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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

Questions?......digitalvoices@mac.com

Thanks...Julio





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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

Questions?....digitalvoices@mac.com






 
Korg WAVEDRUM demo with Geoffrey Brown.mp4

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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 questions.....digitalvoices@mac.com

Thanks....Julio

P.S. Studio shot is circa 2009
















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I just read the article.......what strikes me most is that hearing and listing to music is not the same as  data.  Scientific instruments read data and report back hard numerical facts.  WE are analog beings...carbon based.  WE hear with emotion!

'16 bits is enough to span the real hearing range with room to spare. It does not span the entire possible signal range of audio equipment.'
Leads to the question, why spend all that money on developing technology if no one can hear the difference? - easing the engineer's job as explained doesn't really make sense to me.

I agree...this makes no sense, also 16 bits is enough, enough like adequate...well adequate is not good enough.
 
"The primary reason to use 24 bits when recording is to prevent mistakes"....Ouch!  Is that what all the talented and creative audio engineers around the world tell there clients/artists.  A good engineer can handle headroom and digital clipping in any format.

Its been said that recording at 24/192 is the nearest digital technology has come to the quality of  recording to analog tape.  I ask myself what then is all this "wasted space" as the author of the piece puts it used for, apparently nothing as 16bits @ 44.1 will do.  Perhaps it is elements like tape saturation and certain types of distortion inherent in tape that have become the reasoning behind what is called "warmth"  in recordings made in the analog domain and that this quality can only be achieved in the digital domain with higher bit & sample rate......as well as improved sonic detail of course.


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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Overrated Ambient
« on: February 18, 2012, 07:07:43 AM »
For a while I could not understand the esteem that people held the Magnificent Void in.  I understood it intellectually, But I just did not get it......recently that changed.  I do get it, I hear it and it is magnificent.  Granted it is a challenging piece of music and I use it to illustrate a point.....is overrated actually the lack of understanding. 

Interesting comments from Forrest & Bill.....if someone says my music sucks, I smile, shrug my shoulders and say oh well.  If someone says my music sucks because.....now you have my attention.  Constructive criticism is the opportunity for the artist to see / hear their work through another's perspective.  It is often hard to remove the "I" and truly hear what someone has to say because the ego gets in the way.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Overrated Ambient
« on: February 17, 2012, 06:24:48 AM »
I'd be more concerned about people who dismiss this music, and who don't hear the magic in it.

This would be my concern as well.....actually there's not enough ratings generally.  Outside our small world most people if they know Brian Eno at all its probably in connection to Roxy Music and producing U2 

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ambient Music Generator
« on: January 25, 2012, 05:50:52 AM »
I like Mr.Slick's thoughts on Randomness

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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: MP3 vs. FLAC
« on: January 23, 2012, 06:03:39 AM »
Personally the idea of listening/purchasing music that has had parts of its content removed to fit into a format for mobile listening and easy digital distribution does not do anything for me....thats like buying a sofa and cutting part of it off to fit through the front door.

Nice image...

...or trying a three seater in the shop and having a 2 seater delivered...

...or the sofa arriving with the bits of it the makers don't think you actually need removed to make it cheaper....


Even better put Seren......very Pythonesque

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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: MP3 vs. FLAC
« on: January 21, 2012, 07:33:19 PM »
Hi Mike....I think my last post was a bit misleading.

I was trying to suggest that Flac is like old school analog recording and the quality of the sound and mp3 is like modern digital in the box recordings.....a confusing mix of idea Im using to express myself.

A Flac recording does sound or should sound identical to the source cd or wave.....what Im say is to my ears in my studio there is a difference. An mp3 has a harshness to the sound quality compared to a Flac recording.  It is a subjective thing.  The maths explains why I could hear what Im hearing...beyond that its not easy to point to.  If your fortunate to have listened to music through really good & honest equipment.....the two dont always go together, then you will hear it, the difference that is. 

Personally the idea of listening/purchasing music that has had parts of its content removed to fit into a format for mobile listening and easy digital distribution does not do anything for me....thats like buying a sofa and cutting part of it off to fit through the front door. 

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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: MP3 vs. FLAC
« on: January 21, 2012, 06:26:52 AM »
I think there is a difference....but its important to define what the "difference " is, and the difference is not necessarily better or worst.

To my ears its more like comparing analog recordings and digital recordings, analog being out of the box, no computers, recording and mixing to tape which has almost gone the same way as the dinosaurs, today.  Digital recordings are in the box, computer based Daw's.

IF you compared music recorded in the analog domain ie. music before computers and contemporary music there is a difference.  Words like "warmth" are are often used to describe analog tape based recordings and "brittle" or "harsh" is often levied against digital recordings.

Im using this to illustrate what I hear......Flac for me is like listen to analog, Mp3 is digital.

I imagine the difference is "lost" listening to and iPod on a speaker dock, but in a good listen environment I can hear the difference.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: January 16, 2012, 06:15:18 AM »
My first sojourn into the soundscapes of Dataobscura.....beautiful musical ambience!








On its way...




Projekt informed me that Dreamfields  is temporarily out of stock.....makes me smile that hypnos forum members cd's are moving :)  Im happy to wait!

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Yagya Rhythm of Snow
« on: January 14, 2012, 06:46:44 PM »
I was just think about how I was going to put my new release together and was considering cd production numbers and pricing....that was until I read this post.

Firstly Ive decide the its going to be a limited edition of 1.   Initially the cd will be on display at the Pace Gallery NYC. No audio representation will be available during the show.  The actual audio will be only accessible to the collector that puts down the asking price. If he or she cares to distribute the said work of sonic art, the artist will collect royalty fees based on the projected endless download possibilities.

Commodity, Commodity......when you think of all the wonderful music out there thats at the normal asking price this is insane.  Its that good that it commands those prices or are they asking and dreaming

peace

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Richard Lainhart RIP
« on: January 01, 2012, 06:37:10 AM »
His work in electronic music "is" unmatched and somewhat unrecognized for for its genius......for his genius and generosity.  What he inspires in me does not end.  Thank you.

Please take a minute and follow this link to Richards website, there is much to discover about the man and his music http://www.otownmedia.com/he/he.html

This video shows what Paul was describing in his post.
Oraison

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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

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Hypnos Colabs
« on: November 22, 2011, 08:37:28 AM »
Ok...I'l shake some stuff up here and jump in with my own purely selfish collaboration wish...I would love to do an album of my ethic percussion and synth playing with Saul Stokes wonderfully weird synth and percussion scapes and Jeff Pearce's guitar and stick playing!!!

That would be an epic performance...I can already hear it in my head!

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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
Motherboard: Electric Independence - Vince Clarke & the Temple of Synth


Part 2
Motherboard: Electric Independence - Vince Clarke 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.

The Vince Clarke Analogue Monologues - Synton Syrinx synthesizer


The Vince Clarke Analogue Monologues - Roland Jupiter 4 and Boss DR-55


The Vince Clarke Analogue Monologues - RSF Kobol


The Vince Clarke Analogue Monologues - Roland System 100m

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I just watched this again....in many ways, at least for me, it little manifesto, albeit, somewhat erudite, of what I search for and find in ambient music.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Tiny House Blog
« on: October 29, 2011, 05:48:26 PM »
Was such a great album title for that image.

Classic Joel Meyerowitz picture, or is it William Eggelston, either way.....yes Anthony, a classic coming to together of music, concept & image.  I especially like the reverse lp side of all the musicians stuffed tight into the album title.  Notice how the record label is almost a smug....right, sorry, get off topic here.



Have this idea of creating a little Airstream compound, perhaps 3 in a U shape, garden in the middle, etc....not sure if I could live in just one.  Where is the studio going to go?
I had a similar idea, Julio. Mine was two airstreams in an "L" shape. The main one was for living and in the second I would strip out the living and kitchen area for my studio and the bedroom and bath would be for guests. In the middle of the L would be my barbecuing area and garden.

Excellent Harry......I like your idea better...I missed the BBQ part of the vision.  Let me know when it comes together and Ill be right over...Cheers

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Tiny House Blog
« on: October 29, 2011, 04:45:53 PM »
I just love that blog...thanks for posting it Harry.

For years I have had on again off again "interest" in Airstream Trailers, it started when I first got this LP...



Have this idea of creating a little Airstream compound, perhaps 3 in a U shape, garden in the middle, etc....not sure if I could live in just one.  Where is the studio going to go?

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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. 

http://www.celemony.com/cms


Melodyne inventor Peter Neubäcker (film portrait)

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