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RWS 3-6: Iron Remixer Challenge: TAL-NoiseMaker

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Season 3, Episode 6: Iron Remixer Challenge
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The Iron Remixer Challenge is a theme based on a particular instrument or effect, called the "secret ingredient." Remixers can use the secret ingredient as a "main ingredient" (lead), a "spice" (harmony, pad, arpeggio, or other accompaniment), or both, but should make an effort to take advantage of it and illustrate its use, i.e. to "best express the unique qualities of the theme ingredient."
 

This round's secret ingredient is Togu Audio Line's TAL-NoiseMaker!  Get it at http://kunz.corrupt.ch/products/tal-noisemaker(32 and 64-bit, Windows or Mac).
 
TAL-Noisemaker is a subtractive synth with several customizable oscillators, filters, and LFO's.  It has a distinctive sound that can easily be used in almost any type of electronic music, and has a lot of room for creativity in sound synthesis.
 
About ReMixing With the Stars
ReMixing With the Stars is intended to give beginning remixers some support, encouragement, and mentoring in their quest to become great, and as a sidenote, to become posted remixers.  Beginners are mentored by experienced remixers to push their abilities to new heights and submit collaborative works according to the theme of the month.
 
Who's a "Star" and who's a "Novice?"
There are no fixed rules on this.  Originally, RWS treated anyone with an OCR mixpost as a "Star" and anyone else as a "Novice."  Later it evolved so that anyone could elect to be a Star, but posted remixers couldn't be Novices.  The reason was because a lot of really good remixers expressed a lack of confidence in their abilities and didn't feel they were good enough to mentor someone else, but RWS gets a lot more Novice than Star signups.
 
Now anyone can sign up as either, but please be honest with yourself.  If you have several direct posts to OCR, you're probably in a better position to give help than receive it.  If you have a giant bowl of Wooden Spoons from PRC and mostly only win by default, the reverse is probably true.  But if you feel that you're pretty good and your OCR submissions just get NO'ed due to minor nitpicks, go ahead and sign up as a Star if you want.  If you have been posted but each submission takes you months and multiple resubmits, feel free to sign up as a Novice.  Or not, it's your choice.  If you're on the fence, bear in mind that being a Star is a much smaller time commitment.

One caveat: This should not be your first attempt at creating music in a DAW.  The Stars' job is to provide mixing, production, and arrangement advice.  It's not to teach you how to choose or install a DAW, load VST's, work with a MIDI piano roll, arm your microphone, etc.  If that's where you are right now, try PRC or MnP as a first compo.

Rules

  • Enrollment/Pairings:
    • Stars: Sign up by posting in this thread that you're available.  Mention any time restrictions or or other limitations you might have, or if you have any particular strengths you'd like to offer (playing a live instrument is a great one).
    • Novices: If one or more Stars have signed up, just post to claim one!  First come, first served.  Get in touch with your Star as soon as you claim them, so you can get started on your mix as soon as the theme is posted.  I encourage Novices to rotate between multiple Stars to get different learning experiences and perspectives, but if the same people keep signing up week after week, repeat pairings are fine.  If there aren't any unclaimed Stars, feel free to post to say that you'd like one.
      • Exception: If you signed up for the last episode and got paired with a Star, but did not turn in a mix, you get bumped to the bottom of the list this round.  You may only get a partner if there's a Star left over at the end of the enrollment period.  This penalty is only for the one episode unless this becomes a chronic issue for you.
  • Pairings for everyone who signed up within the official "enrollment period" will be posted at that time.  However, if anyone wants to sign up after that, or can't find a partner until after that, they're welcome to join in.
  • Mixes: The Novice must be the primary remixer.  Stars can contribute by giving advice, performing with a live instrument or vocals, and with production, including sample quality, balance, and minor arrangement adjustments to fix timing or dissonance issues.  If you don't use the same DAW, you can exchange MIDIs or rendered stems.  The Star may also contribute a short solo segment arranged entirely by them.  No one other than the Novice and Star may help in any substantial way.  You can use multiple sources in your remix, but at least 51% of the remix must be based on one or more qualifying sources.  For example, if you use 3 sources, and only one fits the theme, but it's present in more than half the mix, then it's fine.
  • Submissions: All entries must be submitted to ThaSauce by the deadline.  Check the ThaSauce page for the exact amount of remaining time (the image in my sig should also be correct).  Give credit to your partner in the submission description, and provide link(s) to the source(s) you used.  File sizes cannot exceed 20MB.  If you have trouble uploading the file or getting a ThaSauce account working, post a link to your mix in this thread and I'll get it on there.  If this is your first ThaSauce compo entry, don't do it at the last minute!
  • Voting: Use the ThaSauce page to vote.  Entrants (Novices or Stars) may not vote for themselves, but your mix gets a bonus first-place vote if you vote.  Support your partner by voting!  The deadline is on the ThaSauce page (or in my sig, once voting has started).

Previous Seasons

Season 1 Compilation
Season 2 Compilation
  • Pilot Episode: "Beginnings"
  • Season 1, Episode 1: "Spooky!"
  • Season 1, Episode 2: "Origins of Home Gaming"
  • Season 1, Episode 3: Special "You Can Never Have Too Much Mega Man" edition
  • Season 1, Episode 4: "Yesteryear"
  • Season 1, Episode 5: "Ultra-Modern"
  • Season 1 Finale: "Touched by a Star"
  • Season 2, Episode 1: "Country Road"
  • Season 2, Episode 2: "Tropical Vacation!"
  • Season 2, Episode 3: Special "Wish on This!" edition
  • Season 2, Episode 4: "The Need for Speed!"
  • Season 2, Episode 5: "Pacifism"
  • Season 2 Finale: "Rising Stars"

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This round's secret ingredient is Togu Audio Line's TAL-NoiseMaker!  Get it at http://kunz.corrupt.ch/products/tal-noisemaker(32 and 64-bit, Windows or Mac).

 

TAL-Noisemaker is a subtractive synth with several customizable oscillators, filters, and LFO's.  It has a distinctive sound that can easily be used in almost any type of electronic music, and has a lot of room for creativity in sound synthesis.

 

No one has chosen a partner so far, so arbitrary matchmaking time: Supercoolmike with Geoffrey Taucer, Mark Sparling with Garpocalypse.  Go for it!

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For those of use who use more.....Reason....in our remixes, how should we utilize the secret ingredient? I'll start work, so if anyone Propellerheads out there feel like tag-teaming this thread me ASAP.

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I'm not sure there's a sane way to use Reason in this type of format.  If that's your only DAW... well... you can use the free trials of FL or Reaper, or give Ardour a try (Ardour 4 just came out last month, it works on Windows and is free if you compile it from source yourself, or pay a buck for a .exe installer).

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Yoshiblade, if you're needing a Star, I'll jump in. I assume you can add simple audio files into your mix? I use Logic, so if it's allowed, I can make the synth patch, export the stem, and send it to you to add to your mix. Just sequence a track and export it as a MIDI file and I'll re-do it with TAL, then export it as a wav or aiff and send it back to you.

 

That sound good?

 

EDIT: I know I'm a few days late on this, sorry -.- but if you're still down, so am I.

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Yoshiblade, if you're needing a Star, I'll jump in. I assume you can add simple audio files into your mix? I use Logic, so if it's allowed, I can make the synth patch, export the stem, and send it to you to add to your mix. Just sequence a track and export it as a MIDI file and I'll re-do it with TAL, then export it as a wav or aiff and send it back to you.

 

That sound good?

 

EDIT: I know I'm a few days late on this, sorry -.- but if you're still down, so am I.

Hey, I sent you an MP3, but haven't heard back...I'm still down to do this, just let me know if you want to pursue this one.

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I re-read the rules and want to make sure we're in line here: I had YoshiBlade send me his stems so I could clean up the track's production, is that okay? I also contributed some drums which really just followed the drum loop he already had.

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Results!

 

Two-way tie for first place between Mark Sparling and Garpocalypse, and Yoshiblade and KingTiger, with 11 points each.  Basically, other than their own votes, they each got one 1st-place and one 2nd-place vote.

 

supercoolmike and Geoffrey Taucer bring up the rear with 8 points.

 

Signups for next round begin shortly.

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