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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Morning Ramblings....
« on: December 06, 2009, 10:46:44 AM »
A few weeks ago, I downloaded Max for Live that included a new step sequencer. I thought that instead of going through the slow task of tuning my analog sequencers I could now do it inside the program shooting all midi out to my miditocv converter and then on to my modular. This would allow me to save the sequence at least in some form to use later if I needed. Then, I got the bright idea that with my newly built computer, I could give up on hardware effects, run the analog outs of the modular back into live through effects all in real time. So, midi out to analogs and back in for processing. It actually works fine. However, It took me a week to wonder why I was having a hard as hell time trying to come up with anything interesting. Everything sounded flat and stiff. No character. I realized this morning that something is really lost along the way. I think it's the lameness of midi combined with the laziness of auto sync'd effects. It created a linear rhythmic quality to the sequences that made everything flat. I especially noticed the lack of character a step sequencer has when it's steps are tied to common scale notes. With an analog sequencer, you're never quite in tune no matter how hard you try and that's something you just can't achieve with 127 midi steps. It's impossible. As for the effects issue. The real issue is auto sync'ing everything combined with the small lag time of processing the audio coming it.  I could go on but I have a sequencer running with the same pattern and I'm going to go crazy soon.

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I bought this upgrade. First, all the extra Max plug ins are great (especially since they're rebuilt for Live) and are worth the upgrade. However, when I explode a plug in into Max mode I get an instant headache. So, I exit immediately. It's painful looking and about as unmusical as you can get. I can easily see it; hundreds of hours down the tube with nothing but a terrible half baked filter in the end.

On the flip side there's a ton of what they call "tools" which are little pieces of synths and effects that you can sort of patch together. Very fun.

My thought is that in about 6 months there will be tons of great user created max plugins for free download. That's why I upgraded.

Anyone watching the IT CROWD? I'm addicted....

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Hey, I was watching this and it was really embarrassing. BUT, at 2:14 a girl acting like she's dancing with them actually shoplifts off a table and puts something into her purse. You can totally see it! haha!

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Skateboard contest need help!
« on: November 05, 2009, 06:02:51 PM »
Alright he won. Thanks for your support everyone! Now, he gets to work on Sleek Nucleus!
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 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Skateboard contest need help!
« on: November 04, 2009, 10:10:29 AM »
Ok, thanks everyone. The race is super close and ends tomorrow. Brendan also has informed me that if he wins he will design my next album cover which is in the works. So if you haven't voted please do!

!!!!

:)

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Skateboard contest need help!
« on: October 30, 2009, 11:27:09 PM »
haha, seems he's in the lead right now!

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Everything and Nothing / Skateboard contest need help!
« on: October 28, 2009, 09:06:27 PM »
Need your help. Brendan Dooley, the graphic designer who designed the cd packages for Villa Galaxia and Metacollage, is in a skateboard illustration contest. He's very close to winning and I'm hoping that some of you who enjoyed his cover work would run over to this page and pull a vote for him. He says if he gets 30 Hypnos votes he'll design my next cd cover!

http://peopleschoice.aigasf.org/decks

His board is called Hung Up by Brendan Dooley.

You don't have to log in or anything. Just click the upper corner of his image and you're done! 

Ambient and Skateboards is just like chocolate and peanut butter so let's show some support!

 :o
Saul

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Sad News
« on: October 18, 2009, 06:58:00 PM »
My Sincerest condolences. I always looked forward to reading his post and on occasion had personal correspondence with him. Very sad day to learn this.

Saul

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Today I went in and they're retrofitting my existing computer with a new MOBO and 2.66 quad core, new 350 (I prefer smaller drives as they're easier to manage ) gig Hard drive with fresh install of xp, 4 gigs of ram, installed into my existing sound isolation case with my existing older drives in it for back up for $700 bucks.  I think this turned out to be great as now I don't have any junk to try and sell or store or throw away.  I really appreciate all the advice especially Altus for convincing me to try a local place. They're super nice and really know what they're doing!  They actually also credited me on the older ram.  I should be back up and running  with a rock solid new system by Friday at the latest as well as a nice local shop that I can rely on in the future. Now I'm going to study Mike's back up advice.

Saul

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I heard their warranty wrong. 10 labor, 1 year on parts. Still, kinda nice when things go wrong. I was thinking of this system:

http://www.gcsystem.com/systems.html#3

There's 3 systems here. Anyone feel like taking a shot at what they feel would be a good set up from this page? I was thinking of trying to get option 1 with the
Q9550 Core 2 Quad 2.8GHz / 1333 / 12M   chips without the speakers and junk for $900 with tax. They kind of work with you on price. I don't need the fanciest video card so I can work with them on some of the stuff.

Any recommendations? Thanks for all the info!

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Hey guys, I'm writing this from Singapore! I finally got it into the repair place and they said it was the mother board. Altus, you were right. The local shop actually tested it in front of me. It was funny cause the geek squad were actually in there getting stuff fixed. Anyway, they're going to put a new system together for me and they have a 10 year parts and labor warranty which I think is just fabulous! I couldn't get that anywhere else...  Mike. Hopefully hard drives still work. Part of their service is that they transfer all of the files over so I'm hoping there's no problems doing that.

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Ya, I just finally put 4gigs in and now if I upgrade I'll have to do it again as my ram is the older type (can't remember the name). Pete. I did pull the battery and reset the bios. :(

I'll report back after I take it in tomorrow. Hopefully, in the end my song is still hanging around......

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I appreciate the feedback. I was surprised at myself for considering Dell given that I built this computer from the ground up myself. I guess I was just looking for a quick solutions. I think your power supply idea is good. The fan starts and the motherboard lights up but that's it. I read that the power supply can be bad even if the fans area all working. I actually think it's a bad time to buy a new computer with the Vista/ Windows 7 change right around the corner. I'm going to take your advice and just take it in to a local repair shop just down the street from us. I might even see how cheap they can upgrade the motherboard and chipset to quad core. Still should come out cheaper than a new computer.

btw, i had the worst phone call with dell. They were really friendly and said we can customize a computer for you. I said, ok, I don't need a video card. They said, um, they come standard. I said, I don't need a sound card. They said, they come standard. Turned out their idea of customization was a norton yearly plan.

Thanks so much for the advice.
Saul



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Hi Everyone, I'm hoping a few of you can give me some advice. This morning my computer went down. The biggest drag is that I didn't back up what I think was the first song of my next album after trashing 15 or so other songs. UG. OK, so my real question is that I need a new cpu and there's so much stuff out there I have no idea where to start. So, anyone have any advice using this criteria?

1. pc os only vist 64 with free windows 7 upgrade would be the best
2. running ableton and a bunch of vsts
3. must have firewire for my tascam
4. must have a digital out on the video card for a 24" dell screen
5. under $700 if possible
6 must be able to handle one sati drive as I need to try and pull some stuff off the old drives

I'd prefer to not build one from scratch as that's what I did the first time and it's been a lemon. Anyone have any luck with the Dell XPS 630? This is the one I've been looking at online. Anyone just purchase something they can recommend?

I'm really confused by all the chips and dual this and quad that.


Thanks so much,
Saul



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Hi folks. I wanted to let you know that Bill will be playing the entire Metacollage album tomorrow night.   :o


Saul Stokes
This Thursday, the Featured CD at Midnight will be Metacollage.  Tune in for the chance to win a copy of your own.  There will be two winners!

Galactic Travels airs every Thursday at 11:04 pm
Eastern US Timezone (EDT/GMT-4/ITZ-5)

On-line
http://www.wdiy.org/programs/gt/playlists/2009/focus.html#aug

Standard FM Radio
88.1 FM Allentown / Bethlehem / Lehigh Valley
93.9 FM Easton / Phillipsburg
93.7 FM Fogelsville / Trexlertown

Digital HD Radio
88.1 FM


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Here are some photographs of the complete Metacollage package.  I have mailed out quite a few promotional copies so I'm hoping to post some reviews soon.





http://www.saulstokes.com/metacollage/index.html

Saul

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Hi,

Just a note that Metacollage is now available for purchase. I have a page set up with sound files, videos, photos etc:

http://saulstokes.com/metacollage/index.html

Some professional photos have been taken of the album case. I think they're needed so you can get a good feeling as to the quality of the case. I won't have them up until tomorrow night. For those of you who prefer to purchase through Hypnos, I am in the process of sending a batch of them to Mike in the next day or two.  This album is also available on Itunes and Amazon. It will be available on Emusic any day now.

Thank you,
Saul


review from Chuck van Zyl (Star's End)
Most music is all about pairing notes. Electronic Music is all about pairing sounds. Saul Stokes is an artist who lives in sound. His album Metacollage (49'40") resides among his more Ambient and textural works. Made up of eight quietly complex brain churners, the music on this CD sounds as if electricity were expressing itself as music. Unique tones, ranging from the experimental to the pastoral, are arranged and combined into a most original music. Chimes ring under a digital cloud while raw waveforms are gently twisted, filtered and subdued into fascinating and ever-changing timbres. Jittery beeps slow into lovely melody as a cyber-lullaby forms amidst dulcet synth tones and echo feedback. The overall effect remains in the listening background, yet every now and then a piece does call attention to itself. There is something wondrous about the way this music is produced. While experimenting with his imagination Saul Stokes reveals himself in his work.

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Hi Forrest,

Yes it's my wood case design but it's on a whole other level. First, the cd is actually manufactured instead of a home made cdr. Second, the cover stamp uses a high end Japanese ink made for wood. It's very crisp and looks like it was printed onto the wood versus a stamp. The artwork throughout was created by Brendan Dooley who created the artwork for Villa Galaxia. It comes with an internal satin finished professionally printed track card that's signed with the case number. I'll have images posted right before the Star's End show.

The music will be available on Itunes and Emusic etc. but I wanted to have something special for those who prefer a collectible.   

:)
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Hi Everyone, I'm pleased to announce the following concert date in Philadelphia.  In Addition, my next album, Metacollage, will be available for purchase the night of the concert. I'll try and have some sound clips posted early next month.

Saul Stokes w/Jason Sloan live at
The Gatherings Concert Series
Saturday 18 April 2009 at 8:00pm at
St. Mary's Hamilton Village
3916 Locust Walk in Philadelphia, PA
www.thegatherings.org

Saul Stokes live on
STAR'S END Ambient Radio - 04.19.09 Broadcasting 1 to 6am
88.5FM WXPN Philadelphia
www.starsend.org





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