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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Any last-minute 2010 gear purchases?
« on: December 31, 2010, 06:55:16 AM »
Bought a new NI set of sounds to go with the Alesis electronic drum kit I bought earlier this year-

that's some nice gear porn, there.

I think I would probably get the mac pro. I have an imac that's a few years old that works well enough but more power would be nice. I wouldn't have to freeze as many tracks in Logic. I don't really have much hardware, except for a EPS classic that I use as a midi controller and a Kore unit. I like the simplicity of it. I do have several plugins I don't think I've gone overboard on those yet.

subject says it all. I think I might pick a kyma. or maybe a new mac pro.

Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Re: Cannibal Box
« on: October 28, 2009, 05:54:14 PM »
One think I did like about it especially is the purity of it. I get so used to synth plugins and processing it's nice to hear something that, even though it does have some processing to it, is still a human voice.

Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Re: Cannibal Box
« on: October 27, 2009, 06:16:54 PM »
cool stuff! How do you layer things up? Do you use pedals and basically do it live or do you layer it up in a program?

thanks for posting this!


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / anybody try Morphestra?
« on: October 24, 2009, 08:01:30 AM »
has anybody here bought Morphestra yet? Kind of pricey (but it does come installed on an external harddrive). From what I've read and the samples I've listened to, it seems great. I don't really have the money to drop on something like that though!



the new caul Cd, "kairos," is available at You can listen to all 8 tracks online for free, using a flash based player. The physical CD will go on sale soon, followed by digital files through itunes, etc.



 "Rain" is beautiful, just put on the headphones and you go into a meditative state. "Caverns on a Distant Planet,"  and "Static Tones" are nice and deep while "Harmonic Field" almost has a 4AD feel to it in someway. Thanks for making this available.



thanks for the feedback, it's much appreciated! I'm glad you enjoyed the music. I have a total of 8 tracks up now, which is the whole of the new CD. You can listen online for free and I will also be making available digital downloads as well as a CD with a 7x7 color book of photos. I thought of looking for a label for this one but I'm not sure who would be interested and I've self released a few things, so I thought I'd do it again.

if you want to hear some of the other music I've released (I've been doing caul since 1994), you can listen to most of it here:

It's not real bass on "fulgent," it comes courtesy of Kontakt.

The rock feel is kind of weird for caul, I haven't tried putting that in the mix up until this point. I tried getting some jazz into things as well, again something new for me.

thanks again!


Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / new tracks at
« on: September 13, 2009, 06:19:08 PM »

I have 5 new tracks posted at

I hope you enjoy them.



Music Gearheads Tech Talk / NI Komplete 5 for $399
« on: July 02, 2009, 03:37:16 PM »
Native Instruments is selling Komplete 5 for $399. This includes Kontakt 3, Battery 3, Akoustic piano, Elektric Piano, FM8, Absynth 4, Massive, PRO 53, B4 II, GuitarRig 3, Reaktor 5.

I ordered mine through Musician's Friend and if you put the promo code MINE in the box during the checkout process (not the first promo code box) you can get an additional $65 off.


Everything and Nothing / Re: Childless couples
« on: January 30, 2009, 04:10:58 PM »
That was one of the things that pushed both me and Lena in the direction of "maybe we should" -- I mean the idea that you're SUPPOSED to, right?

But on the other side was a pretty strong feeling that we didn't WANT to.  And there are lots of things in life you're SUPPOSED to do that neither of us has wanted to bother with (having a traditional, formal wedding for example), and I think a good argument could be made that if you don't WANT to have kids, if you don't feel pulled and drawn toward the idea of yourself with a child, then you shouldn't do it.  The notion that people are supposed to, that it's inevitable, to me that isn't enough reason.

Exactly. Raising children is a huge responsibility. Don't take it on if you ain't feeling it. That's if it's planned though.

My nephew has a son who was not planned and he was 17 at the time. He's not with the mother, hasn't been for years but he did step up and worked hard to change, to become someone who could be a good father. I have a great deal of respect for him for that. I'm glad I never faced that kind of situation, I'm not sure if I would have had as much courage as he did.

I certainly see a lot of people that, to me, seem like they should have never had kids. But then I think, I don't know who those kids will grow up to be. Maybe someone who helps a lot of other people. Unfortunately, it seems more common that they just turn out like their parents.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Childless couples
« on: January 30, 2009, 03:43:30 PM »
We got married late, I was 36, my wife was 39. After a couple years, we decided to try. We did try  ;) but to no avail. We thought about fertility treatments but insurance covers testing only, not the actual treatments. We could have spent a boatload of money for nothing. We thought about adopting but that's very expensive up front as well and it doesn't mean you'll wind up with a child, either. So we figured we'd try the old fashioned way and if it didn't happen, then we'd accept that.

Sometimes I still wish we could have had a child. Sometimes I feel better not having a child, seeing how the future looks right now but then I know I'm just being pessimistic, every generation has it's challenges and the future can look bleak or bright, depending on where you're at.

I do know some people who made a conscious choice for no children. I don't see anything wrong with that at all, but they've gotten treated a little odd now and again for it. Isn't everyone supposed to breed?  :)

Good topic - and I like the qualifier.

I adopted a policy many years back of not selling old gear as long as I wasn't broke
so I have lots of my older gear - but they only come into play now and then.

So other than some old pedals and my guitars the oldest synth that I use constantly
is my Roland JD-990 and the oldest that I use semi-regularly (1-4 times/year) are
my Moog Modular (an expanded/modified System 15) and Korg Monopoly. (The Korg has an
empty spot on the top left that's great for placing effects units for quick manipulation.)
They both get played out from time to time - see pix.

Moog at the top of the back pile/JD-990 at the bottom.
That's my girl Lynn Harrigan on the right reading from her book of poetry Moon Sea Crossing.

Not a clear shot of the Korg Monopoly I'm playing but the photo has a good vibe.  :)
That's Jim Field of spacenoiz and Rhea's Obsession on the left.

Great photos!

I've always had a dream of someday owning what I refer to as a "switchboard" synth. I had a synthesis class in school years ago and we got to use one, though I have no idea what it was. There was no keyboard, we just dialed in sounds and triggered them from a button on the synth. Lots of patch cords, it was beautiful.

Sorry to hear that some of you have lost your jobs. Hang in there, you never know what good things lie ahead for you.

The company I work for has been downsizing for several years now. Our insurance isn't what it used to be but costs more, we haven't  gotten a match on our 401k for a few years now. Starting the beginning of this year, we all had to take a pay cut and a cut in hours. I've managed to be valuable enough to keep so far and now we're really down to a small group of employees. I think the company can stay in business but most of the employees are pretty worried about their jobs. I'm not too worried, there's nothing I can do about it. I'll worry about getting a new job if and when I need one, in the meantime I'm thankful that I do have one and that I have my health. The only debt we have is a mortgage (pretty low in the amount and the percentage rate on the loan) and some school loans from my wife. The last few years we've trying to get rid of debt and generally lower our need for money. I'd like to be in the position that if I had to work at McDonald's, we could still pay our bills. I'm not quite there yet, but I'm getting closer. Who knows, I could be applying there before too long!

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: January 30, 2009, 02:57:31 PM »
Hi Brett.
Left of the headphones is a Behringer BCR2000 midi control surface. So not a mixer. Its what I use with VST synths.
The only mixer I use is the tiny one on the very corner of the other desk.
I too have little use (or space) for larger mixers.

I was thinking of retiring that little mixer and getting one of the smaller Alesis mixers. It could be useful:


I've read about the BCR2000, I've been considering looking into something like that. I would ideally like something would be small, have phantom power, preferably firewire and would also be a control surface for logic. Thanks for the link, I'll take a look at the Alesis models.

the Kore unit I have has physical controls on it, unfortunately I can't use them for anything but Kore. I know people have complained to NI about this, maybe someday they'll change their mind.

Mine would have to be the Ensoniq EPS. It's somewhere around 20 years old at this point, all original parts. It's almost always been "garaged" though, I only used it in few live shows. I know the original owner never played live with it. I'm surprised the floppy drive still works, considering it's proprietary. Murphy's Law loves proprietary stuff.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: January 30, 2009, 02:06:54 PM »
Current setup here:


Nice! what's that tiny mixer to the left of the headphones? I've been thinking about selling my larger (and mostly not used) mixer and getting a small firewire mixer of some kind.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: January 30, 2009, 10:21:01 AM »
Since we're introducing ourselves, I though I'd post a pic of my setup.

Kinda messy when I took the photo but here's what I have setup-

24" imac
Ensoniq Eps Classic
Kore 1 (I'm running Kore 2 software)
Monitor One Mk2
Eurorack MX2004a mixer
A500 Reference Amplifier

Software- Logic Pro, Garritan Personal Orchestra, Omnisphere, Camel 5000, FM8.

Everything and Nothing / Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
« on: January 28, 2009, 04:40:20 PM »

So sorry about your folks, Brett. I lost my mom and dad in back-to-back years as well. Hope that the passage of time eases the pain a bit. Glad you are returning to music, too. And welcome to the Forum, of course. :)

Thanks! Yep, it's getting easier. At some point, you have to try to get back to your own life and the things you enjoy. Glad to be here!

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