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    Jonathan Vernon
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    Dundee, Scotland
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    Amateur Composer and Sound Designer for games

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    Electric Guitar: Lead

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  1. I understand that, i remember the relationship between intervals because of certain songs their used in (learned that in college). For example, a I-V sounds like Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, I-III sounds like Kumbaya, I-IV is Here Comes the Bride etc. What i was getting at was just being able to know the key itself by hearing it. Listening to a note and being able to say "that's an F#". Is there any technique to learning that or is it really just a case of familiarising yourself passively over a long time just by working with a lot of music?
  2. Noticed from his hands that the key change was to F, making the dominant a C. I can't quite grasp how people are able to know what a note is just by hearing it though, it's easy enough when you see somebody play it :/
  3. @Neblix - I could tell it was in the minor but couldn't identify the key. What methods would you recommend to help with ear training?
  4. So what your saying is in order for it to actually sound like an F# Dorian it will have to begin and most likely end on F#, to go in conjunction with what Nabeel was saying about Tonal centre?
  5. Is F# Dorian not the same as C# Minor? I was checking online and they seem to be the exact same scale on the guitar neck? I'm finding it a bit tricky to understand. So if my verse section is revolving around the F# (which it is) then that's my key. But my chorus section starts on B and moves to F#, A, E, B (every 4 bars), so would that mean i'm in the key of B? Now i couldn't use B Major because there is an A# in that scale and my chord progression doesn't have that. However B Natural Minor has all the required notes. Did i figure that out correctly?
  6. Ah yes i think i was getting something confused there. I understand now how to figure out my selection of possible modes. I've discovered that E Maj actually works very well over what i have, so would that mean it's likely the key is actually in E? I don't know why it wasn't sounding right before, i must have been playing something wrong. My next section goes B, F#, A, E, B, so E Maj is looking like the likely key, right? I would send it but it's in a Guitar Pro file, not a DAW. The main parts are really just the F#, A, F#, E - F#, A, F#, B and then B, F#, A, E. The bassline plays the same as the rhythm so it's nothing that requires a lot of thought. My brain just sucks.
  7. I'm confused as to why it's F# Dorian that works. I must not be grasping modes properly, i thought if you are in the key of F# then the Dorian mode of that key should be G# because that's the second degree of the F# Maj scale? I'm using this chart for the time being until i have things better memorised https://fenixnest.net/_Support/Images/Music/Circle5ths/Circle5ths_Modal.jpg It says that F# Dorian belongs in the key of E, but i've tried E and it doesn't work either. I am confusion. I've tried F# Minor and it works but not with the whole piece itself since everything sounds very upbeat.
  8. I'm in the middle of writing a piece and one part moves between F# and A power chords, and moves to B on every 8th measure. I figured G Major would be the right choice for soloing because of the F# but it just doesn't work. I found C Major works quite well, but i don't understand how because there is no F# in C Major :S Also i figured that would mean the relative A Minor Pentatonic would work too but it's not even close. F# Pentatonic works perfectly though. It's all very confusing, can somebody tell me how they would approach this? Am i missing something very obvious?
  9. The time has come to ditch this piece of crap i've been using and get something that actually functions. For the past three years i've been using a Line 6 KB37 and have experienced driver problems when it comes to using it as my primary sound card. The device will crash and i won't be able to get any audio from ANY of my sound sources without restarting my computer, BUT i can't even restart the computer correctly because the "windows logoff sound" is unable to play. so it just hangs there trying to shut down for eternity. I'm done with it. It also looks like Line 6 are done with it as well as it's been discontinued and people still haven't got it working since 2011. WHAT I NEED My budget is £150 but i'd like to keep it as far below that as possible It NEEDS to be able to function as both my primary sound card and my ASIO in FL Studio. The connections i need are one for my guitar, a midi keyboard, left and right studio monitors, microphone and i'd prefer a USB over firewire. Also volume control for my speakers separate to the volume control for my headphones. I'm sure all this stuff is probably standard on all interfaces, but i've only ever used my KB37 so i'm not 100% sure. So any recommendations? Thanks. EDIT: Forgot to mention it has to be Windows 7 64bit compatible
  10. Sorry gonna bump this once to see if anybody else can give me some criticism. Thanks.
  11. Thanks for the kind words The drums are samples from a Megadrive collection if i remember correctly. I wanted them to sound retro, however they are bugging me a little also. I just don't really know what to do with them.
  12. It's my first piece of serious game audio. It's for a roguelike 8bit style horizontal scrolling space shooter, so this will be the main tune throughout the game apart from on the bosses. I didn't want the music to sound too 8bit, more modern but with 8bit style elements. Just let me know about how i've done so far with overall composition, mixing, levels etc. Thanks. https://soundcloud.com/verdisproductions/level-music
  13. Great work! But man, i'm so disappointed. The few US tracks i really wanted to hear aren't on the album Stardust Speedway Good/Bad Future and Tidal Tempest Good Future (let me know if they are on it and i've missed them) Stardust Good future was crying for a Snappleman or Sixto version
  14. Not knowing about these enhancements has been really screwing with me. I would listen to remixes on here to give me an idea of the quality and volume level i'm looking for, and they'd always sound extra bassy and punchy, and i could just never reach that level without distortion. Now i know why Listening again with it off the tracks sound waaaaay more normal. This is a problem that's been plaguing me ever since i started, i'm so glad it's finally resolved. I knew it would be something stupid.
  15. Sound advice (pun intended ). Surely if they're hit-or-miss then there is really no point in them existing in the first place.
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