Perks of Mobile Gaming

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What a time to be alive… where you can play high quality shooters/games from the palm of your hands…

(Scroll down to skip my story and see the perk list)

I remember around 2017, I didn’t have a console, so the only time I got to play any games was when my brother wasn’t home and I got to play one of his consoles.

That wasn’t enough for me… I needed something consistent!

I did have an iPhone 5c, so I looked up games similar to Call Of Duty that I could play… just so I can scratch that itch I had for a nice shooter game.

I stumbled upon a game called “Modern Combat” which I thought was a funny title lol *cough cough* Modern Warfare….

But besides the name, I actually got into the game for a while. Like I said, I needed something consistent, and my phone was always steady at hand.

I played enough to become decent and I actually enjoyed the game. It also satisfied my competitiveness a bit, but to be honest it didn’t last me long before I got bored of it. The controls of the game didn’t have the best layout and that was enough for me to see the game as a bit flawed. You can’t have that authentic shooter experience like you would on a Console shooter…

Fast forward to early 2018. I had no choice but to replace my iPhone 5c, with the iPhone SE! It wasn’t the latest of its times but it was definitely an upgrade for me!

Around April, Fortnite, one of the most popular games at that moment, released on Mobile Devices!! This was a game changer for the Mobile Gaming community, because Fortnite brought in a lot of attention to this platform.

You might be wondering “What about PUBG Mobile?! It came out before Fortnite Mobile dropped!” You’re totally right!

I wasn’t much aware of PUBG Mobile, but my friend was, so when he saw that I was playing Fortnite Mobile, he immediately recommended that I play PUBG Mobile. I considered it heavily, and after I got my first Victory on Fortnite Mobile, I felt I could move on with my life. I liked Fortnite, but once again the mobile controls took away from the smooth authentic experience you would get through playing the Console Version.

So after my first Fortnite Mobile dub, I quickly downloaded PUBG Mobile from the App Store, and to be honest after a few games in, I WAS SOLD!

This game out of all the Mobile Shooters I played so far, had the controls down better than any other Mobile game. And even if you said I was wrong, well in PUBGM, you can actually adjust all the on screen controls to your specific playing style!!

Aside from the controls, the gameplay was superior! I had my friend alongside me which made the experience that much greater!

It wasn’t much longer that I decided to stream my gameplay. After doing researched on how to stream Mobile games, the best solution I found for me was, the “Omlet Arcade” app! [I totally recommend “Omlet Arcade” to anybody looking for a simple solution to stream their mobile gameplay!!!]

From Season 1 of PUBG Mobile, up until now, I’ve had many great games, and I’ve seen the community grow stronger and stronger as the game only got better and better, with new maps, new features, and new cosmetics.

In my opinion, PUBG Mobile, is better than the Console version HANDS DOWN! The Console version of PUBG has a general lag to the controls and doesn’t run as smoothly as PUBG Mobile does. I can’t speak for PC because I never tried it on PC, but I’m assuming its great with a nice PC.

As much as I love PUBG Mobile, the landscape is totally about to shift!

Today on October 1st, Call of Duty: Mobile has release. Made by Activision, and Tencent Games (the SAME people who made the great PUBG Mobile).

Oh it is nothing but a GREAT time to be alive, because with COD: Mobile now in the market, I feel Mobile Gaming is only going to expand even that much further than it already has!!! And I’m looking forward to every moment of it!

Perks of Mobile Gaming

I am a big advocate for mobile gaming. For anybody who is unfortunate enough to not be able to have a console, Mobile Gaming is the best way to go!!! And at this point you won’t be lacking much, now with the progress Mobile Gaming has reached!

If you don’t have a console but have a modern smart phone, or you just want to play something while you’re on the go, here are a few perks of Mobile Gaming and what you can get out of it!

1. Affordable

Smart phones are everywhere now. You might even already own one so you’re in luck! But even if you don’t own a decent smart phone you can easily find one around. Make sure you check the specs of the device and the required specs of the game that you’re interested in playing.

And even at a last resort, if you don’t have a smart phone or can’t afford it, you’re alternatives are the latest iPod Touch by Apple, or one of their latest iPads!

2. Play ANYWHERE!

As I said earlier, since this is Mobile Gaming, that means we can now take our gaming on the go! We are no longer bound to our TVs and plug outlets. Although you might need some good wifi, now you can play anywhere that you desire! Even on the toilet if that pleases you xD

The point is, the game doesn’t have to go on pause just because you got somewhere to go. Now with Mobile Gaming, the game goes where ever you go! As long as you don’t lose your phone haha

3. Easy to play with friends!

You probably know a friend or two that has a smart phone, that might want to tag in on some of the action! Well it really is 1, 2, 3 when it comes to adding your friends and playing with them! It doesn’t even matter if you’re playing on IOS or Andriod, most games are enabled for both platforms to play together. And if we’re talking Fortnite Mobile, you can even play with your friends on Console by simply linking your Epic account.

Besides that, sitting in a room with your buddies while playing a Mobile Game is an awesome and fun experience that you really can’t get anywhere else.

Sure you can tell all your friends to bring their consoles and TVs, but who wants to do that?! I’m sure you don’t want to add that to your light bill either lol

Hope you enjoyed reading my Mobile Gaming story, and I hope you found this blog helpful in any way

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Lil Brian’s Home Studio

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This is the current headquarters of “Lil Brian Productions.”

It wasn’t always this equipped as you see here… It all started from a young kid who wanted to pursue his interest in making music. Continue reading along to see how my Home Studio evolved to what it is today!

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2011: I was a sophomore in high school at the time and to be honest, there are times I like to visualize my room like it was because this was one of my most creative times. This was before I had a MIDI controller and was plugging things in manually on the Piano Roll in FL Studio. Ironic, but I had plenty of inspiration and motivation around me whether it was coming from my life and family, or from my experiences in band (peep the marching snare at the bottom right). The Casio keyboard was given to me by a teacher when I was in Freshmen year of High School. And before I had the Audio Technica AT2020 Condenser Mic, as you see in the left corner, I was recording vocals with a cheap Logitech mic! Crazy huh..you gotta start somewhere!

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2012: This is the year I was given a new desk. That’s really the only major change that happened. I did enjoy every part of that desk though; it had plenty of desk space, a bunch of drawers for storage. Overall it was just what I needed for my workflow being that I liked to write and journal a lot as well.

Soon after, when I was starting my Junior Year of High School, my father unfortunately passed away and that forever changed me and my outlook on life. It definitely impacted my music and productivity as well..

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2014: My studio didn’t really change much in 2013, that’s until I started inheriting money from my father passing away. Instead of buying Jordan’s, I decided to invest my money on music equipment. Piece by piece I put it all together. First it started with the two white 5″ KRKS (studio monitors), then eventually I got my first MIDI Controller, the Akai Professional MAX49.

Soon after I got a new Macbook Pro, another MIDI Controller, a new mic, which happen to be the Sterling Audio ST6050, and I also got Auralex Acoustic Treatment for the walls, along with a fresh coat of paint, and other little room decor to match.

My favorite piece of equipment in this picture had to be the Akai Professional MAX49 (MIDI Controller). That was my pride and joy. The only problem with me was that the touch faders weren’t as responsive as I wanted them to be and the drum pads were set 3×4. I liked the classic 4×4 drum pads like the classic MPC’s had.

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2015: Sometime in early 2015 I first had laid my eyes on the Akai Professional MPK249. I was immediately sold when I saw the 4×4 drum pads, and boy was I amazed by the different colors the pads illuminated. I had to get it!!! I sold my MAX49 for the money, which was painful to do because I loved that MIDI controller, but it was time to move on and adapt. I eventually didn’t like how my wooden desk took up a lot of space in the room, so I got rid of it and replaced it with a glass desk by Mainstay that I got from Walmart (which is what you see in the picture),

I also tried putting my set up in corner to make space, but it turns out, it was a bad idea because of the fact, corners build up bass frequencies and it’s a bad environment to mix in. I actually changed the set up later as you will see…

If you want to take a tour of my Home Studio back in 2015 click here!!!

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2016: This is what my studio looked like in 2016. As I was doing my research on Minimalism, and Tiny Homes, I started to be fond of the idea of ‘taking advantage of all the square space” in my room. So I looked up loft beds and found what you see above on IKEA. This loft bed/desk combo was awesome at first, but I eventually got rid of it as you will see later.

The other major change of my set up was getting a Special Holiday Edition of the Akai Professional MPK249. I saw the red color and I had to get it as soon as I could!

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2017: Although the IKEA Loft Bed/Desk combo was nice and convenient, it was no longer comfortable for me, so I went back to a regular desk setup, with everything setup on the other side of the wall. Nothing really changed besides that..

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2018: I actually recieved the On Stage WS7500 Series Workstation Desk as a gift for the Christmas of 2017, but this is what my setup looked like for most of the beginning of the year. I actually bought a TV for my setup, but as you can see, I went the total opposite direction again and simplified things soon after…

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Around April 2018, in efforts to minimize my set up, I bought a cheaper desk, and resorted to a laptop. The goal was to have all my works in one place. But due to the low specs of this HP Laptop that I bought, I had no choice but to resort back to a Mac Mini setup…(My mom said I’m crazy by how much I buy and sell things…lol)

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And around the end of 2018, after saving up money from doing some Holiday work, I upgraded my studio again, getting rid of my laptop and going back to a Mac Mini, with a new Samsung 43″ 4k TV to go with it! I actually got a Nintendo Switch on Christmas Eve, which I was dying to get ever since their launch in 2017. But due to some technical reasons on FL Studio on the Mac OS, I had to sell my switch to get a laptop AGAIN, just so I can properly work on my beats.

[If you’re curious what the tech issue was, there are plugins in FL Studio that are still 32 bit, which the Mac OS version of FL Studio can’t run because it’s in 64 bit…which meant the only way I could work on my beats that used 32 bit plugins, I had to get a Windows PC, so I could run the 32 bit version of FL Studio.

Somebody tell Image Line to hurry up and update all there plugins to 64 bit so I can run everything on my Mac Mini again!]

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2019: After much trial and error, this is what my Home Studio ended up as. It’s almost a fusion of where I started with the basic Laptop setup and where I’m going, with the big TV and Mac Mini set up.

I find myself using the KRK Speakers less these days, and relying more on headphones, a cheap bluetooth speaker, and my brother’s car speakers to reference my mixes and masters. I actually work more in the corner where you see my laptop and MIDI Controller. But I see myself going back to a desk in the center set up where everything is in one workstation. Once Image Line updates all the plugins on FL Studio to 64 bit, I might just get rid of my current laptop and work strictly on my Mac Mini, but then again, I’d probably get a Macbook Pro again so I can work on the go and bring my works with me.

I hope you enjoyed reading about how my Home Studio evolved, but to be honest, this is only the beginning from here!

If I had to recommend what Artist/Producers should get to start making music, I would tell them; all you need is a simple set up, which doesn’t cost much, and I’d say, focus more on the craft rather than the equipment, because there is an stigma in the music making community that you need super high tech gear to make good music. Yes, it does help, but many hip hop artists have started out from making records in their bedrooms or with their own little set ups. And with the evolution of Audio/Music Technology, making clean music is more affordable and possible than ever before!

I would write a list for those wondering what is needed to start making music, but that’s a blog for another day!

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Who is Lil Brian?

Lil Brian is an independent Music Artist/Producer, born and raised in Hollywood, FL!

Music and rhythm always gravitated to him at a young age.

His earliest experience with music and performance started in his Elementary School’s “Singing Stars” choir program at Pasadena Lakes Elementary School. Although he only participated in his 4th grade year, this was around the same time Brian started to have interest in writing songs, being inspired by the early music of the 2000’s, and specifically by artist such as Usher, Ne-Yo, and Sean Paul. He wrote a few songs and lyrics every now and then at this time but nothing too serious ever happened..

His interest in music continued on to Driftwood Middle School, where in 6th grade he played the Alto Saxophone, then in 7th grade, he switched to playing percussion.

Around the end of his 7th grade year is where he decided to start writing lyrics again, except this time, he knew he wanted to take his interest in music serious, specifically in the hip hop/rap genre.

[One of his main inspirations of this time came from discovering a CD named “The College Dropout” by an Artist named, Kanye West. At first he skimmed through it until he found a familiar track that he loved, which was “Jesus Walks,” and after realizing Kanye was the man behind one of his favorite rap songs, he decided to give the CD a chance and that’s when he choose to thoroughly go through the album and the rest is history. This album is one of the main things that sparked and inspired Brian to become, “Lil Brian”]

Lil Brian shared many great experiences and performances with his fellow bandmates throughout his years at Driftwood Middle School, but this was not the end of his pursuits and passion for music.

Brian continued on by joining the drumline of the Spartan Pride Marching Band at Hollywood Hills High School. Freshmen year, he started as the 2nd Bass, then moving on to Snare Drum for the rest of his high school career.

These are the years that sparked the most of Lil Brian’s dreams, visions, and creativity. From performing with the band in Orlando at the “Battle of the Bands” event, as well as Marching in Chicago at the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade in 2011, to performing every year at his high school’s talent shows; these are the times Lil Brian learned the most about showmanship and what it truly means to be a musician and a performer.

Alongside from being a musician in his school’s Band Programs, Lil Brian spent much time doing research on what was needed to record and produce music of his own. Slowly, he transformed his bedroom to his “home studio,” where he made all of his earliest works.

His mind wasn’t too much on school, due to lack of interest. But he always had a bright mind and ideas of being an entrepreneur and being a provider to his family, being that him and his family didn’t have the best financial situation at home.

His mother was a single mother and his father was in and out of his life. His father actually tragically passed away in 2012 when he was in 11th grade, when he was only at the age of 16 years old. This truly affected him in his life…

Although he wasn’t the best student academically, he enrolled to Broward College in attempts for an AA in Music Technology after high school.

Even as Brian began his first classes in College, family related issues still struck which distracted Brian from his studies, which only resulted him to eventually drop from his classes.

At that point, he felt the school setting no longer served him well, and sitting at a school desk was only holding him back from providing to his family.

This is when he researched more deeply about success, financial freedom, and what it actually takes to run a music business, sell music, and sell beats.

And in September 2016, after much research on music and the industry behind it, he decided to go independent and officially founded “Lil Brian Productions LLC” setting off his future career in the music industry and his pursuits to impact the world through his art, music, thoughts, and expressions!

From that time up until now, Lil Brian has been experimenting, improving his business, and actually went through a bit of rebranding with his business, in efforts to clearly display what Lil Brian and his business represents.

Lil Brian is in preparation for an official “Grand Opening/Launch” date for LBP.

And as far as Lil Brian Productions goes, his goal with his business is to share quality and impactful music/art to the world, collab with likeminded artist and producers, and help beginner music artists and producers with the info they need to succeed!

At this time,  Lil Brian is currently working on building his official catalog of music and beats for official release.

He also spends time making videos for YouTube, blogging, and gaming/living streaming.

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