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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Best of 2013
« on: December 29, 2013, 08:30:20 AM »
I think 2013 has been a really bad music year... no 4.5 or 5 star releases  only some 4 stars for me..

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 29, 2013, 08:13:56 AM »

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Binaural Recordings?
« on: December 28, 2013, 02:10:12 PM »
Hi Loren,

I'd say there's a big difference between binaural recordings and 'binaural plugins', which mostly appear to be some kind of HRTF (head related transfer functions) placement arrangements. Nothing wrong with that, I think they can be very interesting, using 'space' as a compositional consideration in a mix.

You don't lose information with the recording binaural technique, it's just a different way of capturing spatial information. I've found using a binaural recording of something like rain or a storm for example, gives a great spatial element to a track. Binaural recordings I'd say are
perhaps more suited to field recordings. If you (or anyone else) is interested in hearing an album of material derived from binaural recordings. I've made my 'Binaural Soundtracks' album a free download:
(Dropbox link 67.9 MB zip file)

Well I guess it depends on how you record, do you record with microphone or synth.
If you use electronic sounds these plugins can be very good to create dimensional space...
in my opinion it works in both speakers and headphones.. but as always spatial effects sounds best in headphones usually.

Problem number 1 is, the number of good sounding plugins that do this kind of stuff is very limited, in fact I only know one  software that I would consider to buy and find actually useful.  But I am not sure if I am able to control it with midi, maybe it is possible nowdays, if it is now..I am very eager to buy it.. I tried the demo some years ago, and I did get very good and interesting results with it.  While using it I did find I got superior dimensional sound.

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: R.I.P. XP
« on: December 28, 2013, 01:02:42 PM »
I think you might have read something about the limit to the number of multitasking Metro (full-screen touch-interface) apps, not Windows programs. MS would be insane to limit the number of Windows programs you can run at once.

In fact, the number of Metro apps you can run at once increased with Win 8.1 from Win 8.0.

God.  Win 8 is awful and so unintuitive.  I installed a Start button replacement to free myself from the "Metro" apps at boot.

And although you can run as many non-Metro apps as you want, the task switching is different.  Also the number or format in which you can display multiple running apps side-by-side is different; once again, so unintuitive that I cannot remember the details right now.

It's a mess.  I've been with Windows since 3.1 and this breaks all the traditions.

I can see where the Metro apps might be nice with a tablet but even with a touchscreen laptop like the one I have, it's buggy and not as functional as regular Windows applications.

This may be the first bit in my conversion to the Mac.


I think really I like the cross platform stuff..but really the metro should be disabled if windows sense no touch input..
this is my opinion... However I still like windows 8 cause it has a better and faster core...this is all that really matters really,...

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Cans.....Whats on your head?
« on: December 28, 2013, 11:43:54 AM »
Immersion I would say they are bright....they are well balanced across the whole frequency spectrum.  Certainly no dark mud...lots of detail and air.

Great..I am not a big fan of dark cans...
I like fast transient response cause that is where the clarity is.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Binaural Recordings?
« on: December 28, 2013, 11:07:59 AM »
BTW - there's an ORB/David Gilmour album "Metallic Spheres" that has a special edition with an alternate version/mix of the album in "360 sound" (some kind of alt binaural) but unfortunately I don't hear much difference - though I love having two distinct versions of the album. Also BTW it's my fave ORB album in quite a while.

Regarding 360 sound I Heard this sound system about 2 weeks ago.  It did come quite clear to me that 360 degree or 180 degree tweeters are the future.

The speakers cost like a house and the receivers cost like a car..  Of course I think it is ridicules but I was impressed to experience true 360 sound, I could go anywhere in the room and the sound did feel the same no real "sweet spot" also it is supposed to be less tiring on the ears when the sound  is coming from a 360 speaker.  Would be nice to see it applied on a studio monitor rather them some over priced HiFi jumbojumbo

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Binaural Recordings?
« on: December 28, 2013, 11:01:45 AM »
Loren, I donīt think itīs worth the effort.

OK, for tech-freaks or musicians like us here itīs more exciting, but for the average listeners i have big doubts - plus, probably they even donīt understand what you are talking about and/or what it means practically.

I do not think ambient listeners are "average" listeners, this forum is a good example, almost every one here is making their own ambient in some way or another... I personally would like it, but what I do not like is to have 2 different mixes of the same album, in this kind of music two different music is almost like two different albums in my opinion.  Best would be to mix them to one if possible but maybe not having so much extreme  Binaural stuff in the mix maybe.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Cans.....Whats on your head?
« on: December 28, 2013, 07:06:59 AM »
Grados is  all about the treble right ? the treble is quite excited on those grados ?

I still think best is to have more then one headphones... if you just have one you will easily get home blind.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Cans.....Whats on your head?
« on: December 28, 2013, 06:56:07 AM »
had the chance to try the grados some days ago in stockholm I should have tried them..

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Good VST synths that are also affordable.
« on: December 28, 2013, 05:39:52 AM »

100 dollars but 50% discount now, act fast :)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Cans.....Whats on your head?
« on: December 28, 2013, 05:30:19 AM »
I had the chance to try the sennheiser 800,  it is nice to get more reference points.
They sounded very 3D something that can't be said about my DT880.

I think it is really good to have atleast two headphones that complete each other. In all honesty
it is very hard to have a headphone that have only strengths and no weaknesses.
For instance if you had the 3D sound in the DT880 you would most likely not have the very strong
instrument separation etc..

I am very interested in the AKG K812, they are quite new, but they have get amazing feedback so far..
the price is very expensive but I have only seen 5 star reviews so far...they are not comparable to the K701  and k702 series...

Regarding reference points, I have asked a store in stockholm to take in the Stax sr 009
Just for fun to listen to them, to get a new reference point,  this is supposed to be the best headphones in the world without any competition that comes even remotely close.  That only drawback with them what I have heard is that once you have heard them all other headphones you listen to will sound like total crap..  These are Electrostatic headphones which is very rare.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Binaural Recordings?
« on: December 28, 2013, 05:06:50 AM »
one thing that is needed to point out though.. when you are playing around with the Binaural and spatial plugs they tend to kill a lot of the sound information within the sound cool though but it can also kill a lot of the beautiful details and smooth things out... But yeah, it can be used as it's own sound painting better for some sounds then others...

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Binaural Recordings?
« on: December 28, 2013, 05:04:24 AM »
I like Binaural  recordings but why not do the same of the original mix also ?
it works in speakers too the effect..even though not in the same way.

What software do you use ?

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 26, 2013, 12:55:32 PM »
Free System Project - Gent 4

Other Ambient (and related) Music / AKS great Berlin school jam.
« on: December 26, 2013, 12:26:32 PM »

Have been looping this video quite a lot lately.  I wish I did live in germany so I could jam together like this with some friends and some berlin school stuff.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 25, 2013, 01:07:44 PM »

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: what Tv series should I see ?
« on: December 24, 2013, 04:29:33 AM »
my girlfriend did recommend me American horror storry, among other series, but all was 2013 so no blurays..

American horror story seem to remind me a little bit of "grimm" though, and I could nost just stand that crap...
Well produced though but too silly for me.. with all those half-zombie half human creatures too much fantasy.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 24, 2013, 04:15:02 AM »
Netherworld - Alchemy of Ice (album)

I like Zeitos too..really dark mood quite depressing The video fits perfectly with the mood.
The guitars that is added is great..

Who is the girl Jesse i stalking ?

Anyway..the video fits the music very well..give a quite sense of loneliness

Jesse is an old friend of mine btw..we do not have much contact anymore unfortunately

Everything and Nothing / Re: Digital Compact Camera - any advice?
« on: December 23, 2013, 11:45:08 AM »
Hey guys,

thanks a lot for your feedback!

@Julio: I tested serveral Canon cams and generally speaking i do like the quality…what puts me a bit off is the extremely "warm" (too much yellow) colors of them. Also it seems, that for jpgīs they use quite a heavy processing (adding a lot of contrast) and thats hard to get rid of later and i really wonīt to bother with RAW.

@Immersion: I tested this and some other Samsung cameraīs and really have a problem with the image quality. They are great to use for quick results and FB posts but it really seems like Samsung is better in other technologies than cameras.

@Pete: Thanks a lot for the detailed info! I have a Sony HX20 as a zoom camera and i do like it, but as you said image quality is not more than average. I use it when iīm on holiday and for that purpose it does shot good results. Thanks for the Ricoh tip…funny, just looked at my amazon account and realized itīs in my saved observing list  :) Shame it doesīt have at last a small optical zoom and the macro option isnīt very advanced   :( I may give it a try and thanks amazon itīs easy to send it back if itīs not convincing.


I think samsung is good if you like saturated colors that just looks good, and no need for photoshop etc..
Well the 21x zoom is still really good though for being a compact camera..

To be honest you are on your own I have no deeper knowledge, cause there is simply too much on the market..
But you are desire for a compact camera definitely makes the choices be little less.

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