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Thinking Outside the Box – or Outsourcing Your Problems

Problems we all have. The problem is not actually the problem itself but that we can't see anything but the problem based on our existing assumptions about how the world works with regards to that thing. Here's a Tweet Jane made on her Twitter (without my prior permission - what was she thinking!!!). The core… Continue reading Thinking Outside the Box – or Outsourcing Your Problems

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Synth Oscillator Waveforms – from simple Analog Shapes to complex Digital Synthesis

This article is really a holder for a series of YouTube videos that discuss the waveforms you work with in a synthesizer. Basic Analog Shapes This video covers the four common shapes used in pretty well all Analog (and VA) synths: Sine, Triangle, Saw & Square (incl Pulse). https://youtu.be/RZxjsS8K2rw the video graphic Digital Synthesis Digital… Continue reading Synth Oscillator Waveforms – from simple Analog Shapes to complex Digital Synthesis

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Life hands you an offer – what do you do with it?

All day, every day, we are getting offers. If I misspelled that word it would be offal. Many offers feel like that so we get very used to saying No really fast. Is that wise though? I see quite a few situations where people seem to have said no before they thought it through. I… Continue reading Life hands you an offer – what do you do with it?

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Opening a Door or Closing it – a look at a pair of business pitches?

Everyone hates an arrogant person. Being called arrogant is like a sort of social killer-punch. But I think we are a bit turned-around on what constitutes Arrogance vs Professionalism. I grew up in the 80s when we really started to see this sort of cult of personality thing come through to the masses. I remember… Continue reading Opening a Door or Closing it – a look at a pair of business pitches?

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Do It Your Fucking Self – how not to establish a successful business relationship – and some “how to” as well.

Here's a message that just appeared this morning in a group of freelance Mix Engineers: What’s the best way for virtual networking with the musical community? I am looking for mixing and mastering engineers to weigh out my options in order to find a dedicated, fair priced, passionate engineer to help me finalize a list… Continue reading Do It Your Fucking Self – how not to establish a successful business relationship – and some “how to” as well.

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Making Organic Instruments in a DAW

By the late-80's people had started to use "MIDI Music" as a derogatory term. I understand because there was an ever-increasing amount of highly programmed or quantized material out there. I don't entirely blame composers as it was a new frontier where we could have all our parts perfectly in time, with no distortion. And… Continue reading Making Organic Instruments in a DAW

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What Makes a VST Plug-In High Quality and Should You Even Care?

Over and over I see people advertising their mixing services with terms like "using high quality plugins". Or customers who insist that they only want mixes made using "high quality plugins", or "professional plugins". The other variant is the idea of a Professional Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). Like one or two of them are used… Continue reading What Makes a VST Plug-In High Quality and Should You Even Care?