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Kevin Doran

Member Since 20 Jan 2012
Offline Last Active Feb 06 2012 04:49 AM

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What software and hardware should I get on a tight budget?

26 January 2012 - 11:58 PM

Hey again GameDev,

I received great help on a previous question and am hoping that I can get some help once again. My biggest concern now is what software and hardware I should be using to do my compositions and such. Currently I am using Ableton Live (It came bundled with my Audio Interface), a Focusrite Saffire 6 USB for line-in and Akai MPK Mini for MIDI interfacing. Is this a fairly decent setup? I'm not exactly sure what start-up freelance composers out there are using and where I should head to from here.

For example, should I buy the Suite version of Ableton and go ahead with it? Or should I look into Logic or Reason? I know this is one of those grand debates with differing oppinions, but I really hope I can get some useful responses. I just feel like I'm not quite getting out of Ableton what I was looking for, but then again, it is a free version, and I guess I can only expect so much. But maybe others have used it with success and I'm just not quite skilled yet? I realise one of the best things to do would probably be to do a form of internship, but as I am somewhat isolated, I'm hoping that this forum will help me make some informed decisions.

Thanks again.

How can I determine what sound is in demand?

20 January 2012 - 06:22 AM

Hey GameDev, I'm fairly new to the world of sound design for games, and I was wondering where I should start?

I thought it would be a good idea, for practice sake, to record some generic sort of assets for people to use for free. Post in on a site like freesound.org or some such. I don't quite feel confident enough to commit to a project or team yet, so I just want to create some stuff and get response from people to see if I'm headed in the right direction. I just want to know, what assets should I create? Is there some website where they have an in demand bulletin board, or do I just go ahead and record the world around me and create sound effects at random?

Any help would be awesome.