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This is a great release... recommended.

Hi John,

i do understand that you want to support artist having an importance on your RM board. Being a bit political incorrect concerning "community actings", i think it´s a bit problematic and clashing with your position here as an administrator, who - in my opinion - should act much more unbiased (like APK and Mike). Just posting/responding (recently) on posts concerning artists related to RM leaves for me a strange smell. I would´t mentioning all of this, if i had seen you active on other (non RM related) reviews or post but unfortunately that wasn´t the case so far.

Greetings,
Tomas

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Help me finishing my ambient setup :)
« on: February 10, 2014, 02:50:50 PM »
Thanks Tomas.

Any good recommendation in the 500 euros price range? 1000 it's a bit steep for a mic.


Really depends what you are looking for!

I assume a stereo mic makes a lot of sense when it comes for what you are planing to do. Also it´s about you "sound preference"…for instance, i don´t like at all mic´s which have a boost in the top end (like Neumann and many others do, especially to give the signal more "shining") but prefer more a "warm/round" sound. If you are into this as well, then Oktava is a very good recommendation:

http://www.thomann.de/de/oktava_mk_102_msp2_silver_stereo_pair.htm

or

http://www.thomann.de/de/oktava_mk_012_20_black.htm

or

http://www.thomann.de/de/oktava_mk_102_stereo_pair_msp2_black.htm

Greetings,
Tomas


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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Help me finishing my ambient setup :)
« on: February 10, 2014, 04:36:24 AM »
Quote from: Immersion


…. Behringer……. a better second hand value

 ;D ;D ;D

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I would not recommend to go back to windows 7 it is much slower, in all regards.

What are your sources for all regards - or is it just a personal opinion?

Greetings,
Tomas

I have seen benchmarks, cause on work I told my employee that Windows 8 is faster, he told me yes it might be but not on our computers cause at work we did use mostly "give away" computers with Pentium 4 and so on,...  I then did show him benchmarks where they had compared  windows 7 and windows 8 on an 7 year old computer, windows 8 was noticeable faster in all regards even on an old computer.

Even on a faster i7 I still feel the windows 8 is faster and more snappy..but it will be more noticeable on an older computer for sure.

I also get a lot better DPC latency results on windows 8 which is important if you are working with audio.

I understand that people want to boycote windows 8 because of the Modern UI but for me it is what is under the hood that matters to me... the windows core i simply faster.  After a few weeks  Mordern UI/Metro did not bother me at all..you learn a few tricks to make it faster to use too..

One simple trick I use a lot is I have the desktop icon on metro on top the left, the reason Is if I have it placed in that position I only need to press the enter button to enter the windows desktop and windows button on the keyboard to get back.it is fast to use..

Once more, sources?

Because most of your text are a personal opinions/experiences.

Also, talking in percents what is the number of being noticeable faster? 10%? 20%? more?

Greetings,
Tomas

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I would not recommend to go back to windows 7 it is much slower, in all regards.

What are your sources for all regards - or is it just a personal opinion?

Greetings,
Tomas

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It's pretty easy to install something like Classic Shell (or one of the free equivalents) on Win 8 and in my experience (rolling out Win 8 Pro company-wide to almost 60 users) there have been almost zero complaints about Win 8 when Classic Shell is enabled. If you try to give somebody Win 8 without a start button, though, roughly 100% of people say "What the f*ck is this crap? I can't use this!"

Maybe a slight exaggeration, but not by much.

Classic shell helped me a lot.  I even have a touchscreen laptop and I can't tolerate the Metro interface.  The Metro interface is crap unless you don't have a keyboard at all (tablet).  MS has really messed up on Windows in their quest to catch up with the iPad.  In all fairness though, it's tough to do real work on an iPad in my opinion.

What´s your need for Window 8? Just go back to Win7 and you won´t have all this problems…my new pc had Win8 preinstalled and after messing around with it I just thought "WTF is that for a crap"…bought a Win7 version for 39 Euro and I´m more than happy.

Greetings,
Tomas

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Help me finishing my ambient setup :)
« on: February 08, 2014, 01:49:41 PM »
Quote from: LNerell

Personally I would hesitate to get either of these today. Those encoders are hard to replace and are starting to fail at this point in time.


This encoders fail? The first time  ever I´ve read this - what´s your source?…just to be sure: you are talking about the endless encoders?


Quote from: LNerell
Neumann doesn't make monitors, those are Klein + Hummel monitors re-branded when Sennheiser bought them out.


That is not completely correct. True is, that Sennheiser bought them (Neumann is part of Sennheiser group) - the new models are not just re-branded but completely technically rebuild, even they look similar.

Quote from: LNerell
Is this your only microphone? And what do you plan to record with it? The SM57 has two things going for it, it's cheap and its built like a tank. They sound ok, not great. I would not get this as my one studio mic. If I had to use it in the studio recording you could get away using it on a snare drum or maybe a nasty Fender Twinreverb amp. The only other thing I would use it for is a live concert setting on something not critically important. If you want a cheap mic for the studio that sounds decent I'd go with a Rhode NT2 or something similar. If you have the money an AKG 414 is a pretty good all around mic with multiple patterns.


Agreed…Sm57 isn´t an good all-round mic…great alternative for voice and most acoustic instruments:

http://www.microtechgefell.de/index.php/en/microphones/studio-a-recording/large-membrane-transistor-mics/211-m930


Quote from: LNerell
Free Cubase, well you get what you pay for.  ;D And I don't like Protools, I'm more of a Logic fan, but you have to be mac based then.


I also think the free Cubase version isn´t a good choice….but for Midi (controlling your hardware synths) IMO Cubase is still the best option on the market - talking about the full version….Logic really sucks when it comes to Midi when you don´t want to go into the stupid environment (not talking about the 1 window GUI). Also, even the new Logic version still includes the old audio engine.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 08, 2014, 12:57:29 PM »
Tomas Weiss - Zeitlos
This just arrived in the mail two days ago and I've been listening to it practically non-stop ever since: at work, while sleeping, but not while operating heavy machinery. Zeitlos is, simply put, one of the better ambient releases I've heard in a while. The tracks are, for the most part, synth-driven soundscapes, typically leaning toward the dark side of ambient. The standout tracks, at least for me, are Alignment (particularly rewarding with headphones), Near Nothing, and Zeitlos. Each of these combines drone-inspired ambient with subtle, but lovely melodies. The last track in particular, Zeitlos, overlays some nice reverberating electric guitar with synths to create a majestic, dreamy atmosphere. Sometimes I get the urge to put that track on repeat; therefore, I'm thrilled to learn that there is an expanded release coming out soon that highlights that track in particular.

Two thumbs up. I hope I'm not making Tomas blush by raving a bit here, but I think virtually everyone who participates in these forums will find something to love in this release. It is a special one.

Samples/Buy: http://www.el-culto.com/artists/tomasweiss/zeitlos.html


Totally missed that!

Thanks a lot (and also to Richard) for your nice words about "Zeitlos" - it´s really appreciated! And for the expanded version - Bundle will be sent on Monday!

Greetings,
Tomas

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Help me finishing my ambient setup :)
« on: February 08, 2014, 11:32:08 AM »
Would you care to share the 'better' advice here ?, it may be of some use to someone else.

Sure:

Synths to complement existing ones:

Wavetable:

Waldorf Q
Waldorf XT

Analog:

Moog Sub 37
Oberheim Xpander

Recording:

Yamaha 01v96i digital mixer/audio interface/daw control

Monitors:

Neumann KH 120

Headphones:

Beyerdynamic DT-770 Pro 32 Ohm

FX:

Eventide Eclipse or Valhalla Plugins

Studio Microphone:

Shure SM57

Field Recording:

Roland R-26

Sennheiser MKH 416-P48U3

Daw:

Cubase AI (free license with yamaha 01v96i) or Protools

Excellent Choice!

Especially for those I own too…the 2 Waldorf Synths, Headphones (good you selected the 32 Ohm Version), Monitors and Mixer

You may want to look around if you can get a Yamaha FS1R - it´s like a extended FM7 but much more powerful with excellent sound…downside: it´s a rack expander and possibly very hard to find.

Greetings,
Tomas

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Help me finishing my ambient setup :)
« on: February 03, 2014, 06:09:43 PM »
Thomas - I'm just trying to say - wow you've got fantastic gear - sit down and use it for a bit... get to know what you have better - and then start shelling out more hard earned dollars...   that's all.

Yeah, but thats a kind of "standard advice"…if you read his post and particularly the last one it´s clear what is he asking for:

"I asked for advice, because first I need a recording and monitoring system, second a good reverb unit, third an analog and wavetable synth."

Greetings,
Tomas


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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Help me finishing my ambient setup :)
« on: January 30, 2014, 01:07:33 PM »
My best advice I can give is to just sit down and record with what you have...  start making the ambient music you're wanting to make.  You have the drive and the passion and the obsessiveness that drives me.  Once you dig in and start doing it you'll find those tools and processes that you're having the most struggles with and then it'll be easy to pinpoint what type of gear you need.

I really don´t get it how your advice can work for hardware recommendations he particular is asking for  ???

Greetings,
Tomas

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Absentness - interesting project.
« on: January 27, 2014, 05:58:50 PM »
Do you run this project or maybe being their agency?

You talked about "these guys"…clicked on the link and don´t see an information about several people involved? You may have some more hidden information though.

Sorry to sound so negative, but appearing on a forum and just advertising an project (as it feels for me) as your first post does sound a bit odd for me.

Greetings,
Tomas

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Help me finishing my ambient setup :)
« on: January 24, 2014, 04:17:16 PM »
For speakers:

Neumann KH 120

I have 2 pairs of them…in the range up to 6-inch (even would say 8-inch) speakers there is nothing beating them if you have the money to invest in it. Both, Genelec and the Adams can´t go as low as the Neumann´s….their captured bass range (for it´s size) is insane plus they have the bass-refection-port at the front making them suitable for placement close a wall….in most cases (if you are not into dub step genre) you won´t even need a sub.

Greetings,
Tomas

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Mixing tips.
« on: January 24, 2014, 03:36:32 PM »
Crap they are Tomas, the songs.....yet I found some interesting perspectives on mixing that I consider on a regular basis that Ive not heard spoken about.  Dont judge a book by its cover as they say  ;)

I loved the bits where he is checking his text messages.....brings the whole message home.

The reason I posted these is because they touch issues that should be considered regardless of musical taste or genre......good mixing skills are essential to understand and have command of as we most often are the musician and the engineer....same person different hats.

I found some things in the videos that I felt were important an worth sharing......there is always room for us to improve are mixing skills, even if this did not do it for you  :)

Hey Julio,

don´t get me wrong…i do like that you always post things in this section! This times it just didn´t worked for me.

I think i have a personal problem with the presentation and general behavior of this guy…it just feel wrong and fake for me and reminds me more of a protools + yamaha advertise (a la "see i have the real professional tools")  ;D. Also, generally speaking I don´t like this "we" talking when it comes to "training videos" as it makes the whole thing ending up in a "hey we are all friends and know each other" party.

I didn´t spend time on the other videos as i can´t cope at all with the music he used. For me just a pain in the ass just to look at it and having this annoying music played in the background. If I hadn´t stopped the video i saw, probably i had thrown my pc out of the window  ;D

On a more serious side…just seeing his screen some meters away (and not knowing exactly what he´s doing) is completely useless….as i said before, he talks, talks and talks….maybe that´s is what he likes most.

Greetings,
Tomas

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Mixing tips.
« on: January 23, 2014, 07:34:02 PM »
Hey Julio,

was curious and started with the 3rd video - i had very hard times to follow the video as these song IMO is just crap and the voice is getting completely on my nerves. For the changes he made…which changes?  ;D I think he should first switch his monitors and get rid of the NS-10 - not being surprised he had such troubles to mix the track (how he can hear low end or even the bass?) OK, he may have a subwoofer, but at last "good to see" those Yamaha´s are there to make it more professional  ;D

"Urban Element" ?  ;D  ;D  ;D

Sorry, but when I heard this statement, I really had a strong need to stop the whole video immediately.

I do like exploring videos about mixing skills, but this guy just feels like a fool, speaking a LOT but has nothing really to say….best of all was the text message arriving.

Greetings,
Tomas

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:: WINTERSILENCE BUNDLE ::

   

:: Bundle is limited to 55 copies only (as long as stocks last)

:: includes Wintersilence - Submental Vol. 2

:: includes the unreleased "Sleep Edition" of "Zeitlos" from Tomas Weiss´ private archive

:: additionally, 20% reduction for ALL albums offered on the el culto website


More information:
http://www.el-culto.com/artists/wintersilence/wintersilence-bundle

Greetings,
Tomas

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David and Steve, thanks a lot for your nice feedback - it´s very much appreciated!  :)

Also, it seems I´ve forgotten to add "Revelation" Video…

Anthony Paul Kerby & Tomas Weiss - Revelation


Greetings,
Tomas

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Just a side note to all the cover praising here which seems to be the main issue about that release here  ;D - The samples sounds great in case anyone is interested about it.

Greetings,
Tomas

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Constance Demby
« on: January 06, 2014, 11:26:47 AM »
Welcome to the forum mortiis37,
On the dark ambient side of things you should definately check out-
Blood Box- Funeral in an Empty Room and The Iron Dream
Yen Pox - Blood Music
Mulm - The End of Greatness
Kammarheit - The Starwheel

you are off to a good start with Atrium Carceri, one of my favourite Dark Ambienteers :) 8)

Phobos was so kind and modest not to mention his own music…but if you are into Dark Ambient, thats a definite path to check also!

Greetings,
Tomas

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Ambient Music + Copyright
« on: January 06, 2014, 06:47:55 AM »
I'm sorry to hear of anyone being banned - and I have often wondered what immersion's first language is due to the use of 'opinion communicated in the form of fact' and his misunderstanding of people's efforts to communicate more subtle approaches - a sense of ships slipping past each other in the night with increasing levels of frustration and uncomprehension. I nearly asked this on one occasion but chose not to in case it caused offense.

I have felt my own frustration in the communications - and found myself having to 'hold my tongue' in some of the interactions as I did (perhaps more a sign of my own emotional insecurity) find the thrust of 'I think you are all idiots (conservative/prostitute etc), lets just agree to disagree - insensitive and I can understand how people became upset.

Immersion did not seem to understand, even when it was carefully explained (in numerous of the threads) that his way of communicating was the problem not necessarily his opinions. It pushed people into making defensive responses rather than exploring subjects together - which was also clearly pointed out by numerous people before any defensive statements were made by anyone.

All of which was a pity as it distracted from the interesting elements of the discussions and any valid points that may have been included in his posts.

It is difficult to see how this could have been resolved differently as eventually the level of upset could have driven people away or caused people to avoid responding to Immersion's posts - neither of which are positive outcomes.

Perhaps the strangest thing is that Immersion has been a member of the forum since 2008 and I certainly don't recall any issues like the recent ones until, well, recently......

Up to a certain level I do agree with that. But this was going which each step further…i mean meanwhile he was clearly stating about the "try before buy" - what would be the next? Maybe posting links to illegal content?

Anyone can have his opinion but this "artistic freedom" he want to excuse here (with his personal views) when something is stolen, isn´t really a good "value" for this forum, which include a lot artists + labels and also I consider as the most serious board for Ambient music.

Greetings,
Tomas

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