Meteo Xavier

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  1. Meteo Xavier

    FL Studio 20 now released

    Will it let me use the slide function on more than just FL Plugins now?
  2. Meteo Xavier

    FL Studio 20 now released

    JARRING ONLY BEGINS TO DESCRIBE IT! Image Line can kiss my ass until there's nothing left to kiss but a curvy little tailbone! RAWRRRRRRRRRRR!!! >:S
  3. Meteo Xavier

    Looking for someone to mod a Famicom to NES converter

    Edit: Wait, I think I misread it originally, are you looking for a converter that needs to be modded to support expanded audio from the VRC6 chip? Edit2: Either way, maybe this is the guy you should talk to. Seems he does a lot of mod work as well as stuff not listed on the post there: http://atariage.com/forums/topic/243676-modsrepair-service-now-accepting-orders/ Original: There's not really a lot of console modding people here, this isn't really an emulation-based video game community, so a recommendation is all that can be found. Luckily for you, there's a lot of Famicom/NES converters these days that make that much easier than it used to be. I couldn't recommend one product over another as I don't have any converters for them myself, but this should get you started out on the right foot: https://www.google.com/search?q=Famicom+to+NES+converter&source=univ&tbm=shop&tbo=u&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwijzvLxvJrbAhWk8oMKHewUCtYQsxgIKA&biw=1366&bih=634
  4. Meteo Xavier

    FL Studio 20 now released

    TWENTY!? The hell... I'm still on Fl Studio 11 and it's not been outdated THAT long. I think Image Line forgot how to count..
  5. I admit some interest in potentially taking over the project, though I'd be more interested in getting the administration part of it finished up quick and getting it released than anything else. I probably wouldn't take a title for it and maybe remix one track at most, depending on what state this project is in.
  6. Meteo Xavier

    Are any of my old friends still alive?

    You clearly did not give up seeing as you found this topic and posted in it.
  7. Meteo Xavier

    Things I've Learned In My Years Of Music

    Damn, Timmy. Right, I'll give you some answers there. 2. I use ADSR as every sane musician should when the option is available, but frankly, once I've gotten better and used to automating volume controls, it's been less of a pain in the ass than ADSR. 4. I dunno, it just seems to work. 5. Oddly enough, what I find it seems to do is contain frequencies better. The way I describe it is like coloring outside the lines before I put it on, then when I put it on, it sucks the color back up inside the lines. That may be a confusing concept for others, but that's how it works for me. 6. I dunno, it just seems to work. 8. It's the reverb/wetness that seems to work the best for general application in all the things I've tried. That's all there is to it. 10. I could try that. The compressor on the bass came from a mixing textbook I looked at once at Books-a-million. I tried it and found merit to its advice, but I could definitely stand a less fussy operation. 11. Another case of trying a lot of different things for a lot of different songs over more than a few years and finding those options to be the ones that work the most overall. 12. It's not a perfect solution, but unless I could not remember what it sounded like when it's on, that has not been a big problem. 13. Done that, stopped doing it. This way is better. 14. The most honest listening experience for me is not waking up after 6 hours of sleep to go to work on a track and mix 5 days since I last had time to do it. The volume is immediately overpowering, I do not hear certain frequencies correctly, it's not efficient. I need to listen to a professionally mixed and mastered song that hits all the frequencies in order to wake up and warm up my ears. 7 minutes of that is much better than the 25+ minutes of headache just going right into the song does.
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    Things I've Learned In My Years Of Music

    Ok, new set here. This time much more focused on production in FL Studio (version 11, in my case). 1. Supposedly, the key to getting a good mix is turning it the volume down to very low levels and listening to see if you still hear everything that needs to be heard. I read this somewhere and not sure if it's objectively true, but it seems to work for me. 2. Learn volume automation in your DAW and establish habits for optimum efficiency. Learning to automate volumes with instruments will fix a huge percentage of mixing problems and is the key to instruments coming in and fading out at the correct places. 3. Volume automation is 100% essential for orchestral passages and songs. Strings, horns, pads and choirs all need them to be executed correctly. 4. Might just be a placebo effect, but putting the FL Studio limiter plugin on every mix channel, and NOT messing with it, seems to provide a slight bit of invisible improvement. 5. In 80% of songs and mixes, the Fruity Waveshaper should be on the main mixing channel and set to Class B Distortion. Then set it to Unipolar mode (near the bottom left corner right next to where it says Waveshaper) and set point 2/4 (the second dot from the left to the right) where necessary. 6. Fruity Stereo Shaper is at the top of main channel and should be set to "Invert". This also seems to create some sort of objective improvement in the mix while being kind of invisible. Might also be a placebo effect but continues to work. 7. With a difficult instrument to mix, there is no shame in having multiple EQ plugins on it even for very small changes. This is to help prevent making the EQ worse and forgetting what settings it was on before that. 8. For most mixes, the "Ambience" reverb plugin (which is free), is on and set to Vic - Concert Hall Bright (most often) or Griels - Standard or J-Ring - Warm. Turn Dry to 0.0db and start wetness down at -16.0db or so and adjust to taste. 9. Making an instrument seem smaller requires turning the channel's stereo separation mix channel button to the right to narrow it, as well as lowering the volume and some of the high end of the EQ. 10. To keep bass instruments' frequencies in check, use the Fruity Multiband Compressor and set it to Mastering 2.4db, turn the stereo separation almost entirely narrow, and adjust volume to taste. Lots of EQ with very narrow bands may be needed. 11. Speaking of compression, on the main channel, the Fruity Multiband Compressor should be on the main channel and set to Mastering 2.4db and adjust the volume to taste, usually not more than 5.0db. If this compression doesn't work well for the song, use DensityMKII compressor (free plugin) and try Final, M/S Solid, M/S Steady Center or M/S Even Mix. 12. If an instrument passage needs something more interesting in it, a little bit of dBlue_Glitch (free plugin), set to random and turn it down to like 10% on the mixing channel. Don't keep on throughout the song because this plugin really loves to suck up CPU power and create audio artifacts all throughout. 13. When in need of some sub-bass to add heaviness to the song, FL Studio's 3xOSC with everything set to Sine and turned way down is a very quick and effective way to do this. Adding some light distortion to it can work as well. 14. To warm up ear frequencies at the start of an audio session, listen to a professionally published song file that is loud and bombastic (Hiroyuki Sawano's stuff, for example) for a little bit is a good way to get your ears "cleared" for the right frequency balance. Begin at low volumes and work your way up to your regular volume. Then start your audio file and also begin with a low volume and work your way up. 15. Your ears WILL play tricks with you if you go too long a mixing session without stopping. Instruments will literally sound too loud and too soft randomly AFTER you're already satisfied with it. That means it's time to stop for a while.
  9. Meteo Xavier

    Things I've Learned In My Years Of Music

    Yeah, well, if I round up all the time I've spent waiting on other people for things I've needed, even some of the most basic things, just with the stuff I can think up on top of my head, it would amount to 3 years of time being wasted waiting for other peoples' schedules, motivations, budgets and memories to get around to what they agreed to do for me. After a while, you're like, "Man, I am too old for this shit." and quit bothering. Granted I'm rather on the south side of the bell curve when it comes to social skills and charisma that might suggest "fuck other people entirely" is not an objective wisdom tip when it comes to this stuff, but it's backed with a lot of experience that is definitely regretted.
  10. Meteo Xavier

    Things I've Learned In My Years Of Music

    That and the aforementioned post on "semantics" and acknowledging the range that "composition" can refer to as a music creation. I'll probably have some more items posted here later as they come to me.
  11. Meteo Xavier

    Things I've Learned In My Years Of Music

    This may be more of a semantics thing, but I guess I mean it as more of a full arrangement with bass, drums, accompaniment, changes, etc. As there's several different ways to refer to that which is music as composition I thought that was enough, but obviously it's different if we're referring to a composition as just the melody and chords (like something you come up with and save as a leitmotif to be arranged many different times) and not something invented only by starting out a musical entity with full arrangement. I'd still argue that, in a full arrangement at least, the melody should be among the last to put in. Reason for this is it's easier to move some notes around there than it is to move around all the chords and accompaniment to fit the melody (although it's inevitable that you'd likely have to end up doing that in a track at some point anyway).
  12. Would anyone believe I've actually become a composer who's managed to grab a series of worthwhile gigs and absorbed enough commissions to kinda be sick of working on music? I know I don't. A decade and a half of putting in tens of thousands of hours behind a DAW has been yielding some returns and I've reached heights no one should take for granted. From my vantage point, I thought I would like to share some of the less-talked-about things I see from this elevation that could be useful advice to newer composers or even some older ones. In no particular order, here we go: 1. There is no recipe or gimmick for success. If there was, we'd all know it and use it by now. It's all pretty much random. All you can do is get creative with your ideas and execute them with the best audio quality you can. 2. Only upgrade your sound and studio if you can't produce quality work with what you've got anymore. You don't need 18 orchestral symphony libraries to make a quality orchestral track or soundtrack, you don't need the latest version of this or that for everything, you don't need loads of hardware just to pretend you're staying current. Master what you have before you start thinking you need to spend $$$ on more shit. 3. Synth nerds are the worst people to get hardware advice from. Sorry, but it's true. Nothing is ever as good as the best there was from the 1970s or 1980s, and therefore nothing is ever worthwhile enough. If you have your eye on a keyboard or hardware item, listen to it, think on it for a while, think on it, think on it for a long time and decide if it's really for you or not. No one else can decide that for you, you have to decide that for yourself. 4. Doing a bunch of songs at the same time and in stages is better than trying to knock out one song at a time. This is because you need a break from audio both to give your ears a rest and also to let your judgment become less biased. While doing a song, there are the stages of beginning it, working on it and finalizing it. You get into these stages naturally, and it is surprisingly easier to do these stages with multiple songs than just one. 5. To expand on #4, after a few years of experience in finishing and finalizing tracks, you start learning a skill for a music ear that can hear where your songs are supposed to go, rather than where they go now. It's almost a 6th sense in a way - you start hearing and expecting it to go this way when where you actually have it going is wrong. You can also hear what ISN'T there and what needs to be there. It's kinda freaky, really. 6. Some people try to write and arrange a track starting with the melody and designing everything around it. This is dumb. Building a song is like building a house - you start from the ground up (drums and bass), then the walls and body of the house (chords and arps and accompaniment), and then the roof (usually the melody). Doing it with the melody first is like putting the furniture in a field in a certain way and designing the house around all that. 7. Rely on as few people for your songs and projects at any given time as possible. Other people have lives and crises, too, and you would be better off doing or learning to do things you need yourself than hope their timeframes work out for you. 8. All business success requires risk to fuel it, however not all risk is the same. Being smart and meticulously deciding where your money is best to go and getting clever and resourceful with your situation could still create the concoction that provides success without putting you in danger. 9. "Value" or "reward" for your audio work is not always money. This is a VERY controversial and unpopular opinion, and there are good reasons for that, but the fact remains those who only consider value and reward to be coin or cash will find it much harder to navigate throguh business success here. 10. Even if you hate loops products, many are worth getting anyway for a variety of reasons. One of the best is that they often come with MIDI files that can be an excellent teacher for how to humanize notes in a DAW. 11. No one doing indie games has $300.00 per audio minute. Success from the indie game sector comes more by showcasing artistic achievement through its humble roots, not trying to do what AAA game studios are already doing. Know this, accept this, and use it to your advantage while builsing up a career in game audio. 12. The more artistic a person is, the less skill they have for conventional thinking ideas in audio like how business really works, humility, common sense and even at times common decency to others. This is not a guaranteed exclusion, but the "artist's brain" phenomenon really does seem to be true. 13. You can work on next to no music for years and years and suddenly be chosen for a big project seeming for no reason. Don't question it too much, just give thanks to the god or powers you believe in and do it. 14. Don't count on tempo-sync'd loops and samples to work correctly. Many do, but many also do not for whatever reasons. It's better to just get a BPM that works innately for the samples' speed you want to use. 15. Every composer, sooner or later, does work for free, undercuts a friend/competitor for a job. If they say they don't, they are most likely lying. Also, every composer eventually pirates stuff as well. 16. It doesn't matter what tricks you need to do to get a track done (just don't use illegal samples!), just get it done somehow. Arranging and recording music is supposed to be that difficult. 17. Have a Plan B and Plan C for all music you're working on, as it's incredibly easy for that music to not go used or be cout out somewhere else. 18. Don't worry if you use a loop or phrase or sound that's been used ad nauseum or something. It turns out the niche for LIKING recognizable sounds is bigger than we though. 19. Uploading MIDIs from Valkyrie Profile, Secret of Mana, Star Ocean 2, Final Fantasy VI, Super Mario 64, Final Fantasy Tactics and some of Tim Follin's work to your DAW and studying them will teach you pretty much everything you need to know about doing game audio. 20. When approaching someone for possible music work, be bright and cheery, but don't be desperate. Act like a seasoned professional, even if you aren't, and use a tone that says "I can do this work, but I don't need this work." Talk in length about the fine details of how you do things and how this works whether they might understand it or not, as it creates for you an air that the client thinks "Hmm, this guy knows his business." and helps keep it so the client respects you enough not to take advantage of you. If they leave soon after you establish this light bit of dominance in the conversation, then it wasn't meant to be. These things are obviously not objective, and they are subject to much scrutiny and debate themselves, but potentially useful stuff I'd like to impart all the same.
  13. Meteo Xavier

    SoundCloud or YouTube?

    That's strange. How or why would the Soundcloud mobile version have a drop of quality that far down? Just something wrong in the coding that distresses the audio or something?