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I have not been on the forum for some time.  I have been busy, I am building my own studio now.

I did this record today... Inspired by Asianova and Ure Thrall.

I am aiming for a more old school vintage sound...quite noise to some perhaps but saturated.

The E-bow guitar is synthetic.

Any type of feedback is appreciated, Thanks.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Free Effective PC Anti-Virus
« on: December 18, 2009, 07:18:44 PM »
Since I am still using the WIN7 R2 I can still try this software for free...
I did visit some strange site..that did try to steal my credit card... I did try about
4 different virus scanners... Symantec and This one give actually find most my big surprise..
I was first skeptical that this would have anything to offer..but it looks good...
PREVX is still in the top of the field though I think...they seem to be first to have a protection for every new virus.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Lexicon Goes Native
« on: December 18, 2009, 07:15:57 PM »

If I get it I really want to get the LARC too so I can control the plugin through a hardware interface.
The LARC is probably hard to find if you want to buy it individually, as I know it has only been sold together in bundles with other hardware units.

LARC won't work with the software, it only plugs directly into a hardware reverb box like, the 224, 300L,480, or 960.

In that case Lexicon does false marketing, in the Lexicon Interview at youtube he SAYS that the plugin is LARCable/LARC-compatible.

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

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / clockWOrK Vintage Stepsequencer VST
« on: December 17, 2009, 12:14:17 PM »
Finally a good Vintage sequencer, have any one tried it ???
I thinking of buying it...What make me really interested is that you can control it through Midi CC.
So if you have a good midi interface (behringer have good cheap onces) it is like an hardware sequencer almost...

I can really recommend this album, a mix between Berlin School And Dark Ambient.

The album is nearly 5 hours long, and you can download for free from his page.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Black Hole Reverb
« on: August 24, 2009, 06:00:28 PM »
For ambient Ariesverb is way better I think...
Also the new X-verb Is most likely 10 times better....
Still waitinf for the damn reviews... But I am very interesting of
how it does compare with hardware reverbs.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach News
« on: August 23, 2009, 07:16:30 AM »
Dude I love Steve Roach' music and most of the releases mentioned... but I'm still a bit specific about what I like. I also love it when it gets more active and varied.
What I don't like is 70 minute long pieces that are meant as background sound that are virtually the same thing all the time (darkest before dawn).

Darkest before dawn is not background sound or elevator music...To me the music is very active...and dynamic..
It require your full attention and consciousness. If you do not focus it will quickly
turn into elevator music I am sure...But yeah..I respect we all have different music no problem...

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach News
« on: August 22, 2009, 06:28:46 PM »
If you want more radio friendly and commercial ambient music which does not demand a long attention span.....there is maybe better music for you.
But we all perceive music different, even the Immersion series I think sounds EXTREMELY DYNAMIC and there is CONSTANT VARIATIONS in the music...
My advice is...listen deeper...  :)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach News
« on: August 22, 2009, 04:51:36 PM »
It sounds nice, but I do hope it won't be too much of the same.
I know that with his minimal, long form pieces, change is often found in little subtleties, but these days I simply must have considerable variation in sound after 10-15 minutes or so.
I especially hope there's some serious variation and progression in dynamics and intensity on Destination Beyond, since that's the more active release, but I doubt it somehow...

This is not fast food you know...  This is minimalistic psychoactive music in it's highest order... but yeah on the surface it is more of the same I guess...but you never know where these soundworlds will take you..That is the beauty of it..
Just close your eyes and releax...and let the music transform you into your inner worlds and dreams...
The music is what you make it to be... it is up to your consciousness to decide where this music will take you...

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach News
« on: August 21, 2009, 11:01:01 AM »
Birth Of places are too long..and does not lead to anywhere...this is what I feel...
What Altus say about the loop is not enough I "right"

I disagree that the sound design is on par with his other releases...
To mee it sounds little bit raw and not as processed and deeply layered.
To me it sounds almost like an live recording...and that he have not adjusted each detail to perfection,...
Well nevermind...these new upcoming releases seem to sound way better...

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach News
« on: August 20, 2009, 07:53:49 PM »
The upcoming releases seem to be very good all of them... I will buy the boxset for sure...

Was never really satisfied with Dynamic Stillness, I can't get into it for some mind is blank when I hear it... What is missing is some environmental sounds..water sounds etc,. I fill the void.. I have tried really hard... I imagine myself as an weightless bird in the wind drifting in the sky an murky day the sun can barely see through the clouds..but is creating an illuminating bright white light in the sky...  
The water is lively, and I am flowing up and down, to right and left  in symmetry with the music and soundworld/sound drones...I am seeing the coast and high mountains as on the cover...I am flying in this landscape... in the rain...yeah.. something is missing that is for sure...Yeah some rain sounds would fit good also... and the production and sound is not as good as I could expect..the sound sounds almost "raw" in my ears... not as soft... have he an different reverb unit on this album or something ?  And at last, I think that not all pieces do fit together on the cd, some of the pieces sound more like "immersion" but much shorter... yeah...all pieces do not fit as an entity...

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach News
« on: August 20, 2009, 02:26:30 PM »
CD descriptions, artwork and audio samples has been uploaded for the 3 upcoming releases, Destination Beyond, Afterlight and Immersion Four.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Black Hole Reverb
« on: August 07, 2009, 08:45:27 PM »

You're barking up the wrong tree with this.

Reverberation isn't an instrument and it's not going to be an integral part of writing interesting
material. The 'input' to any reverberation process is still the primary point of interest

Incidentally, The best quality reverb we hear every day - natural reverberation. Its a 'descriptor'
of acoustic spaces. Clap your hands in different rooms and places, go to a cathederal and get a
longer decay, try the same in tunnels and the like. It's still not a musical parameter as such.

Saying that, Jim Cole's overtone singing in a water tower is an instance where an artist used a
particular (physical) acoustic to interact with in a performance:


It is true. The so called "realistic" not very an realistic reverb for me is not an perfect reverb..
You get way better sound with most reverb units...then in reality... of course...there is extreme examples....
What create the Lexicon sound is not is the modulation...which make the tails sound smooth..

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Black Hole Reverb
« on: August 07, 2009, 10:08:37 AM »
We all have different needs you know...

Reverb is certainly one thing that is worth spending the money on...especially if you use it heavily in your mixes...It is an easy way to reach a professional studio sound.
To say something else is stupid... But it all depends on how you use it...if you use it as an instrument or more subtle, if you use it more subtle
in your mixes you can get away with a cheap crap reverb. But to spend atleast 1000 dollars on an reverb I think is reasonable, PCM91 You can get for about 1000 dollars in the states...  to spend the money for an PCM96 is questionable perhaps...Some of the cheaper Lexicon models will probably work...

X-verb + Duende PCIe cost a little bit less and might sound as good or even better as Lexicon from what I have heard. But to judge who is
better or not is also a matter of prerfference, the line between the two might be very thin in practice... only samples of the X-verb I found so is unfortunately only vocals in these samples...would be interesting to hear more sound sources too.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Black Hole Reverb
« on: August 07, 2009, 08:55:25 AM »
I am skeptical too, but I have high hopes about x-verb...considering how good their other plugins are...and the fact that Solid State Logic release no crap...   Even though it might not beat the Lexicon, I am sure it will still be the best software reverb. But we will see...still hard to find any reviews...or anything.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Black Hole Reverb
« on: August 06, 2009, 07:30:12 PM »
Thanks for the answer at least...I am still saving up for the H8000FW...

As for my main reverb...I have high hopes about SSL X-verb, this will give Lexicon some SERIOUS completion for sure.
It would be a really safe card to buy the PCM91...but if the X-verb is as good as I have heard it might outperform the hardware reverbs...
Mostly cause it is highly adjustable to your own preference...What makes it even more mindblowing and amazing is that you could control every parameter with midi
control in real time, so you could use it as an instrument on an more profound level I think...

Well X-Verb was released only some weeks not much reviews have leaked out...only a few comments on a few forums hear and there...all feedback have been very good...
and everyone seem to be very impressed by the sound.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Black Hole Reverb
« on: August 05, 2009, 07:34:10 PM »
Nice, looking forward to hear. Wonder when we will hear Paul Vnuks recording also....I assume he is too busy and have no time for us...

I am still saving up for H8000FW.... But as for reverb...I think I will also buy X-verb instead of maybe an Lexicon PCM91...
X-verb seem to be way more flexible and formable... it cost less then a new PCM91 form the states....and according to SSL
themselves it will sound even better then the Lexicon Hardware reverbs because of more DSP power but also a more it seem to be more complex as well...more parameters... etc..

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...

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