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So it is summer.. their is finally sunny weather in Sweden which mean I travel to cities during the weekend to meet people and vaccation etc which gives me a need for good portable sound. I have found this Mini DAC Microstreamer, I have not found one single bad review yet it seem pretty hyped, I wonder if it gets hyped because of the small size or the sound.. anyway.. I decided to buy one for my Samsung Ativ 9 Plus ultrabook and my DT1350 headphones...nice to have good portable sound on the train... but.. it is even small enough to have in your pants pocket with your smartphone, yes it works with android and pc and also mac/ios.  It works with ASIO up to 96K it is not much bigger then a matchbox it has an aluminium body.

The price is not that cheap.. you obliviously pay little bit for the extremely small form factor..
Well anyway I am looking forward to try it the order should arrive in a few days, looking forward to have it on the train to Gothenburg.

Have any one tried it ?

http://www.hirestech.com/product/?pid=107

HRT MicroStreamer DAC plus Headphone Amp review by Dale



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While I consider myself a good drum programmer and I have spent a lot of time making good programming the past, these days are gone forever, since I have realized it is impossible to get the human flow in the music with programming and it is just a big waste of time, I prefer to use drumpads.  But A lot of times when I play guitar I play beatbox (emulating drum rythms with my mouth). For me I find this the superior way for me to generate the natural human flow with the music which is very hard to to do in non real time, a lot easier to record both rhythm and guitars at the same time for me.

So what ways do you recommend for me to trigger my drum samples ? Should I use some kind of trigger mic or use an usual micrphone and use some plug ?  what way is the best ?  I use Toontrack Superior Drummer 2.0

I use some beatbox in this recording with the guitar.  The big advantage here is as I said that both rythm and guitar is done in real time.

http://www.delafil.se/download.php?key=788747092ca1317097b22a945e6b4b5f  Works in VLC player



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I have finally after a few months starting to use the Eventide, I am still trying to learn how to use it, since it is a quite complex machine I must say, I really have to study the manual.

but anyway I did play around with some presets for about 10 minutes, it was just a quick demonstration for a friend on skype (if I  knew I would post it here I would probably make it more ambient oriented)..but why not share it with you too.. with some slight modification such as increased decay times change LP/HP filter.
My guitar has really old strings and is not intonated , and also the string height is too high so it is really hard to play it..
but that is not what it is about, just want to share how it sounds. Before I bought it I had big problems to find samples..

I can record more later,  I can play some music through it it too thru digital AES input.

I use Kemper amp and dual stero analogue into eventide then into rme hdspe aes (Eclipse AFC clock) at the computer then reaper..no processing added.

http://k007.kiwi6.com/hotlink/aj0zvszduj/eventide.mp3


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Suspension and Reflection/Below and Beyond are on this cd
http://www.steveroach.com/store/store.php?item=514

I have been into steve roach since 2005, 11 years, I was very disappointed in both cds. I fail to grasp it's essence.  I do not like the sound of steve roach, I have noticed every since Dynamic stillness his ambient soundscapes have am more "dark character" more "dark rumble"  for me personally I wish he did cut of a lot of this darker bass energies and focus on the higher and lighter sounds. The "bass" frequency acts more as an distracting element.  I think Oophoi made some kind of statement of it, regarding dark ambient artists.. about this dark "bass rumble" that is just  for me the bass in ambient is just an energy has no real interesting sound detail...
I am just seeing on my spectrum analyzer that steves latest phase albums have cut of the high end quite a lot while the bass frequencies are now more dominant , it just make it sound more muddy and less sound details.

I am convinced that he is using different equipment nowdays then before which explain why he sound different now, most likely a new mixing board, a new studio,  I do not see a progress in steves music since 2008, to me it has gradually gone worse..anyway.. I am always interested when he release a new cd you never know when he will release a masterpiece again.  But considering his last albums the last cople of years have more or less sounded the same I hope he will experiment with different gear and reverbs.  His reverb had a lot more "open" and wet  sound before while now the high end is cut of heavily and his reverb sound a lot more "dry". The big change in his sound  after 2008, with his album dynamic stillness.

I think if just some of his later albums released after 2008 was just remastered or remixed with a more open reverb sound no HP/LP filters (most importantly no low pass). I have just experimented with just adding EQ which make big improvement when making the mix more brighter with more higher frequencies .

So to summarize I am not a big fan of Steve roach later phase album after 2008 which a lot more darker and more dry sound character with a bigger focus on the darker and lower parts of the sound spectrum and "bass rumble"

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I have come to the conclusion most of the ambient music I like most have e-bowed guitars...
Feel free to recommend me albums with a lot of e-bow..

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I can really recommend these two albums, they are among my favourite ambient albums. Both are mesmerizing 5 star albums.
Psychedelic ambient music.

A few mp3 samples can be streamed and downloaded here!!!
http://www.soundclick.com/bands/page_music.cfm?bandID=57587





http://www.discogs.com/Ure-Thrall-The-Bone-Tree-Soundtracks-Volume-Two-Infinitree/release/366097

http://www.discogs.com/U-R-I-The-Bone-Tree-Soundtracks-Volume-One/release/365795

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Schmidt Synthesizer
« on: March 15, 2014, 03:59:35 PM »
What incredible beauty, and what a sound..on the sound demos on youtube you can really hear how fat it sounds..

Everything is good though besides the price which is insane!
Too bad it did not have a more reasonable price tag it would had been an amazing success..
It is pretty much the analogue dream synth, digitally controlled. Both Moog and Oberheim fitlers.


http://d3lutcxw5daydx.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/field/image/Boards%20(21%20of%2024)_0.jpg[

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Schmidt%20Synthesizer&sm=3

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http://www.elektron.se/products/analog-keys

Has any one tried it ?  I guess what makes it most interesting is the price point, it is cheaper then the Access Virus
but this is true analogue.


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Everything and Nothing / Regarding the Lost Island
« on: February 18, 2014, 07:05:37 AM »
When the Lost TV series did air on Television, I did dream away how wonderful it would had be to experience such journey and to live on the island.. I think the series has had a quite big impact on me...made me dream away..of a different life..far beyond this one.

I read they did shout the series on for different islands... I wish it all was on one island, so you could go and visit all the places where they did shot the series, the under ground tunnels, the water falls, the station bunker, if it all was there I could consider maybe 1 year or so of my life there.. to just reflect on existence and life in general and found "inner peace and new power" and dream away from this western world and system we are stuck in.
 

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Christine Groult - La condition captive
« on: February 18, 2014, 06:58:24 AM »
This album is probably the "ultimate" album for just pure audio candy. Supreme sound quality in general...

some sound samples here

http://www.electrocd.com/en/cat/trace_023/#


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I can really recommend this album. I remember the first time I heard it it was on new years eve, the fireworks was outside, yeah such a magic moment... and I drifted away in my dreams..

http://www.discogs.com/Life-Garden-And-Voice-Of-Eye-The-Hungry-Void-Volume-Two-Air/release/325961


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Sad day, one my HG3 Speakers suddenly got defective  :( :(
I am unable to find any thing about the warranty  :'(

I recorded a video with audio so you can hear what it sounds like, also recorded the right speakers to compare them..

http://delafil.se/key=17ce2285ab8d8b5cef7b40a5bd57de04


http://videobam.com/IWjda (video stream lower quality but no need to download)

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New album by steve roach and kelly david is released

"THE LONG NIGHT is a deep-breathing sigh of the eternal nocturnal: gossamer atmospheres for the still hours of the night. Focusing on non-rhythmic, textural-harmonic electronic soundscapes, this collaboration unfurls like slow-moving, moonlit clouds. Although THE LONG NIGHT leaves the lighted world behind, its midnight path leads to a state of gleaming serenity and calmness. This music is contemplative, though not brooding: a meditative environment filled with open spaces and tendrils of sound composed of shifting subtle moods and gleaming electronic passages.

The collaboration began during several late night sessions at Kelly David's Denver studio, where the two artists carved-out the basic tracks using only analog modular instruments. The sonic palette expanded when the recording moved to Steve's Arizona Timeroom studio, bringing in a deeper textural quality utilizing processed acoustic sounds and an expanded collection of analog and digital synthesizers, plus subtle outboard processing. The final mix by Steve further uncovers a dimensional depth, delivering on the subtle and intricate tones of David's and Roach's years of journeying the ambient night skies through the long nights.

THE LONG NIGHT is a sixty-one minute mental excursion into unforeseen creative possibilities when the night becomes a special time beyond sleep, a contemplative zen noir of minimal radiant ambience."


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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / AKG K812 "SUPERIOR REFERENCE HEADPHONES"
« on: January 31, 2014, 08:35:38 PM »


I am asking myself the question , should I buy the k812 and save up for them ? is it the ultimate studio headphone for music production ?

my DT880 does not deliver the sparkly high end for ambient music that I have in my k240 studio.
I am happy with my DT880 for other styles of music but the high end is very saturated...

I have heard a lot of good things about K812, usually AKG have had their strengths and weaknesses, but
this headphones seem to getting good feedback and seem to be more balanced through the whole spectrum...

The minus side is...they are very very expensive...I wonder how the price curve will develop during the next coming months..or if we can expect this pricing staying like this for a longer period.

The k812 seem to on the outside to have much in common with the K701 and K702 but in fact it has nothing in common complete new design and driver.

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This was the only recording I made with the Oberheim Xpander, it consist of very old school 70s electoronica berlin school... similar to schulze and schönwälder.

http://delafil.se/key=1677f6e1d039f711a84ae536d0a9bb78&lang=en

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One of my earliest ambient recordings, very light ambient,  reflecting back on life...
The recording is recorded live...

http://delafil.se/key=3c691630511e22722bdfd0aae01c0c1e&lang=en


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Another real time improvisation from 2010, with no after treatment or anything just recording as it is.

What I wanted to achieve was something similar to steve roach drones, experimenting with
some pitch shifters.  I think I also used Lexicon Reverb for this..not sure Could had been ARIESVerb too..which sound kind of similar.

 http://delafil.se/key=d91fe29f63fdb17365ee0e1ebf513d4d&lang=en


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I did this improvisation in 2009. 

My promise for 2014 is to record more music...I have better gear and tools now..
I am trying to remember what reverb I did use..I think it was Masterverb by wavearts.

 http://delafil.se/key=2063fc8d6a2a50e9e06f01b235e4d1d3

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I wonder what media players do people use ?
I guess a lot of people use Itunes.

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