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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: January 03, 2008, 01:03:40 PM »


Second is current studio, though it has been relocated to a smaller room as we moved to a smaller house in a smaller street after taking this photo.

Ok, so what is the silver box on top of your rack? It looks like a TC Electronics box but I can't figure it out. Also, what make are your speakers?

That looks like a TC M3000 to me.

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Everything and Nothing / Hypnos Forum move
« on: January 03, 2008, 12:02:22 PM »
Hypnos Forum move happening today (Thursday Jan 03, 2008)

The entire www.hypnos.com web site is in the process of being moved to a new server during the next few days.  The old server and new server will continue to operate simultaneously until next week, so there will be two Hypnos news pages, two Hypnos stores, two Hypnos CD releases pages, and so on.  We'll update both old and new in sync with each other during this transition, so it won't matter whether you visit one Hypnos store or the other -- in both cases, your order will be accepted and completed just fine.

One part of the Hypnos web site that cannot be run in tandem (two versions running at once until the transfer is complete) is this Forum.  Because there's a database that's updated every time someone posts a message or creates a new membership, or even updates their "signature" or their avatar, there is no way of keeping two Hypnos Forums in sync for several days without an unreasonable amount of non-stop work.  For that reason, later tonight, this Hypnos Forum, the one you're looking at right now, will be taken offline for maintenance, and the databases (including members, forum topics, posts, and everything) will be backed-up and moved over to the new Hypnos Forum which is already running in test mode, and has been checked-out by your trusty Forum Moderators, JKN and APK.

Soon after this Forum goes "down" into maintenence mode, that database backup & restore will be completed and the new Forum will be active and ready.  I will post an address on the Hypnos News page that points directly to the new Forum.  I will also post that link here, below, but please do not start visiting and posting to the NEW Forum before this Forum goes down into maintenence mode, otherwise any posts you make there will be wiped-out when this OLD Forum is backed-up and moved over.

The link to the new Hypnos Forum effective late 1/3/08 and onward will be http://208.131.140.64/smf/

Eventually the hypnos.com internet domain will be converted over and you will be able to reach that Forum via the same address as this one, which is www.hypnos.com/smf

Please use this space (in the NEW Forum, starting Friday 1/4/2008) to post troubleshooting requests, problems, or questions relating to the NEW Forum.

A reminder.... you may visit that link to the NEW Forum prior to this OLD Forum becoming unavailable if you're just curious, and feel free to poke around and look all you want... but don't make any changes or posts that you don't want to be wiped-out when I convert over!  Continue to post here until the move is complete.

Thanks,
Mike


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Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: January 02, 2008, 04:05:43 PM »
Last night we watched the "Ultimate Edition" box-set of Ridley Scott's Blade Runner, which included 5 versions of the film, of which I'd seen 3 before.  We watched the 2007 "ultimate" version, which I found to be not too different from the 1996 (or so) director's cut version.

This remains one of my all-time favorite films, and it stands the test of time wonderfully.  The BluRay disc version looks absolutely breathtaking, and I had literally never seen the film look so good, not even in the theater.  It's crystal clear, every image truly like candy for the eyes.  I'll enjoy looking through the supplemental materials and documentaries on disc 2, and I'm also curious about the "workprint" version on disc 5, which is the other edit I hadn't seen before.  There are so many wonderful things about this film: the atmosphere, the acting, the soundtrack, the script, the very concept, the special effects (matte paintings and miniatures and old-fashioned visual compositing, nothing digital). 

If I were a film critic giving out numeric or letter-grade reviews, I'd give this my highest possible rating.  If you've enjoyed this film before, this ultimate box-set release will be the last version you'll ever need or want to own.  I would gladly have purchased this if the price had been 5 times as much.  If you're just a casual fan of the film and you already have the director's cut DVD, that may be good enough for you, but I'm glad I upgraded.  I'll be selling off my director's cut DVD now.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: January 02, 2008, 02:49:20 PM »
Yep, Jesse is married, so I guess that's his wife's name.  He always talks about "my wife" but I don't remember him ever telling me her name before.  Or maybe he has more than one wife... or a wife and several mistresses?

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: January 02, 2008, 01:55:57 PM »
I've been enjoying this topic for a while now, so I have to ask... who the hell is "Deb?"

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Played a little bit of Oblivion this weekend, first time I've played any video games in a while.  I didn't realize it had been 7 months since I'd last played this one, but the game saves had dates on them and the last save was from May 27.

This is an enjoyable game, a free-ranging fantasy role-playing game, but tough to get into unless you invest consistent and significant chunks of time.

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Hypnos Label Releases / Re: Viridian Sun
« on: December 30, 2007, 07:24:35 PM »
Another all-day (actually, afternoon-evening) session yesterday, another 2+ hours worth of material recorded.  This material is raw and strange, and quite far from the synth-heavy sound of the first two Viridian Sun albums.  It's more visceral and organic-sounding than our earlier work, even a step beyond last week's recording.

This week Dave played an acoustic guitar (with an internal pick-up, not mic'ed) through the same batch of effects as last week.  I played guitar for only one track, and the rest of the time I was playing bass, and adding metal percussion and voice sounds (I wouldn't call them vocals) into a nearby microphone at the same time.  Again, everything was improvised and recorded live in the studio, no rehearsing and no overdubs (though some parts will be edited down before release).

We will probably do one more recording session, more brief than the first two, just to make absolutely sure we have enough material for an album and maybe a couple of extra tracks for compilations or whatever.  We're both very excited about these recordings and quite anxious to hear what people will say about them.  I may post a few photos of the second sessions soon.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: How do you record?
« on: December 30, 2007, 07:18:24 PM »
I've been very fond of my MOTU 828 interface since early 2000, when I used it to start work on The Most Distant Point Known with Dave Fulton.  It's been my primary audio interface since that time and I've used it with four different Apple computers, an iBook, a Powerbook, a G4 Powermac, and my new Mac Pro.  It has always worked flawlessly and simply, no problems, no glitches, nothing to complain about. 

In the past year, though, since I've upgraded to Mac OS X 10.4 (hate to think what would happen with 10.5), I've had increasing troubles with the interface getting "lost" and requiring multiple reboots before I can get the Mac Pro to "find" it again.  It still seems to work OK with my older computers, but the Mac Pro is my main recording workstation now, so I'm about to change my primary audio interface for the first time in quite a while.

I just ordered one of these:



It's the Presonus Firestudio.  Link here:

http://www.presonus.com/firestudio.html

I considered several other options, and in fact almost bought a Focusrite Saffire Pro 26, and also considered an RME interface.  Once I receive this item next week and set it up, I'll post a mini-review or evaluation here.  I may also be selling my 828 here (though I wouldn't recommend it to anyone running the very newest Mac OS X version), depending on whether I just move it over to my G4, sitting 8 feet away.  I'll definitely be selling one of my M-Audio Firewire Audiophile interfaces, since I was just using that for midi and supplemental monitoring on the Mac Pro.  The new interface will replace both the 828 and the M-Audio device.

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Another great Podcast, Evan.  Keep 'em coming.

I've just discovered Mico Nonet in the past week and think they're fantastic.  Several new discoveries in here for me, too, so I've really enjoyed this one.  I'm a giant Jon Hassell fan but hadn't heard this one before.

Thanks for your work, Evan.

-Mike

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: December 28, 2007, 02:36:15 PM »
There never would've been a "Cocteau Twins sound" without the e-bow.  And I seem to remember Fripp and Adrian Belew both using them early on, and Bill Nelson.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: The Hobbit and Peter Jackson
« on: December 28, 2007, 12:31:44 PM »
Feedback Mike - The yellow text doesn't work against the default forum format background.

Thanks Scott, you're right!  I just switched it to bold so it should be legible no matter what theme people are using.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: December 28, 2007, 10:35:03 AM »
We just finished the last episode of season 3 of Battlestar Galactica last night, and WOW, what a great show.  It's amazingly heavy, serious and complex, especially for TV sci-fi.  I just can't wait until season 4 starts happening, and now we'll have to try to track down the various "web only" episodes somehow, and watch those in the mean time.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: December 27, 2007, 05:35:30 PM »
As for me, I'd have to be a "great looking guy" to win the heart of a red hot sexpot like Lena, wouldn't I?   ;)

It's nice to meet someone who isn't afraid to admit his wife is so attractive...seriously, Mike, I applaud you 8). So many men push the "jealousy" button so easily that one doesn't know if one can tell a guy that his wife is good looking without the guy kicking his ass.

Although, I have to say, you two seem way too well-adjusted to be ambient music artists! Where are your insecurities, foibles and idiosyncracies! ;D

Well, I was kidding a bit, and you're kidding a bit, but I'll say I agree with you that it's just crazy for a man who has an attractive wife or girlfriend (or for that matter, a woman who has an attractive husband or boyfriend) to be jealous and suspicious, or to get angry at other people for looking at their partner.  It's just completely irrational, and demonstrates the terrible insecurity of the jealous party.


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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: December 27, 2007, 05:28:45 PM »
I have a question about how some of you (you know who you are) who have lots of music gear, especially lots of synths and samples, cope with patching everything.  Do you:

1. Use multiple patchbays to keep everything plugged-in all the time (into patchbays, I mean) and only selectively patch the stuff into your mixer or audio interface?

2. Leave only the most-used stuff plugged straight into the mixer all the time, and when setting up a less-commonly-used piece, temporarily plug it in, maybe unplugging something else to make room?

3. Utilize LOTS of mixer inputs or audio interface inputs, to leave everything plugged into its own input, all the time?

I've done all of the above at various times, and probably am somewhere between #1 and #2 right now, not really fully committed to either approach.  I have 3 full-size patch bays but I'm using less than 1/3 of the patch inputs, and I have some synths plugged straight into my mixer and others not plugged into anything at all.  It seems like a lame approach, but in my own defense, I'm actually only getting active in the studio again fairly recently.

So, I'd like to get a bit more organized and structured approach but I'm actually not quite sure how I want to do it... leaning toward #1.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: December 27, 2007, 05:24:04 PM »
I think Mike brings up a great point about learning vs timing vs quantity.

My studio and my studio "life" as such are divided into two distinct areas,

On the recording side I have a pretty hard and fast rule that If there is a piece of equipment that I have not used in six months or so, I usually sell it. It makes no sense to have a studio full of stuff that sits there and does nothing while we tend to gravitate toward certain pieces over and over.

Only once have I sold a piece I regretted, I spend much more time wondering..."Do I really need this and could that money be better used elsewhere?"

...

Anyway, I know that for many gear hounds and synth enthusiasts this is pure heresy...

Paul, I think you're right that many gear hounds and collectors are much better at acquiring new equipment than at selling it or getting rid of it.  But I think your approach is sane and practical, and I'm trying to figure out how to get there myself.  I made some efforts a year or two ago to get rid of maybe 10 pieces of gear that I wasn't using at all.  I still have some redundant or (for me) obsolete gear that I think I'll try to sell soon. Maybe after the new year I'll make a little list and put it up here.

Lately, though, I'm moving the opposite direction, having purchased two pieces of gear in the last few months from people selling it here on the Forum!

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Everything and Nothing / Re: The Hobbit and Peter Jackson
« on: December 27, 2007, 04:56:11 PM »
A few more details on the upcoming Hobbit film(s) produced by Peter Jackson, swiped from Wikipedia:


On December 18, 2007, it was announced that Jackson would be executive producer of The Hobbit and its sequel: Jackson is busy with The Lovely Bones and Tintin. Back-to-back shooting on these films will begin in 2009, and each film will be released in December 2010 and December 2011 respectively. NL and MGM will co-finance the film, and the latter studio will distribute the films outside North America NL's first ever such deal with another major studio. Shooting will again take place in New Zealand, and Weta Workshop and Weta Digital are expected to offer their services once more.[72] The set for Bag End and the miniatures for Rivendell were kept after production of the trilogy.[70]

It was MGM who expressed interest in another prequel film, set between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.[73] Jackson concurred, stating "one of the drawbacks of The Hobbit is [that] it's relatively lightweight compared to LOTR... There...[are] a lot of sections in which a character like Gandalf disappears for a while. From memory I mean, I haven't read it for a while now but I think he references going off to meet with the White Council, who are actually characters like Galadriel and Saruman and people that we see in Lord of the Rings. He mysteriously vanishes for a while and then comes back, but we don't really know what goes on."[70]

Sam Raimi had expressed interest in directing The Hobbit under Jackson,[67] while Guillermo del Toro also said "it would be a privilege" to direct, having met Jackson.[74] MGM CEO Harry Sloan said, "Neither us nor New Line would want to hire a director that Peter was not completely comfortable with." He also mentioned Jackson and Fran Walsh would co-operate on the scripts, and that Jackson may direct the second prequel as he would have completed Tintin.[75] The actors Orlando Bloom, Viggo Mortensen and Cate Blanchett had said they would reprise their roles as Legolas, Aragorn and Galadriel respectively with Jackson,[76][77][78] while Ian McKellen said he would like to play Gandalf: Jackson had told him, "You must play Gandalf whether I direct or not."[79] Composer Howard Shore had also said he has thought of some themes for the film.[80]

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Hypnos Label Releases / Re: Viridian Sun
« on: December 27, 2007, 04:50:32 PM »
Thanks for your comments -- you might check the "Studio pics" topic in the "Everything and Nothing" area where I have added some notes to the pictures.  Nothing too revealing, but a few remarks about what you're seeing in the pictures.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: December 27, 2007, 10:44:51 AM »
Hey there Mike,

I didn't realize what a great looking guy you were:)....hmmm..when do we get to see shots of Lena now doing her thing???? hmmmm:)...

I will probably post mine soon but considering my studio is very very simple and laid out simple enough....I am one of those that do everything, most everything through the computer, etc....only thing I use is my keyboard....

Lena can't do her thing with anyone watching.  Oh, you mean her music thing!  Well, I think Lena's shy enough about recording music without having me photograph her while she's playing.  Maybe some day.

As for me, I'd have to be a "great looking guy" to win the heart of a red hot sexpot like Lena, wouldn't I?   ;)

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: December 27, 2007, 10:40:17 AM »
Yep, its a nice little working system, everything in reach where I need it.
That synth is a korg MS2000 keyboard version -- it came with
those old-school hardwood ends.

I thought I recognized that thing, and was pretty sure it was a modern mini-synth with retro-style wood end caps.  In fact, I almost bought an MS2000 keyboard once, and always thought it was a good-sounding and fun-to-twiddle synth for the money.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: December 26, 2007, 04:09:29 PM »
This has been the first Christmas I haven't watched a single of the traditional Christmas season movies or shows (It's a Wonderful Life, Christmas Vacation, Miracle on 34th Street, Christmas Story, Charlie Brown Christmas, Grinch, any of the Rankin/Bass stuff).

We did watch The Bourne Ultimatum late last week and thought it was really great, every bit as good as the first two Bourne movies if not better.

Also watched Quidam which is a Cirque du Soleil video, one of a series of CDS videos that document their various shows.  Quidam is older, I think, maybe the third or fourth one they came up with.  Some of the bits are definitely recycled, I think, from show to show.  Lena and I saw Mystere live in Las Vegas on our honeymoon, and there was at least one routine that was very similar between the two shows (utilizing a man and a woman in Quidam, and two men in Mystere) but it doesn't really take away from the fun and spectacle of these shows.  Every time I see Cirque du Soleil I enjoy it so much I feel like I want to see all the rest of the shows I haven't seen.

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