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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New David Sylvian, Steve Roach
« on: October 30, 2014, 03:47:49 PM »
  Haven't heard it though but with his extreme experiments in sound these days I'm not getting my hopes up. 


What are your (sorry to quote you for this word) "extreme" hopes and expectations for this artist - once more the usual and well known deep Ambient from Roach?

Though this was a miss placed quote I do agree with Tomas's words.

Sylvian cd on its way to me...I was interested in the book but it seems to be currently unavailable.

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Im for the fully available album and I like the "name your price" option.  I have found that people are very fair and pay what a download is worth....and thats anything from $1 to $10 though it rarely gets that high.

I would never order anything through cdbaby because of the 30 second sound clips.  I have bought through them only when I have heard the music more extensively elsewhere and cdbaby is the only source.

Actually Pete I have listen to your albums on band camp and bought several and sometimes I like to go back and listen again. Perhaps I passed on music that did not register with me the first go round but did the second or third...so there are some advantages of having all the music accessible.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New David Sylvian, Steve Roach
« on: October 27, 2014, 04:39:22 PM »
The Sylvian CD is just out, apparently ambient instrumental, with poetry reading I think, but maybe not but just text accompanying the music.  Haven't heard it though but with his extreme experiments in sound these days I'm not getting my hopes up. 

Steve Roach/Jorge Reyes--Ancestor Circle.  Did this get delayed??  Not on Steve's or Projekt sites.  Highly anticipated for sure. 


Just listen to audio on the Sylvian release.  Not familiar with the poet but he is the voices, also features Christian Fennesz.  Theres a book and cd combo coming out as well as cd.

Heres the Link...http://davidsylvian.com/theresalight/information.html

Thanks for the heads up drone on!


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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Eventide UltraReverb
« on: October 27, 2014, 06:12:44 AM »
Hi Mike....just came across your post. Not sure if you meant it to be here or as part of the Live thread as it seems to have more to do with Live than Ultrareverb. 

Good read & tips nevertheless.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ambient sound packs for synths ?
« on: October 27, 2014, 06:05:46 AM »
Generally speaking I have thought the use of "sound packs" as being lazy.....or for film composers on really tight schedules who dont have an army of sound designers as some big names do.

Often the process of sound design is where the joy of composing music can be and where those beautiful accidents take place.  Its about the journey.  Take that away from me and I would stop writing music...well ambient electronic music.

There have been times recently that I had some Live packs available to me and I downloaded them out of curiosity....turn out to be very education, not the sounds themselves but the way Live instrument racks had been set up and suggested to me how modular Live could be.

Presets to can be educational.  Im still learning the depths of my Solaris synth and there are some presets that are very good.  I do like to take time to study what has been done within the patch to create the sound and I have learnt quite a of lot new techniques.  Also these preset patches can give birth to my own sounds as well.

As you suggest Pete, the programming is the joy and the path to our individual voice(s).

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I thought I knew this song but I have never heard it expressed like this.....beautiful poetry!

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: October 25, 2014, 03:11:47 PM »
Actually I just went back in this thread to see your older studio setup.....nice evolution.

Also looked at the the traffic coming through this thread......91,606 today.  3 years ago I mention it was at 53k.  As you suggested Loren it must be the link to Gearslutz you made.  The question is how to make ambient music as popular as gear....no, bad idea ::) 

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: October 25, 2014, 02:50:21 PM »
Thats great the everything has been brought within reach more or less.  The modular at one side and the VS & Z1 at the other.  Also like the racks at desktop level are angled.  The KK desk has consolidated your equipment in a very accessible way......thats what a good desk is for.

Curious about your monitors.....they are very deep (physically).

P.S. Thanks for taking the heat off me ;) ;D

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Thanks Forrest...I will listen to those.  I did see those titles on Tim Story's website.

APK....not too long ago you posted an amazing performance by Rodelius on youtube here.  It was at an very unusual gallery type setting with someone on and Arp and Rodelius play keys and iPad.  Ive searched the forum but cant find it.  Anything ever come of it to your knowledge?  It was really a good piece.

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Looks like Im becoming a collector  :o ::) ;D,  that and I should eat my words.

Any other Story/ Rodelius recommendations....Inlandish?

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Recording and mastering @ 24bit makes sense to me.  Why not capture more detail if its available and when I switched from 16 bit to 24 bit recordings there was a difference.  The thing is I now have to use words like "more presence" to express what I mean and this is not science but emotion.  I cant prove it but I hear it. 

Now how high you go in sample rate......music for bats says it all.  I have always recorded at the target cd rate, 44.1khz. because I dont feel comfortable with up and down sampling.  For what you gain you will loose or add what was not original there so for better or worse I keep it simple and the only conversion is from 24 bit to 16 bit. 

in other media such as photography there is absolutely no argument over image quality.  An 8"X10" negative captures so much more information than a 35mm, or I should say a 50 megapixel digital back on a medium format camera and a full frame 35mm sensor.  Same size print...the difference is astonishing.  Perhaps our eyes are more sensitive than our ears....i dont think so.  Our brain is not as well trained to understand the information the ears delivers compared to our eyes...perhaps, but the key word is training.  With sight you get what you see...it is how you perceive it that changes what you see, not the actual information. Is the same true for the ears?

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There is a lot going on Pete in a very good way.  The diversity really works.  It flows, comes and goes, disappears, resurfaces.  Looking forward to Iris!

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Thats a great essay APK.

I have been running my studio through a Lavry AD/DA setup for quite a while.  The man will not create anything above 96k.  Below is an introduction to a paper he wrote.


The Optimal Sample Rate for Quality Audio By Dan Lavry, Lavry Engineering Inc. May 3, 2012

Imagine that you and a friend were standing at the base of a lone hill in an otherwise flat plain, and you start walking up that hill towards the top. Now imagine that when you reach the top, your friend tries to convince you that you can go higher up the hill if you simply walked twice the distance forward from the base. You would probably pause for a moment, look around, and quickly realize that continuing forward would just take you back down the other side of the hill! This concept of an optimum is not hard to understand, but in digital audio circles more and more people are taking the word of their friend the salesman, who tells them to keep on walking.
In this paper, I will cover some of the myths of higher sampling rate and illustrate how higher sampling rates can actually reduce accuracy in audio conversion. Moreover, I will attempt to elucidate the existence of an optimal sample rate and how conversion at higher or lower rates compromises the accuracy of the audio signal......

Heres the link to the continued white paper highlighted above. Have to say a fair bit of this goes way over my head :o  http://www.lavryengineering.com/pdfs/lavry-white-paper-the_optimal_sample_rate_for_quality_audio.pdf

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This is what the future of physical product will be....welcome to the  "Audiophile" domain.  Physical media is becoming a commodity.  A collectors game, (obviously not you drone on) where price does not matter, the more limited and the more it costs the more it needs to be possessed.  Why make something and price it as if its out of print when its just released or will be shortly

The soundcloud demo is astonishing beautiful.  I wish in a way it was crap, because that pricing is BS but i have great respect for the artist and love their work so Im torn.

Is 750 limited?  Perhaps for these two it my be.  Maybe they normally press 50,000 cd's!   

Heres a link....https://soundcloud.com/timstorymusic/lazyarcexcerpts

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: October 18, 2014, 03:06:00 AM »
Thank Loren!

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: October 16, 2014, 05:53:46 PM »
Very nice setup Julio. I too have a KK Audio desk, except mine is this gigantic thing with lots of room for rack gear.  :o I'll try to get some pictures up. Too bad KK Audio went out of business, they made great studio furniture.

How do you like the Solaris compared to the A6 you had, or your Matrix 12? Right now I too have a Matrix 12, except it's not mine, I'm taking it in for repair for a friend.

Loren... I would be grateful for any leads to a tech you may know when the time comes.  I have a short list of names but no actual reassurance . My M12 is working just fine albeit form day to day it can be an M9 or M7 and back to a M12, though usually most things are stable......Thanks so much.
 

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For me a Pro CDR is one that is manufactured by the same cd plant you would use to make a pressed CD.  One would hope that the process would be of the highest quality and control and that the same standards apply as those for pressed CD's.  This is my interpretation. 

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: October 15, 2014, 07:35:48 AM »
The Solaris is looking pretty ! I'd also like to know what you think of it.

Desk is certainly nice, though perhaps not as deep as I'd like ... I do tend to use some flat, desktop gear and controllers that need quite a bit of space.

And are those 3-way speakers really meant for near field monitoring? They look huge  :)

Hi Anthony....the Focals are large but I think the wide angle made the whole room look bigger than it is which is 12ft x 11ft.  I think Im at the limit in small room size for these monitors.  Setup in the correct triangulation as they are with sonic reflections dealt with by the hanging treatments the monitors are just right.  :)  The actual sweet spot is about 2 ft back from the desk.    They are designed for near to mid field.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: October 15, 2014, 07:24:02 AM »
Hi Loren.....would love to see some pictures of the desk.  That is too bad KK Audio are gone.

The Solaris is quite amazing, firstly for its programability, as deep as the Matrix 12, though with more access.  Each "module" and it does feel like programming a modular synth has its own dedicate lcd window with mod sources a button click away.  Its complex yet straight forward.  The A6 was complex and just odd to program

The sound is very unique.  Its virtual analog oscillators sound very good as does the filters but for me having the addition of Waldorf Wavetables & Prophet VS waves under the same hood makes the programming that much interesting.  In a way the sound of the Solaris does remind me of A6 which had a certain bite in a good way to the sound.  I have heard it said that the Solaris has a Teutonic edge to its sound....it is bright if thats what is meant.  It is made in Germany, though Design by John Bowen.  Ive only had the synth a few months.....it took 10 months to make it, longer than usual but that was due to a delay from Fatar who made the actual keyboard.

The build quality is fantastic! Never touched a synth that felt like this. Bowen put the best he could find into the construction.

Software has a few issues though nothing serious.....there are only 150 made so far so R&D is still on going with the users being a part of that.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: October 14, 2014, 05:17:21 PM »
Some older photographs from a few years back of my studio emerged in a recent debate.....so I thought I would updated them.

New add ons....wood floor, on top of the Focal Twin Be monitors, an Iron Chef trophy, no not the tv show, a local thing that I won.  Next to that a stain glass fairy my girlfriend made. On the left monitor, a rocket blower for blowing off dust from digital camera sensors with microphone windscreen on top and a little jar that I put my Chinese fortune cookie sayings in.

Oh, almost forgot...a new desk.  KK audio out of LA.

Studiologic 88 weighted Numa piano controller and a John Bowen Solaris Synth.

23" Cinema Display run off the 17" Macbook Pro via thunderbolt....gets really noisy.

Sorry about the grainy quality.....the cheap point and shoot had the widest best lens for the job.




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