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adammonroe says

Protools comes with ELEVEN free, which is their free/demo version of their own amp modeling program. I’m not sure how useful it is, but if you like it you can always upgrade to the full edition.

They also sell an ELEVEN RACK /PROTOOLS software and hardware bundle for around $800? dollars but I’m not sure if it comes bundled with a “light” or “full” edition of protools.

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adammonroe says

Congratulations. I think some of us have experience when it comes to how hard it can be to reach even 25 sales. :-)

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adammonroe says

@ Adam: Nicely said! But even when i’m experienced with arranging, mixing and mastering i have to confess that i never did write a lot of music yet in my life. What i did in those 2 1/2 month for AJ i didn’t write in my entire life before… i never would have so much ideas before. This must be a real gift from our god in heaven, i can’t explain it different… stunning myself very much about that! So i’m thankful @ thanksgiving :) (even when we don’t have that celebration day in switzerland)

If you can keep up that kind of pace and keep turning out high-quality music, I think great success will be coming to you.

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@ Adam: Oh yes, i sleep, full 4-5 hours every night during the week (the weekend a bit more) and i don’t watch TV ;) but i still have much more ideas than time :impatient:. But i do this kind of stuff almost my whole life already, so i practiced almost three decades with DAW & sequencers, that may help a bit too.. :)

That’s pretty good Mat, I think I average about 30 seconds a day when it comes to writing music – I agree there is never enough time, even after you cut time-wasting things like television out of your life.

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adammonroe says

Mat, have you written all that music in such a short time? You must not sleep!

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- ability to sort files by duration

Yep. Perhaps something like what Amazon.com does would also be useful – making smaller 15-30 second previews of the best parts of a song on the search results could save people a lot of time. I think a lot of time people aren’t listening to the whole file preview…they are just skipping to the middle of a song and listening for maybe 5 or 10 seconds and then moving on to the next song. You would still have the whole file preview available on the item page. More sub-categories would also be great. However, I understand why AudioJungle doesn’t implement a lot of these things; because it takes a fair amount of time and effort to do so.

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Like Mat said it just comes from years of mixing, production, and writing. I’m impressed myself when I think about how much I’ve learned in a year when it comes to mixing and audio production. I’m sure a lot of people here actually spend more time mixing and producing their music than they do composing it, if you can believe that! I believe it is something of an artform, as every mix is different – I think knowing when and where to cut and boost frequencies is about half of the battle. Like SoundFix said, using good quality sound libraries and audio equipment is also good. To have a mastery over whatever kind of music you are producing; for example orchestral music is more or less about knowing how the colors of all the instruments blend together, to achieve a richness in sound, and likewise, in other forms of music knowing how all the instruments work and blend together…I think music is about achieving the proper balance in all things; melody, instrumentation harmony, ect.

It’s a little weird living in the digital age, because I think you can achieve relative sonic perfection, but the end result is often a sterile sound…this is why people use tube preamps and post-processing effects to color their sound. You can quantize all your midi data so everything matches up perfectly, but I think it’s the tiny imperceptible imperfections that can bring a piece of music to life and make it sound like a human actually made it. it’s all about striking the proper balance between a perfect recording that no human could possibly play and something with soul in it.

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In my experience with recording and playing electric guitar, I’ve found that the quality of your guitar isn’t nearly as important as your amp/pedals/modeling program, ect. There are differences in tone quality between guitars, different body styles, different pickups ect, to be sure, but they will never go as far when it comes to shaping your tone as a good amp or pedal board. An effects processor between your guitar and your interface can shape your tone somewhat, but I would lean towards something like Guitar Rig or Podfarm because these programs are getting extremely versatile in terms of being able to simulate not only pedal effects but amp styles and even microphones and mic placement, and the differences between an amped-up guitar with expensive effects pedals and good modeling software seem to be growing smaller and smaller every year.

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I think it will come down more to your microphone than it will your DAW or sample rate…unless you are going DI. Are you recording electric or acoustic guitar? The audio interface (and DAW ) isn’t going to make much of difference (unless you can get something with a nice preamp, but even then my opinion is that the difference is negligible, unless you are willing to shell out some decent cash.) If you are going DI on the guitar, I’d get the cheaper interface and put the difference toward a good amp-modeling plugin for your DAW . NOTE* -I see that the Line 6 Ux2 comes with a tone-modeling plugin – I’d probably buy that one

If you are recording an amp, I’d buy the cheaper interface and put the difference towards a decent dynamic mic…unless you already have one.

*IMO 24 bit, 44 khz is more than enough.

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adammonroe says

oh oh oh…. I have an idea. But guess it can’t be approved becouse there was used vocal part from another work :/
But anyway if you don’t mind: http://soundcloud.com/james-lee-grey/silent-night-demo :)

The last half of that is pretty damn cool!

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