Hey @josker, I think this is a great idea. I’ve often thought something along these lines when reading the battle comments. It’s tough to assess what kinds of comments people want. I’m sure that many people just appreciate a positive comment, while somebody else would like a thorough critique of their entry. So I suppose it would make sense to create a separate thread, where honest but constructive criticism would be expected for all the music that gets posted there.
There’s exactly this kind of idea on photosig.com (for photographs obviously ), where you post your photo’s if you want real critique, not just a ‘nice track’ positive comment. And like suggested by the poster, you can only get critiques if you contribute critiques yourself. You build up a sort of ‘quota’, based on the number of your critiques, but also on their quality: people get to vote on other critiques too (reasoning is that there’s no point in multiple people giving the same critique: you just vote on the critique somebody else already gave instead).
Photosig is also quite a good community, where they do special topics (like the battles here) and other events… The site does seem to have a little trouble lately though.
Downside is that this does require some programming, this would be no simple forum.
Sounds good.I’m in.Could it be a basic new thread with sound cloud links?
On a basic level could we set up a Google Sheets document where you post critiques and these are tallied up?
I remember on the old op1 forum, the TRACKS thread worked this way. Where there was an (unwritten?) rule that you post feedback before you post one of your own tracks. Its was great.
The TRACKS thread now is basically a dumping ground/wasteland, and many people post a new thread when they want feedback on a track which clutters the forum.
I would def suggest that the TRACKS thread be a place where giving feedback on other peoples tracks is required to be in the same post that you put your own track in. Spamming tracks and never commenting on others is just rude! IMHO, even just a sentence or two would be enough to make a huge difference.
Not sure if there is anyway to moderate like that tho… just my 2 cents!
I forgot about that @Polyoptics
Seeing how we sometimes have members that write a song sans OP-1 I think it might be useful to have a dedicated category for this that people can post threads to for each song. Would be easier to keep track of who is participating that way I think. Back in the day on Studio Central we did two songs reviewed per review sought.
It sounds like a book club, but for music!!! I think its a fantastic idea!!!
Great, seems like there are people who would be eager!
I think getting a thread per track would be better, no ?
Hmm. I’m not too experienced with this forum software – what do you guys think, what would be the easiest way to do this?
If we have a separate thread per submission on the front page, that’s kinda against the forum practice of not putting tracks in separate threads…
@vehka I had no idea there was such practice !
In totally down for this! I am looking forward to whatever stems from this!
Yeah, nice to see people who would be keen! I’ll get it rolling v/ soon, been a bit busy but I’m excited
I’m leaning towards a single thread that is announced in the tracks section, though there will inevitably be a flux of “cool track bro, what do you think of mine?” type posts. Which makes me like the private SoundCloud group, too. ie if you want to post your tracks in the critique thread, you need to at least take the small effort to join the group. That should help cut down on random track spam I think.
Great Idea Josker!
From my view (total noob in music production) it’s a great chance to get some advice from more experienced usere and make progress.
In return, us amateurs can offer an honest opinion from a non-professional standpoint. I sometimes tweak a sound for ages until I think it fits into a track. Then, for examle, a friend tells me that a cettain sample/ synth sounds like a dying animal or something. It may be frustrating,especially when dumpung multiple take recordings, but one must appreciate honest criticism.
One more thought:
The soundclod comments could be used as markers/footnotes for your post in the forum. It would make it easier listen to a track with a lot of comments and read the corresponding critics in another window.
I find the unique thread and the private sc group are good ideas
I’m in. Please update me when things start rolling.