Phillip Lovgren replied to John Hoge's discussion Studio Monitor Recommendations for Mixing/Mastering Orchestral Music
"Another option is to buy used monitors from a reliable seller. 
You can probably find someone who is upgrading to more professional monitors or has just lost interest in composing or recording. 
I picked up some Event TR-8 monitors years ago at a…"
Sep 7, 2013
John Hoge replied to John Hoge's discussion Studio Monitor Recommendations for Mixing/Mastering Orchestral Music
"Thanks a lot for the reply, much appreciated!"
Sep 6, 2013
John Hoge replied to John Hoge's discussion Studio Monitor Recommendations for Mixing/Mastering Orchestral Music
"Anyone have any advice? I could use some else's knowledgable perspective!"
Sep 5, 2013
Francisco Garrido replied to John Hoge's discussion iMac Specs for Sample-based Video Game/Film Composition
"Get the maximum ram that you can get in order to load huge libraries. Processor speed is not such big a factor since you can always "freeze" tracks and relieve the CPU from some real time processing, specially on tracks with heavy samples and lots…"
May 12, 2013
Michael T replied to John Hoge's discussion iMac Specs for Sample-based Video Game/Film Composition
"What's your budget?
I've been researching this for weeks and I'm hanging on for the widely rumoured new Mac Pro.
Whatever you get, forget 8meg of ram. Ram is cheap and I'd go for 32 meg or you might find yourself adding more later."
May 12, 2013
John Hoge replied to John Hoge's discussion iMac Specs for Sample-based Video Game/Film Composition
"thank you for the info!"
May 9, 2013
Robert FRANKLIN replied to John Hoge's discussion iMac Specs for Sample-based Video Game/Film Composition
"Hello,
I have several large Orchestral Files including the largest called East West Quantum Leap Symphonic Orchestra Platinum & Platinum Plus, all 64 bit!
 
Windows 7 Ultimate
16 MB Ram
3 TB drives
 
 "
May 9, 2013
John Hoge replied to John Hoge's discussion iMac Specs for Sample-based Video Game/Film Composition
"Great, thanks!"
May 8, 2013
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Nov 12, 2011
Jonas Aras replied to John Hoge's discussion Mixing and Mastering Sampled Orchestral Audio
"I have a fair amount of experience mixing orchestral mockups, so I'll chime in.  With the ambient EW mics (Silver library), I would suggest working only with EQ.  In general, I don't like to boost the treble of anything sampled, especially…"
Jul 23, 2011
John Hoge replied to John Hoge's discussion Mixing and Mastering Sampled Orchestral Audio
"Thanks guys, I now have East West Gold library though so I no longer suffer from the problems of a year ago:) but thanks still!"
Apr 19, 2011
David Healey replied to John Hoge's discussion Mixing and Mastering Sampled Orchestral Audio
"Consider subscribing to my channel and following my current series of videos on mixing sampled music. I have also done a basic mastering tutorial too.
https://www.youtube.com/user/TotalComposure?feature=mhum
You can also follow me on facebook for…"
Apr 17, 2011
John Hoge left a comment for Anthony Berlin
"I checked out Requiem by Tonehammer...Wow! But yes, I'm gonna need some more money before I make another big purchase. I'm just a poor college kid after all:P"
Mar 21, 2011
John Hoge left a comment for Anthony Berlin
"That's awesome! And wow I'm jealous, I have EWQLSO Gold which is nice, but what I would give to have Storm Drum and Symphonic Choirs:P Actually, I used to have just Silver, which is what all of my work that is up was done with. I haven't added…"
Mar 20, 2011
John Hoge left a comment for Anthony Berlin
"Hi Anthony, thanks for the comment! Just a question, but was Fantasy Movie Trailer at all inspired by Lord of the Rings? I only ask because one section sounds VERY similar to the wringwraith theme:D Anyway, all of your pieces sound great man, I'm…"
Mar 20, 2011
John Hoge replied to John Hoge's discussion iPod Touch Speaker Distorting Music
"Yeah I don't have an audio input to my ipod, I'll just have to do trial and error with mp3. Lame!"
Feb 15, 2011
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  • Hey John,

    Actually stopped by to see if you had any new pieces posted that I could listen to and enjoy :)

    Anyway, did you ever get your hands on a copy of Finle Software? It seems that at some point in the future Garritan plans to add a Garritan Choir with word builder and most likely will include it with Finale.
  • Great style. I love the tunes. They remind me a bit of "Legend of Zelda" and "Final Fantasy". I guess you won't have problems to get some composer job in the game industry.
  • John,
    I know nothing about video games but Forest is incredible! Wonderful piece. Please follow your hearts desire! Life is way too short.
  • Hi John
    You said that you're a beginner,but it doesn't mean that you're anamateur.
    Your tracks are really good, well structured and I can feel fantastic, peaceful atmosphere. You're at the good way to become great composer.
    Some good soft I can recommend: Cubase,Sonar, Logic pro( DAW), Sibelius, Cubase (notation), EWQL Symphonic, ProjectSam (Orchestral Sound Libraries), Roland Fantom Hardware synth with expansion cards (SRX06 and SRX09)
    Take Care
  • By the way, where are you applying for college?
  • Hey, no problem about the reply. If you buy the Full Finale 2009 you'll have access to the GPO sound library and won't have to worry about a "chinsy" sound for your snare drum, or any other instrument...so no need to worry. if you want to notate a drum roll click the Note Articulation Icon then go back to your score and click the note you have designated for drum roll...the note articulation window will open then choose (by double clicking) the tremolo marking (the 3 diagonal slashes) and the tremolo marking will appear on the note for your drum roll.
  • Well maybe, just maybe your dad would be a little softer if you mentioned a career as a professional composer AND teacher. Mentioning the teacher part will make him feel comfortable about you having a secure career and not wasting anything lol...wether or not the teacher part appeals becomes a reality will be up to you. Hopefully, that could get him to open up to you getting the tools you need. He won't have to know that you are composing video game music with the tools.

    In the meanwhile, you can download Finale NotePad. Its a free download. Its not as complete as the Full Finale but its not a demo so you can compose and save your work. NotePad only allows up to 8 staves. That means if you want to compose a work for full orchestra you won't have that ability. So for instance a string quartet with piano takes is 6 staves and leaves you with two more staves if you want to add more instruments. So I think you could start with NotePad. Then when you have composed your work save the file as a midi and you can send it to me and I can try to replace the midi sound with GPO. The other option for writing a bigger orchestra with more than 8 staves is to create "score parts". For example, you could create a score of just the woodwind section, then a separate one of the brass section then a separate one of the string section. You then could save all three as separate midis send them to me and I could put all the separate score parts together into one score and make a GPO mp3 for you. So you can try that and see. It would be a lot of work between the two so I won't promise that I'll have your mp3s ready in a day or two or even a week. But Finale NotePad will be a good intro in working with notation software, and its free. And if we are able to do this you'll have a few pieces with some GPO sounds.
    Tools.in
  • Hey John,

    I'm sorry to hear about you not being "allowed". How would your dad feel about you being a professional musician/composer?

    Yes, I do use Finale for all my samples. The only thing I used Cult Sampler for was for additional percussion. A version of GPO is packages with Finale and that is what I use. Cult Sampler does have orchestral sounds but not to the extent and quality as other orchestral software.

    Do you have any funds saved up to go towards buying software?
  • By the way the 1st and 3rd movements of the "Symphony in B Major" on my page were def inspired by video gmae and film music. I haven't posted the 3rd movement as yet. I wrote the piece years ago when I was in college but I'm redoing the movements in Finale.
  • For all my music and mp3 samples I use Finale and the GPO (Garritan Personal Orchestra) that comes with it. I also use Cult Sampler for additional sounds.

    What exactly do you mean "not allowed" to get new software?

    By the way I liked "video game song 4" it reminded me of playing "Secret of Mana on SNES" one of my top games of all time.
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