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Skol303

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  1. Haha! That photo sounds messy 😁
  2. Well done @bobbass4k! May’s challenge is go...
  3. Voting thread is up! Sorry again for the delay... technical issues now resolved: Really good crop of entries this months guy. Well done 👏 I had started one myself (Yeah I know! Been ages...), but then work got in the way and I didn't finish it. Damn my optimism... might finish it anyway and bung in the Share Your Music forum. Hope you're all well and stay safe.
  4. You're very welcome chap. I think I have it sorted now... 🤞
  5. Sorry for the delay guys, SoundCloud appear to have changed something with their 'embedding widget' and I'm struggling to get hold of the links to your tracks for setting up the voting thread. Working on it now... hopefully won't be long. EDIT: seems to be a problem just with Dad3353's track. You'll notice it doesn't have a 'Share' option in the top-right hand corner of the SoundCloud player, so I can't copy the link to embed it in the voting thread. Clicking on the track titles also no longer links to people's individual SoundCloud pages. It's all a bit FUBAR. Douglas: PM incoming... I'll have to revisit this tomorrow and get it sorted then. I'll add extra days on to the voting. Thanks for your patience all!
  6. We've had some concerns already about Zoom re. data privacy. Clients seems to love it though... like Skype has become 'old hat' (it is admittedly much better than Skype). We ran a conference last week using Zoom: 200 participants, was less of a nightmare than I'd expected and actually worked quite well. Saved a few air miles, at least.
  7. Working as normal from home. Listening out for war-cries form the pent-up savages downstairs (aged 8 and 4) as they fight each other like the feral kids from Mad Max 3 (the crap one with Tina Turner) and generally drive my wife crazy. Ok, crazier. Also trying to fend off multiple Zoom meetings each day. I'm honestly seeing more of clients now than I ever did before... "Why send your message in a short and convenient email, when you can soil my laptop screen with your grinning mug and waste a good half hour of my day!?" Honestly, being a sociopath* I'm quite well suited to social avoidance. *not my day job.
  8. Thanks to lockdown, I might even get something written myself this month! Imagine that. It's been too long.
  9. Sorry, only just spotted the PM about this! (operating a reduced service under lockdown 😉). Have added your track to the voting thread.
  10. Nice! It's a cool album and really growing on me... I'm a sucker for modern pop songs with proper basslines.
  11. I run a small consultancy in the UK doing environmental and tourism work; and another split between Estonia and Netherlands working on science/tech projects across EU and further afield (commencing Latin America later this year). Genuinely enjoy my work, despite it eating up a large portion my life - always balancing with family, etc. Lucky to have a really great team - all of them close friends - and a good amount of respect in our field, having been at it for 18 years now. We’re fortunate in being able to work from home during the lockdown, so for me it’s pretty much business as usual. Only I have to make my own coffee ☕ Have also had lots of other varied jobs in the past… farm and building site labourer; factory worker; fruit picker; waiter; call centre operator; private security; martial arts instructor; aid worker; once looked after Robert Plant's pigs at his smallholding in Hereford (true dat); and some I can’t mention without having to kill you all 😋 It’s good to keep busy, I always say.
  12. Well done lads! Voting thread is up: Stay healthy 😷
  13. Well done lads 👏 March’s challenge is now on in the Rec’ forum...
  14. Well done lads. Good turn out 👏 Voting thread is up!
  15. Very good advice already above 👍 My own tips would be: Use reference material when mixing. I often forget to do this myself… it takes dedication to keep referencing your own work against professional mixes, especially when you’re ‘in the zone’ and don’t feel like pausing. But it’s always useful. Controversial perhaps, but analog gear can make a difference to the finished sound. Especially a good quality mix bus compressor and/or program EQ. I've switched from using literally hundreds of plug-ins to using about a dozen pieces of analogue kit. The absence of choice (which for me leads to 'option paralysis') has helped me to focus much more on the basics of mixing, rather than trying to always solve problems by adding plug-ins. If your set up can't easily accommodate analog, then simply try to reduce the number of plug-ins you're using - choose those that you find most useful and get to know them really well. I've found this 'reductionist' approach to be very refreshing and inspiring (chimes with the comments about some great music being made with minimal kit). Don’t keep using the same preset patches on your plug-ins. Experiment. Try dialing in your own settings. And it doesn’t always have to be subtle. Some of those ‘big studio’ sounds are the results of quite generous knob-twisting! 😮 Also, I reckon most people think their own music is lacking. I know I do. Don’t sweat it, because to other people’s ears it always tends to sound better (especially if you get them drunk first and play it really loud). *This all reminds me that I need to get sharing some music on here again; it’s been way too long!*
  16. Well done Doug 👏 February’s challenge is now go...
  17. Well done guys! 👏 Voting thread is up.
  18. Well done all! A bumper crop. I'm going to launch the voting thread now (whilst I can still operate a laptop... cheers 🍺). EDIT: Thread is up! Merry Christmas y'all.
  19. Well done guys! I couldn't think of two more deserving winners... well, I could, but you'll do 😁 December's Cover Song Challenge is now on! Get jingling...
  20. All done lads! The voting thread is now up: The winner will choose a picture to launch the challenge again in 2020. Next month is our Cover Song Challenge, to which you're allowed to enter any cover song written or recorded during 2019 (and they don't have to be festive...).
  21. Well done mate! 👏 NOVEMBER’S CHALLENGE IS GO...
  22. Well done Lurks! 👏 October's challenge is now on...
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