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Eusebio Rufian-Zilbermann

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  1. Given the season timing, seeing that wallpaper on the computer screen behind Simeon feels almost like going into a bar that has pictures of hangovers on its walls
  2. 😵 the Avid Pro Tools Studio 1-Year Software Updates + Support Plan is $209 after code GROUP... I'm really glad that last time it was below $100 I purchased multiple codes and I'm still covered for a couple of years
  3. For choosing a piano library, it can be helpful understanding what type of music Sampletekk would expect each one to be primarily used for https://www.sampletekk.com/index.php?route=information/information&information_id=9
  4. Support may take time but, for MMM and soundpools I have had no issues contacting a real person. I log in to my personal service area and use https://www.magix.info/us/support/form/
  5. Personally I am tremendously disappointed in PA subscription "deals", as they just change the terms whenever it gets convenient (case in point, how forever29 changed from "any plugin in our store that is not PA_EXT" to "any plugin in the XL bundle"). And they changed the terms after the fact, without any previous announcement. Even after reaching out to support, their answer essentially is "that's the deal, some of the plugins newly added to the store are now excluded, because we say so now and regardless of what we said when you purchased it" Once they have shown that they cannot be trusted to keep their word, you can start extrapolating and it gets pretty ugly. Who's to say that in a few months they won't start, e.g., excluding premium plugins from what you can purchase with the subscription vouchers, or changing the expiration terms so that you have to use existing vouchers right away (or lose them completely if you read the message too late), or both at the same time, or... When they arbitrarily go back on a subscription deal, our only recourse is taking them to court, which is a lot of a hassle, and for a small claim like this, a court won't really force them to honor the deal, at best I'd expect to get a refund. PA, specifically, has done an awesome job of reinforcing the idea that I am better off with permanent licenses
  6. What?!?! No FOFR? (fear of future regret)
  7. And... talking about Arturia, this video popped up in my YouTube feed.
  8. Sounds like you probably have 1 Voucher for Soundpools from Hip Hop, Soul/R&B and Funk for $9.99. Your Humble account should have your purchase history (note to mods: the voucher code in the screenshot is already used up and cannot be used again, that's why I haven't blurred it) If this is the case, you want to log on to producerplanet.com, go to the page with all the loops, then apply filters for Brand: MAGIX and Genres: Hip Hop, Soul/R&B and Funk, and sort by price. You can also click on this link with the filters and sort applied https://producerplanet.com/us/audio/loops-samples-250/?categoryId[]=298&categoryId[]=299&categoryId[]=301&label[]=magix&sort=price_desc The price shown on the search page is for non-commercial, which is the annoying/confusing part, but just pick whichever one sounds better and is less than $5, either from the large soundpools ($4.59 shown/$9.19 commercial) or the bundles of 2-part soundpools, ($4.13 shown/$8.27 commercial). Even though the bundles are slightly cheaper, in practice the number of loops is more or less in the same range as the others, my recommendation is to listen to the previews and choose the one that inspires you most, without paying much attention to the price difference. If you got a larger bundle and the voucher that you have left is a $19.99 then you want to pick one of the collections ($9.19 shown/$18.39 commercial) Important reminder: There is no "shopping cart" and you can buy only one product at a time. Any unused portion of the voucher is lost (and, unless it's one of the 2-part bundles it's not possible getting 2 smaller soundpools and using 1 voucher to get both for free) Note: Sometimes the website has tagging mistakes and you'll get an error indicating that the voucher cannot be applied. If that happens, contact MAGIX support. They seem to be short-staffed and can be slow but, in my experience, they really do their best to fix things for customers
  9. Thanks for the suggestion. Over the years I've already purchased quite a few loop bundles, from Humble, Fanatical, Cymatics, Ghosthack, etc. It's not the right comparison however. Soundpools aren't plain loop collections. They are loops arranged in keyed pitch collections, with metadata. My primary use case for soundpools is using them in MMM's Songmaker/Songmaker AI. I've tried, really tried to make soundpools out of regular loop collections. I even wrote a guide (several pages long) about soundpool structure and metadata, for other people trying to make their own custom soundpools. The issue is that a vast majority of commercial loops don't provide these keyed multi-pitch collections. Creating a new soundpool by merging and recombining existing soundpools is moderately simple but, if you have to generate a keyed pitch collection out of a wav (or midi) loop by doing harmonic pitch shifts, then it is not that simple anymore and it takes quite a bit of processing and time. If you can do the pitch changes at the midi level (with the right virtual synth) the results may sound good (note that even from MIDI data it will still take a significant amount of work to generate the soundpool) but, if you need to do large harmonic pitch shifts on a wav loop the results are often unsatisfactory. For use cases where you just want simple loops, the keyed pitch collections will actually be a disadvantage. The "700 loops" in a soundpool will become just a hundred loops for this purpose, making it a small library. If you want to use e.g. F# for your song key, which is not your soundpool key, you will end up with the annoyance of pitch shifts anyway. Yes, for these other use cases you're probably better off with other loop providers. I agree, their licensing of Soundpools has plenty of stupid decisions baked in. Default to non-commercial. Don't let you customize your own default. Continually steer you towards the non-commercial options. Don't let you easily see if the licensing of what you're using is commercial or non-commercial. Including non-commercial soundpools when you buy another product, without warning you what it is you'll get (the kind of misleading advertisement that makes you want to sue them). It is very annoying. On the other hand, the commercial license (which is what I buy and what I usually post the links to) is pretty standard
  10. This weekend... Not really a "Weekend Wannabe" but 90% of the entire catalog of Magix branded Soundpools, Collections, Bundles and Fx libraries are on sale at 77% off https://producerplanet.com/us/audio/loops-samples-250/?salesOnly=true&label[]=magix&sort=priority If you got Part 1 or 2 of a 2-part soundpool from a previous weekend wannabe, now it's probably a great time for getting the other half The 77% off sale runs across not only producerplanet but also the Magix website and the in-program store, and includes Magix Music Maker premium, instruments and features. Loops Unlimited subscriptions are 60%off with promo code BLACKWEEK60. The soft+hardware bundle, MMM+Novation Launchpad Mini MK3 is 50% off On a personal note - After more than a year and a half of visiting producerplanet regularly, checking out what's on sale and updating this thread, I will probably take a break following this sale. I just did an inventory and I already have a collection of 250 soundpools. It's time to step on the break pedal. If someone else would like to continue the work, please go ahead and take over (probably on a different thread so that you can modify the subject)
  11. Or $295 bundled with voicebank "AI Megpoid" https://www.vocaloid.com/en/products/show/v6std_mphdl_en
  12. Current plan Xils labs instrument collection (Analog String machines,  PolyKB III & II, KaoX, Analog Vocoders) Izotope upgrades for Rx, Ozone, Neutron If there is a good sale Chickensys translator Cherryaudio synth stack 3 (if it comes out) and/or year one collection Anything from Magix if it includes a bunch of producerplanet vouchers Unplanned, but I know they'll probably convince me to buy something Plugin Alliance ?
  13. Good move on their part. The face value vouchers can be much more flexible than the "pick any for xxx", and for me they do encourage more buying. Great for my GAS, not so much for my wallet!
  14. It's on it's way, but not yet there... $31.49 - $1.57 deluxe bucks ≈ $29.92 https://www.audiodeluxe.com/products/audio-plugins/solid-state-logic-ssl-fusion-transformer
  16. I have a few plugins that I tend to use for my "baseline", typically all the self-adjusting or "AI" plugins (Sonible, Neutron, Ozone, etc) and I use them quite frequently, then there's always something specific that I want to achieve for specific tracks and a gazillion plugins that I try until I find a result that I like (e.g., let me try bassmint on this track... mmm, no, let me see if I find in CLA Bass the sound I'm looking for) The plugin inventory tool lists 5515 plugins (linked in my signature) but many are duplicate plugin format. 2323 are 64bit VST2, which still include duplicates (multichannel/mono versions, 2out 4out 8out versions, etc). Many are freebies, many are from bundles. I do acknowledge the "collector mania" but the raw number looks much worse than it actually is
  17. This weekend - Ambient: Best of Ambient $8.99 for the commercially licensed option (or $4.99 for the non-commercial) https://producerplanet.com/us/article/best-of-ambient-4449/?license=commercial_unlimited
  18. Note that, because of how bestservice has designed their search 🙄, the link doesn't have the search encoded in it, you need to enter "Magix" in the box and click the magnifier button
  19. https://www.waves.com/account/free-berzerk-dom-sigalas
  20. If you want several Xils Labs instruments, the "buy more save more" discount at dontcrack.com can provide interesting deals, for a final price even lower than everyplugin Buy a second product and get 5% extra discount off from both products Buy a third product and get 10% extra discount off all 3 products Buy a fourth product and get 15% extra discount off all 4 products Buy five products or more and get 20% extra discount off all products E.g., Xils String machines + Xils vocoders + Xils KaoX + Xils Poly KB III + Audiomodern Forms ends up at $208.79 There are other low-priced items that can help lower your cart, e.g. Blue Cat Hot Tuna
  21. Back to the Dontcrack.com newsletter - Sounds like they (plugivery) could be on a path to absorb Xils Labs products, taking over distribution and collaborating on maintenance and development of new products
  22. If it were a reorg within Soundwide, these plugins would have been moved to PA and/or NI. It doesn't sound like either would be reluctant to add more reverbs, more synths, etc to their lineups
  23. That's not what I was suggesting. It should be possible to 1) Create a new email (and configure it to forward everything received there to your main email account, so that you don't end up having to read mail from multiple places) 2) Create a new personal adsense account using the new email address 3) move over your existing channel to this personal adsense account https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/7367146?hl=en Anyway, I'm not trying to convince you to stay on YouTube. Personally I've had my disappointments with putting my creations on YouTube (for a different reason, their random application of US-centric cultural standards and disregard for other countries' culture, regarding bullfighting in particular). If this is the end of your YT account but the beginning of your Rumble and/or Odysee accounts, I'll be happy to subscribe to the new ones.
  24. My theory is that we are just seeing a recession unfolding. There is a serious inflation problem and prices are going up, but people are also becoming more selective in their purchases and figuring out what items are non-essential. Some companies are finding that they don't really have pricing power because people are choosing to buy nothing and, instead of being able to raise prices and follow the pace of inflation, they have to offer discounts as the revenue streams dry up. When it's clear that the revenue from discounted products cannot sustain the business, they go into more drastic cost-cutting, reducing personnel and eliminating less profitable product lines. When we see "unusually good discounts" let's enjoy them as they come, but we shouldn't be surprised if the recession wipes out a few products and possibly even whole companies when they don't have a sufficiently good combination of both good products that people still need and a robust business model that allows them to weather the storm.
  25. One thing I didn't understand is around 4:10 why you're referring to "singular email address"? Why not create an email account at a free (or paid) provider and configure it to forward email to your main address, then use this new address to create the second adsense account? https://www.lifewire.com/forward-outlook-mail-1170648 https://support.google.com/mail/answer/10957?hl=en
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