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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Camel Audio - Alchemy
« on: February 12, 2009, 08:27:25 PM »
I have always been a fan of their Cameleon synth, and bought Alchemy when it first came out.
It's a fantastic piece of work. Very flexible, very powerful, and with some useful novel features.
Its presets still sound in the Cameleon direction though, which is a sort of an additive/metallic feel.
But its really capable of being almost anything, given that it will use samples and also basic
subtractive waves in its osc's. Its quite a deep beast if you like tinkering. I'd highly recommend it.

I'll happily answer questions about it if I can.

Not sure if I have much questions at this point, I have watched the 1 hour video tutorials on the site, it gives a pretty good insight of what to expect and what it can do...
Looking forward to tryit, even though I have not got tired of Omnisphere yet...

Regarding metallic sound, it seems that almost all digital synths focus in metallic/noisy sounds...
I am not sure why though..Might be cause they are the type of sounds that are easier to create...
Personally I usually find warm and more organic sounds more useful...unless I make some dark noisy ambient..







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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Camel Audio - Alchemy
« on: February 12, 2009, 06:17:01 PM »
I've been hearing quite a bit about this synth.  I'd love to hear your thoughts on it once you've had some playtime with it.

Yes, as soon as I have bought a new soundcard for my computer...
I need a new good PCI Express soundcard, I hope to buy it maybe next month.
I am using the Line 6 POD X3 now as main soundcard, and it sucks for Low Latency ASIO audio.

I am thinking about either the new ESI PCIe soundcards, ESP1010e or Maxio 032e, or RME HDSPe AIO.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Do you still want to learn?
« on: February 12, 2009, 04:30:50 PM »
Yes, as I feel right now, there is no doubt in my mind that my interest of learning new things does fade with time.
And I am not sure that to collect as much knowledge and read as many books as possible is the ultimate goal in life.
I have a more transcendental/cosmic approach to life, There is no definitive meaning of life as human on this planet we are born..  I see the life more as an dreamlike presence...
The meaning of life is to me to collect new experiences and just enjoy this mystery of life..And dream...
Music is for me the essence of my life, since it fills a void and makes me dissolve into inner dimensions and beyond...without it I think I would just feel a lot of emptiness...
Or maybe..I would find other passions to dispossess the time.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Who do you look like?
« on: February 12, 2009, 04:16:38 PM »
Yes I agree with you all, mgriffin is very lucky to have such beautiful wife!
Life is unfair  ;)

I am very lucky -- in fact, my wife is much more attractive than she looks in most of her pictures!   

yes I believe you no doubt, and if she likes ambient music she is just a dream come true :)

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Who do you look like?
« on: February 12, 2009, 04:13:53 PM »
Yes I agree with you all, mgriffin is very lucky to have such beautiful wife!
Life is unfair  ;)
my wife has a great looking husband!


Yes I can see that! :D

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Who do you look like?
« on: February 12, 2009, 04:03:50 PM »
Yes I agree with you all, mgriffin is very lucky to have such beautiful wife!
Life is unfair  ;)

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Now Playing / Re: "Classical" Music or Contemporary Composition Listeners?
« on: February 11, 2009, 10:19:25 PM »
Has anyone heard Giya Kancheli ???

He is kind of comparable with Pärt...both have en spiritual approach to the music, kancheli is maybe more minimalistic and bleak....

I can recommend the following albums....

Diplipito
In l'istesso tempo
Magnum Ignotum
Exil
Abii Ne Viderem
Simi; Mourned by the Wind

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 11, 2009, 10:14:09 PM »
Jorge Reyes and Piet Jan Blauw "Pluma de Piedra"

This album is a real trip. Many playful and wild things going on. At one point there is the bizarre looped sound of a cackling old man, among many other delights. This is one of my favorites, and like other Reyes albums, is deep as well as entertaining. The songs on his solo albums are very focused and tend to be relatively short compared to other tribal style ambient. Any fan of Jorge should track this album down...

I will give it a try....

Now Playing : Al Gromer Khan - Mahogany Nights

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Camel Audio - Alchemy
« on: February 11, 2009, 05:42:04 PM »
http://www.camelaudio.com/Alchemy.php

This one looks quite revolutionizing. I will begin to work with Alchemy in a couple of weeks.

And what got me more interested is that Robert Rich, has included some samples from his own made flute... (among other sounds)



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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ambient music and Mastering
« on: February 11, 2009, 05:34:38 PM »
The compressor consist of many different sound shaping elements, such as filters etc, all together makes an complete compressor.

Compressors use filters? Time to go back and relearn what actually is an audio compressor:

http://www.barryrudolph.com/mix/comp.html

Maybe I did not express myself clearly enough,mastering tools today do not consist only of an compressor... Sonalksis mastering tools which I use, use filters for an example.
And many digital compressors that try to reproduce analogue characteristics does that to color the sound. All this in combination gives and good compressed sound.
Anyway, thanks for the article, I might learn something new.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Too loud!
« on: February 11, 2009, 04:59:01 PM »
If there is one thing good with the more modern masters and more powerful/rich sounding cds, is that they sound good on all volume levels, both low and high, I guess that is the whole point..to make a more stable and powerful output...while 90s album usually sound way more weak/thin/one dimensional....And you do not need to play it loud as fuck to get the full dynamic range within all sounds like with 90s albums ..As long as you do not overdo and create a brickwall...max the sound volume at Zero...then I think it is alright...
And not all mastering jobs are good either..there is both good and bad example of loud mixes.. but their is certainly not impossible to make good/smooth sounding mixes using compression technology...The limits is within the master engineer...

Also there is many ways to bring up the volume level..so we shall not generalize..And say that everyone just want to sound as loud as possible...I am quite sure that the artists themselves decide what they feel sound best... But I could agree that it easier to be "fooled" that louder sounds better though...the louder it is mostly the more powerful and overwhelming it sounds...
It might be true that not all artists are aware of the phenomenon when doing mixes...

depending on the music..some music sounds way better on lower volume levels...
Steve Roach Immersion series is a good example..  even though I think he have taken the low volume concept to the extreme with "A Deeper Silence", I always need to put the volume up a lot when I listen to that cd.

But Yeah even though I can agree that the ambient music as an genre gets louder and louder mixes I must say the ambient genre sounds better and better...
so I do not see this at an problem at all..

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 11, 2009, 04:37:40 PM »
mathias grassow - calibration (2009)

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ambient music and Mastering
« on: February 10, 2009, 02:45:12 PM »
Yes, sorry, maybe Steve Roach was an bad example, in reality his remaster albums should rather be called "remixes". I think that every ambient artist, more or less want to sound like Steve Roach, so I can understand how artists would want him to remaster the music, while they on the other hand sacrifice their own artistic expression with 50%, but most likely the final products usually is better though...

All I am saying that remastering and ambient music is an extremely sensitive process, ambient music is about shape and forms, it is not the same as an production for an rock band for example...

But I can also agree, that 4 ears might be better then two, but I still think the best would be if the artist and creator himself is part of the remastering process, so he/she can make the artistic decisions...

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Spectrasonics - Omnisphere
« on: February 07, 2009, 12:15:52 PM »
Thank you, I am glad that at least someone likes it :)

A better tittle might have been "Sleepless Nights"
Anyway, song titles have never been my strong side....

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ambient music and Mastering
« on: February 06, 2009, 10:21:19 PM »
There is also an danger of letting some one else master your music in this type of music.
For instance, many of the albums that have been mastered by Steve Roach SOUNDS like Steve Roach.
Of course the final result gets better for the most part, but one should be careful before deciding someone else to form your music.

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http://www.oilandwaterfilm.com/

I can deeply recommend this film, it is only 25 minutes long, but it has some of the most beautiful moving pictures I have ever seen.
A lot of water reflection, a true poetic and artistic expression.

The soundtrack by Jeff Greinke also adds a lot of weight and melancholy to the pictures.

"Oil and Water, Reflections on Nature, Madness and Psyche, explores the relationship between humans and the natural world. Shot in Prince William Sound, Alaska, over the course of 20 years, it is an introspective chronicle of loss within the destruction of pristine wilderness. Filmmaker Corwin Fergus uses the tragedy of the Exxon Valdez oil spill to examine how wilderness is critical habitat for the human psyche and how thousands of years of cultural history have led us away from this once most obvious of truths.

Superimposing images and layering psychological inquiry with poetry, Oil and Water is an experimental environmental film, attempting to sway the heart in ways reason and science cannot. Essential to the film's premise is that the illusion of objectivity severs us from our interconnection with the earth where its fate and ours are joined. The film manages to be vast in its scope while maintaining a deeply personal narrative of the filmmaker's relationship with nature.
"



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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Fordlandia
« on: February 05, 2009, 02:11:01 PM »
The last track of this album is amazing (have forgot the name).

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ambient music and Mastering
« on: February 05, 2009, 01:53:09 PM »
Yes Pete, I hear you.

You got two choices, you either cut frequency bandwidth or dynamic range, which sounds best is highly relative...depending on your mix.
To some people in here, it seems almost like the pure sound is "holy" not allowed to be touched with compressors.  With an Equalizer you do
manipulate the "pureness" of sound as well, since you artificially distort the frequency spectra, with compressors you manipulate the dynamics
but with the difference that all audio information in the audio is audible in the mix. 

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ambient music and Mastering
« on: February 05, 2009, 09:36:02 AM »
Sorry but I'm not quite sure what you are disagreeing with, Immersion.

Your basic compressor (not multiband) is for controlling amplitude without respect to frequency. So it can smooth a mix that has harsh peaks by knocking those peaks down a bit ... wherever those peaks are throughout the frequency spectrum. So yes, it can cut harsh edges or volume spikes in this way.

An EQ is frequency specific. You can also lower volume peaks with it, but always over a particular frequency range. But of course you can also use it to lower particular frequencies that are already low in a mix, which a basic compressor does not do.

What's important, for me, is not so much the individual compressors used but the individual tracks you have to master. Some tracks can be in bad need of compression because of wayward dynamics that need taming, and this is often a matter of inadequate mixing (and recording) of the track in the first place. But I'd probably still use EQ along with the compressor. Or maybe use a multiband compressor.

A good mix may need no compression, but it may still need some massaging to bring it in line with other tracks on an album ... which is what mastering is all about.

Compressors are great for controlling dynamics in a live recording environment (singer, guitar, drum mics, etc).


The compressor consist of many different sound shaping elements, such as filters etc, all together makes an complete compressor.
The Sonalksis compressor does definitely sound smooth and does not destroy the sound in an non-beautiful way.
For me the compressor is not only a mastering tool, but a mixing tool, since it makes inaudible low level information audible in the mix.
Sure you could do this with EQ also, but in that way you might loose even more audio information in the mix.
And ambient music is not for instance classical music, where a total dynamic range is needed, ambient is walls of sounds... However
I think you should use booth tools, so meaningless discussion for me.....there is no wrong way to create your sounds...as long as it sounds good to your ears.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Spectrasonics - Omnisphere
« on: February 04, 2009, 11:30:18 PM »
I delete the song now above now (ambient 012)

Feel free to listen to my new ambient piece.
http://www.hypnos.com/smf/index.php?topic=1625.msg12999#new

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