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I have said it before but HH is one of the most underated ambient artists.
Really good and epic quality music, I like the cinematic quality it has.

I did listen to this album a couple of times when I was in Gothenburg some weeks ago.
Overall it is a really good album.

Absolute stand out tracks for me is the the track "Great Expectations" , very emotional track that opens up doorways into past memories but also make you reflect about the future of your existence and life, kind of introspective journey into yourself.

I hope HH will get more fans, I have made a few threads recommend your albums here on hypnos.

Played this recently and really liked it. Those who like Steve's long form pieces should enjoy this.

I did listen to it last night, I need to listen more times to get a grasp of it, but it sounds kind of dark very sad and depressive feeling but in a good way.. I will need to listen again to sort out if I get the same feeling. But seemed to be one of the best albums in recent times. Once again need more listen to get a grasp of this longform release, but I did really appreciate the sad and depressive atmosphere not really expected it from steve.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / New Steve roach album the passing
« on: February 20, 2017, 07:28:03 PM »

This special release is a sonic gift and thank you for the years of being in the soundcurrent with me!
Also available as a LTD 300 copy CD. Order here at Bandbcamp with instant download. CD ships in mid March.

The thematic essence contained in this new 60 min soundworld has haunted me since the late-90s, when I created a short piece centered on the main harmonic chord cycle for a compilation. Through the passage of time, the evanescent nature of this atmosphere only grew more poignant and deeper in emotional resonance. As life continues to be fully lived, blooming outwards and simultaneously mirrored with the passing of family, friends and animal companions, these emotions aligned and called on me. In a five day period leading up to my birthday February 16 2017, I fully immersed in the feeling this time echo delivered, realizing this long-form piece in totality.
released February 16, 2017

Created by Steve Roach at the Timehouse, Baja Arizona, February 2017
Instruments : Oberheim Xpander, Matrix 12, OB8, Studiologic Sledge, Nordlead 4
Cover design by Sam Rosenthal
Mastered by Howard Givens
2017 Timeroom Editions
Soundquest Music BMI

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Synthetic Ambient Guitar
« on: February 19, 2017, 03:06:01 PM »
I made about 100 recordings of this kind, using the same guitar sound, the intention with the recording was to work as a skeleton for my music project using real guitar.  During these recordings I used only one keyboard all was recorded in real time, but while the guitar ideas was the primary focus I did put a lot of focus and time for each recording session to put together a lot of interesting soundscapes and sounds.   I might post a few of those I will post this for now, if some one like it I will post maybe more, the uploads will only be here temporary and not permanently since I aim these to be skeleton for future albums

All 105 recording was recorded 2012, they still consist of the most up to date production I have so far (a lot higher then the pre 2012 stuff cause I got new tools and plugins). All is recorded in real time, everything is trigged with one midi keyboard only, I have loaded up like 4 alchemy instances , every instance like 4 sounds.  My intetion is to mix ambient with psychedlic rock but only using clean guitar with different effects, I want the drums to be slow and heavy almost like "hip hop" especially the bass parts I want it to have the same bass grove as from that genre (when done right ).

First upload it

Synthetic Ambient guitar 48 : 

Tools used: Alchemy,  SPL Transient Designer, wavearts tube saturator , SSL X-comp, Lexicion Random Hall PCM Native, toraverb, Digital Slate FG-X, soundtoys echoboy (using Robert Rich technique which is putting a delay on left and right channel with 95% pan on each site with slight different with few cent different in pitch)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: NAMM 2017
« on: January 27, 2017, 06:05:16 PM »
This year was one of those years of updates, maintenance and minor improvements rather than a year of game changers as it were, but it also depends on what you are looking for.

On the recording side there were some cool new microphones, compressors and eqs as always. I was pretty excited by Eventides new plug-in platform and I really liked the new Maag Compressor.

Slate had his new mic modeling and computer interface. UA updated the Apollo Twin significantly.

As to keyboards, the market is squarely focused on modular gizmos, just as the guitar market is focused on high end boutique pedals. Its very similar.

No new antelope audio products.

What more can you expect from Antelope? They have released something like 5-6 major new products in the past 2 years. Now they are wisely slowing down and focusing on making those the best they can be. I have a Goliath sitting on my kitchen table right now for review :-)

Well I was looking for a follow up to pure2.
Yes, 5-6 products but it is mostly different form factors though, still same stuff inside for the most part.

Goliath looks impressive if you really need that many I/O. 
For me Pure2 would fit perfect.. there was one who had it for sale on GS for long time, but I guess very short after it was clear that antelope would not release any follow ups this namm it was sold.. or the add was taken away..

I kind of Miss my Eclipse, the sound was as good as it can be..  What I did not like was the buggy software, also the quality of the build was bad.
It had some problems, for instance, some times I would have to re-connect the power cable for it to start, nothing would happen if I did push the on button.
Also the LED display brightness did get weaker and weaker but not only that but different brightness. Eclipse was their first converter, i think todays products have slightly better build. But After being blessed with the Eclipse there is no other choice for me that soon.

I sold Eclipse cause it started to get old, and it would be hard to sell, and also antelope released a big stream of products in short time which did panic me a little bit, to get a good deal when you sale it is all about timing and taking some risc. I did only lose like  450 dollars on what I bought it for new so it was a good deal. I have seen Pure2's goes for like 1 third of the price I sold my Eclipse for, pure2 have more mordern software..  I think Antelope is getting better and better, their software have been their weak side but it is getting better always.

Yes it was a lot of modular synth stuff on NAMM.. but thats pretty much it not synths.. not even any new midi keyboard.

I have only tried the MAAG compressor plugin, the hardware most likely sound better, but I do not like the Plugin at all actually, a compressor should be a compressor not the stuff that too..People use this compressor because of the AIR band only, and for me this is more like an effect. It is a fast way to get a wider sound, it is good for some disco eletronic but I would not use it on ambient much, Duende X-comp is still my favorite for ambient music, please try it if you have chance what is great about it is that is level independent . This compressor sounds as good and transperent as I could have it in the last of the chain on the masterbus.

Anyway congrats for your Goliath looking forward to hear what you think about, it is a real monster. just too many I/Os  for me, I think their new Zen Tour have really amazing price, it have the same quality sound as their more expensive products same converters etc.  Not sure if use the same relay based monitor control.. but I most likely think so cause I think Igor of Antelope audio would not release a product with out it because of his philosophy when it comes to audio

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: NAMM 2017
« on: January 25, 2017, 11:24:01 AM »
Summer NAMM is usually worse, when I worked at Oberheim and summer NAMM was in Chicago we use to call it "the wake by the lake."   ;D

Alright well we will see how it plays out this year, considering all missing products on this namm it must come more new stuff on next.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 24, 2017, 10:12:33 PM »

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: NAMM 2017
« on: January 24, 2017, 08:57:50 PM »
Yep, nothing of special merit so far.

I was not aware of the Korg monoluge but it turns out it was released some months ago.

There was also some rerelease of dave smiths synths with more vocies.
But otherwise I saw a lot things that had been presented already.

No new antelope audio products.

Must have been a long time ago NAMM was as weak as this ?
I guess the summer namm is generally better ?

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: NAMM 2017
« on: January 24, 2017, 06:34:26 PM »
I think NAMM 2017 winter was a quite big disappointment .

No new midi keyboards even..which I Was looking forward for.


1.What the Earth Bore 04:44
2.The Dead Fire 06:35
3.Burrows 05:19
4.Echo 05:36
5.In An Arched World 06:39
6.Omission 05:13
7.Eschatology 06:00
8.Drawn Like a Moth 07:21
9.All Dreams Mined 06:46

Simon, Pär and Robert are back together again after their last album Onyx.

Echo explores mankind's weakness to self destruction. As nature is cyclical so is man's will to destroy. Like a Moth drawn to pulsating light, the painful histories of the past echo with terrifying glee.

Rumbling drone hits your chest, a smooth contour of bass stroking a distant piano. Subdued humming flows out of Pär's nightly studio into the cold Swedish winter. Across the horizon Robert's angelic choirs boom. The smell of burnt circuits as he cranks his distortion to the melting point within the deep woods of Pennsylvania.

Available in 24 bit FLAC
released January 10, 2017

Written, Produced, Performed:
Apocryphos - Robert Kozletsky
Kammarheit - Pär Boström
Atrium Carceri - Simon Heath

Artwork & Mastering by Simon Heath


1.The Preparation 14:42
2.The Departure 13:38
3.The Journey 08:51
4.The Final Campsite 10:05
5.2-2-59: Kholat 09:27
6.End. 09:31

From the release "Dyatlov" by Sana Obruent

All tracks were recorded and mixed at TSC studios somewhere in California - 2015 - 2017.

Sana Obruent is - Paul Lopez.

The Dyatlov Pass incident is the mysterious deaths of nine ski hikers in the northern Ural Mountains on February 2, 1959. The experienced trekking group, who were all from the Ural Polytechnical Institute, had established a camp on the slopes of Kholat Syakhl when disaster struck.

During the night something made them tear their way out of their tents from the inside and flee the campsite inadequately dressed in heavy snowfall and sub-zero temperatures...

To this day their deaths are still a mystery.

Dyatlov Photographs used by permission
All Rights Reserved
released January 23, 2017

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: NAMM 2017
« on: January 22, 2017, 09:47:49 PM »
First post.

Shear Electronics Relic-6 (identical signal chain to Oberheim  OB


Ambient drone from Russia stand out tracks are Farewell and Icebound very good.

1.Clarions Of Arrival 05:09
2.Siren 09:55
3.Icebound 08:20
4.Farewell 06:58
5.Solid Heaven 05:18
6.Oculatory 07:53
7.Dissolve Me 07:45
8.Nomad Amongst Stars 10:44
9.Last Frontier 06:08
10.Beyond 06:52


My previous work, "Northreach", was a separate tale about lone person, who is travelling to the northern edge of the earth, constantly meeting different wonders of wild nature.
"Last Frontier" continues this travel of a lone man to the far lands, filled with their own vision of life, full of solitude and denial of elf-conscience, fully devoted to universe and the unknown.
released January 10, 2017


From Comradery to Sustenance 05:40 video
Uprising of the Spirit 12:01
A White Sea 09:21
Glow From the Depths 06:21
Rainout 04:29
The Monument of Power 05:32
The barren soundscapes from Finnish duo Kolhoosi 13 paint a bleak picture. A world in the aftermath of reckless experiments and actions made in the name of power. Manifesting complete disregard of life and man's own habitat. A world where both lives and nature are expendable. Where the grim consequences are just another record erased and forgotten.

Raspy upbeat vinyl recordings reverberates through dilapidated buildings. A Putrid stench of oil mixed with gunpowder seeks out nostrils clogged with soot. Machine gun shots echo through emptied streets. The subdued march of a thousand men makes the ground shake as you hide from the bombs about to drop.

For fans of the European style of militaristic dark ambient and industrial.

Available in 24 bit FLAC
released August 2, 2016

Written, Produced, Performed - Niko Salakka, Juho Lepistö
Mastering - Simon Heath
Artwork - Erik Osvald, Simon Heath

For more information on Kolhoosi 13:

Ekstasis:: Yep, you are right, Lush is a very fine synth, looks great too. I've owned it for a few years. Great for layering and also for rhythmic/arp things.

Another fine sounding newer VA synth is the xils PolyKB. You might like this one. Just came out with v2. I'm tempted.

Video is of the earlier version.

I am glad you like the lush synth. I agree it a very good looking synth, I think D16 does probably the most realistic looking plugins, they look fucking awesome.

I tried the xils PolyKB, but never version 2.  From what I rember it was buggy the first one ?

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 19, 2017, 09:32:14 AM »

I really want that MAQ sequencer.


Recorded in 2008. Would sound good with some Berlin school sequencer.  If someone own a  sequencer feel free or add my track.  Would be very happy to hear.
I really want the maq sequencer

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 19, 2017, 01:44:18 AM »

I uploaded my track on soundcloud, it sounds like crap there, I thought soundcloud had good sound, but it sounds really bad, it sounds like 128kbps or something.

Soundcloud is 128k. 

If you want better quality, try the new service called Orfium.  320k stream.  Embedable player.  It's free to use.

128kbps is such a big joke what is this is this 1999 or something lol ?
when I did begin to listen to mp3s between 1997-and 1999 128kbps was the standard then in 2000  all mp3s become 192 kbps, around 2003 all albums started using VBR.

Why cant they atleast use VBR ?  128 kbps cbr is such insult to the music imo.
I think their neat interface where you see the soundwaves in details etc gives an illussion that soundcloud somehow offer better
sound quality then all others.

Regarding orfium, it have no android app, or even IOS app, I think most people use soundcloud thru respective mobile app.


Might as well buy the software and map a controller to it, lot cheaper than the hardware and sounds the same !

Doing a fast google search it seem that this one is the best VA VST right  I Will give a try, hopefully cpu usage is not horrible.
One of my other favorite vst synth is d16 lush 101, have you tried that one APK ?

listening to your music I think it would fit your "smooth and panoramic soundscape.
It is one of the best synth for ambient I think, (only sounds good when you switch the highest quality mode). It did eat up my cpu before but they released a multicore optimization which made extreme improvement.


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