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leekenn

Member Since 09 Jan 2010
Offline Last Active Mar 19 2013 06:50 PM

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In Topic: Persistent FMOD error

19 March 2013 - 06:50 PM

Ah thanks guys!

 

I can try with my windows system but it looks like this isn't a common error so I'll assume it's specific to my mac. I'll try reinstalling, it's good to know about the FMOD support hopefully they'll have the answer.

 

If it turns out to be an error which other people are likely to get I'll be sure to post about it.

 

Thanks again


In Topic: Showreel feedback

07 February 2013 - 03:38 PM

Thanks very much Nathan! I just hope I can do something with it haha.


In Topic: Good sound recorder? Anyone have a Zoom H1?

28 January 2013 - 05:25 PM

The H4-N is rather sensible to wind, too. Operating outdoors without the foam thingie that you can put over the microphones is entirely impossible, the slightest sigh of wind will be heard. With the foam thingie, it is kind of OK as long as no moderately strong wind blows.

 

google 'red head windshield h4n' or something like that.

 

Bought two of these a while back, really exceptional accessory. The guy was really nice too.


In Topic: Looking for a composition program

10 April 2010 - 10:08 AM

This is very subjective, as pretty much all of the major DAWs can be set up to individual taste, so the only thing you can really do is try them out for yourself.

I don't understand though, you say you don't like the piano roll in FL, so you want a score / note editor, but the piano roll IS a normal note editor, perhaps you mean the play list? In which case, you could just use one pattern as the whole track and it's gone. FL Studios biggest difference to other DAWs is that it's based on a sequencing matrix, so instead of each track being routed by default to its own mixer track, the mixer and the play list are independent, which is actually pretty good in terms of routing flexibility, although a little counter-intuitive in terms of mixing speed. Also, you create sections of music and lace them together, although as I mentioned, you can bypass that completely with no effort at all.

It sounds like you're at a crossroads, if you want to streamline your work-flow into one program, you're going to have to learn, and accommodate for that program. I've never used guitar pro, but if it's significantly different to other DAWs in some way, then you have to either just accept its limitations or learn a new program. Neither is the end of the world, it doesn't usually take more than a few hours to pick up the basics of a new DAW, and only a few weeks to start getting good at it. If you already know FL Studio, you won't find any of the major DAWs too hard.

As for recommendations, there are loads and everybody has their own opinion on which is the best, which isn't likely to be very helpful to you. They all do what you're asking for anyway. Anything that won't let you use 3rd party VSTi / AU units / RTAS etc. isn't worth your time.

A basic list (assuming you use a PC and are more interested in MIDI programming than audio recording?):

Ableton Live, Steinberg Cubase, Propellorhead Reason, Sony Acid Pro, Cockos Reaper, Adobe Audition, Cakewalk Sonar, Magix Samplitude, Presonus Studioone, Mackie Traktion.

There are plenty more, but that should give you some research material ;-) If you're actually more interested in audio, Pro Tools is awesome (although you have to buy specific interfaces for your computer, but the cost for the LE version is pretty affordable), and if you want to get a Mac, Logic Pro and Digital Performer are great.

In Topic: My Break-In Plan

27 March 2010 - 02:41 AM

Although I understand this isn't necessarily what you are asking about, you need to reevaluate your plans.

The truth is, people who achieve this level of success in the arts usually do so specifically because they master BOTH the creative and technological sides of their disciplines. Some examples that spring to mind include James Cameron, who directed the two highest grossing (non inflation adjusted) movies of all time, and The Beatles, who are generally accepted to have sold more records than any other artist in chart history. Both Cameron and the Beatles were / are technological innovators just as much as they were / are creative geniuses, not to mention excellent businessmen. Without the science, all music, film, video-games, photography, novels and other art are just different ways of telling a story (take Avatar for example, which has been criticized for its predictable and uninspired plot and yet has grossed over $2.5Bn and created a new depression syndrome, but that's another rant), and without the business, all artists are just wandering minstrels.

Being creatively gifted (assuming you are) is still pretty elite even in the days of the internet, and if you're honestly dedicated and smart enough to forge a career from that gift, then go for it. But if you're going to be a one man army, you'd better learn to fly a jet, operate a radar, coordinate an artillery strike etc. etc. If you can't find passion for the technical aspects, you don't stand a chance.

I'm not saying that you can't do what you say you want to, that would be ridiculous because I've not even seen any of your novel (and I'm hardly qualified to judge it anyway), I'm just saying that if you want to get anywhere in the creative industries, you have to be just as good with, and interested in the technical and business aspects as you are with your writing, so get learning!

I wish you luck though, if you do get your book published you'll have to tell us as I'm sure plenty of people would be interested to hear about it.

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