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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.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Exponential Audio Reverb Sale!
« on: June 15, 2014, 04:37:07 PM »
These summer sales...getting a little crazy but I just purchased their Phoenix Reverb.  Exponential Audio is the man behind the creation of the most recent Lexicon hardware PCM series reverbs and PCM Native plugins....clearly now blazing his own trail.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 15, 2014, 03:06:54 PM »
Wow...thanks for posting that video Chris.....Im going to listen again without the amazing visuals.  Often ambient music is the soundtrack to our lives or a life and just works so well with our imagination or film, case in point and where is that city?

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Eventide UltraChannel for FREE
« on: June 15, 2014, 01:46:30 PM »
When Pace used to be a challenge response type system thats when people really got fed up.  Purchase the real software and use the hacked version, I know of people doing that but today theres no reason.  The only issues I every have is when unknown to me my main usb hub disconnects by accident and I load up a project to find all my ilok protected plugins are not authorized.  Really easy fix. Transferring licenses, deactivating, moving plugins through the ilok manager software is so simple.  This has been my experience.   

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Eventide UltraChannel for FREE
« on: June 14, 2014, 12:57:47 PM »
Interesting plugin.....eq is very good for sculpting,  micro pitch shift thickens up synths pad nicely and delay delays, compressors compress.  No presets, not sure if they just did not install but theres no sign of them on my laptop.  I dont usually care about presents but for this it would be useful to see what it can do beyond my mixing needs.

Oh and loaded in Live & logic it pulled 3% cpu with all components engaged and running once channel of audio on my MBP i7 2.4ghz quad core with 8g ram.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Eventide UltraChannel for FREE
« on: June 12, 2014, 03:47:21 PM »
Just downloaded it.....will report back.   Worth watching the video demos to get an idea what this can do.

Also iLok is really so much better than it used to be.  The ilok license manager software is really straight forward. I have both versions of ilok and actually look to plugins that support it.

Thanks Tomas for posting.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Ableton Software Sale
« on: June 11, 2014, 09:47:47 PM »
FYI....30% off all Ableton software!.  And I purchased Ableton Live Suite 9, 2 days before the Sale >:(  What are you going to do! ;D.... This is good until friday 13th.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 11, 2014, 05:07:47 AM »
Been having a Loscil couple of days.....all really good though Sketches from New Brighton is a standout and most musically evolved imho



Everything and Nothing / Re: RIP Rik Mayall
« on: June 10, 2014, 01:56:33 PM »
I used to love watching the Young Ones.....sad that he passed and so young.  Classic scene!

I never erase my presets on synths Ive sold and it has never increase the final sale price....I just dont understand why ???.... ;D

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ableton Live ?
« on: June 09, 2014, 04:28:13 PM »
Installed Ableton Live 9 Suite today and have been downloading various packs.....mostly Max for live and a few experimental sample sounds

Im really impressed with how Ableton has integrated their soft synth...I thought I would just get the standard version and add Max but working with the Suite version as a trial the soft synths are an integral part of live I sensed I would regret not having them at hand.

Thanks so much for you thoughts & suggestions Tomas & Scott.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ableton Live ?
« on: June 08, 2014, 10:45:08 AM »
Hi financial commitment yet, still working with the trial version so I will take a look at Reaper.  Its funny I just had an old 2006 dell laptop resurrected to become my living room music server and the computer tech put Soundforge and Acid on it.  I will have to open it up.

Thanks for your suggestion!

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