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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: KVR Black friday/cyber monday sales list
« on: November 30, 2013, 08:47:49 PM »
can confirm it made a dramatic difference.. I can now for the first time use lush-101 fully..
I was first disappointed but be sure to check the "multi core support" in settings.

Thanks a lot scott for telling me..otherwise I have probably been using this version for some months now.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: KVR Black friday/cyber monday sales list
« on: November 30, 2013, 08:21:24 PM »
I did see on their site that a recent update for Lush allows it to run using two cores now. I use Bidule so that may not help me there but it would definitely help in a stand-alone mode.

very good news! :)
think if all vsts could use multiple cores, then there would not be much of an cpu problem...

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: KVR Black friday/cyber monday sales list
« on: November 30, 2013, 08:06:22 PM »
Well it is a multi-layered synth architecture, so a big patch can be like running up to 8 synths at the same time, with multiple effects. You gotta expect some strain on the system under those conditions. (its a bit like Omnisphere in that regard) But it is a beauty for sure, and it can easily be used with fewer OSC's and effects. And it does have such an excellent, and big interface. 8) It is one of the best straight-forward analog-like subtractive software synths I've tried. I'll probably pick up a copy this weekend.

I wonder if they use parts of the toraverb code in the lush-101, will experiment to disable it and see if it makes a huge difference to disable the effects.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: KVR Black friday/cyber monday sales list
« on: November 30, 2013, 08:01:46 PM »
Well it is a multi-layered synth architecture, so a big patch can be like running up to 8 synths at the same time, with multiple effects. You gotta expect some strain on the system under those conditions. (its a bit like Omnisphere in that regard) But it is a beauty for sure, and it can easily be used with fewer OSC's and effects. And it does have such an excellent, and big interface. 8) It is one of the best straight-forward analog-like subtractive software synths I've tried. I'll probably pick up a copy this weekend.

Well, It is good that they do not compromise the audio..I am just telling...
it is one of the most cpu heavy soft synths I have ever tried..but it might also explain why it sound better then most..

I am little bit disappointing with Waldorf Largo..not much has happen with it for a long time...I think it had a lot of potential..they did promise that they will add more filters from the Q family.

The main problem with it is that it sounds too thin...but very clean...
Just too bad they do not put more resources into it.
Also strange to see that their Q family is not even in their product family anymore... only the blofield.. So I wonder what the future for Waldorf really is..they released mostly disappointments in the last few years.. just budget products...but not much high end which put technology forward.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: KVR Black friday/cyber monday sales list
« on: November 30, 2013, 04:59:59 PM »
Thanks APK. Judging from the demos, Lush-101 has a great analog sound. When I look around for reviews there's always mention about the large CPU needs. Probably great for the studio but (like Iris) touchy for multi-synth live use. Still tempting...

Some people will probably think I am craazy, but Lush-101 was probably one of the main reasons I sold my Oberheim Xpander.
The filters are awesome... the only problem is... it use a lot of cpu...
you really need to have the LATEST intel cpu for it...
I have the first Core i7 generation (920) overclocked from 2.6GHZ to 3.5 GHZ
still not enough. Even some presets in low quality mode is too much

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I'm usually not the biggest Oophoi fan but I already love some of his posthumous work, particularly this and I Can Hear The Wing Singing. I think both of those are AOTY candidates.

Oophoi's music is hard to get into.

If I would recommend you two albums it would be Forgotten Rituals and  Signals From the Great Beyond (1cd version)

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Best of 2013
« on: November 26, 2013, 04:48:46 PM »
To add to my list:

Radio Massacre International- The Clouds of Titan
Connect.ohm (Ultimae)
Stormloop- Arctic Conditions

Nice to see RMI spitting out relases again.. alot of albums in 2013.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Best of 2013
« on: November 26, 2013, 02:41:11 PM »
Max Corbacho - The ocean inside

What else ?  ;)

That is actually a really good one..


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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 24, 2013, 02:15:23 PM »
Tau Ceti - Somnium

(highly recommended for o÷phoi fans)

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 23, 2013, 09:27:28 PM »
Deuter- Haleakala

Not a huge fan of Deuter but this is a great album IMO. I feel like he really declined after he left Kuckuck though.

Deuter - Tibet: Nada Himalaya 2

That their best album IMO

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 23, 2013, 03:09:25 PM »
Tau Ceti - Four Short Pieces

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Digital to analog converters
« on: November 22, 2013, 05:22:11 PM »
I decided to record today after figuring out how to properly use the Alpha and I noticed an improvement in the sound quality already. I think I'm going to stick with my setup for now.

Also, Toraverb is great.

Remember one important thing to change the quality to "highest" it is useless in it's default setting

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 22, 2013, 10:09:28 AM »
Mathias Grassow - Tara

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Broken Harbour learns to use Logic 9
« on: November 21, 2013, 07:08:08 PM »
have you tried youtube... ?
a lot of guides of the basics there.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Digital to analog converters
« on: November 21, 2013, 03:12:33 PM »
I've got my sights set on the Modi USB Digital to Analog Audio Converter:

http://www.amazon.com/Modi-USB-Digital-Analog-Convertor/dp/B00CICPN0K

It's made by Schiit Audio, which has a good reputation from what I've heard, and the reviews on Amazon and elsewhere are unanimously positive, which isn't always common for audio equipment that cheap. And it's well within my grad student budget.

Even if it's not the best on the market, it should still be an improvement over what I've got now.

If you do not have a big budget, please try to buy something second hand, it is really the only way to get something substantial for a very low budget. Newer is not better. 

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Digital to analog converters
« on: November 20, 2013, 05:54:41 PM »


I remember being surprised when I first got started making ambient music that most of the other people I knew had very nice gear -- expensive mixers, high-end Lexicon reverbs, good monitors, and that sort of thing. Now lots of people just buy an audio interface for their computer and use the default effects built into their DAW software, and that's it -- they don't pay for any effects, either outboard, or higher-quality plugins.

well, I am a part of the  younger more "forward thinking" generation,  about 10 years ago when all software plugs did look to have a promising future and also computer performance was getting better and better I did kind of look down at the old things, I wanted to replace as much as possible with software plugins,  I felt smart, and I thought other where "stupid"  why pay so much money when you can just have a cheap plugin that sounds the same... I think most younger ambient artist is still stuck in this kind of "mentality" that software is the cutting edge in audio and that everything sounds best and can be down "in the box" with software.  No need for expensive mixers or expensive analog outboard gear now when you can use high quality plugins.

As I said I did grow up under this software "revolution"  about 10 years later I realize not much has happen in the last 10 years when it comes to creating music with software, the development has slown down extremely.. only more of the same..   analoge still sound superior even so many years,  you only get close with plugins in that use between 50-80% on the latest intel cpus overclocked you get close the analgoue "essence" of the sound. 

Yeah so personally I have changed radically, I am going away more and more from software "in the right places". I still use soft synths for instance, it is ok if your other signal chain is high quality, for instance analgoue outboard gear can make even a digital soft synth glow to life.
I am not anti software but I do not compromise in sound quality. I realize its strength and weaknesses.  The weaknesses is 100% due to the lack of CPU power, almost all plugins compromise in audio quality in favor of less cpu usage, all this are hearable... CPU needs a lot of power to crate those complex and precise harmonics that analogue gear make..it just kills the cpu... this is the reason I buy more and more external gear, to get more power cause the CPU can't do all processing on it's on... The lack processing power is one of the main reason why all ambient produced "in the box" sound so cheap..  however there is expectations of plugins that sound incredible with minimal cpu power, Lexicon PCM native is one of them, but I think one reason of that is because the algorithms have been refined for about 30 years the algorithms where made for a different time with a lot less processing power then what we have today...so with the right miracle could is probably possible but extremely hard craft to program such things.. most virtual analogue stuff consume the cpu totally...the plugins I use that I think sound good, such as digital slate, SPL, SSL, D16,  etc they all have one thing in common..the use a lot of cpu..

I will still use both software and hardware...

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Digital to analog converters
« on: November 20, 2013, 04:47:08 PM »
well I would not expect much of the Lexicon Alpha, it is a very cheap interface with the price of like 5-6 pizzas.

I think when it comes to analog recording there is not much shortcuts.. every part of the signal chain is important. 

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Digital to analog converters
« on: November 20, 2013, 04:37:04 PM »
Converters matters, in a typical studio setup you use atleast 2 converters, one for the input signals from your pre amp, and one for the output signal to the speakers.
Both are very critical, but if you do mostly stuff inside your computer I guess your monitor controller/converter is more important, cause this will represent the true audio which your computer send.

But it looks like you use kind of a lot of external instruments so yeah... a good converter would really make a big difference.
but a great pre amp is a ls also good, of course you set the bar yourself what you are ready to pay for the best sound quality.
Antelope audio Orion 32 is good converters too..same goes with Prism Titan/orpheus, you can get lynx aurora second hand for good price.

Burl do the best converters right now, I will buy them I am saving up money to buy them

http://www.burlaudio.com/products/b2-bomber-adc
http://www.burlaudio.com/products/b2-bomber-dac

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ableton Live 9 and Max for Live
« on: November 19, 2013, 01:12:42 PM »
well, I understand people take it personal when expressing a disklike for a DAW, but it is like that, every one use different DAW and all think they are the best.. I tend to like reaper most,  the one reason I did want to try it first was the fact that was "free" I could not imagine any "serious" DAW would be free..but I was wrong.. I think a lot of people do not take it serious just because it is a free program to use.

My references regarding audio quality in ableton, I am sorry but I will not dig up many year old threads on forums.
But when I did use it it was a quite general complain that the audio quality was not the best.

in the version nine they say on their website that the rendering audio quality has been " dramatically improved" so I guess it was not good before.

it is good that is extremly stable...that is why I like reaper... I used sonar before it was NOT stable.
crashed often...

Cpu friendly...well that is relative... have you tried same project using reaper and ableton and compared ?

Well I have to admit there is some things I like in ableton.. it is easy to assign modulation on objects and plugins in general..
The X:Y pad stuff etc..the audio editor is quite flexible..
But in all honesty I can create music without these stuff in reaper... I control all I want with midi devices.
But I can admit the some of the stuff in GUI is very flexible in ableton.
But anyway I still feel more at home in reaper, it is easy and clean and fast and stable.

I want to try X3 just for fun I want to try to all the saturation stuff in the mixer..



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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ableton Live 9 and Max for Live
« on: November 19, 2013, 12:22:58 PM »
well it is quite widely known, atleast before but I guess I should take it back cause in all honesty I have not been keeping up with the last versions.
I used ableton live in 2009 I am not sure what version was out then, 7 ?
people in different forums did complan about the sound quality...it might be better now though..

Ok but  a lot of people use it only for session view I can promise you that..
Cause it was one of things that no other DAW had really...
now it looks like the X3 have something similar though. I am sorry If I am negative I am just not
a big fan of ableton anymore.  Why are you using ableton ? 

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