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Posted: 10 Jan 2011 04:15 PM PST
What does a web app ninja’s workspace look like? This week we look at the home office of Web.Appstorm editor Jarel Remick.
Like to know more about Jarel? Check out his interview here.
Would you like your workspace featured on Envato Notes? Just upload it to Flickr, add an interesting description, and tag it with #envatonotesworkspaces. Each week we'll choose and publish a new photo. Check out the other entries here.
Posted: 10 Jan 2011 05:09 AM PST
Activetuts+ Tech Editor Michael James Williams is the latest Envato Staff member to join the Published Club! He’s just finished writing a book on developing Facebook applications using Flash, and Activetuts+ has three copies to give away!
Posted: 10 Jan 2011 03:17 AM PST
Today we meet Alexander Mlazev (Biala) from AudioJungle.
My name is Alexander Mlazev and I live in Bulgaria. My friends use to call me Biala and that's the name I use in the music world. I just love the song creation process and I have been composing tunes for 15 years now.
However the music is just a hobby for me and I have to do something else for the money. This is the dark side of my life – I work as a software developer creating office applications for mobile phones. These are my boring days as a computer engineer. There are some nice moments too.
I discovered the audiostock market few months ago and currently I have been registered at AudioJungle since June 2010. As I hate computers (because of my job) and I love punk and rock most of my audios are guitar based.
I started many years ago taking guitar lessons and then some harmony lessons. After that I started composing my own tunes and playing in a small band with friend of mine while my high school years. I took a two-year sound engineering course at the university and after that some singing lessons.
In 2007 we formed an alternative rock band called SCRTED, together with Dany, Svet and Misho. I was the singer and composer of the band. We recorded few songs, had some radio airplay and in 2009 the band was over.
Currently I am working alone and occasionally recording with a friend of mine on the drums.
At home I have the gear needed to record voice and guitars and a computer to mix and master the tracks.
Here is the command center.
I use this small Soundcraft Compact 4 mixer when recording.
I use 2 dynamic microphones by Shure:
I use 3 guitars:
At home I use small Fender Champion 600 amp and a few guitar effects like the Big Muff, some chorus and some other overdrive pedals.
Sometimes I go out and record at the local studio. That's me recording there.
I have tried different song creation methods through the years until I found the one that I consider as the most successful. The secret for me is to create the music first in my mind, then represent it on the instrument, after that shape it again in my mind, make some corrections and go back to the instrument. After that I am ready to record it. That's the main part of the song.
When I have this on record – this is usually guitar or guitar plus voice in my case (in some cases I start with the bass and drums – but this is still the main idea), I start to listen to it again and again, creating the next instrument track in my mind. Then I record it and start shaping the other one. And so on…
When the song is ready I take a rest for few days – just listening to it from time to time. After that I am ready to choose the right tempo for the music. I make some corrections and rerecord the whole thing again. I may record it in the local studio or at home depending on my free time.
Now the sound polishing work begins. I start with the balance, some EQ corrections and compression, and other clever effects and tricks. Then I make the mastering of the whole track and my song is ready.
Now for AudioJungle I start to cut things. I remove the vocal tracks as they used to reject my items with vocals. (Also the text is not suitable for every buyer and I am not a native English speaker so… singing is just for the fans and radio.) Sometimes I take just the most catchy part or riffs and that is the final product that I send to the market.
I don't have a successful portfolio yet so I'm not giving any advice.
I keep my profile page updated, and keep uploading new stuff. I also write in the forums if someone is looking for some sounds that I have. In future I plan to put the AudioJunlge player on my web page and my Myspace profile.
Seller Boy (instrumental)
My favorite AudioJungle author is RobGD. I just like his surf tunes. Also I prefer authors that play and record their instrument rather than using just samples.
I spend that precious time with my family.
Posted: 09 Jan 2011 07:49 PM PST
ActiveDen is where Envato (then called “Eden”) started. Originally called “FlashDen”, it is a marketplace with over 10,000 Flash and Flex files for sale from $1. Items include templates, galleries, music players, utilities, animations, video players, menus, preloaders, games, flash builder an Flex. The site has recently broadened its offerings to include Unity 3D items.
Head over and check out the items today. If you’re new to the site, make sure you check out the How Does ActiveDen Work? page.
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