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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Camel Audio stopped business
« on: August 28, 2015, 05:52:19 PM »
I've seen reports that Alchemy still runs well on Windows 10, so there's hope I can still use it once Win 7 is no longer supported.

Still... first Logic, now Alchemy...  :'(  complain, complain, complain... :o

You want to complain, whenever I see someone mention the word Alchemy in audio software I was think of this:



Best sample editing software on the mac, I think even today it has few rivals and its been gone since the 90s.  :(


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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Camel Audio stopped business
« on: August 28, 2015, 09:26:36 AM »
Yeah I saw that yesterday, appears that Alchemy is now part of Logic X, which is cool except that I'm still running Logic 9 since my computer is too old.  :o  Oh well, I guess I should complain like all the PC guys.  ;D

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Michael Mantra RIP
« on: August 25, 2015, 12:10:00 PM »
Yes I saw that, well over a year ago. I think I saw mentioned on his facebook page he died April 5, 2014 of cancer.  :(

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: That Audiophile thing again
« on: August 20, 2015, 11:36:10 AM »

That's the sonic layer they leave out in sample libraries.  ;D

That reminds me, years ago a friend of mine bought a used Yamaha sampler. We were going through the  sample library that came with the instrument and one of the discs in the box was labeled "porno." It was as you would expect various sounds, mostly of some woman moaning and groaning, but the very last sample at the end of the keyboard was her saying "is that it?!?"   ;D

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: That Audiophile thing again
« on: August 17, 2015, 03:08:04 PM »
In your opinion what would you consider is the best format to hear recorded sound?

Nothing analog or on vinyl, those formats reached their peak of what can be gotten out of them decades ago. It would have to be something digital, at this point probably 192k 24 bits, but to me the bits are more import so the more bits the better so even 32 bits would be better. Maybe DSD is where it's at, but I haven't had the chance to listen to anything done in that format since I don't have a SACD player, and its really hard to work with native files right now. We are closer to the beginning of what digital can offer, about where analog was in the 1950s.

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The comment by DSPAudio in this thread comparing Kyma, MAX & Nord Modular is pretty interesting/entertaining.

Thanks for that, a really good read. My friend who is lending me his system has pretty much been stuck in this mode:

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The Kyma user will be combining sounds from the library to get really wicked results, but have no idea what they're doing for another few weeks/months. Confusion is common during the adjustment period.

He told me and from I have read from various users the one thing that makes or breaks the user is the math required to use this system. If you have a good grasp of math you'll get along fine with it, if not you'll struggle. He didn't, luckily for me I did well in math in school, although it's been a long time since I've put those brain cells to use. We'll see how this goes. Right now just reading up on it and hoping to watch some tutorials this week.

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Yes, it is my turn.  :D  A long time friend of mine who does sound design in the film industry has owned one for years. He's been raving to me about how great it is and has been begging me to come over and check it out. Well I found out why he's been begging me to come over, he doesn't understand it and he's hoping I might be the person who might unlock it's secrets for him.  :D

So after showing me the basics he packed it up and gave it to me and told me to report back to him in 6 months. It's a Capybara 320 and not a Pacarana. Not sure how much DSP it has but I can't complain about it since it's not costing me a dime. Just what I need another time suck  ;), hopefully I'll make some headway and come up with some interesting results. I'll let you all know what happens.

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I enjoyed RM ning the last couple of years. Too bad it is gone now. Let's make sure that Hypnos doesn't follow in it's tracks any time soon.  :)

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Looks like an amazing trip Julio. I hope you keep an online blog of your trip so we can all follow your progress.

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I am not against having some old instruments around, I still have my OBMx, its about 20 years old now, still going strong, still being used. But it has value to me like your Matrix 12 does to you. Things that don't have as much personal value, like my Prophet VS, which was a nice synth that I enjoyed, I had to weigh the advantages to the possible disadvantages of keeping it. I decided that I didn't enjoy the interface that much and with some parts now being unumtanium I decided it was maybe time to let it go. The Prophet 12 seemed like a good trade off, as it has some of the VS type sounds with more knobs and a more modern package. Hey and it has a warranty.  ;D

Anyway, I think I took exception to your subject title that analog isn't quite there yet, and your example to me was kind of strange as to why it isn't. The 4/8 voice was a quirky interim poly synth that wasn't quite there itself! And once the Prophet 5 showed the way, Tom dropped it and came out quickly with the OBX, and no one complained one bit back then.  ;)

And I have to say if contemporary analog isn't quite there yet, well it's a lot closer then it was just a couple years ago. So give it a couple of more years, you might be surprised.

Also, when I was at the NAMM show last January I was talking to Tom and the others at his booth, they basically told me, if you want to recreate an old 4 voice, to buy 4 SEM eurorack modules when they come out, that would be the quickest and easiest way to do it.

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Here you, a panel from Sweetwater with Roger Linn, Dave Smith, and Tom Oberheim. You can listen to Tom talk a bit about the SEM module in this discussion.

https://youtu.be/gWkDOeiDEYk

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I use to own all at one time three Oberheim 4 voice synths, so guess I had a 12 voice. ;D  I didn't watch the video but I've had extensive experience with all things Oberheim over the years including all variations of the SEM in all flavors. The SEM is a great module, and as Tom designed it, as an expander to an Arp 2600 or a mini Moog it is great. Putting a couple of them together is fun, more then 4 and you start to get headaches.  :o 

Have you ever noticed no one else has ever tried to duplicate the 4/8 voice? There is a reason for that. Basically its a pain in the ass to keep everything sounding the same. That's if that is what you are trying to do, and most people that is what they what they want with a poly analog. The programmer for the 4/8 voice was extremely limited, first you had to put all the modules to a default setting so they sounded about the same, that took about any hour. Then the parameters were very limited that the programmer controlled, so not a lot of variation. And then I think you could save maybe 8 sounds, god forbid anyone touched any of the knobs on those SEMs. I basically just forgot about the programmer and used the 4 SEMs as individual synths.

I didn't keep all three 4 voices very long as I already had a 2600, a mini moog, an OBXa, a Moog Modular, and two EMS Synthi A's, so I sold two of them and kept one.  All of that stuff is long gone now, was a lot of fun but I don't miss it much. Now, I go eurorack and if I needed a new poly analog I would probably get a Prophet 6, but I think the Prophet 12 is good enough for me for now.  I'm not interested anymore in having a synth museum. Just my 2 cents.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: New Toy for Studio
« on: July 13, 2015, 09:29:25 PM »
Nice !   8)
Be interesting to hear why you were attracted to this particular synth.

I have/had a Prophet VS which I enjoyed but being 30 years old it was getting on in years and was starting to show its age, with some parts being nearly impossible to replace now a days. The one thing I never liked all that much was the interface. I've played around with the P12 several times over the past couple of years since seeing one at the NAMM show, plus I like the interface a lot better. It has all the same sounds that the VS had and more, has more voices, more oscillators, more everything really. So, I traded my VS in a got the P12 instead, I think it has a lot more potential and will see a lot of use on my up coming projects.

Julio, the desktop version is a steal, but just doesn't compare to the keyboard version with all the knobs. I could see getting a desktop version for more voices or for maybe a live setup. I'm sure you can find one for a deal somewhere as I don't think they have been selling all that well.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / New Toy for Studio
« on: July 12, 2015, 02:30:49 PM »
I thought I would share this with everyone and maybe wake everyone up since nothing seems to happen here any more.  ;D I got a new synth this week, a Prophet 12. I haven't had much time to play with it much I am looking forward to giving it some time this summer. Here's a picture of it in the studio:

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Recording music without a computer
« on: July 03, 2015, 10:51:33 AM »
I think for myself I would go the mixing desk route and use the computer as Forrest does, however it will require a major shuffling of gear.  I have worked at bring the audio production quality of my studio components up over the years and have reach its zenith all of which is focused on a 2 channel input daw system.  With a mixer Id want multi track recording capabilities which would mean more converters for example, so it will take quite bit of reconfiguring and solution thinking.

An analog mixer is going to add more grunge to your sound then any decent multi-channel converter will at this stage, most of them are pretty good these days I feel.

I just recently acquired a Soundcraft Ghost mixer and am having a go at using a mixer again instead of doing everything in the box. I have to say it's nice to have everything in front of you, but I still feel a bit compromised. I may still go back to running everything direct into the computer and using Logic as my mixer again. The main draw back going that route being you need a large interface, basically inputs for all your synths, as well as for your effects and outputs for those too. Also, you have to turn your computer on and boot up Logic if you want to work on anything.

Ok so here are a few things I would recommend and that you should be aware of if you are going to go the mixer route:

1. Get as many channels as you can afford. I have a 24 channel Ghost and a lot of gear, and I just don't have enough channels. I'm actually thinking about downsizing because of this.  :P :o ;D. Steve Roach has a 48 channel board in his studio and I can tell you he uses just about all of the channels.  If you have a lot of gear you'll need a lot of channels.

2. Get a board with as many aux sends as you can get. Stereo auxs are even better. My board has 8 auxs which is great but since the Ghost is an inline board and has basically 2 inputs not all the auxs go to the main input, some are dedicated to the secondary input which means they are not useful. I might in the future modify the board so that all the auxs are on the main channel but will have to wait. 

3. Be prepared to loose a lot of space in your studio. Boards take up a lot more room.

4. Boards require more cables, getting a board will more that double the amount of cables requiremented.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Recording music without a computer
« on: July 02, 2015, 11:53:48 AM »
Steve Roach uses the computer pretty much just as an audio recorder with some processing. 

I think most of the better stand alone multi-track recorders have been discontinued, most of the ones I see now are really extended field recorders. I know Mackie and Alesis made 24 track hard-disc recorders like this one, that you can pick up used really cheap now:

http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sfv/msd/5091967033.html

Of course the big daddy pro one is the IZ Technology Radar that is still being made today:

http://www.izcorp.com/



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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Folktek Conduit
« on: June 25, 2015, 02:14:43 PM »
Let us know what you think of it when you get it.  :)

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Solid State Logic Duendo Plugin Sale
« on: June 15, 2015, 11:59:41 AM »
Thanks for the heads up on the sale, but you forgot to mention where they are on sale. Is this everywhere or at a particular vendor? Thanks again.

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Glad that the troll was finally banned, way over due if you ask me.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Vinyl Reissues vs Originals
« on: April 25, 2015, 11:52:52 AM »
My first album Point of Arrival that I released on cassette back in 1986 was mixed to digital. When we released it on vinyl a few years ago we used those same digital masters, although I cleaned them up some for the new release. A lot of stuff as far back as the early 1980s was digitally mixed, and those mixes were used for cutting vinyl, it's not like its a new thing and I doubt anyone can hear the difference.

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