Thursday, March 31, 2011

1.4 Update

33 comments, Posted by Buzzy Lights at 11:54 PM ,

Minecraft 1.4 update is out for you guys that didn't know!

So many tasty tidbits included in this patch, from achievements to awesome additions such as the highly anticipated wolves. Read on for more info.
* Added tamable wolves
* Added Cookies
* Sleeping in a bed now resets your spawn position -Note: Delayed to 1.4_01
* New Minecraft logo
* Holding shift (sneaking) while climbing will hang on to the ladder
* Spiders will no longer trample crops
* Lots and lots of infrastructure for Statistics lists and Achievements-Note: Completion delayed to 1.4_01

While most of the code is written, statistics and achievements won’t show up until the next update. We didn’t quite have time to finish them this week, and didn’t want to delay the update longer. -Source: Official mcupdate page

Electric Daisy Carnival

26 comments, Posted by Buzzy Lights at 12:58 PM ,

If you live in Orlando, Florida you better prepare yourself for May 27. For the first time Electric Daisy Carnival comes to Orlando. Its an electronic dance festival thats usually held in California. The Electric Daisy Carnival is regarded by many as the Woodstock of our young generation. Leave a comment if you ever been to this event or plan to attending in the near future!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Digital Audio Workstations

37 comments, Posted by Buzzy Lights at 6:38 PM ,



Let's start of with the simples and most used by beginners.

FL Studio( Fruity Loops)  first picture on the bottom right ->

FL Studio features a fully automatable workflow based on a pattern-based music sequencer.

Fl Studio is best for beginners because of its simple layout. It's recommended for hip hop/pop/electro and many other genres. It can export your songs into Wav or MP3 Files. Fl Studio Express Edition is only 50$. You can also download a free demo on there website http://flstudio.image-line.com/. The demo lets you do anything but save your work or export it. You can even record audio with Fl Studio but be aware thats it is its weak point. It is not great for recording audio, it does record vocals pretty well. So if you are a beginner I recommend you start of with Fl Studio. FL Studio features a fully automatable workflow based on a pattern-based music sequencer.

Next, in line, is Steinberg's Cubase (second picture on the right)

Cubase is a music software product developed by Steinberg for music recording, arranging and editing as part of a Digital Audio Workstation. I recommend Cubase for intermediate to advance users. Cubase can pretty much do anything. It is widely used in the Electro genre but it works great with anything else. Unlike Fl Studio it is great for recording external audio.  Prices vary from 150$ to 500$. I really recommend this if you are serious about your music.

Lets continue with Pro Tools (pictured third on the right)

This is the almighty of DAW's. If you ever go to a recording studio you will see this software being used. It lets you do anything from beats to recording audio. Pro Tools is a digital audio workstation platform for Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows operating systems, developed and manufactured by Avid Technology. It is widely used by professionals throughout the audio industries for recording and editing in music production, film scoring, film, and television post production. Pro Tools can run as standalone software, or operate using a range of external A/D converters and internal PCI or PCIe audio cards with onboard DSP. To cut it short this is the best, whether you're making beats or recording your neighbors band this is the best option.

Ableton Live (pictured fourth on the right)

Ableton Live is a great DAW for live performances and its widely used by Dj's around the world. You can record audio and of course make beats. Recomended for beginners to advanced users. Much of Live's interface comes from being designed for use in live performance as well as for production. As such the interface is more compact than most sequencers and clearly designed for use on a single screen. There are few pop up messages or dialogs. Portions of the interface are hidden and shown based on arrows which may be clicked to show or hide a certain segment (e.g. to hide the instrument/effect list or to show or hide the help box).

Reason ( pictured  on the top)

Reason is a music software program developed by Swedish software developers Propellerhead Software. It emulates a rack of hardware synthesizers, samplers, signal processors, sequencers and mixers, all of which can be freely interconnected in an arbitrary manner. Reason can be used either as a complete virtual music studio, or as a collection of virtual instruments to be played live or used with other sequencing software. i recommend this for intermediate users to advance. Only downfall to Reason is its not able to use VST's. 



This is it for today. Hope this helps you out on picking the right DAW.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Susana - Closer Album

10 comments, Posted by Buzzy Lights at 9:20 PM ,
So i just got my hands on this album. Close by Susana (vocal trance artist) And i have to say that its amazing. Everyone needs to check this album out if you're into EDM.

The ‘Closer’ album is a vocal-driven ride into deep, melodic trance and lush down tempo break beats. Susana: “My experience is that losing yourself in a song can actually bring you ‘Closer’ to yourself, as it awakens certain underlying emotions and, in a sense, at least that’s how I feel, sets you free for a while by relieving you of daily burdens. I hope my album will do the same for those who listen to it.”

Monday, March 7, 2011

MineCraft!!!

9 comments, Posted by Buzzy Lights at 8:29 PM ,
So i just recently started playing this awesome game called Minecraft! The whole point of the game is to create a shelter out of blocks and many other things before night hits. At night monsters can attack you so you must be protected.

Well lets begin Night 1 : My first day on minecraft i decide to build a house instead of digging or mining into cave and hiding out. So i decide to go collect some much needed wood. Before I even know its starts getting dark : \. I hadn't collect enough supplies to build a decent size house. As you can see in the picture i was only able to build the walls and add some lights(fire). Stay tune as i post more!!!