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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Cans.....Whats on your head?
« on: December 15, 2013, 06:29:54 PM »
Indulging myself this christmas, that and I need a closed back headphone for recording purpose.  Im led to believe these cans translate well with my Focal Twin monitors.  Would be really handy. Lets see.






Happy Christmas from



what did you pay for those ?

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Cans.....Whats on your head?
« on: December 15, 2013, 06:28:48 PM »
Anybody still craving Beyerdynamic T1 headphones will find them for $949 on Amazon today.


I really want those.. but I hope the price will drop... I have their DT1350 headphones it also have tesla...

if I buy the T1 I hope it will match the Phonitor 2 I am waiting for the remview..but if the sound quality is drasticially better I will most likely buy it...I Hope it will be a good "universal" headphone amplifier that fits most headphones



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Western Digital makes (not pocket sized) small 1T USB3 hard drives which you could fill up and leave at work.
They're fantastic for throwing in your suitcase when you go to work on music at someone else's studio too.

Well I do not trust keeping my hdd at work unfortunately, and hdds are not made for too much moving all the time..they will eventually fail...well..my 64 GB flash memory will be ok...for a while... but I would really really prefer a internet radio..I might just stick with the soma fm still cause I will probably only be able to handle the hassel one time to fill the memory.  I do not have as much big music libary on the computer as I had before unfortunately.  Cause I am trying to have as small amount of hdds as possible since their sound makes my brain bleed I hate it.. I live in a small apartment too so you never get free from it.

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Dagaz was a quite good album I rated it 4 of 5 stars.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: KVR Black friday/cyber monday sales list
« on: December 14, 2013, 01:39:35 PM »
The recoils are awesome. I was initially skeptical thinking it would be like most audiophile snake oil products...but the difference was immediate in terms of bass response and balance.

Although I have not heard them the IsoAcoustics stands seam to be really great too. I have 3 or friends using them.

Paul

Well it is no secret really that monitor stands can have a big impact... That is why I did buy my Towersonic Monitor stands.

I was also recommended the isoacoustics at first, but to me their construction did not feel rigid enough but I guess it is... maybe my HG3 monitors are too big for them I do not know... They have a good value, but I do not think they are beautiful...

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Streaming radio is generally 128kb for MP3 and 96kb (thereabouts) for AAC. It's very rare to find stations that broadcast at 160 or 192, let alone 320. You're just going to have to bring your CDs and FLACs to work.  ;)
Streaming radio is generally 128kb for MP3 and 96kb (thereabouts) for AAC. It's very rare to find stations that broadcast at 160 or 192, let alone 320. You're just going to have to bring your CDs and FLACs to work.  ;)

That is sad to hear, I would wish for mvbr, but maybe that is not even possible for mp3 streaming.
Drone Zone uses the AAC format.  I use atleast asio4all and xmplay with asio it makes it sound better for sure.

I guess I will have to take a usb stick with me to work with all Thom Brennan albums (it is good music for work).
I have a 64 GB usb stick.

That is sad to hear, I would wish for mvbr, but maybe that is not even possible for mp3 streaming.
Drone Zone uses the AAC format.  I use atleast asio4all and xmplay with asio it makes it sound better for sure.

I guess I will have to take a usb stick with me to work with all Thom Brennan albums (it is good music for work).
I have a 64 GB usb stick.

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I find 'The Magnificent Void' is my choice of Steve's releases for these sort of experiences

The ending sound Altus is among is absolute best..if not the best.

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I like to listen to ambient at work, I like Drone zone with soma.fm but but the problem is that bit rate is too low..
Is there any ambient channels with better sound quality ?

I bring my DT1350 headphones and Go Vibe V7 headphone amp to work.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 11, 2013, 06:05:45 PM »
MESHUGGAH - Shed (OFFICIAL VIDEO)

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Finally.

My wife bought a laptop right when Win 8 came out, and had to get it, despite wanting 7.  She hates it so much she never uses that computer.  I've tried to get used to it, but it forces me to completely change the way I use the desktop, etc., so I don't use it either.  Very expensive paperweight.   >:(

I think Microsoft is really stubborn, it is obvious about how many want the start menu back or atleast make it an option to enable it.  I have not heard one single person who prefer the metro or mordern UI instead of the old start menu not one single person... so yeah.. 

Obviousaly I have adapted with modern UI so for me it is not a problem any more, I use it as fast as the start menu.. but it would feel better for my mind to not have to open up this full screen window every time..


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"your consciousness comes one with the cosmic consciousness" ???
"you float through waters and the void and beyond into a vortex" ??
"a black hole into the paradise new beautiful world" ??

What !!!

Metaphysical experiences! :)
Steve Roach music is like that a trip through you imagination and dreams. I compare much like a psycho active drug.  It have similar effect.

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What is this: "the universal consciousness" ??

cosmic consciousness maybe is a better word.  When it feels you your consciousness  comes one with the cosmic consciousness or the cosmic i general,  your mind drift way into new dimensions you float through waters and the void and beyond into a vortex a black hole into the paradise new beautiful world, yeah the music really takes you where ever your imagination is taking you.

It is without doubt his most "focused "album of immense beauty, and perfection.

But as most of his music I find them best in headphones in bed, before you sleep, it is great meditation creates visions of lucid dreaming.

I hope steve roach will release more albums of similiar quality but my main problem is his latest albums  have a lot worse sound quality... The drones in destination beyond if you exclude everything else I think was some "next level" stuff, really good analuge sounding drones on that album, but after that I think his albums sounds a lot worse, I am eager to know what part of his chain that is responsible for that, he obviously still use the oberheims, maybe he now use another reverb, it doues not sound like the PCM 91 anymore.

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good news. I still haven't tried Win8 yet.

Yes good initiative by Microsoft, I think it will take away 99% of the windows 8 haters.

But it is still a mystery why they did not do it earlier..
but I speculate if they would release it with the start menu people would complain too much that windows 8 was too similar to windows 7.  Well almost all people agree that it was a stupid choice to not make an option to activate the windows 7 start menu.

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If you ask me nothing of recent years comes even close to Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces. That's the standard he has to beat. If he can top that, it would raise the bar for the entire ambient genre. The real masterpieces come maybe once a decade. But there's still plenty of good stuff from 2003-2013. I absolutely love Dream Tracker for example, or Road Eternal. And Journey of One (yes from an older concert, but still...amazing). Arc of Passion, Soul Tones.

Yes... Mystic chords is his album that come most close to the universal consciousness.


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alcohol can be a good combination with ambient... it makes it easier sometimes to get inside these ambient worlds

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: effects - old and new
« on: December 11, 2013, 01:50:58 PM »
That OTO Biscuit device is pretty interesting. My first response was "ehhh, bit rate reduction... seen it before, heard it before," but the way it was set up with tweakable controls changed my mind. This could be a really useful device to add to the arsenal, especially for those of us who do a lot of improvising or live performance.

sounds exactely like the D16 stuff.

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Good news Windows start menu will be back in windows 8.2 as a optional choice.

Well..they should had done it under the 1 year beta period .

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: effects - old and new
« on: December 10, 2013, 04:22:47 PM »
Hi Immersion - my initial post was considering the lack of any 'new' kind of effect not whether old or new versions are better or not than each other.

I think I am surprised that no one has come up with something really new in the 20 years or so I was out of the loop - unless of course, as I said, people can direct me to effects I've not heard of yet.

Granular synthesis is one thing I had heard of, but not found anything recommended to start exploring with on a novice basis - any recommendations welcome people....

Anyone here building phaser effects units, pm me please.....


Granular synthesis, Eventide Has those for sure, those classic "crystals" sounds I guess use this method combined with pitch shifting.

Granular Guitar - The Moog Guitar meets csGrain


btw the moog guitar is quite cool..but way too overpriced but the sustaining technology is great..
kind of like an ebow.

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Roach's newer stuff seems to be "low level listening" music, more for background than deep focus.  It has a place, IMO, but it's not why I like Roach.

The more active 'tribal' stuff from 10-15 years ago is more engaging to my ears.

I think he have done big changes in his signal/effect/processing chain.  Maybe he did sold a lot of stuff when he got the new studio or changed something in the studio, when I look at the spectrum analyzer I see the high end is often totally missing, he have put the low pass filter way too extreme it seem, I miss the high end, they are very very low, if I eq them up in my EQ the overal music sounds much better. but My speakers and spectrum analyzer do not lie, the high end must up a lot higher...

As I said earlier I fear maybe in his studio the high end sounds a lot more in his speaker and system.
In my old hi fi speakers which does exaggerate the high end treble,  steve roach music did in some regards sound better (besides detail level) in his newer releases, but with my new HG3 speakers which are more flat It sounds not as good as it could, first I thought it was my speakers ,but then I did listen and did study the spectrum analyzer and I saw..it should be like that.. Same thing with My DT880 pro headphones which also have a flat response...

If he just did add the Dangerous BAX eq and did up the treble more I am sure it would make a dramitc difference it does when I eq them in my mediaplayer..  it makes the reverb sounds more "open" and less cut off.. I think there is nothing worse then reverb that in this style of music that is not open but cutted in some frequency, it is just my opinion.. if you cut it, the reveverb sounds like a cheap reverb, it is the difference between expensive and cheap reverbs the expensive reverb sounds more open across the whole frequency spectrum.

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