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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 16, 2012, 05:27:55 PM »
Cliff Martinez : Solaris......Steel Drum, Gamelan & Moog Bass.   Galactic Nirvana
Coldplay: 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 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. ;D

What!.......all that way and its the wrong planet.   :o

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 

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Looking for my first synthesizer...
« on: June 11, 2012, 04:41:27 AM »
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"


I have had my new Macbook Pro for a few days.....17" i7 quad core w/8 gb of ram and I installed a 240 gb SSD

Now the fun part......updating all software & drivers  :o

Thanks for the guidance

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Soft Synths....What do you like?
« on: June 07, 2012, 01:09:54 PM »
Thanks so much for the suggestions everyone....Im checking into them.

I think Komplete is too much for me.  I can see I would not use a majority of the software included.  might go for the Reaktor player as I like Prism, Razor, Massive and Sparks.  Perhaps NI will have one of those crazy sales on Komplete which are just too good to turn down!

Omnisphere.....I started a thread asking about this so it was well covered.......Im still trying to resist.

I should mention that I just upgraded my old G5 to a new Macbook pro so much of this new software has been out of my reach.

I loved my Wavestation when I had it.....the software version must be easier to create sounds on.  I will definitely look into this.

I remember AAS Tassman back from early Reaktor days, they sort of came on the scene around the same times.  I had forgotten about them.

HG Fortune's Synth Serenity is very special.

Once I get the new version of logic loaded up I will be able to demo some of your suggestions.



Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Soft Synths....What do you like?
« on: June 04, 2012, 12:30:44 PM »
Thanks for the recommendations Scott & APK.....Alchemy is one I had my eye on and is any software based system complete without NI's Komplete.  There so much in there its almost overwhelming!

Not familiar U-He, but I will defiantly look it up.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Soft Synths....What do you like?
« on: June 04, 2012, 05:40:39 AM »
Its been quite some time since Ive used soft synths....Generator, then Reaktor when they first came out.  Things have change and there are a lot to choose from.  I would like to add a few to my sonic palette.


Everything and Nothing / Re: Male menopause
« on: May 29, 2012, 05:18:09 AM »
Interestingly some of the ceremonial work i took part in showed that 'physicallity' and even 'health' are not the only measure of personal 'strength'. I met numerous people who were very fit/strong/yoga/martial arts etc who could not keep up over a long intense ceremony - your spiritual awareness and muscles are important too.

As Seren points out the spiritual aspect of health is important and i would say as important as everything mentioned here......Mind, Body & Soul.  Im not talking about religion per se.  Spirituality is much too big to be contained within the walls of a cathedral, mosque or temple.

Im 48 and this mind body spirit equation is at the forefront of my menopause....actually I havent really thought much about it until I read this thread.  Female menopause seems to be in the spot light the most.

I feel and I am in better shape than I ever have been due to an active surfing lifestyle and yoga practice...both of these keep the mind body spirit equation balance.  Yoga tends to take the lead though as this is its purpose.....liberation form all worldly suffering and the cycle of birth & death, ultimately ending in union with the universal spirit...... Samadhi.  To think some people believe yoga is just a form of excersice  ;)

That being said....what I notice most at this time of life is the past behind me and where I have come from and the untrodden path before me.  What will I do with the latter part of my life?

and don't forget a happy and creative life can also make a huge difference, whatever the level of physical exercise you undertake - no point having the hardest 8 pack in the universe if you are a miserable git.


Keep in mind that with OSX Lion (any new Mac has this installed) itīs not possible to run anymore Logic 8! You have to upgrade and pay for version 9.


Thanks for the information Tomas, I did not know this......Logic 9 is on my software upgrade list.

The sticker price is painful because that announcement is old. OWC sells the same thing now for about 1/10 the price!

Thats a huge difference in price...something to consider.

Really when I sit with my 17" screen in my lap it seems large enough, from so close... not as large as the 30" ACD I have upstairs but probably equivalent to a 22-23" monitor at a normal distance. Higher pixel density makes the 17" Macbook Pro screen pretty nice.

Good to know....thanks!

Thanks Mike & Loren for your insight.  Nice glimpse inside your live setup Loren.

Heres a link to a recent 16 gig ram setup from OWC I came across today for the current Macbook......painful sticker price.  Their 8 gig option is almost $100 cheaper than apples 8 gig option

SSD is expensive.....I have almost 2 tb of glyph firewire external storage.  I will stick with that and install a SSd drive in the laptop as you did Mike.  What size SSD do you have installed Mike?

It will be a challenge going to 17" Screen after using a 23" apple display.  Im hoping that as one works much closer to the screen it wont be so bad and there are different resolution option that give more screen space.

Any thoughts to the anti glare screen macbook pro?  Cant say Im fond of the glare that comes of the new Imacs when I had the chance to use one.  I like the look of my current brushed aluminum 23" lcd apple display.  No glare from that.

Im about to start a major studio downsizing to a more mobile rig and Im looking for suggestions regarding laptops, power, size, screen options etc.

Im running logic pro 8 on a G5 2.5 quad core 16g ram system currently so it has to be a Macbook Pro as I dont want to switch Daw's.

I would like to hear from PC users as well because regardless of platform I imagine the positive aspects of a laptop and their pitfalls would be somewhat universal.

I plan on using soft synths...something new for me and limited hardware.   I already have my interface, a Metric Halo uln2.

Also any thoughts on hard drives.....SSD?   External Drives....Thunderbolt?   New or used Macbook.  OSX?

Lots to consider.


Prometheus I'm sure will be my only visit to a movie theatre this year.  Theaters stink unless its an "event.". Sadly, event films are going the way of the dinosaur, with so many insipid action films, cartoons, or remakes clogging up theaters.

Prometheus & The Hobbit are the only movies I have intentions of seeing....however the local performance theater does a summer foreign art movie festival with some obscure and often unknown to me movies which I try to catch when I can.  My netflix habit is in recovery and about the only thing I watch from time to time is the sundance channel which can be really quite good 

Thanks was a great adventure to go through the process of a self release and I dont mean to belittle the wonderful experience with my last post,  sounds that way.   Everyday I go back and forth trying to come to some sort commitment with this new project.  I will get there!   

Always enjoy this topic when it comes up because the issues simply do not go away.  From the label down to the independent artist the release of a cd results in the apparently unavoidable stock piling of packaged cds and in some cases cdrs.  I speak from within this genre, though I wonder if it doesnt extend through the entire music world.....the equation is wrong, not the maths which as been well presented here.

My personal experience which I have brought up here before regarding my first release and the pressing of 1000 double read this last sentence and you already know the story.  Every time I open the closet in the office and see the boxes of cds, I wonder to really did not know what you were doing.  It has nothing to do with the music format, perhaps it says something about the quality of music.  There are many questions I could and do ask myself about this, but ultimate with ego aside it was a decision based on economics....300 pressed double cd package +mastering costs etc adds up to a financial disaster in the capitalistic sense.  So to be able to price this project within the reaches of potential listeners  the pressing of a 1000, actually 2000 discs as its a double cd was necessary albeit stupid as I look back now.

This leads me to consider for my new release what format should I go with.  Initially "in true form" the project was going to be a 3 disc release, mastering and artwork are already done......haunted by the ghost in my closet I have dismissed this idea, artwork can be reconfigured.  Perhaps then 3 separate  releases, part 1 part 2 and part 3.  Cds or cdrs, and or, or and......I have been going back and forth with this for 6 months or so.  Right now Im seriously considering a digital only release in Flac, Wav and possible a 24bit master edition.  No mp3 format....chopping off parts of the music to fit a convenient fast form of distribution doesnt fly for me and we have discussed this elsewhere in the forum so I wont go into it .

Thanks for listening....and to the topic question.  I think the Hypnos Secret Sound format @ $9.99 is a good model,  Itunes mp3 releases are $9.99 usually. Perhaps one could charge more for eco wallet or digipack cdr releases as the cost is more to manufacture.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: 10 from John @ Echoes
« on: May 13, 2012, 04:30:50 AM »
Agree with them all except #10 as Im not sure what he means  ???

I think that's intended as a little dig at the Berlin School of EM, though just a guess.


Good interpretation Forrest

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: 10 from John @ Echoes
« on: May 12, 2012, 03:58:56 AM »
Agree with them all except #10 as Im not sure what he means  ???

#6 is a stand out for me and is so prevalent in the ready made music world we can choice to live in and many do.

Thanks APK for putting this up.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Korg Wavedrum FS
« on: April 16, 2012, 05:02:33 AM »
thanks for the words harry.... naturally, the usual cut 8)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Sony PCM D50 Linear Recorder FS
« on: April 14, 2012, 05:35:40 AM »
Might help if I included a price.  ::)  $380

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



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