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zebra2  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: February 21, 2018

I am STILL messing around with stupid design things for my music.

It's a lot of fun actually. I'd like to learn how to animate some of these. I'd also like to come up with a sticker-worthy design that I can print and hand out places.

I also ordered a new soldering iron, but for stupid reasons. I got some soldering tips for Christmas, which turn out to be incompatible with my current iron. Should I spend another $10 on correct tips OR spend more on an iron that matches the ones I have? The latter provides a nice excuse to upgrade to a variable temperature controlled one with a digital thermometer.

zebra2  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Impromptu LA Hubski meetup Feb 20

I would show but I've got stuff going on tomorrow :(

zebra2  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: February 14, 2018

Well, now I'll have to download another VST.

Alter Ego is tons of fun. I've found you can stumble onto 2-3 note stretches that sound surprisingly convincing, but making a whole line sound realistic would be some kind of wizardry. Still, the thing has enough parameters I think someone could do it

zebra2  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: February 14, 2018

This weekend I downloaded a ridiculous voice synthesizer VST called Alter Ego and had a blast messing around with it. Evidently you can coax a sort of Ghost In The Shell Bulgarian choir-style sound out of it, which is something I've wanted to get for a while.

Related, reading up about SAMPA is pretty interesting.

zebra2  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: February 7, 2018

I always look forward to Hubski but I never remember what to talk about when it comes around.

I have a promo video for music stuff, which is meant to be a prelude to a full video, but to finish it I need to get a proper license for Premiere Pro. My trial expired :(

I also haven't had a proper day off in two weeks, so I'd really like to have a weekend this time around.

zebra2  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: January 31, 2018

I’ve bought a bunch of pieces from tayda since you first linked me to it. I’ve got a considerable backlog of soldering projects, breadboard circuits to test, and so on.

zebra2  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: January 31, 2018

My Casio VL-1 arrived. It doesn't work. I intend to pop it open and fix it though. There's a single striped screw holding me back, so I need to drill the head off it. Casio apparently used adamantium screws in this era.

I'm planning to go to Japan in October, so naturally I tried looking up when I could attend one of these events. Apparently it's really big in eastern Europe. There's also apparently Robot American Football.

zebra2  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: January 24, 2018

It actually is done:

I'm just slowly pushing out promotional material after the fact.

The fumes were a nuisance, but they didn't seem to cause any harm, especially having sat outside the affected area the whole time.

zebra2  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: January 24, 2018

I've messed around with filters in the past but I've never found anything that is particularly satisfying, hence the move to paper. I'm totally already thinking about finding some paper with some nice visible fibers or irregularities.

zebra2  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: January 24, 2018

The other night the house was flooded with acetone fumes from the neighbors downstairs. They're doing something to the floors and filled the whole place with a coat of acetone, leaving the windows open to let the fumes waft into the condos upstairs. I had to take the cat and hole-up in the car for a few hours while I figured out how to air-out our place. That was fun.

Other than that I've been working on some unfinished art to pair with my music project. I have:

A phony subway map of all the tracks

A monolith on a martinscape

and some hokey elk bird tiles

What I'd like to do with some (all?) of these is print them onto paper then scan them back at high-res to get some texture to it to curb the digital-ness.

zebra2  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: January 17, 2018

Last week I won a bid on a Yamaha PC-100. It arrives tomorrow.

This week I won a Casio VL-1, the infamous half-calculator half-synthesizer. I'm starting to become an addict.

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