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About Flexstyle

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    Judge, Super Cartography Bros. Director
  • Birthday 02/07/1991

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  • Gender Male
  • Location Phoenix, Arizona

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


  • 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
  • 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. I still think you need to look into 1) multithreaded processing (you haven't addressed whether or not you've tried that fix), and 2) a better drive for your large sample banks. If it's the latter, switching DAWs will not help. Maybe try the demo of another DAW and see what happens? The issues you're describing are just not matching up with my experience in FL Studio, though. Yes, of course I've had to deal with pops and such before, but I've never seen it ignore multiple cores. Something's gotta be up.
  2.   This is what my settings look like in FL right now. The big ones to pay attention to are probably  "Multithreaded generator processing," "Multithreaded mixer processing," and Resampling quality. Bump it down to 6-point Hermite if needed, don't know if that's usually a default or not. You'll also benefit from getting a good external audio interface, as that will ease a bit of the load off your CPU for audio processing.     Also, check and see what your animation settings are at. Lower them if needed, as that will free up unneeded CPU usage. Finally, unless you're using an SSD for your big samples, that's also probably a huge issue. Streaming stuff off a mechanical hard drive will bring even a supercomputer grinding to a halt, and it's generally better to run your DAW and your samples off separate drives. My C: drive is where I've installed FL Studio (and all my VST plugins), and it's a Samsung 840 SSD. That D: drive is a mechanical hard drive, so it only houses things like short samples (individual drums, breakbeats, etc.) and stems that don't get used often. The E: drive is where I've installed all my EWQL, Kontakt, Omnisphere, UVI, etc. libraries to. It's a Crucial MX200 SSD, and does a fine job keeping those libraries from being a bottleneck.
  3. 1. Which version of FL Studio are you using? 2. Is it pirated? 3. What are you using for your audio? (built-in, USB box, etc.) 4. What kind of CPU usage are you seeing? That's going to be a big killer right there. RAM isn't as much of an issue if you're hitting CPU bottleneck. 5. What is your actual CPU? A quad-core processor from five years ago is not going to be anywhere NEAR as efficient as a brand-new one. Clock speed doesn't matter, but CPU efficiency does. 6. You say you're using things like Sampletank, etc. Where are your samples located? Are they on the same drive as your DAW? What speed is that drive? That is also another huge potential bottleneck, and definitely WON'T be solved with another DAW.   I'm running the latest version of FL Studio on a new computer with a current-gen 6-core i7 processor, 32 GB of RAM, and using SSDs to stream my Kontakt / EWQL / UVI / Spectrasonics libraries. Zero issues for me, even in a project using several instances of multi-instrument patches. It's incredibly unlikely that the issue actually lies with FL for you -- more likely a combination of your CPU and hard drive.
  4. I want to build you a computer

    That case in the build pix above -- is that a Fractal Design R4? Looks awfully familiar.
  5. dude you handled that Lover Reef thread with WAY more class than I think I would have had. mad props.

  6. Difference in EQ Plugins?

    I use the Fruity PEQ2 on most stuff, but if I want more flavor I'll break out the Slate Digital subscription (they've got some gorgeous vintage-modeled ones) or Leftover Lasagne's freebie Pushteq EQ. It's just about knowing your tools, mostly.
  7. I feel like this is actually a fairly conservative arrangement, and a lot of the backing instrumentation doesn't really change up as much as I'd like, but there's just enough variation there to where it doesn't get old before the song is over. The chord change halfway through was a welcome addition, and helped the song avoid overstaying its welcome. It's simple, but I'm hearing plenty of source in there, and it's nice to see a Tiny Barbarian mix up in here. Great soundtrack! Mix is clean and nothing is harsh or grating, per usual HL standards. I'm sold.   YES

    Kung Fury: best movie, or BEST MOVIE?
  9. Multi Computer Setup?

    I don't know if this will end up being helpful, and as I recall it's still 32-bit only, but this might be worth looking at as well: http://www.fx-max.com/fxt/product.html
  10. Emu already stopwatched this one, so can I just please say HELL YES and get this over with? TBH, I'm surprised this one's even being submitted to OCR, that's how good it is. Can't wait to see this on the front page! For anyone else: in case you haven't seen the sweet awesome music vid, here that is, too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4BRC0obexg       EDIT: I'm not going to give this a NO vote, so I'll just retract my yes. 
  11. OCR Secret Santa 2015

    Awesome! I was a bit nervous since I hadn't seen a post here yet. Super glad these help your collection out properly! The Chemical Brothers album is honestly a bit of a left-fielder, in that it (like most of the breakbeat albums of that era) relies on sampling techniques, chopped breakbeats, and interesting sounds to carry it, rather than melodies and more "musical" content. The Chemical Brothers undoubtedly influenced me highly, though, and I can pretty much guarantee you that Rob Swire of Pendulum would name them as a big influence as well. Cheers!
  12. Undertale Remix Album

    What Emu said, basically. The album I directed was the fruit of a year and a half of hard labor, and wouldn't have been possible without the many relationships I'd built over the course of my tenure here at OCR. Mine was a short album, too, by OCR standards, and it was still intense enough that I'm being very careful about how I approach my next directorial effort. The Undertale OST is certainly a fabulous one, but just gauging interest isn't going to get it done, and you don't want to lock up people's time if you're not deadly serious about following things through. Definitely don't direct more than one album at a time, either.
  13. OCR03265 - Super Mario World 'Koopa Reaper'

    Yeah, this song is basically a clinic in "how to make dancefloor-filler material 101." Wanna know how a song should be structured for EDM? This is one you should study.
  14. Guitar settings in FL Studio?

    Bandcamp is great. Loudr is great, especially since you can use their service to sell on iTunes, Spotify, etc., as well. Why not use them both? It's not like you're paying anything extra, and you'll theoretically get your music in front of more ears that way. 'Course, you have to be good for anyone to care, but hey, that'll happen with enough practice and luck.
  15. This is a longtime standby for my wedding DJ sets. Played it yesterday and saw this in the recent reviews and had to share. Brilliant piano piece!