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  1. 6 minutes ago, fret_man said:

    I've had a few of my music pieces rejected with the comment "please use more updated samples".

    That's an odd/interesting reason to reject. Do they say why they want newer samples? I admit I do this just for fun, but I don't think I've ever thought "wow, this piece is so boring because I've heard that guitar so many times now".

    Or is it in reference to sampled phrases?

  2. 1 hour ago, dubdisciple said:

    He was going by the retail price since this giveaway will end soon

    Right - I didn't think about that


    1 hour ago, dubdisciple said:

    The Sonible one seems to be based off of presets while the Izotope grabs from any streaming source. Another huge difference seems to be that audiolens actually applies curve if using Neutron or Ozone.

    Agreed. That's also my reasoning for saying Tonal Balance Control would be a more appropriate comparison as that one too is preset and reference track based. TBC has frequency markings on the graph and can also adjust Neutron. IIRC it doesn't have the stereo width comparison though - although you get plenty of metering options with Insight.

  3. I'm not sure I understand that video. Firstly, it mentions that both plugins sell for 100 Euros; Audiolens is a free giveaway (at least for now):


    Secondly, the comparison doesn't make sense. A more appropriate comparison would be true:balance vs. Tonal Balance Control (which has been out for a while).

  4. This is personal taste, but I think the guitars have a bit too much high end. You could probably roll some off and still have a really nice tone.

    It's probably beneficial to do some panning. Keep the lead guitar, bass, kick, and snare drum dead centre. Try panning the rhythm and open guitars to the side to keep the centre clean. If you can double track your open strumming guitars it would be cool to pan one left and one right. If you're using samples, that won't work so well but you can try panning one left, one right, and introducing a small delay between them.

    I think the snare needs a bit of EQ. Try scooping some out at ~150Hz, and boosting at around 7k for a bit more snap. If you can, put a bit of parallel compression of the drums (before EQ) to beef them up a bit.

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  5. 4 hours ago, Niky Serrano said:

    Serum never has a Black Friday day...


    True, but you can get (in no particular order):

    • Pigments
    • PhasePlant
    • Vital (free)
    • Abyss
    • Hyperion
    • Novum
    • Biotek
    • Avenger

    And more...

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  6. 20 hours ago, abacab said:

    We will see where this leads, and the naysayers in the end may look like the folks that said the sun revolved around the earth centuries ago (in opposition to Nicolaus Copernicus, 19 February 1473 – 24 May 1543), if this is truly a breakthrough in music technology.

    I'm willing to give him a chance! :)

    I'm willing to give them a chance too.

    I have nothing against either 8Dio or SoundPaint; I have a few of the former's libraries. I've always (mistakenly?) been of the belief that 8Dio is for more realistic sounds, SoundPaint is more for sound design (at least for now).

    My comment about storage requirements stems from the fact that I already have quite a few orchestral libraries. SP libraries seem significantly larger than Kontakt ones, and given the libraries I have, it's probably not a good plan in my circumstances to upgrade to SP versions and buy the additional required storage.

    SP seems like an interesting technology. From the description, I imagine it's some combination of 'true-legato' style sampling and granular synthesis. I simply don't have the storage means for the libraries though.

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  7. 18 minutes ago, PavlovsCat said:

    Watch it. There's no question about his attack on KONTAKT and if you were NI's CMO, you would absolutely see this as an attack from a competitor. 

    I'm good, thanks.

    I watched around 10mins and decided I didn't like the tone of the video. Not sure I could watch another 20, given I don't want to invest in SP yet. Maybe one day when I can get a full and realistic sounding orchestra in SoundPaint without needing to own a data storage centre.

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  8. 2 minutes ago, Dorondon said:

    upper right click on the bag with 1 surrounded in blue, or over the mouse and press checkout


    So it turns out, if you have your browser at a certain size - too narrow for the desktop; too wide for mobile - there's no indication (e.g. a horizontal scrollbar) that there's an important part of the website missing.


    Thanks for the pointer Dorondon!

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  9. 1 hour ago, PavlovsCat said:

    Boom. Shots fired! Troels throws some serious shade at NI/KONTAKT at 22 minutes and thereafter, referring to KONTAKT as a "twenty year old scripting system" and that SoundPaint's sampler "essentially uses brand new code bases and build it from the ground up twenty years later." That doesn't sound like a developer who sees a future in developing sample libraries for NI.  I didn't watch the whole video, but it seems rather obvious that Troels wants to bail on KONTAKT.  It's no wonder why there are fire sale prices on 8Dio libraries.

    I'm not sure that's what it is. I think he's trying to do the sales pitch thing where you mention the problem (using samples), amplify it (saying the tech is old), and then presenting the solution (the SoundPaint engine).

    If he is criticising old technology, it's a little ironic because he then goes to romanticise about synth oscillators - a technology even older than sampling.

    Again, didn't watch the whole video so I'll admit upfront that I may have got the wrong end of the stick.

  10. 58 minutes ago, daveiv said:

    Every brand whose name starts with Audi-; I confuse them with each other.

    Except the one which produces horseless carriages.


    <irony>Nah... There's nothing confusing about that</irony> 😁

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  11. 8 minutes ago, Peter Woods said:

    there's a quartet string library from Impact Soundworks that often goes on sale for around $29 or $39 USD that I just love.

    You sure it's ISW? The only cheap string library there seems to be Furia Staccato Strings. The only other contender might be Rhapsody: Orchestral Colors, but it's not really a string quartet (but then neither is FSS).

  12. Hi Lynn.

    I love the groove in this song!

    The drums feel a little uneven to my ears. The cymbals seem a bit too loud compared with the kick and snare. Try giving them a bit more power with some parallel compression. Also try giving the snare a small boost around 7k; that'll help it feel a bit livelier in the denser parts of the song.

    Great vocals and guitar throughout - well done!

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  13. A short downtempo tune I put together recently. Hope you enjoy; comments and feedback welcome.

    If anyone's interested in how I mixed it, there's an article called Case Study: Mixing an Acoustic Downtempo Track, which goes through my thoughts and processes in my blog. Link is in my signature.

  14. 23 minutes ago, Brian Walton said:

    I don't like the interface, no so much visual problems but too many times there is no audio output or some other quirk that makes me remove it.  I only have player but have some libraries for it.  I actually avoid using it in any project instead of learning how to resolve the issues that arise.

    Yeah - I admit the UI's a bit quirky. For the longest time I was wondering why there were only four stereo outs and the rest mono. Turns out that if you want more, you have to set it up and then save the configuration as the default config for that operation mode (standalone/plugin). When you open it up again, you magically get more stereo outs.

  15. 14 minutes ago, Peter Hintze said:

    Whats so bad about Kontakt (apart from HiDPI missing)?

    Some people don't like it because they say it's ugly, and there's a fairly high cost for entry. Other than that, nothing - if you have enough space for the libraries.

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  17. 9 hours ago, Fleer said:

    Got a new lappie, a MacBook Air M2 16GB/512GB as a swift little companion to go with the monstrous MacBook Pro M1Max 64GB/4TB as my main axe. 
    And I’m planning on keeping them Kontakt free, at least the little one. 
    Yep, you heard that right. I’ll fill it up with Falcon and its UVI banks, Arturia V Collection and Pigments, Melda MSoundFactory and friends, Spitfire BBCSO and Originals, Scaler, Toontrack, AAS, Bitwig, Omnisphere, Keyscape, Kilohearts, iZotope, Eventide, SugarBytes, XLN, Pianoteq, Organteq, Zynaptiq, PSP, Valhalla, Soundtoys, Softube, Relab, Unify and the lot, maybe even throw in some EastWest but no Kontakt, no.
    Love this feeling.

    Free at last.

    I understand - one SD3 full library and you're maxed out 😁

    (I joke about the size of SD3 libraries, but they are very good)

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  18. 1 hour ago, PavlovsCat said:

    What library/libraries did you use for the brass? 8Dio has their Intimate Studio Brass on their latest flash sale for $40 USD and I'm very tempted. 

    Thanks, and yes - I wrote it.

    I think the brass was from Cinesamples, and I used the Twelve Horn Ensemble for the louder parts. The choir is Insolidus. I think I remember you saying you liked glockenspiels (apologies if it was someone else) - that was actually Pianoteq(!).

    I haven't used Intimate Studio Brass, so can't provide any meaningful feedback on that.

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