For the most part unless I really need something for a particular project, I wait to December buy software. Lately I’ve been going a little nuts on the buying, but there are some real bargains out there, (like up to 80% off sounds and plugins, etc. – it’s a bit insane). In any case I got the software buying out of my system for this year and now I have to integrate the new stuff into my set up and actually start using it.
One incredible bargain I took advantage of was the upgrade to the Arturia V Collection which included their Wurlitzer and Spark Vintage plugins which sound great. I’m not a particular fan of the Wurlitzer piano, but the presets and sounds that come with the plugin are pretty fantastic. I was surprised. The Spark Vintage has a great sound a great interface as well, really easy to use and intuitive layout. Needless to say I didn’t have to do a RTFM to figure it out.
Musically speaking I haven’t done much lately other than practice and learning. I’ve been sick and that hasn’t helped. I usually have enough energy to do my day gig and crash at the end of the day.
I got a ton of work to do for on-line music related stuff. It’s overwhelming. Tony Robins says if you find something to be overwhelming you should make it underwhelming. Personally I would like to forget it altogether and make it go away entirely – that would make it very underwhelming. But it’s like accounting, it’s pretty much impossible to avoid (too bad).
Another interesting thing I did this week was to connect my sub-woofer to my music system. I’m still working on getting a balance between the speakers and the sub-woofer. I’m pretty close but I think tomorrow I will run some pink noise through the system and see what it looks like on the frequency analyser with a microphone in the listening area. Hopefully it will look like I think it sounds.