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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Good VST synths that are also affordable.
« on: December 28, 2013, 10:29:06 AM »

http://www.cakewalk.com/products/rapture/

Excellent sound quality and very flexible + great arppegiator

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Binaural Recordings?
« on: December 28, 2013, 10:21:32 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.

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Just spend some times with this album.

IMO it´s just averange…though, I do understand why you like it as it has quite a lot of similarities to your music…no doubt!  :) You may be a bit biased as you like the sea so much too  ;D

My issues:

::  sound quality is really on the border (it´s not really balanced mixed)
:: a lot of fragments "jumping around" in almost each track but nothing really finishes and completes a theme (for instance track 2 + 4) - in other words: it goes anywhere but nowhere you can "hold on" or remember.
:: overuse of this glitchy sounds combined with the general "vinyl like" sounding

Just my 2 cents….but as usual…opinions are like assholes…anybody has one  ;D

Tomas

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Everything and Nothing / Re: The new age music 'scene' ?
« on: December 23, 2013, 11:10:57 AM »
Quote from: Julio Di Benedetto
.  I once told someone I was into Eno and ambient music and they said its music to make you commit suicide....how do you respond to that.

Is he/she still alive?

Greetings,
Tomas

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Digital Compact Camera - any advice?
« on: December 23, 2013, 11:05:50 AM »
Hey guys,

thanks a lot for your feedback!

@Julio: I tested serveral Canon cams and generally speaking i do like the quality…what puts me a bit off is the extremely "warm" (too much yellow) colors of them. Also it seems, that for jpg´s they use quite a heavy processing (adding a lot of contrast) and thats hard to get rid of later and i really won´t to bother with RAW.

@Immersion: I tested this and some other Samsung camera´s and really have a problem with the image quality. They are great to use for quick results and FB posts but it really seems like Samsung is better in other technologies than cameras.

@Pete: Thanks a lot for the detailed info! I have a Sony HX20 as a zoom camera and i do like it, but as you said image quality is not more than average. I use it when i´m on holiday and for that purpose it does shot good results. Thanks for the Ricoh tip…funny, just looked at my amazon account and realized it´s in my saved observing list  :) Shame it does´t have at last a small optical zoom and the macro option isn´t very advanced   :( I may give it a try and thanks amazon it´s easy to send it back if it´s not convincing.

Greetings,
Tomas

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Ein Sophistry + Richard - once more, thanks for your nice feedback!

Greetings,
Tomas

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 23, 2013, 10:48:36 AM »
Wonderful Track even without knowing the movie (never saw it but have the CD)

Gladiator Soundtrack "Earth"

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Thanks a lot for your feedback Chris!

Greetings,
Tomas

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Digital Compact Camera - any advice?
« on: December 19, 2013, 03:38:41 PM »
Have to add that i own the Sony Rx 100 (Mark I) but i´m not really happy about the well known green cast of Sony cameras.

Also, Video isn´t important for me either!

Cheers,
Tomas

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Everything and Nothing / Digital Compact Camera - any advice?
« on: December 19, 2013, 03:31:00 PM »
Hi there,

wanting to purchase a new compact digital camera which can suite into my jacket pocket!

Please don´t start with any SLR recommendations here as i´m not interested into that.

In my radar are:

:: Canon S100/110/120

:: Sony Rx100 (Mark II)

:: Panasonic LX7

:: Olympus XZ-2

High ISO isn´t an important issue for me….i´m looking more for color fidelity, fast and precise AF plus good Macro options….also manual mode should be available!

Is anyone using one of these? Any experiences? Any samples to share? Any other suggestions?

Greetings,
Tomas

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: ???
« on: December 19, 2013, 03:07:42 PM »
The Immersion Station was first shown at Soundquest Fest, they are on their 3rd version now. I've never used it because I've never had an iphone up till a week ago, but lots of people have bought it from what I understand.

The main questions are…who really needs this? And what´s the purpose?

Maybe sounding once like Timeroom Studios? Or by using it to be sure that it will sound great because those are SR loops?

Still don´t get the meaning out of this. Maybe it´s much more simple and it´s just a toy for people having fun combined with a financially purpose by using this name as a trademark.

But it´s hardly to dismiss, that a lot of it written there is really on the border drifting into amusement - especially when looking at it from a perspective of a musician:

"Use Immersion Station to sculpt your own personal soundworld environment for deep listening, meditation, as well as for working at the computer, reading, travel and sleeping."

 ;D

Greetings,
Tomas

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / ???
« on: December 19, 2013, 01:08:03 PM »


http://ericfreeman.com/immersion/

??


Steve Roach's Immersion Station on Vimeo


??

 ???

……


Cheers,
Tomas

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OUT NOW ::  Tomas Weiss - Zeitlos (Musical Philosophy)

Comes as 4-panel Luxus-Digipak with full panoramic graphics on the cover.





Minimal but highly emotional drones to rich walls of sound, each title consists of subtle movements embedded in a colourful bed of several tone layers. The aim was to create an exceptionally warm-sounding album you can repeatedly listen to in situations requiring a "mental calmness" without cold / noisy tones or a harsh overall sound. The album was recorded, mixed and mastered with analog equipment to retain the unique sound delivered by non-digital hardware. Feeling "Zeitlos" ("Timeless" in English) is doubtlessly a desirable state of mind for most if not all of us when searching for personal rest... and that's what the album is made for!


Tomas Weiss - Zeitlos


Tomas Weiss - Foundation (Musical Philosophy)


More info:

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

Greetings,
Tomas

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Mathias Grassow - Dagaz (Musical Philosophy)


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I'm very fond of many Roland digital synths - especially the JD-990, though I certainly use its internal effects. Access to both good analog and digital intruments is the very best IMO - and, of course, ones that you feel a special relationship with.

+1

Really like the D50

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Quote from: Immersion
I am just against this hyping and this total "facination" of medicore sound, I use alchemy mostly for ambient, does it sound good ? no it sound total shit, but with my processing I have no problem to make it shine and sound good.

OK, lets make a practical test instead of talking too much  :)

During the next days I will upload for you a 1 minute track on my server. I will try my best to make it sound like total shit….please download the file, process it with all your gear and make it shiny and good sounding as you mentioned. After that, please upload it on a file sharing site so anyone can download and hear the result.

I´m sure you won´t have any problems to do that!

I will provide you the file (link) soon - please be a bit patient as I have to prepare it first!

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Quote from: Immersion
This is the reality.

Amen!

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: KVR Black friday/cyber monday sales list
« on: December 06, 2013, 06:12:38 AM »
It's for making the sound warmer and less digital sounding - but you can also crank it up for a really hot signal. Yeah, that's it.

 ;D ;D ;D

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At last, no one can complain anymore that the forum isn´t active  ;D ;D ;D

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Digital to analog converters
« on: December 01, 2013, 11:44:29 AM »
Is there really a good reason to continue this argument? Not that I'm against a good debate, but I feel like it's going in circles at this point.

+1 Thought the same (even i did response earlier too...)

I´m just waiting now for the day hearing some stuff by Immersion! Then we all can compare what makes the difference in audio quality with all the gear he owns then.

Cheers,
Tomas

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