VSE March Competition poll

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What's your vote for the winner of the DCO competition?

Poll ended at Mon Apr 14, 2014 4:56 pm

Calmly Truising
7
27%
GONE, MAYBE?
0
No votes
sea glass
5
19%
DON'T COUNT ONME
2
8%
Dominion
3
12%
Superfalling
4
15%
Ken's Theme
0
No votes
Echoes - Antarctica
3
12%
The Arrival
0
No votes
Paraphonic Activity
1
4%
loco al volante
1
4%
 
Total votes: 26

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VSE March Competition poll

Post by commodorejohn » Fri Apr 04, 2014 4:56 pm

Alright, time to determine the winner of the DCO competition! We got a total of 10 tracks this time, and I'm impressed - the baseline for quality seems to keep going up with each compo. Some very good stuff in here!

We'll leave the poll open until Monday the 14th, then the winner will be announced and get the choice of theme for the next competition.
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Re: VSE March Competition poll

Post by ejlif » Fri Apr 04, 2014 6:14 pm

I'd be most interested in hearing a little bit about everyone's song how it came about how long it took what gear did you use etc...

I'll start. My song is DON'T COUNT ONME (get it DCO haha) I used the Juno 106. I wasn't even going to do this but when I saw the rules DCO synth and realized the Juno qualified. I had to do it. That is my first synth I bought back in 1989. I bought it used for 500 bucks. Even after sitting in my storage room for 10 years it's still working like new.

I picked an NI abysynth FX patch and a simple reverb for my effects.

I played a bunch of parts into Live 9 sequencer then bounced to audio so I had a whole bunch of audio parts available to choose from. I spent one evening doing the music parts then dug through the mess of parts and put the song together. I made it pretty short since I thought attention span might not last so long for something like this. I kept the audio trickery to a minimum in Live 9.

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Re: VSE March Competition poll

Post by ellaguru » Fri Apr 04, 2014 6:47 pm

very well recorded tracks
but what are the parameters to vote?
choosing a "best track" as the track we like or voting from an objective point of view, i mean, the best/interesting use of the DCO, the fx, the mixing...etc
could you explain to me please?

thanks

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Re: VSE March Competition poll

Post by Infinity Curve » Fri Apr 04, 2014 7:07 pm

Mine was Calmly Truising. Yes, it sounds like a Com Truise song. I just got the synth when I started this track, and it just dripped his style/sound as soon as I started programming it, so I rolled with it.

Did it with a Juno106. Pretty much made my drum sounds, recorded the synth parts and then waited until the last minute and arranged it all into a song.

Effects used were the built in chorus and a little bit of Valhalla Room reverb. Really didn't do much of anything to the actual synth parts aside from some EQ'ing when I mixed it; the drum sounds took quite a bit of compression and EQ'ing to get sounding the way I wanted. I also kept it simple, mainly because I like the melody riff and the bassline, so I am probably going to turn them into a more full bodied track at some point. Not 100% happy with everything, particularly my 'crash cymbal' sound, which I basically forgot about until I was almost done and adding the FX bits and realized I hadn't made one, rushed it, and didn't really get what I wanted but just said screw it, I need to finish this.

Some really great stuff in this comp. My vote went to Ken's theme, because, well, street fighter. I'm interested to hear who did Sea Glass and what they used(Analog Four??).

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Re: VSE March Competition poll

Post by balma » Fri Apr 04, 2014 7:08 pm

Mine was not included?
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Re: VSE March Competition poll

Post by Z » Fri Apr 04, 2014 7:12 pm

Infinity Curve wrote: I'm interested to hear who did Sea Glass and what they used(Analog Four??).
Me, too. That's who I cast my vote for. Lots of good tracks submitted, though.
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Re: VSE March Competition poll

Post by commodorejohn » Fri Apr 04, 2014 7:12 pm

ellaguru wrote:very well recorded tracks
but what are the parameters to vote?
choosing a "best track" as the track we like or voting from an objective point of view, i mean, the best/interesting use of the DCO, the fx, the mixing...etc
could you explain to me please?
Vote for what you think should win, based on whatever criteria you think are important.
balma wrote:Mine was not included?
Did you do one? I put in all the pieces that were on the competition's Soundcloud page, but I don't recall getting a request for the login info from you. If you upload your piece, I'll put it in the poll.
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Re: VSE March Competition poll

Post by zoomtheline » Fri Apr 04, 2014 7:51 pm

It would have been cool to guess what synths were used but, might be quite hard, I dunno.
I'll wait to see if balma posts a track before I vote.
I feel a bit cheap really, sounds like everyone put a lot of work in to theirs. Great stuff everyone.

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Re: VSE March Competition poll

Post by Solderman » Fri Apr 04, 2014 8:35 pm

I voted for Dominion. Just enjoyed it the most, no other reason.


My contribution was Ken's Theme. I can't sequence worth a s**t so I converted the Sega Genesis version(from vgm format) to a Midi file and did a template version with plugins in Reaper first. I did add the crash cymbal notes and had to transpose most of the tracks by an octave, but that was it. Once I had the Midi how I wanted it, the plugins were removed from the Reaper project.

The synth used was the Roland Alpha Juno. Bass and Lead sounds are double tracked, with the second pass for each slightly detuned. The backing chords are 4 passes from 2 sounds, although I was not at all pleased with the results. Drums was 5 passes: Kick, 2 passes for snare(transient first then rattle and decay), one for toms and one for the white noise crash. The only effect used was a free tape delay plugin called Interruptor's Bionic Delay.

edit: Based on this effort, I have decided the sonic character of the Alpha Juno basically sucks. Horrible plastic, cheesy rubbish. I'll be selling it soon. This contest was kinda fun, though.
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Re: VSE March Competition poll

Post by ellaguru » Fri Apr 04, 2014 8:38 pm

commodorejohn wrote: Vote for what you think should win, based on whatever criteria you think are important.
very wide parameters...
but ok
i voted Superfalling, it captured my attention more than other tracks, that sort of shoegaze-ish attitude.
Antarctica very close: very nice use of sound and recording

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Re: VSE March Competition poll

Post by Infinity Curve » Fri Apr 04, 2014 8:58 pm

commodorejohn wrote:
ellaguru wrote:very well recorded tracks
but what are the parameters to vote?
choosing a "best track" as the track we like or voting from an objective point of view, i mean, the best/interesting use of the DCO, the fx, the mixing...etc
could you explain to me please?
Vote for what you think should win, based on whatever criteria you think are important.
balma wrote:Mine was not included?
Did you do one? I put in all the pieces that were on the competition's Soundcloud page, but I don't recall getting a request for the login info from you. If you upload your piece, I'll put it in the poll.
Looks like he posted it to his own soundcloud account; his last post in the other thread is the song title.
Solderman wrote:I voted for Dominion. Just enjoyed it the most, no other reason.


My contribution was Ken's Theme. I can't sequence worth a s**t so I converted the Sega Genesis version(from vgm format) to a Midi file and did a template version with plugins in Reaper first. I did add the crash cymbal notes and had to transpose most of the tracks by an octave, but that was it. Once I had the Midi how I wanted it, the plugins were removed from the Reaper project.

The synth used was the Roland Alpha Juno. Bass and Lead sounds are double tracked, with the second pass for each slightly detuned. The backing chords are 4 passes from 2 sounds, although I was not at all pleased with the results. Drums was 5 passes: Kick, 2 passes for snare(transient first then rattle and decay), one for toms and one for the white noise crash. The only effect used was a free tape delay plugin called Interruptor's Bionic Delay.

edit: Based on this effort, I have decided the sonic character of the Alpha Juno basically sucks. Horrible plastic, cheesy rubbish. I'll be selling it soon. This contest was kinda fun, though.
I was going to ask if you used a midi file for it or figured it all out and sequenced it. It sounded great either way, sorry to hear you aren't digging the synth.

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Re: VSE March Competition poll

Post by balma » Fri Apr 04, 2014 10:14 pm

my apologies , I sent you a message to the soundcloud account yesterday with the song link
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Re: VSE March Competition poll

Post by commodorejohn » Fri Apr 04, 2014 11:08 pm

Oh, I see. I don't get messages through Soundcloud because that account is linked to a dummy email I set up for the purpose. I'll go ahead and throw yours in the poll.
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Re: VSE March Competition poll

Post by antilles » Sat Apr 05, 2014 12:24 am

I did the 'Antarctica' track with a Oberheim Matrix 6R. For effects i used Breverb and the Stereo Delay from Cubase. I didn't bother to master or EQ it.

It was hard to choose the best track, as they are all good in their own right. I ended up voting for Sea Glass. Superfalling and Dominion were close behind.

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Re: VSE March Competition poll

Post by megamanx » Sat Apr 05, 2014 12:49 am

I did the Arrival, which was based on an old song that I intended to use on an old competition about movie scenes. It was to be used as an alien invasion, the arrival...I used the analog 4, for all parts, and it really is 4 parts and the onboard effects delay and reverb all sequenced and recorded on fl studio. As you can hear no real masterin or eq'ing was applied.

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