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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / NEW: Castleview - Empire
« on: August 30, 2014, 07:42:40 AM »
https://castleview.bandcamp.com/album/empire

My new album is here. It's another change in sound for me. I hope everyone likes it.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Handmade synthesizers
« on: May 09, 2014, 01:17:06 PM »
I just got my first handmade synthesizer in the mail today. Here's a demo video from the creator of it:

Touch Synthesizer


Does anybody else like to use handmade synths like this or does everybody just stick to high-end hardware analog synths and soft synths?

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http://castleview.bandcamp.com/album/oceanscape

As the title suggests, this was intended to be an aquatic themed longform piece. I've been testing it for months and I'm happy with it. It makes for excellent sleep/background music IMO.

I hope everyone here enjoys it.

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / New album: Castleview- Winter
« on: February 20, 2014, 09:44:51 AM »
http://castleview.bandcamp.com/album/winter

This crazy winter inspired me to record another album. Enjoy!

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Good software EQs
« on: February 05, 2014, 05:55:54 PM »
I'm looking into upgrading from the equalizers that I use right now, which are sadly freeware VST plugins. I know there's more to shaping tones than just an EQ but I feel like my current ones aren't quite cutting it at times. I've noticed that there are plenty of EQs out there to purchase whether they be hardware or software but I'm not sure what's really good and what's not, especially for ambient music. I do just about everything music-wise within my laptop so I'm not looking for any hardware EQs.

I was also wondering if there were any equalizers in particular that work well with shaping lower frequency drones and textures.

It does not have to be absolute top-of-the-line quality but I'm definitely looking for value (I'm on a low budget). I want something that will give me good control over every detail of my sounds as I shape them into whatever I desire. Also, I've only been using graphic equalizers for the most part but I am definitely open to using other kinds.

I know there's more to shaping tones than just an EQ but I feel like my current ones aren't quite cutting it at times.

So with all that being said, bombard me with recommendations! :)

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Good VST synths that are also affordable.
« on: December 27, 2013, 09:57:21 PM »
I'm looking for some quality VST synths that I can use to make some great soundscapes. I'm looking for something that's great but cheap, particularly below $100 and even better if it's $50 or lower.

BTW, this is just supposed to be about soft synths. I'm saying that only because the converter topic got so carried away into other things.  ;D

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http://castleview.bandcamp.com/album/artifacts

Just in time for the holidays! I hope you guys enjoy it.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Thoughts on the zither?
« on: November 26, 2013, 03:41:18 PM »
I wonder if any fellow musicians here own and use a zither. I think it might be the best acoustic instrument for ambient music. Laraaji and Klaus Wiese inspired me to play one. I actually have an antique fretless zither made by Oscar Schmidt, which still sounds pretty decent, as well as a toy one that I had bought for really cheap a while back, but that one doesn't sound good imo.

I wouldn't mind putting some new strings on the antique one but I'm kind of scared to do that on my own as I've never done it before. 

For anyone who does have one and record with it, how do you like to treat it with the effects? I like to apply a reasonable amount of chorus and reverb without it becoming unrecognizable. Flanger can be decent if you want to go for something more abstract. I applied flanger to my toy zither on my album Chamber Music, giving it an aquatic sound.

Every kind of zither is open for discussion BTW.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Digital to analog converters
« on: November 20, 2013, 03:47:10 PM »
I was thinking about getting one and I was wondering if they're really as good as some people say they are. I imagine that somebody here has one, or maybe almost everyone does except for me.

Will it make a drastic difference when recording or playing back music?  It seems like could help me a lot in terms of sound quality since I use my laptop to record a lot.

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / New track: Castleview- Waterfall
« on: November 10, 2013, 06:13:03 PM »
http://castleview.bandcamp.com/track/waterfall

There's a good chance that this won't be on my next album, but I felt like putting it out there. It's really something I was just messing around with yesterday. It's brief but hypnotic.

Enjoy.

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http://castleview.bandcamp.com/album/droneworlds

This is my first new album in a few months. I think it came out pretty well. Feel free to give me feedback.

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It's been a pretty good year so far IMO, though I haven't heard too much new ambient music.

Anyways, here are my favorites:

Aidan Baker- Aneira
Oophoi- I Hear The Wind Singing
Steve Roach- Future Flows

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http://castleview.bandcamp.com/track/apparition

I really appreciated the feedback I got the last time I posted music here. It'd be great if I could get some feedback on this track. I've been trying to improve my music since then, taking into consideration the advice I received here. The track is about 4 and a half minutes long.

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So I'm Castleview, an ambient musician who is influenced by artists such as Steve Roach and Vidna Obmana but also, shoegaze and drone music.  Here's my new album:

http://castleview.bandcamp.com/album/hortus-conclusus

I would appreciate any feedback, positive or negative. I've only been recording since last November so I'm sure I still have a lot to learn. 

Also, I'd hate to suck up too much but this is seriously an awesome ambient forum. I love the fact that quite a few ambient musicians post here.

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