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Hey! My name's Stephan Wells, and I'm a musician, mixing engineer, programmer, proofreader, gamer, aspiring game developer, audio moderator, and former host of the NGADM. Thanks to Youkos for the user image and profile icon!

Stephan Wells @Step

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Utrecht University


Joined on 11/4/07

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Posted by Step - March 4th, 2010

I don't know why, but hardware seems to fail whenever I use it... It's like I emit some sort of EMP or something...

A few days ago, my iLok key, which is basically a small, key-shaped thing which you attach to the USB port of your computer when you need to run certain music programs (I use East/West Symphonic Orchestra, which is a very good orchestral VST that need the iLok key or it will refuse to work), well, it broke. I don't know why. I take care of it as much as I can, and I never dropped it or anything. I handle it with extreme care and whenever I don't need it I always put it back in its bag. It just decided to malfunction. Now I'll have to wait over 2 weeks until I get another one, which means 2 weeks stuck to making trance and all that, when I prefer classical and orchestral much more (call me weird, but I don't care). I even might have to turn down some people who asked me to make a song for their flash since it'll take two weeks for another iLok key to arrive.

My new laptop also decided to fail. At least its battery did. A few weeks ago we had to get it fixed, since the battery wasn't working, and they returned it to us with nothing fixed at all, and the battery still deciding to go down and never replenish, even when it says it's charging (typical service in my country...). Now I'll have to wait for who knows when till they get that battery fixed, OR get a new battery.

My headphones also decided to stop working, by the way, and not to mention the TV, which is outputting anything in a weird shade of green.

I wonder what'll fail next.

Posted by Step - January 23rd, 2010

Windows is obstinate and stubborn, I'm sure of it. I say 'Restart Later' when the 'Windows is Updating' Popup comes up, and gues what it does??

...I was working on a song for around 6 hours straight, and it was coming out great. Then, I went to the hairdressers, leaving the computer on. Half an hour passed, and while I was gone, windows automatically updated itself. The bad part is that it also decided to automatically restart itself, and I lost all the work I did on FL Studio. I came back finding FL Studio missing from the taskbar and a message saying 'Windows has successfully been updated' or something like that. The worst part was that during those six-hours, I didn't save a second of it.

*Goes to start the 6-hour work all over again*

Posted by Step - November 28th, 2009

Somebody fav me so I don't stay at the unlucky 13 favs :P.


EDIT: Thank you! XD

EDIT 2: Lol, I only needed one fav to exit 13 favs, not 2 XD.

EDIT 3: Wow, that makes 3 favs O.o. You guys are too kind =3.

EDIT 4: 4 more favou- guh, screw this newspost...

Posted by Step - November 26th, 2009

Man, I was going to get East West Quantum Leap Symphonic Orchestra Silver for Christmas, and I had already invented some melodies with piano only which I planned to orchestrate with EWQLSO, and I didn't consider checking on the Internet to see what specs you need for it. Then, I decided to check, and found out my horrible amount of RAM (512 MB) wasn't enough to withstand the 2 GB needed for EWQLSO. I was really looking forward to getting it, and yet again my RAM has failed me. If anyone here has a 512 MB Ram or less, they know what I mean when I say the computer takes 10-15 minutes to start up and load all of the programs, and if you have more than around 5 windows open, get ready for a crash. Now I can't even use EWQLSO... Ugh, I need more RAM...

Anyone know how much it costs to get 2 GB of RAM, since for the seven years that I had this good-for-nothing "computer" (which is probably crashing as you are reading this) the RAM was never upgraded, so I wouldn't know the cost. If anyone could point out what a 2 GB RAM chip would normally cost, that'd be great :).

Posted by Step - November 8th, 2009

My Ye Olde Computer has failed me yet again. I was working on a song for so long, around 5 hours straight or so, on FL Studio. It was one of those laid-back classical rock songs with piano, strings, bass and a drum kit. It was really coming out well... Then, I moved my strings soundfont from the browser to the step sequencer, and once I put it on, it said it started loading it. It's been "loading" ever since... (1 hour's wait and no luck). I can't click on FL Studio to bring it up from the taskbar, and the only thing I can do is right click on FL Studio from the taskbar and close it, only to probably meet the familiar 'This program is not responding', press 'End Now' and enter the computer's eternal crash. Then, I end up having to turn the computer off from the tower, start up, and my file would be nowhere to be seen...

I mean seriously, it's only 2 MB, and usually it only takes around 15 seconds to load on my computer. Suddenly, because my computer started thinking, "Oh, I haven't deceived him yet... better think of something..." I have to put up with losing 5 hours of work. Now I'll never remember the melody, the drum samples I used, and the mixer settings X[]. Well, that's 512 MB Ram for you X(.

Does FL Studio have some sort of autosave feature or something, because that would really be darn helpful...

Posted by Step - November 3rd, 2009

So I'm part of this reviewing club (if you were a victim of my exaggeratingly long reviews, you should know...) that a lot of you probably haven't heard of. Review Request Club, the name is self-explanitory. Anyway, to the persons who write good reviews (at least 5 lines each review filled with constructive criticism), you can join this club by saying you'll join in the thread, you wait for a member to look through your reviews and see if they're good enough, and if you're accepted you review the requests that come up on the latest requests list. At the end of the week, sometime before the next members update, you post the club points you gained by reviewing the requests (points system can be found in the first post of the thread) and you're part of the club :).

Just thought I'd give the club some more exposure ^^.

Posted by Step - October 10th, 2009

(As if anyone cares)... Anyway, the album Supernova I'm doing with Scooter-16 is almost done: We're currently working on a collab song on the album which includes loads of different genres, including Drum'n'Bass, Dance, Classical, and more. After that, we may add a rock song with vocals or just end the album there and submit the songs to NG (with a RAR file of them all on a hosting website). We're not sure...

In other news (as if anyone cares either...), I've submitted my track Windows Wars to YouTube in case anyone wants to check it out. So far, no comments :(.

Anyway, thanks for reading!

Posted by Step - September 1st, 2009

I need a little help with Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. It's really strange, but once I won the game, and started another game, it didn't let me save. I was saving normally the first time I won the game, but when I pressed on Load Game, my saving was nowhere (I think it was, anyway; this was a long time ago). I pressed on New Game, and when I tried to save, it said 'Save Failed; Please Check Your Memory Card'. Is this to do with the game itself, or the memory card?

NOTE: I don't recall dropping the memory card nor the game CD ever, and the only thing that might have to do with this was when I was playing Spiderman 2 with my cousin and he switched the PS2 off before it was finished saving. I can save normally with Spiderman 2 (I lost my old saving of it, though), but ever since he did that, there's been a block of undeletable corrupted data in my memory card. I think this happened in the same time period of MGS not saving and it could have something to do with it.

Posted by Step - August 24th, 2009

I finished the really long jungle song I was talking about in my last post, in case by some miracle someone wants to check it out.

Posted by Step - August 21st, 2009

If you've read Scooter-16's news post, you'd know that him and I are doing a collab album - Supernova. Till now we have at the least 16 songs ready (possibly more) plus we've finished the leading track, Supernova (A 3-minute mixture of ambient, dance and awesomeness :P). The genres in this album are varied - percussion only, 8-bit, classical, rock, trance, dance, and ambient.

As a side note, I recently finished All Hail Windows! 2, (made out of Windows XP sound effects), and if I get a good response (that's very unlikely), I may even continue the All Hail Windows songs. I'm recently working on another jungle track (the first one I ever made was Jungle Run) called Jungle Rythm, which I plan to make at least 5 minutes long, and I'm up to 2:30 or so. It should be done by end of August/beginning of September.

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