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, thank you. For most of the stuff I have here I used East West samples with either Sonar when I'm on my PC, or Logic when I'm on my Mac. As for Reminiscence of a Dying Hero, I wrote that before I got any of those. For that one I used Finale with Garritan Personal Orchestra.

    Recently though, I got LA Scoring Strings. So I'll update my page with stuff I wrote using that soon.
  • haha that would be great! lol but yeah, I'm coming in as composition. I think there is one other person in Music Tech Comp. But you were able to switch into composition? thats great! So, more information on that software would be terrific. thanks!
  • I would def love to hear the piece as it was meant to be as a Sax Quartet. Sax quartets can be awesome! I've never composed any but I've heard a number of Sax quartet performances during my college years. Its too bad that we are not able to hear the live performance.

    After taking another listen, the only comment I have right now is that the range used seemed a little limited. But you did say that you were trying you hand at a Sax quartet so I assume it was a new medium for you to try and you probably didn't want to get too risky. But, that is all I have to say for now anyway. Its good stuff :)

    As a side note...
    Did you consult any of the Sax players or your friend as to various and fun techniques you could use in the piece. When composing for an instrument or medium that you are not familiar with talking to a skilled performer is a great way to get ideas, feedback on do's and don'ts and other interesting things that can make a piece fun and challenging, boring or not boring for a performer as well as listener. I for one am not as fluent in composing for sax as I am for other instruments...I've never taken the opportunity to really extend myself in Sax composition lol
    I will let you know when the Octet is up. Right now I have a req Finale version that is "ok" enough. But think I might use the midi to redo more realistically.
  • Hi John,

    I loved your woodwind quartet! I can sense your influence from film and videogame music but still the sound is uniquely you! I really liked the harmonic language you used. This piece is an example of what I meant by suggesting that you take the film and video game music sound that is part of you and try to push forward with a new sound/style that identifies you! :) Of course I'm not saying that your music should sound exactly as this piece.

    Can I ask if this piece was an assignment that had specifics attached to it? Because I have some other comments but I don't want to make them without knowing if there were specific things that you were supposed to do and not do with this piece.

    I just finished my Octet myself and would love to share it with you at some point if I don't get it up on my page soon.
  • Hi i PMed you Thanks
  • ....I love your background. lol

    Also, I really like 'the sorrowful shade of night' - great dark ambience to it!
  • Oh by the way, the Aftermath is a reworked version of what you had posted before, right? I really like this "Aftermath" version a lot!
  • Hi John,

    Came by to check out the new music you have messaged me about. I haven't been around much. Been real busy teaching, rehearsing for a release of a single, and working on publishing issues...which I hope will come to fruition by the end of this summer as things are already a year behind schedule with that. Eventually I will put music back on my page again.

    Your new piece does indeed sound like Soul Calibur! All the music is well orchestrated and moody. I do see that you have a number of comments the obvious influence of Zelda etc. which is not a bad thing :) But it is as I mentioned a while back...although we all as composers emulate and are influenced by other sounds and composers we should still keep in mind that we want "Us" to come through the music more than the influence. I know you mentioned that you worked hard to emulate this kind of sound and there is nothing wrong with it....Your music is great! Just remember not to lock yourself in a stereotypical mold forgetting your own creativity in how harmony, melody, and other ingredients are used.

    Anyway, I always enjoyed your music and I really enjoyed all the new stuff you put up! I really hope you end up getting a Gig that lets do this for a living because you are good at it and you definitely will get even better as you mature as a composer! :)

    So keep me updated whenever you put music up!
  • I just listened to "Aftermath", and I really like it... I was half expecting it to be dark and ominous, since you usually hear the word "aftermath" in contexts such as: "the aftermath of the hurricane" or "the aftermath of the robbery" or something like that. This is cool / different though, because it is happy aftermath... like the good guys won! Maybe write a contrasting "Aftermath" piece, where things aren't looking so good? Hahaha, just a thought. Keep up the great work :)
  • Hey thanks you guys! Yep, I'm a huge Zelda fan and Koji Kondo's music has influenced me immensely!
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