Abe Lincoln’s technique to easily create tracks (and kill Writer’s Block)

Did you know that J.K. Rowling took 5 years to create and develop every last detail of the Harry Potter world?
THEN she actually sat and started writing.
If you want to easily create tracks, you gotta listen to Abraham Lincoln:

Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.

Going to a new place without setting the GPS or taking a map seems adventurous at best and more likely dangerous or irresponsible…Yet it’s often what we do when we start a new track.
There’s the spark, the drive to create and we just go for it without planning.
Sometimes it works and it’s beautiful (the creative genius, right?) but other times, we end up stuck in the middle and drop the project.
We’ll see Abe’s wise words can save us hours of torment and help us easily create tracks (and kill Writer’s Block in the process). Continue reading “Abe Lincoln’s technique to easily create tracks (and kill Writer’s Block)”

Don’t cheat on Live with Reaper: Ableton Live 9 and video, how to make it work

Have you ever been in a relationship where you love everything about the other person…except one detail?

It’s not enough to stop the relation of course…but every time this thing (let’s say she doesn’t like Deerhoof) comes up, it makes you question everything.

Well, I love everything about Ableton Live 9…except the way it deals with video.

Live was for live performance only, then it was for electronic musicians only…but it has now evolved into a multi-function machine (like all the other DAW, arguably).
Still, Ableton Live 9 and video are not a winning team which apparently helps Reaper becoming the industry standard for game audio.

I considered being unfaithful to my beloved Live 9 and go with the slanderous Reaper…but then decided to rather invest in the relationship. The support who just blew my mind with their professionalism. I had such a nice combination of problems that I now have a full roadmap to help You with:

  • why Ableton Live 9 can’t import video files (the forbidden symbol and the “File could not be read…” error message)
  • what to do when the video remains black (and a cool workaround if nothing else work)
  • how to deal with sluggish videos

So ditch the mistress and let’s reconciliate Ableton Live 9 with video!

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Why Defining my Life Goals & Values took 2 weeks in 2016 and 2 hours in 2017

In March 2017, probably influenced by my upcoming birthday and an awesome group of Leaders, I decided to redefine my Life Goals & Values. I wanted to use them as a compass to simplify my decision-making process: when in doubt concerning option A vs option B, I’d pick the one that’s the most in line with my Life Goals and Values.

Therefore, I started a thorough process of research, introspection, interviews & analysis which included:

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