Bubbles

Got Reggae?

Had a conversation about when I took a shower on the beach by Santa Monica pier wearing only bubbles.

Someone else had a similar experience wearing only sun.

Hence the lyrics.

Not to whine, it’s hard to make a track every week.  I’m not just making tracks but also transcribing a song and writing one.  That’s three projects.  What I’m thinking to do is, instead of making a track and releasing it for the fourth week each month, make a review or lesson; something easier.  I’m getting behind on a lot of things and a little break would be great.

I still should get another song up next week and then I was planning to review my new monitor: the Dell U2415.  It’s a good one if you need a 24″ 1080p monitor.

Thanks for watching, reading and caring.  Hit me up on social if you want.

Till next week,

-m

Enter the Dragon

Welp.

I’m in my new place.

Big room, decent acoustics.

Currently finishing up listening to the Billboard Hot 100, 1969; a practice of listening to hits which usually kicks off my week of writing and transcribing.

This week might be different though, considering that I barely unwrapped my keyboard this morning.

Been waking up around 4am to catch the worm.  Gotta love the calm mornings!

I’m eager to get back to writing but putting together some sort of show is a priority now.  I’ve got a little bit of admin to accomplish, also finishing up the acoustic treatment in this room but after that I launch my Patreon and start my email list.  There are also cool Hexspa merch ideas for which I hope to arrange.

In case you actually came for Enter the Dragon then just go buy it.

At least Starbucks is close.  Speaking of which…

-m

Unplugging

It’s going down.

My internet connection, that is.  I’m about to break down my computer in this move to a new place.  Being that this desk is the last bastion of comfortable insanity I have, I’m shook.

But we can fear not: I’ll be back up and better than ever in a few days at most.  I have plans to build more acoustic panels and maybe even publish some results of measuring tests comparing fluffy to rigid.  I’m definitely going to return to trackmaking/songwriting, make my Patreon public and hopefully begin playing shows before the end of the year.

Please sub on YouTube to keep updated.  I’ll have my email list for this site happening soon too so look out for that.

-m

Super Sorry Bro

I tried.

Fuckin iMovie.

Doesn’t matter tho since I did the Warren Buffett 25/5 thing and realized that making music videos ain’t for me.

This is probably the first or second most derivative track I’ve done – not gonna lie.

But, you got to learn somehow.

Made it in one week.  Almost broke Ableton.  Need to resample.

Let me know what you think, hit me up over on Patreon and sub for more great music.

-m

Spase-X

Prepare for liftoff.

Here’s a song I did.

I’m currently producing a track, writing a song and transcribing a cover each week.

They say it’s all about completing a large body of work.

Thanks to the winter and delicious beer I’ve got the large body down currently.  Time to do work.

Check it out, let me know if you like it and please consider supporting Hexspa on Patreon.

Thanks!

-m

How To K-System

Pink noise.

Hey guys.  I just want to make a quick post reflecting the content of this video.

Essentially, the K system has been blown way out of proportion in terms of it’s complexity.

It is nothing more than simply using pink noise to set your room’s volume level.

Pink noise approximates music but without dynamics.

You’ll need an SPL meter, any pink noise file, a RMS or EBU-R128 loudness meter and a DAW.

Import the noise, set it to -20dBFS RMS or -20LUFS integrated.

Turn on your SPL meter, place it at your listening position and set it to C weighted, slow response.  You’ll be aiming for a dBC level of about 72-76dB.  Pick any level and stick with it for now.

Turn just one monitor on and play the noise.  Turn up the volume until it’s at your target dBC value.  Repeat for other speaker.  Sub can be on.

Boom, you’re at K20.  It’s useful for mixing and correlates roughly to 0dBVU.

In order to do K14, and from there you can figure out any other scale, just turn the noise UP in your DAW to -14dBFS RMS/LUFS.  Compensate by turning down your monitors until you hit your dBC target value.

The whole idea is that you want to be listening at the same volume no matter how hot the signal is in your computer.

The main secret is to keep everything consistent – your levels but also the pink noise file you use, your SPL meter, your listening position and your loudness meter.

Hope this was helpful.  Let me know if you have any questions.  Consider supporting Hexspa on Patreon.  I’m focused on music right now so I’ll probably be doing less tutorials.

-m

Workout and Vape

Can’t run and smoke.

That’s bs.  You can do it until you’re 17.

Went for “Karlihua Runicles” today with Karla then to the vape shop.

Got the vlog up and now I’m editing my Patreon welcome video.

Should be fun.

Currently rehearsing “Broken Rib” and “Today”.  Planning to record them in a special location.

See you tomorrow,

-m

Starting A Patreon

I’m broke.

Seriously.  You know the cliche of living in your mom’s basement?  That’s me.  Except for the mom’s basement part.

So the good news is that I am living.  That might not be good news to some people (it’s hard to be second best lol) but every waking hour is an opportunity to awaken from the nightmare of your mind.

Deep spiritual discourse aside, I feel bad asking for money.  Starting this Patreon, I don’t think I’m asking for money.  Asking Karla and my grandma for money is asking for money.  Starting a Patreon is my attempt at an exchange of value.

This won’t be the first thing I’ve ever attempted to make money from.  I did sell some CD’s from a band I was in.  I honestly did try to give said band the money I made but they never got back to me so I won’t name them.

Anyway, I’m going to start this Patreon page soon.  It’s already there I just need to jazz it up and make it, you know, workable.

There are some awesome rewards I have planned for those who are interested.  Pretty much, if you like what I do you’ll like my Patreon.

It’ll mean a lot to my family and me.  It’s also good for the world since no one needs another barista that hates their job ‘namsayin?

Once the page goes up I’ll be linking to it regularly.

I’ve also got a new EP coming out soon and that’s a whole ‘nother topic I’ll probably explore tomorrow.  I’ll see you for lunch tomorrow, how bow dah?

-m