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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 02, 2014, 02:54:54 PM »

I guess that's one benefit I find with the Mac, which is that you don't need to worry about things like DirectX drivers (if that's even a real thing any more), ASIO, and so on. The only problem I ever run into is manufacturers failing to update their drivers to compatibility with the latest OSX, for example I've had instances of hard crashing with the old drivers for my Presonus Firestudio on my new iMac. When I disconnect the device and uninstall the drivers, no more freeze-ups. It's apparently a widespread issue with drivers for all Presonus firewire interfaces on OSX 10.9 or Mavericks.

It isn't too inconvenient for me at the moment because my old Mac Pro is sitting at the next desk over, so I just connect the Firestudio to that, and use a different USB audio interface for getting audio out of the iMac.

Even on Mac I think the difference in audio quality with asio is still quite big though.. the soun quality on windows 8 is really good, but asio is more professional audio protocol I would recommend to use it at all times when possible.

Personally I would not imagine to listen to music in non asio drivers especially not if oyu use an expensive interface/converter that does not make sense at all. the Asio drivers will open up the full potential.

I think the sound quality of iTunes for playback is very good, but I'm using it to play back 320k MP3 files, so I'm not being as fussy as some people about absolute perfection here.

I understand some people who don't like to have their music in a library format, but it's the only way to have playlists, and I find playlists very convenient. I have iTunes managing a very large library, and it's not slow at all. Of course, the library is so large that it's not extremely convenient to scroll through the complete track listing. I mostly select playlists, or search for artists or albums.

I have pretty much never used a mackingtosh I must admit..  But I think the "direct sound" or whatever the apple sound is called is better on mac.  It wasnt until windows 8 the direct sound did get good in windows... for non-asio audio.
Still asio deliver superior audio quality though

Tomas, just playing Devil's advocate here, but you did choose to share this information on the forum.  People are now not allowed to discuss it?  Personally I wish you would've kept the details off the forum as it seems a private matter, and to be honest it's not what Mathias' fans want to hear.  Or you could've just said "for legal reasons" instead of the sordid details.  I really didnt think it belonged on the forum at all.

It could maybe have been the best thing to do..I Feel sorry for Matthias.. but as I said I think Matthias do music mostly for him self for his own private moments, maybe he mix in some samples etc..  regarding the klaus wise perfume track maybe it was a mix up or something... I can imagine grassow has a very big library of drones.. which sound in many cases identical to klaus Wiese..

I have never liked to use a library.  I have always prefered to right click on the folder of an album an play it.

To load my whole music library would very big.. and would use a lot of memory for sure

Foobar is kind of a nifty stand-alone player, but I use iTunes because I have a huge library with many playlists, and it's very convenient to be able to play it from any computer (Mac or PC or iPad or iPod or iPhone) in the house.

People complain about iTunes messing up their library, but if you keep your library consolidated and don't do anything bizarre with metadata, it works perfectly well. I leave iTunes running on my studio Mac Pro 24/7, and play tracks & playlists from it from all over the place.

How is the sound quality in itunes.... ?

Never use iTunes.
I use Winamp on one, and AIMP on another.
Both good.

Winamp cool.. I used that before I did start use xmplay...
Xmplay can also loud winamp plugins..

I think the most important part of a media player is asio support, the difference in audio quality can be really dramatic especially on windows.

BUT, some years ago even Spectrasonics asked for credits if you use some of their libraries for an official release!


What a big joke haha... One more reason to stay away from Spectrasonics crap That is such greedyness..
Do not include the samples if you are not allowed to use them in music..that is my opinion.. However most people process and mix etc so it is impossible to detected the source samples...  I think  in the "Lost" tv series  the big boom sound with the logo was spectrasonics I am sure they must have made a fortune of that pathetic sample haha.

EDIT: this was the one

I have since 2005 been using a player called Xmplay. While it is main advantage is it has ASIO suppport.

I wonder what media players do people use ?
I guess a lot of people use Itunes.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 02, 2014, 06:16:46 AM »

Finally on "Calibration", an entire track was taken from the previously released album "Perfume" by Klaus Wiese.

Oh geez.  That's really disappointing to read.  :(

This is very disappointing to hear.  I like what I've heard of his more recent releases.  I remember that on an early album ("In Search of Sanity," I think) he used an extended sample from one of Steve Roach's early 90s albums without getting clearance first.


Yeah I agree one full track is just unbelievable.. I thought Klaus and him was close friends...

Transpersonal is among my top favorute albums by Mattias Grassow.

Very surprised news indeed but I guess in this type of music which can be quite sample oriented it is maybe more common....  I would of course like to hear the samples side to side and compare, I would imagine that he have also put a lot of reverb on them, I am not sure how much he have mangled the sounds "artistic" to create something new or if it is almost untouched.  If it is untouched well that is not good, but I personally would really care what type of sounds is sampled ?  is it looped or modified in any way artistically.. I think the line can be quite thin sometimes.. but there is limits I think, you should atleast transform it some how, if you mix it with other sounds then the sampled you used it will sounds like something completely different.

Anyway it is surprising that you will cut the collaboration with him , despite this I still think Grassow is the king in what he is doing,  I think his albums is created in a quite spontaneous way during meditation .. I guess he does the music for himself in first hand.

Surpising to hear he have sampled stuff from Drudkh which happen to be one of my favorite bands.

Well after hearing all this,  I am not lying but in some of grassow releases I think I heard one of my older ambient tracks in there..
I always thought it was just  imagination but now I have no idea anymore,  I have only sent it to a few album; jesse was one of them I am not sure if he did pass it through to more people it was from my track called "ambient 16"

EDIT: I sent it to your PM box now.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Help me find good cider
« on: January 01, 2014, 07:55:14 AM »
I did read about the kopparberg cider on, and among the "experts" it do not seem to get much good reviews.. so I think it will not be worth the effort, I have not tried many ciders and no "fine" ciders" only masts produced ciders, I am no expert.
I just like it, but I think it must due that it is ice cold in the summer. And as we know everything taste better ice cold... I am not sure how you drink yours..maybe not cold

Everything and Nothing / Re: Help me find good cider
« on: December 31, 2013, 06:56:15 PM »
that some really dark cider, I didn't know it could be that dark even...

Everything and Nothing / Re: Help me find good cider
« on: December 31, 2013, 06:55:42 PM »
No problem I am not sure how it meets up to your standards though, but maybe if you are lucky you find a swedish import of it.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Help me find good cider
« on: December 31, 2013, 06:37:10 PM »

From a well known swedish brew.. you can get 4% and up to 7% too..have not tasted the strongest one..
Very nice to drink ice cold.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 31, 2013, 07:07:19 AM »

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 31, 2013, 06:47:16 AM »

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Cans.....Whats on your head?
« on: December 31, 2013, 04:28:33 AM »
I listened to the AKG K712's at AES a few months ago and these are what I am saving up for.

I heard them a little bit in stockholm with the senheiser reference amp. I Remember I did prefer the HD800.
I remember the K712 sounded quite "dry" but takes some time to adapt especially when you switch from HD800 which sound very different.

For many years I had my AKG 240studio as primary headphones.  I think for ambient music they are very good still..
music that lack of any bass will sound good, it has a very good treble and clear high range.  I should try it in my new head phone amp... but I know that can is very easily driven..

Anyway, right now I am looking forward to see more reviews etc from the AKG k812, it seem to gain popularity fast even though it is expensive..I Think maybe this will be a big seller.. I must admit though I do not like how they look... but yeah it is no hifi phones so...

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