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7 Feb 2020
Hi! I've been lately enchanted by the Metal Gear Solid series, not just story-wise or because of the gameplay. It has very distinctive soundtrack and some of the tracks I feel I should be able to cover at my level.

I chose "Father and Son" for my first target and I've recorded a few attempts of the intro. Please let me know what can be improved, mostly in terms of phrasing and dynamics. I'm sorry for keeping my right hand out of the camera. I'm not sure if it's any important. I'm not using the regular classical picking style and I'm aware I need to work on my accenting technique - I hope all my faults can be identified by just hearing it.

I don't really know how to practice accenting notes and I probably need help with both picked and fingered accenting techniques. Could you guide me in he right direction to improve that?

10 Jan 2020
Hi! I've made a post about my fan game some time ago and we're a little stuck, regarding the sound tracks. I want to give it my best but I have zero experience with composing and remixing music. Could anyone help me with one of the tracks?

I would like to make it sound more darker and add bits of electric guitar but I don't even know which program to use. Is Reaper okay for such purpose?

4 Jan 2020
My first interface arrived today and at the moment I'm following the instruction videos. It's really small and a little light but seems very sturdy. So far, it looks simple to use. I'm used to having a software CD included in the hardware box but I feel the way Focusrite did it makes things much easier.

I picked Ableton Live Lite as my DAW, because some forums said it's easier than Pro Tools for composing and that's what I hope to do with it but I see I'm entitled to Pro Tools (it wasn't a choose-one-only thing) and I'll try that too a bit later. People say on the forums that Pro Tools is a standard in the industry, so it's worth learning.

It's a lot of new things bt I'm learning. At the moment I'm neither happy with the purchase nor disappointed. I managed to get it to work and set up the volume level, so it's a start. I'll give it some time and see how it goes. I'll have to switch between recorder devices for recording and talking to people online but it's not a big drawback. I'm now considering getting a small USB-MIDI keyboard and try composing some tracks but not gonna happen anytime soon if at all.
1 Jan 2020
I've been working on a video game for some time now and we're really deep in it now! I'm expecting the release date to be around first half of May, which is not that distant. We're having a lot of fun and learn a lot too, so it's a good experience, even though it's a fan-made project and we won't be able to monetize it.

It takes place in apocalyptic Future where the survivor who stayed safe in space when all the bad things happened delves into an academy looking for tools to use to stop the apocalypse in another timeline.
It's a short introductory game for the project that comes afterwards but we're hoping to learn something from the feedback we get and make the sequel project even better.

It takes place in apocalyptic Future where the survivor who stayed safe in space when all the bad things happened delves into an academy looking for tools to use to stop the apocalypse in another timeline.

The first part is a stealth game up until the protagonist finds a weapon, the second part will include battles.

We're having quite a problem with the soundtrack, though. We do have 3 remixes of the themes used in the original series but we're lacking some. Is anybody interested in helping with it?

The general idea is as follows: we need one world map music, based on Metal Gear Solid stealth tracks if possible, but we already have 3 Synthwave tracks, so Synthwave or Dark Synthwave would fit in too. We need a "battle" music. Actually, Cael has made one that would be a perfect fit, as a suggestion for a GMC Collab (I'll attach the track to the post). If you're okay with it, we would be happy to use it as the "battle" music. Please let me know, if you read this. Lastly, we came up with the idea to make an instrumental Synthwave cover of Deep Purple's Space Truckin' (about 2 minutes long would be enough for its purpose.) The protagonist travels in a space truck, so it would be a perfect fit. I'll get my Scarlett unit in 2 days, I think, so I could do the guitar part but I'm unable to do neither synth nor drums.

I don't know much about writing actual music, so any bit of help is appreciated, any piece of advice or guidance will be the most helpful!
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31 Dec 2019
I've bought this guitar almost two years ago and it looked like this:

After getting comfortable with the LP body type, I've started modding it to hell and back to see the best configuration, pickups, etc. Sometime before the Christmas, I've finished the build and I'm very satisfied. I spent past week at work, which is why I'm posting it just now.

Everything besides the wood has been replaced and adjusted:

The potentiometers were replaced with Bourns' that turn harder, as I like it. The toggle switch for pickups was moved to the bottom, so it's easier to connect the wires. Another switch I added is the double split coil for both pickups and the old socket at the top is now occupied by the VariTone switch that works much better with a Tone knob on board.

The pickups' rings were replaced with gold ones, made of steel, both for good looks and hopefully for better resonance than the plastic ones. The saddle has been replaced with a brass one. The old one was badly cut and the high E tended to spring out of it. The tuners were replaced with Kluson's locking tuners that I've found on a sale. They keep the guitar in tune pretty well and re-stringing should now be a bit easier.

The straplocks were replaced with ones I've got directly from China. For the price, they do amazing job, look great and seem very sturdy. Now I won't have to worry about the hanging belt when I hang the guitars up on the wall smile.gif

The whole guitar has been checked and prepared by the luthier, so the octaves, truss rod and pickups' height are now properly set and it's tuned for Eb henceforth. It's fun but it also allows me to cover more ground, regarding lessons at GMC. Somehow, I like higher string action on this one and I left it this way.

It also turned out the solder tin I was using was the old USSR's industrial one, possibly with lead in it. Besides its poor quality, it also muddied the signal a LOT. Now the guitar is wired with the new solder tin and the pickups in two of my guitars finally sound like they should. I enjoyed both Merlin set and the PAFs when I first got them but now their true potential is unleashed!

My original idea for this guitar was to alter it based on Hetfield's Iron Cross but in the meantime, I've developed my own concept, so it's 100% my own design! smile.gif
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