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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Digital to analog converters
« on: November 25, 2013, 06:52:46 AM »

You mentioned Oophoi in your list of examples of good music - Oophoi released my music (and I've never shared this before) because he was amazed with the creativity with which I used the equipment I had - a Korg D16 and almost nothing else. Oophoi also described to me his favourite source and effects chain and surprisingly it did not include the high end equipment I or others might have expected.

A poorly made Katana Sword in the hands of a skilled Samurai is just as deadly as one perfectly crafted by a master swordsmith.......not a poetic image but something that was once said to me.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Digital to analog converters
« on: November 25, 2013, 06:12:45 AM »
Well, I'm 62 and I still remember where I live a lot of the time.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Digital to analog converters
« on: November 24, 2013, 06:22:41 AM »
I think I'm going to stick with my setup for the most part and just try to improve upon using the things that I have, like Paul and I think some others suggested. I'm sure there's a lot than I can improve upon in terms of recording and production. I feel like I have good ideas and a distinct sound, so I think I can definitely build off of that and get better.

Thats the best advice Ive heard.....and you said it yourself. ;)

In time as your sonic ideas & skill grow you will find that the equipment you use will advance along with you.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Digital to analog converters
« on: November 23, 2013, 06:14:25 AM »
You have come to understand and know the sound and its quality from this high end gear and this is not something that is base on how much money a person has to spend....Burl converters on uneducated  ears within the home project studio would be a colossal waste of money.  This sound has to be learned.  Sort of like asking a person to taste a Chateau Lafite Rothschild Bordeaux when they are use to drinking sweet blush zinfandel wine.  Odds are they would spit it out.

I will always push the envelope for my self and go for the best gear I can afford and sometimes more than I can afford.  The complexity that Forrest suggest can be  an issue.  A great converter feed by a crappy pre amp or front end signal path will give what on the other side.....exactly.  So generally if say Burl which is the converter most talked about in this thread is your choice then the rest of the signal path should be of a similar quality or it is a pointless venture.  There can be a good deal of maintenance involve as well.

Ive mentioned this story before and like to when too much lofty high ended - ness dominates.   Bruce Springsteen's Fans consider his album "Nebraska" his best which was recorded on an 4 track cassette deck will the "Boss" was on tour way back when.  What the fans heard was not the tape hiss and poor quality record but the heart felt words and emotion he expressed. Certainly anyone would want to be able to capture every single subtle nuance of a performance that brilliant gear can do so well but the listener at the other end will be moved by the emotion not the the converters, pre amp or microphones used.

P.S......Great post Paul!

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Broken Harbour learns to use Logic 9
« on: November 21, 2013, 09:23:50 PM »
Go to the far right corner of the arrange window in logic 9 and you will see  a snap box, a drag box and then 2 smaller square box with icons....ususally defaults to arrows.  click on say the right box and the menu should open up..  look to the bottom of the menu for "Automation curve tool" this is the envelopes you speak of and will create fades between audio.  This does a good job of seamless merging.

In the left side of the arrange window highlight the audio track and by default you should see and elongated tab that says volume. click on it and it will open a menu which gives options one of which is pan that will behave similar to the volume automation. Clicking to the top of the audio GUI will pan left and clicking towards the bottom will pan right.  In the view tab be sure that track automation is activated.  Once you do it it is simple just a like squirrel like and hide at the beginning.....hope this helps

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Digital to analog converters
« on: November 21, 2013, 06:57:41 PM »
Yes...its been an interesting read and hopeful educational.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Digital to analog converters
« on: November 21, 2013, 05:07:13 PM »
My head is spinning from all this :o    Castleview next time you should put up some sort of specific parameters so us gear heads keep our big guns in the what was your first studio setup  ;)  because just the sight of the word converters or ad/da brings out the hoarding mass.  This sounds familiar...must have seen it in another threads somewhere.

Steve Roach is over-rated, Vangelis is complete crap, Prometheus is a REALLY SHITTY movie, and New Age Music is not the devils's spawn but actually can be really cool.

How's that?  ;)


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Digital to analog converters
« on: November 21, 2013, 06:12:03 AM »
I dont use software reverb much within the DAW.....if I were looking for good reverb plugin I would certainly check out the Lexicon PCM Native Reverb bundle.  Its not cheap at $600 but from what I have heard its the best of Lexicon sound without the hardware cost which is somewhere at $2000 new.  At one time you could buy individual plugins within the bundle, not sure if thats still available

I had the demo of Aether which I did like but never did buy it for the reason I mentioned but I was impressed.

T.C. Electronics Vss3 reverb which was original part of their Powercore platform is a plugin ported over from TC's 6000 system.  I used it alot when I had a powercore pci card in my old Mac G5 so the software is no longer.   I miss it and would put it up against any high end reverb hard or soft.  For those in the Pro Tools dominion you can still get it as a TDM plugin

As for other software plugins for processing audio......the one and only Sound Toys native bundle.  I recall Paul Vnuk saying on this forum that a good software reverb and the Sound Toys bundle of fx plugins you can come very close to the sound palette of an Eventide Eclipse.  As an Eclipse owner and Sound Toys user I would agree with this.

As to converters....the title of this thread.  There are so many options.  I dont think today there are really any bad converters out there.  It seems a very competitive market where manufacturers cannot afford to put out inferior products.  An all in one box would be my choice. Pre amps, converters monitoring etc under one hood.  Im actually looking at a Metric Halo ULN8 unit as a possible option for myself.  Its high end with a price tag to match but I would be selling high end gear to make the purchase as I consolidated my studio.

I would advise to buy right the first time and have it for life so to speak. :)


Once in a while, a topic comes along that really gets people fired up. At times like that, we see how many people are actually reading.

The "show us your studio pics" that Jesse (Numina) started was one that I recall had some 53,000 views and maybe more by now....thats just staggering.  That many gearsultz?  I guess its also interesting for ambient listen to see where the music they may listen to is recorded.

Actually I find that when your very active on the Forum Mike the participation goes up....thats probably because you say a lot in the context of a thread which can lead to extedted discussions.  Must be the writer in you. ;)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ableton Live 9 and Max for Live
« on: November 20, 2013, 05:57:03 AM »
every time I read posts about Live I download the trial to see what its about and how it may change the way I work for the better and each time I come to the same doesnt work for me.  I understand it and how it is different from logic or cubase and the session view is an interesting place to create ideas etc.  I think its my old school mentality that treats the daw as a mixing desk and tape machine and Live can be this but was not designed to flow the same linear way as traditional daws.  Also 95% of my music is created from synths, mostly hardware recorded directly into logic and the random element the session view offers to explore sonic ideas seems to confuse.   That being said Ive just downloaded the latest trail so can have another look. ;D

A good percentage of the forum members are musicians though I feel its a nice mix of ambient music listens and producers.  The lack of forum members really shows itself when IMHO interesting threads come up and the usual suspects respond and the thread dies at about 8 or so replies....we end up talking to ourselves.  Now this does not actually reflect the amount of people that visit the Hypnos forum.  Some topics have immense viewing numbers.  It would be nice if more viewer became active.

I stay away from Facebook and Twitter though I have accounts.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Bandcamp
« on: November 15, 2013, 09:45:31 PM »
Bandcamp do the all file conversion.....the artist sends them wav files, at say 24bit @ 96k and they will convert it to the other formats.  AS to limiting the free format...thats is up to the artist.  From my experience usually all digital formats are available, though I have not check the Rich bandcamp site you maybe this is new.

If I was shopping I would  do Tomas said and go to ebay and look for a used or refurbished Intel MAc Pro with the specs I need....that being said Im certain the new Mac Pro has more than enough power for my needs.

Perhaps we are not looking into the same crystal ball as Apple how actually create the trends and therefore in some part predict / control the future.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: My Music Studio in Progress!!!
« on: November 11, 2013, 06:31:45 AM »
Very sweet selection of equipment Immersion.

I did not know Trident made monitors but why not.  3 way is an excellent choice.  Lynx are great converts from what Ive read

Interesting that you went for the Dangerous controller and external AD/DA as opposed to an all in one box solution like Metric Halo or a Prism Orpheus.  I think you have gone the right way.  I use my Metric Halo ULN2 for DAW connectivity and their Pre amps and use external Lavry AD/DA conversion.

Mogami is the way to go!

Desk is very nice......low profile on the gear racks like a mastering desks.

I use an Eventide Eclipse so I have and idea of what your going to be hearing although with much more programming and sonic possibilities .

What pre amp will you use or mixing system?

Your signal chain is phenomenal, now all you need to do is acoustically treat your studio so that your beautiful gear can be heard accurately.

My Matrix 12 is very deep in programming and can be challenging mostly because of its age and depending on the day is a Matrix 9 or better a Matrix 11.  The voices can be switch off so its not that much of an issue when a voice chip is cranky.  The Matrix 12 / Xpander work best for me when I just dive in deep with no real sound in mind and start patching does help having used a modular synth before because programming The Matrix 12 / Xpander is modular minded under the hood.

Excited for you new sounding sonic explorations.....Look forward to hearing them.

Apple have always put form and function together in a successful way that few if any other computer manufactures have.

My old dead G4 sitting in the garage is beautiful (IMO) industrial design.  It has huge handles top and bottom smoothly incorporated into the design.  The G5 or "cheese grater" as it was called also has handles incorporated into its design so the handle issue is just Apple staying with its design philosophy.

I tend to agree with the rest of the video presenters points.  Apple have continued to dumb down their pro software such as the new Final Cut Pro which seems nothing more than an upgraded iMove and thus making it accessible to the prosumer market. They maybe doing the same with their hardware regarding function.  I like the new design of the Mac Pro, though it does remind me of a stylish wine bucket.   I bought my 17" Macbook pro just before Apple stopped production.  I image it was just to big to be portable enough....anyway as its my main music, photography and design computer I have USB, Firewire & Thunderbolt cables all over the place so the lack of internal connectivity in this new Mac Pro would not bother me.

Im not in the market for a new mac but I will be curious to see how this is received.


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Drone Masters
« on: November 11, 2013, 04:41:53 AM »
I just recently purchased a used Klaus Wiese's Soma cd for $43.97....the most money Ive ever spent on a single cd.  A perfect copy it is but thats crazy or I am. 

Tomas are you listening.  Digital editions of Klaus Wiese out of print music as Castleview suggested.  :)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Drone Masters
« on: November 09, 2013, 04:59:00 PM »
As Im coming to understand this peculiar side of ambient music from what I have been listening to these past weeks is as drone on suggest...."one chord held over the duration of the piece".....and this is where it gets really interesting because within this apparent minimal approach lies beneath the surface a kaleidoscope of such subtle shifts in tone and structure that the somewhat relentless  "drone" is anything but that.....or is it simply relentless and it is my mind filling in the gaps so to speak.....yet the purpose of minimal repetitive droning trance inducing music is about losing the least for a while.....right? 

What you will not see on the new OSX.....the real Mavericks :o.  I have surfed good size waves but nothing like this nor will I ever.  Like Mike Im waiting

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 03, 2013, 05:46:52 AM »
^You know, I've been meaning to listen to that album for some time but I've never gotten around to it. I bet it's as wonderful as Paul Horn's masterpiece, Inside The Taj Mahal.

As good as electronically created ambience is theres quite a difference from the real thing......I will have to check out the Horn piece.

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