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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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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: What is Youtube to you?
« on: April 04, 2014, 05:16:23 PM »
You know, I really think this thread should be closed because every time I check it there are personal attacks.  Take it off forum, I say...

I disagree, because a discussion including different opinions makes it more alive. Please tell me at last one personal attack written here!

I do believe this forum is not a Kindergarten place, so I think members can cope with other personal opinions.

Greetings,
Tomas

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: What is Youtube to you?
« on: April 04, 2014, 04:24:06 PM »
Quote from: ffcal

BTW, I think my Animism release is available for streaming from Bandcamp, but I am ambivalent about that because of potential for recording the stream.

You THINK???

You are complaining here about broken copyrights concerning yours and other music, but for a particular own release you even don´t know if it is available for stream? Thats´s really odd IMO... What about having a clear knowledge concerning the legal availability of your music?

If you really don´t know ("i think") about that, then all the rest of what you said before makes it sounding for me like a pseudo-intellectual speech. And as I said before, so far unfortunately i haven´t heard any future based suggestions/ideas about your point concerning the "Youtube copyright issue".

Greetings,
Tomas

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: What is Youtube to you?
« on: April 04, 2014, 12:58:57 PM »
Chris:  "But I find it hard to accept your assumption that most record labels' interest in piracy has nothing to do with a concern for how piracy affects sales. "

I think you've ignored most what I've been trying to say.  What you said was a direct insult.  I'm done trying to explain it to you.

Forrest

I´m really surprised about your response…i mean, Chris tried to explain what he meant and (even it´s a personal opinion) many things he said making sense for me (i.e. piracy vs sales affects). But you just jump on an "insult" you imply it was against you. I´m not a native english speaker but from all I´ve read, i can´t see any direct insult. For me it seems you are currently quite stuck with your artist right fights but won´t like to expand this discussion. All people responding in this thread agreed on protecting copyrights so far, but you still hang on it and constantly repeat this issue.

I have no idea why, but for me it feels more like a defense position than trying to find solution to cope with that issue, because right now I haven´t  heard ANY ideas/suggestions from you here to make things better….so far I´ve only heard moaning.

Greetings,
Tomas

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: What is Youtube to you?
« on: April 04, 2014, 03:44:15 AM »
Quote from: ffcal

I don't think you broke the law by posting the Youtube link to that album...

Clearly not!

The video is up since 13.09.2012 (!!!) with currently +/- 47000 views

If the artist/label (in more than 6 months) hasn´t done something against this full upload, then it seems he´s/they´re fine with it for whatever reason. The argument "he/the label may haven´t seen it yet" won´t work at all concerning Youtube.

Greetings,
Tomas

I think you're assuming a level of diligence that many artists, their heirs or their labels may not have and may not be inclined to exercise because the financial rewards are too small.  An artist's legal rights are not based on how effective they are playing "whack-a-mole."  If I were awarded statutory damages for tracking down my and Projekt's illegal album postings, I would gladly do it full-time.

Here's a hypothetical:  let's say you owned a summer cabin in the middle of Wyoming, but only had the time to visit it once every year or so and barely had the resources to maintain it.  A group of enterprising teenagers periodically broke into the cabin and made off with some of the cabin's belongings.  If it took you a year or two discover the theft, should that affect or not whether a crime was committed?  And in the case of your Youtube example, but does it make it any less wrong that more people were doing the same thing?  (In case you're wondering, I've never been a  believer in the wisdom of mobs.)

Forrest

 :D Forrest, you sound like i´m on the other "side" protecting those uploads…LOL

It´s clear, that it is illegal and i´m not happy about it either. BUT, you can complain as much as you want about,
 it WILL NOT change anything about it that users are uploading copyright music on Youtube now and in the future.

So currently there are only 2 options for artists/labels:

1. Doing nothing about it
2. The artist and/or label gets active (yes, that takes effort and time)

I perfectly understand that you are pissed off by this issue (so I am) but your points are going in a circle now.

Greetings,
Tomas


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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: What is Youtube to you?
« on: April 03, 2014, 02:49:01 PM »
Quote from: ffcal

I don't think you broke the law by posting the Youtube link to that album...

Clearly not!

The video is up since 13.09.2012 (!!!) with currently +/- 47000 views

If the artist/label (in more than 6 months) hasn´t done something against this full upload, then it seems he´s/they´re fine with it for whatever reason. The argument "he/the label may haven´t seen it yet" won´t work at all concerning Youtube.

Greetings,
Tomas


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