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Samples/Plugins/Software/Gear / Re: Fabfilter? What do you guys think?
« on: January 19, 2016, 06:22:52 pm »
I own every FF plugin except their synths and Timeless2, and I use them everywhere.  They're my go-to plugins for EQ, compression, limiting, saturation, de-essing, and filtering.

Vengeance Multiband Sidechain is my go-to sidechain. Can't live without it.

Same here - it's a great plugin that gets used in every one of my dance tracks.  Philta is good, but I don't use it much, since I have other filter plugins that I prefer (e.g., FilterFreak, Volcano).  I picked up GlitchBitch and TapeStop for dirt cheap, but I'm not that crazy about them TBH - they're definitely better for live performance than for studio use.  I owned their MB Compressor, but sold it after FabFilter released Pro-MB.  The Vengeance MB Compressor has a great interface (though, not nearly as good as Pro-MB's IMO), but everything seems to be over the top.  Getting transparent results from it was pretty difficult, but it did have a lot of character and is really designed to get dance music pumping.

Sound Design / Re: Weird, Unique, Non-Standard Plugins for Sound Design
« on: January 18, 2016, 07:40:41 pm »
Native Instruments Flesh looks like a pretty intriguing sound design/composition tool.  It's a Reaktor ensemble/instrument made by Tim Exile.  It seems like its geared toward groove resynthesis, rather than patch creation, but I've never actually used it, so I'm not sure exactly what its limitations are.

Inspiration/Creativity/Motivation / Re: Dumb question lol
« on: January 17, 2016, 07:03:31 pm »
+1 for your real name, or maybe something like K-Seg?

Samples/Plugins/Software/Gear / Re: Native Instruments Komplete 10
« on: January 17, 2016, 06:15:56 pm »
I think it's worth it. It's probably the best value in software/samples around given the sheer number and GBs of content you get. The real question is how much of it you'll actually use.

If you're not in a hurry, then wait a few months. NI usually has their annual sale in the summer and you can probably get it much cheaper (up to 50% off IIRC).

Samples/Plugins/Software/Gear / Re: What synth is this???
« on: January 16, 2016, 04:26:30 pm »
Novation X-Station

I don't think I hear these concepts being applied very often in dance music, at least not in the traditional sense, with the exception of piano parts.  But, I think counterpoint can be very effectively applied to bass/lead synth relationships, and 4-part harmony can come in handy for pads and, maybe to a lesser extent, plucks.  Both concepts are useful for vocals, of course.

R&A Graveyard / Re: Different sub forums for DAWs?
« on: January 15, 2016, 11:56:40 pm »
i don't think we're going to this, would add too many sub forums

Yeah, definitely too many subforums.  But, I could see a single DAWs subforum for discussing all things specific to DAWs.  You could just have a rule/suggestion that all new posts begin with the name of the DAW, e.g., "Logic: how do I yada yada yada?".  Just a thought.  Then again, that subforum would probably just become an endless string of "which DAW is teh best?" threads, so maybe not.  :-\

Samples/Plugins/Software/Gear / Re: Free Stereo Visualisation Plugin's
« on: January 15, 2016, 09:28:49 pm »
MMelda has a free stereoscope in their freeware bundle:

My happy place.

The Nord Lead reminded me about a Nord Modular I sold years ago. Kind of miss it. I think it's also in a happy place now though.  :)

I've owned all of the Leads (1, 2, 2X, 3, and of course 4), except for the A1, but I've never owned one of their Modulars.  I tried to win one on eBay a few times, but always got outbid!  >:(

Composition/Arrangement/Theory / Re: Spicy, interesting chords
« on: January 14, 2016, 09:31:59 pm »
Also I`m going to experiment more with bVI and bVII in major scale. In C Major it`s G# Major and A# Major,

Should't that be

bVI = Ab Major
bVII = Bb Major  ?

I know, it's nitpicking but otherwise I get confused. Great idea, btw!!

Yes.  And, there's nothing wrong with being pedantic about it. G# and Ab may be enharmonically equivalent, but they are different notes and create different intervals relative to other notes for some very good reasons, primarily that it doesn't work to conflate their naming in the context of key signatures, circle of fifths, chords, etc.

I also have the Yamaha HS10W sub that I use with my Yamaha HS80Ms and JBL LSR305s.  They're all connected through my Drawmer MC2.1 controller, so I switch between the monitors and engage/disengage the sub at the click of a button.  I do most of my mixing with the sub engaged, but I like to check my mixes and compare them to reference tracks with and without the sub because sometimes the sub masks issues in the low mids, near the crossover point, etc.

Every single artist goes through this throughout his/her life.  As auvic mentioned, use it as an opportunity to get out and live life and find inspiration away from your studio.  In your spare time, find other productive ways to spend your music time - clean your studio, organize your sample libraries, learn some new methods, or best of all, spend your time practicing or learning an instrument.  I have no idea if you actually play an instrument, but I've been a musician for a long time (degree in theory/composition, former pro player), so trust me when I tell you that people who are proficient on one or more instruments struggle with inspiration/creative ruts far less than the mouse-clickers do.

I've owned pretty much every Virus model ever made (A, B, C, XL, Polar TI, destktop TI) and I've owned my TI2 keyboard for about 5-6 years now.  It's a great synth, top build, excellent sound, very flexible/deep, and it has by far the best synth keybed I've ever played or owned, so it makes for a great controller for my soft synths and my Nord 4 Rack.  I grew up on hardware synths back in the 80s/90s, so that really influences my preferences.  If you want a really great hardware synth for any style of electronic music, the Virus is pretty much a no-brainer IMO.  But, as others have mentioned, it's not a necessity if your only objective is to get a good sound, so I doubt that all "top producers" use one these days.

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