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Now an Official Lord

2014-12-11 18:30:29 by Lich

Greetings Plebeians.

As of the 10th December, I have now ascended to the ranks of Lordship due to a nice combination of going with the cheapest package which would give me the title legally and an awesome 40% off discount code (Novelty land is great haha). Just waiting for my Title Deed to arrive in the post now.

Feel free to call me Lord Lich (or just call me by my standard musician name: LichLord). I respond very well to answers of "Yes my Lord!" and "No my Lord!"



So here's an updated list of all of the plugin's and hardware I'm currently using for a various amount of projects:

 

###DAW's###
- FL Studio 11.1 Signature Bundle (Running x64 Instance)
- Adobe Audition CC
- Adobe Audition CS6

###Synths & Libraries###
- Spectrasonics Omnisphere
- Native Instruments Battery 4
- Native Instruments Kontakt 5 (Full) Libraries:
- - - NI Factory Library
- - - NI Action Strings
- - - NI Alicia's Keys
- - - 8DIO Free Radicals
- - - 8DIO Progressive Metal
- - - 8DIO Drumstep
- - - ImpactSoundWorks Shreddage 1
- - - ImpactSoundWorks Shreddage 2
- - - Heavyocity Evolve
- - - SoundIron Ambius 2
- - - SoundIron Olympus Micro
- - - Sonokinetic Aliye
- - - Sonokinetic Delphi
- - - KontaktBanks VIROLOGY
- - - Cinesamples Drums of War 1
- - - Loopmasters Cult Club Synths
 - Arturia V-Collection - Includes:
- - - Arturia Analogue Lab
- - - Arturia Mini V
- - - Arturia Modular V
- - - Arturia CS-80 V
- - - Arturia ARP2600 V
- - - Arturia Jupiter 8-V
- - - Arturia Wurlitzer-V
- - - Arturia Prophet V
- - - Arturia Oberheim SEM V
- - - Arturia Spark Drums
- Eastwest Quantum Leap Symphonic Choirs
- Eastwest Quantum Leap Symphonic Orchestra Silver
- Toontrack Superior Drummer 2.0
- - - SDX The Metal Foundry Expansion
- Adam Szabo's JP6K V1.5
- Image-Line Sytrus
- Image-Line Morphine
- Image-Line PoiZone
- Image-Line Sawer
- Tone2 Gladiator2
- - - Gladiator2 Electronic Expansion
- CamelAudio Alchemy Player
- - - Biolabs Darkspace
- - - Cinematic Impacts
- - - Dream Voices
- - - Viral Outbreak
- Cakewalk Rapture
- Cakewalk DImensions Pro

###Effects & Mixing/Mastering###
- Image-Line Maximus
- Image-Line IL Vocodex
- Image-line Gross Beat
- Image-Line Pitcher
- Waves Gold Bundle (V9.3) - Includes:
- - - Waves Autotrack
- - - Waves C1 Compressor
- - - Waves C4 Multiband COmpressor
- - - Waves DeEsser
- - - Waves Doppler
- - - Waves Doubler
- - - Waves Enigma
- - - Waves GTR3 Amps
- - - Waves GTR3 Stomps
- - - Waves GTR3 ToolRack
- - - Waves H-Comp
- - - Waves H-Delay
- - - Waves IR-L
- - - Waves L1 UltraMaximiser
- - - Waves MaxxBass
- - - Waves MetaFlanger
- - - Waves MondoMod
- - - Waves MV2
- - - Waves PAZ
- - - Waves Q10
- - - Waves Renaissance Axx
- - - Waves Renaissance Compressor
- - - Waves Renaissance EQ
- - - Waves Renaissance Reverb
- - - Waves S1
- - - Waves Supertap
- - - Waves TrueVerb
- - - Waves UltraPitch
- - - Waves V-Comp
- - - Waves V-EQ3
- - - Waves V-EQ4
- - - Waves Vitamin
- - - Waves Tune LT
- Waves One-Knob Series - Includes:
- - - Waves One-Knob Brighter
- - - Waves One-Knob Driver
- - - Waves One-Knob Filter
- - - Waves One-Knob Louder
- - - Waves One-Knob Phatter
- - - Waves One-Knob Pressure
- - - Waves One-Knob Pumper
- - - Waves One-Knob Wetter
- Waves Center
- Waves NLS
- Waves Scheps 73
- Cakewalk Sonitus:FX Suite
- IKMultimedia Amplitube 3 (Metal Pack)
- Minimal Systems Stereo Bus Compressor
- Minimal Systems SSi Compressor
- Minimal Systems Master Limiter
- Minimal Systems Tri-Comp
- Ohmforce Ohmicide
- Native Instruments Driver
- Tobybear Madshifta
- Adam Szabo's Phazor
- Antares Auto-Tune Live
- Antares Auto-Tune EFX 2
- Antares EVO Harmony Engine
- Antares EVO MUTATOR
- Antares EVO ARTICULATOR
- Antares EVO CHOIR
- Antares EVO DUO
- Antares EVO Mic-Mod EFX

###Hardware##
Dell S2240T Touch screen Monitor (Control Surface)
ADAM A5X Monitoring Speakers
Shure SM58 Mic
Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer (Hooked upto Mic for Fry Vocal hardware saturation)
IMG-Stage ECM-140 USB Mic
UA-4FX External ASIO Unit (Needs upgrading)
M-Audio Audiophile 2496 (Soon Upgrading to an RME HDPSe RayDat or an AIO. Maybe an SSL Alphalink if I save up)
Some Generic 49 Key Keyboard (still working fine after 3 years)

 

If you want to sound like me on the cheap though (unlike the colossal investments above), this is all you need to get started:

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Audio News (December)

2014-12-03 18:17:43 by Lich

Welcome to my corner again! Music news from Lich

 

1) Ascended Through Agony - Delay due to quality control (for the greater good though)

It's safe to say that I've improved as a musician over the last 6 months more so than any period in the past. My taste, compositions, mastering, patch creation and writing mainly. So tracks made at the start of the development period honestly don't sound anywhere as good as later stuff. So it's really time I went through, gutted the lot apart and pick everything apart bit by bit untill I am satisfied with the end product. Ideally i want to do this so I don't regret it later on down the line and it gives me a golden opportunity to go through everything with more feature-ridden, better sounding and updated versions of various Softsynths and FX/Mastering tools I have been using. Stay tuned for more soon.

 

2) Expect an EP before an Album (and expect it to sound awesome and priced at 'pay whatever/almost free'

I'll play it safe for now and release a 4-track EP or something along the lines of that. December gives me an ass-load of free time and with everything else out of the way and dealt with I could easily do a track per 20 hours if I at least moderately apply myself. I might even feel spiritual enough to create a contest on the Newgrounds audio forum for peeps to do full remixes of either one of two tracks offered (with cash prizes up for grabs!) I would be more than happy to give out full MIDI scores, samples and whatever else to let contestants have enough material to do a good job!

 

3) "Lich, is there any normal upoads you are working on to dump to Newgrounds?"

Working on Gutting my album progress apart and sorting an EP out for filler to keep the fans happy. Chances are rejected tracks will end up being skeaed onto Newgrounds for people to listen and download for free anyway haha. Keep an eye out, I may have a fair few uploads for this month!

 

4) The LichLord Logo

I'm probably going to go through another design rehash now that I have my Graphics tablet fully operational and have grown pretty competant with it, I might even try my hand at doing my own EP cover for the hell of it (sticking with Rhunyc's awesome commision job he done for my album cover for the album though!) Pics coming soon.


Might make some DSBM again.

2014-11-21 13:35:42 by Lich

Thinking about making some DSBM or just straight up Black Metal at some point again. Any inspirational suggestions any of you fine chaps can suggest?


NG BBS Brawl (Name TBD) Concept

2014-11-18 16:00:40 by Lich

@Voltage, roster concept any good?

 

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FL Observation: CPU & ASIO Balance

2014-11-06 19:23:37 by Lich

So for the chaps out there who have all of their Multi-thread options setup in FL's options and then go and sequence a track, notice how it gets to 100% CPU usage on heavier projects filled with more audio outputs being handled and then to your horror you check task manager and only 30-70% of your CPU is actually being used accross all available logical-cores?

Welcome to the world where FL's performance meter seems to be a good balance between a capable CPU and a capable ASIO solution in what it actually reports. Oh and I'm feeling sorry for people with cheap PCI and USB interfaces (like me currently!) for handling their ASIO tasks.

I think it's time for you PC users to save up for a nice RME interface (an RME HDPSe AIO should work wonders) or if you are on shoestring budget, an ESI PCI-E card (like the Juli@ XTe) might be the next best option. Can't really suggest much for Windows laptop users, USB3 or Firewire interfaces might be the only thing (Macbook & Mac Pro users of course have the joys of Thunderbolt interfaces to play with which is nearly the equivalent of External PCI-E). Your hardy ol- Audiophile 2496 cards are going to get to the point where they just don't cut it, Christ I'm starting to get to the belief that ASIO > CPU might be the primary focus for future audio workstation builds to recommend.

I mean put it this way, you could have a 24-core Xeon E5-V3 setup ready to slay audio processes with but a shitty USB 2.0 or ancient standard PCI ASIO interface to work with. Said interfances can only handle 'X' amount of tasks before issues like Audio crackling, loss of quality and processing overhead leaks through, A newer and pricier interface will be able to handle more audio tasks to work with and talk to your CPU before that eventually limits itself. The better the unit, the more it can handle (some of them even come with special features aswell which may come in handy!). So get busy saving if you are having issues within FL or other DAW's, it's more likely you have a shitty interface as opposed to a shitty CPU (I'm ESPECIALLY looking at you ASIO4ALL users, cmon guys even a n 8 year old card won off of ebay for like £20 will do a better job).

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On lighter news, I will be uploading a track over the weekend with me singing in a cleaner style. Think along the lines of SITD or Wumpscut in inspiration of the vocal styling!


Lich News

2014-10-26 20:02:30 by Lich

Welcome back everyone.

 

First of all, Check out this three-way collab rack JRob, Piper and I have made,=:

http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/590867

 

Next, Ascended Through Agony took abit of a back seat but is still in production. Still aiming to get a good 15 tracks done for it so be patient haha. Got some really awesome stuff sitting around ready (it sounds glorious but only I can hear it for now haha)

 

As final, I have now optained myself an Intuos PTS so for the first time in around 2-3 years I am starting to do Tablet drawing work in photoshop once again. I'm like super rusty but I'll throw an early WIP below. My main problem with artwork is that I have shaky hands and I'm colourblind so I tended to of done my past pieces either completly black or white or with limited colour-work in. Expect a rather scratchy and decayed-looking piece once I get around to finishing. The end result will be a Lich looking at a Grimoire powering up a spell in Armored robes.

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Ascended Through Agony - Album News and why I delayed it (It's good news)

2014-09-28 19:28:25 by Lich
Updated

So you guys have been sitting there and wondering what the hell is happening with my album right now? Well at it's current stage I could of technically released it right now but I had the feeling that a mere 6 tracks isn't enough. nstead I've been working on expanding the album to around 10-15 tracks altogether. It's going pretty awesome. Yeah it will take extra time I think but I want this to be the best-possible first FULL album release by moi.

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So this is what the planned line-up will be track-wise: ( * = Completly Origonal, ** = V1s released to Newgrounds for competitions & will be reworked for Album release, *** = Past track, Completely reworked for the album

 

Intro Cinematic) - The Inevitable Outbreak *

An Electro-Cinematic stompy and sharp introduction to the album with dialogue thrown in to set the mood. Nasty!

 

1) - Ascended Through Agony *

This self-titled track to the album one sounds fucking awesome, alt club material right here. First track I worked on for the album and probably one of my overall favorites! Everything seems to work well together in this one, don't skip it!

 

2) - Abandoned Testing Grounds *

A much slower-paced track which feels extremly smooth to listen to and has a nice appropriate blend of vocal-work and structuring to make it sound sinister but not difficult to listen to. Think of a strong bitter coffee but it actually tastes nice.

 

3) - Code Zombicide *

Militaristically stompy, unforgivabely detuned and futuristic in sound, break out your masks and stomp along. The track is all about Cybernetically Augmented Zombies smashing their way out of a govermental testing facility and slaughtering everyone (so should that be inheritantly be awesome enough for people to like it?)

 

4) - Reality Tyranity *

A more experimental track by nature, this has pauses between leads for Vocals to have more of a spotlight and a more warped-sounding finish to it.

 

5) - Limbo Awaits *

A more straight forward and structured tracks, probably the most normal trac by comparison haha. Should be part of a solid backbone for the rest of the lot to wok with.

 

6) - Host Victim **

Uploaded onto Newgrounds as a V1. Updating and redoing parts for album release.

 

7) - Thy Creator **

Uploaded onto Newgrounds as a V1. Updating and redoing parts for album release.

 

8) - Valleys Of Steel *

Oh man, the atmosphere in this track sounds depressing. More Arp's and pads in this one. I can envision some quite dystopian situations where this would be appropriate. This might be in top 3 personal favorites once it's fully made.

 

9) - Devoid Ov Everything (Devoid Ov Life) ***

That's right Lich/LichLord fans of the past, this track is getting a complete overhaul to modern album-standards and some hefty synth-changes have reconstructed this to become even more fearsome.

 

10) - Unidentified Fatal Object ***

A track from the cancelled album of mine 'Dystopian Hivemind'. Very cybernetic in nature, lots of Virus-like synth work going on in the background to aid the track's momentum.

 

11) - Everyone Withers *

A very interesting mix here between Electronic, Orchestral and Metal here. Nothing overly extreme (the electronic part is the main dominator) but it does it more for atmosphere and how everything blends together. Easily the hardest to Mix & Master haha.

 

12) - Endless Voidal Agony ***

The best track from my shitty EP from 2012, this one is getting a modern touch up. I can see it sounding better when a good touch-up has been done to it. I MIGHT also redo Cryoannihalation depending on how much time I have left.

 

13) - Cyber Nation ***

A Track from my cancelled 2013 Album, 'Dystopian Hivemind'. I admit it, I've danced to the cours of this haha, it's awesome. This needs some serious work doing to it to bring it backup to modern standards but it should be good.

 

14)  - The Bone Lord *

Album grand-finale, this should be a good closing track (and a closure to the the months of fustration and success I've had with this whole album haha). Nothing super solid down for this yet but I guarantee a good end to it.

 

ALBUM RELEASE: - It's done when it's done

ALBUM PRICE UPON RELEASE: Changed to Pay-what-you-want (1p, £1, £100, whatever you fancy paying and it's all yours)

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So the plans to construct my full (in real life) suit of Cyber Armor has how officially started with the ordering of several hundred £££ worth of equipment to start the base off of as. The plan is to get it to a functionally presentable level for Halloween and then modify it even further untill it looks like a truly unique piece in it's own right!

The Full suit of it will be White plated Cybernetic/Futuristic-looking armor (with a Biohazard-styled Cybergoth kilt/skirt going down the the legs to around past the kneecaps) and most of the gaps will have Neon Green EL wire ran through them and powered up to turn on with a flick of a switch. No helmet for this edition, it's purely going to be Hood, Mask and goggles for now (see profile pic). I was thinking about naming this suit of cyber armor once it's done something along the lines of 'Biowither MK1 Cybershell'.

Who knows what the future will bring? Maybe in the MK2 edition next year I could design and heavily mod a helmet to have a functioning visor or have some kind of eyepiece connected to an Android device sneakily running inside of the suit etc. Make things abit bulkier or whatnot.

I should recieve the Majority of the top base by Thursday/Friday so I'll throw some pics across then aswell once I've sprayed over any unnecessary logo's etc. Stay tuned for another very exiting update!



Welcome back to Lich/LichLord news.

1) Album: Ascended Through Agony is almost done. I still have other things to get out of the way first. It's a case of not setting a deadline and just getting it done-when-it's-done. Which should be shortly.

2) So after a chat with a few people in the Real world and some of the more anonymous commentors online, they quite liked the DSBM track I posted up named: Realm Of Woebegone, which can be found below:

http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/587534

I've always had an idea at the back of my mind to try and do a more dedicated DSBM project, have it as a side-project (LichLord still being my primary of course as Electro-Industrial). Maybe I should name such a project something ironic like 'Sunshine Skyway' ? (Just think on that one for a second or two). Think of a beautiful-sounding mix between Lustre, Lost in Desolation and My Useless Life. Of course I would make my voal work as evil/chlling as possible.

3) This year for Halloween, Fancy dress events and general fucking around in a huge suit of cyber armor I am buying and constructing the bits off of ebay one-at-a-time. I should also have my new Mask/Respirator soon. Pics will be up in the next couple of weeks. Expect the suit to be wired-to-shit with EL-Neon Red in gaps etc. If anything to go by the plan, think of a geneal blend between Assasins Creed mixed in with Cybergoth & Rivethead styling and maybe a touch of Halo here and there in theme-work (shitty description but it'll look better in person, trust me guiseeeeeeee).