This is my 1st post. While researching for some free soft synths, I came across KVR OSC and was awe-struck at what can be achieved with these free software (I had the misconception that I absolutely "needed" some commercial VST synth like Serum etc. to produce quality music, but boy I was so wrong). I have listened to almost all the tracks from most of the challenges. Very intricate sound design and arrangement. So cool.
I've recently started my journey with electronic music production in Reaper (about 2 months). I've made some basic experimental progress and produced some short mediocre tracks (mostly EDM oriented). I've used stock Reaper plugins and Synth1 and Helm mostly. However I have used samples for drums (I just learned how to synthesise drums in synths recently). Sharing my tracks to give you some context.
I want to learn and improve (my personal long-term goal is to be able to release a quality album). I have some knowledge of music theory and have gotten a basic grasp of production and synthesis concepts. I want to participate in every upcoming OSC to help me improve and also meet some very cool people on this forum.
However, I'm overwhelmed by the complexity of the tracks (composition as well as sound design) here at the OSCs. I went through mmGhost's tutorial series on YouTube and it was very helpful. I have created several 16 bar loops, however, I'm unable to make a song over 4 mins in length with such detailed sound design and complexity in composition. I request the fellow experienced
OSC'ers to help with some sort of framework to help me channelize my efforts and time. Such as how to layer sounds, how to design sounds that fit a certain section, how to learn more about composing such complex pieces etc.
TL;DR - Beginner musician, need help getting started with creating tracks for OSC (in order to learn faster and improve as a musician). Currently overwhelmed and stuck at how to go about expanding from a loop to a beautiful full-length track with layers and intricate sounds.