It took some time to develop, but it is finally done: the new ARTFX STUDIOS forum about music production! This time I wanted to do it good so I spend some more time working on the whole layout of the forum, all with the goal to make the user experience better and more fluid. To be honest, I think I've done quite a good job and the new forum works much better than the old one.
The biggest issue I had with the old forum (and website in general) were the page load times, therefore I spend a lot of time making the new website faster than the old one. This is done on the coding level of the website so I'll spare you the tech talk, but long story short: it was a hell lot of work! Nonetheless it was fun making the new website and even though it took quite some time I'm now very proud to present the new website and forum.
Another reason for the website to be rebuild was the user synchronisation between the main website and the forum since these two run on different software packages, however it has always been important for me to have a shared user database on both of these platforms so that you only have to register and login once. On the previous website I had to do this with a lot of coding which slowed down the website significantly, but with the new site this has been improved a lot! There are some more changes and new features on the forum so be sure to read on...
Sampling... This week I want to look into a more recent year in music history as requested in the comments on last week's 'Sample Digging Sunday', a weekly article about music from the past that can be a great source of inspiration. Maybe you end up finding one or two things to sample and use in your own music and if not, then I hope you at least enjoy finding music that you hadn't heard before. Therefore this is another 'Sample Digging Sunday' and this time about the year 1998.
So first of all back in 1998 I was 10 years old, probably either watching 'the Lion King' or playing outside with my toy cars or soccer ball, however I was amazed by how much music from 1998 actually stuck with me even though I was so young. Artists like Madonna, the Backstreet Boys and N*SYNC who were big at the time are probably what jumps to mind, however I found myself surrounded by the rise of Techno and Gabber music in Europe during the 90's. I've seen the European electronic music scene rise from nothing to what it is today and from day one I knew I wanted to be part of it, that it would end up like this I could've never imagined!
Still I find it great that all you guys watch my videos and listen to my music, so that's why I decided to start doing more of these articles as something extra to give back to you. So no further chatting... Let's move on to the first 'sample-worthy' material of this week!
You must know that feeling: you are working on a new track or sound and you think it needs something more. You decide to add another VST plugin into the project but then it all happens... Which one? Big chance that your VST folder is one big pile of plugins without any logic in the ordering, right? Well in this article I want to share with you the way how I conquered that issue and how I've organized my VST folder into a nice and structured list of instruments and effects, without ever having to search again for that one piece of software that I need!
The most ideal way of doing this would be on a fresh machine with a fresh install of your DAW and no third party VST plugins installed. That way you can simply build the VST folder up from the ground up, without having to work through a big mess of folders and files. There is a big chance that you are not in that position, you most likely already have a working machine with your DAW installed on it and with that might come a few or a lot of third party plugins. Now there are some things to notice about VST plugins before we get started...
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