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Impressive Minimoog D and virtual Moog shoot out.....the note for note comparison nulled each other out but I heard a difference in the melodic performance pieces, the Model D was brighter with a tad more punch and presence at least to my ears.  Splitting hairs really. 

What a great way to be welcomed back from your sabbatical with the Hearts of Space broadcast.....Bravo!

Now Playing / Re: Downpipe
« on: January 13, 2017, 11:31:38 PM »
I did not realize this thread was dug up from 2010....good job DeepR   8)

Now Playing / Re: Downpipe
« on: January 13, 2017, 11:00:34 PM »

Here's a track I really really like....Underworld : Born Slippy,  its the performance that makes this for me.   The melodic synth part is just breath taking.

Now Playing / Re: Downpipe
« on: January 13, 2017, 10:34:37 PM »
Goatrance. Laughing Buddha - Karma (1997)

It's old but still one of my favorites for that high octane kaleidoscopic feeling.

Wow...whats the bpm on that......were things that fast in 1997  ;)  Love it.

Now Playing / Re: Downpipe
« on: January 13, 2017, 10:27:41 PM »
Julio, that Plaid track is indeed most excellent.

Here's  two belters from the Gasman - both somewhat 'oblique' :)

Pete, Alcatraz Disco...that cracks me up.  The music is completely messed up in a good way teetering on the edge of slipping into structured track. Love it

Now Playing / Re: Downpipe
« on: January 12, 2017, 08:05:29 PM »
^ Very nice indeed. I like the 80ies vibes.

I quite like this one too, especially in combination with the clip which is beyond cool:

Delorean  8)

Now Playing / Re: Downpipe
« on: January 12, 2017, 07:54:42 PM »
Plaid....Matin Lunaire....posted this in the now playing thread but I feel deserves to be here

IDM in spirit but this makes me drive 30+ over the speed limit easliy.....FYI this is a compromised quality compressed file.  The cd version is amazing.

Now Playing / Re: Downpipe
« on: January 12, 2017, 07:09:57 PM »
Deadmau5.....4ware off the Album2016, yep thats the title, steaming available.... cd out soon.

Its got that 80's vibe to it though its a current release.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: TC Electronic VSS3 Native Reverb is here
« on: January 11, 2017, 09:54:41 PM »
Just went through the download & activation...iLok2 necessary.... which I know is an issue with some forum members.

Im happy to see that I was able to upgrade / cross grade from my powercore license to native for 50% less. $79  Its like 8 years since my powercore card got shelved, trashed, I mean recycled, yet Im still there in their system.  8)

Loren the only reference TC makes is porting it over from the system 6000, perhaps the older Mk1, so Im sure your right....many say the VSS4 is a nice improvement over the VSS3 but Im happy just to able to use the VSS3 again.

As I mentioned its been quite a few years since I used this so lets see...will let you know.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / TC Electronic VSS3 Native Reverb is here
« on: January 11, 2017, 08:47:46 AM »
I have waited a long time for powercore pci express card is long gone and this was and still is my favorite reverb that has not been available until now unless one has a 4000 unit or their flagship 6000.

Word was the UA was going to port the TC software over and that may still happen but this is exciting to have a Native version :)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 09, 2017, 08:01:03 PM »
Ekstasis, why on earth do you keep putting up a style of music that does not fit the style of this community
and its users, and that gets no comments or interest from anyone, and that just keeps filling up page after page with videos.
Please, try to keep the interests of the people here in mind. It is pretty obvious what they are.

Yes this is really nauseating.....Ekstasis, regardless of the merits of this music it does not belong here in an ambient music forum.  It is not Dark Ambient, it is just dark goth metal for lack of a better terminology similar to what your buddy aelfa or what its name was posted.  Please stop posting these relentless carcinogenic sounds.


I am a reverb junkie  to me the blue sky sounds like cheap man's eventide,  sounds not like the h8000 I have own.

More over I would not use a stomp box to but on my  master bus  conversion is probably the weak point of the blue Sky.

How would you think to compare a $5000 box to one that cost $500....of course its not going to come close to the converters that you once had in your Eventide....does not mean it cannot perform.

There are so many ways to use a stomp box, to suggest that one would put it on the master bus is ludicrous  though it may present so interesting results.


That Mordor NF1 looks really good.
I just checked out some details. It has a mighty fine set of osc types !!
How are you getting on with it ?

And the dark Virus is a beauty  8)

I am really enjoying the Modor NF-1 the Lord of the Rings spelling as it is often referred to, that and the Starwars Storm Trooper synth  ;D

ITs unusual layout is a nice change and actually enhances the programming or so it seems.  Yes the Oscillators are really well chosen with my favorite being Sonar and there are no wavetables.

I was not a fan of anything Formant until I used this synth.  The nasal vowel quality has never appealed to me, actual still does not but on the Modor you can mix it as well as change the vowels and modulate all of those parameters. Dialing it in really gives the sound a special quality.

I think its quite unique not because its digital but because its an expression of what a digital synth can be and does not pretend be anything virtual analog.  Perhaps now that analog synths are in production by a number of manufactures digital hardware synths may begin to show the same sort of development that has occurred in the software world.

The OS is a little wonky but Im getting used to it.....only negative I have with it is the power and volume are the same encoder.  I have lost quite a few patches by turning down the volume only to turn too much and shut the whole synth down >:(.....again something I need to get used too.  Encoders are a little wobbly but all of this is overshadowed by the sonic depths this synth is capable of.

Maybe a new audio reverb unit. I am thinking about Lexicon PCM92 or Yamaha SPX2000.
Does anyone have a recommendation or good samples/demo videos?

Jana I would look at the TC Electronics Reverb least its on my list if I ever move on from the Eventide Eclipse.

Julio thanks for the recommendation. I have a TC XL-One in my studio and the TC 4000 would be for sure an upgrade.
But then again, I think I should really try out something completely new :)

Indeed.  Perhaps as Paul has sung the praise of it the Strymon Blue Sky it could be an option.  It is a much praised box in the modular community who tend to use a lot of stomp boxes for external processing.

or the Big Sky

Also I picked up 2 new stands for the studio.

K&M 18860 Spider-Pro Double-Tier Keyboard Stand

I am done for a good while :) :o

I did not save up for these new instruments but sold about half of my Eurorack modular to fund the purchase.  The modular had got too out of hand size wise and was turning into a "boat" that just sucked up money. 

Virus TI2 Darkstar.  I had the original TI desktop that was a huge part of my sound on 3 of my music releases but I sold it a few years back and missed it ever since.

Minimoog Voyager

Mordor NF1 12 Voices Digital Synthesizer

Maybe a new audio reverb unit. I am thinking about Lexicon PCM92 or Yamaha SPX2000.
Does anyone have a recommendation or good samples/demo videos?

Jana I would look at the TC Electronics Reverb least its on my list if I ever move on from the Eventide Eclipse.


Elektron Analog Heat

Analog heat is high on my very well priced a$700 and change.  There are other pro audio distortion/ saturation boxes out there that cost much more and do similar sonic alchemy.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: what analog synth should I buy ?
« on: January 02, 2017, 09:57:58 AM »
Digital FX can ruin a sound for sure....but I feel the Elektron synths are very good at their price point and comparable to DSI gear.

What about a Moog Sub 37.....monophonic, duo phonic and paraphonic which is four voices with a twist, not exactly true 4 voice polyphony like the Elektron or the Minilogue.  It seems a very capable synth if want a Moog sound.  Price is starting to get higher $1500 but ebay would keep them closer to $1000.

By the way the DSI OB-6 sounds very similar to my Matrix 12.....that could be a good thing or not.

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