Celtic Soul

CelticSoul_imageDevelopment on the next collection of pieces, Celtic Soul, has slowed a little – this is due to being creative in other fields!

First, I have been working on a ton of 3D animation, which is my “day job,” and then I also had a lot of inspiration on the rock side of things so focused on recording those songs.

All is not lost nor forgotten though! I’ve just put together the front cover for the collection of songs, which I am rather pleased with!

I’ve also collected a few new items in the sonic arsenal – Harmor, a synth from Sonic Line, and the Restoration Suite from Acon Digital, which is perfect for recording bass and guitar (or rather, for cleaning them up after recording!)

Now, I just need to find time to put them to good use!

All the best,

Faol Glas

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Forest Kingdom II – Winds

I have quite a battery of synths in my collection, they’re kind of addictive to collect. Going to briefly mention Forest Kingdom II today, as I was using it this afternoon.

ForestKingdomII_s This synth does a lot of things well, so I’ll be coming back to it sometime, today I am just going to mention the Winds section.

In there you’ll find a collection of ethnic and folk flutes, and a didgeridoo to boot, probably more, I don’t recall and it’s late and I’m not going to open it up to see!

The flutes, like many instruments, have various intonations and expressions, so you get a more natural sound than just a same-sounding note across the keyboard – this is a big plus to me, and I love the way that Forest Kingdom II implements this.

I guess I should note that anyone who plays a real wind instrument may still cringe at the sound, just as I cringe at the sound of ANY synth guitar.

There’s never been one, acoustic or electric guitar sound, that I haven’t found very unpleasant indeed. Note that this is not the same as feeding a real guitar through a synth, that works, done that sometimes myself; it’s when the synth tries to be a guitar that I find it quite hideous.

So, my apologies to those players of other instruments that I will never be able to afford the money to buy and the time to learn! I will keep right on using the electronic sounds which sound awesome to my ears!

Feel_the_Spirit

Today was writing a short piece that will accompany the intro sequence to a video series, relating to spirituality. As it happens, I’m creating the video intro too.

Anyway, I find writing short pieces like this harder than writing long ones! A curious thing. There’s not much in it, in terms of notes, you can see it on the right there – mostly it was a lot of “engineering” that went into it, finding the right sounds, tweaking them just so, etc.

Oh and this was my first recording of my bodhrán, that was interesting too – always wanted to try that since I have a decent mic. Fortunately being a short piece where the drum isn’t very loud anyway, I was able to play it sufficiently well to work!

I may extend this piece, whether or not I end up using it in the intro sequence – maybe I should have just started it as a long piece and grabbed a section of it for the intro, might have been easier than trying to write it short!

Go in light,
Faol Glas