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BeyondTheVeil says



I love soft synths, but there’s just something about twiddling the knobs (and multiple knobs at the same time) on a real synths.
yup same as above. i have a ton of soft synth or sample libs but have built up a collection of hardware synths as i found i was just having more fun this way. clicking a mouse all day can make you feel like the computer is stealing some soul and interaction between you and any instrument. even the most simple synth will teach you 100 times more and so much quicker than using any soft synth. grab a bargain piece of hardware, detach from anything DAW like. just learn and enjoy. i have a bunch of hardware toys i adore that still teach me new tricks and in some cases, just cannot be bettered by any soft counterpart. I have 2 Moogs, a virus ti2, Roland JV, Roland jp8000,D50, Korg MS20 and i just wouldn’t be without them now.
Seems like you will have a good idea if the hardware will be noticed over a soft-synth character-wise in a song? Do your hardware synths add a dimension that the softies can’t?

yes most def. some hardware counterparts just dont ring true at all. while they make very interesting alternatives you cant faithfully recreate Moog circuitry nor ARP etc, but again its in the hands on approach that just re connects you to the musical process not just the logical one which sees us making very quick preset decisions and a series of screen refreshes, mouse clicks etc. if you get it all right, then you wont really hear a big thump due to the presence of hardware, it should just be seemless but give you some qualities you wont find anywhere else. cos my generation was brought up on hardware synths a couple decades before any soft synth came along, im thankful for that education. maybe it was a longer much more tortured process and a track took a long time to set up, and longer to mix etc but some of that gave you a window into some sound design tricjs you could learn and again, it just made you feel like a musical connection was being made. 90% of what i still do for TV deadlines means booting up cubase and rolling out stems and alt tracks in a matter of hours, but when i have time to do so, the hardware makes a welcome appearance and i start to enjoy the process once again.

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BeyondTheVeil says

I love soft synths, but there’s just something about twiddling the knobs (and multiple knobs at the same time) on a real synths.

yup same as above. i have a ton of soft synth or sample libs but have built up a collection of hardware synths as i found i was just having more fun this way. clicking a mouse all day can make you feel like the computer is stealing some soul and interaction between you and any instrument. even the most simple synth will teach you 100 times more and so much quicker than using any soft synth. grab a bargain piece of hardware, detach from anything DAW like. just learn and enjoy. i have a bunch of hardware toys i adore that still teach me new tricks and in some cases, just cannot be bettered by any soft counterpart. I have 2 Moogs, a virus ti2, Roland JV, Roland jp8000,D50, Korg MS20 and i just wouldn’t be without them now.

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BeyondTheVeil says


in every cue ive written for any tv show, promo, trailer, whatever it is, i always leave a LOT of headroom. None of my mixes are very loud. You need to leave that space and not over compress and limit as for broadcast, they will compress and work that mix as they drop in the dubbing track etc. If its too loud and your playing the loudness wars game, it leaves nothing to play with. When anything is broadcast whether its for tv,radio or a cinema, it will be further squashed and compressed again. So light compression for me and room to work is the key thing. in something like 2000 cues in the last 3 years i have never once had a mix rejected on the basis of its headroom or master buss final. Plus i like music to sound dynamic and have the ability to soar, where crunching the hell out if it, robs all sensibilities and i think a lot of productions appreciate that musicality
I don’t doubt you at all that this might be the best method for broadcast, but if you analyze the top selling tracks here you will find that many are mastered very loud, not dubstep loud, but around -7 LUFS. (Clouds is an exception). So does it really matter for the buyer? Or is it that most buyers are YouTube users who might not have the slightest knowledge of compression?

like i said, ive never had one turned away or any buyer say the mix wasnt loud enough. its extremely easy for someone to make something louder than try and rescue a crucified mix thats overly loud. you cant undo that kinda of torture to a track. if your happy to make all end mixes very loud, absolutely go for it. each to there own. im giving the buyer the option to have a mix that has dynamics, if they chose to boost the track ,thats there call.

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BeyondTheVeil says

in every cue ive written for any tv show, promo, trailer, whatever it is, i always leave a LOT of headroom. None of my mixes are very loud. You need to leave that space and not over compress and limit as for broadcast, they will compress and work that mix as they drop in the dubbing track etc. If its too loud and your playing the loudness wars game, it leaves nothing to play with.

When anything is broadcast whether its for tv,radio or a cinema, it will be further squashed and compressed again. So light compression for me and room to work is the key thing. in something like 2000 cues in the last 3 years i have never once had a mix rejected on the basis of its headroom or master buss final. Plus i like music to sound dynamic and have the ability to soar, where crunching the hell out if it, robs all sensibilities and i think a lot of productions appreciate that musicality

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BeyondTheVeil says


it has been used as a tv promo jingle for the following shows, friends, family guy,the grim sleeper, wicked tuna,cougar town,from paris with love, food paradise, house hunters international, young catherine,deadly sins,family feud, motives and murders, bram stokers dracula,
Tunesat detections may be confusing. Actually, your track wasn’t used as a tv promo jingle for those shows, it was used in a commercial that was aired in the breaks during those shows.

ah right, fair play. well either way, it still sucks just a little. i had 32 pages of glorious BMI statement and it was all work that isnt connected to royalty free, obviously, but when you factor in all that revenue you could be making??? like i said, im happy enough with the arrangement here to contribute and carry on. im just more reluctant about staring at tunesat lol

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BeyondTheVeil says

just for example tunesat detected one of my audiojngle cues and it has been used as a tv promo jingle for the following shows,

friends, family guy,the grim sleeper, wicked tuna,cougar town,from paris with love, food paradise, house hunters international, young catherine,deadly sins,family feud, motives and murders, bram stokers dracula,

now i totally get royalty free. if i had a big problem i wouldn’t upload thats the choice we all make. but it doesn’t stop you feeling just a tiny bit heart broken when you just got paid by BMI for all your “other” non royalty free work and brought home a really decent cheque. but you do the simple math of it and realise that little lot on its own would have generated serious income. but alas, its the rules we abide by willingly, if we had a big beef on it we could just stop making music for this medium. im happy to make cash from this site and its very helpful income, so i might just stop looking at tunesat so it doesnt make me feel so sick lol

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BeyondTheVeil says

i use a lot of plugins but i still use hardware for certain duties, fx, pads, bass etc. My controller keys is a Virus TI2. its mappable via cubase and i map the pots to control any number of Kontakt parameters. I have had a lot of midi controllers but i didnt see the point anymore using all that studio space and having no sounds from it. have a Moog Little phatty, Korg MS20 mini, Roland JP 8000 custom,Waldorf Blofeld, Roland D50,Roland JV1080. Im a collector as much as a sound designer or composer, so if i can cram in a few more synths, i def will make space!! lol

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BeyondTheVeil says

approx 40 cues per month. sometimes closer to 50. thats covering lots of clients, libs, album projects etc. for audio jungle. its a couple of tracks every couple of months. i think i now feed more non exc account more than my main exc one.

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BeyondTheVeil says

normally i would say, abort mission and stick with kontakt but this unit is very special. the entire SRX family in there which are just stunning to use. easy lib control via ipad too. not ALL the stuff in there will be absolutely bang on, but its a huge huge bank of highly usable sounds. its based on very old Roland sound banks and i dont agree any of it has gone out of date.

Rolands ace card is there staple day to day sounds. well recorded and beautifully set up to play. you can integrate it via USB etc and save on a lot of CPU overheads as your effectively outsourcing to hardware. id say it would complement a studio setup well that also takes advantage of a host of solid plug ins.

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BeyondTheVeil says

i have to say im hugely impressed so fa.r typically it has fallen foul of a ton of web hate for it so far. a majority of purists spitting out there dummies about ACB technology before they have actually heard it in person. im keen to grab the bassline and tr8 and run them together for some creative sessions and more importantly, for fun! i will say, Korg are hitting it clean out of the park right now. Fist the MS20 mini (which i have), and now they are producing ARP Odyssey’s with the original guys who made it. 100% perfect copy too. we are all spoilt for new tech. we sometimes forget how bloody hard it was and not to mention VERY expensive just 20 – 25 years ago.

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