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  1. I've been mulling this over for quite some time now, and I was wondering what everyone thinks about having an Overclocked Remix World in VRChat. 

    I think VRChat is going to be the new forum format, mainly because it feels like facebook & reddit smashed together lmao. I know that having a VR Device is still uncommon (correct me if I'm wrong), but there's a desktop version of VRChat that works the same and has access to the same worlds (PC, Oculus, and Oculus Quest cross-play) . So I'm not sure how much traction this'll gain tbh, but I've been making VRChat worlds in Unity and I've been wanting to do this for a while now and am finally getting around to it (making a VRChat OCR World).

    The only thing is that I need more time in VRChat before I'm allowed to Publish public worlds on the 'Community Labs' area yet. Thoughts? Comments? Suggestions?

  2. This may not be the right thread, but I'm slightly new to the "Four on the Floor"/EDM genre when it comes to identifying what can be improved (or what's a problem sound-wise) in my track.

    I've linked my track below. The questions I have are: Is the bass too muddy? Instinct says yes, but I like that gritty edm noise (how would I clean that up, EQ it?). 

    I want to layer the clap with a few other claps to give it some color, but I'm open to hearing all suggestions, especially as EDM/Electronica is a genre I want to learn more about.

    Closest song I've written that's only electronic sounds is this one from like 3 years ago: https://soundcloud.com/wifisunset-music/3-sphere-enigma



    EDM Exp I.mp3 EDM Exp I.wav

  3. I'm going through (Bandcamp, Spotify, etc), and I'm noticing the mix is rather loud for a lot of my tracks. I have to turn the volume down to like 75-60 on my PC to get it sounding the way I intended to have the final tracks sound when post-editing the audio. 

    Does Spotify, Bandcamp, and etc raise the levels of the songs posted at all? (I know part of it's that I got new headphones, but that shouldn't account for That drastic of a difference, right???)

  4. Super excited to have released my first album :)!

    Definitely plan to keep improving my sound as time goes on, so any feedback is definitely appreciated :D!

    iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/storm-colors-of-sound-i/1462319459?app=itunes&ign-mpt=uo%3D4


    Bandcamp: https://wifisunset.bandcamp.com/album/storm-colors-of-sound-i

    The Tracks are in order with the Theme I had in mind for this album. Four songs with a Red tone to it, Blue tone to it, Purple tone to it, and lastly four Gold/White toned songs.

    Storm - WiFiSunset.png

  5. On 3/14/2019 at 12:04 AM, ShellPresto said:

    @Cosmic Prism I'm assuming you found an album cover artist, but in case you did not, I've been scanning this forum a couple times a year looking for projects that are nearing completion that need an artist. (It's hard to hit that window, because projects often go silent for long periods then suddenly pop up near finished.)

    Most of my recent art is American animation style, but I can (and have) absolutely do anime style if you prefer that over my normal style. And I'm very familiar with a bunch of Shonen Jump properties.


    PM'd you :) 

  6. On 1/28/2019 at 6:43 AM, Darkflamewolf said:

    There is an excellent guide linked by Level 99 found in this thread that explains all of the eval procedures and submission guidelines:

    It definitely helped me out while I was working on submitting Arcadia Legends.

    Thanks man! I'm going to start the (Consent statements) process soon, but before I do. Does anyone have any name suggestions for the Final Album name? I'm looking for some way to tie it to Anime or Manga in gereral (because I still hope for there to be Volume II & etc in the future). 

  7. On 1/25/2019 at 7:24 PM, Darkflamewolf said:

    The site domain from my limited experience with Arcadia Legends is something that DJPretzel will provide for you. He has all the details when it comes time to start building the website. They have a php toolkit and a format they strongly encourage you to follow for ease of transition when you hand over all the web assets for them to transfer to the primary address location.

    Well, I won't lie, the bulk of 'human-like' artists can be found on DeviantArt, but being a... *ahem* furry myself, I got loads more options and there are other websites out there with artists who can do both furry art AND human art as well. You just have to look around and find them. It can be hard going at times for finding the one artist that truly meets your style and needs and is actually open for commissions. Some take a while to complete, so get started on finding one ASAP.

    That's Extremely helpful :)! Thanks so much!! 

    I'll check other sites as well for artists to kind of get a feel for what's out there. Appreciated man! 

  8. On 1/20/2019 at 5:59 PM, Hanging Waters said:

    Full answer: The chord (as part of the entire song struture) is a VI maj, so in the key of the song (C# minor) that would be A major.

    As other have said, there is some half step dissonance, although the dissonance isn't a half step above or below the root of the chord, but rather it's below the third of the chord.

    The actual pitches she sings are A, B# (C), and C#. The A is the root of the A major, whereas the C# is the third. The B# (C) is just an added dissonance; if you wanna put a name to it, technically the voicing she's singing creates an Amaj (#9) or Amaj (+b3) chord, but those are super ugly words. Contrary to what someone suspected above, it's not actually a minor major chord, but it does sound like minor major because of the B#, which is the major 7th relative to C#.


    Dang. I appreciate it! I was trying to figure this out for a while with no luck (still learning), but I can totally see what you mean.


    Any chance there was a Quarter-Tone thrown in there?

  9. On 1/23/2019 at 1:40 PM, Darkflamewolf said:

    We had to hire out our artist and pay money out of pocket for our art. That may or may not be feasible for you.

    Okay, that sounds doable. Do you know of any good places to look for artists (I know of deviantart, but was wondering if there were other places to look too).

    UPDATE: I removed all claims since there was no response to the check-in. Those with WIP's have until the 31st of this month to reply and get a WIP Extension while finding an artist is sorted out. On the plus side: we are so much closer to release as a result. Thanks for your hard work and patience everyone :)!

    Question: How is a site/domain for an OC Remic album alloted?

  10. On 12/14/2018 at 4:14 PM, Darkflamewolf said:

    I'm strongly tempted, especially since Arcadia Legends is more or less out the door, but we'll see about how future events in life play out first. Either way, I wish you luck finding a solid Director for this album!

    Absolutely, keep me posted :D ! With @evktalo's comment I may just reach out to those with tracks in-progress/almost done, and just go with the current track roster so far. 

    On 12/15/2018 at 12:09 AM, evktalo said:

    Good luck with this! There's three finished tracks already, that would make a solid backbone for an EP-sized release already! Such a cool concept as well. Lots of big names on the WIP list too! Somebody herd these cats home. :-D

    There's 7 tracks finished actually, so you're right in that it would make a great album as is :). I may take that route (I'm not sure how to get an album artist for OC Remix projects tbh).

  11. ************************UPDATE: SEARCHING FOR A NEW ALBUM DIRECTOR************************

    Things have gotten increasingly busy in my life, and I realize I will no longer be able to provide this project with the attention it needs to flourish towards completion. 

    So effective immediately, I'm searching for someone to take over as Album Director. Once chosen: All mp3 & wav files will be transferred over to them so they have an up-to-date status & file content for the album. I'll also be moving down as a Co-Director for the album (I could provide better assistance in that format).

    There are a few requirements for the search, and they are: 

    1. Have at least 5 songs posted here on OCR.


    2. Directed or Co-Directed an OC Remix Album in the past. 

    (First dibs do go to the current Co-Directors of the album, but by all means still get in touch with me if you are interested :) ).


  12. On 8/1/2018 at 12:18 PM, Phonetic Hero said:

    I really don't think you need a MIDI controller, honestly.  You can do anything a MIDI controller would let you do by properly routing controls to your MIDI outs and clicking things in - they're really only for expediting the process, if you're good at playing things in or recording automation live.  I bought one when I was just starting out because I was under the impression that it was a necessity, but I've really never used it or any other hardware MIDI controller and I'm doing just fine (worth noting that I don't have piano chops anyway though, haha).  If you're trying to save money, I'd say don't bother getting one yet and put that money toward improving your orchestral arsenal, if that's what you want.  It's just another luxury.

    I think you're right. The quality of the String Samples is more important than the expedition of the process. And after thinking about it, there's a subtle intricacy in doing it click-by-click lmao. So I can put that on the backburner for a bit and focus mainly on sample quality :)  

    On 8/1/2018 at 1:12 PM, AngelCityOutlaw said:

    I would also recommend looking into Berlin Orchestra: Inspire.

    I'd argue it's the best "all-in-wonder" library out there and is about 400 and some USD. It was designed to be a "sketching tool" or for getting ideas down quickly, but honestly (and as the demos show) it's pretty damn great if that's all you have and I'd easily take it over Miroslav or Symphonic Orchestra.


    3 hours ago, PRYZM said:

    Inspire is pretty good. Inspire 2 also should be good.

    I personally would recommend Albion, because I think it's wonderful, but you'd do pretty well with either one, and they cover bases. They're also easier to use since they're in consolidated sections instead of individual instrument types.

    @AngelCityOutlaw & @PRYZM I checked both of those out when I read your message, and those are Fantastic libraries! But my main concern is the price tbh. 

    I did get advice from someone to check out E/W Composer Cloud, and they gave me this link for a review: https://sonicscoop.com/2016/03/17/new-software-review-east-west-composer-cloud/

    I think I'm going to try E/W Composer Cloud and give it a try? I still have some doubts because it almost sounds 'too good to be true' tbh lol.

  13. On 7/25/2018 at 10:39 PM, SquareWave said:

    (Paraphrased): I can relate so much to this, and I dealt with the same issue for years. After studying music in college, I felt burned out and thought I was done with music. Years later, what I've finally realized is that I was so worried about being successful that I didn't let myself make the kind of music that I love, and I stopped enjoying it. I realized that not only did I have unrealistically high expectations of myself, I projected those expectations onto everyone around me, especially my mentors. I spent so much time studying composition but so little time actually composing, and that was the most stressful part. I'd say the stress comes from thinking about it, and the only release is doing it.

    All the unfinished stuff, don't think of it as failure, because that's just a recipe for creative anxiety. There's always going to be a huge pile of discarded ideas relative to finished works. That's just part of the process.

    It's easy to silo yourself off and then get into a really stressful negative feedback loop. I still haven't found my best work process, but I feel like I'm getting there. Right now, it's "Feel safe working on things in private, and then once in a while, release your top choices and see if they survive on their own out in the wild."

    This hits home man. The "I've finally realized is that I was so worried about being successful that I didn't let myself make the kind of music that I love" and "having unrealistically high expectations" mindset can be hell to work through sometimes (hence my other post lol). 

    I mean, it's good to set a standard and expectation for oneself, but when does that go too far into an over-expectation & being unrealistic. I'm still trying to find that balance and make it a habit over time, but as @SquareWave is saying. Go through as many compositions as you can (without burning yourself out), there's always going to be discarded works for sure. 

  14. 39 minutes ago, Meteo Xavier said:

    Well, this topic took a pretty major turn. I'll need to edit my post above so it actually makes some sense.

    Also, the $40 deal I posted above is no longer applicable. It was only good until July 31st. The full price isn't too bad either compared to the $750 you were projecting, but just an update on that.

    It did lol. I've been trying to take my own advice that I give to people about forming an instant reactive opinion online to things that may sting a little. and actually taking time to actually Think about it. Because everyone took time out of their day to reply and give advice, and since I'm serious about growing in this field and from experiences, I listened with an open-mind to everyone here :). So yeah, pretty much a complete 180 to the right question I should've been asking all along lol.  

    What controls are essential for a midi piano to have for a composer?

    Would this be a good midi piano? (I'm not sure how far the 'you get what you pay for' concept I've learned in life goes in applying it to midi pianos): https://www.amazon.com/midiplus-AKM320-MIDI-Keyboard-Controller/dp/B00VHKMK64/ref=pd_lpo_vtph_bs_t_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=RDTWV7FHZTKZHB56X5NN&dpID=41oy7RP%2BghL&preST=_SX300_QL70_&dpSrc=detail 

    And damn, noticed that deal expired too, but yeah it still pales in comparison to what I was projecting. Which is definitely a good thing like @Phonetic Hero was saying. 

  15. 19 hours ago, Phonetic Hero said:


    As blunt as MX is and as sour as I find almost every post of his I've read, I have a hard time disagreeing with most of his sentiments.  I started with a pretty bare setup.  I used the Kontakt's free factory library with Kontakt Player (also free) for my first game soundtrack years ago, and it worked out fine because I put in the time to figure out HOW to make it work fine.  I think good MIDI composition is much more about creative processing and knowing how to use what you have than it is about what you actually have.  Hopefully that's more encouraging than not haha.  Good luck!

    I'm definitely checking out those links! And that's really encouraging tbh. Seeing everyone's reply's calms down that "I'm going to lose time in my life and fall behind by not having them, and starting that learning curve now" feeling I've been having when thinking of my future in music. So it all helps :) 

    It feels like the world is progressing so fast now, and there's this lingering feeling of being left behind if I don't evolve and grow with it.

  16. On 7/30/2018 at 6:31 PM, Meteo Xavier said:

    Here's some advice for your journey then: don't beg strangers for money to afford non-essential items. Fewer things are more bush league and eye-rolling than trying to bum donations for a "music journey" that, let's be honest, has a very, very low chance of breaking even within even a few years because of how overcrowded the composer industry is. You yourself admit you feel bad doing it, so why do it? What does that tell you?

    You don't "need" to do music. Cancer patients who can't afford chemo need chemo. People without health insurance who get in a car wreck need to afford treatment so they won't go blind (like someone I know last month had to deal with). If you want to do music that badly, then do it properly - use free stuff or save up for the expensive stuff. Can't make it financially work? Welcome to our world. Work on your living and financial situation until you can afford it like common sense dictates.

    Not trying to come off overly elite and hardnosed here, but begging for non-essential things to chase a "journey" is high up on the list of distasteful things to post on. I don't know any composers who found any kind of success starting out by panhandling for $1,000. For god's sakes, you don't even need $750 for a decent orchestral VST! Go get https://www.jrrshop.com/ik-multimedia-miroslav-philharmonik-ce for $40! Lord have mercy.

    On the contrary actually, I don't think your advice is overly elite or anything. It made me Think for the longest. Bluntness is how we learn.

    I've been asking Film Composers and Video Game Composers what software they recommend as a good string vsti. And the common recommendations are eastwest, kontact full, and a few others in the same price range. And I'm told that I'll need to spend money in it, in order to have a sample quality that matches my composition quality. So my thinking I needed that price range was more of a culmination of advice I've been getting recently. 

    So it was more of a mistake on taking advice from professionals on my part? I'm actually confused about this tbh. (Edit: I thought about it, and it's like a businessman saying you need 10k to start a business, he's viewing it from his perspective of where he is in life. Whereas you could easily start one with less and still succeed. I think that analogy is what you're getting at. I can still progress incrementally along the way) .

    And as for 'can't make it financially work'. I guess I asked this out of, almost a desperation I guess. I came from a very abusive household, and when I was 20 and left, I experienced homelessness for 6 months (while still completing 2 programming courses at college). 3 years later I'm now I'm able to support myself on my own fully (rent, utilities, etc), but just barely. But when several professionals tell me it'll cost that much, there's this wave of helplessness and depression, and it starts to feel abysmally unobtainable. I'm a good composer, but I don't have a midi piano (and am told I need one to do it professionally). I got the wrong estimates I guess, and I didn't know. I don't know what reasonably priced midi pianos or string vsti's are considered good quality enough for doing it professionally. 

    I appreciate everyone's feedback :) !! I'm going to shut down the gofundme and remove the link. But I'm keeping this tread open because the question has changed. 

    What midi pianos and string vsti's are of good quality for orchestral string expressions? (I'm still checking out the links provided). And what's a good price range for them so I can come up with a plan over time to work towards them.

  17. Edited Question: What midi pianos and string vsti's are of good quality for orchestral string expressions? (I'm still checking out the links provided). And what's a good price range for them so I can come up with a plan over time to work towards them.

    [Old Question: I deeply apologize for asking of this, but I seriously want to further my pursuit in music. And trust me, if I financially could, I would. 

    But support would be appreciated. I started a gofundme so I can raise funds to get a midi piano & a decent orchestral vsti. 

    [gofundme link]

    I know this may seem ridiculous, but I honestly need the help.]


  18. Released my first EP 'Dream' today (https://wifisunset.bandcamp.com/releases)! So Excited because I've been wanting to accomplish this for a while, and it's only the first step on a long road to come :)!!

    Critiques are Definitely welcome as they help one to grow in life. The Visual Effects in the videos below were created by me from scratch using what I've learned over time too

    The Abyss - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQ6WZxsz_Dk

    Drifting Through the Cosmos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ef0q1tIEK_s

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