Q:Just saw your answer to the common question about what software you use. However, do you know of a software that can be used for those who have pcs? I just looked up Logic Pro and was so psyched but crushed to find out that it was only for Macs. Any more advice?
Oh no! Logic is indeed Mac-only (made by Apple itself, even), and I’m afraid my firsthand experience ends with Mac software. A lot of my colleagues use FL Studio for Windows, and I also know that Ableton Live is a powerful piece of software, if a little intimidating. Another alternative is Reason, which is another production and synthesis tool.
I think that if you are just starting out, FL Studio is relatively approachable and also affordable! DAWs are generally marketed more to professionals than amateurs like us, which means they charge the Big Bux.
Unfortunately if you’re looking for software that comes with a hearty library of decent sounding software instruments and samples, Logic Pro can’t be beat. With a lot of the Windows DAWs, it’s going to be up to you to scour the internet looking for samples and virtual instruments that sound any good. But even with bad samples, I have learned over and over that experimentation, trial-and-error, and plain creativity can produce fine art using only garbage as the raw material!
Hey there Tumblr!
The voting for the WeLoveFine contest just started, and I have two entries ready to go!
So please, if you can, vote high for my pieces (I could really use a win, mostly so I can cover a doctor’s appointment for my tremors!)
I think you need to be logged in? But it’s quick and easy to sign up if you haven’t already, and it would mean the world to me.
Please reblog this too so more people can see it and hopefully it’ll get the word out, even if you’re not one of my Homestuck people.
My entries are right here:
Dave: Click here.
Rose: Click here.
The best of the bunch. Please vote these up, because I want to buy and wear these shirts someday!
Q:Hi, I was curious. How do you make your music? Do you use special software or anything like that? Thanks!
I’ve made a few posts about it in the past, but Tumblr has a way of burying those, doesn’t it?
I use Logic Pro, which is one of the industry standard digital audio workspaces (or DAWs). I find it to be a wonderful tool for producing recorded music from real instruments, but it is also a suite for writing digital music from scratch. I do both, but I generally use synth and sampled instruments, edited and produced with the software.
Aside from Audacity every once in a while for conversion or utility, all of my work is done start to finish in Logic. A few months back I updated from Logic Pro 9 to Logic Pro X, which is Apple’s newest version of the software. It has its quirks like it always did, but I’ve been highly pleased with the changes and expansions.
The theme from the most recent Ava’s Demon animation! I wrote this song inspired specifically by music from The Secret Garden film, by Zbigniew Preisner. I loved the way it meshed with the animation that Michelle made for the comic, she is a master!
If you’re interested in downloading the track (and a bunch of others that I don’t normally release), I just uploaded the song on Patreon for my patrons to download if they like.
UPDATE || March 13th || 2014
Current readers, click * here * for the update!
You can track #avasdemonupdate for all the updates!
Special thanks to Clark Powell this week for the music!
As always, reblogs really help people discover the comic! <3
Awesome! I wrote the song for this animation back in last year, and it’s so cool to finally see it in action. Great job, Michelle!
It’s been a long time since Cascade, Homestuck. But now that this is finally finished, it’s time to release the new Flare remix!
This song has almost every musical element of the original Flare sampled and used in a new way, along with lots of new additions and a gritty EDM style of production. I wrote the original song a long time ago, and since then I’ve grown dissatisfied with it in some ways. How better to improve on it than with a remix?
For track art I talked to my girlfriend Andarix, who has been doing crest design commission lately. She made one for me featuring the Green Sun and the chain of Derse for me, and I don’t think it could have turned out more awesomely!
I’m afraid you can’t buy or download this song yet, but it will definitely be available on the next official Homestuck album release.
And I want to give a special thanks to my patrons on Patreon. Without you guys, I would have never have had the resources to make this remix!
Closing personal commissions!
In addition to a few long-term irons in the fire, I already have a healthy list of clients awaiting pieces from me. I’m expecting to start a big job in a few months or so, which means I am going to stop taking new commissions for now and start finishing up my lengthy to-do list (without adding a new job to the bottom each time I check one off)!
This does not mean I am unavailable for all types of work, though. If you have a big project that you were hoping to talk to me about, definitely drop me a line.
I figured that I can do these designs fairly quickly when I’m not vectoring them, so if you’re interested, I made them super cheap!
Just email me with:
- an animal or symbol
- two colors at least but no more than four, please
- and a choice of style- either flowy and colorful (like the left) or sketchy and defined (like the right)
Please reblog this, too, so I can get as many out to people who want them. I can probably do at least ten today alone!
Gosh, I love these. I’m going to ask for one as track art for a song.
I’ve made some more progress on that Flare remix.
A new piano arrangement of Three in the Morning in a triple meter.
I wrote the original song that appeared in Homestuck a long time ago. It seemed like the right time to come back to this, just a few days from the anniversary of the old Midnight Crew intermission.
Listen all the way through. Context is important.
If you would like to download an mp3 of this song, I have just made it available to my supporters on Patreon! You can still pick up a copy any time if you decide to support me after the fact.
homestuck and it’s community are so beautiful, i swear to god