mix and master

My kid does 13K in damage to studio equip, we handle it like lunatics.

[Part 1]

Some background:

I’m an audio engineer and score arranger full time in my self-owned business. It’s how I provide for myself, my fiancée (also CF), and my mother. I record, mix, and master for bands, voice-overs for local commercials, and write music for people’s weddings, college films, indie games, etc.. It was my passion since I was a child and every day I ask myself why I get paid to do what I do.

You know, until today.

I had a woman schedule to come in because she wanted me to record her monologue for an acting class. I thought it was going to be easy enough. I set up a mic and a music stand in the sound booth and got my workstation prepped for tracking. She was supposed to show up at 3:30, so when 4:00 came around, I called her to ask her if she was still coming. It was my last contract for the day and I was wanting to get home to my fiancée, dogs, and dinner.

“Oh, sorry sweetie, I’m going to be there soon. I just had to get my son from ex-boyfriend.”

Uh oh.

4:12, she showed up with her child.

To preface, I’ve never really wanted kids, and don’t really hate them either. But I’ve been childfree of mind for a decade now in league of several bad child experiences in public.

Anyway, I sat her down at the conference table and tried to talk to her about the contract and billing, etc., and just couldn’t because of the six-years-old pile of ovary droppings next to her.

“Mommy it’s cold in here.” “Mommy, I’m bored.” “Mommy, that guy has girl hair.” “Mommy, I want to play on the phone.”

The incessant whining went on for the entirety of the discussion. She did nothing about it. I had an ache in my stomach that this might be a rough session.

I was right.

I showed her to the sound booth, positioned the mic at face level, told her the basics of mic use, and then she floored me with a question.

“Can my son stay in there with you while I do this?” I insisted that he wait in the conference room (across the hall from the control room) because the control room wasn’t a very kid-friendly place considering the 120K of equipment at arms reach.

“But he’s a little angel.”

I shouldn’t have taken her word for it. I SHOULD NOT have taken her word for it. This kid was ANYTHING but. I let him in, told him to sit in one of the office chairs and don’t touch anything. Needless to say, he touched. I queued the recording arm and signaled her to start. She got three lines into her take before I hear a deafening screech and crash.

That little shit machine had just knocked over a $4,000 Korg into a rack with $9,500 of equipment. Completely shattered the touchscreen on the Korg, busted the dials off of half of the effects, and totaled my distressor that I use for almost all the vocals I track.

All of this, by the way, was the room’s length apart from where I told the crotch goblin to stay.

The kid, because of the loud noise, started full-lung screaming. Not crying. Not yelling. Screaming.

The mother, with no hesitation, ran over to the control room and DEMANDED to know what I did to her child. She cussed at me and accused me of hurting her little snot monster. Threatened to sue and even swung at me. When I told her that her precious angel had just racked up at least twelve grand of damages, she said “good”, spit on me, then stormed out, slamming every door on the way. So I pulled the security camera footage and had filed a police report. Grand total: $13,504.25. I also mailed her the bill for her session for good measure.

Of six years in the studio, this is my only truly terrible experience. Fuck mombies. Fuck having children. Thanks for making my vasectomy decision that much easier on me.

[Part 2]

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so uh

is the additional plot in the DLC going to explain why the Hero from 10,000 years ago looks nothing like Link but a lot like Ganondorf

or are we just. supposed to roll with it and not ask questions

“Deeper than blood
Greater than love
Theirs is a union
The ‘Demon’
 and the Goddess” [LISTEN]

  1. Florence + The Machine - Cosmic Love
  2. Within Temptation - Lost
  3. Amanda Lee - Erased OP/ED
  4. Thousand Foot Krutch - Hurt
  5. Bastille - Skulls
  6. Nightwish - Forever Yours
  7. Radical Face - Welcome Home, Son
  8. The Unforgiven II - Metallica 
  9. Two Steps From Hell - His Brightest Star Was You
  10. Nightwish - Alpenglow
  11. Katie Herzig - Human Too
  12. Wolf Alice - Silk
  13. Lana Del Rey - Once Upon A Dream
  14. Future World Music - Eternal Love
  15. Blue Oyster Cult - Veteran Of The Psychic Wars
  16. Starset - Halo
  17. Red - Pieces

A revamped fanmix dedicated to my favorite space-faring pair, John and Cortana. 

(Special thanks to @decade-dance @cortnan and @aflamebeyondtheveil for their contributions!) 

Today’s Best Tips on Music Production

10 essential tips… 20 mistakes… 30 production secrets and so on, such lists seem to be really popular these days. Although many of them are just full of crap. Especially forget about the longer checklists – even if you could find some good advices there, most tips are just nonsense, like “don’t mix bass with headphones”.

Anyway, to you aspiring producer, here’s a few things I think you should care about:

  • Limiting yourself can help drive creativity. Don’t use all of your instrumental arsenal at once, don’t try to cover all music styles in one track.
  • Listen to different styles of music and try to identify what you like and what you dislike.
  • Analyze your favorite artists’ work in great detail. Theorize with both feet on the ground.
  • Go ahead and copy other artists, but don’t settle there – tweak and add your own style and flavor.
  • Cover, remix and remake your favorite tracks, it’s a good and fun way to learn about music.
  • Use reference tracks, compare your shit to others, but don’t get paralyzed when your track doesn’t bang as loud as them.
  • Learn about synthesis and learn how to sound design different kind of instruments, e.g. strings, plucks, percussion (make synthetic drums using waveforms, a noise generator, filters, envelopes and such).
  • Check your music productions on several systems; from high-end studio monitor speakers to iPhone earbuds.
  • Sleep on it. Let your track mature over night and return to it with fresh ears.
  • Go hardware, get tactile if you are growing tired of a software-based environment. To actually play an instrument or to turn a real knob is really something else.
  • Get inspiration from collaborations with other artists. Just reach out to people you admire – this is globalization, this is the time of teh internetz.
  • Try to keep passionate about creating music, but don’t be afraid to make some demands of yourself, just to push things forward.

I couldn’t pick one for you, so have them all!!

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Just travelling with the FFXV boyz things:

  • Sitting/walking/running beside them wondering what the fuck you’re doing travelling with a prince and his entourage because lord almighty they are a mess sometimes.

  • Being in charge of the music in the car because they keep bickering and what album to play so they designate you as the mix-master-in-charge (well, really it’s Ignis that does it because there’s only so much of the JusMon OST he can listen to). Your taste in music is pretty good and you buy new albums for the car when you can so the driver doesn’t go insane.


  • Falling asleep in the back seat between Gladio and Noct and Gladio gently putting his arm around your shoulders to make you lean on him and get a good nap in because lord knows you didn’t sleep last night with Prompto constantly singing/humming ‘I want to ride my chocobo all daaay’ to the chocobo theme.

  • Punching Prompto because you can’t stop singing ‘I want to ride my chocobo all daaay’ and it’s all his fault GDI.

  • Cooking with Ignis sometimes and cleaning up because the boys are dumb and don’t do that a lot of the time. Ignis is very grateful. He always gives you a little smile and it’s wonderful. He also tends to cook your favourites the next day if you do! Prompto is onto your sly tactics. If you’re feeling really petty towards Noctis, you request meals with vegetables in them. The glower you get from the prince is always hilarious.

  • Trying to teach Noct how to cook and it is literally a disaster and you can’t scientifically figure out how or why because you watch Noct like a hawk through the whole process and it still tastes like shit in the end, like Noct what the fuck shitty sorcery is this don’t do it.

  • Being the subject of Prompto’s impromptu photoshoots because “This isn’t fair, you’re always so photogenic. I try to catch you off guard, but you look perfect in every photo!” You know he’s always trying to take a funny photo of you, that’s why you always keep an eye on the blonde and his camera as much as you possibly can. If you develop any kind of anxiety from photography it’s definitely because of Prompto.

  • Stealing the camera off Prompto so you can take photos of him because there’s loads of photos of everyone else and not him. Also, selfies with the spirited blondie.

  • At least attempting to get up and do a morning jog with Gladio, but boy he is fit and it is very difficult to get up at the ass crack of dawn and run on various terrain. You suppose there’s a reason he has a body like he does. There’s no way you can match up to him. Still, those early mornings aren’t quite so bad. When you’re too tired and give up, Gladio is always happy to give you a piggy-back ride back to camp. Can confirm, he gives the best piggy-back rides. Okay maybe you purposefully give up sometimes so you can get a piggy-back ride. Gladio doesn’t mind one bit.

  • Sometimes the boys playfully argue about who your favourite might be out of the group of them, but honestly, how can you pick? They’re all so wonderful in their own ways. Plus Noctis gets miffed when you don’t automatically pick him because he’s the prince. There, there, Noct! 

Read part 2 here!


(What’s going on, what’s going on? I’m really scared!)

Master and Commander (2003). During the Napoleonic Wars, a brash British captain pushes his ship and crew to their limits in pursuit of a formidable French war vessel around South America.

A good seafaring film about a man on a mission is a dime a dozen, but what elevates this film beyond it is the time and gravitas it devotes to building the relationship between Russell Crowe’s Captain Jack Aubrey and Paul Bettany’s Doctor Stephen Maturin. It’s wonderfully told, and it gives an epic film a beating heart. 7/10.

so…in August when we released HTBAHB….we threw a special party with the characters from the album and a small group of friends, family and fans in LA at the legendary Village Studios with TUMBLR…where some of our heroes made some of our favourite records. Beach Boys, The Doors, John Lennon, Fleetwood Mac, Dr Dre & Snoop Dogg. While we were there, we made a little record of our own. We played a few of the new songs during the party, and we recorded them through the same equipment our heroes used. we mixed and mastered it digitally for spotify. and im excited to announce that it is released TODAY. I hope you enjoy. it was an amazing evening that I’ll never forget.


Mastering the Fornax Void Mix Tape Vol. 1 Prototype

During the last months I worked on a VHS mix tape. The goal is to fill 1.5 hours of video tape with self-made video material and music. The prototype still contains a lot of footage from my old TV-recorded VHS tapes, some of it copyrighted. As the tape is part of an art project and only reproduced in very low numbers this is probably a legal limbo. I like the tape the way it is now, but will have to think about extending the percentage of self-made material to 99% - 100%. The stills you see in this post, are all showing self-made material.

The Legend of Heroes: Trails Series - Localization Blog #2

Hi, kids!

This is Brittany, Localization Producer at XSEED, editor/graphic text monkey/what-have-you for Trails in the Sky the 3rd, and current head for the Trails series in general. I’m very eager to write this blog, because it’ll be full of updates for FC, SC, and the 3rd.

Let’s get the 3rd’s status out of the way: schedule-wise, we’re currently doing great! When we announced this game last year, I was dead set on getting it out by spring 2017, so I’m very proud to say that goal is being met. Trails in the Sky the 3rd is coming to PC in English on…a date you’ll find out very, very soon.

Barring typos or odd QA hiccups (which can happen when “smashing” PSP and PC code together to get the best of both worlds), the game is in pretty good shape and we’re right where we need to be. It’s cleaning up very well.

               | QA is a sexy time and I won’t let you take it away from me.

I’d like to start by properly warning Trails newbies first: please play Trails in the Sky’s first and second chapters before playing the 3rd. Heck, please play them before even reading this blog! Although the 3rd is not a “third chapter” since the Estelle and Liberl’s story wrapped up with SC, this story still relies on knowledge gained by playing those two games. Internally, I’ve said before that the 3rd has only one target audience: people who’ve played both Trails FC and SC. Cold Steel fans will understand some of the lore dumping, but other details will be quite lost on lost you. Though, hey, if you want to purchase it anyway and help support my coffee fund, I ain’t gonna stop you. (Please buy it and play it later. I’m desperate, here.)

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Originally posted by jjilljj

Pairing: Taehyung x Reader

Genre: HarelyQuinn!Au / Angst

Rated T for mentions of violence, blood, death, brain-washing and mature themes

Word count: 4.4k

Synopsis: The government hired you to cure Kim Taehyung from his madness, yet, every time you see him in that damn white room you lose sanity and yourself a bit more.

Author’s note: I should really really thank my lil Rosie and the sweet Mari for supporting me so much! This is dedicated to both of them <3 and of course feedback is always appreciated!  

part 1 // part 2 // drabble

                                                                       “He whispers things into my brain,

                                                                               assuring me that I’m insane.”


First session

The room smells like disinfectant, medicines and something ferrous you can’t quite define. Everything is white – almost blinding, you think –  the walls, the floor, the table you are sitting behind, the chair in front of you and also the sole window on the left. A window equipped with bars, of course.

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More symbol starters!

☠ : Our muses are at school when slowly classmates start getting murdered! Will they escape? Will they find the killer? Or will one of them die as well?

→: Our muses in the military are sent on a mission to sneak into enemy territory and save hostages! This is a sneaking mission… don’t be seen!

🍁: Our muses are now stranded in a dangerous forest after a tragic plane crash! What do they do to survive? And will they escape?

👫: Our muses are set up on a date… But they’re both blindfolded and cannot see each other! No judging on appearance - only personality. How does this go?

💏: One muse has lost their voice and the only way to get it back is to kiss the other… but the other muse thinks they’re just messing around. How do they get that kiss?

💤: One muse keeps reliving the same day over and over… but when telling the other muse, they think they’re crazy! How do they get them to believe? And does it ever end?

💞: One muse promised their parents they’d bring their partner over to meet them… only problem is - they’re single. So they convince your muse to act the part! How does this go down?

👹: Our muses fall down a rabbit hole! But instead of the happy little land like in the storybook… they end up somewhere much worse.

📺: Our muses figure out they can somehow transport themselves into anything on television! Is it as fun as they thought? Or do they get into a ton of trouble? If they lose the remote, they’re stuck forever.

🌅: One muse tries to hide the fact that every sunset, the turn into something else (whether its a werewolf, vampire, or just a beaver.) The other muse knows they’re hiding something and tries to figure this out.

🔪: Mysterious murders have been happening in town lately. But what happened when one muse finds out that the other muse is the killer? Do they have a reasoning? Or have they gone crazy?

😄: After watching too man superhero movies, one muse gets carried away and wants to be one himself. But what happens when they try saving people who don’t even need saving? Does the other muse try and knock some sense into him? Or do they just enjoy the show.

?: One muse completely forgets who the other is! Doesn’t matter if they’re a lover, a best friend, a family member, or just an acquaintance… they have no clue who you are anymore.

😷: Our muses mess around in the hospital by dressing up as fake-doctors. But what happened when their disguise works a little too well and they’re pulled off to handle a surgery?

👪: A homeless child finds both of your muses and now forcefully declares you as his/her parent. Do they play along? Do they adopt him together? Or do they take him to a shelter?

💕: One muse is blind, and the other is deaf. How do they interact with each other? Does a friendship or something stronger grow? Let your hearts guide you.

Perhaps love at first sight is real? Our muses meet at a masked ball and instantly click! Only problem is, they go home without getting their number or actually seeing their face… do they find each other?

✎ : Both muses are pen-pals. They’ve chatted over the years but never once met in person… but what happens when one muse surprises the other by showing up on their doorstep?

☣:: When the world starts to end, our muses must try and survive during the multiple disasters that begin to happen. Tornado’s, earthquakes, tsunamis, bombings… do they survive? does one die? and does the chaos ever end?

✈: Our muses take a vacation! But during the plane ride, strange paranormal activities begin to happen and people start dying. There’s 13 hours till the plane lands - will they make it?

✿: One muse tries really hard to woo the other! Fancy wine, a picnic under the stars, rose petals leading to the bedroom… does the other muse give in? Or are they not interested?

❥: Both muses are in love with each other… only problem is, one of them in trapped in an arranged married and will be killed if she doesn’t give in.

♚: One muse is royalty, the other is a commoner. Whither its love or simply friendship, they continue to secretly meet up with each other. Wither they get caught or not is up to you.

🎉: Our muses decide to throw a giant house party and invite all their old high-school friends! But people who weren’t invited start showing up, things are broken, drugs and alcohol are brought, and it starts getting way out of hand.

👰: Our muses are now married for a day! Doesn’t matter if they’re friends, enemies or dating… you may now kiss the bride/groom!

🏢: Our muses visit a hotel to stay the night. But they soon find out that everyone who is staying there is dead/spirits. What happens when they’re unable to leave? Will they find a way to escape? Or will they be killed by the other spirits and be forced to stay forever.

✘: Our muses are now put under a spell where they can’t tell a singular lie! Do I look good in this dress? No. No you don’t.