There has been a disturbance in the force.
Funnily enough, it looks like we are receiving critique for publishing the project files of our latest track “Kernel” for free.
Someone pointed me out to a thread about it on a popular music production forum.
And it was a very interesting read indeed.
The release of our free track and project files is being deemed as Fake and Disappointing.
At first I just found it amusing.
But then I figured, hey…
While everyones entitled to their opinions…
While I don’t mind people talking at all…
And while I normally ignore the critiques (yes)…
Let’s find out…
Are they right?
I don’t have the time (or interest) to go round the forums posting responses so I’ll just do it here, at the source.
Feel free to drop any comments.
“It’s disappointing because they only used sounds from their sample pack”
Where do I begin…
Second – if you took the time to have a proper look into the project, you would immediately notice that we haven’t used most of the sounds as they appear on the sample pack.
In fact we especially wanted to get a bit more creative with the sounds as we really wanted to show that sounds on any sample pack do not have to be used as such.
There’s nothing wrong in using sample pack sounds as such. I do that all the time.
BUT there is always a myriad of options for taking things further and creating something of your own from your source sounds.
This is a skill worth learning.
Third – make sure you understand this – within the project folder download we are GIVING YOU 45 MB of samples from our sample pack for free.
That is, another 45 MB of samples in addition to the 31 MB that are downloadable at the Loopmasters site.
This means in total we are giving out 76 MB of sounds from our sample pack for free…
The way I see it, it’s worth the download for that reason alone.
I was especially amused by this one:
“It’s not the original project because they only used Logic plugins”
When publishing a project for free download it’s generally a good idea to make sure people can load it up on their systems… Wouldn’t you agree?
That is why we only used Logic plugins from the ground up when making this tune.
Besides – Logic boasts an excellent collection of great sounding plugins. More than you would ever need really.
I would really encourage anyone to learn to get the best out of them.
Some of my favorite ones include the Compressor (learn to use the different modes), Scanner Vibrato and the Space Designer.
“It’s definitely not the original project because it has been reduced to samples and the channels they used for synthesis are gone”
The project is 100% original, Eugene.
Again, the whole starting point and our main reason for doing this is to promote our sample pack.
That is why we only used audio samples from the sample pack in creating this tune. We wanted to give you and example of what can be done with them.
We could have just used the samples as such. From the vast material within the sample pack, it’s easy to create tunes “plug and play style”.
But we chose not to.
We took extra effort to use many different techniques within this project so that people could actually learn and benefit from it.
I see the release of the project files as part of what I’m doing here on the blog – helping people out with free information.
So why would we be faking it?
Even though we haven’t used most of the sounds as they appear on the sample pack, you can still pretty easily “reverse-engineer” the stuff that’s going on in the arrange page if you want.
I would even suggest you go do that now – you might catch a couple of new ideas along the way.
Most of our projects do end up as mostly audio in any case in their final stages. The “Kernel” one really doesn’t look any different to the other ones if you must know.
Bouncing things to audio as you go is a great idea for several reasons:
- It “cements” your ideas
- It gives you a chance for further processing options (such as cutting and flex time) that are only possible in audio form
- It frees up CPU
- It keeps your arrange tidy (VERY important)
There are more but I’ll save the details…
The 10% discount code “LXRS10″ for buying the sample pack is only going to be valid for a bit longer.
Make sure you make use of that if you’re going to buy the sample pack.
Here is the link one more time: Loxy & Resound Drum and Bass Vol 8. – Loopmasters
In any case…
They gave me another chance to plug our sample pack and I gladly took it.
If that brings you further sensations of dissapointment…
Or if anything else is bugging you..
Feel free to leave your comments below.