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Posted by Midnights-Ocean - 1 day ago


So since I lost my studio some 5 years ago, I've had the interesting challenge of finishing a life's works without most of the tools that make music post production easy. Sure I'm no stranger to doing post production 100% inside the box but not like this. A lot of people I know on line, just guess. Well, they say they have a method but the results are often akin to shooting in the dark. At first I was just making educated guesses based on experience. Experience is a pretty heavy hitter when it comes to getting music production right. Never before though had I been forced to do this much blind mixing/production. No reference monitors. No reference room. No buddies with amazing ears who could stop by for tea and listen to my latest mix.


So, for the first few years of studio-less life, my mixes did not turn out well. Nothing world ending but not good IMO. I don't quite remember when but I finally realized, to just mix by real time spectra graph. Such a simple solution, I kick my self for not realizing this years ago. Just look at the real time frequency spread and mix till it averages out to a nice even slope angling down from bass to treble. The more forward you want the mix, the more gradual the slope.


Turns out this method works brilliantly and takes out of the equation any gear, budget or human relativity effects. changing ears and opinions no longer drive me nuts changing every day or week. No more heading back to fix things for the millionth time, because my ears decided it was too *fill in the blank* that day, or some person decided to convince me of their mixing opinion, because they *knew* better that day, which usually means they watched a youtube video and think that counts as experience in a real life studio. No more getting pressured into thinking my mix needs some new piece of, usually expensive, gear.


One more time, the best solution, was simple and right in front of my nose the whole time.


So now, the way I come at mixing and mastering is humble, simple but highly effective. Yes, of course it wont "sound as good" as some super expensive studio mixing mastering but if your composition needs that sort of thing in order to be good, you are focusing too much on packaging and not enough on content. The universal truth in art is, it's always only as good as the writing. If you can't write for shit, post production is just polishing a turd.


Being low on money, my method can't rely on lots of expensive plugins either. I'm sure there are some suites out there that will "mix and master" for you. I am dubious about those claims honestly. For me though, free is the best. I found some great free plugins from meldaproduction. Logic Pro's EQ and adaptive limiter provides the graph, EQing and some light limiting while removing DC. Meldaproduction provides a great free loudness analyzer for LUFs, true peak and a not free multi-band limiter with saturation plugin that is mystical (saturation in general is an AMAZING tool). I've actually found these 5 plugins combined to be a 1000 times more effective than any compressors, even multi-band. I keep tokyodawn's nova active EQ on hand too, for the occasional hard to cure EQ issue (usually bass or that notorious 4kHz hot spot). Very rarely will I use a compressor. My rule of thumb is, if I need a compressor on the mains, the tune isn't mixed enough yet. So for the price of a cheap pair of useless monitors that wouldn't help, I got Meldaproduction's multi-band limiter. Which actually does what it's advertised to do, eliminate your volume handicap without trashing your sound. Oh man does it ever! A must for someone like me, since I actually want to keep as much of the quality and dynamics as I can. <:D


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Posted by Midnights-Ocean - 2 days ago


Ok some of you might know the iconic sound of sega's old FM engine back in the 1990s. So would you guess you could make those sounds with a garden pot? Believe it or not, I just sampled taking a mallet to a tiny new empty garden pot. I imported the recording into the simple sample synth. Once pitched way down, that original little "tink" sound turns out to be a dead ringer for sega's FM synth. Add some ADSR and you've got an organic retro FM synth patch. Just used it in this new tune for both a lead and a low low bass pad: https://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/972643 Crazy! I knew certain materials vibrated in a manner similar to FM waves but I didn't think I'd find a sound like this just sitting around the house. <:D


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Posted by Midnights-Ocean - 12 days ago


Featuring the new strymon nightsky: https://youtu.be/xZ4_QbWt7EY


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Posted by Midnights-Ocean - 2 weeks ago


I doubt this journal will get many responses. Most don't really but lets get into todays subject.


The scope of music changing on a personal level as the years go by and the times change. When the world was 20 years younger, what came to mind when I though of powerful music, were the 4 pillars of hardness, hard acid techno, trance, D&B, rock and combining the 4.


2 decades and it's societal “progression” later, something has changed. It’s probably me but I don’t care about rock anymore. In general, main stream rock feels like, noise, recycled for 80 years. The same 6 chords, 6 guitars, 6 amps. Maybe that’s what’s cool about it. Maybe cool isn’t cool anymore. I don’t know. As far as hard acid techno, trance and D&B are concerned, these days, it stays interesting for me, for about a minute and a half, before, something just turns off inside me. Not sure what but I just loose interest. I just think, heh that 303 was such a great little box and then I get a odd sad feeling and move on. Tis no wonder I don't create much in those genres anymore.


It kinda feels like, the passed is unraveling. Like the dimension where rock, the amen and the little 303 were king, is now just an illusion. As if, the time lines changed and it somehow never happened. All that's left are detached memories of a time, I no longer understand, which is very odd, since I was steeped in it for so long.


Nowadays, what comes to mind when I think of powerful music is: massive, earth reshaping, mega tsunami sized synth bass pads, with no beat, no rhythm-centric aspects, just pure massiveness. Speed and rhythm-centric music, it seems, have gotten smaller in my mind. Sure they are energetic but now it feels more like popcorn. Pooping popcorn is energetic but on the grand scale of things, it’s weak, small. Maybe fun for a short time but ultimately more agitating or annoying to me than moving.


Slow means large now and in a lot of ways it’s actually physically true. Because of perspective, the bigger something is, the more slowly it seems to move. This is why the robots felt so big in the first pacific rim movie, they moved “slow”, as if they were massive. Faster cycles mean smaller size. Atoms spin at mind boggling RPMs compared to your hard drive, vinyl record or the moon. Slow also means longer lived. Where as the faster things in life, are gone quite quickly. Interesting it is that, eh?


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Posted by Midnights-Ocean - 1 month ago


Not exactly joining the anarchist “make it a chinese clone” crowd, per-say, but, I will voice my growing displeasure with all these ridiculous displays of shameless decadence that carry a price tag average people can't touch.


Sure all that kit does sound nice and warm but the chill of 2020 financial woes freezes it right out. A lot of people are literally going on 6 to 9 months now, without work. Running out of food money. You can find more ingenuitive pieces of musical pioneering, being made on a shoe string budget, in some no name persons attic. All that adds up to: Yeah, it’s becoming quite gross to me, seeing corporate boot licking celebrities, playing $150,000 rigs, basically just to show off.


Then there’s the inevitable ass kissing fest that follows in the comments. “Oh you are such a god for having more money than 99% of everyone else. Such a genius for programming simple arpeggiators and playing elementary chords drowned in reverb for 10 minutes straight”. It’s such hallow bull shit.


Thousands upon thousands of dollars in kit, usually, almost ALWAYS, just to create a compositionally rather dull, repetitive, piece of retro music (or some other thing). The kind of music, that, if posted without the famous name, shiny vid and expensive gear, would likely get a "ho hum" response from most. So is it the actual composition people are impressed with? Or the superficial stuff? Spoilers, it's all the superficial stuff.


Real genius doesn’t need excessively expensive kit to make ground breaking art.


In closing, I still have issues with the “make it in china for cheep” stance but no longer because I think these expensive companies are making art better. Sure companies like moog offer "cheaper" synths but oscillator for oscillator, not really. In fact it seems there is very little effort by them and others to make analog polyphonic synths affordable. I guess they just think people wont find out, there are ways to be warm and analog without taking out a loan. At the end of the day, it's about talent and you still have to digitize it, to distribute it, so your warm sound will always have a bit of freezer burn.


Just sayin' :/


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Posted by Midnights-Ocean - 1 month ago


Was farting around on some music genre sites and I noticed there has been very little in the way of electronic genre inventing over the passed 2 decades. There was a bit between 2000 and 2010. Nothing like the 2 decades before it but at least something. 2010 to 2020 though, had literally nothing. Complete vacancy on 3 different genre maps. What happened to musical innovation? I know for a fact it still exists but where are all the new genres it should be creating? It's a rather stark contrast between say, the 90s and post 2000. Maybe you could chalk it up to social climate. Even so though, no new genres in 10 years? Doesn't seem possible.


Anyone know of any offhand? New genres: 2010 to 2020?


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Posted by Midnights-Ocean - May 6th, 2020


https://youtu.be/7_d4s7chpqk

Please like share and all that. : )


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Posted by Midnights-Ocean - September 18th, 2019


As happens every year, there's a new slew of hardware synths hitting the market and the nearly 25 year old argument continues.


d00d y u not jst get plug-in. save m0ney?!


Now I appreciate both in and outside the box music production and I know the ups and downs for both, as I own both.


This year, so far this was one of my fave replies:


(WxkR)4 days ago

1. Because we feel the difference.

2. Because we love the fact that when our computer crashes, is updated, or simply is turned off, our synths are still there and are functional.

3. Because we know how to play keyboards.

4. Because we like to modify sounds with knobs and sliders that yield consistent results so that we can sculpt sounds with great precision.

5. Because we come up with musical ideas all the time and hate long set up times.

6. Because we can sell our hardware synths that are not inspiring us any more.

7. Because music is too important for us to restrict it to a box

8. Because we getting immersed in sound much more than getting fixated on a screen.

9. Because we adore coming home to a studio that looks like it belongs to a musician and not like a standard corporate employee office.

10. Because there is a community of fellow synth lovers with whom we like to exchange ideas.

11. Because we prefer this kind of fetishism to other, more mundane ones.

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Round half of those are a bit circumstantial imo. 2, 6, 9, 11 and especially 8 I can sympathize with though.


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Posted by Midnights-Ocean - April 23rd, 2019


So I did it finally. From earliest memory to present, the most influential and/or significant pieces of music you heard in your life. Rules are relatively simple. Tunes only, no full albums. It's not about what music you liked or recommend the most. It's about what impacted you, for better or worse, musically during your journey in life up till today. Something to keep in mind, the experience of the moment when you heard a tune is significant. It could be a tune you listened to a million times and shaped your style or it could be a tune you heard once and it became part of a highly significant memory in your life. The order should be in the order you HEARD them NOT the order in which they were released/created. Active links to each tune should be posted with artist name or at least listening source. Try not to post more than 6 works by the same artist, in order to avoid redundancy and focus attention to those works that really impacted you. Try to avoid more than 3 posts that are not directly a piece of music but are still music related. Add decade indication. Try to keep the list at a count of roughly 100 posts or so (150 max), again to try to force focus on the most significant pieces.


Mine took me a few weeks but here goes:


1980-------------------------------------------v


https://youtu.be/Fmi5zHg4QSM Sergei Prokofiev


https://youtu.be/51oPKLSuyQY Yes


https://youtu.be/8B1oIXGX0Io herbie hancock


https://youtu.be/oEf8gPFFZ58 mega man 3 NES


https://youtu.be/zYxaoRVofE8 frank zappa


https://youtu.be/Rt75y38J00s joe walsh


https://youtu.be/0vMwGrQx5xM zz top


https://youtu.be/7LLzPPFc21o Yes


https://youtu.be/yJq9_EqcwQU herbie hancock


https://youtu.be/oFnoM37IQec Jerry Goldsmith


https://youtu.be/cHkaIHRK35g zz top


https://youtu.be/7zZs2Mj-kKQ Yes


https://youtu.be/ct5-__9VTAY Leonard Rosenman


https://youtu.be/ZEWwZNUafKo tears for fears


https://youtu.be/sofU3EMa4xc James Horner


https://youtu.be/68RRQNix6l0 fine young cannibals


https://youtu.be/ZnqEUfrBmzI Wendy Carlos


1990---------------------------------------------------v


https://youtu.be/CpU5640iE5k sonic 2 sega genesis


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EV95Yu6gZSY&list=PL3ABE2FBA2900C03E vangelis 


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rA_u3CCPa4&list=PL0D2CCAC050B0B904&index=2 koji kondo


https://youtu.be/LaTGrV58wec C+C music factory


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLrmI5IqGyU&list=PL0D2CCAC050B0B904&index=7 koji kondo


https://youtu.be/3PHdoqU7g74?t=12 bee gees


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zi0APizJuRU&list=PL0D2CCAC050B0B904&index=14 koji kondo


https://youtu.be/mtQtbWifobQ sonic 3 sega genesis


https://youtu.be/LMGdRgtblmk stereo MC’s


https://youtu.be/hb5QaCfm7bg?t=70 michael angelo batio


https://youtu.be/GZH1o8N9PXU sonic 3 sega genesis


https://youtu.be/kLp_Hh6DKWc grieg


https://youtu.be/PPC4wXguSjs Jon Holland sega genesis


https://youtu.be/Dyx4v1QFzhQ real to real


https://youtu.be/55rtX4wCJPM sonic 3


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8l3XNtu1nQ&list=PLFADADFD88F5B0565&index=39 DKC II


https://youtu.be/qOQZS8_9DEw wiz n liz sega genesis


https://youtu.be/GwPvLMlGWPI benny goodman & gene krupa


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rDO0vi47Ws ecco tides of time sega genesis


https://youtu.be/cBMUG2GnLb0 Beethoven


https://youtu.be/-7Fvalk31Kk mega man x snes


https://youtu.be/lndBgOrTWxo donkey kong country II


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3W1kJx9pwME molitva sv benedikta


https://youtu.be/8H1nIBllGDY sonic cd (US) sega cd


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GZzpgSwizY&list=PL3F37BC9E9A5DC61D&index=37 DKC III


https://youtu.be/kH1fsKK85Qo the real mcCoy


https://youtu.be/ZP7gYU7LL-c sonic cd (US game code) sega cd


https://youtu.be/QWHluhvS3D4 sonic 3d blast saturn


https://youtu.be/Ni3ixP60QPc sonic R


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3U1oLLxk0E&list=PL3F37BC9E9A5DC61D&index=28 DKC III


https://youtu.be/7kODOf2vuTg Yes


https://youtu.be/aD95SxjkzAU sonic cd (US)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGEs5a0v0fM&list=PLirSddeMOYZ5uPQHKUu_1hITPXVYNqKXK&index=4 Jon Holland


https://youtu.be/Co_kzXHZkio?t=2146 The Younger Younger 28s


https://youtu.be/lx4M9qqJw8E bubsy 3d play station 1


https://youtu.be/_PVjcIO4MT4 hendrix


https://youtu.be/dwWJ30PLhoo sonic cd (US game code)


https://youtu.be/lsSR7sBjhcc bubsy 3d play station


https://youtu.be/iqp2tzFCKek rom di prisco


https://youtu.be/nmWw10erNKY Saki Kaskas


https://youtu.be/Iel1mLJ0F_c bubsy 3d play station


https://youtu.be/nP6nKTu6TGY van halen


https://youtu.be/tj0DU7rTXuY asteroids ps1


https://youtu.be/5arFuwxJky8 rom di prisco


https://youtu.be/Wn2YxjPxnuk sonic 3d blast saturn


https://youtu.be/dUzQ3TPqRrQ bubsy 3d play station 1


https://youtu.be/2UaicKgrrgo rom di prisco


https://youtu.be/pRRHP1DfC_Y sonic cd (US game code)


https://youtu.be/ziX_f7rdFD4 rom di prisco


https://youtu.be/E0R03IKFS_w george duke


https://youtu.be/39xggE3eEWY Saki Kaskas


https://youtu.be/I-yxIQihRXM sega rally (sega saturn)


https://youtu.be/Y-q8Gtr4coM wild cherry


https://youtu.be/RbEpo_hmoLo frank zappa


https://youtu.be/VJyIoa25lEQ sonic cd JP


https://youtu.be/bnMAh-0wmhg MJ


https://youtu.be/h7SdYvN__vs peter gabrila


https://youtu.be/k84-cRlwz7I Soul coughing


https://youtu.be/l9_p-nhZXLg ost mai yamane cowboy bebop


https://youtu.be/Y1K9lnLBI40 humble brothers


https://youtu.be/ymNFyxvIdaM bomfunk mc’s


2000-----------------------------------------------v


https://youtu.be/r4PHDa6C39g Frank Klepacki


https://youtu.be/_htZBRb6W00?t=34 ejay club world PS1


https://instaud.io/3xnu song entitled “forsaken” by unknown artist


https://youtu.be/ScJvQhWL7Lg the crystal method


https://youtu.be/FpFIxuuFwTQ caramell


https://youtu.be/LozCtsxp8oE chemical brothers


https://youtu.be/xBIE7ViCi2s MSI


https://youtu.be/EIVgSuuUTwQ ghost in the shell TV series


https://youtu.be/_BnvA8jIUbI chemical brothers


https://youtu.be/hBaanzYaLXg the crystal method


https://youtu.be/9lJ-v-Ex58w the seatbelts


https://youtu.be/CFM3WFt0LVQ george duke


https://youtu.be/MaU5qkQJ1e4 chemical brothers


http://techno.org/electronic-music-guide/ Ishkur


https://youtu.be/Inke9ToHaQI amon tobin


https://youtu.be/pWCIac-ChsM Rob Dougan


https://youtu.be/mCnJ2_xN2jU daft punk


https://youtu.be/41S7bP3wnRA Concord dawn


https://youtu.be/_mVW8tgGY_w Beethoven


https://youtu.be/K0wUqjE99PI clutch


https://youtu.be/H6ojLNsoi0w Akino Arai


https://youtu.be/zgfcCTdZZsE amon tobin


https://youtu.be/GVu0auaZu7s Bach


https://youtu.be/ZtTDKsT-1Fk clutch


https://youtu.be/ZJ2C6G1B_FI junkie XL


https://youtu.be/K3KakTN4uVA the crystal method


https://youtu.be/ThK6MckX0TU icp


https://youtu.be/qORYO0atB6g?t=38 beastie boys


https://youtu.be/hse70vZdaCI concord dawn


https://youtu.be/8YU8mF5sbDE soul coughing


https://youtu.be/RV64woSXcts mike patton & sepultura


https://youtu.be/fqiasBVGtX8 mc chris


2010--------------------------------------------------v


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXXo1YDA9tE&list=PL3ABE2FBA2900C03E&index=7 vangelis  


https://youtu.be/OffF0e2h4TU lost horizon


https://youtu.be/zmKcK2PiX6I steve roach


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUKVhrvPZnw Buxtehude


https://youtu.be/NvG-jqGsWSk Gas


https://youtu.be/-ZVdVuskkKU Beethoven


https://youtu.be/R1_odyWnSXY unisonic ascension


https://youtu.be/jtj300j129k widor


https://youtu.be/fhlz0-lCahM deich kind


https://youtu.be/inDfCPl5xII messiaen


https://youtu.be/9F8LxaIWoEE spudn i g g e r


https://youtu.be/g65oWFMSoK0 vivaldi


https://youtu.be/cnEQja0jBXs deich kind


https://youtu.be/PLrR8wTAGyI messiaen


https://youtu.be/Qhq1FDL0NNQ?t=12 pink guy


https://youtu.be/sPsw3QpBsUE prokofiev


https://youtu.be/MJ0GoNkR0xw?t=390 (clip rum time 6:30 – 20:19) the triumph of Maximilian


https://instaud.io/3xoM Bach


https://youtu.be/kyDKB3iwpeQ Michael Shrieve & Steve Roach


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhXoJKoUuXE&list=PLh4Eme5gACZEAazTK1vSZn3DCYJLQ4YHH&index=6 botw nintendo switch


https://youtu.be/mEFuhWLenTA Debussy


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQAW-YsJXjs botw nintendo switch


https://youtu.be/AFVF-LaSpWE pigs in space


https://youtu.be/mdIP3hyxi3k deich kind


https://fullbucket.bandcamp.com/track/fr33ze Full Bucket


2020--------------------------------------------------------v


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Posted by Midnights-Ocean - April 2nd, 2019


As it seems, April fools has come and gone, with it bringing to new grounds, just a little but long awaited vindication of my "un-hip, elitist" musical ideology. This being the strict prohibition of any and all midi rips and 3rd party samples from my creative process/projects. Also with it, a more lenient avoidance of one button instant pattern devices/programs/sequencers. My record is, of course, not without blemish but I am happy they are greatly far and few between.


If there really is a crack down on rule violating unoriginal material, It's hard not to be smug or bitter. I've always done things "the hard way" by being as original as I could. Creating completely original content of high quality takes talent and a lot of time. Regardless of how good I may or may not be at it, I put a lot of effort into my works. Being ridiculed for that, takes it's toll. Especially when so many of the competitors create so quickly and easily, usually using the shortcuts. Quite painful in particular were the times I was pressured into doing covers, instead of originals, only to be trashed for making the cover distinctly "different" from the original. The exact criteria it seems, new grounds will now more strictly require for covers. For years I felt like I was one of the minority who actually read and followed new ground's original content/ownership rules. As far back as 2009 it was against the rules to post other people's works, even if one claimed to have changed them a bit.


It will be interesting to see what happens to the audio portals over the next few months. Although I will miss many of my favorite VG covers by others, and it is a little unnerving to see so much new grounds history being swept away, hopefully this will be the dawn of better days for original content creators. If you are one who has strived to be original but never received proper accolades, be encouraged. Perhaps you will be more appreciated in the future.


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