Down, but not out.

Written by Shane on . Posted in The Waiting Room

This is the post no one ever wants to write. Ever. This is the post I hope none of my fellow creative minds will ever have to write. Everything is gone.

Yes, gone into the abyss of corrupted hard drive failure and irretrievable clusters. Lost in a void of ones and zeroes that don't make any sense. It's all gone.

So, what do you do from this point? Well, you rebuild! You have to bounce back, better than ever before. Believe me, everyone. That is what will happen.

From my personal project to every project I worked on. I will do it all again. It took me six years to get this far. Let's see if we can get it all back. This isn't my goodbye to music, nor is it something I'll just give up on. This will happen.

I'm so sorry, everyone. I will bring it back.

Shane

KURIKINTON FOX remasters.

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My old recordings piss me off. They really do. They all sound bad, are poorly mixed and have terrible guitar tones. However, I did some pretty decent playing sometimes. This is the case of KURIKINTON FOX covers.

After this solo project switched from being electronic to rock, I did covers of three of KURIKINTON FOX's songs. A few of my first songs were a John 5 cover, a couple of redone Crazy 8 songs and a few Final Fantasy requests. Once I discovered KURIKINTON FOX, I kept up on his site (despite not knowing any Japanese. Thanks, Google <3). He eventually posted some backing tracks and tabs for other guitar players to take stabs at his songs, so I did.

At the time, my recording experience wasn't quite up to where it is now. It was basically me running a Roland Cube directly into my mic port and playing through the songs. I worked with what I had, and I was pretty satisfied with the results at the time.

Upon reflection, the Cube doesn't necessarily have the prettiest tone. So, in this release, I fixed up the tone a bit with AmpliTube, some EQing and saturation. I also attempted to get the sound more balanced.

Take it for what it is and enjoy some four year old classics.

The updates can all be found on the albums page.

Updated Songs:

  • A Hyrule Fantasy
  • Over Drive
  • Ride On The Sky
  • Sonicboy
  • The Genius Of Dr. Robotnik

SOPA Tweets.

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You may have noticed an explosion from me about SOPA on Twitter and Facebook last night. If you're an individual too smart to have Facebook and/or Twitter, don't worry. Here all of the Tweets:

Bring in the nerds. #StopSOPA #OPEN

RT @FreezingInferno: Is that SOPA bullshit getting talked about by Americans today? Don't pass that ridiculous fucking law. #StopSOPA

Lol. Government vs. Malware. #StopSOPA #OPEN

NAPSTER IS STILL A PROBLEM, GUYS!! #StopSOPA #OPEN

"This is a catastrophe." Need I say more? #StopSOPA #OPEN

RT @ChipCheezum: old person equated internet to a pawn shop

"Sir, kindly STFU." #StopSOPA #OPEN

RT @ChipCheezum: consarnit this flagnabbin' innernet is just to blasted complicated, now how about we vote on this hootinanny eh?!

Maybe I should rob a bank then give the money back. That won't cause any problems. #StopSOPA #OPEN

RT @ChipCheezum: oh my god a guy who actually said "i think we don't know anything about the internet"

*GASP* HE CURSED!! #StopSOPA #OPEN

DUDE, SHUT UP, IT'S NOT YOUR TURN. #StopSOPA #OPEN

RT @ChipCheezum: so basically what he said was that he's ignorant to a lot of things but who gives a fuck

RT @ChipCheezum: lol, lady gets the mic and goes "god damn this is gonna take a long time, i don't wanna be here"

Your reason for passing the bill is because you don't want to sit around to hear about it? #StopSOPA #OPEN

Oh, I guess robbing the bank and giving the money back ISN'T a good idea. #StopSOPA #OPEN

Yeah, I don't know what this bill means. Let's just pass it and fix it up later. #StopSOPA #OPEN

Okay, get the time machine and delete what she said. #StopSOPA #OPEN

TAP TAP TAP #StopSOPA #OPEN

RT @ChipCheezum: lol i.imgur.com/zyr04.png

Uh oh, the audio cut out, but I think I can make out what they're saying, "WAHWAHWAH Hollywood gave me $50,000." #StopSOPA #OPEN

RT @DeadCrescendo: People who "don't care" about this bill debate are the same kind of people who did stupid shit like voting in Obama.

RT @ChipCheezum: government comes to a full stop in order to get huffy about a tweet

In other words, he just admitted this is as futile as arresting everyone who records TV on a DVR. #StopSOPA #OPEN

And this will prevent foreign countries from pirating our content how? #StopSOPA #OPEN

Uh oh. #StopSOPA #OPEN

I guess when China blocked the internet, its biggest bitch, America, would soon follow. Google, consider yourselves closed. #StopSOPA #OPEN

He looked like he was rapping. WORD UP ABOUT YOUR ISPS I DON'T EVEN KNOW ABOUT, BITCH. #StopSOPA #OPEN

Yeah, Google. Doing your job according to the DMCA within six hours approximately 5,000,000 times. You're so lazy. #StopSOPA #OPEN

The movie industry and recording industry who are paying out the nose to crooked politicians for this bill to pass. #StopSOPA #OPEN

Oh, and you guys are qualified to determine when blocking a DNS is feasable? You guys who didn't know what an ISP was? #StopSOPA #OPEN

"I'M BAAACK!!" That was creepy. #StopSOPA #OPEN

I swear my Tweet count has doubled since this #SOPA shit started. #StopSOPA #OPEN

THEY'RE HERE FOR THE MONIES!! #StopSOPA #OPEN

"Today, there are no countries!" #okayiwasjustquotingoutofcontextcosithoughtitwouldbefunny

#StopSOPA for a second. I gotta take a shit.

China's untrustworthy!? Since when!? #StopSOPA #OPEN

What you're saying is I should move out of America? #wellokaythen #StopSOPA #OPEN

Since when have our presidential administrations cared about how we spend our money? #billclinton #oh #StopSOPA #OPEN

I liked it better when my biggest political worry was how good Monica Lewinsky's dry cleaner was.

Hey, man, if you block the porn on the internet we won't have any internet left!! #StopSOPA #OPEN

It's gonna be 20 Nos against 10 or 11 Is. I get it. #patterns #StopSOPA #OPEN

#SoYouWouldRather be ignorant than pay attention to things that will stop you from using the internet how you expect it? #StopSOPA #OPEN

Today, I learned that at least 20 people are being bought. #StopSOPA #OPEN

Those twenty people are going to hate it when they realise they blocked all the porn they look at during hearings. #StopSOPA #OPEN

Pirating the shits that Hollywood take is a matter of national security. #firstworldproblems #StopSOPA #OPEN

This just made me realise that the film industry think they produce stuff worth protecting. #truthhurts

Don't worry, film industry, I never pirated anything you made. I actually have quality standards.

Seize a hip-hop blog? What would they be posting that would be worth pirating? #StopSOPA #OPEN

So, in other words, we're passing a bill because the film and record industries are too lazy and ignorant to deal with their own problems?

I propose a bill that says everyone must give me a dollar for every minute I have to spend away from my porn cos #SOPA banned it all.

Ten to fifteen percent of internet searches AREN'T for porn. #youvegotitbackwards

My tax dollars won't be used for porn. That's what my personal dollars are for…unless you agree to pay for strippers. #StopSOPA #OPEN

At least porn's more tasteful than Hollywood. #hardtruth #StopSOPA #OPEN

Did you even listen to what was being said? #StopSOPA #OPEN

No it's not. 99% of everything is porn. #easystatistics #StopSOPA #OPEN

So, in other words, anyone who is prepared, informative and reasonable is automatically rejected in our government. #StopSOPA #OPEN

Yeah, I'd rather vote for people who stumble around in their speech, talk in circles and have no idea what's going on too. #StopSOPA #OPEN

"Wait… what's going on?" "I don't know, some internet piracy or something." #SOPA

IT'S TORRENT. #GETITRIGHTPEOPLE

Welcome to Communist America.

RT @ChipCheezum: let's get some NERDS i.imgur.com/7NqfY.png

Come join #SOPA… we've got three different kinds of pizza… #cometothedarkside

RT @ChipCheezum: pizza?! pizza?! did somebody say… pizza?!

RT @ChipCheezum: everyone perks up when the chairman mentions THREE types of pizza

The pizza was no doubt a ploy to make the Ninja Turtles pro #SOPA.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN DUE TO PIZZA!! #SOPA #SOAP?

I demand that HORSE the band perform the whole Pizza EP on the floor so that I won't keep falling asleep. #SOPA

RT @RyanCHast: #SOPA was CRIPPLED BY PIZZA! #horsetheband

Is that guy drinking water by the pitcher? #hesgotmebeat #StopSOPA #OPEN

"US presedence? As in someone who's a US President?" Is this REALLY how smart #SOPA is? #StopSOPA #OPEN

"The Uniting States." This is pro #SOPA. #StopSOPA #OPEN

I like watching Congress act like preteens. #StopSOPA #OPEN

You fools. You never expected that the internet would copyright the internet!! #zomgwtf #boom

Face facts: You will NEVER have 100% protection against piracy. #SOPAdoesntknowthebuttons

Well, at least I'll get to reminisce with my grandchildren about a time when the internet was a beautiful, free place before #SOPA. #senile

Gun Metal release and December updates.

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What better way to kick off the month than with some new tracks? First, we have Gun Metal, complete at last. It's available on the albums page. Credits go to Jay Reichard for sequencing all of the original Top Gun: The Second Mission MIDIs and Lewis Thomas for sequencing all of the original Top Gun MIDIs.

The next updates can all be found on the miscellaneous page.

New Songs:

  • Retroghost
  • Saying Something Is The Same As Saying Nothing
  • Terminal Velocity
  • The Song That Shall Not Be Named

Updated Songs:

  • The Governator
  • Werewolf: The Last Warrior
  • Wild Coil

Does anyone remember Canyon.mid?

Written by Shane on . Posted in The Waiting Room

Oh, come on, you've got to. It was one of five songs (that I can recall) that were included with Windows installations since Windows 3 up until Windows 2000. One Stop, Flourish and Town remained until Windows XP.

It used to be a popular craze to render the songs using your MIDI sequencer to compare with everyone else. I decided to bring back this blast from the past and release my render of all of the songs that I still happened to have.

Download C:/WINDOWS/Media/.

See? I'm clever. I named it after the path where you would find the MIDIs. Unless you were on WinNT. No one cares about that.

Credits:
Trip Through The Grand Canyon – Original MIDI by George Stone
Flourish – Original MIDI by Nathan Grigg
Passport Please – Original MIDI by George Stone
Town – Original MIDI by Nathan Grigg
One Stop – Original MIDI by David Yackley

If anyone has anymore obscure MIDIs from Windows installations, you should tell me.

Updates.

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I'm making updates to EVERY song on The Waiting Room. Yes, it's a very time consuming process but I feel with the increased quality of my newer songs over my older ones, the old ones deserve an update. Unfortunately, this means I won't be coming out with anything "new" for a little while, but all the songs should be on par in a while.

If you go to the music page, the songs with the flashing "new" are reuploaded. The obvious goal is to reupload every song, including the Sonic Robo Blast 2 soundtrack and BattleToads X.

The main goal is to have a pretty consistent flow with the sound of the songs. Right now, I'm currently using a Ludwig Black Beauty for my drum kit, a Fernandes 6-string bass, a B.C. Rich Beast for my rhythm guitars and an Ibanez RG710DX for my leads. The old songs vary from equipment used, and when the variations don't sound as good to me as I think they should, I'll go back and re-record all the parts I feel necessary. I've also collected a pretty hefty amount of soft synths now, and I've been using more diverse synthesiser sounds.

Another thing I've been changing when I can was the normalisation. My old songs used to be averaged from -10dB to -6dB, depending on the how loud the drums were. This caused the songs to lose most volume dynamic. I've now gone to keeping all volume dynamic when possible. Some tracks, such as the KURIKINTON FOX songs are not possible to do this with. In the case of the KURIKINTON FOX's tracks, I only did the lead guitars over his backing tracks, which were already normalised and compressed. It's not possible to recover any of the volume dynamic from this.

Tracks such as this are very rare, and there are only maybe four or five throughout the whole library. You'll notice when you get to them, as they'll be a lot louder than the other tracks.

Some of you know that I have also been doing high quality soundtracks for ZDOOM and if you're wondering if those tracks will be uploaded here sometime, short answer is yes.

To answer the question before I get overflowed with it; yes, this will push Pizza Power! back a little bit. However, I still expect it to be done within this year.

No.

Written by Shane on . Posted in The Waiting Room

Don't even. Stop. I'll slap you silly. Are you ready to be slapped silly? Cos if you say one more thing, I'll slap you silly.

I did NOT forget about The Waiting Room, SLx-35 or even the ongoing battle for Rambusco. I was in school, alright? Yeah, back to college, what a glorious adventure.

I know you were probably expecting another sarcastic story, but I don't have one at the moment. This is more of a status update if anyone actually comes here for news on me first rather than consulting me about it.

I plan on moving The Waiting Room to WordPress. I know, you must be disappointed, but that's thing. I never know if you people are disappointed or not. You never comment or anything, and my crappy little chart shows that someone aside from me comes here, so I figured it has to be cos I'm using CuteNews. If I lose everything, I blame Sharkis, if not, then hooray for me. Obviously when it's successful, there'll be a new layout (don't worry, it will still be sexy) and there will be more postings and all sorts of fun stuff!

No, really, it'll be fun and you should visit more often. Your hit count is the only way I measure my self worth anymore.

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