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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 29, 2014, 06:16:00 AM »

I saw them during their "Permanent Waves" tour way back in 1980.  I remember being really impressed with Neil Peart's drumming--a perpetual motion machine.

Forrest

Thats when I first saw them.....Permanent Waves Tour, Hammersmith Odean, London.  As a inexperienced teenage drummer back then the show was a life changing experience for me. 

We are going to need a separate Rush thread shortly.....


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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 27, 2014, 08:46:05 PM »
Been on a Rush revisit these last few days.....it was this song that I remember understanding the power of a synth...Vast Moog leads and deep rich Oberhiem chords. It was after this album I lost touch with the group as they followed a different path and I had followed them from Hemispheres.....time to see what I missed!

Rush - Subdivisions

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Hi Thirdsystem.....from what you say I take it you are or were in the distillery business, or better put craft. Actually Im coming to appreciate it as an art.

Went for the Bunnahabhain 12....no sherry oak, very pale like the Ardbeg 10.  Love the nose, found the taste a tad underwhelming.  Took it back and trade it for the Auchentoshan 12.  It is everything you said.....Im not accustomed to some much presence in a whiskey that as you suggested would be light.  It is so but not faint of heart.....mandarin, on that second inhale...oh yes, and candy toffee.

Its strange to be able to take back something you have committed to in ones purchases....Im not entirely comfortable with it....someone has to suck it up, most likely me when I go for a tasting and a good portion is what I returned. ;D :o  Still they keep telling me if you dont like it....whats a poor boy to do?

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: iPad Daw Control
« on: January 27, 2014, 07:40:10 AM »
Just a heads up as Ive now been working with this on my iPad controlling Logic Pro for a few days......Wow.  I have been using a Presonus Faderport for several years now and it was very useful but this takes it to a whole new level.

The V-Window calls up whatever is on your screen so if you have a plugin you can adjust eq, compression etc with your finger on the screen.  Its really very accurate.

The app works with pretty much with all Daw software including Final Cut, 5,6 & 7

As apps go its a bit pricey...$49, but the equivalent hardware box would cost 10x more.

Syncing Wifi seems a bit shaky but I think thats just me trying to establish the proper setup.

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Thanks Castleview & Paul for you recommendations.....I sensed that verbs and Fx had gone soft and become comparable to hardware and that there was not a great deal more hardware units than what I knew of.....Briscanti was the most recent box to come along in recent years an its priced beyond my reach.  :(

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Just curious as to what others use and or recommend in a hardware box.  Not opposed to software options but currently us no software verbs.  I do like this box a lot....very good reverb, though I image not quite as good as top of the line boxes from Lexicon and TC electronics.  I also like the more unusual "Black Hole" type fx in the box.

Other than its big brothers the H7600 & H8000 which are too deep for my needs is there something else out there?

Thanks

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Mixing tips.
« on: January 25, 2014, 05:51:22 AM »
Must be my early love of all things synth pop because I really have no issues with the music, it is not synth pop but definitely pop and I actually quite liked the music on the second video sort of Seal like.

I think the music serves to illustrate what he is saying...certainly he mixed it so he can talk about it and what he says makes sense, well at least to me.  Delivery is important and if that rubs you the wrong way then you are not going to stay around to hear the message.

Good basic mixing is fundamental to all music genres....granted within ambient this tends to become very abstract and most rules go out the door which is exciting, however the basic principle of getting a good mix still apply and that is what this man is suggesting.  Its like constructing a building...you have to get a solid foundation before you can go up and what you design will express your own architectural inclinations but the building will not stay up long if you screw up the part few people see.

Food for though as Forrest says and I respect that it may not be to everyones taste.  :)

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Mixing tips.
« on: January 23, 2014, 09:23:29 PM »
Crap they are Tomas, the songs.....yet I found some interesting perspectives on mixing that I consider on a regular basis that Ive not heard spoken about.  Dont judge a book by its cover as they say  ;)

I loved the bits where he is checking his text messages.....brings the whole message home.

The reason I posted these is because they touch issues that should be considered regardless of musical taste or genre......good mixing skills are essential to understand and have command of as we most often are the musician and the engineer....same person different hats.

I found some things in the videos that I felt were important an worth sharing......there is always room for us to improve are mixing skills, even if this did not do it for you  :)


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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Mixing tips.
« on: January 23, 2014, 05:15:31 PM »
This may seem like it has nothing to do with ambient......it does not, and yet it has everything to do with getting a good dare say great mix regardless of genre.  Put this through your best monitoring system. The differences cans be subtle.

Just came across it, I really dont know how I found it....still, quite enlightening....enjoy

P.S. This man has serious credentials.

The Top 5 Things To Do Every Mix - Into The Lair #69


Top 10 Mix Mistakes (Part 1) - Into The Lair #54


Into The Lair #38 - Instrument Levels in a Mix




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Ah...so there is some peat in the Bunnahabhain 12, perhaps in the way Talisker and Highland Park do.  Its up next.   

I have been to Scotland a few times when I lived in England from the age of about 5 - 22 before returning to America.  Camping in the Outer Hebrides was highlight.  I was either Lewis or Harris....seems another lifetime ago for sure.  What a privilege for me now that I have the memory of the wonderful landscape and people as I enjoy these malts today.

Thanks for the picture Thirdsystem...good to chat with someone really close to the subject.

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Yes thanks for joining in Thirdsystem......I have been looking at the Bunnahabhain 12, supposed to be non peat from what I understand.  Islay malt without peat :o  Thanks for the recommendation.

This one is very special.   The GlenDronach 15 was high recommended to me,  one of the greats but so was the price $90-100, so I went for the 12.....whats so interesting and enjoyable is that a given whiskey has such a diverse and complexed taste....I have not tasted one that is similar, in quality yes.....even the smoke is different in a peated malt. 

This is the crazy part. I've been doing this for almost a year now and I have not had ONE SINGLE COLD. I use to deal with 3-4 colds a year so I'm of the opinion a tiny bit of this stuff a day is sort of killing off germs.  Plus I sleep way better!

In the last six months since I have been seriously enjoy this whiskey trail I can say that I seem to have a better sense of well being.....cant actually put my finger on it.....a dram or 2 a night.  So easy to do more and how quick this stuff comes back to bite you!  Does not tolerate abuse.  Everything in moderation.


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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Oblivion - 2013
« on: January 15, 2014, 02:10:09 PM »
........made me wonder what the heroine of the movie would do with all these Tom Cruise character around....a bit of weird ending in my mind.

 :o :o :o :o oooh  :o :o :o :o

Right!..... ;D

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Oblivion - 2013
« on: January 15, 2014, 07:01:20 AM »
Enjoyed Oblivion....saw it when it came out.  The balance between content and action was better than what hollywood usually dishes out...all action!

At the end of the movie when the second Tom Cruise arrived at the lake house, made me wonder what the heroine of the movie would do with all these Tom Cruise character around....a bit of weird ending in my mind.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Constance Demby
« on: January 13, 2014, 06:45:08 AM »
What a great story Steve...thanks for sharing and what if I may ask is a space bass?

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iTunes here...never explored other options as it came installed.  It did take a bit of work configuring itunes to store my files where I wanted them.  Mac apps love to do it their way.  Stopped using Aperture for this very reason and use Photoshop , Camera Raw and Bridge because it insists you do it your way. (so much better as well)  Drifting off topic sorry.

I did use Amarra which sort of worked on top of itunes to improve playback quality.....a go to audiophile server solutions.  Comes form one of the most highly regarded audio editing software companies for mastering engineers called Sonic Studio.  http://www.sonicstudio.com


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I have been enjoying this one in the new year.... I was expecting more of an impact from the rum casks, its there and adds a spice to the taste just subtle which is not a bad thing. I find the nose is not there as Ive become used to in the malts Ive been drinking recently and for me 50% of the enjoyment is in the smell.  Perhaps coming in after such intense and dynamic malts as Lagavulin 16 & Aberlour 16 it could seem a bit well manner but certainly not shy.  Definitely worth exploring.  :)

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One thing a few people have mentioned in passing, but which hasn't been stated explicitly, is that some studio devices, such as mixing boards especially, but also some DA converters, often have very good headphone preamps built in.



Both my mixer the speck x sum and Metric Halo uln2 daw interface have very good headphone amps.....the detail that comes through both theses units are stellar.  Better than a dedicated headphone amp, probably not but they get the job done.




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Everything and Nothing / Re: Ambient Music + Copyright
« on: January 05, 2014, 06:13:46 PM »
With all the billions of choices modern synths offer, can't understand why an em/ambient artist would need to sampleand then change someone else's work.  Laziness, yes.  Stealing, yes.

My sentiments exactly......I might cut film score work some slack.  Sampled Orchestral work etc....Real Orchestra's are expensive

Nothing against sample based technology and I have respect for those here that create sample libraries.

Personally all the fun, joy and creative satisfaction is in the synthesis journey.....for me that means starting at the actual source

 

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A:  ............/............/............/............/............/etc
B:       ............/............/............/............/............/etc
C:           ............/............/............/............/............/etc


Serens graphic representation is the core to building ambient/drone music.....it also represents the fundamental idea of layering tracks where the depth in music is not just in a time line but has space and dimension at any moment along that timeline.

Drones for me are created in real time.....that is I will create a patch in a synth and start to work with modulation in a way that brings motion within the sound, then add a sequencer or arpeggiator to further shape the sound, then open up an envelope generator......long attack and release......then reverb or not.  Often a sound can become very complex and beautiful that reverb takes the interest away, sort of dulls it and yet that also could be just what is needed.  Say I record what Ive just described as track B in Serens illustration.....how does it interact with track A which has already be recorded with another sound.  This is where it can get really exciting. The very interaction or conflict between tracks can be the creation of drones that did not exist before.  As already said its down to imagination and how the sounds inspire you.

I have a synth that has a second VCA  when opened acts like an endless sustain on each voice which turns my playing into drones and as the voices are used up they drop away and are replaced by the next note which can create unusual texture.

The source of a sound such as an oscillator or real instrument is not as important as what is done to the oscillator or where that real instrument is played......i.e flute recorded in the grand canyon.  You could alter the flute in some way to make it less flute like and perhaps more interesting but ultimately I prefer to keep the source clean.

How do you turn something by itself that is rather boring into a thing, a sound that is full of dynamics and wonder that inspires you and most like the listener.....figure that out and you are ready to create music.  ;)  I am still trying. 

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Cans.....Whats on your head?
« on: December 28, 2013, 10:56:37 AM »
Immersion I would say they are bright....they are well balanced across the whole frequency spectrum.  Certainly no dark mud...lots of detail and air.

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