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by strettara
Fri Feb 26, 2021 1:24 am
Forum: Production Techniques
Topic: Capturing inspiration
Replies: 14
Views: 144

Re: Capturing inspiration

Well maybe it takes the topic away a bit from the original question, but I would just add something to my post. Copy other people. Find someone whose style you like and make music in that style. Don't try to be original. If you have anything new in you - and most people don't, or at most it's just a...
by strettara
Thu Feb 25, 2021 4:14 pm
Forum: Production Techniques
Topic: Capturing inspiration
Replies: 14
Views: 144

Re: Capturing inspiration

I agree that inspiration is overrated. I don't have much of it anyway, so it can't be very important can it :lol:. More a slow accumulation of small ideas that eventually add up to something - I hope. One thing I do find though is that for a pattern or idea to inspire me at all, it must be associate...
by strettara
Wed Feb 24, 2021 1:41 am
Forum: Artist Discussion
Topic: Andy Akiho
Replies: 0
Views: 47

Andy Akiho

Just came across this composer recently while browsing percussion performances on youtube, my current obsession. There's so much good new percussion ensemble music out there, but he really stands out imo. Here's a couple of good ones: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhdGpssKDMQ (this one is also bea...
by strettara
Sat Feb 20, 2021 10:59 am
Forum: Guitars, Basses, Amps & FX
Topic: Loopers: Boomerang vs Infinity vs dual EHX 720
Replies: 14
Views: 200

Re: Loopers: Boomerang vs Infinity vs dual EHX 720

Btw there’s a Boomerang/sidecar combo for sale in BST, just in case you haven’t noticed.
by strettara
Sat Feb 20, 2021 1:52 am
Forum: Your Tunes Here
Topic: My dirty laundry - a duet for piano and vibraphone
Replies: 5
Views: 110

Re: My dirty laundry - a duet for piano and vibraphone

I think this would not pass as Reich in a blind test although it often comes pretty close. Similarities include the perpetual eight-note pulse, the instrumentation, and the diatonic harmony. Reich would break up the regularity with metric ambiguity of a 12/8 that can variably be heard as divided in...
by strettara
Sat Feb 20, 2021 1:39 am
Forum: Guitars, Basses, Amps & FX
Topic: Loopers: Boomerang vs Infinity vs dual EHX 720
Replies: 14
Views: 200

Re: Loopers: Boomerang vs Infinity vs dual EHX 720

I had the Boomerang some years back specifically for looping unquantised samples against each other. It has a great set of features although the bonus thing is perhaps not ideal, but in practice you get used to it and there's the Sidecar if you want (haven't used it). It's a fantastic bit of kit. I'...
by strettara
Fri Feb 19, 2021 4:54 pm
Forum: Production Techniques
Topic: scoring and producing workflows
Replies: 12
Views: 229

Re: scoring and producing workflows

Thing is Presonus Quantum is not expensive. I honestly don't care what people spend their money on. I've recently got into composing, as you know, and I rate Studio One plus Quantum and Logic Pro. And Ableton for jamming. I really don't have the time to faff about. I've never been more productive, ...
by strettara
Fri Feb 19, 2021 6:27 am
Forum: Production Techniques
Topic: scoring and producing workflows
Replies: 12
Views: 229

Re: scoring and producing workflows

Thing is Presonus Quantum is not expensive. I honestly don't care what people spend their money on. I've recently got into composing, as you know, and I rate Studio One plus Quantum and Logic Pro. And Ableton for jamming. I really don't have the time to faff about. I've never been more productive, ...
by strettara
Fri Feb 19, 2021 2:13 am
Forum: Production Techniques
Topic: scoring and producing workflows
Replies: 12
Views: 229

Re: scoring and producing workflows

Even though you don’t want a new DAW I suggest looking into Studio One. Get one of the new awesome Quantum audio interfaces which I highly recommend (Black Lion Audio rates them better than RME) and it’s free. I think my next hardware acquisition will be an M1 Mac Mini. And possibly a second monito...
by strettara
Fri Feb 19, 2021 1:37 am
Forum: Production Techniques
Topic: scoring and producing workflows
Replies: 12
Views: 229

Re: scoring and producing workflows

Not sure how much help this is as I don't use it myself, but my father is a professional composer and last year switched over to Dorico. He now swears by it and uses it to develop ideas quickly in lessons and classes for his students as well as transferring older handwritten scores to have a backup...
by strettara
Thu Feb 18, 2021 7:32 pm
Forum: Production Techniques
Topic: scoring and producing workflows
Replies: 12
Views: 229

Re: scoring and producing workflows

Just writing music for my own enjoyment although with a view to performance, but no deadlines.
by strettara
Thu Feb 18, 2021 4:26 pm
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Studio Chair/Stool recommendation
Replies: 21
Views: 424

Re: Studio Chair/Stool recommendation

With a stool though how can you do the lean back with your hands behind your head while admiring your work? You can do it and fall on your ass for comedic effect. Looking at my office/studio space I realise I probably have both desks set too low. I don't know what the recommmended setting is but I'...
by strettara
Thu Feb 18, 2021 3:15 pm
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Studio Chair/Stool recommendation
Replies: 21
Views: 424

Re: Studio Chair/Stool recommendation

Hovercraft wrote:
Thu Feb 18, 2021 2:48 pm
After many years spent in the lab, I'd recommend looking at adjustable lab stools with backs and a footrest. They're designed for constantly moving between sitting, standing and moving back and forth across wide lab benches.
Any recommendations? Brand, model?
by strettara
Thu Feb 18, 2021 11:34 am
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Studio Chair/Stool recommendation
Replies: 21
Views: 424

Re: Studio Chair/Stool recommendation

I have two Balans stools both of which have completely ruined cushions (cats and my fat arse). So you can imagine my joy when I found, as a result of this thread, some third party covers that don’t have Scandiwegian prices - and the same people make felt runners to protect the floor!!!! Oh yeah, tod...
by strettara
Thu Feb 18, 2021 9:29 am
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Studio Chair/Stool recommendation
Replies: 21
Views: 424

Re: Studio Chair/Stool recommendation

I’ve been using Balans stools for over twenty years but I’m thinking of getting a proper office chair myself now. Unfortunately they’re so bulky and ugly. Balans is good if you really want a stool.
by strettara
Thu Feb 18, 2021 5:44 am
Forum: General Gear
Topic: I just died laughing when I found this
Replies: 50
Views: 2162

Re: I just died laughing when I found this

Well to paraphrase a great thinker: If you pay 2000 Canadian pesos for a cable it's going to sound better, that's just science.

I just paid 18 euro for a guitar cable because it was the only 2m cable in the music store and I have to say, it's a really nice cable. I wish I played guitar now.
by strettara
Thu Feb 18, 2021 4:55 am
Forum: Production Techniques
Topic: scoring and producing workflows
Replies: 12
Views: 229

scoring and producing workflows

I see that programs like Musescore and Finale don't get very much discussion on MW, which isn't surprising for a mostly modular forum. But I'm hoping to get some perspective nonetheless from the far more experienced users of DAWs and software in general here. I've only been using a DAW (Reaper) for ...
by strettara
Thu Feb 18, 2021 1:30 am
Forum: Your Tunes Here
Topic: My dirty laundry - a duet for piano and vibraphone
Replies: 5
Views: 110

Re: My dirty laundry - a duet for piano and vibraphone

Well I enjoyed them .. the second one was a lot more interesting to me - and of that I preferred the later parts to the first one. Some nice jazz-like and African Kora textures in there. Also it seemed to loosen up a bit in part 2 so I was less conscious of midi precision. Do you add that fake swin...
by strettara
Wed Feb 17, 2021 9:23 am
Forum: Synth Noise
Topic: Buchla, Bug and Serge noise drone things
Replies: 13
Views: 379

Re: Buchla, Bug and Serge noise drone things

Fantastic.
by strettara
Tue Feb 16, 2021 4:56 pm
Forum: Your Tunes Here
Topic: My dirty laundry - a duet for piano and vibraphone
Replies: 5
Views: 110

My dirty laundry - a duet for piano and vibraphone

So part of my project to understand and integrate Steve Reich's methods into my own music. I cycle between elation and despair, with some resignation. All comments very welcome, the more critical the better. This is rendered directly from Musescore, so the sampled instruments are pretty rough and re...
by strettara
Tue Feb 16, 2021 6:23 am
Forum: Synth Noise
Topic: What is it about the musical genre "noise" that you find appealing?
Replies: 123
Views: 5305

Re: What is it about the musical genre "noise" that you find appealing?

I find 99% of the music made with synthesizers/modular gear boring as fuck, but I don't go into a thread called "What do you find appealing about techno/ambient/EDM etc..." and talk about why I think it's boring garbage. I keep that opinion to myself, because in said hypothetical thread, that's wha...
by strettara
Tue Feb 16, 2021 3:26 am
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Your Favorite Acquisitions in 2020
Replies: 177
Views: 6697

Re: Your Favorite Acquisitions in 2020

I know I said previously that my favourite acquisitions last year were my new hardware but really, what has made the biggest difference to my music is Reaper. I’d never really used anything more than Audacity before and now the combination of Musescore for writing, Reaper for vsts and mixing and my ...
by strettara
Mon Feb 15, 2021 4:28 pm
Forum: Synth Noise
Topic: What is it about the musical genre "noise" that you find appealing?
Replies: 123
Views: 5305

Re: What is it about the musical genre "noise" that you find appealing?

I don’t think Webern was trying to please anyone, or John Cage for that matter or many other avant-garde artists. But something about what they were doing eventually gained critical and, to some extent popular, acclaim. I have to say I think it’s a bit facile to say that it doesn’t matter what the a...
by strettara
Mon Feb 15, 2021 2:06 pm
Forum: General Gear
Topic: I just died laughing when I found this
Replies: 50
Views: 2162

Re: I just died laughing when I found this

Cheap at half the price.

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