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miskstep says

oh it’s the most common chord progression – tonic, to perfect fourth, to dominant, back to tonic. it’s just a super basic chord progression :)

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miskstep says

Wow, I was expecting this to fall by the wayside. I’m humbled by all the positive responses from everyone, and thanks for even listening to it everyone :)

(Auralaxiom – means a lot to be respected by your peers – thank you)

You’re all right, at the end of the day, it’s so blatant that the listener would have trouble focusing on anything else that the piece is used for. As far as the intro – I was inspired by bladerunner (as most of us dark UK grime – inspired producers are) and I was experimenting with that (arguably cliche) Vangelis synth sound.

You make a great point Coriiander, it doesn’t matter what you did to make it, all that matters is whether the listener digs it or not.

I’m glad you all appreciated my piece – I’m not interested in signing this one, it’s not my typical style, most of the labels i work with focus on a different one. This was for the sake of experimentation.

It always frustrates me when people just shoot for the lowest common denominator – but then again, look at pop music.

I-IV-V-I anyone? ;)

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miskstep says

oh yeah sure, it’s actually up there :)

https://soundcloud.com/misk/skyhook
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miskstep says

Live 9 Komplete 9 Renoise 2.8 Fabfilter plugs Sausage Fattener Monome 128 OSX APC 40 Max/MSP 6

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miskstep says

if you wanna really geek out, the KSP scripting language is DEEP and incredibly powerful. Though AET filters are not true spectral cross-modulation (e.g. morphing in the frequency domain as opposed to the time domain) they’re very unique, accessible, and generally awesome.

especially if you chain like 5 groups together.

I’m an NI fanboy, and I have to say – kontakt 5 is great :)

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miskstep says

I know we’ve all had rejections on here if we’ve made even a dollar with out work on AJ – but I’ll be honest, I’ve got a few tunes i uploaded 2 years ago that are not up to my current standard, yet they still make me money every week or so.

I just recently uploaded something very similar to “Electro-House” or Dubstep, or Complextro, or whatever people were calling it. I spent 14 hours a day for a month straight nailing the Skrillex/Kill The Noise/Spor/Noisia bass growl sound.

Mind you this was properly, with hand made patches in FM8, frequency splitting, LOTS of automation and multi-band distortion, various effects, and many iterations of resampling to get original samples.

I uploaded a tune that a music supervisor friend of mine stated CLEARLY that this is what all of his clients are looking for right now – but I thought I’d try my luck here first.

I’ve got tunes signed to bass music labels that took me 3 hours to make. I make tunes fast and efficiently, and even this took me days. I’m really proud of it.

Yet for some reason, it was rejected by reviewers on this site. Given what I know of the supervisor I work with, and his track record in the industry, I trust his judgement more than any reviewer on here. If I’m only to be asked to make corporate jingle stuff, as that’s all that AJ thinks we will sell, then I believe that those in charge here don’t have their finger on the pulse of the industry.

Making arbitrary decisions about a work, for whatever reason, or just to play it safe, is effectively death.

I’m not mad, I don’t take it personally – but as both a client and an author on this collective of marketplaces (who has referred MANY businesses and individuals to all of envato’s sites, without getting “referral credit” – only because I believed in the community) I’m ready to take my work elsewhere.

This site was the best marketplace around for the type of work we do, for a little pocket cash every now and then, and damn, some people have build careers through this marketplace! I have always felt a sense of positivity and camaraderie here, and it seems as though that might not be the case any more.

Have the standards for “quality” changed drastically in the past year? because the work i’ve done here that IS selling is work that is not of the caliber I am akin to creating on a regular basis, now.

As I stated earlier, I’m not hating or complaining, or taking rejection personally by any means, I’m simply wondering what happened to this place, and figuring I’ll just stop selling my work here.

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miskstep says

as you can see by the responses to this thread, it’s really a matter of personal choice. I was getting decent mixdowns from an old pair of Technics RPDH-1200s – and they’re muddy as hell!

you get used to whatever cans you invest in, as long as you put some decent money into them – though I prefer things to be as flat as possible, or even top-heavy if I can help it, but that’s because I focus on low end in a lot of my music. Good cans, combined with consistent spectral analysis on a master track, CAN provide decent mixdowns after some practice. lol i’ll quit bombing this thread now.

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miskstep says

don’t bother looking at frequency response graphs of decent cans either, as the response curve changes drastically based on the position they rest on the wearer’s head.

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miskstep says

when I’m not able to get to my monitors and sub (don’t recommend a sub unless you’re ready to tune your room!!) I’m rocking a pair of Beyerdynamic DT880 pros (250ohm – nice middle of the road without the need for an amp)

I highly recommend them. before Audeze exsisted, there were 3 damn good pairs of cans – the DT880s, the K702’s, and the HD650s (600s).

There’s definitely more high end on the DT880s than the senns, but the senns have that ‘dark’ sound that many people dig.

I personally LOVE the sound stage on the 880s. i remember hearing them for the first time, and I felt like i was listening to music for the first time all over again :)

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miskstep says

Hey everyone, I just uploaded something i’m really proud of – It’s not up yet but when it is I’ll share!

In the meantime, i’d love to hear people chime in with the tune they’ve uploaded that they’re proudest of. It doesn’t have to have any sales or anything – heck, maybe it’s fallen on deaf ears, but if you’re proud of it, and you have something you wanna say about what makes you particularly proud of the work, I’d love to hear it!

The tune i’m uploading currently is a dance track – “complextro” or electro-house, if you will. I spent 14 hours a day for around a month to really nail that noisia, skrillex, excision, ‘snarl bass’ sound (properly, not just a synth but LOTS of resampling). What I ended up with is a few tunes, some of which are signed to proper ‘edm’ labels, and some of which I just had laying around (like the one I’m uploading).

I’ll link it when it’s uploaded, but man, some of the growl samples that I made started in FM8 with a few patches i designed, then resampled and eq’d about 8-10 times each, with multi-band distortion, as well as frequency splitting, to create radical growls that probably took around 12 hours each (for approximately 5 seconds of audio each time)!

combining this with a bunch of other robot effects i made, as well as some dope melodies a la yamaha CS-80 has lead to this track that sound right up there with something Kill The Noise would make. definitely proud of this one – even if it doesnt sell!

Enough about me though, showcase something you’re truly proud of here :)

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