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The Ascent

By orangedrink on February 14, 2016 11:51 pm

I FINALLY MADE SOMETHING WITH MIDINES!

Holy cow that was frustrating.  I think I have it working now.  I recorded the audio from each channel separately.  I made a "realistic" composition, meaning that I didn't double up on any channel.  The song only has 5 channels playing at any time.  I added some reverb, delay, and compression as well as fade ins/outs.

Street Fighter V comes out on Tuesday, and I have decided that I am going to dedicate myself to practice so I can become a great player.  Eventually, I would like to enter tournaments and make it past the first round!  I know it is a tall order, considering how many talented pros are out there, but if you want to climb a mountain, you have to start from the bottom.  On Tuesday, I begin....The Ascent.

Things I learned:
- MIDINES is awesome
- Don't give up when trying to learn something complicated

Things for next time:
- Sidechain compression
- Try recording the composition as MIDI

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February 15, 2016 12:45 am

Glad to hear you finally got the MidiNES state of mind! I guess when we try to wrap our heads around some different concept there are moments of sheer frustation, but the reward of overcoming the obstacles is outstanding. I'm myself struggling with old samplers smile

Your track BTW sounds pretty epic. Giving some atmosphere and mix to the raw NES sounds the whole mix gains a lot of context and expressivity.

Is the animation selfmade? Was very cool

February 15, 2016 1:13 am

Wow! This is great! I'm so happy to hear you got MidiNES working for you instead of against you (a feat I have yet to conquer). Awesome use of dynamics on a platform that isn't known for it's ease of use in that category.

February 15, 2016 1:26 am

First off congrats on the midines adventures! This is a really cool track.  I really like the melody arping around.  Nice job!

February 15, 2016 8:38 am

I love this! Great vibe and well executed! The fact that you had such a hard time gives you bonus points too! Glad you pushed through!

Reminds me of playing Shinobi or Double Dragon back in the day! BOOM!

February 15, 2016 5:15 pm

Powerful track!

I want more like this for your next compositions!

February 16, 2016 12:03 am


I hope my computer can handle SFV because I'm not going to buy a ps4!

February 16, 2016 12:39 am

Really cool track to set the atmosphere and to build tension. I think for me it really came together around halfway when the background arps came into the picture. One thing to consider would be to adjust the levels a bit more so the background repeating rhythmic section is not as loud, as it dominates much of the track. I might have also liked wind noise instead of percussive "hits" also. Regardless, I think the slow build for this accurately reflects your chosen theme and that it's a great result.

February 16, 2016 5:48 am
laguna wrote:

Glad to hear you finally got the MidiNES state of mind! I guess when we try to wrap our heads around some different concept there are moments of sheer frustation, but the reward of overcoming the obstacles is outstanding. I'm myself struggling with old samplers smile

Your track BTW sounds pretty epic. Giving some atmosphere and mix to the raw NES sounds the whole mix gains a lot of context and expressivity.

Is the animation selfmade? Was very cool

Thank you.  *sigh of relief*  *faints*  I think I got the MIDINES in 2010 or something.  Glad I didn’t give up.  What samplers are you struggling with?  The animation comes from one of my favorite video games of all time, Ninja Gaiden!! (NES version


mechlo wrote:

Wow! This is great! I'm so happy to hear you got MidiNES working for you instead of against you (a feat I have yet to conquer). Awesome use of dynamics on a platform that isn't known for it's ease of use in that category.

Thanks man!  Its great to always have your support, week after week.  It means a lot to me!

Tone Matrix wrote:

First off congrats on the midines adventures! This is a really cool track.  I really like the melody arping around.  Nice job!

filby wrote:

I love this! Great vibe and well executed! The fact that you had such a hard time gives you bonus points too! Glad you pushed through!

Reminds me of playing Shinobi or Double Dragon back in the day! BOOM!

Naikymusic wrote:

Powerful track!

I want more like this for your next compositions!

Thanks all!  I can’t wait to see what happens with MIDINES by week 52. smile

Ipaghost wrote:


I hope my computer can handle SFV because I'm not going to buy a ps4!

SFV has cross-play so I can play you on PC via PS4!  Hey!  You’re in Chicago, right?  I drive down from WI often, maybe we’ll get a game in sometime smile

Arcana wrote:

Really cool track to set the atmosphere and to build tension. I think for me it really came together around halfway when the background arps came into the picture. One thing to consider would be to adjust the levels a bit more so the background repeating rhythmic section is not as loud, as it dominates much of the track. I might have also liked wind noise instead of percussive "hits" also. Regardless, I think the slow build for this accurately reflects your chosen theme and that it's a great result.

Thank you so much.  I like your idea about level adjustment.  It’s going to take some time to figure out how to artfully compress and mix the MIDINES, because I don’t know too much about my limited options with volume output in the initial stages of recording.  Thanks for listening and giving constructive criticism!

February 16, 2016 6:59 am


Yeah totally, probably could get Protman to join as well, he's the one that got me into sf in the first place. Where in WI are you?

February 16, 2016 9:18 am
orangedrink wrote:


Thank you.  *sigh of relief*  *faints*  I think I got the MIDINES in 2010 or something.  Glad I didn’t give up.  What samplers are you struggling with?

In the last year I've purchased 4 different hardware samplers, very cheap: a Yamaha a3000 and a a4000, an Akai s3000xl and, last week, an E-MU e6400 Classic. They went for less than 80 euros, being 36 euros the cheapest!

Good machines, clunky and slow sometimes, but suitable for creating a whole track in them without further equipment. It's a good way to learn about MIDI, channels, program changes... Kinda similar to the MidiNES in the sense that you can't have everything at your disposal, like in Kontakt.

You could hear the Akai in my week five and I hope you'll be hearing the new E-MU very soon!

February 17, 2016 4:09 pm

Wow, congrats! Really love the arped melody too (esp the high notes), and the percussion/noise channel.
And good luck w the SF tourneys as well smile Hope to hear "The Triumph" in weeks to come.

February 18, 2016 5:09 am

Great programming!! I'd love to try my hand at mixing this if you're interested smile

February 20, 2016 5:30 am

nice and definitely different from your previous tracks, kudos!

February 29, 2016 3:08 am

Hmmm! That triangle bass in delish heart

March 23, 2016 6:20 am
Ipaghost wrote:


Yeah totally, probably could get Protman to join as well, he's the one that got me into sf in the first place. Where in WI are you?

I'm in Franklin, near Racine.

gradients wrote:

Great programming!! I'd love to try my hand at mixing this if you're interested smile

That'd be awesome!  I'll send you the stems soon.

exileFaker wrote:

Wow, congrats! Really love the arped melody too (esp the high notes), and the percussion/noise channel.
And good luck w the SF tourneys as well smile Hope to hear "The Triumph" in weeks to come.

Went and played SF with some local experts and got bodied.  It was fun and they are willing to teach me!

colorful grey wrote:

nice and definitely different from your previous tracks, kudos!

thanks, you are an inspiration!

sylcmyk wrote:

Hmmm! That triangle bass in delish <3

oh no no no no, YOU  are delish <3

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