Sunday, December 18, 2011

The _______!

Yeah, I have no name for it yet. What is it? Well, this:


Still don't know what it is? Let me label what goes on it:


Ok, fine. It's an electronic music workstation. Well, plans for one. I really like it, but there are a few things missing from these pics, like, say, LIGHTS!! Yeah, you see there's a lighting controller? Well, there are spotlights, RGB LED panels, Semi-truck orange lights in the form of a Y, and capping the sides is a long Orange LED message panel.

If I ever get a space that has the room for it (it's approximately 11'x11') and the money to build it (MDF+lazy susan+black velvet), It'll become reality. The real problem is getting the equipment that's on it. I already have some of it, but still, that's expensive. I may add stuff too, like an EIE production module, a looping station, and a MIDI hub. Maybe more.

In any case, this will become the best portable, modular music production interface. Damn it feels good to invent stuff. lol

-Yoa

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Yoa likes Synths.

Yoa counts as my musical and English counterpart, too, right?

*clears throat*

So, I've found that certain synths are epic. In this case, I'm talking about the top dogs: Korg, Roland, Yamaha.

Korg, my personal favourite, is a bawss. I have their Kaossilator, but I have my eye on the MicroKORG, the M3, and the Kronos. I'm working towards the MicroKORG now.

I love its versatility: analogue sounds, modern synth under the hood, its interface is easy to understand and acts a bit like a vintage MOOG. The vocoder is a selling point, too, and it can accept external input, so maybe Devin Taylor can play his guitar through it. If I let him. HAHAHA!!

The M3 and Kronos are very similar to Roland's Jupiter 80 and Yamaha's MOTIF series. They are all very powerful, yet they are all so different in their own way.

Roland has its incredible 4-phase LFO, which is unmatched by any other LFO. It's also designed for live use, so it's very easy to use. It can also do multiple types of recording, and can communicate with a computer via USB. Its MIDI capabilities are a nice touch, too. May as well link it with other synths and make a modern elektrobahn!

(Speaking of Roland, their Juno series is probably one of the most advanced synths for the money. Check it out.)

The MOTIFs are capable of creating any sound, any beat, anything you want -- but that's what a synth, does, right Yoa? Yes, but its engine can handle so much more than basic synth stuff. AND, it's a workstation, so it is pretty much a studio in a big black box with keys. Just give it an amp. Its 4 voice arps (4 of which, btw) can create a whole lotta stuff for ya. 16 note arppegiated chords. Aw yea.

The Korg Kronos is a kind of mix between them, with a Korg touch. Its 9 engines can produce an extrordinary range of sounds. Its interface is a little complicated, but it gets easy to use after just a few minutes. Oh, and you can import sounds via USB.

The M3 is like a more user-friendly version of the Triton series, just below the Kronos. But, it is slightly less feature rich than the Kronos, and feels like a cheap keyboard, but otherwise, it's incredible.

(speaking of Korg, their X50 is a very nice synth also running the Triton engine.)

Of course, there are other promising synths out there, but those are my personal favs, not including the MiniMOOG.

Virtual synths are very nice, too. I mainly like the Minimogue va and the synths built into Live 8. The Mini is free, though. It reenacts a MiniMOOG almost perfectly. Live's synths are more modern sounding and far more advanced. I still want to be able to isolate them and use them independently, though. I'm working on that.

Play on.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Power stacking!

So today I did an experiment.

I was going to Rimmington mine to get ores for bronze bars for summoning when I saw a level 3 crashed star. I got the full rewards, one of which includes a 15-minute mining boost, enabling you to mine an extra ore.

I went to Falador mine and started mining random stuff. My usual mining gear consists of at least Varrock armour (1 additional ore) and a Glory amulet (greater chance of mining gems).

Well, the star reward and Varrock armour teamed up, and I got 3 coal ore at once! If I had gotten a gem, too, that would have been awesome.

Now, if I could get the external client to not die every few minutes, I'll go back to summoning.

Play on,
Yoa

Friday, April 15, 2011

A Few Concise Skill Guides

It seems that everyone is looking for the best ways to do things in Runescape: make money, train skills, places to go, et cetera. Here are a few neat guides and tricks to help you out a bit.

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One of the most common questions asked in Runescape is how people make money. A lot of people seem to enjoy merching, but that screws the economy up and nobody else likes it. Here are a few ways to make money that don't make people mad!

"Merch" tinderboxes. In my experience, buying tinderboxes from either General Stores or the Firemaking guy south of Seer's Village makes a lot of money -- up to 1000% profit -- when sold on the Grand Exchange. I usually buy from the guy south of Seer's in epic bulk: around 300 per session (session referring to the whole event of going to and fro buying and banking tinderboxes) and sell them all at once.

Sell herbs. Herbs can be obtained from almost any creature: everyone from druids to the level 2 men in Lumbridge to even yourself (farming, that is). I personally do not use this technique much because I prefer raising my Herblore level, but I sell herbs I cannot use as of yet (alas, with 49 Herblore, that's hard to come by).

Sell smithed objects. Though it can be a long process, mining and thus smithing, discussed later, can lead to huge profit. I usually high-alchemise my smithed goods because it usually makes a bigger profit than selling to the Grand Exchange or other players.

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Now, as for skilling, there are many skills to cover. I will cover a few here because I don't want a very long post.

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Combat is a rather broad subject. Most combat skills can be trained anywhere, I know, but as any experienced Runescaper would tell you, there are a few places that are better than most. I prefer places like Mudskipper Point, Ardougne Plaza, Blue Dragons, South of Yanille, Druids, places like those.

No, these aren't exactly epic, tale-spawning places, but you are given enough of a challenge with at least one of these by about Combat Level 10 due to the high population of lower levelled monsters in some areas leading up to the main targets. There are goblins on the way to Mudskipper Point. Several lower level monsters appear on the way to the Blue dragons and Druids if you go to the respective caves.

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Mining and Smithing can be trained in two cities, both needed for the complete operation. Mine ores in Falador, and then smelt them into bars. Then, mosey on over to Varrock's west bank and smith things in the building south of the bank. I would recommend mining the highest ores you can smith as to get the most out of both mining and smithing.

EXTRA TIPS ON MINING AND SMITHING:
I have a mining level of 66 and smithing is 59. (as you can see, I didn't follow my own instructions for a time -- lol) Though my smithing level is pretty much in the mithril range, I mine a lot more than just mithril and coal: I also mine and smith steel, and I mine gold to craft jewelry. It's helpful, actually!

I recommend using magic to smelt ores, just to raise your magic level as well!

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Woodcutting, Firemaking/Fletching, and Farming can all be done in one spot: the farming place just south of Falador! There's Draynor bank to the south, too! You can set up your farming stuff, chop wood up to yew except maple, then either fletch it or BURN IT!!!

EXTRA TIPS ON WOODCUTTING AND FLETCHING:
Woodcutting can usually be done best in either the Gnome Stronghold or Seer's Village due to their high variety of trees.

Fletching is best done at Seer's Village due to not only the variety of trees, but also the ease of access to flax, used for making bow strings.

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Thieving is a fun skill. Probably one of the more fun things to do in this skill is my unofficial copyrighted method of steal, steal, kill. This method is to be used while stealing from stalls in Ardougne, a Thieving hotspot. When you are stealing from stalls and get caught by a guard at least 3 squares away (kinda rare, but it happens), click the stall again quickly. You will then steal what the stall has to offer. Quickly after clicking the stall the second time, right click and pickpocket the guard that caught you. You will end up pickpocketing him 83% of the time. Then, kill him. This whole thing usually spans about 3 seconds. Just to compact the step:, click, get caught, steal, pickpocket, kill. It's that easy! But, it does take a bit of practise.

Other ways to train Thieving are to go to the unofficial Thieve's Guild and run through the maze. Also, pickpocketing , stealing from stalls, and looting chests are good, as long as they are the highest level things you can steal from.

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If you have any other questions in game, just ask me! The name is Sir Yoa (I knighted myself :).

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Yoa01

Yoa is everywhere by this point it seems.

Yoa has lately been playing much Minecraft; and, true to his roots, Yoa's skin on Minecraft looks like his Runescapian self. He also plays Runescape, and occasionally you'll see him and his female counterpart, Noey, on Runes of Magic. You'll also see Yoa on Twitter, this blog, Facebook, as an Electronic DJ, and... well, everywhere.

You'd think that by this point I'd be popular on the interwebz. Perhaps even a meme. But I'm not. On Runescape, I'm known as that retarted mage who is nice. On Runes of Magic, Yoa and Noey are pretty much just random people. In Minecraft, however...

People in real life ask me about Minecraft. I'm known on multiple communities, including those of Zallist, Lawlcat, and even Notch himself (and BoB, don't forget them). I use this 'power' of sorts to not only influence the Minecraft community, but also the Runescape community. Several people on Minecraft play RS as well.

Maybe at some point I will be known, but for now, this post is pointless. Haha!!!

-Armadyl's Minecraft minion, Herobrine*

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*You'd get that joke if you knew the history of early Minecraft and Runescape.
**Minecraft Meme :)