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discchord 6th Anniversary

This weekend discchord turns 6, but perhaps even more importantly I turn 38. This is usually the time of year I combine our birthdays for an annual fundraiser/gimmie presets... which I will continue to do, but this year I've got a present for you!

Preset Sharing

You didn't ask for it, and you got it! I've spent the last several months working hard to bring you a feature that I think will be extremely useful to the community. You can now upload presets to the site! These presets can include custom artwork, and demos from either SoundCloud or YouTube. The goal here is to make sharing presets as easy as possible, and I sincerely hope I have accomplished that.

There are a hell of a lot of security concerns involved in letting people upload files to the site. I spent a lot of time trying to make sure people couldn't hack the site, but preventing people from using the service to upload malicious content is even harder. There are just too many different types of presets, so I can't check them all. To weed out miscreants I've limited uploading to just Patrons, developers, and active members of the community that have been here for a while.

If you have had an account here for longer than 6 months, and you've been actively commenting, your account is now automatically enabled for uploading! If you didn't make the cutoff don't worry! The system will continue to enable uploading for people who have been on the site for a year and are actively commenting. If you still can't make that cutoff, and don't want to be a Patron, you can email me and I'll consider you on a case-by-case basis. Now for someone to upload something they shouldn't, they would have to spend an extremely long amount of time to do so.

Right now there is only one preset up there, so I hope there will be a lot more by the end of the weekend! To see if you are an authorized uploader hit this link. If you don't see a message saying you can't upload, then you can!

Now Back to the Important Stuff

As I continue to age disgracefully, I keep trying new and interesting hobbies to avoid golf... or worse, model trains. This year I'm getting into reef keeping. This is the challenging end of the aquarium hobby, which combines fickle saltwater fish and even-more-fickle corals.

There's so much to learn! The hobby demands constant water quality tests to maintain a delicate balance of water chemistry. I'm only one month in and have already had to deal with some serious issues in that regard, but I'm loving it! The challenge is extremely engaging!

So this year, as every year, I ask that if you enjoy the site please become a Patron! (Per Video or Per Month) You get an ad free experience on the site, automatic upload approval, and the knowledge that you are helping me directly! If you aren't comfortable with Patreon, please consider sending me a one time gift such as a gift certificate to Unique Corals (my email address is tim@the most obvious domain name that comes to mind), or PayPal me to help me pay for fish! If I've helped you enjoy the music making hobby, please help me enjoy the reef keeping hobby!

I'm documenting my experience as a novice reefer in a series called Proteus Reef on YouTube. This is a monthly episodic journal of what I've learned and how I deal with challenges along the way. The first episode if up right now, and another will be posted to YouTube at the end of the month. I'm not going to be posting any more of them here, because I can appreciate that most people won't give a fuck about my fish.

Reader Comments 36

Congrats on the 6th and 38th anniversaries and thanks for the great present Tim! I happened to stumble over your "Pssst" post, and I have a question/suggestion: is there any way to use a wildcard in the search, or can you implement it if there isn't? Or maybe just a way to list all presets?

Good luck with your reef keeping!
August 18, 2017  | person Joe Maron
Is it a he?

Tim I am happy you are escaping further from the real world into a night time neptune where you and you fish kin fold stare warmly into each others eyes as you play Virsyn Posieden and where a Merman outfit . Until white slime grows over them.

I gotta stop.

I am super happy for you. Why? Because you seem happy and excited. That's all I need.

I am eager to see what happens with this whole experiment.

Congrats on a new adventure!
August 18, 2017  | person TBIRD
All the best To you Tim! And thanks for the preset section. I really hope it takes off.

I should get more organized with my presets. I usually don’t store my progress as a preset or I name them after my (abandonware) projects so the names and/or categorization don’t make any sense.

Maybe you could one day do a tutorial on how general patchmaking should be approached. What are the characteristic settings for each traditional sort of sound for instance? Bass, brass, keys, leads, pads and so on.

Good luck with the reef!
August 18, 2017  | favorite_border Erik
Wow Tim! Hats off! Cheers! You're the man homie! Stay blessed!
August 18, 2017  | person_outline Qlas Beats
Happy Birthdays!!
August 18, 2017  | person BDBaker1958
Congrats and happy birthday, Tim!
August 18, 2017  | person_outline AfroDJMac
Thanks for all your hard work. Still remember some of those amazing hilarious early posts attacking bad pitches for bad products.
August 19, 2017  | person MikeV
Wait until you see jellyfish tanks....omg!
August 19, 2017  | person Heretik7
Happy birthday and congrats on six years. Btw did u go to high school in San Jose? I went to Westmont and Gunderson. Class of 98!
August 19, 2017  | person Nic Nice
Congratulations and happy birthday, Tim. 😬👍🏼
August 19, 2017  | person R3pl1c4nt
Hey Tim congrats on the 6 years and thank you sincerely for your contributions to mobile audio n video production! I have plans of starting a patrion account primarily because of my love for you, this site , doug and soundtestroom , jakob haq and to fund the guy who makes originz and mysteries abound podcast, but atm i have just moved and am saving desperately for the mpclive, ldont really know if i need it anymore thanks to the kind folks at intua but anyhow when im able to i really wanna start funding this site cuz you well deserve to be making a living for what you have done for us all. If it was not for you and just a handful of others we wouldnt have been able to provide enough momentum to get to where we are today. And this here is a time we should really be celebrating because so much has been acomplished to bring us here to a reality where mobile production is becoming solid and very capable.
August 19, 2017  | person_outline Ian Olsen
Speaking of presets, are we able to upload BM3 banks on the new presets page?
August 19, 2017  | person_outline Ian Olsen
And happy Birthday too:) Im aug 12 :)
August 19, 2017  | person_outline Ian Olsen
Happy Birthday Tim,
thanks for all your work for the iOS music community.
August 19, 2017  | person idexis
On August 19, 2017 - @Heretik7 said:
Wait until you see jellyfish tanks....omg!

Yes! The ones with the different colored lights look pretty impressive. My husband took a great interest in one while I was looking at reef stuff, so it is possible we'll be adding one of those in the future.

On August 19, 2017 - @Nic Nice said:
Happy birthday and congrats on six years. Btw did u go to high school in San Jose? I went to Westmont and Gunderson. Class of 98!

I grew up on the South Side of San Jose, so I went to Oak Grove until the beginning of my Junior year... then dropped out. A little while later I went to Calero, which was a continuation school for delinquents. It was like a cross between preschool and juvey. I finished my Junior year there. However, 4 days into my Senior year I was facing expulsion for some nonsense so I just walked. Two-time drop out!

I got my GED in '96, but I'm technically from the Class of '97. I went to Gavilan College, and (you guessed it) dropped out after a couple of years. I don't do well in academia.

On August 19, 2017 - @Ian Olsen said:
Speaking of presets, are we able to upload BM3 banks on the new presets page?

Yes, within reason! There are some technical limitations on size that I haven't fully explored, nor codified, yet. You should be able to easily upload any "normal" sized BM3 bank. I'll try to make specific size limitations more clear later on.
Happy birthday and congratulations on the anniversary. It is incredible to think it has been 6 years. Alas, I am floating through a series of writing internships, but I will become a patreon as soon as I have a paying job. I visit this site almost everyday. You really do deserve the support. Thank you for all your hard work for the community!
Usually, when I wish friends happy birthday I like to do in the style of old Viking well wishes. Here we go:
Tim,
Odin smiles upon you this day! May your victories be more plentiful than the grains of sand on the beaches. May your fortunes be greater than the greatest of seas. May the blood of your enemies fill the soil and produce harvests that will make the god Freyr shake with jealousy. Do you hear that? The thunder of Thor is sounding in your honour! Onward! Let the world feel your strength until you dine in the halls of Valhalla and may choirs of iPads sing of your glory for generations to come! Greatness and glory be to Tim! For he is the master of discchord, commander of the tiny fish, and preserver of the pH balance.
August 19, 2017  | person DulceVida
Amazing, keep up the good work! Between you and Walden from Musicappblog, my music production life has changed for the better.
August 19, 2017  | person brock.harris
Happy Birthday and happy anniversary, Tim!
Thank you for all you do.
August 19, 2017  | person JeffChasteen
Happy Birthday Mr. Tim.
August 19, 2017  | person Yak Nepper
Happy birthday Tim, I got 25 years on ya 👍
August 19, 2017  | person Dookone
reef keeping versus Golf? ROFL🤣
August 19, 2017  | person_outline Matt
Gavilan wow haven't heard that name in a long time. I figured with us being so close in age and growing up in the same area that we might have crossed paths.

Congrats on all the success regardless of schooling! Next time I'm in the 408 I'll have to take u out for a beer!
August 19, 2017  | person Nic Nice
Congratulations!!!
August 19, 2017  | person_outline Snekula
On August 19, 2017 - @DulceVida said:
Tim,
Odin smiles upon you this day! May your victories be more plentiful than the grains of sand on the beaches. May your fortunes be greater than the greatest of seas. May the blood of your enemies fill the soil and produce harvests that will make the god Freyr shake with jealousy. Do you hear that? The thunder of Thor is sounding in your honour! Onward! Let the world feel your strength until you dine in the halls of Valhalla and may choirs of iPads sing of your glory for generations to come! Greatness and glory be to Tim! For he is the master of discchord, commander of the tiny fish, and preserver of the pH balance.
LOL! Man, everything is better in Viking Style! Thanks for that!
On August 19, 2017 - @Nic Nice said:
Congrats on all the success regardless of schooling! Next time I'm in the 408 I'll have to take u out for a beer!
Sadly I haven't been in the 408 since 2000. I moved all over North America for several years and settled in the suburbs of Chicago. I like the wind out here, but I miss the mountains in a profound way that is hard to describe. I don't even have family in the Bay Area anymore. My brother was the last hold out, but the cost of living is just absurd. In some places the poverty line is $140,000! Can you imagine making $140,000 and being considered impoverished? It's nuts. I miss Northern California, but not that much!

And thank you to everyone else for the kind words! I'm reading everything in between celebrations here.
Congrats and Happy Birthday Tim!
August 20, 2017  | person_outline anickt
It's been a pleasure serving time with you, Tim. You're bubbling with energy and it's so refreshing to see that even on your birthday..
August 20, 2017  | person psysword
Have a good one Tim. Thanks for all the work you do trawling through the you tubes to bring us cool stuff. And I'm totally up for a monthly reefer update.
August 20, 2017  | person Bob
Congrats, I will try and add some presets at some point
August 20, 2017  | person RedSkyLullaby
Hey Tim! Happy Birthday - Happy Blogiversary - and thanks for all the good work. I'm gonna work on some quarter tone presets and upload them.
August 20, 2017  | person Laarz
great stuff :)

i check discchord every day :)
August 21, 2017  | person_outline pn
Thanks for all the fish! And the preset sharing! Happy birthday!
August 21, 2017  | person daveknapik
Happy birthaversary!
"Pushes in huge cake and presses play on the radio"
August 21, 2017  | person_outline Spaced Invader
The original iOS music making website. So important in the development of new music making technology. Discchord & SonicTouch were my starting points back into music creation, via the power of touch computing. Many congratulations!
August 21, 2017  | person_outline Sarmad
Congrats Tim!
August 22, 2017  | person_outline Pete
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