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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.

Thanks...Julio

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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 

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Thanks Pete.....it 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!   

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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 cds....you 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 myself.....you 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.

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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.

Forrest

Good interpretation Forrest

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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.

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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)

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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

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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

Questions?......digitalvoices@mac.com

Thanks...Julio





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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Korg Wavedrum FS
« on: April 13, 2012, 07:44:38 PM »
Another item I like to let forum musicians know about before it goes to ebay....Korg Wavedrum: $370, original box  etc....Thanks

Questions?....digitalvoices@mac.com






 
Korg WAVEDRUM demo with Geoffrey Brown.mp4

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Alesis Andromeda A6 FS
« on: April 13, 2012, 06:41:12 PM »
I would like to put this up here before it goes off to ebay......Alesis Andromeda A6 16 Voices Analog Synthesizer:  $1800

Im not going to go into what this is or does as its reputation is well known......I want to let you know why Im selling it for such a price when they are asking $4000+ on ebay, although they normally sell for more like $3500

First there are a few minor software issues.  During heavy programming the lcd screen can go blank.  A click of the program button restores it.  It does not happen often and barely interups programming but still is something potential buyers should be aware of.  Also the screen can get stuck, usaually ENV 2 screen...a random clicking of buttons releases the screen and returns it to what ever parameters you are actually editing.

Lastly there is  cosmetic damage where this board took a fall at some time in its life before I got it....see picture below.  You cant see it unless you look underneath and it has not effected the function of the synth.

Beyond these issues the Andromeda is  functioning fine, auto tune works as do all knobs.

I am not the original owner.  I purchased it in 2006.  It has the manufactures quality control sticker on the bottom that is date 01/26/01

Please email with any questions.....digitalvoices@mac.com

Thanks....Julio

P.S. Studio shot is circa 2009
















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I just read the article.......what strikes me most is that hearing and listing to music is not the same as  data.  Scientific instruments read data and report back hard numerical facts.  WE are analog beings...carbon based.  WE hear with emotion!

'16 bits is enough to span the real hearing range with room to spare. It does not span the entire possible signal range of audio equipment.'
Leads to the question, why spend all that money on developing technology if no one can hear the difference? - easing the engineer's job as explained doesn't really make sense to me.

I agree...this makes no sense, also 16 bits is enough, enough like adequate...well adequate is not good enough.
 
"The primary reason to use 24 bits when recording is to prevent mistakes"....Ouch!  Is that what all the talented and creative audio engineers around the world tell there clients/artists.  A good engineer can handle headroom and digital clipping in any format.

Its been said that recording at 24/192 is the nearest digital technology has come to the quality of  recording to analog tape.  I ask myself what then is all this "wasted space" as the author of the piece puts it used for, apparently nothing as 16bits @ 44.1 will do.  Perhaps it is elements like tape saturation and certain types of distortion inherent in tape that have become the reasoning behind what is called "warmth"  in recordings made in the analog domain and that this quality can only be achieved in the digital domain with higher bit & sample rate......as well as improved sonic detail of course.


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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Overrated Ambient
« on: February 18, 2012, 07:07:43 AM »
For a while I could not understand the esteem that people held the Magnificent Void in.  I understood it intellectually, But I just did not get it......recently that changed.  I do get it, I hear it and it is magnificent.  Granted it is a challenging piece of music and I use it to illustrate a point.....is overrated actually the lack of understanding. 

Interesting comments from Forrest & Bill.....if someone says my music sucks, I smile, shrug my shoulders and say oh well.  If someone says my music sucks because.....now you have my attention.  Constructive criticism is the opportunity for the artist to see / hear their work through another's perspective.  It is often hard to remove the "I" and truly hear what someone has to say because the ego gets in the way.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Overrated Ambient
« on: February 17, 2012, 06:24:48 AM »
I'd be more concerned about people who dismiss this music, and who don't hear the magic in it.

This would be my concern as well.....actually there's not enough ratings generally.  Outside our small world most people if they know Brian Eno at all its probably in connection to Roxy Music and producing U2 

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ambient Music Generator
« on: January 25, 2012, 05:50:52 AM »
I like Mr.Slick's thoughts on Randomness

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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: MP3 vs. FLAC
« on: January 23, 2012, 06:03:39 AM »
Personally the idea of listening/purchasing music that has had parts of its content removed to fit into a format for mobile listening and easy digital distribution does not do anything for me....thats like buying a sofa and cutting part of it off to fit through the front door.

Nice image...

...or trying a three seater in the shop and having a 2 seater delivered...

...or the sofa arriving with the bits of it the makers don't think you actually need removed to make it cheaper....


Even better put Seren......very Pythonesque

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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: MP3 vs. FLAC
« on: January 21, 2012, 07:33:19 PM »
Hi Mike....I think my last post was a bit misleading.

I was trying to suggest that Flac is like old school analog recording and the quality of the sound and mp3 is like modern digital in the box recordings.....a confusing mix of idea Im using to express myself.

A Flac recording does sound or should sound identical to the source cd or wave.....what Im say is to my ears in my studio there is a difference. An mp3 has a harshness to the sound quality compared to a Flac recording.  It is a subjective thing.  The maths explains why I could hear what Im hearing...beyond that its not easy to point to.  If your fortunate to have listened to music through really good & honest equipment.....the two dont always go together, then you will hear it, the difference that is. 

Personally the idea of listening/purchasing music that has had parts of its content removed to fit into a format for mobile listening and easy digital distribution does not do anything for me....thats like buying a sofa and cutting part of it off to fit through the front door. 

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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: MP3 vs. FLAC
« on: January 21, 2012, 06:26:52 AM »
I think there is a difference....but its important to define what the "difference " is, and the difference is not necessarily better or worst.

To my ears its more like comparing analog recordings and digital recordings, analog being out of the box, no computers, recording and mixing to tape which has almost gone the same way as the dinosaurs, today.  Digital recordings are in the box, computer based Daw's.

IF you compared music recorded in the analog domain ie. music before computers and contemporary music there is a difference.  Words like "warmth" are are often used to describe analog tape based recordings and "brittle" or "harsh" is often levied against digital recordings.

Im using this to illustrate what I hear......Flac for me is like listen to analog, Mp3 is digital.

I imagine the difference is "lost" listening to and iPod on a speaker dock, but in a good listen environment I can hear the difference.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: January 16, 2012, 06:15:18 AM »
My first sojourn into the soundscapes of Dataobscura.....beautiful musical ambience!








On its way...




Projekt informed me that Dreamfields  is temporarily out of stock.....makes me smile that hypnos forum members cd's are moving :)  Im happy to wait!

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Yagya Rhythm of Snow
« on: January 14, 2012, 06:46:44 PM »
I was just think about how I was going to put my new release together and was considering cd production numbers and pricing....that was until I read this post.

Firstly Ive decide the its going to be a limited edition of 1.   Initially the cd will be on display at the Pace Gallery NYC. No audio representation will be available during the show.  The actual audio will be only accessible to the collector that puts down the asking price. If he or she cares to distribute the said work of sonic art, the artist will collect royalty fees based on the projected endless download possibilities.

Commodity, Commodity......when you think of all the wonderful music out there thats at the normal asking price this is insane.  Its that good that it commands those prices or are they asking and dreaming

peace

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