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I make music and sounds. I post mostly on newgrounds so people can use them in games and such. My full albums can be found on my home page below.

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Posted by Midnights-Ocean - 2 days ago


Best budget mixing monitors: Just dug up my Yamaha HS5s again and I am totally selling my more expensive ones and going back to using the HS5s.


For anyone who's done studio work, you know you need good mixing monitors. Now please note, I'm talking about mixing monitors, not tracking monitors. Many mixing monitors are expensive as dick and for that reason I can't say I've ever owned the much pricer ones. that being said, high prices don't mean the budget producer can't have mixing monitors that will give a good or even great mix. To date the best I've ever found are also some of the cheapest. The Yamaha HS5 https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/HS5--yamaha-hs5-5-inch-powered-studio-monitor . Over the years I've owned a few different monitors, smaller, larger, more expensive, less expensive, but I always keep coming back to the HS5. Reason is simple, they produce good mixes. Not perfect mixes but GOOD mixes. Now being imperfect and small you have to have a little engineering experience to get the low bass mixed right but for the price you really can't beat these. At least not from my experience. The key is, they don't "sound good". They sound dull, flat and boring. This means you are inclined to mix your tracks on the sweeter side, to make up for it. The end result is a good sounding mix, that will sound good no matter where you bring it. It further proves the rule of thumb, that, if your monitors sound amazing, your mixes will likely sound the opposite. If your monitors sound uninspiring, your mixes will sound the opposite. Not surprising these are by Yamaha. The same company responsible, way back when, for the “shrill boxes” that helped revolutionize mixing.

 

If any of you all have stories about your fave or least fave monitors, please share. :)

 

 

Peace.


Posted by Midnights-Ocean - 7 days ago


Breath of the wild. Please don't post spoilers.

 

So I have finally gotten around to playing it. Haven’t done a zelda game since SNES. Really makes me appreciate how far things have come, and also, how much they managed to pack into those old 16 bit games.

 

I REALLY love how breath of the wild takes an ambient and minimalist approach to the music. One of the things that always puts me off, is being hammered by non stop music. This games gets the music right. That and the open world, makes this a winner for me so far. I’ve only just started, on the 2nd area of the game right now.

 

Got the hard cover extended guide, just in case I run into a stumper. So far, only thing I’ve actually looked up are recipes for cooking. I’ll probably stick mostly to using it for items and “what’s this thing?” situations. For once, I actually don’t want to spoil the game. I know you can look that stuff up on line but my eyes enjoy a rest from lit screens. The book is nice old school anyway and looks beautiful.

 

There doesn’t seem to be a ticking clock to save the princess, though they tell you otherwise. I really hope the game isn’t going to punish me for taking my time. There’s a literal shitload of side quests and extras, so, I’m assuming you don’t have to hurry through the story portion of the game. Some one said this was 110 hours to complete but I’m totally not seeing that. I could see this taking years to complete 100% and I am totally fine with that.

 

Peace. :)


Posted by Midnights-Ocean - May 2nd, 2018


Pretty straight forward question. I'm just curious because I post both types and am a little surprised at what gets a good download count sometimes. So, you like it simple or complex? Stuff that keeps changing, grabbing your attention to brain stimulate? Or stuff that's more homogeneous, mellowing you to sleep?

 

example simple: https://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/803874

example complex: https://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/757441


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Posted by Midnights-Ocean - April 6th, 2018


Hey this guy's doing great work to get exposure for artists. Great tracks. Please like share subscribe and click the litttle bell: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheLostAtmosphere 


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Posted by Midnights-Ocean - November 12th, 2017


Promised I would make a modular grid to show my rig, for those who are eurorack nerds.

https://www.modulargrid.net/e/racks/view/492202

Sound path is all analog synthesis, with the exception of the reverb units. It's a rather humble setup. I HAD plans on having 2x times this size but after looking at how much money it cost, yeah, that isn't happening. Had to ebay off quite a few of my things to get it up and running. It's ok though, I can do a LOT with this little rig.

 

If anyone else has a MG, share links.

 

Peace :)

 

 


Posted by Midnights-Ocean - October 29th, 2017


So, if you had to choose JUST ONE of the following 3, which would be what you'd consider music of good value?

#1 You don't know if you like it or not but it's impressively composed and produced.

#2 You don't care if you like it or not because the artist who made it is famous or someone you like personally.

#3 The piece of music has unimpressive production but brings to your mind the mood you desire.

 


Posted by Midnights-Ocean - May 28th, 2017


It seems people are liking some of my uploads, so I created a bandcamp for the full length tracks. I'll be filling it as I have time. I may also make an album for the more popular loops and shorts. I know a lot of people are doing patrion but I'm not sure I feel comfortable, since I can't really commit to producing a given volume of material each month. I just do what I can as life allows.

 

All my uploads on newgrounds are free ofcourse, to download and share with friends. The bandcamp just makes it possible for people to also download in HD and support the art, if they so wish. The link will appear below featured tracks and on my main page. If anyone wants to use my material in games and such, I'm usually cool with that. Just PM me with a quick description of the project, so I can give the green light to use my works.

 

 

Peace. :)


Posted by Midnights-Ocean - May 10th, 2017


For the first time that I can remember, something I uploaded here made it to the front page. Small thing I admit but very nice indeed. I thank all those who liked my recent submissions.


Posted by Midnights-Ocean - March 1st, 2017


I don't see it anymore but back when I joined newgrounds, you could choose your alignment. I played a neutral character for awhile, then a dark character for awhile, now I'm playing a light character. Get over it. It's like the overly vocal little hitler in a group backin' up the waaambulance if anyone dares not play the hoard 24/7 365. Never changing up anything can get boring. I'm making mostly peaceful lightside now. Sometimes some darkcore sure but mostly no.