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Great chapter, I am off to continue with First Strike. I try and limit myself to just one chapter at a time. Have you read the book The Art of Racing in the Rain? Good story, with the dog talking to the reader.

I started to watch a couple of episodes from first seasons 2 years before it had bluray release, I did read online that it was in the works..
I am glad I waited.. it was very hard to watch in that 4:3 format now in 16:9 it is much better and a lot cleaner pic.

I watched all seaons, to be fair, it was kind of a struggle sometimes, the quality of the content did vary a lot from the episodes,
for instance I did only like the alien episodes mostly, all these monster episodes I did not like as much.

Nowdays there is like 13 episodes per season for a tv series på x files is like 24 episodes per season... so A LOT of filler episodes..
but overall, it is a must see ofc... but the inconsistancy is kind of high compared to a lot of other newer series that has been released since then, it might was one of the best in the 90s sure..

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Keith Berry Elixir
« on: March 09, 2017, 08:25:41 PM »
He did release an  full length album recently, his last full length was from 2005 12 years ago, I was a really big fan of that album "The Ear That Was Sold to a Fish"  I have not heard elixir yet.. but I can only assume it will be another masterpiece. Have any one else heard it ?
I think he is the master of this type of drone.

Listening to this now on Spotify...

It kind of reminds me of old-school downtempo trance circa 2000, but without the percussion components.  Carbon Based Lifeforms was one of the groups that initially took me down the path of ambient music and this vaguely reminds me of some of their older soundscapes.  The mix of overlapping arpeggiated synths melodies mixed with delay/reverb effects can be a beautiful thing... and I think you've done a wonderful job with this technique!

You just earned another follow/listener!  :)

Yes, but also worth mentioning is that this album is kind of a big departure form his other albums in my opinion is other albums are more analogue sounding for sure, this sounds more "modern ".  It is not the first album I would recommend for sure.  Consider to give his other albums a chance.


This guy has reviewed a ton of DACs, headphone amps, and headphones.

Might be worth a look at his channel:

I will look into his youtube channel and see.. if hew review any compact DACs I can use with the Isines.
Eve the name "Isine" sound like an apple product, I wonder how long before apple will force them to rename it since has "I" in the name.

The LG V20 is from what I know the best sounding headphone amp and dac for high impedence headphones on any phones (Axon 7 comes second).
It crush the competition because of its quad dac design.  But i think the Chinese version  with the Bang & Olufsen  dac/amp sounds better but it is not sold in usa.

25 they release ultra-expensive headphones with an in-line DAC but that DAC connection only works with Iphones? Bad design IMHO.

Another thing: I watched the video and would never buy headphones like this even if I had the $ or they dropped the price severely. Reason is they are just like those clip-on things popular several years ago. Those things are a nightmare for anyone with large ears or that doesn't like stuff rubbing on the cartilage part of your ear. This is why I also cannot wear on-ear designs like Grado or whatever. Bad ergonomics for me. I either need headphones that are full-size over ear or traditional in ear.

RE: the Dragonfly, never heard it. It's been through a few different iterations and reviews are generally positive. You will need some type of connector with an Android phone as it's meant for a full-sized USB port. I read some people experienced noise from this device coming from their computer or USB port and that turned me off big time. AQ does make a filter you can buy for it but that is more $.

The last DAC I bought was a Schiit Modi Uber 2. Good unit, but not very portable. I guess you could throw it in a bag if you just need it at a table or desk. I just leave it hooked up to my stereo system.

I have an Android phone too - an LG V20. The internal DAC is pretty good but the firmware throttles it's capabilities somewhat. Since most of the music I put on it are 16/44 from either Bandcamp or my personal CD rips not a huge deal right now. If you need true hi-rez output, DSD, etc. you'll be frustrated until LG fixes the firmware issue.

Well Auduze is an american country so they live in the illusion that 99% have apple products or whatever the market share is over there, but it is especially strong in its home country ofc,  but on the global scale  android is the biggest one in terms of market share.

I can respect Auduze when they say there is too many different android versions to support,  but I still think they should support the latest usb c devices with nougat or marshmallow, they loose a lot of customers, I also told them why does non apple users have to pay for the cipher cable ? there should be a version without it. I do not care how they fix it, they should even do a dongle for it or whatever to make it work... I do not care about if the play/stop button etc work I only want the dac.. thats it.

Those kind of dacs on the cable are kind of new thing,  apple started it with iphone 6, but the Audeze dac is mostl likely the best and most superior dac in that size and form factor,  I think it is a big part of the wow factor experience of the iSines.

I would like to read more reviews of the Auduze dac  how it compare.. if there is comparable apps in small form factor I could atleast consider to buy these.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Teufelsberg Reverb
« on: March 09, 2017, 08:10:10 PM »
this is just another convolution reverb, I have always found these kinds of plugins silly, they usually have good interface, with pictures of the real hall etc, but convolution  reverb is only good in a few certain scenarios, but since M7 did enter the world it is not even justified to use convolution   anymore at all. 

(I will not even try the plugin)

The cipher cabel do only  work with apple products with lighting connector , I asked how to use this with android, he told me the 3.5 connector works, but you will not get the intended experience since you will not use the Audeze DAC. This really sucks, and they have no real plan to fix it, there is too many versions to support and hard to make it all compatible, I told them, they should limit the support to USB C devices, he did agree, they might look into that... almost all new flagships have USB C.

He did recommend me  have anyone tried that DAC ?

Funny video....I did audition a pair of Audeze planar magnetic headphones and they were good as I recall.

Ive heard planar magnetic speaks like Quad and Martin Logan but my earbud listing is very limited.  Cant imagine listening to mp3 files will really give these in ear cans much to work with.  Flac would be better at least.

There are some serious high end mobile playback devices...all the names escape me....that these buds would really pair well with.


What makes these interesting is, you can get planar magnetic sound for a good price without having to spend a fortune on a good amp to drive it.
Because of the planar magnetic technology it can compete even with full size headphones..

They seem to be semi open so they will fit all ears even my small ones since it does not need to be deep inside you ear.
The Isine 20 seem to have got a price cut with 100 dollars.

The big minus is and what makes me not press the buy button right now is it have no noise cancelling, I got that on my Huawei AM185 and it is really a godsend when you are out walking.  The sound will be more full and deeper bass will make it harder for outside sound to penerate into the sound in the headphones.

The other problem is, I see no support for android users .I have mailed them about that.
AS the verge reviewer say you get a lot better sound and what you pay for and you get that automatically with the planar magnetic technology.
This is the only way to dive into this territorium for this kind of money.  I think most of us could afford a stax 009 but the problem is you need equally as expensive headphone amp since they are very picky with amplification, which make it a very expensive package...

I have said it before but HH is one of the most underated ambient artists.
Really good and epic quality music, I like the cinematic quality it has.

I did listen to this album a couple of times when I was in Gothenburg some weeks ago.
Overall it is a really good album.

Absolute stand out tracks for me is the the track "Great Expectations" , very emotional track that opens up doorways into past memories but also make you reflect about the future of your existence and life, kind of introspective journey into yourself.

I hope HH will get more fans, I have made a few threads recommend your albums here on hypnos.

Played this recently and really liked it. Those who like Steve's long form pieces should enjoy this.

I did listen to it last night, I need to listen more times to get a grasp of it, but it sounds kind of dark very sad and depressive feeling but in a good way.. I will need to listen again to sort out if I get the same feeling. But seemed to be one of the best albums in recent times. Once again need more listen to get a grasp of this longform release, but I did really appreciate the sad and depressive atmosphere not really expected it from steve.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / New Steve roach album the passing
« on: February 20, 2017, 07:28:03 PM »

This special release is a sonic gift and thank you for the years of being in the soundcurrent with me!
Also available as a LTD 300 copy CD. Order here at Bandbcamp with instant download. CD ships in mid March.

The thematic essence contained in this new 60 min soundworld has haunted me since the late-90s, when I created a short piece centered on the main harmonic chord cycle for a compilation. Through the passage of time, the evanescent nature of this atmosphere only grew more poignant and deeper in emotional resonance. As life continues to be fully lived, blooming outwards and simultaneously mirrored with the passing of family, friends and animal companions, these emotions aligned and called on me. In a five day period leading up to my birthday February 16 2017, I fully immersed in the feeling this time echo delivered, realizing this long-form piece in totality.
released February 16, 2017

Created by Steve Roach at the Timehouse, Baja Arizona, February 2017
Instruments : Oberheim Xpander, Matrix 12, OB8, Studiologic Sledge, Nordlead 4
Cover design by Sam Rosenthal
Mastered by Howard Givens
2017 Timeroom Editions
Soundquest Music BMI

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: NAMM 2017
« on: January 27, 2017, 06:05:16 PM »
This year was one of those years of updates, maintenance and minor improvements rather than a year of game changers as it were, but it also depends on what you are looking for.

On the recording side there were some cool new microphones, compressors and eqs as always. I was pretty excited by Eventides new plug-in platform and I really liked the new Maag Compressor.

Slate had his new mic modeling and computer interface. UA updated the Apollo Twin significantly.

As to keyboards, the market is squarely focused on modular gizmos, just as the guitar market is focused on high end boutique pedals. Its very similar.

No new antelope audio products.

What more can you expect from Antelope? They have released something like 5-6 major new products in the past 2 years. Now they are wisely slowing down and focusing on making those the best they can be. I have a Goliath sitting on my kitchen table right now for review :-)

Well I was looking for a follow up to pure2.
Yes, 5-6 products but it is mostly different form factors though, still same stuff inside for the most part.

Goliath looks impressive if you really need that many I/O. 
For me Pure2 would fit perfect.. there was one who had it for sale on GS for long time, but I guess very short after it was clear that antelope would not release any follow ups this namm it was sold.. or the add was taken away..

I kind of Miss my Eclipse, the sound was as good as it can be..  What I did not like was the buggy software, also the quality of the build was bad.
It had some problems, for instance, some times I would have to re-connect the power cable for it to start, nothing would happen if I did push the on button.
Also the LED display brightness did get weaker and weaker but not only that but different brightness. Eclipse was their first converter, i think todays products have slightly better build. But After being blessed with the Eclipse there is no other choice for me that soon.

I sold Eclipse cause it started to get old, and it would be hard to sell, and also antelope released a big stream of products in short time which did panic me a little bit, to get a good deal when you sale it is all about timing and taking some risc. I did only lose like  450 dollars on what I bought it for new so it was a good deal. I have seen Pure2's goes for like 1 third of the price I sold my Eclipse for, pure2 have more mordern software..  I think Antelope is getting better and better, their software have been their weak side but it is getting better always.

Yes it was a lot of modular synth stuff on NAMM.. but thats pretty much it not synths.. not even any new midi keyboard.

I have only tried the MAAG compressor plugin, the hardware most likely sound better, but I do not like the Plugin at all actually, a compressor should be a compressor not the stuff that too..People use this compressor because of the AIR band only, and for me this is more like an effect. It is a fast way to get a wider sound, it is good for some disco eletronic but I would not use it on ambient much, Duende X-comp is still my favorite for ambient music, please try it if you have chance what is great about it is that is level independent . This compressor sounds as good and transperent as I could have it in the last of the chain on the masterbus.

Anyway congrats for your Goliath looking forward to hear what you think about, it is a real monster. just too many I/Os  for me, I think their new Zen Tour have really amazing price, it have the same quality sound as their more expensive products same converters etc.  Not sure if use the same relay based monitor control.. but I most likely think so cause I think Igor of Antelope audio would not release a product with out it because of his philosophy when it comes to audio

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: NAMM 2017
« on: January 25, 2017, 11:24:01 AM »
Summer NAMM is usually worse, when I worked at Oberheim and summer NAMM was in Chicago we use to call it "the wake by the lake."   ;D

Alright well we will see how it plays out this year, considering all missing products on this namm it must come more new stuff on next.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 24, 2017, 10:12:33 PM »

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: NAMM 2017
« on: January 24, 2017, 08:57:50 PM »
Yep, nothing of special merit so far.

I was not aware of the Korg monoluge but it turns out it was released some months ago.

There was also some rerelease of dave smiths synths with more vocies.
But otherwise I saw a lot things that had been presented already.

No new antelope audio products.

Must have been a long time ago NAMM was as weak as this ?
I guess the summer namm is generally better ?

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: NAMM 2017
« on: January 24, 2017, 06:34:26 PM »
I think NAMM 2017 winter was a quite big disappointment .

No new midi keyboards even..which I Was looking forward for.


1.What the Earth Bore 04:44
2.The Dead Fire 06:35
3.Burrows 05:19
4.Echo 05:36
5.In An Arched World 06:39
6.Omission 05:13
7.Eschatology 06:00
8.Drawn Like a Moth 07:21
9.All Dreams Mined 06:46

Simon, Pär and Robert are back together again after their last album Onyx.

Echo explores mankind's weakness to self destruction. As nature is cyclical so is man's will to destroy. Like a Moth drawn to pulsating light, the painful histories of the past echo with terrifying glee.

Rumbling drone hits your chest, a smooth contour of bass stroking a distant piano. Subdued humming flows out of Pär's nightly studio into the cold Swedish winter. Across the horizon Robert's angelic choirs boom. The smell of burnt circuits as he cranks his distortion to the melting point within the deep woods of Pennsylvania.

Available in 24 bit FLAC
released January 10, 2017

Written, Produced, Performed:
Apocryphos - Robert Kozletsky
Kammarheit - Pär Boström
Atrium Carceri - Simon Heath

Artwork & Mastering by Simon Heath


1.The Preparation 14:42
2.The Departure 13:38
3.The Journey 08:51
4.The Final Campsite 10:05
5.2-2-59: Kholat 09:27
6.End. 09:31

From the release "Dyatlov" by Sana Obruent

All tracks were recorded and mixed at TSC studios somewhere in California - 2015 - 2017.

Sana Obruent is - Paul Lopez.

The Dyatlov Pass incident is the mysterious deaths of nine ski hikers in the northern Ural Mountains on February 2, 1959. The experienced trekking group, who were all from the Ural Polytechnical Institute, had established a camp on the slopes of Kholat Syakhl when disaster struck.

During the night something made them tear their way out of their tents from the inside and flee the campsite inadequately dressed in heavy snowfall and sub-zero temperatures...

To this day their deaths are still a mystery.

Dyatlov Photographs used by permission
All Rights Reserved
released January 23, 2017

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