Topic: The Podium Music Lounge

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  • #22146

    Cris17
    Participant

    I have finally released my music under the name “Cryobiosis”. It’s a little hard to define the genre, but I would call it dark/experimental ambient. If anyone is interested, the album is available for free at http://cryobiosis.bandcamp.com

    Of course, all music was created using Podium as a DAW.

    #22147

    Levendis
    Participant

    Re: From the Depths by Cryobiosis
    Very beautiful, evocative, rich and spacey album Cris! Was it written in surround sound? Thank you very much for letting me keep it. πŸ˜€

    #22153

    adimatis
    Participant

    Superb, Cristian!
    πŸ™‚ Bravo, super!

    #22155

    Cris17
    Participant

    I’m very very glad you guys liked it. Music for me is a hobby and an escape – I couldn’t live without it and I will always give my creations for free.

    The tracks were created in a Stereo project in Podium (I’m not sure if I answered your question Levendis). However, I have used Melda Production’s stereo enhancer plug in – it really added a nice touch to the sound.

    If anyone wants to know what other plugins I’ve used, I’d be happy to share.

    #22156

    Levendis
    Participant

    @cris17 wrote:

    The tracks were created in a Stereo project in Podium (I’m not sure if I answered your question Levendis). However, I have used Melda Production’s stereo enhancer plug in – it really added a nice touch to the sound.

    That does answer my question. Great depth of field you’ve achieved.
    @cris17 wrote:

    If anyone wants to know what other plugins I’ve used, I’d be happy to share.

    Don’t dispel the magic πŸ˜‰

    #22159

    adimatis
    Participant

    Actually, could you please? I was about asking you what else did you use…
    πŸ˜‰
    Thanks!
    PS Foarte fain sunetul Cris. Chiar mi-a placut foarte tare! Bravo, la si mai mare!

    #22168

    Cris17
    Participant

    Haha I don’t want to dispel the magic, but I got a lot of helpful hints and useful advice from other people and forums so I think it’s fair that I share my “tools” as well.

    Anyway, for synths I’ve used about 5: Oatmeal (the full pack, IMO it is the best free synth by far – I would spend 100 $ for it with all the presets, cool skins and the amount of features and sound quality), Alchemy Player (once again, amazing), Crystal, P8 Superwave and HG Fortune’s Protoplasm. I have found that all those cover all my sonic needs.

    I’ve also used Sonatina SFZ – a fantastic free sampled orchestra. Also Equinox pianos – although this soundfont is a little hard to find on the internet. For drums I’ve used Drumatic. I’ve also used some sound samples from personal field recordings as well as some sound samples from Sound Radar.

    As far as effects go, the Classic Series (from Acoustica) is very good; especially the delay, flanger, chorus and reverb. Also for the reverb I used Ambience. Other more “exotic” vsts were Camel Crusher and dblue glitch. Also, paul’s extreme sound stretch was very helpful for long, fluid textures.

    Finally, for mastering Melda’s free plug in bundle is fantastic. Very transparent compressor, great eq, great surround plug in, a 10/10 imo.

    Of course, at the heart of all songs is the amazing Podium. Seriously, I had no crashes, very fast workflow and a great interface. I think that covers about everything, if there are any other questions I’d be glad to answer them.

    Multumesc mult Adimatis, planuiesc un concert live in iarna. Poate poti veni πŸ™‚ In ce oras locuiesti?

    #22169

    The Telenator
    Participant

    Sounds like a proper mixture of good ears and some rare common sense. Yes, you just rattled off some of my favourite and most-used freeware — I love Oatmeal equally as much as I do Synth1. I can say about the same for the rest you mentioned. Lately, though, I have moved on from that bundle of free Melda plugins. The limitations of the demo nature of them were a hassle from time to time, but what really ended the relationship was their constant prodding to buy their products — I won’t be pushed. However, I will admit that they make two or three plugins which are excellent for mastering and at a not-unreasonable price. Yet as I said, I’d moved on and ended up finding some mastering plugs I like even better.

    I’ve made an even more important shift of late, too. Liking to work with freeware whenever I’m able — and enjoying the thrill of out-engineering many others who have spend several thousands on DAW and software of great cost — I have recently opened to the idea of actually buying some myself. Regarding this, I’ve purchased both U-HE’s Zebra2 and the most wonderful VA synth I have ever heard — U-HE’s latest upgrade to the Diva. I’ll never leave an instrument such as Oatmeal behind, but it seemed time to reward my hard work and also acquire a new sound or two that I couldn’t completely capture in freeware — at least not easily. I’ve got a short list of a few more planned but certainly will not be overdoing it.

    Chris, I wanted to say — I added Sonatina recently as well, though right now it is only slated for an upcoming project. Meanwhile, I’ve been using one by DSK to sim the orchestra sound.

    I also wanted to mention that I’ve only had a couple of minutes to hear your latest you’ve posted about here. But I have the link and when I can sit still for an hour I plan to gave it a good going over. I did like what I’ve heard so far. Perhaps your future is in doing movie scores! I can hardly wait to listen from start to finish.

    #22173

    Cris17
    Participant

    Tele, are you sure we are talking about the same Melda plugins? Because as far as I could tell their free stuff was very comprehensive and I did not get any advertisement that urged me to buy their products. What products for mastering are you using now?

    I have also been looking into commercial synths. I’m not sure why though, but u-he’s synths haven’t impressed me so far; I’ve tried only the free ones though. Tyrell, zebralette were good but not amazing imo. Of course, it is a matter of taste. I have bought the CM magazine recently and I’m really looking forward to trying out the synths & plugins related.

    Well I hope you’ll like the album to the end. I’m not sure about movie scoring though – as of now music is a hobby for me (although I dedicate a lot of time to it). But I have 8 years of music theory and piano, so who knows. It’s just that the music industry right now is very hard to get into and there are a lot of really good musicians out there.

    #22175

    kingtubby
    Participant

    @cris17 wrote:

    Of course, at the heart of all songs is the amazing Podium. Seriously, I had no crashes, very fast workflow and a great interface.

    Nice to hear some really positive comments about Podium… πŸ™‚

    #22176

    kim_otcj
    Participant

    @cris17 wrote:

    Tele, are you sure we are talking about the same Melda plugins? Because as far as I could tell their free stuff was very comprehensive and I did not get any advertisement that urged me to buy their products. What products for mastering are you using now?

    I think this thing where Melda plugins would occasionally open up their website is something Melda used to do with earlier versions of the free plugin suite, but they’ve dropped it recently. But I still sometimes get the “this feature is only available in Pro” dialogue popping up when I press the wrong button on the interface. That is rather annoying.

    Those plugins are being actively developed. I recently updated to version 7 of the Melda Free bundle, and there are quite a few differences — both in the range of plugins offered, and in their interfaces and features — from the older version I had been using.

    #22177

    The Telenator
    Participant

    Thanks for that bit of information from both of you on the Melda plugins. I may have to look into those again because it has been a while. Even so, and I’m not sure which plugins come in their intro bundle anymore, certain plugins they offer that I remember were outside the bundle were widely known and respected as some of the best for direct application to mastering. I’ve yet to buy any of them, but I’ve been tempted to look into a few.

    My current collection is a complete hodge podge that I’ve collected along the way, from some of the best Sir Elliot plugins, on through Stardust, T Sledge and other ‘off-name’ brands. I’ve found several of GVST’s (the ‘jG’ skins are the easiest to deal with) very useful in spots.

    I should mention to Chris that if you like those sturdy and simple Classic series, you might want to check out Blue Cat Audio’s free bundle. They are a little more modern and offer a few extra features. I love both series, really. For synths, if you have the standard disk from Computer Music mag, you can try the ZebraCM, which is actually just a ‘mag’ edition of Zebra 1, the original. But I’ve got to say, U-HE’s Diva, although certain hungry presets want to kill my PC(!), to me anyway, is the most awesome-sounding VA synth currently out there commercially. Synths such as Tyrell I use and are ‘ok’, but those were some of his earlier creations. Meanwhile, I really am getting more and more into Zebra2, ever since it has been turning up on movie soundtracks, the Batman movie most notable, of course.

    #22198

    Levendis
    Participant

    @cris17 wrote:

    … Oatmeal (the full pack, IMO it is the best free synth by far…)

    Me loves that synth too. Charsiesis, by the same developer, is an awesome effect for timbre shifting.

    @The Telenator wrote:

    … on through Stardust…

    ♥ it!
    @cris17 wrote:

    Of course, at the heart of all songs is the amazing Podium. Seriously, I had no crashes, very fast workflow and a great interface.

    :Nods head in agreement:
    She’s the beguiling girl next door who’s willing to hang out.

    @cris17 wrote:

    Well I hope you’ll like the album to the end.

    Had to post it on my blog; so I can ride on your coat tails.

    @cris17 wrote:

    … It’s just that the music industry right now is very hard to get into and there are a lot of really good musicians out there.

    Power to the People πŸ˜€

    #22203

    Cris17
    Participant

    Thanks a lot levendis for posting my music on your blog. It means a lot to me to see that my music is appreciated. I am planning to release within the next 1-2 months another project; I don’t want to say anything yet but it will be totally different music.

    Stardust and Charsiesis seem to be very interesting plugins – I will take a look at them for sure.

    #22255

    kim_otcj
    Participant

    Okay, I’ve got my latest album up:

    http://kimotcj.bandcamp.com/album/carmine

    It’s about half and half, with the first songs recorded in Podium 3.12 and the last songs in 3.2. I’m always pleased with an album if it sounds better than the albums that preceded it. I think I have good cause to be pleased with this one.

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