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nsmadsen    5578
Hey guys,

I'm going to start cleaning up the stickies (now called pinned) topics since some of them are YEARS old. But I'm just one guy who's busy with freelancing and such as well as doing this out of love for GD.net and it's community (i.e. for free) so I could really use YOUR help! [img]http://public.gamedev.net//public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png[/img]

Feel free to link articles, tutorials, keynotes and interpretive dances below. Note: these can either your own or ones that you found helpful and/or interesting on all kinds of subjects related to game audio. Also feel free to let me know what you'd like to see showcased in this forum! I'll do my best over the next few weeks or so to take all of your suggestions and links into consideration then clean out and replace many of these outdated and old pinned topics and replace them with brand new, shiny ones!

Thanks in advance for any help!

Nate

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Nyaanyaa    1630
Went through my bookmarks real quick, I don't bookmark most stuff I find though so the list is rather short.

Here's what I have:

[b][url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_musical_symbols"]http://en.wikipedia....musical_symbols[/url][/b][list]
[*]Handy whenever you don't know what this or that symbol means when studying sheet music.
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[b][url="http://www.free-online-piano-lessons.com/virtual-piano-keyboard.html"]http://www.free-onli...o-keyboard.html[/url][/b][list]
[*]You select a chord, and it shows you the corresponding notes on a virtual piano keyboard and in letters. Can also show many different scales. Useful when you don't know all the chords and scales by heart.
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[b][url="http://forums.wesnoth.org/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=30510"]http://forums.wesnot...hp?f=14&t=30510[/url]
[url="http://forums.wesnoth.org/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=30511"]http://forums.wesnot...hp?f=14&t=30511[/url]
[url="http://forums.wesnoth.org/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=30512"]http://forums.wesnot...hp?f=14&t=30512[/url][/b][list]
[*]Tutorial on positioning your orchestra instruments in the stereofield in three parts, regarding pan and reverb. Short and gets to the point. Can be quite an eye opener for the beginner (it was for me at least.)
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[b][url="http://www.gearslutz.com/board/mastering-forum/62358-ted-jensen-whose-watched-him.html"]http://www.gearslutz...atched-him.html[/url][/b][list]
[*]Really great info on mastering. Contains many great posts by Chris Athens (from Sterling Sound) and Bob Katz. Kind of turns into an ask-Chris-Athens thread pretty quickly. 24 pages long but well worth the read, even though it contains a lot of rubbish posts too.
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[b][url="http://www.gamasutra.com/"]http://www.gamasutra.com/[/url][/b][list]
[*]Should definitely be linked to in a sticky in my opinion.
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[b][url="http://madsenstudios.com/news/"]http://madsenstudios.com/news/[/url][/b][list]
[*]Some really great articles on here! ...but you already knew that. :P
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Also, a sticky directing contractors/developers looking for/offering job opportunities to the Classifieds section might be a good idea.

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Nyaanyaa    1630
You're welcome~


I forgot to add one site earlier:

[b][url="http://imslp.org/wiki/Main_Page"]http://imslp.org/wiki/Main_Page[/url][/b][list]
[*]Extensive sheet music library. Currently contains over 170,000 scores that are in public domain.
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Which is where I found this gem by the way:
[b][url="http://imslp.org/wiki/Principles_of_Orchestration_%28Rimsky-Korsakov,_Nikolay%29"]http://imslp.org/wik...kov,_Nikolay%29[/url][/b][list]
[*]'Principles of Orchestration' by Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov in PDF in Russian, English and German.
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jbadams    25674
I've heard good things about the book "[url="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1592730094/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=clic033-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1592730094"]The Fat Man on Game Audio[/url]".

Some sort of basic guide to selecting appropriate hardware and software might be helpful as well, as it's a topic that comes up reasonably often.

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Nyaanyaa    1630
I stumbled upon this today. It looks promising, but will probably take weeks or months even to read through all of it.
[b]http://www.gearslutz.com/board/expert-question-answer-archives-read-only-archive-not-open-new-posts/[/b][list]
[*]Q&A archive over on gearslutz featuring expert engineers such as Bruce Swedien, Tony Maserati, Alan Parsons.. you name 'em.
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Nyaanyaa    1630
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Bump - dee - dump~

[b][url="http://www.gamasutra.com/blogs/JonJones/20120621/172836/From_FullTime_to_Freelance_The_Seven_Commandments_of_Contracting.php"]http://www.gamasutra...Contracting.php[/url][/b][list]
[*]Not a game audio article per se, but some good tips on what you should really pay attention to when freelancing. (at least I think they're good tips, don't have any experience in that myself really)
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So, how's cleaning up the stickies going Nate? I haven't really noticed much of a change yet. Is there anything else we can help with?

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Muzo72    349
Here's a good one for you. Not exactly for beginners, but it's a trove of excellent information. Northern Sounds put a complete annotated version of Rimsky-Korsakov's [u]Principles of Orchestration[/u] online plus a course on jazz arranging from Chuck Israels. (Israels is a legendary jazz bassist.)

[url="http://www.northernsounds.com/forum/forumdisplay.php/76-Education"]http://www.northerns...hp/76-Education[/url]

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Nyaanyaa    1630
[b]http://www.gamasutra.com/blogs/MarkKilborn/20120713/174079/What_Ive_Learned_About_Management.php[/b][list]
[*]Really nice article on Gamasutra by Mark Kilborn, Audio Director at Raven Software, on management.
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Nyaanyaa    1630

Beware, not dead this thread is yet! (/yodaspeech)

 

I'm currently taking part in a six-week online course on Songwriting by the Berklee College of Music that is FREE. The course focus is on the technical aspects of songwriting (prosody, rhyme scheme, etc.). You can join the course and look at the material and learn at your very own pace, as the material will still be available after the course has finished. If you want to get a certificate, you can do the assignments in the course, but you don't have to do that. https://class.coursera.org/songwriting-007

 

In the course, we were given a link to this free PDF on songwriting, also by the Berklee College of Music: https://welcome.online.berklee.edu/coursera-songwriting-handbook.html?pid=6179

 

Some very recent neuroscience and psychology behind inspiration and creativity: A great article by my professor in another course that, while the main focus in the article is not on that, highlights that we can only be inspired and creative when we feel positive emotions along with some other implications. http://journal.frontiersin.org/Journal/10.3389/fnhum.2014.00114/abstract

 

Cheers,

Chris

 

 

PS:

I'll do my best over the next few weeks or so to take all of your suggestions and links into consideration then clean out and replace many of these outdated and old pinned topics and replace them with brand new, shiny ones!

Yay, new shiny stickies coming soon!(????? :D)

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