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Inspiration/Creativity/Motivation / So I hired a ghost producer
« on: February 04, 2017, 03:38:39 pm »
This will probably be my last post on this forum.  I appreciate all the members who contribute here, and I expect some of you to do very well in the industry in the future.

As I wrote some months ago, I no longer have the ability to create like I used to.  As if that is not bad enough, I also got acceptance for my concept album draft, and 3 separate demo tracks from several labels.  I should have been very happy, but since I felt like I could not come through, it only added to my issues.  I got more and more wound up in it.  Constantly feeling stressed, and unable to do anything about it.

One day I saw a tweet from a well-known producer, who offered his services in music production.  Ghost producing, engineering, and general help was what he said he could help with.  I contacted him, and we agreed that he would finish three of my drafts, and make them into the songs that I had intended them to be.  I paid upfront, and sent him all my arrangement, midis and samples for the first track.

After a week I contacted him to check if he had gotten my payment, and how it was coming along.  He said he was about to start two days later, and that this was an basically an easy assignment.  I sent the materials for the second track, and a week later he had still not downloaded it.  So I mailed him about it.  He said he had a defective motherboard so nothing had been done.  Two weeks later he said that he was not done yet, because he was moving.  A week after that he was lacking some sound insulation for his studio.  Then it went silent.
After 8 weeks I contacted him to ask if stuff was happening, as I was to meet some industry people at a conference.  He said that the conference had him swamped, and then stopped replying again.

After the conference, I contacted again to ask if we should just call it off, as I now had impression that this was not a gig that fit him very well.  He responded that this could not be further from the truth, and went about how good my ideas and melodies were.  Then no contact for another month.

Now the whole thing was getting ridicolous, so I asked him to send me stuff like he had promised.  He promised to send it the next  day.  Nothing came, and 10 days later I asked for us to just call it quits while things were still civil.  He declined to do so, claiming he was still working very hard on my project.  He could not explain any more as he had just lost a loved one.

So I waited one more month, and then I filed for my payment to be returned.
He claimed that this was not what we agreed on, as he had stated that he would refund 50% if I was not pleased with the tracks when they were done.  He wanted to keep 50% for his work.  Not once during the six months of waiting did he ever give any proof that he had spent a minute in the studio on my tracks.  So I disagreed, and today I was refunded in full.

So what is the purpose of this story?  I don´t really know, but I think I just wanted to share an insight to the desperation that I felt when I lost the music.

I was stupid to let things drag out as long, but I guess I got blinded by his fame.  I was really hoping this would be my swan song, but now it seems like there won't be any.  I will probably just give away my finished tracks to one of my old labels, and just call it quits.  My inspiration is lost.

I couldn't even make it when I cheated :D

Good luck to all you guys!

Peace out!

Inspiration/Creativity/Motivation / Re: GhostWriting Producer?
« on: January 27, 2017, 01:24:23 am »
Tough spot to be in.  I would ask for an advance in royalties for whatever you are making from scratch.  Good luck in finding the balance to get your demands as well as keeping your reputation.  Hope it works out.

I´d put as much as possible into the hardware.  These MBP models can not be upgraded, so as much RAM as you can afford is really recommended.  It´s not the number of tracks that will put strain on the CPU, it´s what instruments you´re using.  Some Serum presets can rack up 15% CPU usage on their own, so it won´t take a lot of them to make your project kneel.  Why do you want the 15" BTW?  It may seem like a good choice initially, but the 13.3" is better for portability(I started with a 17", went to 15", to end up at 13" so believe me).  It will also free some funds for HW upgrades.  Good luck

Sound Design / Re: How to make this famous hiphop/R&B pluck
« on: November 03, 2016, 07:45:22 am »
It´s a sample from Marvin Gaye´s Sexual healing.  And probably a real cowbell

This is well observed, and very true.  Good job to think of writing it down.

Samples/Plugins/Software/Gear / Re: rekordbox + rekordbox video
« on: October 12, 2016, 09:32:45 pm »
Would be more appropriate to ask Pioneer on this, but from what I gather it´s possible to try the full version for free for 30 days. If you want both you need to buy them separately, or subscribe.

Good things come to those who wait.
BS!  Good things come to those who work!

Sound Design / Re: Tutorials
« on: October 07, 2016, 09:42:34 am »
Cool stuff!  Can you ( or anyone) tell me why they use the Sausage Fattener?  When I apply this it just muds up the sound.  What does it do that makes it necessary?

Inspiration/Creativity/Motivation / Anybody going to ADE?
« on: October 04, 2016, 08:38:24 pm »
I´m going, so if someone is up for a beer(or soda) I´d love to meet up.

Inspiration/Creativity/Motivation / Re: I gave up
« on: September 15, 2016, 02:39:08 pm »
why would you stop doing something you enjoy?

stop focusing on finishing tracks and 'making it'

hope whatever medical condition you are suffering from gets better.

All the best.

Thanks for the input.  I´m really not chasing anything like money, success, fame or whatever.  I have gotten more than I expected from my music already.
I still enjoy messing around in the DAW, but it´s like I´ve lost something that makes me able to make a whole out of my work.  It´s the best feeling in the world for me to listen to a finished track, and as of now I don´t know if I will experience it again.  That´s what hurts.

Sound Design / Re: How is this lead made??
« on: September 14, 2016, 10:50:37 am »
There´s already a thread for how sounds are made.

Samples/Plugins/Software/Gear / Re: Best Laptop (limit 1500$) on the market
« on: September 14, 2016, 04:14:46 am »
I'm getting tired of my old Macbook that I've been using over the last 1.5 years for producing. It had a 2.5GHz Intel Core i5 processor and just 4GB RAM.
Have you tried putting 16 GB Ram into your MB?  It will surprise you, I promise.  Best 50 bucks you´ll ever spend.  Also consider a SSD, if you don´t have one already

Sound Design / Re: Porter Robinson-Divinity Lead Effects
« on: September 07, 2016, 06:03:18 am »
Just had a quick crack at it
Nice going

WIPs / Re: Took your advice, and this is what I came up with!
« on: August 31, 2016, 10:08:33 am »
Can´t really help you with what you asked(only on laptop speakers), but the song was very nice :)

Inspiration/Creativity/Motivation / Re: I gave up
« on: August 24, 2016, 08:23:09 pm »
Thanks for taking the time guys, it really is very kind of you
 I´m not quitting music, but it seems necessary to realize that the career plan won´t go forward as I´ve hoped.  It stings a bit right now, but it will be OK in the end. 

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