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I prefer having some ownership over my music, which is what downloading music allows me to do. That's not to say that I never stream but I prefer downloading.

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I like that BC does these types of articles but they always seem to miss out on certain artists that really should be mentioned...

True. I don't think the music they picked was bad but there are plenty of major names they missed.

Where's Celer? Robert Rich? Michael Stearns? Gas? Bill Laswell? Windy & Carl? Amp? How about anything from the Japanese and Russian scenes which are red hot right now?

Also, I really like Experimental Audio Research but Peter Kember hasn't made an album under that alias in forever.

At least they had Steve Roach but I would have highlighted Structures From Silence instead of one of his sequencer based albums.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: TC Electronics' reverbs
« on: March 27, 2018, 07:19:18 PM »
Hows it going Castleview?

Pretty good.

Glad you asked because earlier, I was working on one more track for my next album. The M300 has been used on many of the pieces if you're wondering, so it's getting plenty of use. It's going to be a dark ambient/drone/shoegaze hybrid, the first album I've done like that since I first posted here in 2013.

It's been a long and slow road to finish it, but I'm happy with what I've got recorded so far. I've got the textures that I want but I've had a lot of distractions in real life. I'm so close to the finish line, so I've got to finish it now.

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Both Jamie & I (from dreamSTATE) have bought SE-02s are are digging them a lot. They're good for hands-on evolving drones and for sequencing work. They can also get very twisted. These days, I like big sound in a small package with lots of knobs and these little things deliver.

Nice. I like smaller synths too. I already have a MIDI keyboard so I'm looking for something I can plug into and start playing.

I wouldn't have thought about the MF Boost, but now I'm intrigued.

I use it all the time. However, If you have the money (which you probably do), you may want to look into the Moogerfooger Filter instead.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 19, 2018, 03:37:50 PM »
All this talk about Vir Unis convinced me to go back and listen to The Winter Ghost. That's the only album of his that I have, but I like it.

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It's really good, even if you don't use it with a bass guitar.

I'll definitely think about the SE-02. The price is a little high but it sounds great. I'm not that hard to please when it comes to hardware analog synths though.

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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.

Yes I do. About 40-45 minutes away.

Nothing too expensive.

I have a few reverb pedals like the Digitech Polara, Mr. Black Supermoon, and the Iron Ether Nimbus.

I have a few fuzz pedals from Noisemaker Effects including the famous Loveless pedal and a cheap metal pedal. I also have a Minifooger Boost pedal and a cheap delay pedal.

I really like the MF Boost. It adds some nice subtle coloring to my sounds.

Also, thanks for those synth recs. I had never heard of the Roland one.

[...] I've been thinking about albums like Time Machines by Coil and I'm wondering if a lot of that was done with bass synths.

If I recall correctly, it was EMS Synthi A/AKS/VCS-3 in the first place, plus a good deal of Thighp.'s Synton Fenix(es) and ARP 2600 thrown in. This, plus a lot of looping and processing.

Stephen

Interesting.

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

I love mixing pedals and synths. It's something that I've been doing more of with my new setup and it's opened me up to a lot more soundscaping possibilities.

I was actually thinking about getting a Behringer Model D to do some deep drones. That's what inspired this topic TBH. Plus, I've been thinking about albums like Time Machines by Coil and I'm wondering if a lot of that was done with bass synths.

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I know they're more limited texturally than a traditional analog synth but the low end can be downright intoxicating on a good bass synth. There's a lot of potential for good minimalist drones with just a bass synth, but I'm sure somebody has done that already and I just don't realize it yet.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Drone/pad EQ-ing.
« on: March 11, 2018, 02:13:26 PM »
Vidna Obmana/Dirk Serries is an excellent example of somebody who started from hardly anything and developed himself into a star in the ambient world. He started out with harsh noise and moved on to fairly simple loop-based ambient compositions soon after but eventually, his music grew more ambitious as his talent grew.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Drone/pad EQ-ing.
« on: March 10, 2018, 09:29:11 PM »
Strange ... In most cases, "muddy" frequencies are in 200-500 Hz range.

But related to drone, i noticed that muddy area usually is between 150-180 Hz.

Of course, maybe i doubt but my ears tell me 150-180 :)

I tend to EQ both of those frequency ranges a lot myself when I'm working on tracks.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 20, 2018, 08:36:09 PM »
A Rain in Northern Aomori - s/t

My favorite new artist of the year so far. Five pieces of lovely ambient shoegaze drones.

https://araininnorthernaomori.bandcamp.com/album/a-rain-in-northern-aomori

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Hello to the forum
« on: February 18, 2018, 05:07:59 PM »
I've seen you on EMPortal in the past. Nice to see you here. Welcome!

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I can tell the audio quality isn't the best but there's a good track despite that. You should explore that sound further and make an album. 

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Everything and Nothing / Re: RIP Mark E Smith
« on: February 10, 2018, 02:09:35 PM »
RIP

A true legend that outlasted just about all of his contemporaries.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 06, 2018, 09:13:17 PM »
I'm giving seaman - transitions a listen now. Great find! Very hypnotic. Thanks for the head's up.

If you have time, you should also check out Rapid Eye Movement. It's another great album of his and it's pretty similar stylistically.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 05, 2018, 07:28:08 PM »
hakobune - Heath Grass

Still one of his best albums IMO.

https://stillsleeplabel.bandcamp.com/album/heath-grass

sokpd avabodha - progulka

I wish the Russian ambient scene got more attention. So much great ambient music coming out of there nowadays.

https://gv-sound.bandcamp.com/album/progulka

seaman - Transitions

Another great up and coming ambient artist from Russia. Love the minimalism here.

https://manofthesea.bandcamp.com/album/transitions

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Drone/pad EQ-ing.
« on: January 25, 2018, 08:46:48 PM »
Drones with "knife in ear" frequencies I always notch out with EQ using vary narrow bands of Q to just effect those frequencies that are annoying. And yes, try this before applying effects, especially reverb.

This is something I need to try more often. I have a habit of just applying EQ at the end of my chains.

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Now Playing / Re: Dance/Electronic Genre
« on: October 25, 2017, 03:31:35 PM »
She might be pulling our legs but let's recommend her some great music. I'll start off:


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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: TC Electronics' reverbs
« on: October 24, 2017, 07:01:40 AM »
Thanks for those suggestions. I didn't even think about that panning technique. I know Robert Rich used to take two versions of the same texture and detune one of them slightly, but I wouldn't have thought of panning. Maybe I could play around with different levels of delay layered together as well, maybe some super subtle modulation.

You just spurned some new ideas.

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