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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 04, 2020, 05:03:59 AM »
Yes APK, great stuff those folksters ! I would love to hear the Lyke Wake Dirge up on the windy moors (which isn't too far away from Flame Acres) when the world (hopefully !) returns to some sense of normality  :)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 01, 2020, 11:39:02 AM »

Lyke Wake Dirge

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Roland Jupiter-X
« on: March 28, 2020, 12:22:30 PM »
Sorry to hear about your loss Jana,

These creatures can become great companions. I was devastated when my dog passed away a few years ago.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Velocity, volume and noise
« on: March 02, 2020, 08:06:21 AM »
Thanks for your response too Jana.

Unfortunately. it looks like this forum's days of discussions (beyond new releases and the like) are pretty much gone. Sad to see.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Velocity, volume and noise
« on: February 27, 2020, 02:50:48 AM »
Keeping my response to ambient (primarily), another factor is dynamics (or the lack of) in the compositional process itself.

If there is little in the way of dynamic variety in a track in the first place and a large amount of maximising is applied, then yes, the infamous maxed out waveforms will be produced. If there are dynamics in a track, then even heavy maximising wont bring everything up to 'the max' - unless an insane amount of maximising is applied, you will just have much louder' loud' parts.

Regarding velocity and dynamics in playing an instrument, I'm a guitar player and something that I've noticed is that a lot of guitarists never use their volume controls - let alone the tone pots to vary their tone. I know this can be done with actual playing technique, but when people are using hi-gain amp / simulator sounds this doesn't work as well, so it's 'full-on' all the time.

Freebie is gone now, anyway.


I remember him posting here many years ago.

Sad news, indeed.

Interesting responses, thanks.

I was curious about this, but thinking it over (from an artist's point of view) I personally wouldn't be comfortable with such a model - the obligation to create new work other than for the very reason of wanting to create it, wouldn't sit well with me.

No disrespect to anyone who is doing it though, I just don't have the interest in really pushing the promo / marketing side of things.

Yes, good points.

From an artistic perspective, I wonder how this need to create new work would be a natural part of what the artist does anyway, or would be be more of an 'undertaking' that they have committed themselves to ?

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Bandcamp subscriptions - thoughts ?
« on: January 07, 2020, 04:20:00 AM »
Curious to ask people's thoughts on Bandcamp subscriptions.

Noticed that Steve Roach has a pretty active subscription thing going.
I'm not sure how this works regarding streaming / how is it different to Spotify etc ? One thought that did cross my mind is would the artist feel compelled to constantly release new material so the subscribers feel they are getting their 'value' from it ?

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Favourite plugins ?
« on: January 03, 2020, 12:15:41 PM »
There are always new things to tempt us with,but (conversely) I still use some things that are considered to be very old in this age of change regarding music making. I used to frequent a forum for iOS music making and the members there were always looking for the 'new shiny thing'.

'Old technology'  - not always such a bad thing ? valve amps / non-linear compression / distortion etc.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Favourite plugins ?
« on: January 02, 2020, 01:03:54 PM »
I tried to limit my plugin buying this year, but succumbed to these few:

For editing my (ahem,) sometimes less than perfect guitar playing...

I use sidechaining quite a lot (which I think is unusual in droney ambient) this is even more useful than regular side-chaining.

Izotope Music Production suite (older 2.1 version) still full of lots of really useful stuff - especially for mastering.

Anyone else with their recent faves / purchases ?

Only caveat is that it uses a fair bit of CPU, otherwise a really good'un - especially for free.

Many Thanks !

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: A change in the listening experience
« on: November 04, 2019, 06:13:27 AM »
I presume people are listening to music 'on the move' much more than ever before, so sound isolation / noise reduction has become more important for these listeners.
I wonder if 'hifi' / audiophile considerations (like camera photography) has become something primarily for enthusiasts (and the likes of us) ?

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: A change in the listening experience
« on: November 02, 2019, 10:20:09 AM »
Some interesting thoughts there.

It seems to me though, that headphones / earphones are the primary listening mode for the vast majority of people these days. I would say that noise cancellation has changed people's listening experiences much more than any idea of 'correct stereo field' (which I find to be a misnomer, anyway)

Everything and Nothing / Re: unexpected Hypnos message recieved
« on: October 24, 2019, 06:17:51 AM »
I thought that was in Australia :)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Roland Jupiter-X
« on: October 16, 2019, 09:29:46 AM »
Good question !

I'm thinking of Native Instrument's 'Rounds' and 'Razor' synths.

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