Introduction #1 (Expert to Expert Register)

My name is Tony Lien. I’ve been recording music for about thirteen years now. I’ve gone about it in numerous ways — from DIY lo-fi home recording (utilizing nothing more than an SM-57 , a cheap 2 channel interface, a free download of the massively underrated DAW Audacity, and a trusty solid-state amp no bigger than a lunchbox) to spending countless hours in a custom-built home studio (clad with stacks of preamps and signal processors that reach up to the ceiling, a PreSonus studio mixer the size of a queen-sized bed, a temperature-controlled rehearsal room, and enough vintage tube amps to blow the entire studio to pieces if they were all to be turned on and played through at the same time). Lately, I’ve been striving to find a happy medium between the two extremes by using the DAW Ableton Live 9 in the comfort of my own home. As a lot of you who consider yourselves ‘music producers’ know, acquiring all of the necessary equipment needed to utilize Ableton Live 9 to its fullest potential is a hassle (being that it is not only expensive, but also very difficult to research and differentiate between what you NEED and what you WANT). Currently, I’m running a Roland System-1 Plug-out synthesizer, a Maschine MK2 [alongside] Maschine Jam, and the entire Korg Volca Series (Beats, Keys, Bass, Sample) through a Focusrite 8 channel interface via MIDI (and, of course, though Maschine has it’s own software available, I run it through the Ableton software instead — being that I have twice the amount of control over my sounds this way). I’m trying my best to use this collection of hardware to make an album that I will not hate immediately after its completion (which happens to me quite often).

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Introduction #2 (Expert to Novice Register)

Greetings. My name is Tony Lien, and I’ve been a musician for a very long time. An integral part to producing music is the recording aspect — which I have been studying (mostly on my own) for years. I’m lucky — being that I’m alive during a time when modern recording software is available to pretty much anyone (and not to mention, it’s largely very intuitive and easy to use). Recording software is often referred to as DAW (which stands for: Digital Audio Workstation). The most common DAWs used by musicians of all genres and skill levels are: Garageband, Logic Pro, Pro Tools, and Ableton Live. I started with Garageband when I was a kid (I still use it sometimes) — being that it’s totally free (and extremely easy to use). Later on, I graduated to Pro Tools — which I’ve used to record a number of albums from home. Lately, I’ve been using Ableton (which is more often than not used by unimaginative electronic music producers [such as Deadmau5 or Skrillex] — and subsequently pigeonholed by musicians who play in traditional bands). The truth is, Ableton is the most powerful software I’ve encountered in my years of recording music. I’ve only just began to understand what it’s truly capable of. My ultimate goal is to make an album that surprises folks who believe Ableton is only useful to those who are not classically trained musicians.

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Introduction #3 (Honest Register)

My name is Tony Lien. It’s taken me about ten years to reach this point in my post-high-school academic career (I’m a fifth year senior). I’ve never taken kindly to authority, so school has always been a struggle. The last time I dropped out of college, the main reason I gave up was a graduate student who taught a poetry class and failed me because I didn’t follow his stringent writing guidelines. Think what you want, but there’s no excuse for basing a creative writing class on rules/guidelines. I realize, years later, that I should have just put up with his poorly-realized class and let it go. Which is a virtue one can only truly learn from working shit jobs. Working has also been a struggle, but not in the same way. The upside to the real world is that people like me often work their way up to leadership positions. Or they get fired. I’ve been fortunate enough to secure two management positions so far… But I’m sure I’ll get fired at least once or twice in the future for my attitude. I will try my best to not be upset, being that I’m making that prediction as I write this forced introduction. I will have no excuse for being surprised.

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