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Messages - Ekstasis

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Congratulations RME do some good stuff, especially good and stable drivers.
I got the RME HDSPe AES card, AES is still the best way for low latency audio.

I really enjoy the interface, it sounds great and goes up to 192KHz.

Glad you like it, did it meet your expectations, I will say it once again, do not use a lot of wet signal, 28 percent is the sweetspot if you use like 50% percent or something it sounds like junk imo. Of course atleast 20 second decay time to get the best sound. I think the random hall algorithms is the best.
One more tips , almost all presets use hf/lf filters,  when it comes to ambient reverb there is nothing worse when there is a filter that cuts off the high frequencies, I always have it totally open so all high frequencies to shine thru so you get this nice open expensive sound. I think there is way too many presets...I tend to just use a standard preset with some minor tweaks that is enough and I leave it the same all the time.

Both the RME audio interface and the Lexicon reverb are easy to use and meet my expectations. I am currently reworking my recordings for my upcoming album (release date is the 29th of march), so I have direct comparison to my old equipment. A universe lies between the old and new devices, but it is also a challenge to rework the sounds while they profit so much. About reverb defaults: I also never use defaults and always open the HF and LF. About standards of dry/wet: I use Send-mode and with the Lexicon you can choose the reverb-out-frequency. So I am able to try out something more than simple dry/wet.

I am glad it did meet your expectations,  yes I can imagine there will be a big difference in sound. You are such a cool girl who are into this stuff! ;)
I will try to listen to the album you told me about this week.

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This is an extended version of a track from many years ago that was part of a compilation album 'Steve Roach Dreaming...now, then a retrospective 1982 - 1997'

It was much shorter and one of my favourites - possibly the main reason I have kept the CD all these years.

I like the new longer version - it manages to be the same and different at the same time

Need to check that out...thanks for informing us.I do not remember he wrote anything about the in the album information

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Congratulations RME do some good stuff, especially good and stable drivers.
I got the RME HDSPe AES card, AES is still the best way for low latency audio.

I really enjoy the interface, it sounds great and goes up to 192KHz.

Glad you like it, did it meet your expectations, I will say it once again, do not use a lot of wet signal, 28 percent is the sweetspot if you use like 50% percent or something it sounds like junk imo. Of course atleast 20 second decay time to get the best sound. I think the random hall algorithms is the best.
One more tips , almost all presets use hf/lf filters,  when it comes to ambient reverb there is nothing worse when there is a filter that cuts off the high frequencies, I always have it totally open so all high frequencies to shine thru so you get this nice open expensive sound. I think there is way too many presets...I tend to just use a standard preset with some minor tweaks that is enough and I leave it the same all the time.

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Upgraded my signal chain recently to a Phoenix Audio pre amp.....I have run all my synths through mic pre's since around 2007 and my studio has been balance since then.  Having the Eq is really nice though I tend to over do it just because it makes the pre's sing.  Its a bit strange to me as the low frequencies are on the right side and high on the left.  This is the first external hardware Eq I've had so what do I know ;D...think it may have something to do with the much revered Neve 1073 pre amp that a good deal of manufactures are inspired to recreate and harness its sonic virtues



Julio ... you just paid a lot of money for a half-empty box !!   ;)

he got a lof good sonic quality for the money.
DSR-8 was considered by sound pure the best mic pre per channel you could get for your money, it has good value for sure.
Why the DSR 4 looks like it does it cause it is scaled down version of DSR 8 which come first.
They have since then released 500 series formats which they have shrinked the design further

https://www.youtube.com/user/soundpurestudios/search?query=+Phoenix

Jokes a side I think Julio did a good buy and a respective choice of gear

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Upgraded my signal chain recently to a Phoenix Audio pre amp.....I have run all my synths through mic pre's since around 2007 and my studio has been balance since then.  Having the Eq is really nice though I tend to over do it just because it makes the pre's sing.  Its a bit strange to me as the low frequencies are on the right side and high on the left.  This is the first external hardware Eq I've had so what do I know ;D...think it may have something to do with the much revered Neve 1073 pre amp that a good deal of manufactures are inspired to recreate and harness its sonic virtues



That you buy Phoenix Audio stuff means you have done a lot of reserach, Phoenix Audio a kind of hidden gem in the audio community, they use transformless designs , it brings the best of both worlds, the sound of neve and the clean sound of solid state.
The guys behind the company did repair for neve.  Even though they cost a lot you still get a lot for the money they are a lot more cheaper then  lets say a neve, but Phoenix Audio also bring their unique sound and combination of both worlds .

I had plans to buy the NICE DI for guitars and also the NICERIZER as summarizer I also had plans to buy the EQ,  their 500 Series is most affordable, I had plans to buy 3 of their 500 series to fill a 19 rack. DSR-8 Was my choice after long research  If I buy a mic pre today I would choose DSR most likely.

Sound pur made some good review of them.
https://www.youtube.com/user/soundpurestudios/search?query=+Phoenix

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I fullfilled me another long time dream this year: A professional audio interface, the RME Fireface 802.



I will post a photo of my new studio devices (now integrated in a 3U rack) soon ;)

Congratulations RME do some good stuff, especially good and stable drivers.
I got the RME HDSPe AES card, AES is still the best way for low latency audio.

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I think that the the passing is kind of addicitive, problem is it feels half finished, an raw, in a bad way. It is especially the higher notes that sound bad to me, maybe it is the  Studiologic Sledge to blame ? as he  list in the album notes he use more then oberheim synths on this one.
Also in general as with latest steve roach albums, it so dry sounding, gives us more reverb, longer decay and wetter sound, Just because some people is analog purists does not mean you are not allowed to use reverb..

I still consider this as one of his better albums it is honest, it almost have a cinematic quality, I like the chord structure a lot it is addictive,  it is not the chord structure I blame but the actual synth patches used. If he have the midi saved he could easily transform it to something much better. I would like some more sounds like environmental sounds etc to be filled in. I really like that "Minor" chord in the chord structure, it sound very emotional, I guess it that specific minor chord that gives the overall sad feeling.

I have only been listening to this album in headphones, I am very sure it will sound better in the speakers since speaker listening is usually more forgiving on such details
 


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Spotify likely uses OGG to bypass paying MP3 license fees to Fraunhofer.

Yes this is the reason. Spotify  know ogg is a dead and obsolete format but it is free for them to use. Cash is king.

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Jaja news
« on: March 11, 2017, 01:25:57 PM »
I still need to download that album you recommend me

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Streaming is the new radio: While radio decays, streaming grows. But necessarily both the radio and the streaming service need to be financed: By advertising, by public or privat sponsorship, and of course by the loss of money. Compare a CD to a simple streaming option and you have the different price ranges and thats in the difference the loss of money. Easy to understand. This is mainstream.

Well, the underground scene with its small artists and labels always functioned in an other way.  There was and is always a commitment and devotion by the artist or label without that there would not come any support. Money has only second priority.

Todays artists are loosing their "images", more and more we become human musicians. That is a good development.

Well spotify is the opposite with underground, the problem is, streaming is still the best way for portable devices which most people use to listen to music,  so you might decide to listen to spotify or nothing at all.. just for convenience. 

I think bandcamp is best for underground stuff. I like it a lot, I just wish they are a price you could pay per month to get high quality streaming also..
Otherwise I think underground music is shrinking, it seems more and more important to listen to the same music as your friend do and keeping up with the trends, sure you can decide to be an outcast like myself, but not many people are strong enough to choose that path.

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I am sad to say, I did not buy the oberheim, I wasted all the money I got from the Eventide sell on stupid crap, it is all gone now :(
I will work my ass of this summer, I will try to make it a goal to buy it then.  Still trying to find antelope converters second hand but it s very hard, they are expensive new (besides the orion tour ).

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Keith Berry Elixir
« on: March 10, 2017, 08:15:39 AM »
Try to catch the fish  and give it a listen  trust me.

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Never heard of Ulilith, interesting concept (the play from memory).

RE: Plex, I tried that for about an hour and quickly uninstalled it. Not only did it transcode files but there were latency issues as well. Junk IMHO.

Plex supports lossless audio it will not transcode, but you will need to set up a setting for it.

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Keith Berry Elixir
« on: March 09, 2017, 09:29:53 PM »
I wrote a review of it on my blog, see link in my signature line. Surely someone else here has heard it as well, just over 20 people have purchased it on Bandcamp.

is it as good as the fish ? :)

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streaming services, generally dumb people down and make people lazy, many people live in the illusion that spotify is all you need to listen to all worlds music, it might be true to certain extent in certain music genres for NEW music, but not for music that was released before spottily got well known

Before you had to hunt music down like an detective, now things are expected to be served to you, many people are even aware that not all music is available on spotify but they do still consciously not care to listen to music outside the spotify app because they are to comfortable and lazy..
Streaming services are perfect for mobile devices, where memory space is a big limitation, but also in general it is a big pain to transfer files locally,  even if you buy album locally and you only use smartphone to listen to music (like most people these days) it is still a pain, it usually comes as a zip file, you need to download an app to unpack it, and unlike computers to navigate to find the files etc in a file manger can also be hard, it can take time to find the folder etc, then you must add it to your music player and playlist, it is far away from the "one click" with spotify.

People who only rely on streaming services and legal services they really get a very limited and "formed " and selective library of the humanity's media library.
The list is probably endless of albums that never will be available on streaming services because of many reason, but legal reasons is one reason, lawyers will never come to agreements on everything, labels is not active anymore but still have the rights to the music etc,  also the fact that not all artists agree on spotifys terms for instance, the contract they have  sign this or fuck off more or less unless you are a really big artist then you get special deals.

Streaming services is a good compliment but you can rely to it 100% you still need to find a lot of the stuff outside of these sites.
If I would only rely on spotify like many people who have grown up with it since 2006 it is very safe to say that spotify have formed these people, they have formed the music taste of a whole generation...

Music Quality is another chapter.. the sound quality has gone better they also have a premium service, for better sound quality.
But spotify have gotten caught re-encoded 192kpbs files to 320kpbs files before. They also use OGG format wihch pretty much they use, OGG does not exist pretty much on file sharing sites or like that, I have know no one who have his collection in OGG, the reason is MP3 with the right codec (LAME) is a lot better sounding.  Spotify have made people indifferent to sound quality, the "coolness" factor and convenience  to be able to stream everything for (almost no money) do overlap and make people indifferent to sound quality, and that apples Iphones and their included headphones is the most standard way to experience music is also a very big difference.

But if they do not play with the included Iphones headphones, they will stream it to Bluetooth speakers, and as we know Bluetooth sound is anything but hifi sounding, it impact the sound quality once again. 

But on the other hand for those people who really care about audio there is even better possibilities then before , it is possible to buy 24 bit releases etc.
I have not tried TIDAL but it is said to have Lossless audio.

We are in a technological time where we have to compromise a lot, the limitation of internet speed, storage, and mediocre DACs and headphone amps in portable media devices where sound quality have to be compromised, I think a lot of things will solve with time,  5G is only a few years from release it will solve the internet speed problem which make lossless streaming no problem, storage also gets cheaper for companies like spotify, and also local sdcards get bigger (sandisk have a 1TB sdcard now),  new audio DAC and headphone technology will improve a lot since smartphones and portable devices is the future when it comes to listen to music, some companies like LG with their quad dac from ESS, and Audeze with their Cipher cable DAC.
Time will solve a lot of these technology developments need to be done, but for right now we need to compromise quality for convenience.

HiFI nerds will always exist but what I am saying is the CD generation was in general exposed to better quality speakers,  it was the way you did listen to music, with a home system, today generation they listen to music on the go with portable music players and in most cases IEMs...

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Have you tried plex ?
I guess it becomes most impressive if you buy the premium which have fingerprinting to catalogize your music collection.  I use this to stream local content from my computer to my smartphone, it is like you have your own spotify, It can also stream videos to your devices such as chromecast.

When I play music locally on my own computer with my high quality speakers I use  uLilith http://www.project9k.jp/download/uLilith/
I have tried a lot of music players and the difference is absolutely notable, I have tried many but uLilith sounds the best, and there is plenty of other people who can confirm if you read around.  It probably does not fit your way of listening to music, I do not make any fancy playlists, I simply drag and drop folders of albums I want to listen to. When I get serious about listening to grasp full audio quality uLilith is the only way. It plays audio only from your memory since it preload all audio into the memory, this is better since it has been proven it is bad to stream directly to your hardrive since it introduce jitter.




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DKR
Great chapter, I am off to continue with First Strike. I try and limit myself to just one chapter at a time. Have you read the book The Art of Racing in the Rain? Good story, with the dog talking to the reader.

I started to watch a couple of episodes from first seasons 2 years before it had bluray release, I did read online that it was in the works..
I am glad I waited.. it was very hard to watch in that 4:3 format now in 16:9 it is much better and a lot cleaner pic.

I watched all seaons, to be fair, it was kind of a struggle sometimes, the quality of the content did vary a lot from the episodes,
for instance I did only like the alien episodes mostly, all these monster episodes I did not like as much.

Nowdays there is like 13 episodes per season for a tv series på x files is like 24 episodes per season... so A LOT of filler episodes..
but overall, it is a must see ofc... but the inconsistancy is kind of high compared to a lot of other newer series that has been released since then, it might was one of the best in the 90s sure..

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Keith Berry Elixir
« on: March 09, 2017, 08:25:41 PM »
He did release an  full length album recently, his last full length was from 2005 12 years ago, I was a really big fan of that album "The Ear That Was Sold to a Fish"  I have not heard elixir yet.. but I can only assume it will be another masterpiece. Have any one else heard it ?
I think he is the master of this type of drone.

https://ingentingkollektiva.bandcamp.com/album/elixir


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Listening to this now on Spotify...

It kind of reminds me of old-school downtempo trance circa 2000, but without the percussion components.  Carbon Based Lifeforms was one of the groups that initially took me down the path of ambient music and this vaguely reminds me of some of their older soundscapes.  The mix of overlapping arpeggiated synths melodies mixed with delay/reverb effects can be a beautiful thing... and I think you've done a wonderful job with this technique!

You just earned another follow/listener!  :)

Yes, but also worth mentioning is that this album is kind of a big departure form his other albums in my opinion is other albums are more analogue sounding for sure, this sounds more "modern ".  It is not the first album I would recommend for sure.  Consider to give his other albums a chance.

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