Comic 203 - Endgame - Page 04

15th Mar 2018, 6:33 AM in Endgame
Endgame - Page 04
Average Rating: 5 (7 votes)

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15th Mar 2018, 6:33 AM
Looks like Cork's keyboard skills are the area of interest here.

Back when we were making music in the late 80s and early 90s, keyboard programming was no walk in the park. Our first demo was produced on a Commodore 128, which was a great computer back in the day, but the user interfaces were no where near as good as today and half the time the computer would crash and we'd have to re-do some of the stuff we hadn't saved. Overall I miss those days, even though everything was analog and glichy, the recording equipment was expensive and hard to come by, and often times you'd have to solve technical difficulties to get a track finished. It made it much more difficult to record and so when you'd get a track complete, it was a huge sense of accomplishment. Now, all you have to do is hit "Garage Band" on your phone (and it will set you back only $4.99") and your off to the races.


15th Mar 2018, 7:42 AM
Cool, Cork's skills is being noticed.

I had the good old Commodore 64. My first computer really. Yeah, nowadays the technology is so much more advanced. I like messing around with Garage Band sometimes, but I am not much of a musician.
16th Mar 2018, 6:11 AM
He's a mad man behind the keys.

Oh, yes, the Commodore 64. Probably the biggest computer in my life because my dad and I learned how to program on our Vic20 and Com64.
15th Mar 2018, 10:54 AM
Their sunburn makes me chuckle every page. Reminds you of past events
16th Mar 2018, 6:12 AM
It's especially noticeable because Corks also wearing a pink blazer. XD
15th Mar 2018, 11:04 AM
Cork getting that credit! Haha I wonder how right he is about Miami girls , never been
16th Mar 2018, 6:13 AM
Cork's the man with the keyboard skills.

I think it's true that the young people get better looking depending on their proximity to a beach. ;D
15th Mar 2018, 11:40 AM
Dera Nuel
These days everybody can sing. Sometimes I wonder what happened to my voice...sounds like a rooster's worse crow.
16th Mar 2018, 6:15 AM
I think that most people can be trained to sing at an average level, but some people just have that special quality in their voice that makes people stop and listen.
15th Mar 2018, 2:22 PM
So were we just gonna gloss over the fact that Jose took them to his car solely so they could listen to the track on the car speakers, or what?
16th Mar 2018, 6:17 AM
Jose is one of those people who have a dynamite stereo system in his car and likes to listen to mixes on it. It's very common actually, especially back then, so it didn't throw us for a loop at the time.
15th Mar 2018, 6:24 PM
Careful Cork, all they have to do is find out the details of your setup and they can just steal that to use for the other acts they've signed!

Yeah, creative difficulty is the mother of originality quite often, I've seen it many times when technical limitations cause people to make new things out of their old ideas. That said, consider MIDI: It's supposed to be a standard but thanks to intellectual property preventing equipment providers from using the same sounds and programming it really isn't. I have wasted too much time and money struggling against that to think improving technology is overall a bad thing.

I do agree that lowering the barriers to entry in music has downsides though. Auto-tune being used to pretend incompetent people are singers is just one of the many problems. Here, let me point you at a joke in the same vein in another comic:
16th Mar 2018, 6:22 AM
Cork was a MIDI expert back in the day, and despite a lot of problems that people had figuring it out, he had his studio set up and working great before I even met him when were in junior college in 1990.

Heh heh. Saw that sparkshooter page. It's hard to argue with that. XD
16th Mar 2018, 9:09 PM
With the time-frame in question that makes sense. I mostly remember it as the days of hardware hell where one of my friends working with a different setup would do a cool thing, and I couldn't without stealing their equipment.

I may want to see your list of webcomics you check out at some point.
15th Mar 2018, 9:08 PM
Always nice to see someone getting praised for their skills.:D
16th Mar 2018, 6:23 AM
For sure. Especially when they've worked/drank so hard.
16th Mar 2018, 11:47 AM
Holy crap! I like this guy a lot :D
Can only agree and it kinda joins with my previous points but the fact is he has skill and can get stuff done.
That is pretty much how I evaluate as well but at the same time I have to mind students are used to school and in the end, I was a part of the system myself.
Or if my opinion is needed on a new guy as well.

I once talked with, well, with multiple, but I sometimes talk with personnel pros and they have two stacks of applications. Those who have experience and those who do not. Guess which stack they actually check. Stuff like degrees and whatever are often a "nice start" at most.
Depends on the place though. Obviously. So I like this guy here :D
Granted, experiences and skills are not balanced. Some ARE needed more, some ARE needed much less. Gotta do research and well, sometimes luck!

I know MIDI are still a hot topic in classic game communities. I encounter it often. What soundfont to use and what MIDI device to install. Often they end up in a war related to their favorite device/font but I find it all subjective.
We no longer need to set channels and interruptions and check reference manual to know whatever heck Sound Blaster or Gravis Ultrasound I have and what patches I need. Those were the days. Sometimes the music was like a dog in a microwave but not everyone had the proper sound card. What the hell are sound cards anyway these days? Probably only for the above enthusiasts and of course musicians.
For DOS games, anything other than either Roland SC-55 or Roland SC-88 just does not sound authentic (even if maybe better but it is not the real thing) since videogame musicians used mostly those devices back then.
Talking exclusively about games here and related MIDI. Something really awesome about those tracks.
16th Mar 2018, 9:41 PM
Here, have another one:

The other tracks for the game are hit and miss mixed, but the ones for the briefing, credits, and levels 2, 3 and 21 struck me as above the average.