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If you see me recognize a patch/VST in something, especially if it's free/cheap, it's probably not because I'm making fun of it or anything, but because I'm nostalgically waxing about something that likely carried me for a few years or so

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I'm working with @luxiongmaoxue on a song for Avannaversary! The Kickstarter runs this month, so if you want a physical copy, please be sure to support it! 🎊
kickstarter.com/projects/laure

I've been so busy I haven't had the time to sit down and do so, but I think my website will be getting a major revamp sometime in the new future -- it loads a bit too slow for me to handle right now

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My website is increasingly relying on old dependencies and getting slower and slower, and I'm wondering if it really is time for me to do a revamp. Unfortunately, I'm not looking forward to redoing the portfolio =_=

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Anyway, the point is, sorry if I've been nearly absent for messages or project stuff for the last month. I'm trying to get back to a good position because even I get antsy myself if I don't get to do anything, so I'm doing my best 💪

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Right now I'm on an inhaler. I'm worried it might be chronic since my symptoms have kind of plateaued, but it's too early to tell. But in the meantime we've ruled out COVID positivity or anything of the like, and whether this is acute or chronic I do want to get back to Doing Things at some point, so I'm gradually getting back to work (while trying not to overdo things).

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And it was the third week and I was still feeling too tired to do anything.

At this point my symptoms have been reduced to just minor difficulty breathing (heavy/labored breathing, not shallow) but it's still very tiring. I've talked to my doctor and we're currently thinking any infection has long passed, but it did a number on my lungs. X-rays and other exams on my lungs and blood tests all came out normal, so we're hoping it's an unusually long acute reaction.

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The summary is that I caught what seemed to be a very nasty cold last month. I PCR test at even the slightest sign of something weird but the COVID testing came up negative a whole four times, so unless it managed to escape all four it doesn't seem to be that. The symptoms were less severe than even regular colds I'd had before -- it was just itchy throat and stuffy nose -- but the bizarre part is that it kept going on. And on. And on.

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To everyone working with me (on Vocaloid projects or otherwise): I'm sorry for the relative radio silence recently! Long story short I fell into some serious health problems about a month ago and I'm only slowly starting to emerge and get back to work.

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To be honest, I don't think Mastodon/fediverse is a perfect replacement for Twitter, and there are still inherent problems with decentralization (privacy, for instance), so I think it's better to think of it as "a stepping stone as you rethink your social media presence to not be so dependent on microblogging" instead of "doing everything you did on Twitter but on Mastodon"...

Asking from a musician's perspective: I want to get into doing musical "sketches" to warm up, but I'm not sure what that would really constitute. What do you think that would be like?

Here's a reminder to hit the unsubscribe button on all those email newsletters you don't want anymore. Just do it every time you get another email and your inbox will be a lot less cluttered in only two weeks.

For musicians/artists it's hard to do a commission without specific directions, but for commissioners it's often hard to describe what they want exactly, so if you're having trouble, I suggest fellow artists continuously mock up two or more versions and ask "which do you prefer"
Even if it's a subtle difference or tweak, it gives you more confidence that you're tailoring to the client's needs, and you also get a better grasp of what direction they want in the process

I upgraded to Cubase 12 (no dongle!) and I'm really enjoying Atelier Sophie 2 (and especially its soundtrack) so hopefully I am on a proper framework to returning to original music making for real this year!!

(Postscript clarification: was missing a word "predominantly", it's common to use violin recordings since it's one of the hardest instruments to capture well on a patch, but you don't see it as much as in Firis usually)

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2) Almost every Atelier game has been extremely reliant on the same Ethno World set since Totori, and I can vouch that you are basically stuck with it if you want a reasonably priced decent quality pack of patches that *aren't* electronic synth or modern Western instruments.

I can't say I particularly *like* the fact that they grouped everything vaguely non-modern Western into an "ethnic" group regardless of country or culture of origin, but...

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Whenever a discussion about whether VST patches are displacing real performers show up, I think about two things:

1) Atelier Firis's soundtrack is so acclaimed even among the entire series partially because it's one of the only ones to use a real violinist instead of a patch.

Just me things: seeing the screen of a DAW in a game or anime and squinting at it trying to figure out which DAW it is

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