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  1. Jimmy Hellfire

    TOMORROW 18th July - Tune in for a special announcement!

    It's not like the dude needs your approval or validation either, although you seem to think he does.
  2. Jimmy Hellfire

    Expression & Dynamics Performance

    Ideally it would be great to never have to "cheat" with instrument volume. But most VIs would require a greater dynamics resolution, and sometimes more dynamic layers present their own set of problems as well. In the end, it's all "cheating" anyway with samples and VIs, isn't it? We're using...
  3. Jimmy Hellfire

    Wife argues with me because I don't like the 'trailer' type music she just got

    This is one line of thinking that's interesting to me. "I thought this and that was terrible, but then I realized it's not that easy to do and now I respect it more." I don't quite understand the perspective. I absolutely do know that creating a trailer trash or EDM track that sounds right, is...
  4. Jimmy Hellfire

    Synchron Strings

    No, you're good. I was just referring to the people who bought the library, but have since uninstalled it after not being happy with it in its original state. I remember some users mentioning that they uninstalled it due to its massive size.
  5. Jimmy Hellfire

    VSL SE Vol 5: Dimension Strings 1+2

    There are no extra ensemble samples, it's really not needed. I'm not even quite sure how they do it or what happens under the hood. I can tell there's a certain bleed from the other players when you listen to one in isolation, but there's no such thing as loading a whole different sample set for...
  6. Jimmy Hellfire

    VSL SE Vol 5: Dimension Strings 1+2

    Not true in this case. Dimension Strings sounds every bit like the small ensemble it is. The sections were recorded performing together, but every player was recorded to their own channel strip. It's an ensemble string library that provides separate control over the individual players...
  7. Jimmy Hellfire

    Synchron Strings

    It's still not that very slurred, slow legato that people like in "cinematic" sounding libraries. It's more like the kind of legato that VSL always did for their strings, like Dimension Strings or Chamber Strings. It's smooth and nice, but still doesn't drag and doesn't slur. It still has that...
  8. Jimmy Hellfire

    Synchron Strings

    I tried them. They're good.
  9. Jimmy Hellfire

    Bass VST for prog rock

    I like layering the Orange Tree Cherry Electric with the NI Rickenbacker. It gives me that double-layered bass sound (one direct track, one distorted) that you hear on a lot of the heavier rock stuff.
  10. Jimmy Hellfire

    Expression & Dynamics Performance

    To me personally, it seems a bit of an athletic aspiration to be able to perform all passages in one go, including riding all the faders, wheels etc. If you're one of the real olympic keyboarder guys who can do it anyway, sure, why not. You got people like Jordan Rudess, who made a career out of...
  11. Jimmy Hellfire

    Hired to write a style you dislike/don't care about?

    You're a truly fearless man!
  12. Jimmy Hellfire

    Hired to write a style you dislike/don't care about?

    Oh, we got ourselves a remote diagnostician here. Grow up, Peter Pan.
  13. Jimmy Hellfire

    Hired to write a style you dislike/don't care about?

    Now that was needlessly stupid of you.
  14. Jimmy Hellfire

    Hired to write a style you dislike/don't care about?

    No, certainly not. If I gave up my other venture, I couldn't get by just with doing music. That's key here - it was very important to me to not have to rely on making music. I'm in a great spot I never would be in if I invested the same amount of sacrifice and energy in building a full time...
  15. Jimmy Hellfire

    Hired to write a style you dislike/don't care about?

    Life's to short not to hate. Seriously - it's not as if one sits around and goes: let me pick a musical style for me to hate. It's just a natural reaction a person has. Don't you have that? Some stuff smells disgusting, some sounds drive you up a wall, etc. That's normal. For me, it seems that...
  16. Jimmy Hellfire

    Hired to write a style you dislike/don't care about?

    Don't know if it's beneath my high standards. What I do know is that it's a bunch of ridiculous sounding garbage. Besides, isn't Dubstep totally 2014, and thus ancient?
  17. Jimmy Hellfire

    Chernobyl ?? - Pianos ??

    Well to be pedantic, I'm pretty sure the slight discomfort in the case of this Chernobyl piano thingy stems from the fact that it references an actual catastrophy that happened in the real world.
  18. Jimmy Hellfire

    Hired to write a style you dislike/don't care about?

    I agree with the "go to guy" thing. Trying to do all kinds of stuff - all olympic, lofty and ultimately childish aspirations of "becoming a better composer" aside - in practice is more like "trying to scramble up as many low-tier jobs as possible". It's a crappy point of departure if you don't...
  19. Jimmy Hellfire

    Hired to write a style you dislike/don't care about?

    It only works the other way around. Especially when it's dumbstep etc.
  20. Jimmy Hellfire

    Hired to write a style you dislike/don't care about?

    Oh, I see. Makes sense of course. I guess the key thing is: how much do you need the money. I should make a different analogy: writing in a style you really don't like and don't know very well is like cleaning toilets for a living. With your bare hands.
  21. Jimmy Hellfire

    Hired to write a style you dislike/don't care about?

    Not even sure if I wanna know what's that supposed to mean.
  22. Jimmy Hellfire

    Hired to write a style you dislike/don't care about?

    Sounds like being forced to have sex with a person you're really, really not into at all. I could never do it and would never want to.
  23. Jimmy Hellfire

    Why has it been a decade and a half...

    They couldn't agree on the "wet vs. dry" question.
  24. Jimmy Hellfire

    APD/SL *** Drama Spinoff

    Jeez. What is this about exactly? It almost seems like a witch hunt. For some reason, apparently a guy who may or may not be a "shill" got singled out and is now expected to justify himself repeatedly over the course of several days until some kind of public rage is satisfied ... what good does...
  25. Jimmy Hellfire

    Orchestral Tools Completion Days -30%

    Yeah, love it, it's an incredibly attractive sounding library especially in those aspects.
  26. Jimmy Hellfire

    Synchron-ized Special Edition

    Sure, it's crafty marketing, but as far as pure repackaging goes, other companies are far "worse offenders" than VSL - 8Dio or Spitfire for example. I don't think it's the work of the devil, as it's all optional anyway. In any case, singling VSL out as a particularly "bad case" wouldn't be quite...
  27. Jimmy Hellfire

    VSL instrument licenses vanished from e-licenser

    Really? Don't know it that's true. But if it is, the whole thing is really messed up.
  28. Jimmy Hellfire

    VSL instrument licenses vanished from e-licenser

    The problem here is that Steinberg (who are owned by Yamaha) can offer eLicenser protection for their own stuff without additional charge. But for third parties, this most probably comes at a cost. So Yamaha/Steinberg offloads this to VSL, who in turn need to at least partly pass it on to the...
  29. Jimmy Hellfire

    What full orchestral package do you think is the absolute cream of the crop for general use?

    Cinematic Studio Brass, Spitfire Symphonic Brass. I'd love to get VSL Dimension Brass too, because to my ears it sounds more natural and un-cinematic than other libraries, but since it's not a cheap library and I've got the brass covered quite well already, it still kinda hasn't happened.
  30. Jimmy Hellfire

    Hollywood Pop Brass has been released.

    A walkthrough demo would be interesting - especially in order to get an idea of what it really contains. I'm saying that also because I'm quite surprised by the steep pricing - 5x NIs Session Horns (non-pro) regular price, while apparently covering very similar ground.
  31. Jimmy Hellfire

    How do people deal with CSS delay?

    I don't obsess over it. My CSS tracks are delayed by 60ms anyway because I need the shorts to be on point. From there, I use my ears and simply put the legato notes where they need to be. After all, it's an "advanced legato" patch that offers additional variation and expressiveness, so why even...
  32. Jimmy Hellfire

    Writing music after a while becomes like any other job...

    Considering how the whole "media music" thing works, I can't imagine a scenario where it doesn't inevitably get boring. Actually I do. The one where you start to actively loathe it and/or get seriously ill due to stress before boredom can even set in.
  33. Jimmy Hellfire

    Wet libraries

    For some kind of reason this particular topic turns into a religious war very quickly. Not sure what the guy is doing or what kind of special sauce he's on, but I wanna know where to buy it. He already did incredible stuff - with dry samples as well - even before he was with SF.
  34. Jimmy Hellfire

    Wet libraries

    The truth of the matter though is, let 100 people do it, and 70 of them will get a more realistic musical performance out of the dryer libraries than out of the wet ones, even though some will beat the wet ones into submission as well.
  35. Jimmy Hellfire

    Wet libraries

    What I said is how I like to work and what my findings are. It is what it is. I made neither absolute statements nor did I single out one particular brand as being the root of all evil. But apparently, as someone who currently has close to 700 GB of SF samples installed on my drives, I...
  36. Jimmy Hellfire

    Wet libraries

    Wasn't what I said. Whatever! Not gonna get caught up in what is about to quickly morph into another Spitfire-related drama during which their staff once again suddenly feels unfairly treated.
  37. Jimmy Hellfire

    Wet libraries

    Just because one guy does it (and who knows how much time he puts into it), it doesn't disprove the practical reality of anything I said.
  38. Jimmy Hellfire

    Wet libraries

    I think that ambience in samples is incredibly overrated. It's far, far, far more important that plausible and musical performances can be coaxed out of a virtual instrument. Many very "wet" libraries are severely lacking in this department. On the other side, even a completely dry sample can...
  39. Jimmy Hellfire

    Your NI Komplete (Ultimate) gems

    Session Horns, Una Corda, Vintage Organs, the Rickenbacker bass, and the discovery series stuff.
  40. Jimmy Hellfire

    Synchron-ized Special Edition

    Hopefully definable ranges for CC controllers! This is a big one for me. All my expression maps for VI instruments use ranges for switching between articulations (cc 1-25 is stacc, 26-50 portato etc.) and I use the ranges a lot for playability too (velocity 1-20 portamento, higher than that...
  41. Jimmy Hellfire

    Big band & swing - study suggestions

    So true, started to realize this pretty quickly!
  42. Jimmy Hellfire

    Big band & swing - study suggestions

    That's some great stuff folks, thanks!
  43. Jimmy Hellfire

    Synchron-ized Special Edition

    I think the piano is incredible. Loaded it up, put my hands on the keyboard and was positively gobsmacked by the sound coming out of the monitors. This is actually a pretty crazy deal. Yes, it's a strong, bright, assertive sound. That's great. It's not an intimate or "let me play this single...
  44. Jimmy Hellfire

    Big band & swing - study suggestions

    I played Super Mario Odyssey on the Switch and they have this incredibly fun level with an awesome big band arrangement. I figured I should start learning to write stuff like this, as it's pretty much uncharted territory for me. Any suggestions what to listen to and study for this kind of...
  45. Jimmy Hellfire

    MUSIC: What are you listening to ? ?

    Don't have many, unsurprisingly. :) I really like these guys and buy every album they put out: The drum production is incredible. I was a real metalhead when I was young, so I still like Metallica and some other metal and hard rock classics. I really massively dislike contemporary rock and...
  46. Jimmy Hellfire

    MUSIC: What are you listening to ? ?

    Man, I listen to nothing. Haven't been for years. I hate it. I fear stagnation of my own vocabulary because of that. But I just can't seem to get into anything that's out there. I hate popular music, it drives me up a wall, and "artsy" stuff is mostly just more of the hypothermic, narcissistic...
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