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Appreciate your kind for words Harry.......Thanks for the support!

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Speaker connection
« on: August 16, 2012, 05:01:48 AM »
I recently put an new listen system in the living room and ordered these audioquest cables......I was going to return them because I thought I had order banana plugs instead.  The manufacturer said their performance was better than banana's.  Cant really say either way as the last banana plugs I had were for a Serge modular synth.  If you want new connectors look to perhaps a cable upgrade as well.  It will do quite a bit for your sound.....but this another often heated topic  ;)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / I dream of Wires......Modular Love
« on: August 14, 2012, 05:18:31 PM »

Lots of talk about soft synths recently......time to balance the equation.

Just a heads up to those interested, this release is now available over on my site at Bandcamp......


Thanks Harry.....Hope you enjoy!


Pathway to Pelada ::  51:57

Composed, Performed & Produced by Julio Di Benedetto 2011.

Synthesizers :: Access Virus TI & Oberheim Matrix 12

Mastered by Taylor Deupree @ 12k Mastering

Photography & Design :: Julio Di Benedetto


My second release this year is " Pathway to Pelada" which is now available for download on my imprint, Digital Voices, over at Bandcamp...... 

All the best.......Julio

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 07, 2012, 04:15:53 PM »
Squarepusher :: Ufabulum  Dark Steering

Been a fan of Warp records releases for years....Plaid, Boards of Canada, Aphex Twin & Squarpusher.

Beautiful Pete....downloading the Flac version from Bandcamp now.  Also powerful photo/artwork.  Looking forward to exploring the the release in glorious 24bit res.

Inspiring work.....Julio

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Soft Synths....What do you like?
« on: July 29, 2012, 05:29:02 AM »
Come on Pete......making music out of Food Sample, underwhelming! ;D. Izotope is sell a library based on food :o.  I played with the demo a lot last night and I do like the sounds.  I drop some audio from older tracks and had fun warping them etc.   Came away with the sense that it could be a one trick pony.  A very good one trick but limited.  Still discovering though.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Soft Synths....What do you like?
« on: July 28, 2012, 02:45:21 PM »
IRIS is...... :) ;) :D ;D :o 8) :-* cant say I have ever come across anything like it.  Just can't find the words to describe what Im hearing so best to download the PC or Mac demo for yourself.  I will say that the visual editing use tools similar to what you find in Photoshop & Illustrator and this leads to some heavy manipulation of the graphically displayed sample.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Soft Synths....What do you like?
« on: July 28, 2012, 01:57:59 PM »
iZotope, IRIS looks very unique....downloading the demo now. Their audio processing software is highly thought of.  IRIS sort of reminds me of U&I software's Metasynth.

Thanks for posting about IRIS sraymar.  I remember VAZ, didn't that come on the scene around the same time as NI's first generation of Reaktor? 

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Soft Synths....What do you like?
« on: July 28, 2012, 04:03:27 AM »
Yes....I did notice that Absynth was somewhat cold, almost brittle in sound.  Not necessarily a bad thing,

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Soft Synths....What do you like?
« on: July 27, 2012, 05:42:23 PM »
Also as Ive brought up "scale" within the DAW environment....I want to mention how great it is within Logic 9 on the Mac within OSX 10.7.4 that all the native software synths/samplers like Sculpture
& ESX24 are all scaleable.....that is I can drag the corner of the GUI to fit the entire screen of my laptop.  Thats a 17" interface to work on and the resolution does hold up.  NO third party software does this.....not for me so far.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Soft Synths....What do you like?
« on: July 27, 2012, 05:24:23 PM »
Ive been playing around with Absynth 5.......its sound design capabilities are staggering, The GUI is not my cup of tea, especially on a 17" laptop, sort of organic but not very friendly.  I do see that a stroke of a mouse or a Bamboo pen can be more efficient the turning a virtual knob with the same.  I guess it comes down to scale.  Also whats with those envelope generators.....I understand the sonic potential of having the level of manipulation, but not in a micro environment. 

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / The Fairlight Sampler Reborn
« on: July 27, 2012, 05:04:18 PM »

Mike,s 808 trip into the past post inspired me to add this.......I remember seeing a tv show that filmed Peter Gabriel back in the 1980's taking some portable recorder out into a scrap metal dump and recording the sound of smashing car windscreens.  He then took these recordings and loaded them into his failrlight mapped it across the keys and the rest was history so to speak.  At the price of an average car its just what you need in your studio or garage :o

Have to say the touch screen creation of wavetable like sounds is very special......cant say we have this technology available least in the price range for this mere mortal.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Soft Synths....What do you like?
« on: July 27, 2012, 03:49:32 AM »
Soft Synths.....Soft Music Labels, works for me.  Only reason to separate might be that threads like this can become great resources for others looking into software synths and this is so much better than the best of type threads. 

I agree with Pete that the net label does deserve its own thread.....important topic!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 24, 2012, 06:06:22 PM »
Robert Rich : Somnium.   Hard to say much about...Ive been asleep. ::)  Still only half way through but so far what strikes me most about this music is the beautiful balance between field recordings, instruments and electronics.  They sit so well together.  Great recording/mix!

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Soft Synths....What do you like?
« on: July 24, 2012, 05:55:45 PM »
Reminds me of the problem with a piano .... not enough presets, and people all start sounding the same  ;)

Well said Anthony ;D......mind you we can't be far from having "The Steinway Artist Series: The Glen Gould Presets, with Humming" ::)

I think Wusikstation is an interesting one, not terribly easy going (regarding the installation of /  figuring out what it can do) but it's quite unique.

Does indeed look interesting Pete.....I see a mac version is coming out.

These past few days Ive been really enjoying NI's Massive demo.   Sort of overlooked it because of its name thinking it would be all about being Massive and analog emulating, Well it can be but its so much more.  I really like the sound, interface & drag and drop modulation.

I find it's nice to just use a good subtractive synth now and then, rather than these big-sample-based-pre-made-music monsters.

I agree. I enjoy playing around with soft synths, but nothing gets me going like grabbing and twisting the knobs of a subtractive synth and making the hair on the back of my neck stand up.  8)

Absolutely......however the one environment that is a beautiful combination of software & hardware is the Virus TI.  I feel I can get much deep into the synth via the software gui than the hardware interface, that is until the Virus starts messing up my audio AD/DA interface and taking over core audio et el.....but all this is another story.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Soft Synths....What do you like?
« on: July 23, 2012, 08:01:33 AM »
But the best part of excellent pre-made patches (built from simple and layer-able sound sources) is to deconstruct and learn from them.  :)

Good perspective to have can learn a great deal from master programmers like those over at spectrasonics.  On the other side it does inspires me to be a better programmer and start to think out side the box more, especially when I realized that quite often the source used for the samples are synths that one may actually own, or take your field recorder out for a walk and get creative. 

Hi Julio,

first of all I have to say Im not a fan of this fashion synths (Omnisphere, Alchemy) as there is a huge risk of sounding similar to others. Remember, if you like a Patch, 100xxx others may like it as well, especially if it is a workstation like Omnisphere :-) ( I remember this issue with Atmosphere - cannot count the releases using almost the same Sounds or Presets....terrible).

Thanks for joining in Tomas......this has always been a concern about presets and great presets like those in omnisphere..... sameness.   listeners who generally are not musicians probably can not identify a sound as an omnisphere patch, however there is still a risk of music having a homogenous feel to it.  Historically this was true with hardware synths like the Korg Wavestation & the Roland D50 who's sound was everywhere in film scores etc.....did the general public know this?

I will check out the Linplug synth.....I have heard of Rob Papins Albino synth. 

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Soft Synths....What do you like?
« on: July 21, 2012, 05:10:35 PM »
Hello gain95.....thanks for your confirmation of alchemy.  Welcome!  I have the demo running now and the Luftrum presets include are some of the best.  What excites me about this app is loading up ones own samples and the possibilities that could come from that.

So far Ive purchased "The Emotional Piano & the virtual Wavestation which is just as quirky as the original hardware and way to small a gui for my 17" laptop, but hey.....somethings don't change.  I loved my hardware wavestaion while I had it and it was not really friendly as far as programming, menus and a tiny lcd etc.....this is sort of the same but still a much more programable interface, especially the wave sequencing.

What Im noticing as I demo the software discussed here is that some of the best have a tendency too take away a certain amount of the joys of layering sounds that is so crucial to ambient music.  I say take away because these virtual instruments do it for you in the most seductive manner. The people used to develop the sounds are just brilliant,  certainly better programmers than I and yet Im not so comfortable having all this handed to me...sure you can tweak away but it seems to me a subtractive endeavor......kind of mess up a beautifully crafted preset just to make it your own.   Why not just start out all by oneself and enjoy the journey of discovery.

Thanks everyone for your contribution!

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