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The song is finished

April 25, 2019
Hey all!

Spoiler: Yes, the song is finished, hehehe.

I am so overjoyed that it is completed! It took me about two months to get it done, just because I was so busy with other things and procrastinating!

One day I knew the LORD wanted me to work on it, my excuse was to sweep the house, hehehe. It's not because I resented or didn't want to work on it, but there is always the enemy there telling you all manner of nonsense about how it will or will not turn out, about how much people care, or shall I say, don't care about what you have to offer and so on.

It was so bad at one point during the arrangement that I was absolutely terrified that it would just be the worst thing ever made... It got a smidge worse when I had recorded all the individual instrument tracks (I use VST's) and copied my mix from the MIDI file. Yikes!!! Was that bad or what...!

I had the funniest moment. I can't say it was the LORD, because it didn't sound like HIM, but it was hilarious all the same. I went for a quick walk after hearing that awful mix and I just asked that the LORD will help me make it awesome! And I heard: "but then you'll win..." hahaha!!! I guess mostly because of the "winning" claim part, I can't say it was the LORD, but the scared reaction (GOD doesn't get scared) of a strong possibility of winning, was hilarious to me. It was like knowing that someone would succeed if you gave them a dollar and you didn't want to give it up, lest they be successful, hahaha. It's extreme level of ridiculousness made it so funny I guess. Btw, I absolutely think it can win.

What I can say was the LORD was after that reaction, I did get led to redo the whole mix. Starting at 0db gain for everything and start layering it from the piano vocal down to the drums.

My drum track was soooooooooooooo awful first time around! After I listened to it on the mix, I knew it was just too busy. It was so bad, it was like it tried to cheer the seriousness of the song. I basically kept a few parts I did like and rewrote the rest based on those snippets.

With the new drum track and the mix ready, I had to record - PROCRASTINATION! Hahaha!
This time insecurity was the problem. All my life, I was told by a certain family member that I can't sing and should just shut up. At the time, it was true, but that's not how you motivate someone to improve. When I heard myself for the first time in high school, I was stunned! I had the reaction that everyone has to hearing themselves, plus the realisation that I couldn't hold a tune properly to save my life. My pitch was fine, but everything else was horrible, hahaha. Fast forward, I still have those insecurities, despite having learned MUCH better technique - still with all those insecurities about my voice.

My dad went to the store one day, so I had the house all to myself. This was my chance to record it without someone actively listening! I finished it with that, but when my dad asked to hear it, I was immediately like: "Eeeww... I have to re-record this...". He loved it, but to me my compression was weak, I sounded muffled, I swallowed my words, etc. All the insecurities about recording was audible - no joke! I played it for my mom later and she confirmed it. She also thought my mustache muffled my voice! hahaha, NOPE! At best it's a partial pop filter.

She didn't say I needed to re-record it, but just that the music was too loud in comparison and that she couldn't make out what I was saying. Getting that kind of honest feedback these days is rare! Everyone is so scared of hurting someone's feelings, that they just go: "It's wonderful!! Best song I've ever heard! It's flawless!" hahaha.
So, with my own valuation confirmed, I re-recorded the next day and out of that session the final version was done!

Now, let's talk about the unspoken elephant in the room - Tuning, or as some call it broadly, Autotune (actually a program, but has come to be the verb too, hehe).

I do have a tuning plugin. It does do a fine job of tuning my voice overall, but I don't like the sound of it. It's like it makes my voice sound too perfect and somewhat metallic - even if it's set quite low. I guess you could say that it sounds tuned. I did a whole version that was mixed with tuned vocals, but I opted not to go with it...

I did however use some tuning on the final one. I wanted very soft vocals to widen the overall sound of the lead vocal (this would usually be done by backing vocals with the same voice range), so I tuned two soft duplicates of the original and used the time offset panning technique to create a slightly wider sound. That 60's/70's group sound at the start is because of those tuned vocals not sounding exactly the same as the lead, which was the goal. The main vocal, aka the one you hear, has not been tuned, but you'll probably be able to tell that, hehehe.

Let me just say that I don't have a problem with people using tuning on their vocals, I just prefer not to - I do love that harsh tuning sound though, especially when it's not the focus.

"So where is this song?" I hear you ask! Well, I can't share it yet. Because I want to submit it for the competition. It has to be an unreleased original song, which means I can share the link for you guys to listen to the countdown and/or share it afterwards. Haven't submitted it yet though... Deadline is the end of May and I don't have the money yet (thankfully still a month). I'm awaiting payment from a client, then I can submit it! :D

So yeah, FINALLY! After years of feeling like GOD wants me to write songs, the first of hopefully and prayerfully thousands, has been written and produced!

Now the movie needs finishing too, hehe.

Have a super day!
GOD bless you!
 

Production status update

March 30, 2019
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Long time no post, hehe.

I'm glad to say that Exodus is not a project that has been dropped by any means. I just have a lot on my plate and I'm actually working on an aspect of it that I really want to share with you guys!

For a while now, I really have felt that the LORD wants me to write original music. Considering that I have basically 0 experience writing songs, this was not something that I jumped into with confidence. In fact, I didn't. While going for piano lessons, I learned how...

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Surround sound tutorial is up!

November 26, 2018
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Quick notice - the tutorial is up and here it is:


GOD is so cool!!!

I'm super excited about sharing this tutorial with you guys! I've learned a lot from it and I encourage you guys to check out the post for this one for more info over at the main Panther Dynamics website!

Also, please give this proposal an upvote so Blender can get LFE support!
https://blender.community/c/rightclickselect/qlcbbc/lfe-in-the-vse

Have a great one and GOD bless you!

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How was V.I in converting stereo

November 2, 2018
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Years ago, we had an LG sound system. 5.1 to be precise. What baffled me is that it only had a stereo input, yet when that thing gave out it's 5.1, whoah! It sounded so beautiful and full. I luvd the sound that came from that system, until...

Yes, until thunder struck it and that was the end of the awesome sound it produced... hahahaha. I remember putting on some music DVD's I had with a 5.1 mix and sitting square center in the living room floor to just take it in! It was so phenomenal...

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Audio and progress

October 16, 2018
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I bet you thought I stopped working on Exodus and that it is a tower to defeat, NOPE! Still working hard. The only hold up was that GOD had me take a short break from it to release the node groups and even then I didn't really stop thinking about it. Check out the node groups video and link:


GOD is so amazing!
Link here.

So how far am I?
Well, still at the frog plague (not as little work went on as it sounds) - where Pharaoh is to call Moses and Aaron after the magicians copied them. The ...
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Long time

March 29, 2018
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This week's vlog!

GOD is beyond words!!! Just wow!!

 - Re-Rendering a lot...of the same, haha
   Like the last time I got to vlog, these weeks contained a lot of re-rendering. With the new 10-layer method, it means that some scenes have too many artifacts... I tried rendering some shots with it to get a much sharper result, but honestly, some shots are only going to be as good as they are with the methods I currently have at my disposal. A lot of re-rendering has occurred these weeks. On...

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Week of the ReRender

February 22, 2018
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This week's vlog!

GOD is so wonderful!!

 - Re-Rendering a lot
   Like I mentioned in the video, after seeing the issues with the upscaling (after noise reduction and even doing them together), I re-rendered the shot like GOD wanted in the first place. HE did give me leave to keep it as-is and just noise reduce and later upscale, but you really lose out on quality... It's like the smear between DVD and VHS - it's really obvious - not indetail, but in overall finish.
   Which leads me to my...

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Post fix

February 15, 2018
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This week's vlog!

GOD is beyond words!!! Just wow!!

 - Rendering to video
   After finishing the vlog, I wanted to create the thumbnail for the video and of course, every week I use something from that week to make it and I found nothing in the 2DHD folder when I looked in it in Gimp and when I double checked the rendering itself, guess what, it was rendering to video at only 6000kbps!!!!!!! I had missed switching it back from doing the OpenGL tests (which I render straight to video - no...

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Camera flow

February 8, 2018
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This week's vlog!

GOD is so good!!

 - Broken legs no more
   Last week during recording, GOD gave me a solution to the frog problem - that I shared with you guys. This week, HE gave me another one as it relates to random frog rotation. With the first fix - the legs remain perfect, but they can only go in one direction. The fix in the week fixed the legs and they can go in any direction. Both fixes have their place. The first one allows you to have all your frogs go in the same direction....

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Broken legs

February 1, 2018
Hey all!
This week's vlog!

GOD is beyond words!!! Just wow!!
 - Broken legs?!
   I am happy to say that I am not talking about my own legs here, haha. Whenever the frogs jumped in the floor footage, their IK's would lag behind and because of overall rotation, the legs would break and unbreak with every jump. This week I'm aiming to fix it, because just after the recording, GOD gave me the solution and I edited it in. So keep an eye out for that!

 - Shot finally done and wow!
   For the last few wee...

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About Me


Marius Oberholster Hey all! I've been doing CG work full-time since 2011. GOD has been with me, supported me and taught me all the way. HE tells us to do all things as unto the LORD and that is my goal. I do whatever I believe the HOLY SPIRIT is leading me to do and it's not always easy, but it's always worth it to be obedient! JESUS is awesome!! If you don't know HIM yet, follow the link above!

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