Happy New Year everyone! In some ways, 2021 ended up being a difficult year for me, but it makes me appreciate the good relationships that I have here even more. I wish everyone wellbeing and happiness in 2022!
I really did see a huge improvement after batch resaving, but after I restarted my PC, it went back how it had been before. I think the speed boost I saw was purely because resaving had made Kontakt load all the files into memory, so when I opened the instruments afterward, of course they loaded a ton faster.
At this point, I think it might be my anti-virus software scanning stuff as I'm opening it. I could go and set exclusions to try to get around it...but at least ATM, I don't feel like screwing around with my AV. I'll put up with waiting for a minute while the libraries load.
Batch resaving does seem to really help some people, though, so hopefully that info's still useful to someone.
At the risk of sharing something that's common knowledge... I have a tremendous gift for anyone here who uses Kontakt.
If your Kontakt instruments load slowly, running "batch resave" on the instrument may drastically improve its performance. Full details are in our Kontakt resource. I personally have had instruments that took over a minute to load come to load in seconds after batch resaving. It's a godsend. Seriously, if after this anyone here still has to wait for minutes for an instrument to load, I'm gonna cry.
I've had a really nice extended weekend. No one's been breathing down my neck; most importantly, I haven't had to feel like sh*t.
As was my dearest wish, I've spent the whole thing working on a music course. It's been great to let someone else pick what to study next. I've probably spent more time on it than was really intended, but I've also gotten to wring as much value out of it as I could, too. You couldn't call it anything but work, but it wasn't demoralizing, and every day let me achieve something worthwhile, too.
I'm in the middle of a protracted high-stress period at work. At times like these, I'm glad for my vocal synth music collection. Hearing the voices of "people" I care about helps enough to at least keep slogging forward.
Hm, I wonder... Assuming I ever get to have one, how much would I have to pay for CFM to be willing to have Miku play my wedding reception? For the cost of moving the projection panels and other stuff, probably a lot more than I'll have, right?
This, for some reason, is what occurs to me while watching the emotional power and beauty of "Last Night, Good Night."
Probably best to save that for the last song of the evening, eh? Otherwise, I'm not sure what kind of message that sends....
So, I had some water stuck in my ear. There are a few ways to get it out, but nothing worked. So I picked out some synth tunes with heavier bass, turned up the volume a little, and went about other business. Gradually, it seems like the vibrations have been able to work the water out! :)
(At least, that's what I hope's happening. It seems like there was more water in there than I thought....)
I mean, if the sound of a horn can bring down a concrete wall, I figure the Cryptonloids and some heavy bass can restore my hearing, right?
Disclaimer: I said I turned up the volume a little. Don't listen to stuff too loud. It's surprisingly easy to damage your ears.
The other day, I mis-read "Miku Hatsune" as "Miss Hatsune," and for some reason it just struck me as rather odd/funny. I don't think I've seen anyone refer to her that way, at least not on English-language sites. Even with honorifics, I've only seen stuff like "Miku-san."
Though in anime/manga, the more formal way to refer to someone seems to be using their surname, so you'd get "Hatsune-san," which is basically something like "Miss Hatsune." Maybe some people in Japan choose to call her "Hatsune-san?"
I felt a little down about an hour ago. While working on a new song attempt, I realized that the song didn't feel cohesive enough to me. I'd been trying to let it explore more variation in order to keep it interesting, but I'd let the verses differ melodically from one another too much for my liking. I felt a little bad for having let that happen.
But, before I let myself feel bad about that for too long, I reminded myself that being able to notice the problem, and then even further to understand why it was there, were both signs of growth. And then I sat down at my computer, found a few key parts that strayed too far, and tweaked them. Listening to it again, I think it's gotten much better; I need to adjust the timing of some of the lyrics/notes, but the general outline seems pretty good.
So the next time you feel bad about your work in whatever field, remember that being able to know something is wrong is itself a good sign! After that, experience and learning will help you diagnose/fix problems, or avoid them in the first place.
It makes me happy seeing "who's here from Miku Expo 2021" comments on videos. I had so much fun at the concert, and it's nice to see other people having enjoyed it, too. It's wild to see those comments on something I actually went to/was a part of, as well.
Things get so much easier when using a key you're familiar with. I mean, with identifying pitches based on interval. This must be an area where lots of practice makes things easier. That and actually using the major parts of the grid more.
No, I've not scrapped what I was doing before, at least not yet. This next part just does the above things, where the first part didn't. And it really is a night and day difference in terms of ease and productivity :) .
I'm trying to work on an original with flowing lyrics--think of something with more of a melancholy feeling than a pop/rock one. But to get the words to not sound stilted/choppy, I keep using these oddball note lengths, and they don't start/stop on the beat in a particularly orderly way so far. I'm sure I can make the starts of individual phrases fall on a beat, of course, provided it doesn't make a weirdly short/long pause after the previous phrase.... I can't help wondering, though, if this is ok or if it's just going to end up being a big mess that doesn't work, especially once I start getting the instrumental more fleshed out....
It's been so cool to do this 15-hour marathon with everyone here who's watched Expo and these Digital Stars producers from across the world. (A pair of hours of sleep, and I feel perfect!) So much fun!