musician plays the same note length each time he hits a drum,or blows a sax,or plays a piano. Note length and the human feel of playing an instrument are what make music so unique from Santana to Eddie Van Halen to Jimmy Hendriks  ,to Erick Clapton to Tommy Paige they all play the guitar but ,they all sound different.

So as an example program or record a live riff and record one with the same velocity and do another with variation or manually play it in and play them back youll be amazed as to how the one with multiple note length is more rhythmic .

So instead of doing something boring like this

do something more like this instead