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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: C: Drive crash
« on: June 13, 2018, 04:01:02 AM »

Just out of curiosity: What do most musicians do to manage downloads, plugins, and licenses? Are most of them easily transferable across machines? Or do some of them breakdown across OS updates and create a huge pain?

Regarding software audio plugins and their licenses it is handled by iLok which is basically a small usb drive that holds the encrypted licenses.  You will hear lots of people complain about this system and its inconveniences but it has work well for me over the years.  I don't have a vast amount of plugins, just a choice selection of EQ's compressors and FX for recording.

I have an IT co-worker that has every plugin under the sun for Pro Tools and he had to upgrade / cross grade his OS and drives and said it took a good week to complete, though he had 100's of gigs of samples as well to port over....nearly drove him mad and computers are his occupation.   So yeah Chris it can be a huge pain.

Anyone using a Cloud for backups?

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: C: Drive crash
« on: June 12, 2018, 04:15:03 AM »
Ouch.....sorry to hear that.

I use carbon copy cloning software on my Mac and have a 1T Glyph Drive just for backups. Actually I have only used Glyph Drives... Glyph are able to recover all data from their corrupted hard drives if you send them in.  Only used this service one time and it was just a firmware issue and not a drive failure.

Hope you can get the data off the drive.  There are some amazing computer Wizards out there that seem to be able to fix anything or remove spells if need be.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Fretless Bass (for ambient)
« on: April 15, 2018, 10:36:24 PM »
All those harmonics.....for me this contains so much....can't play it, perhaps one day, but oh so inspiring.

Nah, just watched it again. No chance to ever come close, but hey, still inspired nevertheless.

Now Playing / Re: Downpipe
« on: April 10, 2018, 10:21:36 PM »
Somewhat Local duo for me out of Miami......

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: April 03, 2018, 05:42:30 AM »
Happy for you new sonic is an amazing adventure.  I had a lot of modules come through my system while I had it. I don't recall any module that was not good, some could be one trick ponies when they seemed like they could do more, some took up to much real estate for their function but all did what they were designed for and the sound and build quality was always excellent.

Came across this tonight from Bandcamp......just getting into it, lots to listen to...a fair amount Im not familiar with.  Interesting to see Bandcamps / blogger's take on ambient.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Cans.....Whats on your head?
« on: March 26, 2018, 01:07:26 PM »

New set of cans.....Audio Technica ATH-M70x.

I have been using Sennheiser HD 800's as has be told here but after daily long term use over the last several years the headphones are starting to show signs of age.  The cable has been replaced and now the ear cushions are in need.  No real reason to get new cans except that the HD 800 are not good when looking down try to play bass...where it not for my ears they would slide right off.  They are not designed for studio use unless you keep your head some what vertical.

Enter the ATH-M70x.....have to say Im very impressed.  They are aimed at the studio market to be use as reference cans, tracking and mixing with a flat neutral response.  Not technically savvy to say if thats the case but what I can say is that these headphones really show up poorly produced over compressed and limited recordings and on the other side, well made recordings just shine.  The ATH-M70x seem slightly bright but this is a good thing for me who tends to favor overly bright production techniques  ;)  They may smooth out in time as they burn in some.

Im not going to try to compare the Audio Technica's to the Sennheiser HD 800 other than to say while Im listening to the ATH-M70x Im in no way reminded that Im not listening to the Sennheiser's. If one were to AB them.....thats a different story but the point is is that they sound very good, are extremely comfortable, do the job they are intended for and stay on my head.

Im not retiring the HD 800's just going to use them for critical final mixes and for pleasure listening.....not tracking and youtube videos.

The Roland SE-02 is a Studio Electronics design below goes into it.   This is on my synth list and for me is the only synth that caught my attention for a long while.  There"s plenty of video demos out there so you'll be able to determine if it is the sound for you.

The Iron Ether Nimbus sounds good!

Everything and Nothing / Re: A world full oblivion
« on: March 19, 2018, 07:03:54 AM »
Heres a few images I took of a State park thats very close to where I live.  Its very serene but what makes it more so that cannot be known from looking at the images is that a few miles away is an immense super Walmart and all the suburban noise, traffic and chaos that accompanies it.  In the other direction about a 1/2 miles is the intercostal waterway and then the Atlantic ocean.

This place is a strange anomaly because deep within other then a few distant cell phone towers there are no signs or noise of the pandemonium that reigns quite close.

One gets a real sense of a pre historic past as this place has not be touched since mother nature original created it......oh and it does have a few formidable residents such as large Alligators, Wild Boar and Diamond Back Rattlesnakes but you have to go looking or be just unlucky to find them.  People do kayak these waters.

What Pedals do you use?

My pedals are primarily for the bass guitar that Im learning to play.

Cant be sure but was it you who said that you lived near the Iron Ether pedal/eurorack co.

I have not explored drones on my voyager.....yet.

Personally I would look elsewhere then Behringer Model D....not being snobby because I have a minimoog but because there are better options out there within the similar price points that are not trying to be like something else but instead are a unique voice.

Artruria Brutes...any of them.

Roland SE-02....this little thing has a sound, with lots of tweaking possibilities.

Novation Bass Station 2....seems very solid

Moog Sub 37.....big jump in price but used has less sting and would be my first choice for huge programing potential and its duophonic.

I know you did not ask for recommendations but when I saw the word Behringer I had to suggest others for you  to look at in case you had not considered them.

Everything and Nothing / Re: A world full oblivion
« on: March 15, 2018, 04:00:32 PM »
Seren those photographs are wonderful.....thanks so much for sharing.  What a privilege to have this close to you. And 3 years in in 500 acres of forest....special.

The picture with the bench overlooking the river/estuary is breathe taking. Where is that? mention Cader Idris above the photograph.

Jana seeing those fir/Pine trees reminds me that we have had the same Christmas tree for 3 years now. There is another one that we planted that did not look to good but it came back and now is where it belongs.  Im not into christmas though I was raised with it and it took a fair bit of persuasion to get my wife to break with tradition.  Now we have the smallest unpruned and wild tree as christmas trees go...but its alive!  When the season is over back out into the garden it goes until the following year.

I have always hated dragging a dead Christmas tree to the curb to be picked up like garbage.   

Everything and Nothing / Re: A world full oblivion
« on: March 15, 2018, 06:10:47 AM »
Very interesting started sad with the apparent demise of a tree and already there is new life within the thread itself.

I grew up in the UK, mostly in the countryside, Yorkshire and the north, Berkshire and Gloucestershire in the south.  The landscape, woods etc were all for the most part pastoral.  It never occurred to me that the beauty of it was not create by nature but by human design.

In American there is not much that I would call pastoral, though there is plenty of farmlands.  Here there is wilderness and that for the most part means trees, dense trees that go out and on for hundreds of miles. Human interaction wth the wilderness usually is the felling of trees to make way for "development" or straight up timber for consumption.  Certainly there are parks to protect, immense ones that rival the size of some countries. 

There is quite an abrupt division between urban/suburban and wilderness.  There seems to be no middle ground.  I don't recall this in Europe.  The human foot print quickly disappears here and one is left with the raw beauty that sometimes can be a challenge to survival in extreme case.  Perhaps it is this complete immersion that is the appeal and draws us into the untouched wilds

I have hiked in these expansive forests and I found that the endless density actually became claustrophobic.  Natures design is utility.....whatever can reach up to the light does so regardless. Its interesting how here you go hiking whereas in the Uk one goes for a walk.

Ultimately I prefer the pastoral landscape that I grew up with and the trees with space so this human can marvel at their individual splendor.

I think I just went completely off topic...well, meandered. :)


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Fretless Bass (for ambient)
« on: March 14, 2018, 06:58:34 AM »
Got a new bass....Pedulla Rapture Fretless.

I had fun tinkering with the other bass but I sort made it unplayable especially next to this beauty. 

I got it used off Reverb.  Made in 1997.  These pictures are taken from the actual listing.  The fretboard is like a mirror and really enhances that fretless sound.

My bass "education" is moving forward.....discovering the Pentatonic scale has opened up the fretboard for me. and actually playing to my own music has turned practicing into a creative endeavor.  Staying in tune is where a lot of effort is required.

Chords are challenging and a workout on the fretting hand but the sound is amazing on a fretless.  So many underlining harmonics.

Theres not a great deal of actual bass synths that come to mind.....Novation Bass Station, though that can do leads as well.  I have a Minimoog Voyager and its a bass synth for sure but its great at other timbres as well.

The monophonic nature can be a little challenging, but with the minimoog you can set each of the 3 oscillators to different pitches and create tri tones.

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

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Drone/pad EQ-ing.
« on: March 12, 2018, 07:46:57 PM »
To take this further.... it would be like technically analyzing a Jackson Pollack abstract painting or better yet a Mark Rothko painting as Steve Roach has been compared to within ambient space music.  Not possible....well,  one could try but it would fail.  The technical does not have a vocabulary that can express feelings to be summed up in Kilohertz.

Or can it? 

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Drone/pad EQ-ing.
« on: March 12, 2018, 07:22:12 PM »
What artists inspire you? do you want to create in a similar vein or use those sounds as a springboard for your own themes and sounds.

Artists that inspired me are Klaus Wiese, Alio Die, Vidna Obmana and Robert Rich.

But these guys are so high ... and my dream is to reach their level of professionality in terms of technical approach of mixing/editing etc.

Theres nothing wrong with being versed in studio proficiency as we have to wear both hats most of the time but I can't help feeling you are looking to a technical level that is actually not there.  The people you mention as inspiration are not technically professional to use your word.... well actually Robert Rich is and I would like to have some of his studio chops so.....

We strive to make our music sound the best we can but few here are studio engineers...what we are are ambient musicians who work very hard to create beautiful music first and then work twice as hard to make it sound good....I speak for myself.

The technical analysis of a "drone" seems to me goes against examination, it is anything but is all emotion and often created by mistakes or better put sonic accidents.

There are certainly drone masters out there and you have mentioned a few but I should hope that their work is a process of discovery that has in its essence nothing to do with technicalities....what would be the point?

Hope this does not come across harsh because its not written as such. :)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Where do you purchase your cd's
« on: March 03, 2018, 07:18:46 AM »
Hi cvac,

I returned several items to amazon ($300 worth, not cds) that still has not arrived and I was charged for them, that is after they issued a credit.  They are listed as "in transit"  Its not amazon's fault per se, perhaps UPS. Maybe they will arrive at their return center one day.  Im not doing any large purchases with them again though.

Hey, thanks for posting

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 24, 2018, 10:22:13 PM »
New release from Taylor Deupree....Fallen

Possible his most ambient music in the original sense.....piano, some subtle sonic background and easy to forget that its playing or if you focused immersion.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Drone/pad EQ-ing.
« on: February 22, 2018, 10:21:12 PM »
The best that you have is your ears...if they don't know....they will learn.  Get in there and mess around,...totally screw it up and it will open portals for you.

Theres great advice here but this is ambient where normal studio decorum often has little sway so have fun and explore. If you are new to this enjoy the journey as there are no short cuts. If anyone offers them to you dont take them. ;)

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