For crying out loud!

2011-01-16 15:04:51 by BatesyBates
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Newgrounds!! Oh the sight of Newgrounds is one grand sight indeed!

Ahem. An unfortunate event has occurred in my life. What? No, I haven't gone mad. Well, actually I have..but I lost my internet! Trust me, it's a long story. If you really are here wondering why I haven't posted anything then read on..

I have eleven minutes to write this. Probably less. And now even less for sure. Oh for crying out loud!

So it all started in late November, when, well, my internet broke. Fair enough, there had been nothing wrong with it for the three years I had that particular connection, so I wasn't too pissed. I phoned the technician who said he would come out in 3 days time to fix it. I wasn't the happiest bunny ever, but went along.

Now at the time, it was snowing. The technician basically told me that he wouldn't fix the connection until the snow had disappeared. Realistically, this could have been late June, 2028. So we pulled our contract with that ISP (Virgin Media) and contacted Sky Broadband to register with them. They told us that it would take 9-14 days to activate. Fair enough.

13 days later, I phoned them again just to make sure that everything was alright and everything was still in order. Guess what the answer was? Nope..

Turns out that the first representative on the phone all the way back at the beginning of the month forgot to put the router in the order! This person reassured me and told me that it would be another 9-14 days as they had to reactivate the line. F-fair e...enough...

It was 14 days later that I found out that this was a complete lie. I had the connection since 21st December but for a second time, the router had somehow worked its way out of the order completely. This THIRD REPRESENTATIVE I was speaking to reassured me once more and told me that they would put the router for next day delivery, and that I would get it on Wednesday (the wednesday just last week!)

So on Wednesday, guess what didn't come in the post? That's right. The router. Heh.

That evening, I phoned AGAIN, and spoke to a kindly Irish man, who told me that he was completely baffled at the whole thing, and that he would definitely have this all sorted in 3-5 days. The fifth day ends this Tuesday. Yeah. It's gonna happen again isn't it?

Hopefully when I get back I can get into the swing of things and start writing music again. SHIT ONE MINUTE!! BYE NEWGROUNDS!!! -Bates

PS: I don't have internet, I am using another connection.

PPS: I had a great Christmas and New Year, I hope you also had a fantastic time and I also wish that this year will be a great year for you. Aim high and don't give up on your hopes and dreams!

PPPS: I bought a new synth yesterday, the Roland GAIA SH-01. If you don't know it/can't be bothered to read up on it, it is an absolute beast of a machine, expect some pretty decent stuff from me (by my standards) coming up!

PPPPS: I have got tons of song ideas stacked up, you see, when I lost my internet I had just reinstalled Windows, so I didn't have Audacity. I'm downloading it right now though, so hopefully I can get in some great work over these next few weeks.

PPPPPS: I am very busy at the moment as I have to study for my upcoming prelims (preliminary exams) so I may not be able to do much work until two weeks time I am afraid.

PPPPPPS: I'll stop this now =D


So what's up?

2010-08-22 09:23:58 by BatesyBates

Hey NG, or at least those who are reading this. Haven't done one of these posts here in a while so I thought I would make a more recent one that suits my page better, and so that if I have any fans they can understand my current situation.

Right now, and probably for the next year at least, things are going to be very busy. I am in my first senior year at high school and I am studying 5 Highers, which I plan on passing. This means I am going to spend time studying hard for these, which means less time for other things, for example, music..

..Although I have made predictions like this in the past and they have had no effect on my "work" flow music-wise, I feel it would be wise to at least warn that, if you are expecting new songs and updates, don't.

It is very likely that I will continue to post content, or at least try to post content. But at this stage I have no idea what this year has in store for me, but I am determined that in a years time I will be decided on my more prominent genres in composing, and I am also determined to get better at composing..I am always learning things about the art and I have never had any theory lessons, tuition, or anything, on composition, so if you have any tips.. :)

^ I hope the above helps you to understand if it does come to "Why was Bates' last song posted 2 months ago!?"

Now if you'll excuse me, I have a job to do..

Enjoying the remainder of my weekend.


Studio gear

2010-04-14 09:16:03 by BatesyBates

Things have been relatively terrible in the studio recently. Soundcard input is absolutely blown, so making songs sound nice has been hard. It feels like weeks since I've done anything with my synths and they appear to be gathering dust.

But never fear! These days are over! For I have ventured into the unknown, what those "humans" call the outdoors, and I have bought a shiny new Alesis iO 2! Expect new music from me very soon, as I type this my microKORG is sitting on my lap hooked up to my Blofeld and I have ideas riveting through my head for a new song idea. Enjoy it when it is here! Now if you'll excuse me...

Studio gear


Improving sound quality..

2010-03-13 20:27:49 by BatesyBates
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Ok so I've been trying to find ways to improve the sound quality in my songs a bit. IT'S NOT WORKING. I think my sound card is absolutely fucked. I am currently using a small guitar amp as my signal amplifier, and it worked fine up until about November last year. But I don't think the guitar amp is the problem. It's my sound card. Ever since my sound card bugged up, line in only records the right channel, meaning I have to split the left and right channels with Audacity (couldn't live without it) and change the right channel to a mono channel so that it plays through both speakers. I reckon this is the cause for the drop in quality. If anybody is reading this, anybody at all, can you please recommend a good sound card to me? I don't really know where to look. All I can find is gaming ones, which are plastered all over the internet.

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Oh what a Merry Christmas!

2009-12-27 08:49:21 by BatesyBates

Greetings invisible people that have clicked their way to my page! I hope you had a nice Christmas of 2009, I know I did. I got a shiny new microKORG that I will most definitely be including in my songs from now on! Increasing my arsenal to:

Korg Electribe MX
Waldorf Blofeld
and the Korg microKORG!

For the tiny amount of people reading this, hope you had a nice christmas and a happy new year ;)

Oh what a Merry Christmas!