Mar 13 2010
So I finally got my KRK Rockit 8′s back from getting their tweeters replaced! I’m extremely happy about having a good reference system to work with now. It was quite hard to go back to standard consumer speakers after getting so used to the quality of the Rockits for so long.
Anyway, expect a remixed re-release of LyraPhase 004 – PsycheDatum soon! Because I’m not planning on releasing many Psytrance mixes, I wanted to redo this one with a new track selection. I may be releasing the original alongside it just because it contains a couple tracks I decided to scratch out from the setlist, yet I really did like quite a bit. The main reasons for the re-release of this one is that I was unhappy with the flow, and the fact that I seemingly couldn’t stop myself from putting multiple tracks from the same artists on it. I definitely blame this on the disorganized and frantic setlist planning done back when I had to make & practice a new set each week and still get myself through those last college courses in the fall.
I’m quite self critical sometimes, and really was expecting better although I was very rushed at the time. Plus, I also have had a chance to give quite a large number of new tracks a listen in the past couple months, and just had to add a couple of them to the set.
Either way, if Psytrance isn’t your bag, then you probably won’t care either way. In that case, look forward to LyraPhase 005, in which I made an adventurous attempt to mix Electro, House, Progressive, and even a bit of Trance-ish stuff. It was a bit experimental, that’s for sure. Still I’m really looking forward to doing some completely new sets, especially with all the excellent Minimal and Tech House I’ve been listening to lately.
On to other news:
I’ve finally got a job offer! Really looking forward to interviewing for a hardware (EE) related job this time. I really have been needing some good electronics experience to put on my resume. Definitely feeling like I need to brush up on my skills though. Wish me luck!
In the meantime, I’m checking out some sound engineering and production stuff while I still have the time to do so. So far I’ve started reading “Computer Sound Design Synthesis Techniques and Programming” by Eduardo Reck Miranda. I had no idea where to start, and this book seems like it’s a good point. The first chapter goes over some basics of sound synthesis, and some real basic stuff about audio sampling, file formats, and ultra basic programming concepts. It’s definitely written for someone who doesn’t know much about programming and how computers work, but skipping over those parts just makes me feel more productive anyway . The way in which it describes sound generation using oscillators and function generators is also very intuitive from an Electrical Engineering standpoint. I hope to learn a lot quickly from this book, and move on to other sources more directly applicable to Ableton and VST synths.
Any suggestions for reading material on electronic music production would be greatly appreciated!