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Everything posted by Amicus717

  1. That is a pretty entertaining walk thru: "This guitar is terrible for death metal, unless you make death metal ironically."
  2. Buying Kontakt was the most value I've gotten for my dollar in the last 5 years, in terms of stuff bought for my music hobby. I fire Kontakt up in every project I do, and a good number of my really essential libraries use it. I've even started rolling my own small patches -- just because I can, and its fun. FWIW, I'm extremely glad I picked it up...
  3. This sounds like fun. I've always wanted to try Project SAM's stuff, so this might be a really nice free window into their libraries: https://projectsam.com/free-orchestra/
  4. Usual price is $98: https://8dio.com/instrument/epic-dhol-ensemble/
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    Really, really nice. Lovely music, excellent playing.
  6. daryl1968, Leadfoot, Will Hackett: thanks for the comments, folks! Much appreciated I am already working to expand this one out. I think something pretty nice could come of it.
  7. Thanks, Starise! I started this one at 10 pm New Year's Eve, so after a couple of false starts, I was happy how it turned out under the circumstances. I have a very bipolar relationship with the flute; I work part-time as a church musician and have heard a lot of bad flute playing over the years . But when it is played well, there is nothing quite like it, especially for melodies like this one.
  8. Thanks, Dan! Yeah, I've got some ideas for an extended version that explores the basic idea a little more, and is quite a bit more polished in terms of arrangement and recording -- and, hopefully, more breathing room. This current sketch uses some of the VSL modern woodwinds along with Kontakt Factory Library djembes, a baroque guitar and orchestral harp. I was actually thinking of using all renaissance/late medieval era instruments, like wooden transverse flute, lute, viola da gamba and shwam (from Era II and similiar libraries), since it has a lot of that sort of vibe already.
  9. Thanks bjorn, appreciate the comment! And thanks Tapsa -- noted, and appreciate the feedback, as always.
  10. Yeah, these are really great. Clean, tight, polished. Mixes work just fine to my ears. Nice vocal work, in particular -- melodic, stylish, controlled, but with genuine personality.
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    After the Snow

    Dan this is excellent. Evolves really nicely, and each section has its own hook and charms, and are beautifully arranged. Really, really enjoyed this one.
  12. With one of my kids under the weather, and another working, there was not a whole lot of partying going on at my place tonight (which suited me just fine anyway). So, I set myself a New Year's Eve challenge this year - compose and record a short tune to celebrate the New Year, and get it posted by midnight. Didn't quite make it -- missed by 40 mins -- but got 'er done. It's a medievalish kind of ditty, and rather rough, full of mistakes and is very much a work in progress, but I like how it turned out. "A Folk Song for the New Year" is dedicated all the folks out there who are hoping for a year of peace, renewal and happiness. Happy New Year, everyone...
  13. Very mellow and hypnotic. Enjoyed it.
  14. Until Jan 10th, 2019: https://www.sonokinetic.net/products/instruments/espressivo/
  15. The page says Dec 25th end date, but the email I received today says we have until tonight at midnight PST: https://8dio.com/instrument/anthology-vst-au-aax-samples-kontakt-instrument/
  16. Until Dec 31st: https://8dio.com/instrument/requiem-professional
  17. Enter code BOX50 at checkout: https://www.thelooploft.com
  18. Use code "XMA18" during checkout: http://www.sampletraxx.com
  19. Ends on Jan 1st: https://soundiron.com/collections/on-sale
  20. Dec 26th only: https://www.waves.com/holiday-sale-2018/day-51
  21. Up to 78% off: https://www.izotope.com/en/store/deals.html
  22. Ilya Efimov Productions Christmas Sale, varying discounts: https://www.ilyaefimov.com/
  23. Buy any plugin or bundle, and get a free plugin: https://www.waves.com/holiday-sale-2018/day-4
  24. Very kind! Thanks a ton, and Merry Christmas to you -- and everyone else!
  25. I did what everyone else did - tested every DAW I could find (including taking a harder look at the ones I already owned, like Reaper and Samplitude). None of them really measured up until I tried Cubase and its midi implementation. I'm pretty much 100% midi -- I honestly cannot remember the last time I pulled one of my mics out of the cabinet and fired them up to record something. And Cubase's midi implementation impressed me, and seemed both really intuitive and a cut above any other DAW. I switched all my midi work over to Cubase 9.5 Pro and have been pretty happy with it. But for my key projects and my really successful compositions I always export the audio tracks, and then edit and do my final mixes in Cakewalk. Sounds very inefficient, but I adore Cakewalk's intuitive workflow for editing and mixing, and I can't live without ProChannel and its modules - the concrete limiter, console emulator, tape emulator, tube saturation modules, the style dials. Also, the recent changes and updates made by BandLab are great. It seems like a minor detail in the grand scheme of the DAW world, but I love being able to export a mix directly to my BandLab page - it's easy and fast, and because of this I will henceforth be using BandLab as my main location for showcasing and streaming my music. Which is pretty much why they added that functionality, I suppose. So while I do a lot of work in Cubase, I still consider myself a genuine Cakewalk user and hardly a day goes by that I don't fire it up and do something significant with it. And BandLab is definitely doing the right things in terms of development and support (both of the product and the community) to keep Cakewalk as part of my overall workflow.
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