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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. need a few suggestions for some new hardware

    I actually own a 2i2 as well (use it as part of my MacBook rig) and I'd say they're on par with each other. Clean and plenty of gain. I'd take the Steinberg little boxes over the Focusrite ones right now just simply for build quality -- Steinberg's boxes are much more heavy-duty, although the Scarlett series is well worth the money too, no hate from me at all! Plus, I've found Steinberg's drivers much more stable under Windows than Focusrite, and haven't yet used the UR12 on my MacBook at all. I also own a Scarlett 18i20 plus an OctoPre for my big sessions but that's probably overkill.
  2. need a few suggestions for some new hardware

    On my main PC right now I'm rocking a little Steinberg UR12 interface. One mic input, one hi-Z line (instrument) input, fits exactly what you're describing for use case. Retails at $99. Super sturdy build quality, mic pre can even handle my Shure SM7B, so plenty of juice. Definitely would recommend. Mics: AT2020 is a decent entry-level mic, the 2035 might be even better for you as it's got -10db pad and low roll-off switches, and it only costs $150 at most retailers. I actually own a pair of the 2035s and got 'em brand new in sealed boxes on eBay for $100 apiece several years ago, so you could look around and see if such a deal is around elsewhere. You might also look at the MXL 990, which retails for under $100 but has a wealth of modifications available for it out there so you could potentially turn it into a beast of a mic. I plan on modding mine at some point in the hopefully not-too-distant future. I also noticed that Samson is selling the MTR201 combo package which includes a decent-looking large-diaphragm condenser, shock mount, pop filter, and a nice carrying case. No experience with that other than knowing that Samson usually hits a great balance of quality per dollar in the budget sector.
  3. If you were used to Logic, I'd say give Cubase, Reaper, StudioOne, or MixCraft a shot. Those will probably all have a similar enough workflow that you'll be able to adjust reasonably quickly.
  4. Mac vs PC for multimedia

    Patently untrue. Macs use the exact same kind of hardware as PCs these days. It's true that a MacBook Pro will usually trounce a laptop off the shelf at Costco or something, but that Costco laptop costs about half to a quarter of the price of the MacBook, and of course it uses inferior parts. Spend the same amount of money on a high-end PC as you do on an equivalent Mac and you'll get better bang for buck in terms of component quality and power--I've done this many times, and I'm sitting here on my super high end audio PC that cost at most half of what an equivalent Mac Pro would have cost. Now, Mac OS tends to handle audio drivers more nicely than Windows does, but not by enough to make a difference to most people. Macs are great, but they are not in any way superior to PCs by any quantifiable metric...aside from maybe resale value. Now, I also love my MacBook Pro, and the one thing that the Mac platform does have going for it that the PC platform doesn't is that there is a very small number of variations that can be made in Mac hardware as compared to PC, which means that most pro audio and video manufacturers only have to support a small number of combinations of hardware to go with their drivers or software. PCs don't have that luxury, and sometimes you have to get very finicky in order to build a rig that plays nice with all kinds of specialized hardware. I can see why someone would prefer to stay on the Mac side of things for that reason alone, but that does not make the Mac computers inherently any better. It just means that there's less room for error when other things are introduced to the equation.
  5. The sound design possibilities of this library are way beyond what a standard "emulation" VSTi can accomplish, especially when you start combining systems, filters, effects, the mod matrix...super fun stuff! Plus, the 1000+ presets (a few of which I had the privilege of designing) means that this is an incredibly valuable resource straight out of the box. I can't recommend it highly enough, myself, now that I've used it.
  6. DAW Preference Question

    FWIW, I know a whole lot of game composers and professional engineers who swear by Reaper. It's supposedly one of the single most customizable options out there, so it's as good as any a place to get comfortable with. Everything has its pros and cons -- I like doing my live recording sessions in Logic, but would rather do my sequencing and "song building" in FL Studio. Just get good at something, figure out what you like about it, and then try something else if you feel the need.
  7. 2+GB GPU Recommendations

    It's a bit pricier than the linked one up there, but this is likely a little more solid: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202197 4 GB of RAM will help it stay relevant for longer, too, as opposed to 2 GB. EDIT: To clarify, I love my 750Ti, but for raw gaming horsepower bang for buck, AMD is definitely the way to go. Generally, Nvidia = better driver stability, and AMD = raw power.
  8. Newb Recording Question!

    You'll likely want one of these as well: http://smile.amazon.com/Hosa-CMP153-Cable-Inch-Dual/dp/B000068O3C/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1460787873&sr=8-1&keywords=1%2F8%22+to+dual+1%2F4 This will take your signal from a 1/8" headphone jack (which is what it sounds like you have right now), and convert it into dual mono, suitable for use with a UR22 or 2i2. That Behringer interface you're showing has a fundamental problem, which is that you can't guarantee that the two inputs on it will be reasonably exactly the same level. One's a mic/line (the XLR with a hole in the middle), and the other is an instrument (the regular TRS-looking plug) input. The instrument input actually is at a different impedance than the other one, which is great if you're going to plug a guitar into it or something but not so good if you want a stereo recording with what you're doing. Like Neblix said, you'll just want to manually move the knobs until they're about the same. Or, if you're lucky, you'll be able to keep 'em all the way down, turn your Roland unit all the way up, and hopefully the gain is such that you don't even need to amplify it any extra. The reason you wouldn't just want to use the adapter you currently have (that takes 1/8" to 1/4") is that you'll be, best-case scenario, losing the right-hand channel if you just plug it into one input. Worst-case scenario you'll get some crazy phase issues, since that input will be expecting a balanced signal (the same thing on both channels, in a certain phase), and not a stereo signal. Here's a blurb I stole fromhttp://www.portlandmusiccompany.com/balanced_unbalanced.php "A Balanced cable contains two identical wires, which are twisted together and then wrapped with a third conductor (foil or braid) that acts as a shield. The term "balanced" comes from of connecting each wire to identical impedances at source and load. This means that much of the electromagnetic interference will induce an equal noise voltage in each wire. Since the amplifier at the far end measures the difference in voltage between the two signal lines, noise that is identical on both wires is rejected. The noise received in the second, inverted line is applied against the first, upright signal, and cancels it out when the two signals are subtracted. This also prevents noise and ground issues in the signal and allows to run much longer cables without problems." Basically, the preamp is looking for something identical but phase-inverted, so plug a stereo signal into that at your own risk.
  9. Newb Recording Question!

    A Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 or Steinberg UR22 might be worth looking into. Those are a couple of home studio grade USB interfaces, complete with clean preamps and proper driver support. They'll set you back $150 apiece, but they're quite worth the expenditure. A little USB dongle is unlikely to include the necessary hardware for good, clean audio processing.
  10. @ Anyone who reads this thread and wants to give advice: don't do it. It's a trap. This guy will not dialog, and will only keep asking more ridiculously open-ended questions.
  11. OCR03323 - Mega Man 8 'Aerobotics'

    those tom fills though.
  12. Sonic The Hedgehog Metal Medley!

    Hey, welcome! You're good, this is exactly the right place to post. Neat video, too, thanks a ton for sharing! I see you've got this tagged as Eval -- generally, what that signifies is that you want a workshop staff member to come and give feedback on a mix that's been going through iterations here in the workshop, and it's not usually a tag applied to a thread with only one post. If you want some technical feedback on the song and the mix, you'll certainly get that!However, this does appear to bea released song already, so not sure if that's something you're still looking for. Obviously, if you were trying to get this posted on OCR, it'd have trouble on account of being strictly a medley, but I'm sure if you were looking for technical feedback on the mix 'n such, I and other would be happy to give that if you want it.
  13. OCR03310 - Portal 2 'Reconstructing Lemons'

    I got to give a lot of feedback on this as it was in process of being polished, and it's definitely one of my favorite Chimpazilla tracks for sure! I also tend to play this one out on occasion as well. Super proud of Kris for her rapid progress as a producer!
  14. Guitar settings in FL Studio?

    Here. Here's a playlist of videos on synth design. Some of these synths come with FL Studio, some of them don't, so just find some of the videos that have synths that show up in the plugin picker in the FL demo. Watch and follow these videos and you'll get a handle on synth design. There are so many tutorials out there that you're really wasting your time asking questions on a forum instead of searching YouTube -- if you're serious about this music thing, put in the actual legwork!