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    Fairfax, Virginia, USA

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    David W. Lloyd is a software engineer, musician, producer, and graphic designer from the Metro/DC area of the United States of America.

    Mr. Lloyd is the president and founder of OverClocked ReMix, an organization dedicated to the appreciation and preservation of video game music. He has popularized unofficial arrangements of this music by encouraging fans to submit mixes to the website he developed and maintains at http://www.ocremix.org. He has composed and produced numerous such arrangements himself, under the name of "djpretzel", in addition to original compositions available on his personal website at http://www.djpretzel.com. He has appeared alongside industry professionals like Tommy Tallarico and Jack Wall at game music events, and has been interviewed by Salon, Electronic Gaming Monthly, and others for his work with the site. He runs an associated record label, Overclocked Records, to help promote the original and arranged music of artists involved in gaming and computer culture.

    Mr. Lloyd is also an accomplished software engineer with ten years of experience in web-related technologies. His skills include experience in .NET, Java, and PHP software development, relational database design and administration, graphic design and web development using Photoshop and Dreamweaver, and extensive familiarity with Documentum-based software solutions, web services, and XML/XSLT.
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    David W. Lloyd
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    2. Maybe; Depends on Circumstances
  • Software - Digital Audio Workstation (DAW)
    Bitwig Studio
    Studio One
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    [Plugins]: Kontakt, Omnisphere, Trilian, Battery, Reaktor, Sylenth1, Zebra2, Hive, Alchemy [Libraries]: Spitfire Albion & BML Series, Heavyocity, Impact Soundworks
  • Composition & Production Skills
    Arrangement & Orchestration
    Drum Programming
    Mixing & Mastering
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    Synthesis & Sound Design
  • Instrumental & Vocal Skills (List)
    Vocals: Male

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  1. @BONKERS Funky! I will say, I felt like the low end didn't kick in until like 2'10" - bassline before that is active & funky but not filling out the bottom much, so when 2'10" hits it almost feels like bass is appearing for the first time. Something like bx_subsynth, or adding a sub layer, or just EQ on the bass could help give it more low end.
  2. @JohnStacyMan that sucks; regarding radio silence, I've been seeing/hearing a lot of that, directly & secondhand. I think it's mostly people being at their limits - emotionally, physically, spiritually, politically, you name it. Probably guilty of it myself, gonna try to do better. I wish I had some ideas/suggestions; sounds like even institutions are eroding, based on lack of response...
  3. I would always recommend Komplete first, above all other mega do-it-all libraries/collections - Reason Rack *is* great, Arturia V-Collection *is* great, but Komplete feels the most essential and capable of handling pretty much anything.
  4. I dig the lead sound here; it's unusual, and it makes the whole mix more interesting. I think my biggest issue is the timing - an intentional swing/unquantized thing going on, which can work really well w/ slower beats & downtempo/lo-fi stuff, but at faster tempos - for me at least - it starts sounding like unintentional lag/slowdown - 0'43 with the kicks, for example. I'd be most curious to hear this with different % swing, something more subtle. Could also dial it in more selectively, for breakdowns or verse vs. chorus.
  5. In the interest of moving forward, and also because this album is kinda coming back from the dead (or at least purgatory/uncertainty), I'm suggesting the following title: Final Fantasy III: Resurrection ...to kinda gel with with the FF1 & FF2 albums, so it's "Random Encounter, Rebellion, Resurrection" - a trio of R's. If anyone feels strongly that this title is poo and/or has a better idea, please chime in! Also, the album has been added to the project consent form - please sign ASAP!
  6. Just chiming in - no matter what Soule did, this game's soundtrack is a part of many folks' childhoods, and nothing changes that. However, deciding to participate in this project is one of those topics where, personally, I don't think there's a right or wrong answer. I've explained my personal reasoning, and how I conceive of art in the abstract, but I'm not offended if anyone finds it unpersuasive/disagrees. Key thing is that no one gets judged, either way, for their decision on this, or attempts to equate others' decisions to participate with a tacit endorsement of the behavior in question.
  7. With Golden Sun out of the way, it's Badass 4, Lufia 2, & FF3.... hoping we can get the last mile on this one, will be talking w/ @Gario
  8. @Meteo Xavier I think that's the right call, and thank you for making it and letting us know as opposed to letting things drag on. This is a stressful/disorienting period of time for everyone, and having extra challenges on top of that to work through just doesn't leave a ton of time for much else. Hope things take a turn for the better for you
  9. @Meteo Xavier & @Rexy are in charge of: Rounding up all tracks/wavs to date (I think this is basically complete) Identifying holes in arrangement coverage that should be filled Finding a way to fill them Coordinating art & final package prep We've got Golden Sun and Lufia 2 & Badass Paragons on the horizons, but I'd really like to wrap this up in Q3...
  10. Thankfully we got a fix on some of the dissonance, making this mix even better.
  11. I've *basically* switched to Live as my main DAW, and one of the selling points is the flexibility & power of M4L, though that's coming from a consumer perspective and (not yet at least) as a developer. I do believe it's possible in M4L - this might be a useful starting place: https://github.com/HerrmuttLobby/chord-splitter This one does round-robin but could also be a useful jumping off point: https://www.beedocs.com/abehr/2018/07/14/max-for-live-midi-note-splitter/ As an expensive-but-nifty non-M4L, DAW-agnostic alternative, I imagine that https://www.bluecataudio.com/Prod
  12. Still love that film but damn if Clint Eastwood didn't get all old, weird, and political, and start talking to chairs...
  13. @Meteo Xavier Does @Rexy have everything you had? I think we need to look at the tracks we know we're not getting and see about putting together a SHORT list of sources we feel should absolutely be covered for this album to be called, in good faith, an FF3 album. Is that something you can do, and if so, how quickly?
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