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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: What synths did Oöphoi used?
« on: May 15, 2014, 03:16:23 PM »
Quote from: Seren

Hi Thomas, your comments re the RMX etc do seem a little harsh - mainly as they are not related to the question of synth use. Gigi never claimed to be able to use computers etc. Given that self acknoweldged lack of 'expertise', his ability to create the music he did was something that I found special.

Also I had not noticed anyone getting into hero worship, overtly 'singing his praises', it has been a quiet respectful discussion with someone asking what synths he used.

Re the gear lust and his belief in possible sounds from equipment. I can only comment that your experiences would be the opposite of mine. I had numerous discussions with him about gear when i was trying, as I still am, to improve and increase (on a very small, usually non existent budget) the equipment I have and use.
   Gigi always recommended fully exploring what I already had, exploring my creativity with what I had and only then think about changing or increasing. He also encouraged me to think 'sideways' for want of a better description, not just going for bigger or better synths or effects etc.
   He did give advice on equipment that I generally found invaluable, even if i did not agree with all of it (he did not like the TC Fireworx effects unit - which I am really enjoying using). He said that being able to be creative with minimal equipment is more valuable than being uncreative with lots of it.

I suspect he was a bit of a techno-phobe in relation to computers. In that sense I have similar feelings. I have yet to explore midi....I am sure it is very useful and assists with creative music making, but I just can't get my head round it and no one I know locally to show me (how I learn best)

I am under no illusion that he was an angel. But he was as human as all of us and I would be very mean not to take that into account. I know if I had enough money I'm sure I'd be very tempted to buy all sorts of expensive stuff, and maybe it would end up an albatross around my neck.

I know that if I won the lottery i would definitely spend more on a hi-fi than a car.......

Hi Seren,

i simply shared my experiences working with him…thats all! If it was different for you, great!

Quote from: Seren
Gigi always recommended fully exploring what I already had, exploring my creativity with what I had and only then think about changing or increasing.

I´m sorry to say, but that´s exactly the opposite of what he was doing…he switched his equipment all the time in a very short period (have to say again, he was finically be able to do so). So how someone can recommend something to others, if the person don´t do it themselves?

Anyway, my comment wasn´t meant at all to bring his value down in any way, but to give a more balanced view from someone working with him.

By all your history with him, you may be a bit biased when it comes to critics i´ve shared before and that´s understandable. On the other hand, i do believe we all here can be sincere to share our experiences straightly forward.

Greetings,
Tomas

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Anyone here with suggestions?
« on: May 15, 2014, 02:19:08 PM »
- Add a little mixer that has the outs you need.

- I've not looked at signal splitters, but they do exist.

- A patch bay.

I want to avoid another mixer just for space reasons…also i can´t think about a very small model for my purpose (at least 2 individual output channels controlled by fader)

I´ve thought about a signal splitters too, but haven´t found anything so far.

Patch Bay? Won´t work...of course you can route a signal from x to y, but i need to split the stereo signal, going into 2 other devices.

Greetings,
Tomas

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Anyone here with suggestions?
« on: May 15, 2014, 12:54:44 PM »
I think we need to know what you are using. Normally I would send sounds to the FX via an aux send, then have the FX come back in again on an aux return or on other channels to the mixer. I would then send the sound out to your speakers. Most decent mixers would give you a second option, like a tape send to send to a recorder.


The "Insert" is a "Edison EX1" as final effect in the chain, so i can´t use it as a send…It need to be chained between the main out of the mixer and the "?" as it should process all signals coming from the mixer out (if not bypassed). From there i have to hear it but also need the option to record it at the same time (!!!)



Greetings,
Tomas

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Anyone here with suggestions?
« on: May 15, 2014, 12:14:21 PM »
what other I/Os do you have from soundcard/monitor controller ?
What sound card do you use ?

As you can see in this setup (it´s my smaller 2nd studio) there is no monitor controller…also, all the other I/O´s of the sound card can´be used for other purposes (so i have only 2x Input left).

Greetings,
Tomas

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Anyone here with suggestions?
« on: May 15, 2014, 11:35:51 AM »



As you can see, I have an insert-fx after the mixer but I need to split the signal after, so I can hear the effect (if it´s not bypassed) on my monitors and also record it at the same time (soundcard). Definitely prefer to have the in/outputs as XLR for the "?" gear. Any suggestions concerning the "?" gear?

Greetings,
Tomas

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: What synths did Oöphoi used?
« on: May 15, 2014, 04:29:19 AM »
For a short period he used also an Alesis Andromeda

Greetings,
Tomas

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: What synths did Oöphoi used?
« on: May 14, 2014, 02:23:29 PM »
Just a few personal notes based on work experiences:

I was working with him on 2 projects…one was to contribute on a compilation and the other one was about a RMX of a track he did with Klaus Wiese.

He clearly wasn´t up to date with technology and didm´t had knowledge of using it correctly. As for the contribution: he finally "adjusted" the track by volume in a weird way by decreasing the volume to approximately -8 db. For the Rmx it was even more complicated as he didn´t know how to handle file transfer properly. In both cases it ended up that he treated those files within his setup and it ended up to have them re-converted (!) on his mixing setup. I can clearly tell, that the sound of both files in the final result were heavily suffering by wrong technical treatments. Finally the Rmx was never released, as i told him that i can´t accept the bad technically quality of his treatments he made on the original file.

For the equipment: he did own a lot of synths over the time, but from all of our discussions we had, i clearly felt it wasn´t a pure believe concerning the options and possible sounds you can create by them..it was much more based on a "gear lust" because it was very easy for him to afford any of them.

I assume most people don´t like to hear this, but i do believe into balancing things, when someone had the chance to have a closer insight view.

Greetings,
Tomas

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Fantastic news about the music of Klaus Wiese, which had a huge impact on many Ambient Artists (Oophoi, Mathias Grassow, Tomas Weiss and a great number of others) and listeners who are into professional and personal "musical therapy" worldwide.

https://www.facebook.com/klaus.wiese.music

Greetings,
Tomas

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Backup?
« on: May 07, 2014, 01:35:50 PM »
Just backing up all my computers (Time Machine & Winclone)

Was very surprised when i saw the date of my latest one ??? >:(

When was your last backup made?  ;D

Greetings,
Tomas

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Quote from: Immersion
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trust me studio reference "sound" can sound both good an accurate.  With headphones the amp plays a big role which gives every one different experiences.  accurate is not = boring and flat sounding.

I use a DT770 (250 Ohm) which in a price range available for many people and they sound extremely close (frequency and spatial balance) to my Neumann monitors even by using the headphone amp of my monitor controller (also tested on the sound card)….what i´m doing wrong?  ;D

Greetings,
Tomas

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: What is Youtube to you?
« on: April 22, 2014, 06:19:12 PM »
I think that we now in modern time are allowed to be tremendously open minded for more variety of sound and sound awareness.

"allowed……for more variety of sound and sound awareness"  ???

Why we wasn´t allowed to be open minded before this modern time?


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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Buying Soundcloud 'plays'
« on: April 21, 2014, 05:44:26 PM »
Pete, i think it´s  relevant as all those issue can´t be separated…..the forum issue was just an example, but if you look in a more open view, it´s all connected to each other.

As I said:

"It´s like anywhere…artists want to be loved and admired even they know those responses very often are just blabla or simply based on to leave a comment for a good will. For many artists it´s like a mental masturbation to feel valuable IMO."

For me this connects very much to your original question (" I see mostly comments of a overtly positive nature such as 'great track' etc., which surely isn't informative / instructive for anyone ?"

Greetings,
Tomas

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Buying Soundcloud 'plays'
« on: April 20, 2014, 04:36:43 PM »
It´s like anywhere…artists want to be loved and admired even they know those responses very often are just blabla or simply based on to leave a comment for a good will. For many artists it´s like a mental masturbation to feel valuable IMO.

i believe its a problem in today´s communication ability - You can see it even here on the board…when a discussion gets more "spicy" (and interesting) you have right away those ultra sensitive chaps who feel personal insulted by other peoples opinion. So, for most it´s more save and comfortable to echo the opinion of majority or to participate to those speaking in an "intellectual" way (even their speech is completely on the surface).

So, for me all this "liking" you describe is just a "fashion" in a world where most people are scared to express their real opinion in public, especially if they are in minority.

Greetings,
Tomas

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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Laptop Cooling Pads
« on: April 12, 2014, 03:22:55 AM »

I did find an extruded aluminum heat sink company here in the usa...http://www.heatsinkusa.com/10-000/ A 10" x 15" x 1" piece will run around $53.


That´s very expensive….also 1" isn´t really enough to get the heat away

I bought mine used on Ebay here in Germany - there were a lot of offers! Maybe ebay USA is the place to check….

Greetings,
Tomas

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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Laptop Cooling Pads
« on: April 12, 2014, 03:18:02 AM »
Do you put anything between the heatsink and the computer to prevent metal on metal scratching.  I release direct contact is vital for heat transference.

No i don´t have something between haven´t problems with scratches too as the body of those heatsink´s usually are flat. I did bought a 2nd one (another company) for my Mac Mini and it was also totally flat.

Greetings,
Tomas

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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Laptop Cooling Pads
« on: April 05, 2014, 08:02:02 AM »
Julio.

I have something like this:

http://www.ebay.de/itm/141243350254?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

http://www.ebay.de/itm/351026813007?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

I´ve turned this block so the Macbook is lying on the flat side (you can´t see in the pictures above) - improves the heat issues at lot for me and, as side effect, the fan is also quite! Just keep an eye that the block has enough height (mine has 6 cm, but i think 4cm should be fine as well).

Greetings,
Tomas

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: What is Youtube to you?
« on: April 05, 2014, 07:42:14 AM »
Quote from: Altus


The old proverb "if you can't beat them, join them" works perfectly here. Your listeners love your music so much that they spend the time to build videos and share them with the world. If that isn't passion, I don't know what is. Treat it as word of mouth promotion, which IMO is the best kind.

If they ask the artist first, then it´s not a problem at all - and asking don´t need a lot of effort. The downside is, that an artists or label may have a specific aesthetically idea about the video and its quality, because a bad video can (in some degree) ruin the music also.

Quote from: Altus

The ultimate option is to beat them to the punch. Upload the music yourself and tag the shit out of it. Get listeners hitting your page instead of some random listener. Build a YouTube audience and show that you're not afraid to share an entire album. Be sure to remind them that if they enjoy the music, they can support you by purchasing it.

That´s exactly the way how i do it (except offering an entire album) and it works very well because of the direct link in the description. Also i report illegal videos to put them down…and it has a nice side effect because too many videos (of the same track) minimize the chance, that potential fans visiting my channel.

Some good points you´ve mentioned here Altus!

Greetings,
Tomas

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: What is Youtube to you?
« on: April 04, 2014, 06:31:54 PM »
Yes Tomas....Im am wine drinker too, but Ive been watching some All Blacks Rugby history recently and some how wine just does work in that scenario, though New Zealand makes great wine so maybe. ;D

LOL  ;D

Haven´t tested any from them so far…..Actually, we have to ask APK - another wine specialist! NZ wines???

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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Laptop Cooling Pads
« on: April 04, 2014, 06:18:04 PM »
Hi Julio,

as heat goes up, i don´t think this will improve a lot….my Macbook was going to be very hot on the keyboard…now i´ve installed 2x SSD (one by replacing the DVD) and the temperatures decreased massively. Though I have to say, I´m using a 2012 model while all the 2011 (and previous) models do had this problems about heating on the button. So, this cooling pad may work for you, but I think you may can improve it even more by using an complete aluminum heatsink (no fan needed) + replacing the HD by an SSD.

Greetings,
Tomas

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: What is Youtube to you?
« on: April 04, 2014, 05:54:46 PM »
When we are done we'll all go down the pub and have a beer or two but in the interim this needs to run its course.

Being a wine drinker only i think Mike can close the thread right now  ;D

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