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Thanks for all the information Ekstasis...I know the Furman balanced power box you talk about.  It is very expensive1

For a while I had about four different malts going at one was a fun way to taste. 

Agreed.....quality over quantity.  A dram or 2, after that it ceases to be a benefit.

Its true single malt whiskey is expensive.......Its defiantly a luxury in the scheme of things but one that is so spirited.....why do they call it spirits in the Scotland / UK?

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Echospace Detroit CD's
« on: October 02, 2014, 03:07:39 PM »
I collect CDs, and only want the physical product.  So if they have this obviously rabid following, and every CD shown on their bandcamp page is Sold Out almost immediately, they are doing something wrong...

Isn't there a similar problem with the Autumn of Communion/Nacht Plank limited releases on Txt?  I think it encourages impulse buying for fear of losing out and buying for resale at a substantial markup.  Seems like a questionable ecosystem.  No thanks.


Very good point Forrest.  I think for a respected ambient / electronic label or artist a pressing of 300 cds is a good place to start. Maybe more depending on the artist.  The art release are understandably very limited and expensive.

Definitely yes. To me, Auchentoshan 12 is good, but Three Wood is special. Definitely worth the extra money, so if you like Auchentoshan 12, definitely try Three Wood.

Good to know Mike, thanks....locally its up in the $75 range.  Getting into the special occasion price range.  I sense just such an occasion coming really soon. ;D

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Aphex Twin
« on: October 01, 2014, 05:14:40 AM »
Drukqs did not do much for either. 

I do like the analog sounds in Syro but the tracks I have heard seem too cluttered and is the irritating part for me.  Could be the desired effect though.  I still may get it.

Nice line up there Mike....the whisky I mean ;)

Aberlour 16 is a favorite.....Auchentoshan 12 is my go to malt and I had my eye on the triple wood but have not taken the plunge yet.  Did you like it?

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Sorry Pete Kelly....On Inspiration
« on: September 30, 2014, 05:27:12 AM »
Regarding 'blocks', I presume that the finishing of something is generally more the problem than the starting of something (?)

It is for me.....I have a music project that I thought was finished a year ago and was maturing so to speak.  Opened it up to see how its tasting only to discover it did not need more time but more work so Im currently throwing the kitchen sink at it.  Will it improve? Perhaps it was already all it could be.  And so it goes.


My current dram.....lots of coconut and vanilla.  Glenmorangie in body but much superior on all other counts

Please do and your fellow writers have great taste in single malts.  Look forward to it!

Excellent thirdsystem.......I can only imagine. That last picture is beautiful!  Its been a few months since I had some Edradour in the house.  Have to change that.   Thanks for sharing

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Sorry Pete Kelly....On Inspiration
« on: September 29, 2014, 04:37:00 AM »
Thats a great post Mike!

Personally I am never blocked because I dont look at it as if something is in my way preventing creation.  Im not doing anything now and now I am....or perhaps there simple is not a beginning or and ending it just is happening.

Does not mean I don't struggle and doubt during the creation. 

Does not mean that I can  take the fun out of creating by being too serious.....Im make serious ambient music now.

Does not mean that I dont labor for months to years over a music or photographic project wonder is it done.  Is it enough.  It needs something.  When should I just let it go?

All of this is part of the process and I put it together as the journey.....departure and arrival are not so important for me....its whats in between that is.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 29, 2014, 03:54:07 AM »
OPENING on Vimeo

OPENING is a visual album created by Christopher Willits. It is a 45 min film, an album released on Ghostly International, a series of photo prints, and live performances. OPENING is best described as an experience, designed to inspire a space of peace and expansion. Willits' music and photographic filmmaking overlap into a kind of abstract narrative speaking to personal transformation and connection to the earth. Willits will be performing the sounds and images of OPENING live in the US and Europe this fall while on tour with Tycho.

 I have been waiting all summer for this to be on its way to me from Ghostly International.....

I ask this question because about 4 months ago I came into the studio to meet the smell of charred electronics, a very distinctive smell.  To my relief I discovered it wasnt any gear put my Furman AR 1215 was fried....had it done its job and perished in the process.  Cant say but since then the studio has been running off local power straight out of the wall.

The balanced power option to do right is too expensive and the results are questionable.

I was considering a simple but good surge protector/backup like this one below which I have at work in the office.

I curious what others use and recommend?

Everything and Nothing / Re: What is the Hypnos Forum to you ?
« on: September 26, 2014, 12:00:48 PM »
My post was more of a, much like Pete the world of ambient music both to listen to and to compose is isolated.  I dont talk to anyone about it because theres actually no one to talk girlfriend certainly has gained a deeper understanding of the ambient world but once I get going on gear her eyes glaze over coma like.  To come here and exchange ideas and music is a life line for me that I cherish very much.

There are plenty of funnies and good sense of humor and when it does get hot and out of hand its dealt with swiftly.....I should know ::) and its done the right way with as little ripples as possible.....Thank you Moderators!

I also feel strongly that this is a great archive of different interests, certainly ambient music is the headliner but if Im look for a new read or perhaps a new set of headphones etc...I can find a lot of information and suggestions here.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Interactive ambient
« on: September 26, 2014, 05:16:39 AM »
Enjoyed play with it...Thanks

Everything and Nothing / What is the Hypnos Forum to you ?
« on: September 25, 2014, 06:05:31 PM »
Many come here for different purposes but most end up at the ultimate reason.....their love of ambient music!

Quite a few come here to share their musical discoveries ambient or otherwise...the life blood of this forum.

Musician's come here to share their wonderful new recordings.

Gearheads come here to exchange sonic possibilities.

Novelist & lovers of literature come her to share there recent and best reads.

Gamers come to share their latest online conquests.

Firestarters come here to stir things up and help things get.... fired up....usually an interesting and spirited outcome.  A good thing!

Lovers share their troubadour adventures.

Watchers....the silent majority come here to glean and hopefully break that barrier and come through to contribute.

There are some that put a great deal of energy into this forum and I suspect question is it really worth it....yes the darker side.

And then there is this hush....enough has been said.  I can feel it.  Time to regroup.  Check our reality.  Become quite.

So where are you.....what does the Hypnos forum mean to you?   


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ableton Live ?
« on: September 25, 2014, 11:39:42 AM »
Update....ran audio from a hardware synth into live 9 and processed the audio with a few Max for live FX and ran the output via Soundflower straight into an audio track in logic to record.   8)

There are some issues with latency so precise keyboard work with short to no attack time will be noticeable, pads etc with longer problem.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ableton Live ?
« on: September 24, 2014, 06:19:16 AM »
FYI...the Soundflower setup works perfectly....just record a Live soft synth part into a piece Im working on in Logic  :)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ableton Live ?
« on: September 24, 2014, 05:46:46 AM »
Came across this video today showing how to record audio directly from live into Logic using a device call Soundflower.  I assume the implementation will be very similar for other daws such as Cubase etc.....If you want to work with audio and dont want to do the re wire midi thing this is so simple.  Whats also cool is you can use all of Live's and Max for live FX which when rewired and Live is a slave these FX are disable. 

This is new to me and perhaps is common knowledge but if you love the sounds from Live but dont like the interface so much and prefer audio over midi this could be the answer!

Link to video :

Soundflower looks like a Mac only device and can be found here  Originally developed by Cycle 74.

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