Kevin Doran

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  1. It just seems many people suggest Mac for any creative stuff. Also, the place I want to study at uses Mac exclusively, so I thought it would be worth learning. And it is tight at the moment, but that is my intention for my next purchase in the long run. Also, I'm quite keen to learn Logic, and heard that it was proprietary software for Mac. I'm glad I'm getting this input, just want everybody's opinions. I know there is a long debate between Mac and PC, it just seems that Mac would be better at handling sound and the Adobe Creative Suite.
  2. Okay, let me just list my specs then. It's really nothing fancy, so no judging. PC: 2 year old ThinkPad - 64 bit Operating System, 2.20 Ghz Dual-Core, 4GB RAM Headphones: Senheiser HD202 Audio Interface: Focusrite Saffire 6 USB MIDI: Korg Micro Key (Had the AKAI MPK 25, but the drums aren't great and the keys are too limiting. Rather get the Micro Key and Kontroller) Guitar: Ibanez ART120 Guitar Modulator: Pandora Mini (I do all my recording line-in) Its not the greatest, but I know talent and skill trumps gadgets, so I'm trying to just focus on what I have rather than what I don't at this point. My next purchase will be a Mac to do all my recording on. I also use the Guitar Pro MIDI method. Find it really helps for getting the general idea across. Anybody have any recommendations for me? Or am I on track?
  3. Thanks for all the responses. The biggest problem I'm having with acoustics and that sort of thing, is that I'm not going to be in one place for more than a few months in the coming year, so everything I have is quite travel ready and all uses line-in at this point. Not ideal, but I get by. Is this a huge set-back? I have a decent set of headphones that I'm using, so I'm hoping that will get my through the next year or so. I'm really just trying to build up skill at this point.
  4. 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.
  5. How can I determine what sound is in demand?

    Thanks for the feedback, it means a gret deal to me. In response to your question "got degree? In college? Planning to get degree?" I am planning to and study in London later this year. I reside in South Africa where the game development scene is small, and very little attention is paid to the audio The thing is, I need a portfolio to apply, and that is partly why I have asked this question, as I'm not entirely sure where I should start and what I should include. I would also just like to start getting some of my stuff out there and start contributing to the game dev scene.
  6. 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 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.