Nabeel Ansari

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About Nabeel Ansari

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  • Birthday 11/02/1995

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    Philadelphia, PA
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    Music, Mathematics, Physics, Video Games, Storytelling

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  • Software - Digital Audio Workstation (DAW)
    Studio One
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    Spitfire, Orchestral Tools, Impact Soundworks, Embertone, u-he, Xfer Records, Spectrasonics
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    Arrangement & Orchestration
    Drum Programming
    Mixing & Mastering
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    Synthesis & Sound Design
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    Nabeel Ansari
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    Impact Soundworks Developer, Video Game Composer
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  1. Nowadays small details of response comparison between studio monitors are moot and needless effort to shop around for. If you pick up Sonarworks Reference 4 w/ their mic, then once you set up your monitors in the right configuration, calibrate the Reference 4 profile. The mic will detect differences between expected signal sound and what both your monitors and room are giving you, and apply a counter filter that cancels the differences out. You do have to manually set it to linear phase, which adds some latency to your path, but having that un-affected phase response is crucial. It gets you way better results than agonizing over configuration settings. The important thing is that you just buy a good quality set with a decent response and then have your room at least minimally treated so that Reference doesn't have to do an unnatural amount of work to fix it. Reference mostly gets a ton of praise all around, but also a small handful of disappointed customers, so you can shop around for other companies that do the same thing, there are multiple ones. That being said, your mileage may vary if you're throwing a subwoofer in there too, since it needs to calculate L/R independently. Honestly like... a subwoofer isn't necessary, and I see of accomplished (home) engineers leaving it out of their setups. Getting something above 5" drivers for your monitors will already guarantee you a good sounding bass response. Getting a sub can actually be detrimental if your room isn't right for it, or you aren't prepared to potentially do a lot of interior design work to make it work.
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    FL Studio 20 now released

    Good update for FL users. The track bouncing looks very well-thought out.
  3. This is the best investment you can put into a headphone setup. They have EQ profiles for common pro headphones (including the 880 250ohm premium) and you can load it systemwide (and as a vst on your DAW master) to apply the exactly counter EQ contour to make your headphones as even and rounded (flat, yes, but I stopped using that term because it implies the music would sound lifeless) as possible. Systemwide is super great because I can listen to reference songs on my computer from music players or in the browser, or like play games/movies, and still have the sound correction. You can also simulate other headphones and stereo systems with their stored profiles, instead of just going flat. And if you personally don't LIKE the completely flat response, you can also apply minor treble and bass adjustments to suit your tastes. It also has a linear phase option, with some additional latency, to ensure there is absolutely 0 change to the sound outside of the spectrum's range of loudness. Once I did it for my DT 880's I've sworn never to go back. The difference is actually pretty dramatic; as soon as I toggle the calibration off, the life is sapped out of the mix, the sound of the headphones themselves is pretty tinny and boomy by comparison, and hearing the difference explained basically all of my common mixing mistakes that people point out to me. Weak low mids, excessive bass, harsh upper mids, which were all unknowing compensations for the 880's actual frequency response. Listening to my older stuff on this, it was pretty clear. Here is the DT 880's average freq response: As it says in the legend, the BLUE is the headphone's average response, the GREEN is the EQ it applies to counter it, and the PURPLE is the end result (mostly flat, with some bass rolloff that doesn't matter too much in practice, and is necessary because of physics and whatnot).
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    What genre of music fits each style of Sonic best?

    City Escape is probably one of the best rock songs, ever. Checks all the boxes.
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    What genre of music fits each style of Sonic best?

    I feel bad for anyone who thinks Crash 40's Sonic music is bad.
  6. Uh... this thread is 7 years old?
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    OverClocked ReTreat

    No, they're not.
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    OverClocked ReTreat

    Assuming the costs are decent, I would be down for this.
  9. Nabeel Ansari

    Native Access with Kontakt 5???

    Mega Brass is not a Kontakt player library, you don't need to use the add library button. You can drag it onto Kontakt directly. "it won't even let me browse for files" Can you give me a screenshot of what happens when you attempt this?
  10. Hey guys, I wish to sell off my Embertone solo strings. I have the first 3 entries, selling them for $85 a piece, or $250 as a whole bundle. Once you have these you could complete your bundle to get the Leonid Bass, and you'd come out cheaper in the end than the whole bundle. I think. They don't reveal the details of complete your bundle pricing so I'm not 100% sure. REGARDLESS: $85 - Friedlander Violin $85 - Fischer Viola $85 - Blakus Cello OR $250 for all.
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    How to follow

    I don't think you know what dark humor means.
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    I want to build you a computer

    How reasonable is it to get a build like: -killer processing (blazing GHz + multicore, for audio) -performs well in real-time audio processing (I've seen weird stories of systems with seemingly good specs that perform terribly with real-time audio because of awful latency in internal components) -lot of RAM (like 64, or 128) -lot of USB ports (peripherals like music gear, drawing tablet, etc) -super silent, and cool -a lot of M.2 and/or PCIe SSD storage (for excessively optimizing sample lib + project load speeds) -small form factor, like ITX -support 4 monitors, but graphics dont have to be like, pc gaming quality. I just need screen real estate, not so much any 3d rendering power What kind of things are less realistic or would cost the most, here? Asking for next year, when I move circa August 2018.
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    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

    As I put in my post as an EDIT a while ago, it is a Switch bug.
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    What type of promotion is best for a music artist?

    I was talking about the metaphorized roofers being musicians, not actual roofers, sorry. And can you quit it with the drama already? It's really played out, and you ruin a lot of threads with it. To clarify, most of my post was directed at Meteo, not you.
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    What type of promotion is best for a music artist?

    I don't really believe for a second there are bad roofers getting work. EDIT: Following the analogy which doesn't apply 100%, I mean to say, musicians. Getting work is not just about your "musical skill", however you want to measure that. It's about networking and being ready for opportunities. No one just sits there and get work piled on them because they're lucky. The only time you get a gig without working to secure it is from pre-existing relationships or referrals, which come from work in networking or previous work with a client. The fixation on "hard work" is silly. It's not about "hard work", it's about "smart work". Doing the correct kind of work, when it's appropriate. Being patient and having plans. If you're a "busy idiot", which is an expression that means you are working hard in the wrong places, you won't see success. It doesn't matter how hard you work if you're doing the wrong work.