06 Aug

Room Acoustics – Science actually works!

This is just a quick teaser. I recently invested a week of my holiday into treating my music production / mixing room’s acoustics. And I’d call it quite a success.

The room wasn’t too terrible to begin with, but for anyone who like me likes to look at room measurement diagrams to figure out what’s happening, here is a quick before/after of my room:

Waterfall Before-After Room Treatment

I’ll provide a brief description of what I did soon. Just have to spend time listening to all my music again in this awesome space ūüôā

02 Jan

Music available on 909music.com now

I’m trying out two models for my library / production music right now to get an idea of which service works best for me to reach an audience:

  • All my music published on audio jungle.net is exclusive
  • The music not published on audiojungle, I release on the most renowned platforms in parallel

So far, those tracks have only been available on Pond5.com, but from the number of potential customers who even find my music and listen to it, I’ve been all but invisible. So I just added a relatively new service, 909music.com and visibility is already noticeably higher.

Click here to see my profile on 909music.com.

12 Nov

New Track – Morning Star

I have yet another track online for media production licensing on Pond5.com. As always, streaming is free via Bandcamp.com as well as Soundcloud.com, and you can support me by buying a high quality file for your private listening pleasure, also on Bandcamp.

Audio Preview & buy for personal listening

Click to license for media production

Production Notes:
This track came into existence out of the first experiments with Sugar Bytes’ Egoist. A great way of creating rhythms from basically anything. So I recorded a first version, bounced it out and used the bounced version to scramble up again in Egoist. Then added some Synthmaster and the lead melody which sounds very much like Bazille was created in U-he’s ACE.

Compression was done with the Presswerk beta, EQ duties are all handled by FabFilter Pro-Q 2. Reverbs are again ValhallaDSP ValhallaRoom and ValhallaVintageVerb.

Royalty-Free Stock Video at Pond5

24 Oct

I should be writing

Mur Lafferty releases one of my all-time favorite podcasts on a somehow regular basis. She addresses the hurdles of¬†writing, publishing and a lot other aspects of being a professional author. I really feel that there’s a lot to be learned for anyone working or trying to work in any kind of creative business.

I find that a lot of what she has to say also applies to writing and recording music. Think inspiration, consistency of work, motivation, the inner editor, getting your work out there, amongst others.

So, give her podcast I should be writing a try and if you like what Mur has to say, maybe try her fiction, as well.

Playing for keeps (Fiction, superheroes gone wrong):
Listen via Podiobooks.com
Listen in iTunes

03 Oct

New Track – Jungle Fever

Audiojungle just added another track of mine to their library. This track is strange in a nice way, as it combines an arpeggiated squelchy sound which kind of reminds me of the Novachord with analog loFi percussion and a brassy bass line.

Audio Preview & buy for private listening

Click to license for media production

Production notes:
A couple of soft synths are involved, from U-he’s Bazille to Synthmaster. Compression with NI’s Vintage compressors, EQing with FabFilter Pro-Q 2, Reverbs by ValhallaDSP.

03 Oct

New Track – European Dance

Pond5 were kind enough to include a new track of mine in their library. This is an epic dance piece which to my ears sounds very european. Think open air festival way past midnight.

Audio Preview & buy for personal listening

Click to license for media production

Production Notes:
This track is based on a Synthmaster plucky lead sound which is monophonic. By tweaking some aspects about the sound and messing about with the voice settings, I discovered that by playing chords with it, I could produce a strange filter artifact which I really liked.

Compression was again done with NI compressors, EQ duties are all handled by FabFilter Pro-Q 2. This is the sec on track I got to work on with ValhallaDSP reverbs. A real pleasure to work with.

Royalty-Free Stock Video at Pond5

03 Oct

New Track – Pop Rock

This rock piece was just released on Pond5. I threw in all the good ingredients of a rock song – guitar, bass, drums, Hammond organ and a Rhodes piano for good measure.

You may be confused by these sounds but let me assure you, you haven’t travelled back in time, to the late 70ies or early 80ies. You’re allowed to feel taken back to that time, though.

Audio Preview & buy for personal listening

Click to license for media production

Production Notes:
This is the sort of guitar riff I catch when riding my bike to work and they get stuck in my head until I record them. Now it all started out very AC/DC, but developed into something a little bit influenced by the sound of progressive rock bands I love. I have no control over these things!

The guitars are recorded with Bx_Rockrack, which took a little tweaking and pre-processing before it started to sound the way I wanted, but now I’m very happy with the results. Similar experiments allowed me to finally make peace with Logic’s Bass amp. To my ears, it sounds very real now.

This is also my first track using ValhallaDSP’s Room and Vintage reverbs. And to me, they make all the difference. The compressor credits again go to NI, FabFilter’s Pro-Q 2 has taken over as mixing and mastering EQ.

Royalty-Free Stock Video at Pond5

15 Sep

I Sold the Moon!

I’m kind of a podcast / audiobook geek. There’s a lot of good stuff out there for free which can keep you entertained for weeks and which might just¬†change your perspective of the world.

Let’s start with¬†the¬†inspiring story of Barry McArdle who set out to make a living by selling land on the moon. For $1 an acre, transport to the property not included. A marvelous view of earth guaranteed. And you even got a certificate in return.

True story. Read by the author. Presumably performed in a silver costume.

Story: 5 / 5
Quality of Performance: 4.5 / 5
Production value: 3.5 / 5

My advice:

  1. Listen to the free podcast, exquisitely read by the author.
  2. Go to the website http://isoldthemoon.com
  3. Buy the Book + Certificate package

It is on my Christmas wish list, that’s for sure.

10 Sep

New Track – Video Console Delight

Now here’s something reminiscent of the wonderful 80ies, a¬†quirky, lively piece which could have been part of an 80ies video game.

Audio Preview & buy for personal listening

Click to license for media production

Production Notes:
No, I did not buy an NES to take apart. This is in part a very clever sound set for u-he.com’s Zebra 2, some plogue chipsounds, again drum support from Microtonic and the wonderful bit crusher which comes with Logic Pro.

The mixing credits again go to NI amongst others, the mastering is firmly in FabFilter’s hands. Winning combination, I think.

Royalty-Free Stock Video at Pond5

10 Sep

New Track – Above the clouds

This is my first piece on Pond5.com, a rhythmic filtered synth pad plus electronic percussion, ideally suited for flight sequences.

Audio Preview & buy for private listening

Click to license for media production

Production notes:
This piece is based on a rhythmic pad preset in u-he.com’s Bazille, with some Microtonic beats thrown in for good measure, some hand-played drums and some automation. A very minimalistic piano melody to round things off.

Mixing again with NI and Plugin-Alliance, mastering with FabFilter.

Royalty-Free Stock Video at Pond5