I think it’s always good to have a few different mics lying around to try on voices. Mix of dynamic, condenser, and ribbons. Sometimes even a good cheap mic like the SM58 can give you a different flavor or work better with a different voice. If I was buying vocal mics, I’d go the route of buying a variety of cheaper/mid range mics over a U87 (unless you have money to burn, in which case, then by all means). For around $1,000 you could get a Shure SM7B, a Shure SM58, a Sennheiser MD421, and a cheap ribbon like a Cascade Fat Head. Now you have plenty of points of reference.
I bought a Neumann tlm 102 to record my voice, and although it’s a good mic, I think my much cheaper Cascade vin-jet ribbon sound better on my voice.
I think any small to medium sized condenser will give you a DECENT sound on acoustic guitar, preference would be to record in STEREO. Personally prefer small “pencil” condensers Oktava MK-012 or km184’s/84’s (expensive!), or even Rhode NT5’s. Of course what’s really important is the guitar+room/mic setup.
IMHO Mac OS forwards/backwards compatibility is truly pitiful. Makes me almost want to not develop things for the MAC platform. Backwards compatibility on Windows is solid. Things that run on Vista run on Windows 7 run on Windows 8, because the core windows dll’s and functions hardly ever change and there isn’t much depreciation, whereas Mac OS X is always a can of worms. Even though I just develop simple plugins, you never quite know what parts of the Cocoa Framework are going to become depreciated (for example). Very frustrating. I wouldn’t really blame developers, I’d blame apple for needlessly changing things around on EVERY UPDATE to OS X and making developers scramble to figure out what subtle little changes have occurred.
That was grueling guys, absolutely grueling.
Was able to knock it down to about 114 tracks in my first pass. Criteria was simple; whatever caught my ear.
2nd round, knocked it down to about 47 tracks. This wasn’t too hard, as some of the music was great, but didn’t really sound like “trailer music” to me. Utility started to become a factor.
3rd round, down to 15 tracks. Started to become difficult, as there were about 10 tracks that really deserved a vote.
4th round, down to 5 tracks, really wish I could have voted for all five of these, but I feel confident in my final choices. I think the whole process took about 7-8 hours and wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, but it was still fairly draining.
It will be interesting to see how people vote. Will everyone vote for tracks towards the beginning, for originality, utility, production, or a mix of these factors? I think at least one of my picks will place, because it’s an undeniable track, but not too sure about the other two. They are the ones I liked the best!
I’ve just skimmed through all (yes all) the submissions, and all I can say is that it was…
...and I don’t know if I can ever hear blaring brass in C minor, Zimmerish staccato strings or ginormous 1/16 beat action armageddon taiko drum loops with fresh ears again…
I hear the Epic Stout is pretty good
Truly an EPIC number of EPIC tracks, that’s for sure!
Never tried it, some things I look for in a keyboard/midi controller:
88 keys – not necessary, but you may find yourself wanting those extra keys at some point.
Weighted/realistic keys – do the keys feel good, or at least somewhat like a piano? For me, this is the most important aspect of a controller.
Pitch+Mod+Sliders – My keyboard only has a pitch wheel, and it’s a pain in the butt.
I think the best way is to go to a place that stocks a lot of keyboards/has some display models and try them out, see what feels good.
We have a major issue here:
On the voting form, both of my submissions, namely
“Rising Power Cinematic Trailer” and Heroes and Soldiers Cinematic Trailer”
are NOT my tracks!
The correct tracks are being played in the Radio application, but not on the form. Instead someone else’s tracks are being played as my submission!Can someone verify this please? Just play one of the above songs on the radio and on the voting form. I am afraid many other authors might be affected.
They are the same tracks for me and the same as in your portfolio.
In hindsight, I’m wishing I put the shorter versions before the full length version in my previews. The ones with edits go straight to the point of the piece and then it ends, then you’re interested in what the full version sounds like. I’m finding myself listening less to the ones with full intros at the beginning. This is so strategic, I wish I had thought about putting the edits first.
Don’t worry about it Tortoise both your tracks caught my attention enough to pass my “Round 1,” along with 112 other tracks…