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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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Independent Music Reviews / Re: New Ambient/Experimental Music Blog
« on: February 22, 2017, 07:29:06 PM »
Yeah, it's crazy how rare their albums are. I only have 3 of their albums on CD myself: Collusion, Digilogue, and What Is Not True. I also have their Mort Aux Vaches sessions that I downloaded from Amazon while it was up briefly. Legendary group for sure and there's nothing else quite like them.

Hafler Trio is bad about that too, but Andrew McKenzie is supposed to be really curmudgeony nowadays about digital music and doesn't want his music being circulated around anymore IIRC.

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Independent Music Reviews / Re: New Ambient/Experimental Music Blog
« on: February 22, 2017, 04:38:55 PM »
That RYM list is great. I was actually listening to Maeror Tri last night.

Also, I wish I had more Zoviet France albums.

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