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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Loren Nerell on Bandcamp
« on: August 01, 2018, 10:29:18 AM »
Just a note to let everyone know who cares that all of my albums are now up on Bandcamp. I've started my own page where you can find several of my releases which is here:

Anything that was released by Projekt you find at the following links:

Sam also put up my two oldest albums which are here:

I will update as new material is available. I hope you enjoy the music.  :)

Thanks Bert for this interview. Say hi to Thom for me, I haven't heard from him in years.

Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: Hypnos releases for 2015 ?
« on: February 27, 2018, 11:40:39 AM »
I don't think of Hypnos as dead as a label, but I understand that when a long period of time passes between releases, people will assume it is.

To me it appears to be more of an undead label.  ;D

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Drone/pad EQ-ing.
« on: January 05, 2018, 11:05:11 AM »
Drones with "knife in ear" frequencies I always notch out with EQ using vary narrow bands of Q to just effect those frequencies that are annoying. And yes, try this before applying effects, especially reverb.

I've found that if the audio volume in iTunes is set to max I sometimes get a bit distortion. So, check your volume settings and turn it down a notch or two to see if that helps.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Spotify and 'fake' ambient artists ?
« on: August 16, 2017, 10:46:28 AM »
If Spotify is behind this, or are letting these fake artist take over their service, it will probably end up killing itself off. In a way it kind of reminds me of myspace. At one point it was the place to be, but then the owners got greedy and put so many ads up that it was a waste of time to even attempt to go on it anymore. People will figure out it's nothing but a scam of fake artists and they will stop going.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Moog Factory Tour.
« on: July 03, 2017, 11:48:07 AM »
Looks like a great time, it reminds me of my time at Oberheim.  :)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: April 26, 2017, 09:35:21 PM »
Damn, I was waiting for the Rossum sampler module but this may be better for live use. I'll be checking this one out soon.

Dave Rossum showed his sample at Superbooth in Berlin.  Seems it maybe more powerful for sound manipulation.  Loren I do think for live performance the Bitbox maybe it.  Im using the Bitbox more like a Daw but it would be so straight forward to record parts of a set prior to a performance and trigger those sounds live as well as the unit has 12 presets available so that actually is 12 x16=192 possible sounds depending on micro sd memory.

Good to know, that was what I was thinking about using if for. Right now I use Mainstage on my laptop for that, it works pretty well. I actually just bought a newer but used (mid 2012 model, the last with firewire) Macbook Pro to use Mainstage 3 for my upcoming performance on June 3rd. I guess if I do some sort of modular only show I could get a bitbox and use that instead, not sure if that would be considered cheating though.  ;D

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: April 21, 2017, 09:49:58 AM »

The Bitbox is a 24bit 48k stereo sampler for eurorack.

Damn, I was waiting for the Rossum sampler module but this may be better for live use. I'll be checking this one out soon.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: TC Electronics' reverbs
« on: April 12, 2017, 09:47:53 AM »

Thanks. Really nice to get your take. I've noticed more ambient musicians use Lexicon, Eventide, and other brands and I was a bit curious what the consensus was on TC. I know Loren Nerell and Oophoi have used TC reverbs before but outside of that, I haven't seen too many ambient musicians talk about them.

I believe Robert Rich has had a M3000 for awhile now. I have the Reverb 4000 which I've now had for over a decade, it was my big splurge back then and am glad I got it. It's very different then a Lexicon or Eventide. I also have a Lexicon 300m, which I am starting to get more into, I think they complement each other a lot, the TC is more clear and good for solo instruments, the Lexicon is thicker and can have extremely long verbs, I think it maxes out at 65 seconds!  I also have a Fireworx but I've never used it as a reverb.

Anyway I hope you enjoy your M300, let us know what you think of it.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: TC Electronic VSS3 Native Reverb is here
« on: January 15, 2017, 04:04:45 PM »
Loren the only reference TC makes is porting it over from the system 6000, perhaps the older Mk1,

Well in truth it is in the 6000/4000, but it also probably sounds better than saying it was from the 6000 then saying that it was ported over from our now long discontinued M5000/3000 series.  ;D

BTW I see they are offering a 14 day trial, if the trial period for this is like the one offered on the Powercore, they mean 14 actual days of use, not just 14 days of sitting around not being used. I have some plugins on my powercore that are still active, years active after starting the demo on them. Opps! I am wrong, the powercore had a real time use of twenty hour demo limit, not 14 days.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: TC Electronic VSS3 Native Reverb is here
« on: January 12, 2017, 03:50:42 PM »
Yes nothing wrong with the VSS3, it's still a decent reverb, and at less than 80 bucks its practically a steal too. I still have and use my powercore, but I never got the VSS3 plugin for it, it's on my Reverb 4000 though.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: TC Electronic VSS3 Native Reverb is here
« on: January 11, 2017, 01:01:15 PM »
I have waited a long time for powercore pci express card is long gone and this was and still is my favorite reverb that has not been available until now unless one has a 4000 unit or their flagship 6000.

Actually those two have VSS4, VSS3 was first introduced on the M3000 and M5000 units if I am not mistaken.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Loren Nerell news
« on: December 30, 2016, 11:47:53 AM »
Hey all, I will be performing another short set at this concert on January 20th at Long Beach State. It's free so please join us. If you are in town for the NAMM show then come on down, its just a few miles north of Anaheim.

Thanks, I appreciate the complement. You are not the first person to say I need to produce more music, I agree with that. I hope to get back to something new soon.

The Venerable Dark Cloud, an ambient hybrid of traditional Indonesian soundscapes and electronics. Originally released in 2000 on Italy's Amplexus label, Loren Nerell extends The Venerable Dark Cloud's original 22 minutes to over 69 minutes, culminating in a complete vision capturing a sound that Sequences described as "modern ambient drone music (that) melds with ancient tribal cultures to form something entirely new, sounding ages old."

In 2000, Glen Hammett wrote for The Raging Consciousness Desk, The Venerable Dark Cloud “is spectacular, creative, and a delight to listen. Enchanting! The sensation the listener comes away with is one of a sacred mysterious quality, and I found myself wanting more when it ended.“ Sixteen years later, the wait is over. Capturing an ambient sound informed by Indonesian gamelan music, and the concept of animism, Loren remarks, “What would it be like to be a soul or spirit inside a gong? You would not think in human ways but maybe in gamelan tones. This album is how I imagine it would be to be that gong.”

Available now at Projekt Records bandcamp page:

Or the Projekt records webstore:

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Exponential Audio's new Nimbus Reverb
« on: September 30, 2016, 08:51:52 AM »

You still have powercore.....I so wish I could get my hands on TC electronics VSS3 reverb.  My favorite reverb.  I had it on a powercore pci express card a while back.  The algorithm is probably in their Reverb 4000 unit.

Wasn't there talk of Universal Audio releasing TC electronics software on the UAD-2 platform?

Yes VSS3 is in the Reverb 4000 and also the M3000, although I usually use the VSS4 in my 4000 instead. Yeah, I still use my powercore a lot.  I heard that they were going to add them to the UAD-2 but I think after behringer bought TC they killed that off.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Exponential Audio's new Nimbus Reverb
« on: September 29, 2016, 01:38:22 PM »

Its really working out very well as so much software that was not accessible for me suddenly is and its all on the same computer.

If the iLok system helps keep these audio software companies health and some what protected from piracy then I feel its worth supporting even if its a little bit of a hassle....honestly when I need to locate the ilok2 dongle, well its no bigger the a flash drive I have a hard time finding it among the spaghetti junction behind my laptop....that says more about trying to running a studio from a laptop ;D

With so many variations in Hub configurations, USB, Thunderbolt, Firewire I feel there's really no reason for concern.

Well one of my real concerns is also hardware, I have audio cards, UAD2 firewire, Powercore, Kyma system, etc that i still use. If I upgrade to a new Mac then I loose all this stuff that I have built up over the years. And I'm not ready to spend thousands of dollars more to get back to where I was, it all still works fine for me.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Exponential Audio's new Nimbus Reverb
« on: September 28, 2016, 02:47:19 PM »
Uh-oh.  This might be a deal breaker:

"All Exponential Audio plugins require the iLok2 software protection key. This USB dongle is available from any music retailer."

Deal breaker for me as well. I have an old iLok that has waves plugins on it, I am not going to buy a new iLok2 for anything. At work we have like 16 of them on various workstations and they are always causing issues.

Another issue is it requires OS 10.8 or higher, I'm stuck on 10.6.8 with no plans to upgrade in the near future. It makes it a lot easier to ignore all these new plugins for me.  ;D

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Metric Halo plugin Sale
« on: September 20, 2016, 12:49:41 PM »
Seriously, I only get reverbs that start at 7 seconds.  ;D

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