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Headquarters for composer, sound designer, musician, and future ruler of the world, Cain Kong. Some may even know him by his mortal name, Cain German.
Doing some mixing for @flying_hand . Such a dynamic song. Forcing me to stretch my ears. #ableton #mixing #abletonlive #music #musicproduction #idontknowhowrealyouare

Doing some mixing for @flying_hand . Such a dynamic song. Forcing me to stretch my ears. #ableton #mixing #abletonlive #music #musicproduction #idontknowhowrealyouare

1 week ago
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At the @immortalminds studio listening to mixes of their upcoming album, getting ready for the #mastering stage. #musician #music #lifeasamusician #production #musicproduction

At the @immortalminds studio listening to mixes of their upcoming album, getting ready for the #mastering stage. #musician #music #lifeasamusician #production #musicproduction

1 month ago
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Mental Meanderings: On Creative Anxiety

Had coffee in downtown earlier today. This certain spot has quickly become my favorite place to have coffee.

It’s nice to get out of the studio. I trap myself in there often, and while I have a great view and am incredibly lucky to be doing what I love for a living, I deprive myself of completely enjoying my surroundings. It was relaxing, but I always get anxious when I’m not working. I begin to think about everything at a million miles an hour. From the projects I’m working on, mentally transcribing melodies in my head, mentally analyzing music emitting from speakers, family, musicians, reciting words from books I’m reading, etc.

The only time I am ever completely present, oddly enough, is when I am surfing. It has become a meditative ritual for me and even when getting tossed around by Poseidon’s’ wrath, it is a refreshing experience.

What activities do you all enjoy that have become meditative?

1 month ago
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Feelin inspired after my short day at #namm #guitar #musician #guitarist #jazz #shred #7string #music #lickoftheday

2 months ago
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Audio peeps: Maschine Integration Questions

I'm currently in the process of writing a blog post and creating a video showing how I integrate Maschine into my production, both video game and regular production as well as a controller.
Are there any questions you would like addressed? any features you want demonstrated?
Seems like there are a lot of people looking at this amazing conglomeration of hardware/software, but are un-informed about how it will incorporate itself into their workflow, what it actually is/ does, and plugin hosting.
-Cain Kong
1 year ago
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Meanderings on sound: Amplitude

Volume is one of the most important parameters in mixing. Before you reach for an effect or a plugin, think about the often ignored fader.

The volume fader itself controls the amplitude of a mix, creating depth or presence. Pan dictates how much volume you want on a given side. An EQ in essence is a way of controlling volume of given frequencies. Filters completely diminish the volume of specific frequencies. A compressor/limiter controls the dynamics of volume; Decides if the amplitude is volatile or cohesive.


Experiment with treating this one parameter in different ways. Shit gets surprising.

3 weeks ago
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This place is playing #jazz in the background. This makes me want to go home and practice. Some day off this is. #musicianlife #musician #music

This place is playing #jazz in the background. This makes me want to go home and practice. Some day off this is. #musicianlife #musician #music

1 month ago
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Breaking out the @coda_scout custom modded #strat on a #beat I’m making for @teren_g from @immortalminds next album. Thanks, Bill. This still sounds amazing.  

#guitar #guitarist #stratocaster #musician #musicproduction #music #maschine #hiphop #undergroundhiphop #ableton #custom #tonefordays

Breaking out the @coda_scout custom modded #strat on a #beat I’m making for @teren_g from @immortalminds next album. Thanks, Bill. This still sounds amazing.

#guitar #guitarist #stratocaster #musician #musicproduction #music #maschine #hiphop #undergroundhiphop #ableton #custom #tonefordays

2 months ago
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A lot of times, genius and madness are synonomous. #music #studio #maschine #sampling #mpc #genius #recording #vinyl

A lot of times, genius and madness are synonomous. #music #studio #maschine #sampling #mpc #genius #recording #vinyl

3 months ago
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Alas, the fruit of my intense labor.  

Much gratitude to Perry LaMarca on this project.  He is single- handedly responsible for constantly pushing me to up the bar on myself, breaking down barriers of what I formerly thought were impossible, and really helped extract my best work yet.

I delved deeply into the mood of the room, the story, and the character.  

For textures, I borrowed from John Williams and many have told me that I stole the harmonic language from Danny Elfman.  I’ll take that as a compliment. 

The Runs Script in Hollywood Strings really shined here and allowed me to write intricate lines, gave way to more elaborate orchestration.  The variety of included reverb impulses gave me the opportunity to audition impulses until I arrived to the perfect reverb; If I remember correctly, it was the Burbank Scoring Stage impulse.

CineBrass, gave me the transparent power I needed, and have absolutely fallen in love with their velocity switching.  Velocity switching makes key switching seems like an antique, a novelty.  I love loading a single patch for several articulations including Legato, Sustain, Marcato, Staccato, Staccatissimo, and have all of the dynamics controlled with the mod wheel.  This method of articulation switching makes for fluid play and programming and a cleaner project view.  It’s microphone mixer is awesome when I’m searching for a different tone.  

1 year ago
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