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Upgrading the Computer Desktop Any Suggestions?

Hey guys, I'm about to upgrade my Acer Aspire T3-600 desktop as its starting to struggle with all the plug-ins. Anyone know a good computer desktop that is powerful enough for serious music production?

Joel Irwin

Mine is minimum and includes: 1. Xeon E5-1660 CPU (always use www.passmark.com to judge performance) [mine is 16,334... there are only two I-7's with higher passmarks: i7 1600K (18,028) and i7 6950X (2 ...

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Quality vs Quantity

Hey all, I was wondering how the composers on here work on their craft. Here's my approach: So I write music everyday and the way I do it is I have a first music session where I give myself 30 minutes to come up with a new tune (sometimes with prompts like a picture or an idea but sometimes just impro ...

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Floyd Kelly

I usually give myself an entire month to get to broadcast quality. I work composing for 3 weeks, no audio enhancements. I focus on the musicality. I then arrange everything and mix it all track by tra...

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Joyce Kettering

@Floyd, so does that mean that for 3 weeks you basically riff and play around with notes until you find melodic parts you like before you think about an arrangement or do you have a general idea of wh...

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Floyd Kelly

Hi Joyce Kettering - When I start a new composition, I choose any nice midi piece that I have already worked on and have not listened to in a long time -- and spend a day or two transposing the piece...

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Adrienne McLaughlin

The first and hardest thing that I do is coming up with a new concept to write about. Right now, I want to work on modal mixture and layering in a choir setting. I want it to be strictly voice without...

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Horns of a Dilemma - One composition = Two

The month of May has been great. My instrumentals have gone up a notch by getting more into the engineering, mixing, ear training, and avoiding some old pitfalls. And then it happened: I knew I had something really good. I send it in to Taxi for a custom critique expecting the normal rejection. The...

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Joel Irwin

Don't forget to register and use www.musicsupervisor.com. They are connected to all the major studios (film and tv). They don't cost anything unless your track gets placed and then its the standard pu...

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Joseph L. Stewart

Hello Mr. Falcone and Mr. Irwin.

Floyd Kelly

Hi Mr. Falcone.

Question Time

Ok composers, hypothetical question here. Due to some unusual circumstances, stranded on a desert island, cursed by a witch, whatever; you can only write for one instrument ever for the rest of your life. What is it and why? (No synthesizers, that's cheating) Mine would be a stringed instrument, prob ...

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Joel Irwin

Well... if I was stranded on a desert island forever, that would mean that I was the only one that would be able to hear myself play. If that is the case, I would want an instrument with the least pro...

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Convolution/Reverb Wet/Dry/somewhere in the middle?

This is mostly an opinion question since there is likely no single solution/consensus. For those of you who score/output electronically, what do you do for convolution reverb? I am particular interested for those using Kontakt-based samples though this discussion is not limited to that. Also keep in...

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Joel Irwin

Great feedback for all. Thanks. The only thing to keep in mind is that 'at the low end' - typically the person doing the mixing merely merges all the tracks together, defines some settings for the tra...

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Simon Lambros

In that case, always try to mix your music at the volume you think it will be played at: so if under dialogue, make sure you mix the music so that it doesn't drown out the words. The amount of reverb...

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Joel Irwin

That's what happened to me on Monday. I had a moderately wet soundtrack which I played to some academics (been taking classes for the last 14 years and use the classes among other things to have my sc...

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Jonathan Price

I emulate the live recording process: 1) If I were in a recording studio, the orchestra would have a natural room sound. If the library I'm using has ambient mics and a wet sound, like the Spitfire lib...

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Phil Falcone

As a midi-driven synth guy who "attempts" to do organic-sounding cine stuff, the following can be blown off: I just finished a piece with a flute lead over pad strings and arpeggio sequencer. I played...

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WITH COMPOSER FREDERICK LOEWE: 'Fair Lady' Legend Gives a Private Concert, Talks Sinatra _ and Gives a Gift

Our first wedding gift was from the great composer Frederick Loewe _ his second-night seats to the stage version of "Gigi," then having a pre-Broadway run at the Los Angeles Music Center.  But that's getting ahead of the story.  It began in July 1973 when I was assigned to profile Loewe, who was in to ...

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Allen Lynch

Thanks for sharing this story Greg.

Checking In

What's new with everyone?

Brian Alan DeLaney

Jonathan Price, I really like changing tunings when the piece calls for it. One of the first pieces I ever wrote was written for just intonation. Jacob Schweitzer, I feel you. I try to write everyday,...

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Meraxes Soneu

Joel Irwin Wow, you're busy right now! :-D Brian Alan DeLaney what do you guys think about samples combined with classical (or more conventional) instruments? If adding or removing one instrument from...

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Brian Alan DeLaney

Meraxes Soneu, do you mean adding electronics to traditional acoustic instruments, or recording live instruments and adding them into sampled sounds? I know, given the option, I would use all live ins...

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Meraxes Soneu

Brian Alan DeLaney Well, recording live instruments is always the ideal option but, as you say, it's usually too expensive for most budgets (the vast majority of times I work with samples). I meant cr...

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Joyce Kettering

I recently launched a YouTube series called the MLM Morning Sessions. The pitch is simple: 30 minutes to write a track with a beginning, a middle and an end.Once a day. Every single day.Sometimes it w...

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Non-Film Music.

Composers of Stage32, I was just wondering what kind of music you write when you are not writing film scores. I usually write (mostly) atonal chamber or orchestral works, or things with alternative melodic/harmonic systems.
What about you?

Meraxes Soneu

Orchestral, metal, everything that can be epic :-D
The next thing I want to do is to develop darkness without falling in black metal clichees. So, really scare with sounds with a metal touch. Let's see how it goes. :-D

Floyd Kelly

Oh, that's a loaded topic :) If you listen to my library from the beginning you would run to the hills screaming in agony ... truly! I'm still in discovery of music and all it's form and boundless the...

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Meraxes Soneu

Running to the hills screaming in agony seems like a good piece of music :-D

Noah Schatzline

Before I got into film music, I was heavily into the music of the second viennese composers. I still am to an extent. I love writing in the twelve tone method.

Joyce Kettering

I write mostly downtempo electronica, most often with an orchestral element to it (i.e. lush strings, warm trumpets, etc.)

Soundtrack

My novel is being published this year in the summer, and I want to have a soundtrack for it. (I've already spoken to my publisher about it) I'm looking for a composer but I have no where to start! Does anyone know where I could possibly contact someone?

Karthi Karunanidhi

Hi..I am interested in taking the project..You can reach me carthythemusician@gmail.com+91-999-55-72464

Joel Irwin

Normally a novel doesn't have a soundtrack. You may want to be more specific on what you need. Composers often don't get involved in a project until the very end after the film is 'locked' (no more ch...

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Brian Alan DeLaney

There has been a recent trend for authors to have an enhanced ebook with a soundtrack, as well as higher production audiobooks with scores and Sfx like an old-school radio show.

D K Mamula

Who is your publisher?

Martyn Swain

Hi Gabby, I'm happy to send over a Showreel. You may (may!) get a better deal if you go to a composer direct, instead of through an agent, but I'd recommend talking to someone like Chris Gutch at Cool Music (one of the 'good guy' agents), who can talk you through the whole process.

I'm thinking about hiring a composer to score one of my works.

What steps do I have to do legally? Do I have to file anything if I hire a freelancer, or am I still considered a start-up until I profit?

Matt Trudell

we are on the verge of a shift in cinema. Virtual Reality has progressed to an extant to where the audience can be a part of the film, and that is where my mind is.

Matt Trudell

The shots have to be longer and more centralized. I did a internship in theatre and have taken an online workshop on VR cinema, and theatre actors are more adept in VR

Matt Trudell

its new

Matt Trudell

the cameras have arrived and im looking for project backers. its open source in way

Bruce Bray

There are always so many composers locally in your Indie scene that are great, and are just as hungry as everyone else. You're telling a story, and a composer should be interested in helping you tell...

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HZ Masterclass

So, who here's signed up for Hans Zimmer's masterclass?

Andrew Piland

I'm enjoying it so far

Sai Natarajan

Indeed. The next video's a long time coming though :P

Vikki Flawith

I am! We've had 6 'lessons' so far as part of 'early access' and the rest will come when the course opens, I think. I enjoyed watching the videos, I think Hans is very open about his process. When he...

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Brandi Thomas

Just signed up last week. I guess we're supposed to have full access on March 9th? Seems cool so far, just hoping they upload assignments/hands on work.

Christian Ladigoski

Absolutely love the master class so far!!

Anyone know how to get in touch with student film directors?

Hey guys, I'm interested in contacting some students who are currently producing low budget/student films. While I've done scoring on a professional level I'm hoping to work with some younger talents to try and help polish their projects to an industry standard. Anyone know of any forums or websites to find these guys? Thanks

Karthi Karunanidhi

Hi..We both are like minded..I too need to know where to find those kind of people.:-p

Andy Kotz

You have to hit the film school community forums and Facebook pages or try www.studentfilmmakers.com

Brian Alan DeLaney

There are a whole bunch on reddit, the problem is that there are also a lot of people offering free composing services.

Dara Taylor

I'd say also start finding film schools (near and far) and reach out to a department head, asking to be put on the students. radar.