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Posts posted by Amicus717

  1. I bought a used RME Babyface for $300 a few years ago, and it has been the best interface I have ever owned, hands-down.  Sounds great, works perfectly.  In the entire time I've owned it, I don't recall a single crash caused by the hardware or drivers.   

    At $300 it was a total steal, even for a 7 year old interface - I could sell it tomorrow for $500, and I bet it still has years of life left in it.   

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  2. Just now, bitflipper said:

    Got tired of my mouse falling off the edge of my mouse pad, often in the heat of a virtual zombie battle. So I got one that's 35" wide. An early birthday present for myself. At least, that's how I justified the $18 expense.

    I assume its the mousepad that is 35" wide? 'cause that would be a pretty big mouse...


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  3. On 8/29/2020 at 5:57 AM, Chandler said:

    It sounds really good. It develops the theme well, but has enough variation to keep things interesting. Short and sweet, but really enjoyable. 

    Thanks, Chandler! Appreciate the listen and comments.


    On 8/29/2020 at 8:13 AM, Wookiee said:

    The newer version made the furry ears smile even more @Amicus717 :) 

    Thanks, Wook! 


    On 8/29/2020 at 8:51 AM, garybrun said:

    This second mix was a lot better.
    I liked the way the drums came through more... they where masked before.

    Well done.

    Thanks  garybrun! Appreciate it. Getting more clarity on the percussion was something I  was deliberately attempting to do. :)


    On 8/29/2020 at 9:59 AM, bitflipper said:

    I've composed music for training videos, and found it frustrating. Trying to develop a musical story with a beginning, middle and end that fits precisely inside N seconds ain't easy.

    We can't know yet how well your piece suits the video, but I am surely impressed with how you've managed to construct such a compact but cohesive tune. Yes, the mix is superb, but really what makes it work is the arrangement. It builds, not just by getting louder but via the successive addition of elements and building complexity. All crammed into a little over one minute. Good stuff.

    Very kind words, Bitflipper. Thank-you very much.  One of the real benefits that I've discovered in    creating purpose-built music like this: you are given definite limits and requirements, and meeting those limits is both    really instructive and, in my opinion, can greatly enhance creativity. It forces you to be very disciplined, but also pushes you to be very inventive at the same time.  And I have been finding that a very productive place to be. 

    Thanks for all the listens and kind words, folks.  Very helpful, and greatly appreciated :)


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  4. Nice!   Like this a lot. Really good mix,  and a nice orchestration. I really enjoyed the main theme, and the thematic development during the piece.  Also, I thought the mix of orchestra and  keyboards/guitar/voice was really effective. 

    The only suggestion I'd make is possibly  a moment of dynamic variation later in the piece - maybe before the main theme gets stated in its fullest presentation, it might make for a nice contrast to pull the intensity right down for a bar or two, then bring it back with a bang.

    Also,  a key change modulation somewhere  in here might be a nice touch, too. 

    Those aren't criticism, just observations. I like really enjoyed listening to this. 



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  5. 8 hours ago, craigb said:




    Ok, my normal replies as an IT consultant:

    • Clean your keyboard
    • If it's wireless, change the battery
    • If it's not, it's probably time for a new keyboard
    • Stop blaming innocent forums 😜

    Naw, this happens on multiple computers, and manifests differently   if I'm typing on my phone or one of my home computers.   

  6. Is anyone else experiencing any kind of text spacing problems when typing a forum message? I find that every few words I have to hit the space bar more than a few times to shift the cursor over, and the finished post will look okay in one browser, but in other browser will have instances of excessive spaces between some words and no space between others. I’ve even noticed older posts from a few months ago will have some spacing issues when I call them up.  

    Anyone else seeing this?

  7. 21 hours ago, Hidden Symmetry said:

    Enjoyed this. I'm on laptop so hard to judge but the overall mix is coming through nice & clear. Also good use of instruments & dynamics. - great job

    Thanks, HS - appreciate the listen and comments.   Getting the right progression of instruments abd making it all sound organic took a surprising amount of try and re-try - one of the side-effects of having so many different options to choose from in my library collection :)

    3 hours ago, Douglas Kirby said:

    It sounds like an opening theme - nice job.. The mix sounded fine to me.

    Thanks Douglas!    Glad to hear the mix worked for you -- this was a tough one to put together, from that perspective. There is so much going on, especially in the final quarter, that it was a real balancing act, and I've listened to it so much over the past few days, I no longer have perspective on it.

  8. That was really a fun listen. Enjoyed it a lot. Great song. I like the vibe of the piece, and I really like the vocal work. That's a lot of lyrics, and you flow through them smoothly and with l some nice control and authority. Sounds very  good.  The  overall  sound  struck  me as the  performance of a really tight band rocking out at a bar. 

    The only thing that sort of caught my attention was the sound of the lead guitar, which seems to be buried a bit in room ambiance. That's not a criticism, per se -- this genre of music is not my specialty and I don't feel like I can make really deep comments on it -- but it struck me as being almost in a different soundscape than the lead vocals, which are very forward and present, and I personally found the contrast to be a bit distracting. Not a really a criticism, just a personal observation. 

    I also heard a bit of  clipping (or maybe  processing artifacts) at 1:21 and 1:23, and maybe a bit after  (this is in reference to Mix 2).

    But overall I really like the song and the musicianship. Great performances all around.


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  9. This is very, very nice. Relaxing, and with enough going on to maintain interest.  Really enjoyed it.  Also, the mix is clean and detailed, and came across as very three   dimensional to my ears. 

    A great listen, all around. 


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  10. Hey Wookie, this one is kind of hypnotic and yet slightly unsettling at the same time - which is an impressive combination.

    Nice combo of sounds and tones, and the mix is clear and has nice detail.


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  11. TTW

    Very nice, HS! I like the melodic vibe to this one -  a really enjoyable listen, with a very polished sound. 

    Mix is clean and clear, and I could hear lots of interesting    details.  I'm not really a guitar guy at all ( I like guitar, but I'm no expert when it comes to tone or style or whatever), but I really liked the guitar part at the 2:51 mark. Pulling the  intensity down worked very nicely here, and the guitar sound just jumped out at me in the nicest way. Really liked that part. 

    And the sax sound is really gorgeous in this one. Great stuff. 



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  12. Hi DalaiTom, I like the various sounds used for this  one, and the  mix seems pretty balanced over all, and is nice and clear.

    This is not really my genre of music at all, so  I don't feel I can offered a detailed critique.  There were some very nice variations to the main motif as the music progressed (in particular I liked the arrangement at the 2:10 mark), although mixing that main motif up with a bit more varied stuff might add an extra layer of interest to the song.  I also thought maybe some more bass punch might give a bit more force to the recording, as well. 

    But I enjoyed the listen, overall!


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  13. I really like it, Bjorn . Builds rather nicely and quite organically, which keeps it interesting. Nice mix, too.

    Could be the soundtrack for a movie  about red rocks that is directed by David Lynch or Darren Aronofsky - all which is a good thing :)

    As regards being a slump -- been there, know what it is like.

    I don't know if this will be helpful, but for what it's worth:  when I find myself in that situation  (and I do on a regular basis) I take my habit of writing fast, and jack  it up on steroids.  I  just start with an idea (and sometimes a pretty feeble one), turn off all critical faculties, good taste and common sense, and just   go

     I make a point of slogging to the end, however    atrocious it may be. Usually  this produces crap, but even the biggest mess will have  a few gems  in it that can be used elsewhere. And occasionally, it produces something quite usable that can be built on (exhibit A for that would be my "Soldier's Hornpipe"). 

    If nothing else, it gets the juices flowing again. I cannot recommend  that approach enough. 


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  14. 21 hours ago, DeeringAmps said:

    I'll just second that, but add you're being a bit hard on yourself...


    Thanks, I appreciate the comments :) I have a wee bit of a perfectionist streak...

    19 hours ago, Starise said:

    I believe all of that hard work has payed off! This would be perfectly content to sit in many documentaries. It has all of the energy needed to bring the video into a better place. My only small nit would be it was a hint too low in volume overall. I know you don't traditionally mix  this sort of music at the volume you would mix say , a rock track. Some of it might be the quality of the mp3 after upload. I'm sure the wav file sounds slightly different. I don't hear it as extremely low. Just maybe a few db. I'm thinking you really want it to pop when the video comes on. If you could get it in surround even better.


    Thanks, Starise!   Appreciate it. And yeah, I was thinking along the same lines. The finished version will be a bit hotter. 

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