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Things get more interesting with the addition of Fx, soft or hard and guitar pedals can really expand the sonic potential.

I love mixing pedals and synths. It's something that I've been doing more of with my new setup and it's opened me up to a lot more soundscaping possibilities.

I was actually thinking about getting a Behringer Model D to do some deep drones. That's what inspired this topic TBH. Plus, I've been thinking about albums like Time Machines by Coil and I'm wondering if a lot of that was done with bass synths.

I know they're more limited texturally than a traditional analog synth but the low end can be downright intoxicating on a good bass synth. There's a lot of potential for good minimalist drones with just a bass synth, but I'm sure somebody has done that already and I just don't realize it yet.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Drone/pad EQ-ing.
« on: March 11, 2018, 02:13:26 PM »
Vidna Obmana/Dirk Serries is an excellent example of somebody who started from hardly anything and developed himself into a star in the ambient world. He started out with harsh noise and moved on to fairly simple loop-based ambient compositions soon after but eventually, his music grew more ambitious as his talent grew.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Drone/pad EQ-ing.
« on: March 10, 2018, 09:29:11 PM »
Strange ... In most cases, "muddy" frequencies are in 200-500 Hz range.

But related to drone, i noticed that muddy area usually is between 150-180 Hz.

Of course, maybe i doubt but my ears tell me 150-180 :)

I tend to EQ both of those frequency ranges a lot myself when I'm working on tracks.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 20, 2018, 08:36:09 PM »
A Rain in Northern Aomori - s/t

My favorite new artist of the year so far. Five pieces of lovely ambient shoegaze drones.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Hello to the forum
« on: February 18, 2018, 05:07:59 PM »
I've seen you on EMPortal in the past. Nice to see you here. Welcome!

I can tell the audio quality isn't the best but there's a good track despite that. You should explore that sound further and make an album. 

Everything and Nothing / Re: RIP Mark E Smith
« on: February 10, 2018, 02:09:35 PM »

A true legend that outlasted just about all of his contemporaries.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 06, 2018, 09:13:17 PM »
I'm giving seaman - transitions a listen now. Great find! Very hypnotic. Thanks for the head's up.

If you have time, you should also check out Rapid Eye Movement. It's another great album of his and it's pretty similar stylistically.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 05, 2018, 07:28:08 PM »
hakobune - Heath Grass

Still one of his best albums IMO.

sokpd avabodha - progulka

I wish the Russian ambient scene got more attention. So much great ambient music coming out of there nowadays.

seaman - Transitions

Another great up and coming ambient artist from Russia. Love the minimalism here.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Drone/pad EQ-ing.
« on: January 25, 2018, 08:46:48 PM »
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.

This is something I need to try more often. I have a habit of just applying EQ at the end of my chains.

Now Playing / Re: Dance/Electronic Genre
« on: October 25, 2017, 03:31:35 PM »
She might be pulling our legs but let's recommend her some great music. I'll start off:

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: TC Electronics' reverbs
« on: October 24, 2017, 07:01:40 AM »
Thanks for those suggestions. I didn't even think about that panning technique. I know Robert Rich used to take two versions of the same texture and detune one of them slightly, but I wouldn't have thought of panning. Maybe I could play around with different levels of delay layered together as well, maybe some super subtle modulation.

You just spurned some new ideas.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: TC Electronics' reverbs
« on: October 23, 2017, 11:14:27 AM »
Been meaning to give some more impressions

I'm using the M300 quite regularly nowadays. I really like the delays and the vintage phaser. It's a versatile FX processor for sure. I don't regret buying it.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Drone/pad EQ-ing.
« on: October 23, 2017, 08:11:32 AM »
Cutting mids is fine as long as you don't overdo it. Too many mids can muddy the sound very quickly.

Removing resonances isn't really a must but it can help. I do it quite often but there's no rule saying you can never use resonance when filtering your drone textures. There aren't too many rules to making drones except for the basics like monitoring the frequencies and like APK said, making it sound good.

Welcome to the forum!

Looks like you have a great setup, and the sound quality was great.

Stylistically, I wish there was more of a dream pop feel to the track but that's just me. I don't really care for the drum loops. I typically don't care for them in my ambient music at all. Tribal drumming would have been nice but it would have been impossible for you to do that and guitar by yourself on a live take like that.

How do you like your Minitaur? I've thought a little bit about getting one to use for ambient drones.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Storms and Studios
« on: September 16, 2017, 12:42:19 PM »
Great to see you back Julio, and glad to know that your studio survived.

Good thing that storm weakened a bit over Cuba.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 30, 2017, 06:03:35 PM »
Suso Saiz - Odisea

This is an interesting compilation from an ambient artist whose biggest claim to fame is collaborating with Steve Roach and Jorge Reyes in Suspended Memories. Quite a bit variety here. Some of this stuff hasn't aged well but quite a bit of it is superb so far.

It feels like it's been a while since I've had anything new out but here's my latest track. There's a good chance that this will be on my next album. I'm aiming for a new album before the end of the year.

Hope you guys enjoy the new track. Feels like it's been a little too long since I've put out something.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 26, 2017, 05:03:57 PM »
Marifa - Qumrah

Speaking of Klaus Wiese, this is an awesome tribute to him. One of my favorite albums of the year so far.

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