User Submitted Clips: Richiebee’s Killer MIDI Illustration

Brandon Drury —  January 25, 2008

I just added a new section to the recording forum called User Submitted Clips. I’m looking for members of to post mp3s to illustrate points they’ve learned, compare gear (such as mics, preamps, and other gear), and illustrate various techniques.

While I’ve done several “shootouts” in the Member’s Only section of, I thought it was a bit short sighted for me to be the only one contributing. So now I encourage all members to post their clips.

Richiebee’s Killer MIDI Illustration
One of the first user submitted clips was by long-time member, Richiebee. He posted a MIND BLOWING illustration of just what a modern MIDI production can sound like. Richiebee’s Killer MIDI Illustration He started out with MIDI that started out sounding like Pacman or Super Mario Brothers and turned it into a piece of music that would be more at home in a big budget Hollywood film.

This is the best A/B example of the stereotypical MIDI recording from a few years ago vs a full blown modern MIDI production.

Some can debate the merits of using MIDI synths and samples in their recordings, because it is “fake” or whatever. I think it comes down to the user to create real music with the tools they have at their disposal. I consider MIDI synths and samples to be an incredible tool for making real music. I think Richiebee’s clip illustrates the capabilities of modern synths and samples better than any I have hear.


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Brandon Drury quit counting at 1,200 recorded songs in his busy home recording studio. He is the creator of and is the author of the Killer Home Recording series.

One response to User Submitted Clips: Richiebee’s Killer MIDI Illustration

  1. I have been doing midi orchestrations full time for a couple years. They sound mostly like games, though I’m getting better. I want to learn this trade. Is there some kind of help – book, tutoring, course, etc. I can get? I learn best and fastest through written material.

    Thanks. Great job. I’ll put some of my stuff up.