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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ableton Live ?
« on: July 22, 2014, 02:48:38 PM »
Hi Pete,

Ive been away from the studio the past few weeks on vacation and have not got back into the learning curve again...shortly though, however I do feel that I will work with Live and Logic together via rewire....this is cool.  I will say having worked with audio in Logic forever its strange in Live because it wants to take over and turn your music into neat packages of perfect timed audio which could be useful but I work very loosely when writing music and live's constraints Im not sure about.  If I was just recording audio from external synths as I do in logic, Live would not be a good option for me, logic is better at audio or I should say I like the way Logic handles audio better. 

The really mysterious part of Live is the Session window....I quiet like not see the audio or midi scrolling by.  It becomes sort of a palette of sounds to be triggered and this I feel will be the exciting part of working in live. 
While on vacation I had my iPad with me and from time to time created a Scape in Eno's App and it occurred to me that the way Scape triggers sounds could be a good way to work in Live Sesson via a Push or Launch Pad with you the musician as the random element.  Nothing new Im sure but from an ambient perspective it makes sense and the level of surprise....those sonic accidents that are so sweet.  I think what I described would be a great way to perform "live" with Live.

Also the soft synths and sampler synths in Live 9 suite are quite extraordinary which I realize you wont have in Live intro, well maybe some. 

Load it up Pete....try it on for size.  It could be another way to work or an addition to your work flow in place.

Heres a little video of Christopher Willets talking about Push....something that makes me excited about Live.   

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Miss you Forrest!
« on: July 17, 2014, 04:08:28 PM »
I was somewhat active in the forum in early 2000's and sort of slowly drift away because of a different personal vibe, but came back in 2009, so yes we can and do leave.... and no one would of noticed my absence but not so with Forrest.....this is not a memorial..... just a forum friend I have great  respect for that I hope comes back with  music & tales to tell.

P.S. I feel its health to be passionately opinionated and humble when you know you may have gone too far.  Every forum member and the silent masses that look on....(and yes that's a poke to participate  ;)....are deeply passionate about ambient music in its various genres. 

 8)....Thanks for the heads up John!

Excellent graphics work on the announcement by the way

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Miss you Forrest!
« on: July 15, 2014, 03:06:06 PM »
I have always enjoyed your posts John on many topics and look forward to more!  :)

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Miss you Forrest!
« on: July 14, 2014, 08:14:29 PM »
I donīt want to destroy here the party but trying to balance a bit the excitements.

In my opinion itīs great to have members in this place sharing their knowledge, but in my view they also should act mature when it comes to different opinions. From what I understand this member decided to disappear by a specific topic where he didnīt got the responses he was looking for and got upset by some critical replies.

So, just disappearing without telling the reason(s) really isnīt a mature action and for that reason I wonīt miss persons acting in this regard.


Hi Tomas,

People react in many different ways when they are upset for what ever reason and I do not hold anyone accountable.  Mike let us know that Forrest was put out enough that he was seriously thinking of leaving the Forum.  I sense that happened but don't know for a fact. 

This thread was my silly way of trying to get a positive reaction from him because he is/was a great contributor in many areas of the hypnos forum and I would love to see him back

I think it's sad when people leave. Forrest is a good egg.  I do find myself deterred from posting here very much - I almost always get a negative sounding post from one person in reply and it drives me nuts.  More than once I've been going to post and then decided... nah - I'll get jumped on as soon as I post. 

JKN I do find this upsetting that you feel this way....I understand it, though I have felt this Forum was well mannered and members respectful to each other.  I dont mind when things get heated....a passionate exchange of opinions is a healthy thing. If someone is rude or comes across that way it should be addressed and hopefully a clarification give to make sure everyones on the same page.

The sharing of music, literature, art, technology and production makes this forum a special place full of life and energy....silence is its death. 

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Miss you Forrest!
« on: July 10, 2014, 10:01:51 PM »
Just thought I'd say that I notice his I feared would happen.

It's a rare thing when such a talented and wise forum member departs for reasons large or small and we all wish I'm sure that these great debates that are played out here from time to time are done so with positive consequences......?

One can't go back but we can go forward and  I hope and look towards a return of a special forum member Forrest Fang.

Perhaps I'm saying what should not be said but for me the forum is that much dimmer with his lack of presence.

People do come and go.....I don't think so in this case

And if your on a beautiful tropical island with a recording studio.....!

Miss you Forrest!

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ever heard of a Handpan.....?
« on: June 29, 2014, 07:58:32 AM »
A little history of the Hang!...

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Exponential Audio Reverb Sale!
« on: June 28, 2014, 02:19:55 PM »
Glad your enjoying music.... thanks for giving it a spin.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ableton Live ?
« on: June 25, 2014, 07:30:42 PM »
Live 9 Rewired to Logic Pro (9) works really well....this is going to be sonically a very powerful and creative partnership between these to Daws.  I agree the live soft synths are very good and can create timbres I have not heard before and even though they are little small the design is very easy to use and then of course there is Max and those fx and synths.

I can see It could be  a challenge run 2 daws with possible sessions getting lost or corrupted..I will have to keep a clean and organized computer.

Im very excited about all this...... :)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ableton Live ?
« on: June 25, 2014, 05:41:48 AM »
Just watched a quick tutorial on using Live as a slave and Logic 9 as master....very cool.  Turns Live into a very large and powerful software instrument.  Ive known of Rewire for years but never needed it or thought to use.  Glad you mentioned Tomas. Thanks

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ableton Live ?
« on: June 25, 2014, 05:01:18 AM »
Quote from: Julio Di Benedetto

Any Live users on this Forum?

Yes, even though I use it in Rewire mode only! Whatīs your question?

Greetings ,

Actually Tomas how do you Rewire you create in Live and send it into Cubase or something like that?

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ableton Live ?
« on: June 24, 2014, 06:26:44 PM »
Hi Tomas...the list is too long to get into  ::).....just curious who in our community uses it.  I appreciate you setting yourself up for some novice questions.  Actually Im not even certain what to ask yet.  The answer often depends on how good the question is!  This is just me taking up bandwidth.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Exponential Audio Reverb Sale!
« on: June 24, 2014, 03:28:52 PM »
Just saw this Ekstasis...sales about over.  The Phoenix is really a good reverb.  Thanks for posting the video!

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ableton Live ?
« on: June 24, 2014, 03:25:47 PM »
Been working all day with Live 9 and I suspect that much of what I said above maybe more frustration than fact.....I think in digital audio Im the old school tape splicer that does it himself and does not rely on quantization but rather nudges things into place.  Live does some much, or one could say takes away many of those duties.  Recorded 4 scenes today of an electronica flavor to feel Lives tight rhythmic structuring ( I have no idea what that actually means) ;D   It feels good!  Still having conflicts between audio/midi clips and straight audio recorded directly into the arrange view as I would in Logic.  Clips play but audio in arrange view does not.

Any Live users on this Forum?

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ableton Live ?
« on: June 23, 2014, 07:35:50 PM »
Hi Loren.....Just posted after you and did not see your post. 

I sense that I might not be able to "express myself" without the finesse of Logic or it could be Cubase for that matter as far as audio recording go.  Its early stages for me with Live and the midi manipulation with Max for live is quite something however the actual audio recording process at this point is a bit rudimentary compared to logic.  I feel Ableton created an amazing performance tool and then worked really hard to bring it towards a fully fledge Daw.  Its close but working with audio is much harder in Live. The software seems to want to make you conform to its rules.  Probably just trying to teach an old dog new tricks.

I will say its the best integration of soft synths, samplers and FX ive come across.

Interesting you  say that Live is "grainy in quality", I think your right, it is that way by default not only as a possible signature sound but also because granular synthesis is abound, really it is all over the place. like it or not, if a daw can have such a thing.

Anyway I am excited about the software and will adapt my work flow as need be.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ableton Live ?
« on: June 23, 2014, 07:16:08 PM »
Well.....after 15 years with Logic this transition has not been easy.  I should say the transition is still in progress and will be for a while.  Logic is an open canvas albeit a linear one. Live is and is not.  Session view is giving me a workout and the arrange view is misbehaving from a logical prospect.....but the unusual sonic possibilities Im discovering within live and Max for Live are worth the headaches...... I mean record an audio clip into session and where does it go....not into the arrange view, click on the clip and there it is as a sample at the bottom of the screen.  Its not a sample its audio  >:(...... ;D  Ok, sure its a sample, everything is technically once its in the computer.  Ive got markers appearing all over the place that to the best of my knowledge I did not summon that mess up the loop progress....and I dont use loops thanks you.  Thats "original" never heard before 24bit audio that just happens to be there is a fair bit of unknown territory to discover.  I think it comes down to treating every audio track I record as a sample or a sample of say a minimoog even if it was a real will treat as such, it does not discriminate.  The creative possibilities are exciting.  The sense that the computer/daw is conforming / constricting my work flow is unsettling.   Such is the learning curve

Mogami with Nutrik connectors, some monster cables and Acoustic Zen monitor inter conectors. 

For custom cables in the US I usually shop here....

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 19, 2014, 04:39:44 AM »
Recent spins:

Illuha - Akari
A recent release by Tomoyoshi Date and Corey Fuller on 12k. The first couple of Illuha releases didn't appeal to me much, but this one is outstanding. The third track in particular, The Relationship of Gravity to the Persistence of Sound, is a stunning example of how to blend experimental microsound with emotionally powerful ambient.


Just ordered the cd, the demo track up at 12k is quite beautiful......thanks for the heads up. 

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 15, 2014, 05:26:21 PM »
Singapore...OK.  from where I sit in S.E. Florida that could be a Ridley Scott movie stage.....been down here in the salt, sand and strip malls for a while.  Need to spend some time in the metropolis called Miami...get re-acquitted.

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