Timothy Smith replied to Doug Lauber's discussion Choose Your Best Samples
"Thank you Michael, I did a little digging and found out the Korg stick is a syncrosoft product. The same company Cubase uses. The stick should be compatible with other companies that used the protocol also refrred to as an eliscenser. sycrosoft…"
May 20, 2019
Timothy Smith replied to Doug Lauber's discussion Choose Your Best Samples
"Michael, Can you tell me if I can use an old Korg usb stick for the licenses? I was cleaning and found it the other day. No longer needed for Korg because they went to a different validation scheme that no longer uses the the dongle.
Seems I…"
May 20, 2019
Dane Aubrun replied to Doug Lauber's discussion Choose Your Best Samples
"Consoling and thank you for the assurances. I've had a USB stick go defunct and got obsessive about back-ups. I do 2 of the DAW and Vienna samples. As it is, I can do a software license with EW but have no free slots for a drive to hold the samples,…"
May 20, 2019
Dane Aubrun replied to Doug Lauber's discussion Choose Your Best Samples
"That Vienna key comes with a helluvan overhead. If you lose it or break it during the guarantee period you have to buy your licenses again at 20 Euros per license. It's only guaranteed against failure. To avoid re-buying the licenses, Vienna offers…"
May 17, 2019
Bob Porter replied to Doug Lauber's discussion Choose Your Best Samples
"Yes, a usb stick with a two year warranty. $26.If you loose the stick after that, I assume you can buy another. Same in the case of a hardware crash or theft. I suppose there are a few advantages, but not many. 
Timothy a powered hub is always best.…"
May 17, 2019
Timothy Smith replied to Doug Lauber's discussion Choose Your Best Samples
"Dane, I believe the sample library companies biggest customers are Television/movie/video game/advertisement composers. I could be wrong, but I don't think I am. For every successful movie composer there are likely 1000 or more wanna be's. I don't…"
May 17, 2019
Bob Porter replied to Doug Lauber's discussion Choose Your Best Samples
"Just my opinion, but a usb key is about the silliest thing I've heard of. Not that I'm advocating their use, but there are cracks out there. I hope the libraries that use these keys are well worth the hassle of yet another thing sticking out of your…"
May 17, 2019
Dane Aubrun replied to Doug Lauber's discussion Choose Your Best Samples
"I've wondered what the difference is between "cinematic" and symphonic sample libraries - though I suppose "cinematic" has a better selling pitch. There must be lots of wannabe cinema composers out there. Well, they aspire to compose so why not?…"
May 16, 2019
Timothy Smith replied to Doug Lauber's discussion Choose Your Best Samples
"I've heard good things about Vienna. I was hesitant because you need a dongle. Not a deal breaker. Mainly I'm running out of usb ports. Most composers who liked Spitfire also liked Vienna. If I see a deal I might look at their libs in the future.…"
May 16, 2019
Timothy Smith replied to Doug Lauber's discussion Choose Your Best Samples
"Good to meet another CbB user here!  Yes, it will be interesting to see how the future develops over there. So long as scook and Craig and a few others stay around questions will be answered.  Since Gibson let Craig go I think he's migrated more…"
May 15, 2019
Timothy Smith replied to Doug Lauber's discussion Choose Your Best Samples
"Michael, Yes I see you over on the Cakewalk forum on occasion. Good to see you here! It is a nice program. You've also used the program when it was 599.00 correct?  Differences are it lacks some of the third party plugins that the older version had,…"
May 15, 2019
Gavin Brown replied to Doug Lauber's discussion Choose Your Best Samples
"Just a quick mention of something - if anyone on this thread has a publisher who purchases their work based on recorded samples (w/ or w/o score), please contact me, I have an idea I'd like to discuss with you - "
May 15, 2019
Timothy Smith replied to Doug Lauber's discussion Choose Your Best Samples
"I ended up buying the Spitfire Albion One library. Time will tell if I will use it. I hear good reviews on it as the sort of "staple" library from Spitfire. We'll see.
I had to buy another SSD to store it on since it's like 55gb compressed and 80gb…"
May 15, 2019
Ingo Lee replied to Doug Lauber's discussion Choose Your Best Samples
"@Timothy, thanks, I'll keep an eye on it, I'm in no hurry at this point.

@Dane Have you considered MuseScore? I don't use it but people like it and it's free and it will export pdf I understand. Dane Aubrun said:
I was thinking about publishing…"
May 15, 2019
Dane Aubrun replied to Doug Lauber's discussion Choose Your Best Samples
"I was thinking about publishing software and it seems to have the things I look for (provisionally) but it must be pretty damned expensive. I waded through masses of hype but....nowhere the price mentioned. 
I'm not really interested in sounds or…"
May 14, 2019
Timothy Smith replied to Doug Lauber's discussion Choose Your Best Samples
"Ingo I don't think Dorico goes on sale for a few more weeks. Not sure how reliable this info is. I received it second hand."
May 14, 2019
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  • Hi Doug, Mark here.

    I have recording gear yes. What i don't have atm is a bass. I lent it to a friend for a gig over seas. But thanks for the opportunity to record with you. I appreciate it. I too btw love fusion. Specially the 70s stuff.

    Have a good one.
    Mark...
  • Thanks for your nice comments about my work
  • Hi Doug! The lead is a patch I built using two Prophet patches. I named it "bent pathes". Now that I'm here in your world, I really like your work!
  • Did you modify Osaka?....it sounds very plentiful...
  • Dude..that was not me....its was Clooney....but good guess..they confuse us sometimes...
  • Oh ok I understand what you are doing now. That is actually the opposite of what I was talking about. Do me a favor and try this...
    Instead of rolling off the frequencies for the bass above the 300hz, roll off the frequencies below that. If I am right, you are actually cutting off overtones that are essential for the beefy sound and maybe that's why it doesn't sound right. Roll off frequencies below 30hz. Even though in theory we can't hear below 20hz haha and it helps your speakers because they probably can't reproduce them anyway! Your ear can't hear the overtones very well but it can still pick them up whether you notice it or not and it will let you know that something doesn't sound right. You can still carve your mix but let those frequencies come through a bit. Let me know how it works out for you?
  • ha yeah sorry about that :-/
    basically it means roll off the low frequencies with an EQ that we dont hear anyway and it will lighten up the mix- "relieve pressure"
    as for hearing basses good here and bad there, all I can tell you that low frequencies are not directional as high frequencies there for they shoot out in all directions and also need a longer distance to complete a full wave length compared to high ones. My suggestion is again the resonant shelf, and how about trying to EQ the bass while listening to everything else at the same time. The bass might sound bad by itself but in the end its not going to be listened to by itself, so long as it sounds great with everything else. :D AND try listening to your stuff with other mediums too not just small speakers like example your: car, headphones, big stereo, etc. It gives you a better understanding of where you're at with the mix.
  • Hi Doug,
    Sorry it took me so long to get back at you on this, I had to find the time to sit down with my notes so I can give you my best answer ha. I am assuming you are asking from a mastering point of view, so that's the way I will answer.. Keep in mind there is no right or wrong way, or at least that is how I was thought. This subject was covered by 3 different teachers out in the field right now, and they all had different point of views, so Ill give you what I took from that.
    When compressing, again no right or wrong answer, that's really up to you. Most mastering engineers though tend to say "less is more" meaning a good recording shouldn't need to be fixed- especially when its already being mastered. The purpose of the compression is to get a good tight sound all together, for it to be more coherent if you will. Its at your discretion. Don’t over compress though, the meter on the plug-in will be really bouncy which should give it away that you did over compress. I am sure you know that classical music calls for dynamic range. Over compressing will make quiet passages too noisy and their wont be too much of a difference between the loud parts and soft parts. As for the “loudness wars”- BAD IDEA! ALL they’re doing is squashing the signal then pushing it up as high as they can to be the loudest, which in turn makes everything sound the same and makes the listener grow tired of it very quickly.. Very, very quickly. I forgot what band it was, I want to say it was Metallica, but they did just that and many of their fans said they didn’t like their album and they couldn’t explain why, the reason was that they didn’t leave much room for the dynamic range so the ear was taking a constant beating from the beginning. Kind of like when you hear a really loud alarm. Enough said. Haha
    As for multi-band compression, I don’t know too much about, so I wouldn’t feel comfortable answering that. I have used it before but still not too comfortable with it, I am sorry.
    In mastering, I don’t see the need to be compressing the bass by itself, because by then it should just be a stereo mix. Unless you are talking about EQ…? Have you heard of the “Resonant Shelf”? That is when you lower the bass in an EQ to push pressure up and relieve it. Think like a balloon when you squeeze the bottom and the pressure moves up. Most speakers can’t reproduce those low frequencies, and could be damaging when you later play it through some subwoofers. Keep in mind as well, that a lot of bass will make your highs seem dull, and reducing it will make your mix brighter.
    Well I hope this kind of, sort of helped you out or answered your questions, maybe? :] If not, let me know and I will find someone who can!
  • This is really good man. (of course I know what kick ass means...I'm an old fart just like you...lol) ...I,ve been busy as hell so I haven't got a chance to write.....Drums and bass feel very clean..sounds much better...very professional.....did you add more guitar riffs...I notice the new production...I like this one much better.. one minor opinion......I think you can introduce the first riff a couple of measures earlier....circa 0.57 you modify the initial motive to legato....before 1:12...you you can probably reduce it by one measure or maybe even before 0:.57 in the staccato...it will get you to the first riff quicker and it will should the tune a cleaner and direct impetus...give it a try...see what happens...
  • Well... I did get an A in Mastering Theory and the Mastering Lab haha but im sure its stuff you already know. I can definitely try to answer any questions, if not, I am around tons of people in the industry every day so I can easily find the answer. :)
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