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Been loving the sale. I took advantage of it to download Maquam, Ming Noir, and Moksha.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 03, 2017, 04:05:33 PM »
Been on a Klaus Wiese kick lately:

Space
Uranus
Ruh (2016 Version)
Divine Orbit

I might get Space II soon and maybe another of his older albums on CD.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach & Robert Rich
« on: July 07, 2017, 02:57:05 PM »
I'm partial to a Roach, Braheny, and Stearns reunion. Desert Solitaire might be my favorite ambient album of all time.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 25, 2017, 07:33:40 PM »
Black Dingo Records - Above The Clouds

Over 2 hours of top-notch dark-ambient dronescapes. I contributed a track to it myself called New Frontier, but the whole thing is outstanding. My favorite track is the closer, which was created by espaces sonores.

https://duffegan.bandcamp.com/album/above-the-clouds

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 15, 2017, 06:08:14 PM »
3 Seconds Of Air - The Flight of Song

I've been having this on CD for at least a few years. Definitely a classic ambient guitar album. I like it more than most of the guitar albums Dirk Serries did after this. The Bandcamp version has a couple of extra tracks that I don't have on my copy:

https://3secondsofair.bandcamp.com/album/the-flight-of-song


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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: TC Electronics' reverbs
« on: April 13, 2017, 07:50:44 PM »
Managed to try it for a bit this evening and it's definitely got a cleaner sound to it than my Nanoverb. Doesn't create super long decays but I've got other ones I can use for that. I like it so far.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: TC Electronics' reverbs
« on: April 12, 2017, 07:57:18 PM »
I got it in the mail earlier this week but I haven't gotten a chance to play with it yet. I'll let you guys know what I think of it once I use it a little bit.

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Not to be ugly but why don't you post anything that's not promotional? We'd love to know what ambient music you're listening to lately and your thoughts on gear.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 10, 2017, 02:22:45 PM »
Billow Observatory - II: Plains/Patterns
A melding of shoegaze guitar styles, electronic sequences, and ambient atmospheres. This manages to sound both retro and contemporary at the same time. Excellent release.
https://billowobservatory.bandcamp.com/album/ii-plains-patterns

I need to listen to this at some point. I like Auburn Lull and seeing that one of their members is behind this project got my attention pretty quickly.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: TC Electronics' reverbs
« on: April 09, 2017, 12:27:59 PM »
[...] I'm sure they're great and worthwhile if I was in a surf rock band but not for an ambient musician who might only use one a little bit here and there. [...]

I wouldn't call Brian Eno "surf rock" but he did use a Roland RE-501 Chorus Echo in conjunction with a Lexicon 224. This is what made "Plateaux of Mirrors" and "The Pearl" so lush-sounding.

Stephen

Wow, I didn't know that.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: TC Electronics' reverbs
« on: April 05, 2017, 03:59:49 AM »
I have TCM3000 and Fireworx
Both do very different things - both have the ability to play around with settings and save as user patches.
I like them, not sure if they are cold and sterile (perhaps 'clean and clear' is another adjective) as I've made music that is both that and warm and fuzzy....
If I had the money I'd get a second M3000.

I've found that whatever reverb I use, I have favourite settings. I had Glaceverb as I like the potential for really shifting sounds around...and I tend to send all my sounds through a variety of manipulations....

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 ended up ordering the M300 because I found one for pretty cheap. I know it's more of a budget version of the M3000 but it's probably still an upgrade over my Nanoverb at the very least.

Let us know what you think after you've played with it for a while.

and keep an eye on ebay - that's where I got my fireworx for 250.......

Wow, I've seen them go for a lot more so that sounds like an awesome deal.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: TC Electronics' reverbs
« on: April 04, 2017, 05:48:23 PM »
I have TCM3000 and Fireworx
Both do very different things - both have the ability to play around with settings and save as user patches.
I like them, not sure if they are cold and sterile (perhaps 'clean and clear' is another adjective) as I've made music that is both that and warm and fuzzy....
If I had the money I'd get a second M3000.

I've found that whatever reverb I use, I have favourite settings. I had Glaceverb as I like the potential for really shifting sounds around...and I tend to send all my sounds through a variety of manipulations....

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 ended up ordering the M300 because I found one for pretty cheap. I know it's more of a budget version of the M3000 but it's probably still an upgrade over my Nanoverb at the very least.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: TC Electronics' reverbs
« on: April 02, 2017, 03:59:49 PM »
Wow, a lot of those are super pricey. You weren't kidding.

I'm sure they're great and worthwhile if I was in a surf rock band but not for an ambient musician who might only use one a little bit here and there.

A good plugin might be better for me. I noticed the AKG BX-20 has a plugin but even that's a bit pricey. If I get one of those, it might be that one. It sounds really good. I noticed PSP makes one too.

Thanks for the recs. Those at least give me a good idea of what a good spring reverb sounds like.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: TC Electronics' reverbs
« on: April 02, 2017, 12:12:54 PM »
The Polara actually has a spring reverb in it. Haven't really played with it yet but that might be great to use when ebowing, in conjunction with my fuzz pedals to get a gritty, atmospheric sound that's not too washed out.

Just curious, what are usually considered the best spring reverbs? I've never really looked into them.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: TC Electronics' reverbs
« on: April 02, 2017, 11:40:06 AM »
I plan to mix it with my Digitech Polara (which has Lexicon reverbs in it) and I also have ValhallaRoom, ValhallaShimmer, Toraverb, and the Eventide Blackhole on my computer, so I've got some extra options.

I've used an Alesis Nanoverb a lot in the past on my guitar and other external sound sources and it's a bit cold too (and not the cleanest) but I've always liked the thickness of a lot of the reverbs in it, particularly the hall reverbs, and it contrasted well with my plugins. Still works fine but I wanted another external reverb that's a bit different, a little cleaner.

The few TC reverbs I've heard sound pretty clean to me.

I plan to do some shoegazy guitar textures anyways so I really don't even need the cleanest reverb for everything. I actually thought about buying an old Midiverb and Quadraverb but I don't know how much longer they'd last. It would be nice to have something cleaner for synths though.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / TC Electronics' reverbs
« on: April 02, 2017, 10:21:14 AM »
How are their reverbs? Have my eyes on a used M300 for a cheap price and I was wondering how their budget and higher end offerings compare to other brands. The Hall of Fame, SkySurfer, and Arena pedals seem really cool too.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 21, 2017, 07:07:23 PM »
Rec008 - Сознательное Подсознательное

Great ambient drones with a touch of shoegazy noise.

https://rec008.bandcamp.com/album/--3

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Teufelsberg Reverb
« on: March 09, 2017, 05:18:21 PM »
Glaceverb and Ambience are solid freeware reverbs.
I can't get Glaceverb to work on my new windows 10 computer - any tips or clues as it has some very nice sounds and is very easy to tweak

I use it on my 64bit Windows 8.1 computer just fine, but I also use it within a 32 bit program. I'm getting a Windows 10 laptop soon so I'll have to try that one for myself.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 02, 2017, 09:37:04 PM »
I don't see enough proof yet to suggest that Tardigrade is either aelfa or drone on, or a troll at all. I'm all for dealing with trolls swiftly but not when there's little or no proof.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Lo-Fi Ambient Recommendations
« on: February 25, 2017, 12:20:38 PM »
I'm surprised nobody has mentioned Rapoon yet.




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