Robert Rich : Somnium. Hard to say much about...Ive been asleep. Still only half way through but so far what strikes me most about this music is the beautiful balance between field recordings, instruments and electronics. They sit so well together. Great recording/mix!
I think Wusikstation is an interesting one, not terribly easy going (regarding the installation of / figuring out what it can do) but it's quite unique.
Does indeed look interesting Pete.....I see a mac version is coming out.
These past few days Ive been really enjoying NI's Massive demo. Sort of overlooked it because of its name thinking it would be all about being Massive and analog emulating, Well it can be but its so much more. I really like the sound, interface & drag and drop modulation.
I find it's nice to just use a good subtractive synth now and then, rather than these big-sample-based-pre-made-music monsters.
I agree. I enjoy playing around with soft synths, but nothing gets me going like grabbing and twisting the knobs of a subtractive synth and making the hair on the back of my neck stand up.
Absolutely......however the one environment that is a beautiful combination of software & hardware is the Virus TI. I feel I can get much deep into the synth via the software gui than the hardware interface, that is until the Virus starts messing up my audio AD/DA interface and taking over core audio et el.....but all this is another story.
But the best part of excellent pre-made patches (built from simple and layer-able sound sources) is to deconstruct and learn from them.
Good perspective to have Mike.....one can learn a great deal from master programmers like those over at spectrasonics. On the other side it does inspires me to be a better programmer and start to think out side the box more, especially when I realized that quite often the source used for the samples are synths that one may actually own, or take your field recorder out for a walk and get creative.
first of all I have to say I´m not a fan of this fashion synths (Omnisphere, Alchemy) as there is a huge risk of sounding similar to others. Remember, if you like a Patch, 100xxx others may like it as well, especially if it is a workstation like Omnisphere :-) ( I remember this issue with Atmosphere - cannot count the releases using almost the same Sounds or Presets....terrible).
Thanks for joining in Tomas......this has always been a concern about presets and great presets like those in omnisphere..... sameness. listeners who generally are not musicians probably can not identify a sound as an omnisphere patch, however there is still a risk of music having a homogenous feel to it. Historically this was true with hardware synths like the Korg Wavestation & the Roland D50 who's sound was everywhere in film scores etc.....did the general public know this?
I will check out the Linplug synth.....I have heard of Rob Papins Albino synth.
Hello gain95.....thanks for your confirmation of alchemy. Welcome! I have the demo running now and the Luftrum presets include are some of the best. What excites me about this app is loading up ones own samples and the possibilities that could come from that.
So far Ive purchased "The Emotional Piano & the virtual Wavestation which is just as quirky as the original hardware and way to small a gui for my 17" laptop, but hey.....somethings don't change. I loved my hardware wavestaion while I had it and it was not really friendly as far as programming, menus and a tiny lcd etc.....this is sort of the same but still a much more programable interface, especially the wave sequencing.
What Im noticing as I demo the software discussed here is that some of the best have a tendency too take away a certain amount of the joys of layering sounds that is so crucial to ambient music. I say take away because these virtual instruments do it for you in the most seductive manner. The people used to develop the sounds are just brilliant, certainly better programmers than I and yet Im not so comfortable having all this handed to me...sure you can tweak away but it seems to me a subtractive endeavor......kind of mess up a beautifully crafted preset just to make it your own. Why not just start out all by oneself and enjoy the journey of discovery.
Richard.......sorry to disappoint, but no cd of this recording.
You are such a passionate supporter of the ambient community and collector. It would be an honor to have this humble offering as a pressed cd sitting (lost) amongst your collection. Perhaps in the not too distant future this will change, but for now no physical copies.
There are 2 more releases coming behind this that sort of create one larger piece, at least in my head, and these will also be downloads only. As mentioned these will be high resolution cd quality files & master quality files. Most likely formats will be wav. aiff, Flac & Apple lossless.
Good advice coming at you from Seren & Mike......also be mindful when you come across presets named "Echo Space of God", a favorite of mine, you don't though to much in there. Odds are it won't come back.
Thanks for the post Saul......have to say that the Matrix demo bank on the OP-X Pro site had me going......so I fired up my Matrix 12 to check if what I was hearing was so. Im impressed! I have always been one for if you want analog get real analog, software does not do it well, all the wavetable and sample stuff software is taking the lead over hardware but not analog. Never listen to the Arturia clones, but this one really does have something.
Thanks again Michael for a wonderful piano recommendation......this is very cool. Not just the piano that was samples but that they were able to use the original mics, consul & studio to sample this steinway is quite unique. I know there are a LOT of piano sample libraries looking for attention.....you have point out a couple of special ones!
My music purchases have been steady for a while until recent....I have too much in that I list to an 1/8 th of my collection. Grant new arrivals get top billing. What is a concern for me is the physical space all these cds take up. When I look at all that plastic it really turns me off. It definitely has effected my purchasing. Our Ambient community should be supported, needs to be....... and there are many wonderful releases coming out and older ones to be discovered. Not easy! Good thread Drone on!
Cliff Martinez : Solaris......Steel Drum, Gamelan & Moog Bass. Galactic Nirvana Coldplay: Parachute.......it touches me. Dismissed them until I heard this recently. Pjusk : Tele.....Wonderfully cold & dark with a touch of tundra summer to warm it up. Like it. Aphex Twin ; Selected Ambient Works 2.....Still has its special moments A Produce & Loren Nerrel : Intangible......Love this for its varied sonic moods! vidnObmana : Soundtrack for the Aquarium......a Hypnos classic, should be reprinted. Paul vunk Jr. : Silence Speaks in Shadow......took me a bit to get into, but now, the music has truly reveal itself! Alio Die & Aglaia : Private History of Clouds......Beautiful tone set & old school vinyal style packaging from Infraction Records Tomas Weiss & Anthony Paul Kerby : Apperance....... This just stays in constant rotation. King Crimson : Red....... What can I say, Robert Fripp, Bill Bruford & John Wetton! Steve Roach: Empetus.....Roach's Berlin inspired music.....track 9, The Memory, foretells of what will come. Its one of my favorite pieces of music by Steve Roach Harold Budd : The White Arcades......I keep coming back to it and sometimes I just wish for a little eno magic in the mix.
Grabbed these off my front passengers car seat.....no wonder nobody want's to ride with me. No where to sit!
Have to say the one link to the original Alien 1 movie that was messed up is the Super Human chases Shaw after his spacecraft crashes near the end of the movie. In the first Alien the Superhuman is found in the chair thing with its chest exploded out.
There's a good reason for this: It's not the same planet as Alien. They were on LV-223, not LV-426.
What!.......all that way and its the wrong planet.
Went to see it last night....still have it on my mind. Stunning Visuals. Mammoth production. The usual amount of hollywood nonsense seem to get lost in the movie rather than being so obvious...a good thing. All in all I enjoyed it. Have to say the one link to the original Alien 1 movie that was messed up is the Super Human chases Shaw after his spacecraft crashes near the end of the movie. In the first Alien the Superhuman is found in the chair thing with its chest exploded out. They were so close to putting the 2 movies together. Must be to link up another movie yet to come other wise it just terrible continuity
You might consider using soft synths to start.....although theres nothing like getting your hands on real knobs and slider etc. As mention you will have to get a digital audio work station to record audio but it maybe simpler with software synths as you already have and audiophile headphone setup and some way of getting audio out of your computer. Add a usb midi keyboard. That was how I started. From a learning perspective a hardware synth like the novation would be...."hands on"