I went on a bit of a Twitter rampage today. It wasn’t about anything important, but I filled my long-dormant feed with a sudden flurry of tweets. What about? you might ask. Well… Music.
To clarify, none of the following is endorsed or paid reviews. I bought/tried the items in this post on my own and am reviewing them of my own volition.
I just got a new set of headphones and I found their sound lacking. I find many headphones to be lacking in the sound department. There’s always a very specific feel I want from my music and it seldom comes by default. I always have to play with an equalizer.
My old headset, a Logitech G430 (rest in peace), had built-in software that came with an equalizer. I was spoiled by this. It also had really a really nice “listen” feature that kept me from yelling into my microphone. Yes I know there’s a built-in mode with Windows 10 but I find it way too sensitive. It hears my mouse clicks when I can barely hear them with my headset off. Well, my last beloved G430, of which I owned 5 over the years (once cleaning out Best Buy’s entire stock because I knew it was being discontinued), finally kicked the bucket. And then my cat knocked it off my desk and my brother stepped on it. So it was really gone. Of course, as with all things I tend to like, the G430 is no longer made and I’m not in a place to spend $100+ on a high-end headset which broke my heart a bit because sounds mean the world to me. I had to go for something more on the Amazon level of pricing. I ended up with this pair:
Jeecoo USB Pro Gaming Headset for PC- 7.1 Surround Sound Headphones with Noise Cancelling Mic- Memory Foam Ear Pads RGB Lights for Laptops Over Ear
I’ll be honest. I’m not a fan of buying things directly from China. I know, it doesn’t really make a difference. Everything’s made their and companies just slap their logos on it and call it their own. I know, I know, but this was what I could afford. It actually stretched my budget a bit at $39.99, but I desperately needed around-the-ear and a USB connection. This was rated well so I picked it up.
For the price? It’s good. Not bad at all, actually. It fits snug out of the box (all headsets do in my experience), but its really quite comfortable. I haven’t had it on for a full computer-usage setting (multiple hours at a time don’t @ me), but so far it actually fits and feels really nice. The cups are cushy and the material looks easily cleanable. That’s one thing I struggled with in regards to the G430. The cups were a kind of porous fabric material and cleaning it was a pain in the ass. I’m not sure people really think about cleaning their headsets so much, but I have an irrational fear of ear infections so I’m a bit fastidious about keeping mine as clean as possible.
For better or worse, it’s VERY noise canceling. I can’t hear shit outside of them.
The cushion at the top of the band is very nice as well. I don’t usually notice such standard features, but this one is somehow sticking out to me and I’m really liking it.
So what about the sound? This all began with me talking about sound and stuff, so let’s get to that.
It’s okay. It’s not to my standards but things rarely are fresh out of the box. It comes with some basic software but no equalizer. This meant I had to go looking for one. Of course, I started by checked out Windows’ recommended apps which were Dolby Atmos and DTS Sound Unbound. Since my G430’s ran with Dolby, that’s where I started. And that’s where I stayed. The default settings are decent, but I immediately got to work screwing around with the equalizer to get that perfect sound I love so much. I’m still working on it, but here’s a glimpse of what that looks like:
I’m sure you can tell a lot about a person based on their equalizer info, so feel free to tell me what you think. As I mentioned, I’m still doing some fine-tuning, but so far, I’m pretty damn happy.
I’m still running the free 7-day trial, but since I’m so insane about my music, I’ll probably end up picking the software up. It’s listed as being a one-time fee of $14.99 which I can actually justify because of how important sound is to me.
If you’re interested in trying it out yourself, here’s a link:
I have no idea why it’s rated M besides the Call of Duty plug…
So now that the “tech stuff” is out of the way, let’s talk music! Yeah, it should probably be in a different post, but I’m here rambling about sound and its importance to me so let’s just take a moment to collect the thoughts I randomly tweeted out this morning.
There was a long while where I was just so utterly broken and depressed that I couldn’t listen to music anymore. Music had been such an integral part of my life since middle school and here I was unable to muster the strength to listen to anything. This lasted for months and I’m sure it didn’t help my disposition. Thankfully, that started changing since I’ve had some real time to sit down and go over myself and what I want to do with my life. It was then that music started coming back to me.
Music is so important to me that “The Q’taxians” used to have song titles for chapter titles and a Spotify playlist to go with them. Each song was chosen for how it captured the mood of the chapter and sometimes I had the song before I even had the chapter. It’s funny how things work out like that. Basically, entries 1-12 are a playlist. It started getting difficult to focus on tying music in back when I wasn’t exactly listening to it anymore so I had to abandon that format and started making my own titles. I figure it’s for the best anyway, but I’ll probably return to the idea of a playlist for the series at some point.
Oh, and as I’ve mentioned before, Jeron is a yet-to-be-realized audiomancer so there’s that 😅
Anyway, here’s that list. It’s by no means a ranking system, just a list of tracks I utterly adore.
1.) F-777 – This Isn’t Science Rocket
For starters, what prompted my sudden delve back into the realm of audiophilia was the new headset and setting up the equalizer. How do I do that? Do I use system sounds or something? Well, no and I hope no one else does either because those are a terrible measure of sound quality. I went immediately to my go-to track. I’ve used this track for YEARS to set up my equalizers. It’s the only one I can turn to to guarantee the result will most likely suit everything else I listen to. How this came to be? I have no idea. But here’s the track:
I’ve been a huge fan of F-777’s work since he was on Newgrounds a million years ago. He might still be there, but I really don’t visit the site anymore. I own most of his tracks and albums, but I’m becoming steadily aware of how much I’ve missed over the years. I’ll remedy that at a later date.
Is this the perfect song to equalize to? Probably not. But it’s my favorite and it always will be.
“This Isn’t Science Rocket” currently has only 72 plays on Google music, but that’s selling it hella short because I know it had hundreds of plays back on iTunes. This is one of my absolute favorite tracks EVER.
2.) F-777 – This Isn’t Science Rocket (Classy Edition)
This remix is 1000% worth mentioning:
Classy Edition has 210 listens as of writing this.
3.) Erik McClure – Cosminox
The next track I want to draw attention to is this beauty:
I. Adore. This. Track. I adore all of Erik McClure’s work. There’s just something so… right about how it all sounds to me. The ambient nature and this particular track’s bass are just so damn goooood.
As I mentioned in a Tweet, this is 100% the theme to “The Q’taxians”. If I had to pick one track to represent the series, this is it. If it was a show, this would be the intro. Somehow it encapsulates the entire mood of the story and how I want it to feel.
I like to joke that Erik McClure wrote the soundtrack to my stories.
I first found his stuff through the Tendril, a free track you got with the original Audiosurf game. I played that thing into the ground, but I never really went any deeper.
Then F-777 released a collab series and Aurora Theory was in the album listings so for one price I got some F-777 stuff and some albums by various musicians. The second I heard “Cosminox” I was like “Well isn’t this perfect…”.
Right now it stands at 534 plays on Google Music and I don’t regret any of it.
4.) Erik McClure – Tendril
Here’s “Tendril”, btw:
It only has 114 listens, but as with “Science Rocket”, that’s inaccurate because of Audiosurf/iTunes days.
5.) Jamie Berry ft. Rosie Harte – Peeping Tom
Another track worth mentioning, and completely different than the previous listings, is this bad boy:
This is hands-down my “get out of a funk free” track. Just… Just listen to it. Unless you hate electro swing in which case you’re wrong.
There is nothing about this track I don’t love. I adore everything about it.
PS whatever you think it’s about, yes that’s exactly what it’s about.
Oh… Okay, so here’s a thing:
6.) Ed Sheeran & Passenger – No Diggity vs. Thriftshop (Kygo Remix)
A million years ago, a friend of mine played this in Discord. I’m a coward who never has the strength to admit I don’t know what a song is so I let a lot of tracks I like just slide by because social anxiety won’t let me ask. Well, I asked about this one.
I’m not an Ed Sheeran fan. I am not a Macklemore fan. In fact, on their own, I’m not really a fan of any of the artists involved in this, but together? And with this mix? God help me. (okay so maybe I dabble in Passenger a bit, but I wouldn’t call myself a real “fan”).
1,167 plays. The most listened to track in my current library. I think back in the day, “Science Rocket” would have been a pretty close second, but currently, that belongs to “Cosminox”.
So I’m the type to like individual tracks regardless of their creator. I can like one song in someone’s entire discography and listen to it to death. Basically, I lack artist loyalty. There’s no one I blindly listen to and just enjoy which actually makes life kinda difficult because I can’t just keep up with a handful of artists. I wait for something to cross my path and if I like it, it goes into my library.
One such instance is this:
7.) Skrillex – Bangarang ft. Sirah
Dat thumbnail tho…
As mentioned above, this is the ONLY Skrillex song I have in my library and it’ll likely stay that way. This one was delivered to me late at night by a local EDM radio station.
I could honestly flood this list with F-777 tracks, but let’s see if I can find something else… Ah. Here we go.
8.) Parov Stelar – Love (Remix)
I love this track so damn much. I used to blast it at night when I was picking my brother up at work. There’s something about it that screams city-scapes and street lights. I mean, its probably the synth, but the whole thing is just kinda perfect.
Okay here’s something out of left field:
9.) oddboy – Underneath the Water (ft. Game Grumps)
Do I even watch Game Grumps anymore? No. But is the community still insanely creative? Yes. Is Dan’s voice a gift from the heavens above? Yes. Is this mix hella jive? Well, listen for yourself.
OH one more left-fielder:
10.) Titenic: The JonSong (ft. Schmoyoho)
I love JonTron and this is a masterpiece of absurdity.
So there you have it, 10 tracks I like to listen to and some tech stuff about my preferences. Remember, that equalizer is still a work in progress! I might make another post like this in the future and update y’all on where it ends up.
Tech stuff aside, I actually really liked making this little list. If you’d like to see more of my… “eclectic” taste, let me know! Do I have the best taste in music? Probably not, but I really don’t care. I like what I like and that won’t change.
Actually, I’ll probably do another list anyway because I had fun doing it.
If you like this kind of stuff, tune in for more!
Until next time,