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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Bandcamp
« on: November 17, 2013, 08:09:05 PM »
I hope something will happen...File sharing is better then spotify..cause atleast then the artitsts fans do not get fooled by paying money into the wrong is like fooling people and give them good conscience to "listen" to music. But as long is it is greedy companies like spotify then file sharing and bit torrents is preferred... I am not a high beliver in that model...I like bandcamp system better..
especially if you yourself can decide what price.. A lot of artits have no job..they just need money for rent and food..
for that even small contributions can make big difference but if spotify take 99.9% it is not possible to survive on music..

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Bandcamp
« on: November 17, 2013, 06:51:52 PM »
I love Bandcamp as an unsigned musician. It serves its purpose extremely well.

It's great for fans too because I know I've discovered plenty of great music there.

yes I like the conecept...

I much comission does bandcamp take ?
are they greedy ?

15% for digital sales. That's not too bad IMO.

surprisingly low. I did expect atleast 30%...
I wonder what spotify have, probably 99% or something (shared with the label combined)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Bandcamp
« on: November 17, 2013, 06:24:09 PM »
I love Bandcamp as an unsigned musician. It serves its purpose extremely well.

It's great for fans too because I know I've discovered plenty of great music there.

yes I like the conecept...

I much comission does bandcamp take ?
are they greedy ?

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Bandcamp
« on: November 16, 2013, 11:49:55 AM »
How many people know it is 128kb/s  I do not think many...
I found it out when I did try to download some album with jdownloader.

I understand they want to keep bandwidth down.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Bandcamp
« on: November 16, 2013, 05:21:45 AM »
Bandcamp do the all file conversion.....the artist sends them wav files, at say 24bit @ 96k and they will convert it to the other formats.  AS to limiting the free format...thats is up to the artist.  From my experience usually all digital formats are available, though I have not check the Rich bandcamp site you maybe this is new.

I hop they atleast use the LAME codec, it is the only mp3 codec that is good. Can't feel good for a artist like Robert rich to know all people listen to low quality stream.
But I think this is a big problem, especially the younger generation now days only do streaming and they are getting used to crap quality.  Youtube, spotify etc
And spotify have been caught re encoding 128kbps mp3s to higher bitrates to sell for premium members.

I prefer mp3 then streaming, cause with mp3 I can also use ASIO in my mediaplayer. makes a huge difference.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Bandcamp
« on: November 15, 2013, 08:07:20 PM »
I am just listening to the new Robert Rich album "Morphology" on bandcamp, thank you for offering it for free.
But I must say it does worry me how many percent will actually pay for the high quality version ?
How many people are aware that the free stream has very bad audio quality and does not represent the original ?
a 128kbps can't deliver the depth of lets say vbr or 320 kbps.  I also wonder what codec is used by bandcamp or if it is the artist
who does the mp3 encoding ?  Anyway, my point is the audio quality and especially for ambient music for the free streams are unlistenable
you can just scratch the service but not dig down into the depths of the sound.. also all higher frequencies are cut off almost.

if a arist offer the stream for free, I see no reason why they should limit the bitrate to 128 kbps CBR.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 14, 2013, 09:02:15 AM »
radio massacre international - The Clouds Of Titan

Klaus wiese is among the best, R.IP.
Nice to see his albums is still releasesed, he is still kind of unkown and underground even in ambient circles.
I thnk i Have all his albums in his massive discopgrahy, maybe a few missing..

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Windows 8 and your music rig
« on: November 13, 2013, 06:35:54 AM »
Nice to hear!

I always thought Windows 8 felt noticeably faster in all regards... it's GUI is GPU accelerated, which is the main reason...
But the core is just doubt.  my DPC latency did better dramatically as I said...from win 7 to win 8.

about 10-20 times lower in windows 8.   about 4µs, I had about  60-70µ in Windows 7.

Yeah so say all you want about metro etc but they ahve done a good job optimizing the core in windows.

Also worth mention, the audio quality in windows 8 is better if you use direct sound, most people do not use ASIO when listening to music in itunes or in your music player.  However I still strongly recommend that you use a ASIO player such as xmplay.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New Lycia
« on: November 12, 2013, 06:28:55 PM »
consist of a lot of filler songs...but these songs below are 4.5 stars

Highlights: The Visitor || Quiet Moments ||Greenland

These songs are among the best songs they have ever done...
They remind me of some of the best songs on "The Burning Circle and Then Dust" album.
Well it has been a problem with Lycia that their albums have too many filler songs which make their album very

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: VST / Software Suggestions?
« on: November 10, 2013, 08:08:46 PM »
there is a new synth called Lush 101 by D16. I find this to sound absolutely mesmerizing .. it use a lot of cpu though in high quality all good sounding soft synths, and of most D16 plugins they really only shines in high quality mode.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Windows 8 and your music rig
« on: November 10, 2013, 03:46:02 PM »
windows 8 is great, I get better DPC Latencies then on Windows 7.  I have not tried windows 8.1 yet..

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: VST / Software Suggestions?
« on: November 10, 2013, 03:18:08 PM »
So now that my day job is finally calming down, It'll be time to start writing again, I'm looking to add a few pieces of software to my current rig in order to broaden my pallette of sounds a bit. So I guess I'm looking for suggestions on a few things:

Reverb VST:

I've been using the 'Perfect Space' convolution verb and a few others that come in the box with Sonar 8.  They can be tweaked for ambient quite easily, but I've been using them now for 5 years and I'm looking for something with a different sonic character.  I've also downloaded Audio Damage EOS, which is pretty cool, but it feels a bit like a one trick pony.  I'm looking for something really expansive, with long reverb tails, etc... any suggestions?  Maybe I'm missing a technique?

Soft Synths:
I use Sonar 8, and Windows 7 64 bit.  So obviously, I'd like to use something compatible.  I find Sonar 8 is good with most probgrams, tho on occasion it just doesn't like certain synths.

I have Omnisphere, I love it, but kind of tired of it at the moment, again, looking for something with a different character.  I find alot of the patches in Omnisphere are too huge sounding, it seems like they went a little crazy trying to give every patch this massive sound that takes up all frequencies from 20hz-20000hz, I often fix this with EQ, but I often find alot of the built in sounds unusable.

I'm trying to be fiscally responsible with this one, which will likely mean only buying one, large, versatile soft synth.  So I'm trying to decide between:
NI Komplete
Camel Audio Alchemy

Other suggestions?  <- I'm sure there are a tone of other options out there, I haven't been able to do a bunch of research on it, please offer suggestions!

I've realized that, using Omnisphere for the last year or so, that I'm more of a preset tweaker than a sound designer.  So something with usable presets would be nice.  This brings me on to my next question...

Can anyone suggest a good book or something on sound design? 

I have an immense respect for guys you can take a simple sine wave and use oscillators and such and turn it into a gorgeous soundscape.  Anyways... I'd like in on some of that.

As for reverb, I would prefer to use multiple reverbs , for instance I use toraverb and lexicon pcm native reverbed combined.  If you want the lexicon sound but with not such deep pockets... try RP verb..

Spectrasonics did aim to make the ultimate soft synth.  The main problem with specrasonics philosphy is that THEY want to do all the artistic choices for you.
If they would allow to add your own samples it would make a big difference... cause it is a good sounding synth with the filters and all..
I prefer the wave tabel design of Camel audio Alchemy, everything is easily and fast accessible, the whole interface is made for real time modulation...
Omnisphere with a wavetable interface similar to alchemy would be amazing..Alchemy does soudn thinner indeed.but in many cases their sound charchter can be desirable but it is not good for fat analog sounds.. but you can make it sound analog with the correct sound processing (like most synths).

regarding sound design, do not read any books... but try to read up some basic stuff on internet...and follow your own sense and instincts...and let your ears guide you.  Experiment with effects chains  and sound processing tools.   By and external effect unit...

Hello False Mirror, sounsd interesting,  8)
Would be great to hear...

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: show us your field recorders-
« on: July 25, 2009, 08:30:03 PM »
What microphone(s) would you recommend for professional field recordings..with still an low budget in mind ???
From what I know...such microphone are usually very expensive...

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Unwanted resonance
« on: July 13, 2009, 10:02:20 PM »
Not sure how many software reverbs you have tried, but I was not very impressed by R66, it sounds very metallic...this might desirable though....

Try an better reverb like Ariesverb, it will smear the sound smoothly around a bigger frequency spectrum which will help to avoid resonance artifacts.
I think this reverb will fit better to the music you are doing. Also Aether is worth and try...

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Unwanted resonance
« on: July 10, 2009, 02:29:55 PM »
Not sure what reverb you use, but an simple solution would be to buy an better reverb...
these will probably create less resonance...

There should also be resonances filters... use google...

try this...
This gives atleast better "spectral balance" in the mix.

But I am very sure there is better tools specially designed to avoid resonances...well..I hope some one else know anyone..cause I would be interested too...

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Loren Nerell's upcoming..
« on: June 07, 2009, 02:52:22 PM »
Wonderful news, about time that our dear friend Loren put out some new music :)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New Oophoi Disc
« on: June 07, 2009, 02:49:37 PM »
I have never really understood the art of glitch seems like every ambient music that involve glitch regarded a masterpiece....All "mordern" ambient genre...have glitch sounds...
Too me it seems like a waste of time to cut and paste "glitches" there is absolutely no emotion in is only cut and paste of digital jitter/noise... of course..there is good and bad examples....
There is a few artists that use glitch in an artistic way...Like Keith Berry ...

Anyway like a huge Opphoi (or is it Oöpphoi?) fan...this is without doubt one of the high lights of the years...even though..I have no idea what to expect..

Everything and Nothing / Re: Downloading Music and Rights
« on: April 24, 2009, 05:02:53 PM »
Alright enough for today, you have to pardon me if I was too aggressive or anything, I have been drinking some alcohol, it always make me more "open" and straight forward, so do not take it personally.

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