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Christian Jones

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  1. Word, I do a similar thing and it's great advice for anyone who enters a slump. I do doom metal covers of TV show theme songs and some artists songs which I intend to post soon. Cool thing about it is the song is already written and you just have to do your own take on it, and not verbatim either.. it's a cover, so just take the general gist of the song so people know it's that song and then make it your own. Doing this keeps you productive and working even when temporarily burnt out from your original stuff, and it's fun and cool and you get to keep honing your songwriting skills.. it just happens to be on a cover. Another cool thing about doing stylistic covers is while not everyone is gonna be immediately interested in hearing someone's original song, many more will be down to check out a unique slow doom metal cover of The Golden Girls theme song just out of sheer wtf curiosity.. then once you hook them like a gat dang sword fish you take them home and put them on your wall where they will be forced I mean happy to listen to your originals till the end of.., so to speak. But what's important is that you keep yourself busy and writing, be it an original or a rework, because on the way to turning out quality s#!t is a numbers game; it's about being prolific. Like, I'm an NY style pizza maker by hobby, and I can say w/o a mf'n doubt that I make the best d@mn pizza in this town (Seattle), and that's because over the last 3 years I've made over 1000 of them.
  2. Under "Edit" is the auto crossfade feature, it says "Auto Crossfade Comps (0-25ms)". I suspect there's no "best setting" per se, but what is a good number to set the Auto Crossfade to?
  3. In older Cakewalks there was a tool that had a little speaker icon and you'd drag it over a clip and it'd audition the portion of clip you dragged it over. I can't find this tool in CbB. Is it gone or is there something else like it?
  4. Lol yeah after a while high gain is high gain is high gain w/ these things
  5. If there's still time and if you want someone's opinion you can read this dude's opinion real quick. He gives it 5 stars. https://honestampsimreviews.com/2019/09/10/brainworx-diezel-herbert/
  6. Also, President's Day is a few weeks away and if it were me I'd wait until then to buy, that is if getting the best deal is of any object
  7. Word.. buy elsewhere and save money on top of that. No reason to ever buy directly from Waves. And always email Everyplugin and ask for a coupon code, and if there is one he'll give it to. http://everyplugin.com/
  8. For take lanes? What if you've got 20 to 40 take lanes in a single track? That's what I'm talking about
  9. Word. Yeah terms and different people's interpretations of them are funny to me sometimes. I know we have classic definitions of these things and I respect that but I've got my own ideas. Like, I use the term "write" or "wrote" a lot. I'll tell my friend I wrote this guitar riff or that I'm writing this song and he (before I schooled him on my terms) used to take that as I meant that I wrote the music notation of the riff or song. I could do that though I've never written a riff for any instrument that way outside of theory class. It simply means I came up w/ something. This other guy I know--a drummer (go figure)--I'll tell him I'm working on this beat or that beat and he still always takes that to mean that I wrote a drum part and *only* a drum part. I'm having a hard time schooling that cat though despite that--and this is especially true in electronic and hip hop circles--just about everyone knows that a "beat" doesn't usually denote a lone drum beat. I consider myself a songwriter and that's all, and *anything* I do after that is from that perspective. So if I'm "engineering" or whatever it is, to me it's just another step in the song creation process. Mastering, however.. I think that's removed enough to be its own thing.
  10. To counter my own previous statement I can think of one person right now, Diane Warren, who I'd say draws a clear line between composer and producer. I don't know what she's doing now, but when she was writing songs for Milli Vanilli and Aerosmith et al she just had a simple keyboard and recorder, really nothing special, and she'd write these simple little ditties on the keyboard and record them and give them to some producer(s) who'd make those little ditties into hit songs. You know what, no.. whoever that dude was who made her keyboard riffs into songs most definitely engaged in composition. Or production. What's the difference? Call it what you will but when I'm sitting at my daw pocketing notes and making them groove or even putting a tremolo or a delay on a guitar part that's all songwriting to me.
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