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Thanks for your advice JKN. I will most likely end up calling Edirol for support at some point. I have a feeling I chose a bad audio interface for my particular set-up. If that ends up being the case, I'll most likely put the Edirol up on eBay in hope of picking up an interface that will be best-suited for my needs.

I bought both synths while I was finishing my degree (years of patience paid off thanks to eBay) but now that I'm done with school...I'm ready to start tweaking some knobs.  :)  I just hope I didn't waste any investment on the Edirol interface or mixer. They're nice pieces of gear...just wouldn't surprise me if they won't do what I need them to.  :)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Moving to Philly area
« on: July 14, 2008, 07:21:01 AM »
I live at 21st and Walnut in Center City. Give a holler once you're in town.  :) 

The setup now is as follows:

MIDI:  AN1x midi out  --->  Edirol UA-25 midi in
         Edirol UA-25 midi out  --->  AN1x midi in

AUDIO:  AN1x L/R out ---> Edirol M-10DX  3/4 in
            Edirol M-10DX digital out  --->  Edirol UA-25 digital in
            Edirol UA-25 MAIN L/R out  --->  Event TR8's  L/R Monitor speakers

Ideal setup:

Using the AN1x as both midi controller and synth. Also want to get my Access Virus hooked up properly to both the digital mixer and Cubase. I only have 2 hardware synths (the Access and Yamaha) and the rest are soft-synths. I'm sure there's a way to get them all working together in harmony...the question is...did I buy an incorrect piece of kit for the gear I have?

Again, thanks in advance for any advice or tips.  :)

Hey everyone!

It's been a while since I've logged in, I finally finished my bachelor's degree in May; and have been enjoying the freedom of getting my life back.  hehe

Now I have the time to attend to the studio I've put together over the last 2 years while I was a student. I've run into a problem, and after consulting manuals...I'm still a little confused and need input from my peers.

Hardware involved:  MacBookPro - OSX Leopard, Edirol UA-25 audio interface (external), Edirol M-10DX digital mixer, Yamaha AN1x, and Virus A Rack.

Situation: I cannot find a way to connect both the Yamaha and Access together and get them to show up in Cubase. I think the issue lies with the digital mixer, but I'm not sure. When I connect the Yamaha to the digital mixer, I get the audio out of the synth but I cannot seem to get Cubase to record it. I can use it as a midi controller in Cubase for any vsti in Cubase, however, and I can also play it via midi data in a midi channel. So now I just need to figure out how to get the outputs of the synths to show up in Cubase's mixer with their own channel/bus.

Anyone have any suggestions?



Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: What's up with my one monitor speaker?
« on: April 28, 2008, 12:22:30 PM »
They are amplified near-filed monitors (Event TR-8's).

It's not happening all the time...which is making it weirder for me to figure out. I had a new neighbor move into the apartment next to mine, so I'm wondering if they have something behind the wall that the amp is picking up? Or maybe my MacBook Pro is picking something up?

I don't hear it in the headset when I plug into the audio interface; only in the monitor speaker. And yesterday I noticed it in both of them (for the first time).

I guess it's time to knock on the neighbor's door and ask if they have a radio or something against the wall.  LOL

Thanks for the input and helping figure out where it's coming from!



Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: What's up with my one monitor speaker?
« on: April 25, 2008, 06:45:56 AM »
Nobody??  :)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / What's up with my one monitor speaker?
« on: April 22, 2008, 09:39:39 AM »
Hey gang,

Sorry for not posting much lately...I'm graduating in 4 weeks so I'm trying to finish on a good note.  hehe

I've noticed something funky happening with my left monitor speaker. It's happening almost daily now...but, it seems to be picking up radio frequencies and static. Like talk radio and lots of high end hiss. I find it really odd that only one of the monitor speakers is doing this.

Any advice or help? It's really annoying when I'm trying to watch a movie or listen to music at low volumes.

Thanks in advance for any feedback!


Everything and Nothing / Re: Come closer, Philly...
« on: April 03, 2008, 01:05:33 PM »
That's okay, I'll attend them for you.  :)

I live about 10 minutes from Penn's campus where they do the Gatherings concerts.  :)

And just for the record, it's Bethlehem, PA.  I'm from Nazareth, PA originally...took my viola and oboe lessons in Bethlehem at Moravian college in their community music program. That's a fun little city.  hehe

I will certainly have a listen to Atlas Dei with the term in mind.

Hey APK!

There's not much info online that discusses the compositional structure of space music. What I've taken away from the examples I've been listening to, is that there are two basic atmospheres: one that is more ethereal and minimal, and the other is sequencer loop driven (bassline and beautiful arpeggios arrangements). Chapter One of Atlas Dei is (in my opinion) a beautiful example of modern space music. The second atmosphere also tends to have more rhythmic emphasis. Some long-form pieces seem (to me) to be a delicate balancing between two extremes. And with a moniker like Gemini Ambience...that just seems to fit perfectly. LOL

Seriously though...whatever "space music" is...I'm really intrigued to try and start composing some.

I too look forward to the pending posts.  :)



Everything and Nothing / Space Music from a Compositional Viewpoint
« on: March 23, 2008, 06:20:48 PM »
Hey everyone!

I finally got my TR8's connected to my audio interface...I forgot HOW nice these monitor speakers are. Flat and honest...I've been mixing in 6-8 hour sessions on them and I've had no ear fatigue. And then, it happened. I listened to Atlas Dei through the Events.  lolol  WOW.  :)  This is what brings me to my post:

What is the basic pattern structure used in space music? Is it the pairing of specific instruments that makes a song "space music," or is it a specific state of mind through which the listener becomes engulfed in the sonic environments and soundscapes?

I'm absolutely blown away by space music. I had never heard of it when I was younger...and now it's all I want to compose.  :) 

Are there any books or papers published that discuss the history of the genre? Also, to any of the modern space producers on this forum: are there any good exercises or methods a noobie such as myself would need to learn in order to create quality space environments?

As always, thanks in advance for any advice or guidance!



Everything and Nothing / Re: Classic & Contemporary Literature
« on: March 19, 2008, 08:13:52 AM »
Style always changes; as does syntax.

American English grammar and rhetoric is working towards reducing sentence structure. British English is the exact opposite; its current trends are to expand sentence structures. The opposing evolution is becoming so different that I think it's by 2012 that the two will be considerent separate languages.

As far as your reaction to contemporary styles, I'd have to side with your wife. You don't need archaic, antiquated structures with tons of vocabulary to write quality fiction; you need to understand plot and sublot, how to classify your characters, and give them depth. Also, authors reflect current trends in their genres; it is only natural that they address contemporary issues and align them with ageless/timeless archetypes and mythos. But as with all things subjective, if you wear "blinders" over your consciousness and assume just because an author is contemporary that his or her work will not hold up to classic authors' styles, I think you're cheating yourself from many beautiful stories in the world.

Any "deep level" is just your mind's way of realizing interconnectivity between the novel and your own reality. I can have an epiphany reading a bazooka wrapper if the timing and conditions are appropriate for me to develop widsom based off what the wrapper said.  :)  Granted, that's a bit of an extreme example, but it shows the point that nobody will read the same exact novel and walk away with the exact same impression. That's the beauty of art.

I judge a novel/author not so much by the techniques used to create their stories, but moreso on how it leaves me feeliing while I'm reading and after I finish the book. It almost always comes down to making characters that are believable, fantastic, and heroic. When the characters are so believable that you stop realizing you're reading about them and have been swallowed into the story with them...that's when I say the novel is well written.

Growing up John Steinbeck was one of my favorite authors. Some of my all-time favorite classics are John Knowles's "A Separate Peace," Paulo Coelho's "The Alchemist," and William Golding's "The Lord of the Flies." Some contemporary novels I highly recommend are Anne Rice's "Cry to Heaven," Ursula Le Guin's "The Left Hand of Darkness," and Ken Follett's "The Pillars of the Earth."

But my all-time hero in all things artistic is Oscar Wilde. In my opinion, he's the greatest author of the English-speaking culture to date.



Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: March 14, 2008, 09:40:16 AM »
looks good to me too.

Don't be hard on yourself, just create....

Thanks.  :)  I just hope I can get everything connected properly this evening after work.  lol

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / My Desk Finally Arrived
« on: March 13, 2008, 07:15:49 PM »
I thought I'd share two pictures of my newly assembled studio. I'm just a don't laugh too hard when you see it.  :)

Now the real education begins.  :)



My collection has been reduced to 3 milk crates' worth of CDs, 2 pocket books of CDs, and about 2.5 shelves on my newest bookshelf for DVDs and cassette tapes.

My CD collection used to be bigger; but I got rid of around 500 discs after I stopped DJ'ing back in 2001.

No pics to my apartment isn't in the most tidy condition right now.  :)

Everything and Nothing / Atlas Dei
« on: March 04, 2008, 03:00:09 PM »
Anybody else enjoying this DVD as much as I am?

Everything and Nothing / Re: TED Conference video online
« on: February 22, 2008, 01:45:53 PM »
I JUST discovered the TED conferences thanks to a documentary on the 2006 panel that's available on Netflix's Instant Viewing. I'd love to attend one.

thanks for the link!

Hi Tony,

I'm trying to shift from soft-synths to focus more on hardware synths. I pretty much bounce everything to audio as I'm composing, and then do arrangements in Cubase. The only instrument I play "live" during a mixdown is Stylus RMX via midi channels. The rest are all audio tracks. The only soft-synth I still use at this point is Atmosphere...but I'm hoping once I learn how to craft my own pads and textures from the oscillator up, I can stop relying on it so much as well.

I'm in no hurry to get rid of the controller, it definitely works well, I just don't have the room for more than one keyboard on my desk (if it every arrives...back-order nightmare). Living in a 12x14' studio apartment isn't all it's cracked up to be.  lol

No problem!

It would be happier being used in a studio than being packed away in my hall closet.  :)  So again, if anyone wants it...just pay shipping and it's yours!



Hey Johnathan,

If you'd like a basic controller, I have an M-Audio Oxygen-49 keyboard controller I'd be happy to just give you if you'd like it (or anyone else if Johnathan doesn't want it). Since I now have the Yamaha AN1X...I plan on using that as my main keyboard and controller.

All I'd ask is that you chip in for the shipping if you'd like it.

Let me know!



Well possibly being the "greenest" composer here, over the last few years I was learning basic synthesis via soft-synths in Cubase SX 3. I also studied moreso books and tutorials on how to mix audio and just started learning about mastering. All the artists I truly enjoy, and signature sounds from genres I really like, tend to use hardware synths over softs. So I'm at the point where I just did a major hardware purchase to upgrade to a "serious" hobby project studio. I'm now basing the studio around a MacBook Pro 2.4Ghz lappy, the softsynths I'm most comfortable with currently are Spectrasonics' Atmosphere and Stylus RMX. I've also aquired over the last few weeks my favorite synth, a Yamaha AN1X. I also bought an Access Virus A. Rounding it off I picked up two Roland grooveboxes (mainly for live pa possibilities than for production) the MC-505 and MC-808.

I'm still a little intimidated by getting everything connected properly...but once the last piece of gear arrives (the desk) I'll be able to get everything up and running. I bought Cubase 4 last year and I have to say I'm truly a fan of Cubase. Maybe because it's what I've been learning production in, but I find the environment very logical and easy to understand and for my needs it's more than adequate. Stylus RMX is also great for using as a sampler as well as rhythm synth. I bought HALion 3, but have yet to start reading the manual. Once I get the studio put together I plan on using it frequently (HALion).

So basically, Cubase 4, Stylus RMX, and the AN1x and Virus are the core to my audio happiness right now.  :) 

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