Posts Tagged ‘Advice’

Paul’s Tech Talk – LSDJ 5.1.0, Civil War Part 2: The new L command, and KICKS

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Hello all and thank you for reading The ChipWIN Blog!

In the last issue of this column, we tackled the infamous 5.1.0 LSDJ update and dwelled on the theory of what it brought to the table. To cut it short, it all boiled down to a complete redesign of Pitch behaviour. What the community did not expect, was all the ramifications and ripples it would have, and it ended up being a highly controversial update, to which many would actually choose to turn a blind eye.

If you haven’t already, I suggest reading the first part of this article before delving into this one, just to get familiar with what’s at stake. In this second part, I will first spend some time going over the specifics of the all-new L command also introduced in 5.1.0. Then I will go over how I view the anatomy of Kicks. And then, finally, I will try to get more practical, and give several examples of how to work with LSDJ 5.1.0 and above to utilize all these new features to the fullest.

Let’s dive in!

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Paul’s Tech Talk – LSDJ 5.1.0, Civil War Part 1: “Linear” Pitch

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Hello beautiful people and thank you for reading Paul’s Tech Talk on The ChipWIN Blog!

Today we’re going to tackle one, if not THE most groundbreaking update that happened to LSDJ in the midst of all its crazy transformations. With 5.1.0, Johan Kotlinski decided to rewrite the entire pitch behaviour in LSDJ from scratch. For the sake of this article I’m going to try and keep an unbiased point of view. Even though I am pretty partial to the newer versions, I still use the older ones as well. But it’s safe to say that this update was probably the most controversial of all, and it ruffled a few feathers in the community.

In music in general, but more particularly from a software perspective in LSDJ, Pitch is a solid foundation on which a lot of elements are built. And even though LSDJ is a shining example of software ergonomics and accessible design, its complexity still gives it a bit of a learning curve. The 5.1.0 update shook things up so much that artists would either have to relearn a lot of tried-and-true techniques that would now work just as well but very differently, or refrain from upgrading altogether, deliberately missing out on later updates and bug fixes.

Long story short, for a lot of people, upgrading to 5.1.0 and above would break songs from older versions and render quite a few staple sound design techniques obsolete. Let’s take a quick look at what has changed and get a better grasp of the situation.

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Advice from the Volume 6 Judging Panel

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Sup y’all? =) Brandon here taking a month off from interviewing folk to provide an interim article regarding ‘Chiptunes = WIN: Volume 6‘! For any of y’all living under a rock, this year’s annual Volume competition opened up a couple months back and has a submission deadline of July 2nd this year. To possibly assist, I’ve once again collected thoughts from the year’s judging panel to share with y’all in hopes that maybe they’ll come in handy. And hey, this year I actually did it far enough ahead of time to potentially be useful. Not bad, huh? ;)

For those curious, read on below the hella nifty judges’ profile pic collage!

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Bit by Bit: Perspective and Direction

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Hello, friends!  Today’s article is a little different; I have had a tough time trying to express what I want to convey without sounding jaded, bitter, or negative.  Or at least in a way that could be taken as such.  After all, sometimes what could be seen as jaded or bitter could simply be a viewpoint based on some less-than-typical experiences.  However, who is to say there is nothing to learn from that?  Is there nothing to learn from both your fans and your critics? Perspective is a crucial key to staying on the direction for the message you want to convey with your art.  This article is going to dive into some of that; I hope you enjoy it.

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Bit by Bit: The Point in Thinking Positively

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Long time no see, friends!  I apologize for the lack of segments; in a slight irony I’ve been focusing on getting everything in my own little world back in order.  Now that I have, I’ll be alternating each month between these segments and reviews.  Hope you enjoy!

When you have seen enough of the Internet subculture and its effect on the current generations, it is easy to see how people will dive into the catharsis of some of the Internet’s less appealing pastimes.  Antagonistic and addictive, trolling and reflecting other forms of negativity onto the Internet allow catharsis to those in which somehow are (or at least feel) emotionally repressed.  What nobody realizes is the cognitive and emotional toll it takes on them, and how surrounding themselves with such negativity will hinder their viewpoints and actions later.

Are you curious as to what this has to do with music?  After the break, I’ll explain the point in thinking positive, and how it can affect your creativity and productivity.

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Bit By Bit – Having a Fit Over Fitting In (Without Ever Fitting In)

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Hello, friends; welcome to the second installment of Bit by Bit.  When I decided to start this column I started to pay attention to people’s inquiries about things they feel uncomfortable or otherwise concerned with.  This one I have had a hard time trying to explain in a format that is both thorough and succinct, partially because of how broad this topic can get and the variables involved within certain situations.

Which problem, you ask?  Click on the read more button and I’ll explain.

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