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Messages - Julio Di Benedetto

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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.


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Julio

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 Anthony.....love 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.

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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 4000.....at 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


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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

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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


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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 4000.....at least its on my list if I ever move on from the Eventide Eclipse.


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Elektron Analog Heat
https://macprovid.vo.llnwd.net/o43/hub/media/1001/12679/Elektron_-_Analog_Heat_03.jpg


Analog heat is high on my list....it 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.







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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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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: what analog synth should I buy ?
« on: January 02, 2017, 07:12:18 AM »
If your price range is around the cost of the minilogue there is little choice if you want poly.  And this seems like a really great synth from what I have heard so....

If you can go higher in price the next place might be the Elektron Analog Keys & Analog 4. Same synth architecture in both versions.  I have had my eye on this synth and I love the sound it makes.  $1000 used on eBay and $1200 + new.  Its a heavy performance arp/sequencer synth but I think it really shines as a solid 4 voice.



I think I did a thread about it when it was released, this synth is actually from sweden :)
But I have heard no samples that convince me that it sounds good, that is the biggest problem, not all analog sounds good, but this sounds almost digital to me.  The construction looks to plastic and non-inspiring I think for that 1000 dollars you can get better stuff.


Looks can be deceiving.  I have the Elektron Analog Rytm and it is built like a tank with the best feeling encoders I have ever touched.

For $1000 dollars what analog 4 voice synth do you think is better?


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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Waves End of year Sale
« on: January 02, 2017, 07:01:45 AM »
Listen to the Abby Road Bundle....very sweet.  I did buy the ADT,  very special plugin. Thanks for the info Paul.

Also picked up the H-Delay from the Hybrid bundle.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Waves End of year Sale
« on: December 29, 2016, 10:45:25 AM »
The Price drop on all of their plugins is crazy.  I once used their Renaissance plugins like 10 years ago but never upgrade because of the hefty $200 fee. 

For example the Renaissance bundle is now $149, my upgrade fee I just payed was $79 for a bundle that lists at $399. 

Really good prices on individual plugins as well......http://www.waves.com

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: what analog synth should I buy ?
« on: December 27, 2016, 09:14:53 PM »
If your price range is around the cost of the minilogue there is little choice if you want poly.  And this seems like a really great synth from what I have heard so....

If you can go higher in price the next place might be the Elektron Analog Keys & Analog 4. Same synth architecture in both versions.  I have had my eye on this synth and I love the sound it makes.  $1000 used on eBay and $1200 + new.  Its a heavy performance arp/sequencer synth but I think it really shines as a solid 4 voice.








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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: December 25, 2016, 10:13:05 AM »
I found out today that my "Sleepwalker's Ocean" album made it to one of Keyboard magazine's Top 10 lists for 2016.  Very surprised and excited:

http://www.keyboardmag.com/miscellaneous/1265/keyboard-magazine-2016-top-10-album-lists/61193

Forrest

Congratulations.  What a nice christmas gift!

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Blade Runner Sequel
« on: December 24, 2016, 06:30:58 AM »
Does not really say or show too much but I am really excited to see this.

Deckard's gun looks very similar to the original.

Music in the trailer has the same melody and Vangelis sound.  Soundtrack will be critical.

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Now Playing / Re: Downpipe
« on: December 20, 2016, 08:38:31 PM »
Thats excellent Pete.....its got that Giorgio Moroder - American Gigolo & Jan Hammer - Miami Vice vibe to it.  8)

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Now Playing / Re: Downpipe
« on: December 20, 2016, 07:59:24 AM »
Nothing like a Deadmau5 build up.....Faxing Berlin


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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: December 15, 2016, 05:32:25 PM »
Harry....you have an Easel!  You been holding out on us? ;)

I have been listening, watching, reading, you name it.  Prices is daunting and availability a bit sketchy however to experience a Buchla without a second mortgage, this seems to be the way.  From my understanding its so much more than just a patchable monophonic synth.....you enter the mind of its creator. 

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Thanks for sharing the process, Julio. It's an interesting approach and I think I prefer to listen to it isolated. Later this week, I will listen to your soundcloud.  I think it's just a clash of techniques, maybe some more collabs and it will be a perfect marriage, and you are at the brink of something new.

Your Welcome.

My modular contributions to "Falling into Pace" were created from around the end of 2015 and through most of 2016 as an independent sound blog.  Only later once APK conceived the idea of this collaboration  did it manifest into this project.  That being said I disagree that there is a clash of techniques, on the contrary APK took my experimental sounds and crafted a beautiful and magical sonic world, often dark and melancholic yet for me full of wonder. 

Because of the nature of this collaboration and how the modular aspect of it is not always prevalent though always present I was able for the first time to listen with true objectivity.  Not something I can do with my own solo projects.

I respect your perspective and if the opportunity arises we may again set a course into the unknown!

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Yes, this style it's not for me. I tend to prefer slowly evolving layers that morph into other things, clearly identifiable during the whole track, not noises that appear and disappear in random ways, leaving a feeling of emptiness, imo a good candidate for auto generative music.

You did well here alfalfa....you perfectly described my part of the project and it was 100% auto generated.  I patched up the modular over a period of time and when I felt the patch had reached its zenith I pressed record and I let it do its thing. Completely auto generated, well actually control voltage generated but the same thing from the listening perspective.

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Anthony,

I think you have the title for your next album:  "No Handrails."  ;)

I've been enjoying your collab with Julio this past week.  I think the edginess of Julio's modular sounds compliment the softer palate you use very nicely.  Yes, there are occasional Eno/Budd reference points, but I don't see that as a bad thing, since your distinctive style and Julio's unique timbres come through.  Congrats to you and Julio for such a nice release!

Forrest

Thanks Forrest for your nice words.

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