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Everything and Nothing / Re: Sad News
« on: October 18, 2009, 05:09:10 PM »
My sincerest condolences to Jim's family...truly a tragic loss for his family and the ambient/new age community at large. I've met no other who has even come close to Jim's outspoken passion and support for ambient/new age music.

James Johnson

Very sad news indeed. Gordon handled promotion for my Zero Music label early on and was a very nice guy.

I met him when I played out at Jim Cole's place few years ago. A very friendly and knowledgeable person. he did have some health issues, in particular his spine. A very warm and passionate guy. He will be sadly missed, as a friend and a promoter of this genre.

thinking of you Gordon


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Reaper
« on: May 08, 2008, 05:36:28 PM »
Have you done anything with the "ReaMote" network engine in Reaper? good? bad?


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: AtmoWorks Update
« on: March 29, 2008, 02:24:50 AM »
If there were more convenient options for FLAC playback, it would be the ideal format -- compressed, but lossless.  Does anyone know if there's any kind of FLAC plugin for iTunes?  Or any FLAC players that don't suck?

Foobar  has a FLAC encoder / decoder built right into it. It's got a very simple interface and is very easy to use. Really nice piece of software.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: 24/16bit Downloadable Loop Packs
« on: March 21, 2008, 10:42:38 AM »
I'm using on to run SnyC Modular still...on a Piii 400 Fujitsu Pen using old technology and old software...besides the Pen Computer only uses about 20 watts max and can easily be powered via a solar's a funky DIY set-up...I'm all about being a tree huggin environmental friendly ambient artist...

here's a link to current BeOs open source work

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: 24/16bit Downloadable Loop Packs
« on: March 21, 2008, 10:12:39 AM »
I hate to spread extremely harsh, negative gossip, but... I think James is a Windows guy!

.....ohhhh boy here we go......I have every operating system under the BeOs..remember that one!....but yes..I am 90% windows based...but NOT Vista..what a piece of Sh$%^#!...still running w2k pro mostly..still believe it's the most stable and most streamlined....platform Bill has produced...

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: 24/16bit Downloadable Loop Packs
« on: March 21, 2008, 10:09:19 AM »
What no Apple loops?  ;D I know, their's no pleasing some people.  :P  Good luck with this James, sounds like an interesting idea, maybe I should start selling some gamelan loops.

thanks Loren..

Actually ACID loops work just fine in Apple's product. The main programmer and developer for Apple's product is the guy that originally helped design ACID....ACID is still the original..:)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / 24/16bit Downloadable Loop Packs
« on: March 21, 2008, 05:41:20 AM »
I know many of you are musicians as well as listeners and wanted to let ya'll know that I've begun to add ACIDized loops to the STORE area of my site.

Not sure if any of you know, but I've been creating,editing and finalizing ACID loops for "Sonic Foundry" now Sony Creative Software for the past 9 years and counting. The loops I'll be offering will span a wide range of genres, but always be centralized in the roots of ambient / cinematic music. The loops will be offered in sets of 10 containing BOTH 16 & 24bit versions within each set.

This is straight along the lines of the work I do for Saul Stokes and his portal. Only difference being that these loops will be much less "percussion" based and more focused on the melodic side. I have 3 sets available now and will be adding more over the weekend.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: March 20, 2008, 09:45:49 AM »
Oh, crap... my monitors' base cones are only 21.9" off the front wall -- I am so screwed!

Seriously, thanks for posting this James.


everyone's frequency nodes and frequency harmonics are's all based on the room dimensions and please EVERYONE do not simply set-up your stuff using my dims.....each room will come up with different calcs.....:) as well as different treatments to deal with specific frequencies within the room..."tuning a room" is pretty complex....this set-up took me about a month to layout properly..and in reality..I still need more broadband absorption on the side can never have too much..:)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: March 20, 2008, 07:25:13 AM »
After extensive room calcs and adding in new 703 bass traps and new 703 broadband traps, I've managed to clean up enough of the mixing area of my studio 1st....this picture shows the new corner bass traps and the new broadband trap on the front wall. I'll keep the heavy tapestry on the front wall, because it helps with taming front wall reflections, just need to re-align it into the center of the mix position. What you can't see is  the 2nd broadband panel directly behind the mix position, that helps with rear reflections. Ohhh, you also cannot see the absolute mess the rest of the studio is in either....After I did the room calcs and got my monitors and mix position out of all frequency nodes, I had to re-arrange everything...

The center of the monitors bass cone are 23" off the front wall and 43" off the well as positioned horizontally out of node positions form the side walls. The mix position is 67" off the front wall, with my ears aligned with the center of the bass cones. All these positions keep the mixing stage out of as many nodes and frequency harmonics as possible in order to improve mix quality.

"what the hell is he talking about" is probably what your saying..:)

This equates to a massively improved stereo field, and stereo separation, much better frequency response from the monitors, the monitors are not working as hard, and above all else greatly improved mixing and tracking. Mixes out of this new station are like night and day as compared to older mixes. Bad mixes really sound bad now, as I can hear all the frequency overlap issues, as well as bad stereo panning choices. Great mixes are much easier to attain and sitting at the mix station for 10-12 hours at a shot are very easy on the ears. Everything sound better!!!

Hypnos Label Releases / Re: Announcement: James Johnson and Hypnos
« on: March 04, 2008, 06:06:04 PM »
in case anyone would like to research studio acoustics

start reading and be prepared to become overwhelmed...:)

Hypnos Label Releases / Re: Announcement: James Johnson and Hypnos
« on: March 04, 2008, 05:57:40 PM »
the studio is currently NOT very photogenic, It's shy about it's appearance....since I just tore it apart to put in some 703 broadband absorption, floor to ceiling bass traps and and a mix station ceiling cloud....when I get her back together I will post some shots...would love to influence some people towards the "solar side"..:)

Hypnos Label Releases / Re: Announcement: James Johnson and Hypnos
« on: March 04, 2008, 04:48:44 PM »
Thanks all around guys..I'm very positive and excited about this. Now I get to spend more time in the solar powered studio...  8)

Hypnos Label Releases / Re: Announcement: James Johnson and Hypnos
« on: March 03, 2008, 05:48:54 PM »
After 7 great years of heading up & 4 years before that as "Zero Music", I've come completely full circle and am grateful to be an active member of the HYPNOS family once again.  I have turned over the keys to to my good friend John Strate-Hootman, and wish John the best of success with the continuation of

Demand for my sound design work has expaned to such an extent, that I've simply ran out of time to do any "LABEL" type activities beyond a simple web update here and there. Now that I've partnered up with Mike, I expect to be able to concentrate my time on composing and sound design solely.

I'm very excited about all this and am very much looking forward to the long term future with HYPNOS.


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Re-launching of Wind and Wire
« on: December 20, 2007, 05:24:23 PM »
glad to have you back Bill...always enjoyed your reviews and opinions...

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