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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: January 01, 2011, 09:08:02 PM »
Just for beer money I wrote down the current number of views this thread had received when I first posted on it in early december 2010......49,257, that in itself is a staggering amount.  As of today its 50,233.....!

Gear seems to be popular.




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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: How do you process your field recordings?
« on: December 30, 2010, 08:16:30 PM »
Thanks to loads and loads of human pollution around, I find myself editing my field recordings to get them as human-free as possible (no cars passing by in the distance, no airplanes overhead, no dogs barking in the neighbourhood, you name it). Then I process them in some sampling unit to see what I can squeeze out of them. Crickets, for a start, sound spooky when played back two or three octaves below their original pitch.

Stephen

Thanks for the comment Stephan.

this is one of the aspects of field recording that interest me, that is in my head as I have done nothing yet....... manipulating the everyday, the sounds that is, with processing.  I really have no idea what will come of this adventure.  Im not a sample kind of guy....... I love analog with a decent amount of wavetables for balance. But this field recording as got me thinking in a whole new direction. The idea of recording a space, say a parking garage or an empty shopping mall, never seen one of those..... a quiet stadium, the rhythm of machinery.  Nothing new here , but new for me.  The hard part seems to have all this make sense in the context of music. There in lies the journey

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I'm glad Paul is on this thread because in my mind I believe he has proven it....."Seed"  He and James Johnson created a sonic gem with that CD, from the recording to their choice of mastering engineer.  I have no idea of the gear they used, but beyond the beautiful music, the sound is astonishing, and imho this is where ambient music if we need to be genre specific should use as a reference cd.....I do!

Personally I have gotten to a point with my synths that I have what I need, there's always something out there but I don't really need it.  What I did need was a signal chain upgrade, and a pre amp way of working is my preferred method.

Cheers.....Julio


Although James Johnson is a good engineer. Had to set the record straight. Seed was engineered by Paul Vnuk Jr and Christopher Short of Ma Ja Le.

James Johnson was primarily a co-writer and keyboardist on the album. Final production was done at the Moss Garden (Paul's studio) For those that know us Paul and I work closely together on production of Ma Ja Le music, sometimes haggling over each phrase of the music to make it just right. Hence why the follow up to Seed has been seven years in the making.

It is what it is...



Hi Christopher......my apologies for omitting you in my post.....all three of you are clearly name on the Seed cd cover, just not aware of the details. Should pay more attention to the liner notes.  Thanks for making this clear.



Remember engineers/producers are out there to help musicians get the best sound and music they possibly can. Sometimes it's worth spending the $$ on the engineer rather than on the piece of equipment.  ;)


This is a great point.....we spend large amounts of money on gear, inanimate gear, instead of investing in human beings with more musical knowledge than I have and a greater set of studio skills who can actually use this equipment to bring the music to its full potential.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: How do you process your field recordings?
« on: December 29, 2010, 09:04:53 PM »
Thanks for the comments everyone


though I too find any kind of spacial FX, anything that messes with the stereo field at all, often ruins the sense of being there.

I like that Mike......"the sense of being there", what a great thing to be able to incorporate that into ones music, and I can see how it could be messed up with too much processing.

Sometimes a lot of crafting can create a whole new sound....

This is something I look forward to also.

I wonder if field recording is akin to taking photographs, where you have a certain location in mind or you wander without direction and capture as you go, this is how I have taken pictures in the past. lets see if the same applies.



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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: How do you process your field recordings?
« on: December 29, 2010, 07:07:06 AM »
Thanks Thomas......I can see how a backup of the original file is a must, after all it is a sonic picture thats captured and not easy to duplicate, if at all.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / How do you process your field recordings?
« on: December 29, 2010, 06:49:12 AM »
Just got myself a Sony PCM D50 recorder and was wondering how others handle their field recordings......

Do you load the files directly into your daw via usb or another digital input and leave the recordings unprocessed?

Do you run the audio through external fx and then into your daw? This is something I have in mind to do.

Do you load your field recordings into samplers, soft or hard, for manipulation....... programs such as Camel audio's Alchemy, SS Kyma come to mind and Synths such as Roland's V-Synth
or the Nord Wave that can use sampled sounds as oscillators.

There's a myriad of possibilities, and as I have no experience with this I would be very interested to hear how others approach this.

Thanks.....Julio

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CELER I wanna see some opinions!
« on: December 28, 2010, 09:34:18 PM »
Just received...."In Escaping Lakes & Pockets Of Wheat.  really beautiful music, great packaging, and absolutely horrid production/mastering.  I have a very good monitoring system in my studio and my bass cones were producing frequencies that move the cone in a way I had never seen or heard before.  Today in my car the speakers distorted and my driver side window vibrated so much it produced harmonics......perhaps this was intended.....Wow, 3D music.  I dont think so.  Its a shame because I love the music.  Im going to rip the cd's in mp3 format on to my computer in the hope that the compression will help to eliminate these rogue frequencies because none of this is evident when you audition tracks on the net.

Come on Labels & Artists.....please get the basics right so we can enjoy the the wonderful music you release!

Cheers.....Julio

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Any last-minute 2010 gear purchases?
« on: December 28, 2010, 08:43:57 PM »
I have been looking at this...... What do you think? Be quick now, the years about to end and I want to get some extra tax deductions :D ;) ::) 8)



Cheers....Julio



Just picked one up off ebay in mint condition for $359.  Excited to introduce field recordings into my compositions.

Julio

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ambient music and Mastering
« on: December 27, 2010, 05:53:51 PM »
Hey Jesse,

I like the essence of your idea/production technique, but I might be concerned about the "accumulative aspect" that has come up recently in other threads.  If I have understood you correctly.....lets say you have a piece of music that has say a total of 15 individual tracks and you master each one separately, then reconstruct the mastered tracks in your Daw, then Bounce the 15 tracks down to a stereo pair, and then re-master that  2 track once again.....not sure thats a good idea.....again Ive never tried it but, seems like a lot of xtra processing, which in turn denigrates the signal.  

Best thing to improve your music pre mastering is to run it through some hardware instead of bouncing the multitrack to a stereo 24 bit file within the Daw......send it out into the real world and recapture it back into your Daw as a 2 track.  It will sound better it you run it though a Mackie or a high end whatever you may have and back into your daw then hand the job over to the inadequacies of software, even though you go through some extra conversions

All the best & Happy New Year....Julio

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Any last-minute 2010 gear purchases?
« on: December 27, 2010, 05:15:08 PM »
I have been looking at this...... What do you think? Be quick now, the years about to end and I want to get some extra tax deductions :D ;) ::) 8)



Cheers....Julio

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: John foxx
« on: December 18, 2010, 05:54:34 PM »
One of the many reasons I love to come here is for music knowledge, see whos playing what and expand my listening as many many others do Im sure.....this thread got me to look into John Foxx. I didn't know he was the original Ultravox! Anyway, stumbled across this video.  Dont know if the time frame is appropriate for whats being discussed here but its a nice tribute from one of the Lords of Synth Pop.


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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 09, 2010, 03:36:50 PM »
In my car:

Brian Eno - Neroli
Autechre- Peel Sessions 2
Harold Budd- White Arcades
Steve Roach- Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces Part 1 & 2
AC/DC - Back In Black ;D
Steve Roach - Dreamtime Return
Ian Boddy- Slide
Cyber Zen Sound Engine- Auslander
oophoi- Athlit
Telomere- The Stellar Sea
Saul Stokes - Outfolding

Computer CD drive;
David Sylvian - Approaching Silence





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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New Brian Eno
« on: December 09, 2010, 10:18:17 AM »
Ah....That makes much more sense.  Thanks Mike

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New Brian Eno
« on: December 09, 2010, 07:27:43 AM »
Stumbled across this performance via Warp Records.  I think its a live performance but I can't read Japanese.

http://ro69.jp/feat/brianeno201011

Julio

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: December 06, 2010, 06:05:22 PM »
That's true.....Im treading with careful feet.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ambient music and Mastering
« on: December 06, 2010, 06:00:49 PM »
Hi......Ive done my best to refrain from bumping this thread up but I promise to be quick about, and so here is why no music should be released without this, especially ambient......The Mastering Room!











I know, I hear you......here's that guy again with the huge pictures. A picture is worth a 1000 words.  None of this stuff you can plug in to a Daw channel.  In the past i spent in mastering software probably close to what  mastering a project might cost in a room like those above and failed. Sure some of this is beyond our budget, but not all of it.  We do our best to mix the music we record. I for one want my music to be in the hands of an Mastering Engineer how can truly hear what I have put body, soul & tears into.  What's crucial here is not so much the racked gear but the love put in to those rooms, the major part of the money goes into the acoustical construction, then Speakers, power amps and cables.

I may seem like Im some Audiophile champion.....but everything I say is what I aspire to do for my own work and what I have learned in my own short journey.

Thanks.....Julio


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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: December 06, 2010, 04:10:58 PM »
Yes Paul, its a Furman AR-1215.......Im very happy with it, it has brought a certain stability to my rack and It does a great job of regulating voltage.  I experience fluctuation from 120v upwards of 125v, especially during the evening. Im also looking at Equitech balanced power to work in conjunction with the AR-1215. Still need to research more the benefits of balanced power and how it will improve things for me before I make that kind of investment.

Julio

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: December 06, 2010, 10:53:57 AM »
Thanks for your remarks about my studio...... The room's no more the 15 ft square, maybe less, that is the present setup, not the mastering setup, that was much bigger.  There's not a lot of equipment, just a few good pieces.  I do miss the Serge Modular, it sat unused for quite a while and I end up traded it for the Matrix 12, of course now I have lots of ideas that I could really use it on.

Richard,  good to to chat with here!

Regards......Julio

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: December 05, 2010, 06:03:43 AM »
Ah yes, the hose.......its actually foam insulation tubing wrapped around all the power cables, simply done for aesthetics!

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: December 04, 2010, 06:33:30 PM »
Jesse.....thats just too funny, never really been a fan of Bart, perhaps I missed something.....still, Ive been laughing all evening.

Anyway...Dude, your a short, hop, skip & a jump away from this.  You do have the equipment, its just a few tweaks away.  This setup reflects trying to adhere to the classic console style approach, substituting the Daw for the console .  I have  scaled the environment back so every thing is in arms reach, most of the action, so to speak, takes place between the Matrix 12, Rack & Virus TI, the Andromeda and Juno play some what of a supporting role.  I don't use any soft synths...currently.

Its kind of emotional to lay out the evolution of a studio.....Lots of good memories, lots of good sounds I miss.  Having setup the mastering side of things it complete ruined/spoiled me for everyday monitoring.  I wish I could indulge in that kind of sound for the pleasure.  I did find monitors that could deliver the accuracy for mixing and a sparkle of that sweet elixir sound audiophile speakers bring.....

Focal Twin6 Be....http://www.focalprofessional.com/en/sm6-line/twin6-be.php

Hope you don't mind the Dude idiom.....Im a Surfer, its a brotherly thing.

Regards......Julio

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