Recent posts by himhim2340 on Kongregate

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Topic: The Arts / Check out this song

Your mixing is fantastic, and the sound design is great! I didn’t like that particular track, I feel instrumental would be better, the vocals weren’t as impressive as the backing track to me.

The orchestral stuff seems to be mixed well, but not really mastered, It’s a bit quiet, but it was enjoyable. They all seemed fairly cinematic, not unmusical, but they seemed to lack a strong lead melody. Same as your dubstep tracks, amazing synths and mixing, the melodies were a little bit too mellow for me. I’d like to know how long you’ve being doing this and what you use as composition software.
Keep up the good work!

 
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Topic: The Arts / I Need Someone Skilled in making backgrounds

So the results must be a “simple” animated background. Not a live EQ, but still a decent success. Way to go. (I saw that dreamscene thing on my searching journey, though there was a winamp method to get it live somehow..)

 
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Topic: The Arts / I Need Someone Skilled in making backgrounds

I’m not sure how well you know your stuff, nor am I sure what your thinking this will turn out like, but I can tell you this..

An animated desktop pic is more complicated than a standard picture. (I don’t even know how it’s done to be honest, I know windows doesn’t do GIF’s, and I’m relatively certain it doesn’t do APNG’s..)
Animated backgrounds are possible via third party applications. (I saw a few just googling how to animate desktop background.) Figuring out what files those take and how they are displayed etc. would vary depending on the program.
Making it live is harder yet, though it possibly can be done.

I found this Link and this one filling me in a little more. It might not be possible with that same visual, but I believe it can be done. (I didn’t test these solutions, I’m just pointing you in the right direction. [hopefully])

Good Luck!

 
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Topic: The Arts / Check out my music! (chiptune)

Wow, pretty sweet I gotta say. I really like your high energy tracks. (I listened to a bunch of them.) Something tells me you use something more complex than famitracker. Your mixing is superb, I really like the way all of the sounds come through. How long have you been doing this if you don’t mind me asking? Your melodies are fantastic too. Only thing I think your tracks are lacking in is an occasional vibrato here or there. (IDK if vibrato is allowed in chiptunes, but hey, close enough.)
You’ve got great drums, good leads, well placed/made cycle/arp things, and a good handful or slide things. Keep up the good work.

 
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Topic: The Arts / How do I make an 8bit remix?

Do some research. They’re completely different things. An MP3 is music, it tells the computer how to move the speakers. A MIDI file is the instructions to make music, it tells the computer what notes/instruments to play.
There is some sort of conversion software out there, but I doubt it’ll sound anything like the original. (It looks at the waveform and guesses what notes/instruments are playing. [I think.. I don’t actually know, just my guess.])

 
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Topic: The Arts / How do I make an 8bit remix?

are you looking for an 8-bit midi converter? or are you looking for making things yourself.
If you want to make things the fun way, look into Famitracker or Musagi.

If you want a MIDI converter try: GXSCC

Other than what to use, how you figure out the notes etc. is all you.

 
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Topic: The Arts / Pass the Project! [Music]

Hello fellow kongregatians,

A while back 1337al proposed a kongregate audio CD/compilation, many people signed up but it got postponed. I’d like to start something similar up but still be a little bit different. I decided to make a Pass-the-project type thing for us kongregate musicians to learn from each other and produce a pretty interesting track.

IF YOU’D LIKE TO SIGN UP POST HERE WITH A LINK TO YOUR MUSIC and send me a PM with an email address to send the files to. (Let me know if you don’t want your email shared with other participants in which case I can be a middle man or set up some sort of dropbox type thing.)

Rules/restrictions.
-FL Studio projects only*
-No premium VST’s, free or built in non-premium plugins only. (ie. no sytrus, massive, Z3ta, Zebra2 etc.)
-Your contribution shouldn’t be longer than a minute. (30 seconds to a minute would be nice)
-You cannot use more than 5 mixer tracks. (DO NOT PUT EFFECTS ON THE MASTER CHANNEL!)
-Should be original. (If you can manage a 1 minute [re]mix that’s fine..)
-You have a MAXIMUM of 1 week to contribute your part. (“Turns” should be discussed.. Don’t want this to take a year.)
-Source files must be linked to or included with the project file. (so no ones missing “sweet_kick.wav” or “neat_synth.dll”)
-A rendered file of the whole track (After adding your part, low-ish quality[128kbps or lower])
-Deadline to sign up is the End of July.
-Your part should be easy to transition out of. (not entirely necessary, but convenient.)
-You don’t have to be a synth master or know how to master/balance your track.. (If you’d like someone else to help with that let the next person/someone know.)
-Do not modify other peoples compositions without permission.

*I’m aware some people can only use other things in which case the following should be included: an exported midi/vst presets (if possible), a rendered version of your part (both solo and mixed/added), a txt file containing the notes, length of notes and time division.

Sorry for the long post but I wanted to get enough information..

TL;DR: Post below if interested in a pass the project type thing. (And PM me)

 
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Topic: The Arts / Sometimes I Music. A mostly Electronica-based listening experience.

I commented on the first bunch, but I listened to them all.
Your mixing/mastering skills are great. Great quality tracks, superb synths.
Though I find the majority of your tracks were quite ambient, not really having any key melodies but mostly patterns that didn’t really stand out.
The tracks all had a great beat, which helped make up for a strong melodic presence, but they seem to fit better as a background track then as a listening track.

Other than adding more interesting melodies, I can’t suggest anything else, your tracks are incredible. You’re an awesome producer.

 
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Topic: The Arts / Music Feedback Wanted

WOW… I feel like an idiot.. I typed out half of a response then thought I’d give it another listen. I was screwing around with my soundcard’s software the other day.. My settings didn’t kick in until I plugged in my headphones. (I hadn’t used them other than to listen to the track..) I remember now that earlier I discovered that it has 2 modes, that auto switch.. (headphone and speaker mode, swap when headphones are detected..) and I changed it back… These tracks are marvelous now..

TOTALLY disregard my comment..

 
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Topic: The Arts / Music Feedback Wanted

They all sound like their low quality recordings.. The reverb makes them seem like they were performed in a larger room..
All the songs sound like they were put through a band reject filter as some of the mid high range seems missing..
try recreating this digitally (if it is already just modify it a bit) or record it in a more optimal setting.. Other than that, great work.

EDIT: Disregard this, I’m an idiot…

 
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Topic: The Arts / Tips for electronic Music?

Chiptunes, you could always go basic and use FamiTracker..
It’s fairly easy to use and you don’t have to worry about instruments. (You get noise, 2*square, triangle and a minor drum sample channel..)
As with my first projects, after you’ve made an instrument. (anyhting that makes sound.. at all..) you start hittinh keys on the keyboard until you come up with a little jam that you like. once you’ve come up with a jam, try and put it into the tracker. Easiest with tunes that deal with multiples of 4. (1 loop takes 4 bars, or 8 etc..) working with threes is a pain in most trackers, so try to avoid that until you’re comfortable..
If you’re set on using MilkyTracker, it’s a slightly steeper learning curve, but it’s about the same. (less limited..)
P.S. any true chiptune only uses square/tri/noise. Though basic Saw’s and Sine’s are usually accepted.

 
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Topic: The Arts / What Was That App?

I know what you’re talking about, but I can’t remember the name. I can only recommend a similar in browser thing..
try http://www.audiotool.com/

 
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Topic: The Arts / WANTED: kongregates musicians

I’ve been wanting to start up something like this, or a pass-the-project thing.. Glad to see someone beat me to it.
OP (and others) knows my link/account, but for the rest: https://soundcloud.com/himhim2340
I can’t nominate any of my tracks at this moment, but by the “due date” I’ll have decided..
EDIT: After checking out the other artists around here I can’t say my music really competes.. (wow you guys are good..)
If the music is a collab of only kongregations is that ok?
Also, can anyone explain this “kongregate presence”?

 
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Topic: The Arts / Best music studios out there for windows

FL Studio is the most common.. I quite like it and many tutorials exist for beginners. (Different versions offer different features, Fruity or above will do well) Ableton Live is also well known supposedly more powerful but more complicated. Propellerhead Reason I know almost nothing about, it’s also a decent premium DAW. (Digital Audio Workstation.. the proper term) Renoise is a tracker style DAW.. A few from the collabs really liked it. (I started off with a tracker instead of a sequencer/piano roll, so I quite liked it.) Steinberg Cubase is supposedly the Mother-of-all DAW’s.. (complicated as hell.. at least for me..) I’ve also heard Avid Pro Tools is pretty decent.. Cakewalk SONAR supposedly too.. If you’re a Mac kinda guy there’s Logic Pro.. I’ve heard it’s one of the best, but Mac only..

There are free alternatives if you prefer to go that way.. ModPlug/Open MPT (whatever it’s called anymore) is a free tracker that supports samples/vst’s.. MadTracker is another free tracker.. (quite outdated but still usable)
The best free studio would have to be LMMS. (Linux Multi Media Studio – Also made for Windows/Mac) It’s GUI is fairly similar to FL’s. It’s hard to get the hang of at first, but once you understand it you’re golden. (Kongregate also promotes Reaper as a free one, though, it’s more like WinRAR free..)
I have experience with FL, (I actually own it..) Renoise (demo), ModPlug (rather high CPU usage), Cubase (well, not really “experience”, I own an older version.. never really understood it.. or gave it a serious attempt.), LMMS, and Reaper (briefly).

Links:
Ableton Live
Reason
Renoise
Cubase
Avid ProTools
SONAR
Logic
Modplug
MadTracker
Reaper
LMMS

 
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Topic: The Arts / help needed with my music (vst's etc)

I’d be willing to give it a whirl.. I can’t say my library is as impressive as the other guys, but I’ve been getting better with synths. I run FL so the .flp file would work for me..
My stuff: www.soundcloud.com/himhim2340
I’m not a great producer but I find it enjoyable.. I’m personally a fan of fairly abrasive synths over smoother ones.. but I’ll be able to send you what I’ve done for you to preview or request changes. (If you send us both the file you’ll most likely get more versions to choose from.. that way you have different styles on your track…)
Send a PM either here or soundcloud and I’ll have you email me the file. I also don’t really care about the money.. giving credit is nice but not necessary since all I’d be doing is changing the sounds..

 
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Topic: The Arts / Malevolant33's music attempts.

Originally posted by 997847:

Unless you’re looking to make money in music you really shouldn’t worry about pleasing anyone but yourself.

That’s probably the most relevant statement.. Where do you learn about synths though? I thought it was either use defaults or experiment for a few hours…

 
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Topic: The Arts / Malevolant33's music attempts.

well.. I can say, as a complete noob at this stuff myself, whatever method works is the one to use.
I started out creating beats and jamming to them. The beats were always relevant to multiples of 4..(kick, clap, kick, double clap. repeat) so my first melodies were also based around 4.
Uploading things before they’re done is really hard to avoid. 90% of the time I upload a track after a single session… Only really having established a melody, beat, and bassline. It’s perfectly fine if you want to upload things that aren’t finished. I tend to do that all the time and never actually go back and change what I thought of later.
I have almost no theory knowledge.. (I can (slowly) read sheet music, and I understand the notes on a keyboard..) I could be terribly wrong in saying this, but creating a bassline or progression is generally the (proper) first step..
Its quite easy to build off a bassline and keep changing things up. If you’ve been jamming for a while and come up with an impressive riff, be sure to create it in an ideas project that you can stuff full of melodies that currently wont fit anywhere.
Assuming you have some synth knowledge and know the layout/workings of your program the order that you come up with things in doesn’t really matter..
(I didn’t have time to look this over, it might sound really jumbled..)

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Changes to the Collabs section

sigh, they no longer exist. I doubt they’ll be returning any time soon..

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Changes to the Collabs section

Thats a pretty nifty idea there.. I’m quite glad the collabs haven’t vanished yet. Glad people still want them around too..

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Changes to the Collabs section

Originally posted by Maxiboy2000:

Man, I remember checking the art section for new artwork everyday. This was one of my favorite parts of kongregate

That was me, only for the sounds section.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Changes to the Collabs section

Originally posted by I_love_you_lots:

Kongregate is still a great place; much better than Newgrounds IMO.

indeed, now newgrounds has/will have a 1-up on us though..

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Changes to the Collabs section

Goodbye collabs! Was great to have a place to upload my tracks, to have them noticed and helpful feedback given.. It’s really sad to see them go.. I’m still not sure why exactly they aren’t being left as an archive or upgraded to compete with newgrounds.. atleast they were enjoyed for as long as they existed.. It still kinda bugs me that all the wonderful work created by users will just vanish.. I really enjoyed some of the tracks.. and a fair few aren’t available for download..

 
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Topic: The Arts / My last kongregate song

Originally posted by Nemiflora:

That’s really good. <3 :D
If I may ask, what did you use to create it?

I believe he uses FL, though other probable possibilities are renoise, ableton, or perhaps even logic. though FL studio is most likely.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Changes to the Collabs section

I still don’t see this as a good thing… now NG has a 1-up on us.. But like buggerd said, even though it never turned out right, it really did seem to complement Kong.. I realize too that “angryfacing the admins” and such won’t bring back our collabs.. but still.. I don’t want to see them go.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Changes to the Collabs section

If the admins rethink their decision.. would they let us know? or would we all be in suspense until that last day..