Flexstyle

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About Flexstyle

  • Rank
    Super Cartography Bros. Director
  • Birthday 02/07/1991

Profile Information

  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Phoenix, Arizona

Contact Methods

  • Website URL
    http://www.flexstylemusic.com
  • Skype
    Electromikebirch
  • AIM
    bballpguardmike

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  • Biography
    Twenty-something electronic artist who currently resides in the desert of the Phoenix metro area. Graduated from the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences in May of 2009, been doing computer-based music since about November of 2005. Own a bachelor's degree in Computer Information Systems. I've done soundtrack work for various indie and open-source games, on a small scale. Visit my website for more information about me!
  • Real Name
    Michael Birch
  • Occupation
    Freelance media person
  • Twitter Username
    electromikey
  • Last.fm Username
    FlexstyleASP
  • Steam ID
    doctor_uncanny

Artist Settings

  • Collaboration Status
    3. Very Interested
  • Software - Digital Audio Workstation (DAW)
    FL Studio
    Logic
  • Composition & Production Skills
    Arrangement & Orchestration
    Drum Programming
    Mixing & Mastering
    Recording Facilities
    Synthesis & Sound Design
  • Instrumental & Vocal Skills (List)
    Drums
    Vocals: Male
  • Instrumental & Vocal Skills (Other)
    Hand Percussion

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  1. What I'd call the "base usable" version of FL is a mere $199 (Producer Edition). This will get you several usable plugins (including flagships Sytrus and Maximus, plus GMS, etc.) and the entirety of mixing and sequencing capabilities. With what's included in here, you'll have more than enough to get started making music with a wide palette of tools.
  2. No. Don't wait until you're educated in music theory. Just start making music, and then read up on some basic music theory so you can know what you're doing wrong and what you're doing right. If you've never created music digitally before, just focus on making your DAW make some sound. Put some loops in there, learn how to record a MIDI sequence (or just draw it in the piano roll), learn how to record yourself if you're an instrumentalist. Start from there. Welcome to the rewarding world of music creation!
  3. The Meat Circus in Psychonauts. Still haven't beaten that game.
  4. FWIW. http://www.soundsonline.com/composercloud-students
  5. Before you do, check out our FAQ: http://ocremix.org/info/Frequently_Asked_Questions
  6. 1: The RAM is probably going to be more of a deciding factor than the processor for most of your use case. Do you happen to have actual model numbers of those iMacs? Sometimes the processors on the 21" iMacs are lower tier than the ones on the 27" iMacs. You're right that the i7 will probably give you more processing power (assuming it's the same tier of processor), but the i5 is also no slouch, and will actually handle certain tasks better due to the slightly higher speed. 2: I usually caution users against ProTools if they have no other contact with people who use it on a regular basis, because it's really not fun to work with as an individual composer/producer, and a lot of folks go for it because "herp derp, the pros use it!" However, if you're working on a regular basis with other people/studios who have it as their mainstay, then absolutely, go for what'll make that interaction easier.
  7. I noticed you mentioned you use FL Studio. I'm sure you're already aware, but you can't properly run FL on a Mac without installing Windows on the thing anyways. If you're okay with the learning curve for a new piece of software, see what else is out there -- Pro Tools really isn't going to help you as much as you think it is, unless you *MUST* work with others who also use it -- try Logic or Ableton instead, perhaps. They'll even save you money in the long run, and have better plugin support, since they don't use a proprietary, Pro Tools-only plugin type.
  8. I've got a bunch of projects that use various EWQL (multiple patches) and various Kontakt (multiple patches) all the time. No issues. Win10 pro, updates, drivers, all good to go.
  9. +1 recommendation for this! Good vidjagame remixes, good drinks, and lots of excellent arcade cabinets.
  10. I just got home to a ThinkGeek package that I definitely didn't order myself sitting near my desk. It contained these! Dunno how good the detail in that pic is, but that's a Batman travel mug (which will get LOTS AND LOTS of use because I drink a LOT of coffee on the go), and a Batarang letter opener! How did you know that Batman is my favorite super hero? As a side note, I was feeling pretty down today about being a Miserable Excuse For An Adult (tm), but now I own a letter opener. You have no idea how much that has cheered me up -- I can do a Very Adult Thing (opening mail) in style now! Thank you so very much, Secret Santa! (I know your name but not your forum handle, so might as well be anonymous )
  11. I'll be attending as part of the Radio Hyrule party this year!
  12. There's a lot of factors to consider, but as a music producer, I'd recommend looking for something with a proper Intel Core i7 processor, *WITHOUT* the "U" designation after it. 8-16 GB RAM, SSD if he can afford it, spacious 7200 RPM HDD if not. ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI, Razer and others make good gaming laptops that would also double as production laptops effectively, or he can look more on the enterprise side of things (Dell, HP, Lenovo make decent workstation laptops, as long as you avoid their consumer grade stuff). There's also some manufacturers that do custom laptops--something like this: http://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np8171-clevo-p670rp6.html might do the trick.
  13. I'm interested! Should be able to find enough time to do some vocal takes at least, esp if there's sheet music to make things simpler.
  14. Or if you want something that has a warranty, check out the Steinberg UR series or the Focusrite Scarlett series. Also hold up, where's your SSD boot drive that is definitely something that you will want?
  15. There's always gift codes.