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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Cans.....Whats on your head?
« on: December 30, 2013, 08:54:03 AM »
I would not say the Grado's are about the treble. You can have treble without can have treble that is just harsh, unbalanced and muddy in it's own way.

The headphone forum's are full of varying opinions on all makes and models, so it is hard to make sense of what everyone is saying - many people seem to prefer different headphones for different genres of music.

For me, I enjoy the Grado 325's clarity and detail - I sound tested them with a number of other makes and after my Beyerdynamics (see earlier in the thread)  they were the only ones to make me go WOW. I took my portable cd player and CDs I knew well - did not want to get swayed by listening to a system I did not know and can't afford.

I have a Kodo CD and there is a point where one of the drummers moves across the soundstage - on everything else he (assuming it is a he) is sort of 'vaguely here and moving to vaguely there'. On the Grado's it is a pinpoint positioning and I can 'see' him move all the way across.....and this is on my 1999 technics player, not a modern state of the art player.

With them I have heard sounds and textures in my own music I had never heard before -  unfortunately not always for the good in some of my older stuff. Hopefully the headphones are helping me to be in more in control of my own sounds since I got them. it is hard to know as whatever else I play my music on I am uncertain how much of what I am hearing is what is being played or what I remember while making the music....

They are not comfortable or styled for fashion - so I assume all the money goes into making the sound as good as it is.

I've not compared them to the tesla's or other hi-flying phones, such as electro-statics to see what I'd have to do for an improvement I can hear and enjoy....

Yes you are right in the things you say.  But I think brigther headphones tend to bring out the clarity in the details a lot better.
Dark headphones I really hate that..  I do not care much about the bass but the treble is important for me.

Yeah you are right about the head fi forum which is I guess the forum you are talking about it is a big soup of subjective experiences and no one share each others experience cause all have different amps and different ears and taste and music many factors..but it would be easier if everyone did use the same amp for sure..

I really hate myself that I did not try the grados I had the chance to do it when I was in stockholm... I only tried HD800 and HD650 with the senheiser reference headphone amp.

I cannot stress enough how important the amp is. I did recently buy myself the Antelope Eclipse 384, and with it's headphone amp for instance i hear the reverb tails a lot better now, the tails are a lot longer then before.

I would really like tho have this DAC for my portable headphones

but it is just simply too expensive right now.. it is also a regular version of the Porta Tube amp..
It gets really good reviews.  the idea is to have it to my smartphone in my pocket to get really good portable sound.

Also the SPL phonitor 2 I think is really nice.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Best of 2013
« on: December 30, 2013, 05:45:17 AM »
Alright since only 2013 albums are allowed the list will note be long, it will be not so long, I tend to spend a lot of time to explore older music too I have missed... But still 2013 has been a really weak music year.

my list of 4 star albums that was released 2013 is.

Mathias Grassow - Tamanoshima (2013)
Ian Boddy & Markus Reuter - Colour Division (2013)
Mathias Grassow - Dagaz (2013)
Mathias Grassow - Tara (2013)
Radio Massacre International - The Clouds of Titan (2013)
Cronian - Erathems (2013)
Broekhuis, Keller & Schönwälder  - Eglise de Betzdorf (2013)
Realtime (Deu) - Solar Walk (2013)
Inferno - Omniabsence Filled By His Greatness (2013)
Monolithe - Monolithe IV (2013)
Oranssi Pazuzu - Valonielu (2013)
Grave Miasma - Odori Sepulcrorum (2013)
Orchid - The Mouths of Madness (2013)
Humanity's Last Breath - Humanity's Last Breath (2013)
Vildhjarta - Thousands of Evils (2013)
Fearthainne - Knowing (2013)
Slidhr - Deluge (2013)
Regarde les hommes tomber - Regarde les hommes tomber (2013)
Black Sabbath - God Is Dead? (2013)
Vinterriket - Entlegen (2013)
Soilwork - The Living Infinite (2013)
Steve Roach - Ultra Immersion Concert (2013)
Darkthrone - The Underground Resistance (2013)
Meshuggah - Pitch Black (2013)

Only ONE 4.5 star album was discocred this year and it was  (released in 2012 though)
Myrninerest - Journey to Avebury (2012)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Good VST synths that are also affordable.
« on: December 29, 2013, 12:40:08 PM »
I bought it as I saw a documentary about Eno and he was extolling the virtues of the synth.
Whatever you may think of his music, Eno knows a great deal about sound and production, so his recommendation made me try it out.

It's far from a toy or 'silly', it's a perfectly valid alternative to any other kind of standard interface.

I just find the synth to be a gimmick, just like some magic box most importantly it is the vst that makes the expression not you.
It was fun to play around with it for 10 minutes then it was not fun anymore.

In my Book Brain Eno is one of the most overrated ambient muscians in all honesty.   He have released a few listenable albums I admit but a lot of junk too.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Best of 2013
« on: December 29, 2013, 12:05:06 PM »
let me see.. Bear in mind I have not been listening to every album released in 2013..but I tend to follow those artists I already like..but also explore new artists..Also do they have to be released in 2013 ? cause some albums are released maybe 2011 or 2012

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Good VST synths that are also affordable.
« on: December 29, 2013, 10:56:07 AM »
I have tried it many years ago, it is a very silly concept synth, I see it more as a toy.
I just see it as a desperate attempt to be unique

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 don´t think it´s worth the effort.

OK, for tech-freaks or musicians like us here it´s more exciting, but for the average listeners i have big doubts - plus, probably they even don´t 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.

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