When they put this stuff on sale it's a great deal. I bought the Komplete 9 upgrade recently , I already have Komplete 5. I think I paid around $150. Pete's right, Reaktor alone can keep you busy a long time by itself.
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Here's what I wrote about this one on my facebook page:I have to agree with John. This is one of the best ambient releases I have heard in quite some time. I recommend getting this in the 2-pack offered from Projekt including Byron Nelson and Mark Seelig's Intention. These two cd's go together very nicely.
Tree of Life by Loren Nerell and Mark Seelig is hands down one of the best ambient albums I've heard in a long time. I've been fortunate to hear early versions and the final master before release... so I've heard this many times over the last few months.
The album is truly a "journey" - it starts slow and minimal - gorgeous hints of percussion, drones and textural background. Mark Seelig plays a jaw dropping flute line through much of the first half of the album. The blending of the flute with the backdrop is so dead on perfect.
The percussion later builds into a section where the percussion and rhythm comes to the forefront. Recorded partially in a group setting when Mark and family from Germany were visiting Loren in California.
And then... we hit the moment where the percussion comes to a sudden stop, and we drop into the brilliant gamelan playing by Loren Nerell. Wow. Simply... wow. So deliciously tasteful.
Highly, highly recommended.
Most of the handmade synths I have played around with seem to be one trick ponies, which is fine if you like the one thing it does well. For me they just seem too limiting so I've never gotten any for my studio.Yes, that and price are the two main reasons I haven't picked up any so far. I love the concept, though of alternate triggers, etc. BTW, Loren, I just got the two pack from Projekt today of your Intention/Tree of Life releases. Can't wait to hear them.
However I don't understand why in the electronic music genre someone would need to lift an atmosphere or a drum groove etc. That seems like laziness, and yet I know it happens.
Ah, Soft Machine ... still a huge favourite of mine. They did go through numerous changes, so yep the albums were of various qualities. But Third and Fourth are surely beyond compareYep! Those are usually the ones I return to when I want some Soft Machine.