Thank you again to Jerry for hosting us at his studio, and thank you to everyone that showed up and shared. Please find below the notes and slides:
- Next meetup: Hot Spot Bar on July 7 (1414 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103)
Mixwidget.org (Thanks for the link, Rekzkarz):
Fun music player, Flash-based, customizable
Electronic symphonies, composed for a wide variety of media, SONAR DAW, Massive, Tera, Gigastudio, Vienna Symphonic Library, teaches music with focus on harmony and counterpoint
Quote: “My songwriting process is very similar to any other instrument but with a twist of about 65% songwriting 20% coding process and 15 experimentation process.”
About this song: “… I was actually working with a Phillip Glass classical music piece in my project trying to learn from his note progressions and the main melody from Creepin’ In was the result.”
Creepin’ In ft. Goldie
Join his Facebook page:
Bebot app: http://www.normalware.com/
Soundrop app: http://develoe.com/
Reaper DAW, Automat, CheeseMachine, VOPM, Orca, Csound
Chris Huelsbeck, SF-EMM member and experienced video game soundtrack composer for more than 70 titles, has one more to add to his list: Zombie Smash. Here’s a short email interview I had with him recently:
Amy: You have heavy pianos, grungy guitars, and punchy percussion. Was there any particular inspiration for the music?
Chris: Zombie Movies had their first big success in the 80s, when I was a teen and I wanted to capture the vibe of the soundtracks of those movie scores. They were often low budget flicks with synthesizer scores (think John Carpenter).
What kind of software/hardware are you using these days? Were there any recent additions to this setup?
I am working completely virtual since about 2003. The only hardware that I use are midi keyboard controllers, every sound is created with virtual synths and samplers on my laptop computer. My main weapon of choice is Steinberg Cubase and for the music of ZombieSmash I used a number of classic modeled synths like Native Instruments Pro-53 and the Korg Legacy Collection.
The music sounds sounds great with and without headphones. What was your experience developing music for the iPhone/iPod Touch? Were there special considerations?
I definitely wanted it to sound good in all listening situations, including the build in speaker. So after a few weeks into the project I decided to finally ditch my trusted Palm phone and get an iPhone to test and hear everything myself. That really paid off and I made quite a number of adjustments to the mix until everything sounded clear and balanced. Even the sound effects went through several iterations. The hardest one was a heart beat SFX that is played for the finish move, but at the end it was very worthwhile.
For more info check out these links:
Thanks to everyone that came and presented! We’re also thankful for the Hot Spot bar to host our group. Here’s some notes:
Also, the slides from the meetup are available here:
Jerry has a few pro audio items (some rack-mountable) for sale:
Note: All units are in good working order. Manuals included with all units.
DBX 1066 Stereo Compressor – $225 (mint, never used!)
Yamaha SPX-900 multi-effects processor – $225
Panasonic DAT SV-3700 – $100
Fostex E2 three head 1/4″ reel-to-reel tape recorder – $250
You can contact Jerry at: firstname.lastname@example.org
That was an awesome session last night! Thank you so much to everyone that came and showed off their music and projects. And we also go to do a live jam session again too! I’ll be posting a mix of audio captured from it soon.
- Presented a couple of songs using sounds recorded with his Røde stereo mic
- Kitchen sounds, guitar+vocals clips
- Had a tip on how to “fatten your sound”—he’ll do a writeup soon.
- Presented Fireflies “remix” via Renoise
- Check out Röyskopp’s bassline in “Vision One” … cool synth sound
- Presented slideshow for Hawaiian Delights + vocals/mix
Forest + Noel: “The Binary Controllers” band
- Live demo of their performance rig
- Forest on Guitar with Roland VG99 guitar synth
- Noel on Novation Launchpad + keyboard controller
Other interesting things
And a “mea culpa” note: I forgot to play two new songs from Rosendo—we’ll hear them at the next meetup!
Mar 3, 2010 @ 7:00 PM, Hot Spot bar (Market at 10th St)