Meteo Xavier

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  1. Both an announcement and a question: https://www.pluginboutique.com/product/2-Effects/52-Mastering-Suite/3819-Ozone-8-Standard

    The former was the announcement. Here is my question.

    I'm an old man now and I still have a lot of personal audio projects to do. I never wanted to learn anything about mastering as I wanted to trust others and their non-biased ears to make that call, but something like this being $50.00 tempts me and the fact of the matter is that I don't know how much outsourcing mastering I can really afford for the foreseeable future. Time has not been good to me and I want to virtually shit out material for the next little while to get caught up.

    Has anyone used Ozone 8 and how easy would it be for someone like me who has never done mastering or wanted to learn it would be able to make use of it? Bluntly, I want to know if I can get at least a passable mastering for songs and albums by just clicking a few things, adjusting a few things and calling it good. Yes, I'm intentionally looking for a quick, lazy option here because all the rest of the time I want to pour over it goes into mixing and arrangement. I'm not a young man anymore, I'm extremely clinically depressed and officially mentally ill now, I'm past the point of caring whether everything I do sounds like it came out of a professional studio. If something like this can snap consistency together and get a passable sounding mastering in 30 minutes or so, I'd like to get it.

    Thank you!


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    I had posted a previous version of Saturn Icarus here a long time ago. This version is the full release with additional tracks, additional work on some tracks, and full mastering provided by TOKEE.

    Saturn Icarus Liner Notes and Credits

    TRACK 1 - I Become The Machine (Technoverture)
    TRACK 2 - Rarewhere - (OS Boot Menu - Rev. 17.8.104B)
    TRACK 3 - Aladdin Continent - (Vector City Skyline)
    TRACK 4 - Deincarnation - (Cybercop Bust Gone Wrong)
    TRACK 5 - Comfortably Dumb - (Virtua Gangs Rule The Future Streets)
    TRACK 6 - Run, Logan, Run! (Android Abomination)
    TRACK 7 - Almost In The Shell (After Hours At The Neuro Lounge)
    TRACK 8 - Death and Syntaxes (Infiltrating The City Underground)
    TRACK 9 - Atlas Lunged - (Forced To Fight In The Mutant Wrestling Ring)
    TRACK 10 - Neon Tolstoy - (Megacorp Declares War, And I Bring Them War)
    TRACK 11 - Zoso's Bizarre Advertising Venture (The Back Alley Parts Shop)
    TRACK 12 - Shower The People You Love With Blood (Final Assault On The Grid Headquarters)
    TRACK 13 - Psycho Mass - (The Ultimate Showdown With The Omega Brain)
    TRACK 14 - Appetite For Reconstruction (The Sun Rises Over The Metropolis)
    TRACK 15 - The Machine Becomes Me (Acceptance, The Destiny In Disguise, Credits)

    Notes:
    Wow, this production was a hell of a ride. It was originally done for an old-school FPS throwback called SATURN ICARUS (https://gamejolt.com/games/saturn-icarus-work-in-progress/149262) and 12 tracks were produced for it. I got paid for the commission (!) but to date, the game is under indefinite hiatus and I don't know what, if anything, may happen to it from there.

    So with the original creator's permission, I have taken the album, along with some other tracks I had done for other things that never got used, and I made a full Synthwave/Hybrid album out of it. Each track is extremely different from one another and features anything and everything I wanted in it - synths, drum and bass, synths, orchestra, synths, operatic choir, synths, trance, synths, Japanese taiko, synths, metal guitar and, oh yeah, synths. A lot of different sounds and genres used here, but synthwave and 80s sounds form the foundation.

    I consider this my "Passion" album - inspired directly after Peter Gabriel's "Passion" album which was a soundtrack for Martin Scorscese's "The Last Temptation of Christ" that he went back and did more work on before releasing it as an album. I did the same here.

    It is available for $5.00 total on Bandcamp and other markets that follow a listing on CDBaby. Thank you and enjoy!

     

    Music by 12 Followers/Meteo Xavier.
    Premade loops and construction kits were used in this production for inspiration and convenience.

    Mixing by 12 Followers/Meteo Xavier.

    Mastering by TOKEE.

    Cover Artwork:
    Original Illustration by Devine Lu Linvega as it appears on runyourjewels.com.
    Edited by Meteo Xavier.
    Used with permission by Devine Lu Linvega.

    Copyright 12 Followers/Meteo Xavier and 12MX Media, October 2019. Licensed to Mischa for whatever he wants to use it for.


  3. Depression/depersonalization lingers, but I'm making progress in recovery all the same.

    Some things in my professional (i.e. that which makes money) music world has shifted up some - two long-standing other commissioned work I started on long ago is finished and a third is pretty close to wrapping up (which is good, because the game release date is coming up sooner than I expected. Yikes), which is pretty good for me considering the last two months on my end. I will please ask that you allow me to release the first two music items here in the immediate timeframe as it will, in the long-run, clear my plate off some and allow me to recover the energy needed to back to this one.

    Thank you for allowing me some breathing room here. I'll have a new status report after a while here.


  4. While I'd had worse Septembers than this, it's not been good. The stress of it got so bad that it fully undid the depression progress I'd made since the second week of August. I spent various parts of the last 8 days unable to sleep and almost paralyzed with fears that can't be rationalized away.

    I have a moment of clarity now, so before the fear starts back up, I'll give a small update.

    I had been talking concepts and ideas with Rexy. I'd not gotten as many .WAVs from people as I would've hoped, so I do think we might have to redo some key tracks. I'm personally not wanting to do a whole full soundtrack arrangement, but a sense of balance has to be brought to it, so I will talk with Rexy on how best to achieve it.

    I'd also been trying to get some ideas for project artwork. I had a great idea, but it turns out to be derivative. I'm not too picky on what the artwork should be for the cover, just needs to look good and make sense with reconciling the themes of the game.

    Sorry it's not a more positive update, shit's been reaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaalllllllllllllllllllllllly fucked on my end as usual. As sanity returns to me, I'll try to get more done on it.


  5. I grabbed a pirate copy of it so I could look through and see what it is. As I browse it, this is a pretty neat little guide that really keeps it short and to the point with sheet music examples.

    All it is, though, is just a dictionary of orchestral instruments with good, to the point information on what it does and tips on how to orchestrate it. This thing would not be able to teach you better orchestration, but it DOES give you a lot, lot, lot of info you would need to have to figure out orchestration piece-by-piece. It's like, you're not buying a sandwich here, but you are buying bread, meat, cheese, sauce, etc.

    For $10, you could do a lot worse with that money than this, just depends on if you need the individual orchestral stuff handy or if you need something to teach you how to really orchestrate.


  6. This depersonalization episode has been lingering and I've not been able to shake it fully. I'm past the parts I need to be concerned about, now I'm just waiting for it to pass entirely.

    In the meantime I've been slowly trying to gather .WAVs from people and I only have about 8 myself. Rexy might have some others, but we need to get .WAVs in first before we can formulate what to do from there.

    So send your .WAVs in, folks.

    I'll keep updating as updates and sanity come in.


  7. Just catching up quick because I know reigniting interest in this album facilitates not going too long between updates here and there.

    Nothing to update at the moment - I've been busy off my ass, barely getting any sleep, weather and other things getting too far in my way IRL to work on stuff and its culminated now to a small relapse into the clinical depression/depersonalization I've been at since about this time in 2016 which gives me oversensitivity to even the most minimal of emotional subjects as well as a really irrational and involuntary phobia of aging and time moving forward - which is just about the stupidest thing in the world.

    It'll pass and I'm not too fucked up right now, thankfully, but this little relapse has been a few degrees stronger than some of the others and I'll still need some time working on other things until that passes.

    So not a great update, I understand, but I also just wanted to chime in something so no one thinks energy or momentum has already stalled or anything. Nope, just the universe deciding to use me as its personal diarrhea outlet once again. It'll be done and over with soon and I can get back on here.

    Thank you!


  8. New update time. Sorry for the delay on my end everyone, I'm bottlenecked yet again and today has been particularly fucked, but I've got enough to update with all the same.

    I've gotten some more WAVs from people, I appreciate that and I'll listen to them here soon. I had an ear thing late last week/early this week that made it so audio work was not in my interest, but that has been accomplished and I've downloaded and kept the .WAVs given to me all the same.

    Finally got to talk to the previous project creator Brandon to see if he would release back to us the .WAVs he had on his end and he was not willing to support the project's revival (to put it mildly), which is what I expected. And as expected, this project will need to see a fairly full "Un"Brand"ing" so we can respect Brandon's wishes and the fair artistic work he put in to start with. This does not mean starting the entire thing from scratch, it just means taking what we can from the previous project attempt, putting a new frame/encapsulation on it, seeing where we need to go to from there.

    I'm trying to think up some ideas of what to do that with - I've actually spent the last several weeks replaying the game on the DS unrelated to the project here and I am refreshed on the source material, so that helps. So far my best idea is Manifest Obscura, taking after the game's major plot of the big world below being shrouded from knowledge, but I'm not solid on it yet. I'm not doing the "Light and Dark" theme again - that was my last project and it has been done to death.

    Most likely will need a brand new project thread for it too.

    So I'll be speaking with Rexy and relevant personnel about that stuff when I can. That's what I got for now. Please keep sending me your .WAVs and let's see where we can go from here!


  9. Must've been before my time as I don't recognize either name, nor am I able to find anything by searching.

    Anyways, I literally speak for every single person who has ever been on Ocremix when I say "Apology accepted and then some! Reclaim your former valor and treasures and then help yourself to more in the vault. Take our wives as your concubines and our children as slaves for the emmer fields. The throneseat is yours and we will immediately begin erecting a monument for your return and reign."

    And as I promise to everyone every time I promise them something: it will be a MIGHTY erection!


  10. Like some other limboing projects, I could offer to try to wrangle what's here and there into a release if all I need to do is provide administration to it (my music energy is still all tied up elsewhere). I'm willing, though it requires the higher-ups to approve the idea and give me what's needed to do so and I hadn't gotten any feedback on past volunteer chimes to pick up the baton from them.

    I'm on a few shit lists myself, so that could account for some of that, but I remain committed to OCR's central goal of accelerating video game music into the mainstream art fold with efforts like these and I have some admin time, energy and interest to do so :D


  11. It's in there, I just don't immediately remember which remix it is and don't have the opportunity to find the notes or go through it to find it tonight.

    Remember that there were track name translation errors when brought over here and commonly known track titles are actually mix-ups of the correct ones. The .RSN archive on it should have the right tracks. Please help confirm if this is the tune you're searching for:

    If you still haven't found it in a little while, I'll try to help isolate the right remix. Trust you me, Vader, we made sure to get every single track on there and even some remixes of the ***damn SOUND EFFECTS when we could, so it's in there somewhere. :P