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Posted by on Oct 31, 2013 in Diymb Blog, Monthly Goals | 7 comments

Music Business: Goals For November 2013

 

October has been a great month, got a lot accomplished, here’s what I’ll be aiming for in the month of November

Diy Music Biz – Podcast

I’m not sure if that’ll be the name, but I’m working on it. I was able to record 3 more episodes in October as well as clean up and edit a few that I recorded earlier in the year.

Aside from recording more episodes, I still need graphics and proper structure for the podcast. I also need to think about the longevity of the podcast. Is this something I can see myself doing on a consistent basis or is it something I just want to toy around with?

Ideally, I’d like to jump in for the long haul because for me, it’s easier to carry on a conversation for 45 minutes than it is creating posts. I dunno, we’ll see how it all pans out.

 

Creating Music Cues

The end of the year is near and I’m really close to reaching my goal. This month I’m going to keep it simple and focus on cheesy sounding music. I’m starting to hear a lot used in commercials and ads. When I say “cheesy” I’m talking about the sound selection.

This will be easy as most of reason’s stock “un-tweaked” has a bit of a cheesy sound to it, the korg triton has a cheesy stock sound as well. I’m not going for innovation, going for what works.

 

Sound Design Projects

It’s been a roller coaster, but worth it. On 1 hand, there’s a few clients who know exactly what they want and are really easy to work with. Then, there are 2 clients who are the exact opposite.

They’re all over the place, changing the game plan, extending deadlines etc. I’m fine with the change, but at the same time, it requires me to start over with each change.

A year ago I probably would have ask for another payment and may have even dropped the project all together, but the way I see it, this is just more source material for a bigger project so…We can dance for as long as we need to.

 

Master Mind – Another Way Of Staying Focused

I’ll explain this later on

 

Maschine Studio – It’s A Beast

I was able to get my hands on Maschine Studio a little early. I’m impressed with the new features and i’m considering tossing it into the mix with Logic X. I’m not sure exactly how I’m going to use it, but I’ll figure it out.

What I’m really stoked about is the workflow. The 2.0 update is nice, but it work so much better when you use it with the new controller.

 

Logic Pro X – It’s A Great Daw

I’m still tinkering around with templates, trying to get a good workflow down. As of today I’ve created 7 cues using nothing but Logic x. There’s still a lot of ground to cover, but I’m making great progress.

One thing I’m having a hard time understanding is why people dislike Logic x. Am I missing something? What are the issues and should I be concerned about them as I dive into film scoring?

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  1. Hi Greg,

    I introduced myself to you on October 14th, as a response to your October goals.

    I was recently speaking with an old friend who works in video post and he was both lamenting and celebrating the trends he’s seeing in workflows. In his experience, both Avid and Final Cut are drowning in bad feelings amongst the post- cognoscenti, as it were. Perhaps Logic Pro X’s potential audience is feeling some of that…? I still believe in Apple’s vision and standing as innovators – garbage-can looking desktops notwithstanding – and totally agree with your contention that X is an amazing DAW, certainly worthy of retaining 9’s users. Maybe it’s the “I’m a pro, therefore I will dig through endless menus because I can” syndrome. Anyway, my buddy Mark has been using Premiere since the beginning and now he’s mastering After Effects and is feeling pretty good about it all. Especially since, in his words, he took a lot of crap for his Premiere fetish for too long. 🙂

    8 days after I posted to your October goals page, my Mom passed away in NY. 🙁 So I’m typing this from the kitchen of my parents’ home in the NW suburbs of New York City rather than my home base in Las Vegas. Dad’s 82 and hasn’t lived alone since (in his words) having a bachelor pad in Manhattan in the late 50’s, where he could educate the young ladies he met at jazz clubs (I begged him not to go into details, too wierd). I’m hangin with him for few weeks and at a severe disadvantage equipment-wise…although I’d be remiss not to give him props for introducing me to the iMac and iPad respectively. In computing he’s the man.

    That’s all a lead up to say I wasn’t able to complete my October goals but I’m happy to read that you made yours. Looking forward to your thoughts on Maschine, per the teaser up above. Take care and I’ll talk to you soon.

    Russell Szabados
    Las Vegas, NV (temporarily in Suffern, NY, at least through mid-November)

    • Hi Russell,

      Hang in there man. Family is very important and it’ hard to lose loved ones. If you want to talk let me know, I’ve been there, many times. Death, divorce, drama. It happens, sometimes it’s good to vent with someone. Hopefully you have someone on your site, if not, let me know.

      Don’t worry about not reaching those goals right now, this is fair more important. Hope to hear from you soon.

      – Greg Savage

      • I’m a lucky man. I still have my Dad and lots of extended family & friends, all in & around New York City, almost all of whom came to my Mom’s viewing & burial. And back in Las Vegas I have an amazing girlfriend who, like me, is an “only child” and an artist…so she’s actually cool with me spending countless hours in my studio writing & recording because she’s in her own studio down the hall doing the same! (She’s a photographer and a jewelry maker).

        Having said all that, I appreciate your kind offer. It’s always great to have another friend. 🙂

  2. Interesting reads here. Looking forward to hearing about your podcast.

    • Hi Matthew,

      thanks for your support, I’ll keep you informed

  3. In all honesty, i have been a Logic user since version 7, and version X is by far my favourite: lightning fast, never crashes, great new plugins (that drummer ? WOW). So all in all, it just goes to show people don’t like their stuff being moved around too much !

    • Hi JT,

      You might be right about that. I agree, the drummer is lovely.

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