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Im about to start a major studio downsizing to a more mobile rig and Im looking for suggestions regarding laptops, power, size, screen options etc.

Im running logic pro 8 on a G5 2.5 quad core 16g ram system currently so it has to be a Macbook Pro as I dont want to switch Daw's.

I would like to hear from PC users as well because regardless of platform I imagine the positive aspects of a laptop and their pitfalls would be somewhat universal.

I plan on using soft synths...something new for me and limited hardware.   I already have my interface, a Metric Halo uln2.

Also any thoughts on hard drives.....SSD?   External Drives....Thunderbolt?   New or used Macbook.  OSX?

Lots to consider.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Sony PCM D50 Linear Recorder FS
« on: April 13, 2012, 07:57:58 PM »
The sound quality @ 24/96 on this thing is quite amazing.

The tripod collapses into a very rugged grip, essential for hand held field recordings, oh and the hamster is included for free ;D



Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Korg Wavedrum FS
« on: April 13, 2012, 07:44:38 PM »
Another item I like to let forum musicians know about before it goes to ebay....Korg Wavedrum: $370, original box  etc....Thanks



Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Alesis Andromeda A6 FS
« on: April 13, 2012, 06:41:12 PM »
I would like to put this up here before it goes off to ebay......Alesis Andromeda A6 16 Voices Analog Synthesizer:  $1800

Im not going to go into what this is or does as its reputation is well known......I want to let you know why Im selling it for such a price when they are asking $4000+ on ebay, although they normally sell for more like $3500

First there are a few minor software issues.  During heavy programming the lcd screen can go blank.  A click of the program button restores it.  It does not happen often and barely interups programming but still is something potential buyers should be aware of.  Also the screen can get stuck, usaually ENV 2 screen...a random clicking of buttons releases the screen and returns it to what ever parameters you are actually editing.

Lastly there is  cosmetic damage where this board took a fall at some time in its life before I got it....see picture below.  You cant see it unless you look underneath and it has not effected the function of the synth.

Beyond these issues the Andromeda is  functioning fine, auto tune works as do all knobs.

I am not the original owner.  I purchased it in 2006.  It has the manufactures quality control sticker on the bottom that is date 01/26/01

Please email with any


P.S. Studio shot is circa 2009

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Pjusk - Sus Video
« on: November 26, 2011, 07:23:48 AM »
Amazing video of this 12k label group.....have not heard the entire cd as it was sold out by the time I got round to it.  Music seems like a bit or a breakaway sound for 12k

Pjusk - Sus

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / A stroll through Vince Clarke's studio
« on: November 03, 2011, 05:42:00 AM »
Stumbled across this last night......beautiful "scenery". 

Part 1

Part 2

If you are still interested the following videos are Clarke programming a few of his wonderful toys!  The credits at the end of each video are pretty funny, gave me a chuckle.

Very interesting interview......never thought about music in this manner.  It will get those brain cells up and firing.

Not certain about the software for my use anyway...I have the trial version, lets see.

Everything and Nothing / Big waves : Electro Ambient Music
« on: October 08, 2011, 04:17:02 PM »
As a surfer / surfboard builder Im always looking for the challenge most often beyond my own capabilities.......the videos below exhibit this.  Its hard to understand for those that dont surf that situations like this can take your life.  Ironic when the surfers seem to be standing there enjoying the view while being chased by roaring giants.  I think I would be sitting in a boat have to now your limitations.   Tavurua, where this takes place is a heart shaped island in Fiji.

Enjoy the ride

P.S.Sorry about the ad's cant control that....worth expanding this videos to full screen and turning up the volume

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Omnisphere.....who's using it?
« on: September 29, 2011, 07:02:20 AM »
Came across this video of the Spectrasonic's Omnisphere 1.5 update that implements the ipad as a control surface.  Is it as good as it sounds.  I have resisted so far.  Perhaps it is futile to do so.

Everything and Nothing / Why do Artist list the instruments used on a CD?
« on: September 23, 2011, 05:47:24 PM »
This was a question posted by a forum member somewhere here regarding the long list of modular synthesizers used by Parallel was asked with a tone of frustrated annoyance because it seemed unnecessary to this person.  It struck me as an interesting question.  There are many reasons I believe and I have a few ideas of my own but Im curious if ambient/electronic music fans here care what was used to create the sounds we so love to hear.  Does it matter to the listener?  To musicians its a forgone conclusion...we will always want to know what was involved in the production.

I stop by the 12k site quite often to see whats happening and I had never seen this beautiful little manifesto before...thought Id share.


1. Don't tell listeners what they want to hear, let them discover that for themselves. 

2. Treat your audience as they are: intelligent, passionate lovers of art and sound.

3. Evolve constantly, but slowly.

4. Stay quiet, stay small.

5. Strive for timelessness.

6. Never try to be perfect. Beauty is imperfection.

7. Simplicity. Anti-Design.

8. Never try to innovate, be true to yourself, and innovation may happen.

9. Explore sound as art, as a physical phenomenon — with emotion.

10. Develop community.

11. Be spontaneous.

12. Everything will change.

Im in the process of moving my computer, a G5 Quad Core Mac out of my studio, well not entirely out but into a closet in the studio, your standard accordion slatted closet doors.  Right now the computer is close to my right moniter and when pushed with a lot of plugin activity the fans start to gear up and I just cant deal with what the fan noise is doing to the mid high to high frequencies when trying to mix.

What are you doing to deal with this?  Ive look at the expensive Isobox option.  Mixed reviews from what Ive read.  Seems to be an overheating issue with those boxes.  Putting the computer in an other room is not an a posibility.  Also not ready to upgrade my computer....Ive heard the newest Macs are almost silent.

Your thoughts are most most welcome.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Best Audio Cables
« on: July 16, 2011, 06:31:26 PM »
Thanks to Chad Kettering for turning me on and others I hope...its in a post here somewhere.. to really good audio cable guys

The best Mogami cables & neutrik interconnects....its not cheap, but if your looking to move beyond Hosa et el this is the way to go.  They make you cables to order whatever length and turn around is a matter of a day or two. 

Remember, we are only as good as our connection......damn, I should work for at&t.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / The Ultimate Ambient Synth
« on: June 11, 2011, 05:34:37 PM »
Is there such a thing?  Can it be just one machine?  Maybe it is not electronics at all. perhaps it is........

This was a thread over at gearslutz

I think I have it, dont you,  but then.......a perfect gear topic for the Ultimate Ambient Forum!

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / NIN Gear
« on: June 04, 2011, 06:08:44 PM »
Well this has nothing to do with ambient for sure, although there are places where Reznor has done his ambient part from time to time.  Anyway Im a fan and came across this posting on Gearslutz about synths used in NIN and a good majority of the 7 pages is Charlie Clouser talking about his part in Nine Inch Nails, his perspective and his present state of being.

Well worth a read.


P.S. Charlie chimes in at the bottom of the first page.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Unusual Analog Synths
« on: May 27, 2011, 06:00:30 AM »
Came across these very odd synths.....these are not photoshop creations, they are available through Big City Music in LA

Heres a little video of the Swarmatron used in Trent Reznor's newest sonic adventure...How to Destroy Angels

And a link to a short film on the creators of these machine......very interesting & strangely funny


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Cans.....Whats on your head?
« on: February 12, 2011, 09:15:16 PM »
Ive been using Grado Headphones these last few years.  Started with the Grado Sr125.  A recommendation by mastering engineers for QC & checking mixes.  The detail that comes out of these is quiet amazing.  Grado are notoriously uncomfortable but most put up with it because of the sound they reproduce.

I Just recently upgraded to a pair of Grado SR325si......twice the price as the SR 125 and 5 times as good.  These cans you could possible mix on. They are that accurate but you still dont get the spacial separation that studio monitors give.  The detail  & tonal balance from these is truly astonishing.  Also you do not need a headphone amp to get the best out of these as you need for cans such as the Sennheiser HD 600 or 650 and the AKG k701 that are in the same other words your iPod can drive these

So.....Whats on your head?

Other Ambient (and related) Music / CDs are Dead....Almost!
« on: January 06, 2011, 09:21:19 PM »
This is a forum topic over at 12k......One forum member by the name of Leaf post this on 12/30/10 which I have pasted below. I feel this is well worth posting here.  It has inspire me not to give up on cd releases, which I have never intended on doing, nevertheless, with free downloads and artist cutting cd prices just to be able to share without much profit, if any..... manufacturing CDs today in our community requires a lot of passion & belief in what we do as musicians and needs a greater, more powerful sustained voice from the music lovers that listen!


i made some adjustments as i wanted to keep my reply simple.

I see and experience the only cd market left for obscure and small labels as Limited edition cds in good packaging.

I was selling 1000 cds about 3 years back in 1.5 years.Now i am down to 300.I always sold these as limited editions and for me its the only option.

I do not like files , i like to feel , see , have art , a package and i collect cds.

So do at least 300 people worldwide and as labels phase out cds it simply means those who do them will become more rare and sort after.

There will always be a % who want cds.

I see a day when cd in collectable art packaging will be worth alot more maybe an audio cd / flac data cd / art , package .

As eno has just done.

Instead of slowly eroding your art into a cheap and worthless digital commodity return it to art , do the opposite , dont follow trends make them.

There is no future in selling cheap mp3 via itunes , or cheap music for artists.For mass produced labels maybe but as musicians we really have to consider our worth.

As an artist selling his own music on limited cd ( glass master with full art etc ) for 5 years now and with about 8 releases i can say for me its now about limiting my sales , not maximising them , about selling less , distributing less and making my art and label more collectable , making it harder to buy it and making it so each buyer is a collector and supporter of me as an artist.Sell less , charge more  , return music to a valued work of art.

I end all digital distribution ( via  a major network and on every major digital retailer ) in 2011 and you will only be able to buy my work direct from me , on my site .I also end all distribution with pile it high and sell it cheap retailers .

The future for me is selling 100 / 300 limited works of art , of music / flac and in good packaging and making it so you have no choice , you buy the work as a work of art from me direct or you go buy or download some free musical commodity.

Sorry but many are heading in the wrong direction as artists , devalueing their work , piling high , selling cheap and really being sucked into and endless spiral of worthlessness.

The future is in becoming small , self suficient , offering good creative art , nice packaging and a mixed medium of cd , flac , wav and above all cutting out pointless middle men  , deal direct as artist  / label with the music buyer who supports you as an artist.

We must return music in peoples minds as a work of art.

Selling digital files does not equate to a  living for small labels.Its a trap and the trend is killing music and the idea musicians can make a living.

Its an erosion of creative spirit in music by market forces and consumerism trends that suit mac and the rest of  ' the corporation '

Digital only sales will in the end kill music i feel as art and all we will have left is a load of watered down labels selling files for 1 cent and a few highly collectable artists labels doing to exact oppsosite .

Do the opposite form the pack i say.I invested my time in collecting all my customers contacts , selling direct.I sell more direct than via distributers and retailers  now , way more.

We have to step back now , make efficient and above all work as a painter selling his work to a buyer.

Take a pro active step , force all sales through your site , all mediums controlled by the label and artist ( if an artist run label ) Price the works at a good value and remind the buyers anc Colectors ( the key ) that theya re supporting art and artists , not itune and the rest of big business.

Educate and appeal to the listeners heart and thank them for direct support.

Its a  worthless relationship that sees a listener want to pay as little as possible for your work.They dont emjoy it so much and value it less and you ? you make no living.

Mp3 via distribution is a  trap as are cheap file sales.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / How do you process your field recordings?
« on: December 29, 2010, 06:49:12 AM »
Just got myself a Sony PCM D50 recorder and was wondering how others handle their field recordings......

Do you load the files directly into your daw via usb or another digital input and leave the recordings unprocessed?

Do you run the audio through external fx and then into your daw? This is something I have in mind to do.

Do you load your field recordings into samplers, soft or hard, for manipulation....... programs such as Camel audio's Alchemy, SS Kyma come to mind and Synths such as Roland's V-Synth
or the Nord Wave that can use sampled sounds as oscillators.

There's a myriad of possibilities, and as I have no experience with this I would be very interested to hear how others approach this.


Other Ambient (and related) Music / New cd release.
« on: April 07, 2009, 06:24:20 AM »

I am excited to inform the hypnos forum members of the release of my first cd entitled " Living at a higher frequency." The double cd is a selection of electronic music written over a 5 year period.
If you have a moment, you can listen to some of the tracks on my website

I am especially pleased to bring this to the attention of the forum members as the music that is released on the Hypnos / Binary labels is a source of inspiration for me.

All the best......Julio

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