FLOW 16 – Arrival (Break Beats 4)

Not another flow video *facepalm*

I realize this flow series is not my most popular to date.  This is the last one I’ll post until I can improve it.  If you have any suggestions, let me know.

I’m working on a video (series?) showing how I use my mixcube.  I’m going to set up a linear omni and create/mix a 4 bar loop.  You’ll be able to see and hear me switch between my speakers.  This should help you if you’re interested in buying a mixcube or if you already have one.  It’ll be similar to a flow video but I’ll put a cam on my face and we should get some better audio.

If you enjoy these flow videos, let me know.  I’m currently preparing to start my third mix (“Lightbulb”) for the upcoming Uncomfortable EP pt.2.  You can check out pt. 1 here.  I figure it takes me about three weeks to finish a mix so I’ll need four videos minimum in the chamber before I start.

Like always, thanks for reading and watching.  Let me know what you’d like to see from me in the future, sub on YouTube if you haven’t and I’ll see you next week 🙂

Thanks,

-m

Maple Enemata (8BE)

I feel like such a shitbag.

I made this track almost two weeks ago and I didn’t even make a post about it. Getting my YouTube channel and this blog working together is something that’s going to take time. I hope you appreciate the effort 🙂

This song was made to help diminish the virgin population. Actually I made it to test out my new Ableton mixing template. I’ve been watching alot of Andrew Scheps videos and wanted to implement some of his ideas.

He uses a lot of parallel compression. I was using that before but not in the same way he does. He likes to group different types of musical elements together and compress them as interworking systems. For example, not only is he not insert compressing individual snares, he’ll take the kick and the snare and compress them in parallel as one. There are other tricks I hope to go into in another post.

This song has some of that parallel compression going on but it was also used to test between Sonimus Satson and Airwindows Console4.  These are console emulation plugins which are supposed to help your mixes sound more analog.  I’m not really sure what that means but those effects do have an impact on the end result.  You can check out my shootout of them here.

The last feature I want to mention is the way I wrote the chords.  I did it deadmau5 style where I just drew them in instead of trying to play them.  This method helped me come up with something I ordinarily wouldn’t play.

Hope you guys like it.

-m

My Last Video :(

It’s over.

2016 has come and gone like the heartbreaker he was.

It was a productive year for Hexspa.  I moved to a new apartment, released the Uncomfortable EP Pt. 1 and made about 10 Dance tracks under the 8 Bar Embryo playlist.

We also launched One True Path Acoustics – subscribe over there for all your acoustics stuff.  We’ll be putting all the tutorials and products for sale on a new channel and site.

We spiffed up the studio by recombining, repositioning and reupholstering my current acoustic panels.  We also built super chunk bass absorbers.

The Hexspa YouTube channel and brand has become more simplified.  No more vape or acoustics stuff.  It’s just going to be music, related tutorials and reviews and personal rants.

I’m currently mixing the Uncomfortable EP Pt. 2.  It’s got “Lightbulb” (which I’ve been playing for about 10 years) “Poetry Without Words” (already mixed, sounds great) and a purely electronic one called “Keep Your Head Up High (previously released but this is a new mix).  It should be out by March 2017.

I’m still using OSX 10.8.5.  I’m going to have to update to macOS Sierra.  Also, no more Pro Tools as they failed to fulfil their contract.  I should sue but fuck it.  I’m mixing on Live now which is ok.

I’m going to become a Syntorial affiliate this year so look out for related vids.

Let me know if there’s anything you’d like to see from me.  Requests welcome!

Cool.  Hope you enjoyed the stuff I’ve done.  Sub and follow to keep up.

Happy New Year!

-m

One True Path Acoustics

Hey guys.  Just wanted to let you know about my acoustics brand.

Hexspa is for music primarily.  I had done some acoustics and vape stuff just to test the waters.  People were getting confused though.

So One True Path Acoustics will be handling everything related to home acoustics.  If you have a home theater, studio or rehearsal place I’ll help you out there.

Our target market are people who enjoy fun, effective and affordable solutions.  If you look at the panels I currently use, you’ll see the design we’ll be offering – industrial, raw and easily customizable and repairable.

Here’s the related video I put out awhile ago:

Let me know if you have any questions,

-m