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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Reverb Plugin Sound Demos
« on: February 23, 2014, 10:53:52 PM »
Yes Immersion I understand your perspective...why not put an entire PCM96 hardware processor ITB. .

Its sort of funny because I was a bit perturbed by the buy in price for the UAD 224....Core 2 Satellite + plugin.  I just am really starting to love it.  I recall buying a Powercore platform just to install the TC VSS 3 Reverb.

I suppose the point is that Im realizing I can go ITB without giving up anything and perhaps gaining a certain something  ???  I dont know...makes sense to me ;D

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Classical Hipsters.....a Monopoly rebirth!


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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Reverb Plugin Sound Demos
« on: February 23, 2014, 06:38:06 AM »
I have the demo of the Lexicon PCM Effects running and Ive listened to the lex reverb and fx together.  They are good but if I did opt to buy the PCM native verbs I would use my Sound Toys fx for designing a sound

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 22, 2014, 05:27:00 AM »
Faures - Continental Drift
Faures is René Margraff/Pillowdiver, Le Berger, and Elintseeker/Fuzz Lee. This release is beautiful--really unique. The primary form of instrumentation is layers upon layers of guitar, with occasional piano, synth, and glitchy electronics. The result is a shoegazing style "wall of sound," but much more restrained and delicate than what might be expected. The music is thick, but delicate. And the melodies, when they emerge, will melt you. Give this a shot; the first two tracks, in particular, are outstanding.

Listen/Buy: https://homenormal.bandcamp.com/album/continental-drift

Thanks for the heads up on this Chris....its on its way to me.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: ROACH Road Trip. . . .the Long Trip
« on: February 22, 2014, 05:25:11 AM »
Good story....2 concerts and a hands on workshop in-between. What an experience!

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Reverb Plugin Sound Demos
« on: February 21, 2014, 10:31:07 PM »
Found this just now...really reflects what Paul was talking about.  Give it it chance its not your usual sales demo.... it may surprise you, it did me!


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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Reverb Plugin Sound Demos
« on: February 21, 2014, 10:00:37 PM »
Thanks for the in depth response Paul.

I found it interesting what you said about the modern verbs......you dont know what they are doing until you bypass them.  I found this to be the case with a lot of the plugins Ive listed.

And I think its true, or Im coming to realize it that you can have several soft verbs for different applications when one hardware box was all you had to do everything as I do with the Eclipse. I am enjoy the variety of sound possibilities having all these verbs to play with which will start ending in a few days as the demos expire.

THe UAD system and plugins like the 224 are really enticing but the buy in to a satellite processor is not when the choice plugins do not come bundled...works out to be expensive for plugins. If I was looking for a new Daw interface the UAD Apollo with core plugin processors included seems a much better deal.  Your description of the UAD 224 has got me very curious.  You describe it with artist and colors close to my heart...perhaps when you consider that the UAD satellite system are really hardware, much like the TC Powercore platform was the sticker shock is subdued because the plugin is just a GUI to a hardware system not the system itself.

Thanks for your insight Paul.....and on that note few seem to be forth coming with their reverb suggestions. >:(  ;D  Anyone use Altiverb.



   

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Reverb Plugin Sound Demos
« on: February 21, 2014, 07:26:22 AM »
Just added a link to the Synth wav files at the bottom of the first post.   Might as well put it here to...https://www.dropbox.com/sh/osj98tu6mv4xcnq/dC7C_gjBSQ

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Reverb Plugin Sound Demos
« on: February 20, 2014, 10:26:12 PM »
Yes Castleview.....I think the Eventide & Oxford/Sonnox are good and very different from the rest as most of the others seem to be going after that coveted Lexicon sound and as such to my ears the Lexicon plugins still do it better.  I have been going back and forth and if you ask me tomorrow I could well change my mind.  But today or rather tonight the lexicon does itself the best.

I also feel that the Lex verbs are sort of in that category with a big price tag that makes one back away from them when Valhalla verbs and others do the job very well at considerably less the expense, and yet the Lex verbs have something about them to my ears that is just a notch or two above the rest. I does get a bit gray...sort of like listening to different monitor cables and inter connecters.  A good pair of $50 Mogami cables  or a $500 pair of silver wire. Is the difference worth it?  If you can hear the difference then you will be able to make that decision.  For me the Lex verbs fall into this category.

Once I get Pete Kelly's guitar contribution up I think it will be quite revealing....Thanks again Pete.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Reverb Plugin Sound Demos
« on: February 20, 2014, 05:21:51 PM »
I wish it was that simple....the most expensive is the Lexicon Native and I do like it but there are others that cost 1/2 its ticket price that are as good and some of those are here in this thread.

The Valhalla verbs @ $50 are really very good to my ears regardless of price.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Reverb Plugin Sound Demos
« on: February 20, 2014, 06:40:19 AM »
Got them Pete....thanks.  The dry guitar really shows off the reverbs especially in the tail. Also interesting how the reverbs that worked for my synth file are good with the guitar but the ones that where not spectacular with the synth sound so good with the guitar.  Love those sleepers

Wont be able to do much today with them but as soon as Im done I will get them to you for auditioning.

I could not get soundcloud to open up any parameters to download a file...perhaps someone may know more.

I also like the the mystery verbs very much.

Once Im done perhaps I can load up the guitar files beneath the synth files for each verb plugin, with your permission.  Will make the story more complete.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Reverb Plugin Sound Demos
« on: February 19, 2014, 07:50:00 PM »
Sure Pete.....I would be happy to zip them to you.  To the Luminasounds address.   Can I load them Here?

If you want send my a minutes worth of sound from your system, guitar, synth, whatever and I will process the dry file with these Medium Hall presets on the plugins listed here.  That way you will be more familiar with the end results.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Reverb Plugin Sound Demos
« on: February 18, 2014, 08:06:54 AM »
That music sounds very lush...nice improvisation Immersion.  Thanks!

The X-Verb was on my list but I back off it because of a strange demo download procedure...Will try it again. 

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Reverb Plugin Sound Demos
« on: February 18, 2014, 07:03:18 AM »
Sure we all love soundcloud cause it is fast and easy to share links, but Also I would be careful to judge a test done from Soundcloud the sound quality is not representative.

Hi Immersion, the possible audio degradation from sound cloud processing happened to all files so it does not invalidate the test or better put the "experience".  This is definitely not scientific.  Perhaps different sounds like piano or vocals would be more telling but I mostly use synths.

After some thought, well days of thinking my personal favorites are the R2, TSAR 1 & Lexicon Random Hall.  Still need to track down which Reverb lends itself best for that "Lost in Space" sound. 

Heres a long gearslutz thread where the designers of LexiconPCM native, Exponential Audio & Valhalla talk about their verbs.  The link drops you in at page 14 where it starts to get interesting  http://www.gearslutz.com/board/music-computers/717515-2012-best-reverb-plug-ins-until-now-14.html

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Reverb Plugin Sound Demos
« on: February 17, 2014, 04:12:59 PM »
After the thread I started on other options than my Eventide Eclipse the software comments got me curious so I downloaded these demos to hear whats happening in the plugin world.  At this point Ive been listing for several days and I have not formed an opinion about any preference one over the other.  They are all good!

To keep it as even a playing filed as possible I used factory patches for Medium Hall or as close to what was available.  Only tweaking I did was to low the output from the plugin on a few as they were too loud compared to the majority . The graphics are not the actual setting I used just pictures I found on the web.

An interesting note is that the algorithm designer for the Exponential Audio Plugins R2 & Phoenix Revreb is the same man who designed the Lexicon Hardware PCM96 & PCM Native Reverbs...Michael Carnes.

Lexicon, the company impressed me as the demo of the PCM Native plugins expired before my iLok 2 arrived. In a day they had deposited a new 3 month trial to my iLok account.

The Verb I found most intuitive was the Softubes TSAR 1...very easy to get what I wanted quickly and with not much tweaking.....the opposite would be Aether, way to many parameters and not easy to see whereas the Sonnox verb is deep but makes more sense when editing IMHO.

All reverbs have some sort of tone shaping / eq but none have the scope that the Sonnox Reverb offers...handles like a scaled down Sonnox Eq.  I found it very handy for shaping.  Sure you can drop in Eq plugin before a reverb but this is all in one and cuts down on cpu usage.

Most  plugins did not work the cpu much on my 17" Macbook Pro 2.4 ghz Intel i7 with 8gb ram, except the Relab LX480.  Its a liitle bit more hungry then the others.

Ive left out alot but these are some of the best I found after a good deal of researching.

The patch from the Matrix 12 is an evolving buzzy 1 minute recording completely dry with no eq, compression or limiting.  Personally I can't stand listing to the patch anymore after days of auditioning...going to delete the thing from the synth ;D.  The patch does show off the verbs well as its quite dynamic.  The recording is 44.1k @ 16 bits

All demos are ilok based except Aether & the Valhalla verbs which cut out after 45 seconds.

Please suggest plugins you think should be included.

The differences are subtle so careful auditioning with headphones recommended.

Enjoy

Added a Guitar Recording kindly provided By Pete Kelly / Igneous Flame....http://www.luminasounds.com

Same preset was used as on the Synth patch except I change the wet dry mix to 60% wet as most plugins washed out the guitar at around 100% which the Synths mix level is set at.



Oberheim Matrix 12 Dry Patch
[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/digitalvoices/oberheim-matrix-12-dry-patch[/soundcloud]

Guitar Dry
[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/digitalvoices/dry-guitar[/soundcloud]



Synth
[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/digitalvoices/2c-aether-medium-hall[/soundcloud]
Guitar
[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/digitalvoices/c-aether-medium-hall-60-wet[/soundcloud]






Synth
[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/digitalvoices/eventide-2016-stereo-room[/soundcloud]
Guitar
[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/digitalvoices/eventide-2016-medium-hall-60-1[/soundcloud]







Synth
[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/digitalvoices/relad-dev-lx480-complete[/soundcloud]
Guitar
[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/digitalvoices/relab-lx480-medium-hall-60-wet[/soundcloud]







Synth
[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/digitalvoices/softube-tsar-1[/soundcloud]
Guitar
[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/digitalvoices/softube-tsar-1-medium-hall-60[/soundcloud]







Synth
[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/digitalvoices/exponential-audio-reverb[/soundcloud]
Guitar
[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/digitalvoices/exponetial-audio-phoenix-1[/soundcloud]








Synth
[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/digitalvoices/expoential-audio-r2-medium[/soundcloud]
Guitar
[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/digitalvoices/exponetial-audio-r2-medium-1[/soundcloud]






Synth
[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/digitalvoices/uvi-sparkverb-medium-hall[/soundcloud]
Guitar
[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/digitalvoices/uvi-sparkverb-medium-hall-60-1[/soundcloud]




Synth
[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/digitalvoices/valhallaroom-medium-hall[/soundcloud]
Guitar
[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/digitalvoices/valhalla-room-medium-hall-60[/soundcloud]





Synth
[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/digitalvoices/valhalla-vintage-verb-random[/soundcloud]
Guitar
[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/digitalvoices/valhalla-vintage-medium-hall-1[/soundcloud]





Synth
[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/digitalvoices/lexicon-pcm-native-random-hall[/soundcloud]
Guitar
[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/digitalvoices/lexicon-random-medium-hall-60[/soundcloud]





Synth
[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/digitalvoices/lexicon-pcm-native-random-hall[/soundcloud]
Guitar
[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/digitalvoices/lexicon-hall-medium-hall-60[/soundcloud]






Synth
[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/digitalvoices/sonnox-reverb-hall-full[/soundcloud]
Guitar
[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/digitalvoices/sonnox-oxford-reverb-medium[/soundcloud]

Here is a link to the Synth reverb demo wav files for those who wish to load them up in their daws for closer auditioning.....https://www.dropbox.com/sh/osj98tu6mv4xcnq/dC7C_gjBSQ

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Do you get the same sound in your headphones when connected to the same source  that drives the monitors....if yes then its not the monitors.  As Loren said change the cables or change the monitors if you have some older ones around.

Also look to all the sample rates between various device...I have a feeling it could be something get restricted.  I have had issues with devices not communicating correctly that has created similar problems easily resolved.

Is this brittle distortion coming from just one or both monitors...you say one but you show both in the video

It is a real pain and frustrating because you have to do all this detective work...pull everything apart and re-patch it all and pull some hair out and maybe send it out for repairs when it could be a simple thing you over look or did not know you needed to even look....I have done just this.

Hoping for a simple fix!

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Help me finishing my ambient setup :)
« on: February 08, 2014, 01:00:57 PM »
Are the 2 Waldorfs necessary as both use the same wavetables and the Q has the virtual analog.....I had a micro Q a while back and loved the wavetables.  Maybe a Virus TI instead of the XT.  A different flavour of waves.  Just a thought.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Good software EQs
« on: February 07, 2014, 08:20:44 AM »
Yes Anthony.....understood the possible budget limitations, that aside Im hoping others will chime in regardless of that so we can learn and see what is being used.....curious also to see what people consider mastering quality EQ's as you have already mentioned. 

PSP Neon is one that I have and use  mostly across the stereo master bus (plus compression) to get a sense of the mix before the project is sent out to be mastered.  Definitely a very good ITB mastering EQ.  Great for tracking but it does work the cpu a bit too much to use multiple instances.


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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Good software EQs
« on: February 07, 2014, 05:55:34 AM »
I do find the Sonnox overpriced, and am not keen on iLoc. Plus too much room given to knobs vs the curve screen for my taste. Also, I don't think it has a Mid/Side option.

The Oxford Eq was born as a digital equalizer in the Sony OXF R3 digital console.  Picture below shows the equalizer on the right and Compressor on the left.  I believe the plugin interface was not just a copy of the hardware original but was chosen for the daw world because engineers like knobs more than screens....of course this may have changed.  The Sonnox Eq apparent short coming you mention have nothing to do with the sonic excellences this equalizer delivers and it is one I use everyday. YMMV



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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Good software EQs
« on: February 06, 2014, 06:51:50 AM »
My two main eq's are Logic's Channel Eq and Sonnox Oxford Eq.  Logics Channel Eq wont help you much as you need Logic to use.  The Sonnox Oxford Eq is worth looking at as is all of the Sonnox plugins.  I like the way the Oxford eq cuts and when I need to boost it does it in just the right way to my ears.


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