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Title: Theme song
Post by: xiocube on August 16, 2004, 11:00:49 PM
Hey everybody, new here...

I realize you already have a full music dept, but I composed a peice out of inspiration from playing the KQ series. If you want to use it, let me know (just give credit where it's due  ;D ) Let me know what you think...

http://www.freewebtown.com/xio/tlra.mp3

Oh, and if you do decide to use it, I can always compose more if you need me to...
Title: Re:Theme song
Post by: Louisiana Night on August 16, 2004, 11:01:40 PM
Welcome.
Title: Re:Theme song
Post by: Grundy on August 16, 2004, 11:13:45 PM
Welcome xiocube!

I love the music! Great work... I passed it onto the Director for him to listen to.

It's a very... passionate piece, probably a bit too 'happy' and 'uplifting' for KQ9, but if Cesar ( Director ) likes it, he might ask you to compose a theme and see how you go.  ;)
Title: Re:Theme song
Post by: xiocube on August 16, 2004, 11:15:55 PM
Thanks.

I can also do dark music, this was just my... Demo reel so to speak.  8)
Title: Re:Theme song
Post by: Grundy on August 16, 2004, 11:17:14 PM
Dark music = very suitable for this game.  ;)

So where are you from? You a big fan of all the KingsQuest games eh?  :)
Title: Re:Theme song
Post by: xiocube on August 16, 2004, 11:26:31 PM
I live in Anchorage, Alaska. And yes, I am quite the King's Quest fan. I miss games with heart and soul. And with a point, for that matter. I have lurked on this forum a lot, this would be my first actual post.
Title: Re:Theme song
Post by: Grundy on August 16, 2004, 11:27:17 PM
Well, stick around, we're a crazy, friendly bunch.  ;B
Title: Re:Theme song
Post by: Louisiana Night on August 16, 2004, 11:31:17 PM
I live in Anchorage, Alaska. And yes, I am quite the King's Quest fan. I miss games with heart and soul. And with a point, for that matter. I have lurked on this forum a lot, this would be my first actual post.

Someone from Alaska!

Here's a good spot to start posting.
The 2004 Summer Olympics Thread (http://www.postudios.com/blog/forum/index.php?board=10;action=display;threadid=1514&start=80)
Title: Re:Theme song
Post by: cRay on August 16, 2004, 11:57:08 PM
Hey xiocube,

       First let me say welcome to the forum and "great work" :)

       Unfortunately, the team is set and the Music and Audio are finally going into Full Production.  In fact, I probably shouldn't be telling anyone this yet, but... Ouch!  Oh, sorry Cesar.  Ok... it won't happen again... :-X

       Anyway,  we definately like what you are doing and I know there are lots of other projects that are looking for someone with your talents.  Don't disappear on us, though.  Stick around and keep posting...

We gots dis Shiznit on Lockdown A and N! ;D
Title: Re:Theme song
Post by: Jeysie on August 16, 2004, 11:59:24 PM
Xio: I have no idea if the SQ7 team (http://www.sq7.org/) is looking for musicians right now or not, but it couldn't hurt to ask, if you're looking for a project to join.

Peace & Luv, Liz
Title: Re:Theme song
Post by: Storm on August 17, 2004, 10:44:45 AM
Welcome to the forum, Xiocube!! ;D

Beautiful piece! I especially liked the begining 8)

It's a very... passionate piece, probably a bit too 'happy' and 'uplifting' for KQ9

'Happy' and 'uplifting' aren't exactly the words I'd use for it :-\
Besides, even if it is a 'dark' game, it still doesn't mean ALL the music has to be dark, dark, dark and some more dark, does it?
I mean, unless you want every single scene to be totally depressing :-\

Oh, the music director already posted... I'll shut up now :-X
Title: Re:Theme song
Post by: Drunken Chinchilla on August 17, 2004, 10:54:01 AM
Wow that was a really nice piece Xio! Reminded me of games like Neverwinter Nights more than KQ though.

oh yeah and....WELCOME! ENJOY! STAY!  ;D

EDIT:Oh yeah one more things, was that made using soundfonts or something like gigasampler? Whatever it was they're some very nice sounds  8)
Title: Re:Theme song
Post by: xiocube on August 17, 2004, 07:13:24 PM
Thanks for the comments, everyone!

I used sonar to compose the peice and do notation, then I sampled that through Kompakt (program just like Gigasampler) running the EWQL Symphonic Orchestra collection. I used my MOTIF 6 Yamaha keyboard to fill in anything else. I can also do some really cool stuff with choir samples (like the song I'm working on now). Soundfonts are cool (and a lot less expensive) but sound way to synthesized.
Title: Re:Theme song
Post by: Grundy on August 17, 2004, 07:14:45 PM
I love using HARDWARE synths and samplers...  drool....

 :suffer:
Title: Re:Theme song
Post by: xiocube on August 17, 2004, 07:25:42 PM
Hardware's alright... The stuff from EMU is pretty sweet, in fact. But most hardware doesn't sound that authentic.

http://www.soundsonline.com/sophtml/details.phtml?sku=EW-155

Check out the song "Underneath the Sea". I'd like to hear any hardware synth that can do that. I really would, considering you practically need a supercomputer to load more than 2 instruments at the same time using EWQLSO.
Title: Re:Theme song
Post by: Grundy on August 17, 2004, 07:33:28 PM
Hardware's alright... The stuff from EMU is pretty sweet, in fact. But most hardware doesn't sound that authentic.

Ahhh... mate... Everything is made on hardware. Only a complete studio orchestra with specialised recording equipment can do better.  ;P

And that's what Hardware samplers are for. They have REAL samples that are editable and tweakable to the tiniest degree.  
 ;)

ANY CD or RECORD you listen to today will have been produced with HARDWARE synths and samplers.

Software samples are very limited and a lower quality than any hardware.  XD

Title: Re:Theme song
Post by: Grundy on August 17, 2004, 07:39:30 PM
This is the sort of setup my brother uses. He uses ProTools hardware and has a few other synths, samplers, compressors etc... about $30k worth.

(http://www.protools.com/products/digi002/diagrams/images/002_exp.gif)

I love playing with it!  :lovegoggles:
Title: Re:Theme song
Post by: xiocube on August 17, 2004, 08:04:01 PM
meh... Software's come a long way and is just as teak-able (if not more so, because you can program samples/arpeggiations/etc from its source or from scratch without the limitations of the firmware given by the producer of the hardware equipment). Granted the external hardware recording modules and effects processors still beat any software, when it comes to actual sampling I prefer software like gigastudio. Maybe I've just not heard the right hardware, but I have listened to pretty much everything from Roland, Korg, EMU, Yamaha, etc... Even the highest end hardware had mediocre samples (from what I heard in the demos). Where software offers virtually unlimited polyphony, release triggers, and seamless integration into sequencing software that I'm a little more familiar with as opposed to sequencing from a little green lcd screen with an alien GUI.

BTW, my oppinion on this only really applies to symphonic music... any other genre and hardware kicks softwares @$$...

And I don't consider rackmounts running sampling software a hardware sampler  :)

And a lot of CD's I've heard were actually done with software... Trent Reznor did his entire first album on a Macintosh computer (which must have been a nightmare). And Composer Bill Brown (one of the best video game composers out there) has a $30 thousand dollar studio, but most of his samples are either created from his computer running Gigastudio with Garritan Orchestral Strings or from a live orchestra (or a mix of the two; ie Undying soundtrack)
Title: Re:Theme song
Post by: Grundy on August 17, 2004, 08:23:25 PM
Have to agree with a lot of that. ;)
But something like ProTools, if you've ever used it, combines the best of both worlds. It has specifically made 'plugins' that offer the expandability and freedom of using just software. ( For it's effects etc... ) But still uses hardware for the parts that really need it.

Too bad it only runs on Macs.  :)
Title: Re:Theme song
Post by: xiocube on August 17, 2004, 08:39:18 PM
I've never tried protools... Sounds pretty cool. Although I don't own a mac. Do you know where I can hear some samples from something done in protools?
Title: Re:Theme song
Post by: Grundy on August 17, 2004, 08:42:23 PM
Protools is used in almost EVERY professional studio. Any CD you listen too was probably produced with it. So just stick a CD in your stereo and click play. ;)

Title: Re:Theme song
Post by: xiocube on August 17, 2004, 11:43:02 PM
hehe, but how will I distinguish between what was done with protools and what wasn't?
Title: Re:Theme song
Post by: Yonkey on August 18, 2004, 11:16:14 AM
Welcome xiocube!  ;D  Great song!  :D

We gots dis Shiznit on Lockdown A and N! ;D
LMAO!  :suffer: That was certainly unexpected.  XB
Title: Re:Theme song
Post by: koko_99_2001 on August 18, 2004, 01:55:07 PM
Ok, I'm a little late, but I've got to say that I LOVED it xiocube!  Of course, my opinion's not worth all that much, but thought I'd throw in my two cents!
Title: Re:Theme song
Post by: cRay on August 18, 2004, 03:09:42 PM
LMAO!  :suffer: That was certainly unexpected.  XB

That's a direct quote from a very LATE conversation with Cesar and Austin that got out of hand. They're nothing but "Little Girly Men".

As for this Hardware/Software battle... use whatever works for you.  Some artists work in oils, some in charcoal, some with a mouse.  We'll actually be using a combination of both for the KQIX soundtrack.
Title: Re:Theme song
Post by: aHaynes on September 08, 2004, 12:41:16 PM
LMAO!  :suffer: That was certainly unexpected.  XB
That's a direct quote from a very LATE conversation with Cesar and Austin that got out of hand. They're nothing but "Little Girly Men".

Chris.....me and Cesar are "Little Girly Men"? How could this be?  :suffer: hehe.
Title: Re:Theme song
Post by: Yonkey on September 08, 2004, 01:36:03 PM
Welcome Austin! :P
Title: Re:Theme song
Post by: Louisiana Night on September 08, 2004, 01:40:50 PM
Welcome.
Title: Re:Theme song
Post by: KatieHal on September 10, 2004, 09:24:39 AM
Chris.....me and Cesar are "Little Girly Men"? How could this be?  :suffer: hehe.


Haha, holla for girly-men. ;)

I need to get to know our musicians more! (which is unrelated to the first comment; just a statement of fact!)
Title: Re:Theme song
Post by: Yonkey on September 10, 2004, 10:31:47 AM
(which is unrelated to the first comment; just a statement of fact!)

LOL! :suffer:  Thanks for adding that in. ;P
Title: Re:Theme song
Post by: Nick on September 10, 2004, 03:06:38 PM
Hehe, nobody ever talks to me.   ;)