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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ableton Live ?
« on: June 07, 2014, 03:46:19 AM »
Hi Tomas.....having worked with Logic since the late 1990's when it was Emagic's Logic Platinum before Apple bought it Ive been stuck in the linear frame for a long time......and as you said if Im ready to try something completely new.  I think its time and Live seems to be the one daw system that works in a way that turns ones computer into an instrument whereas the Logic, Pro Tools & Cubase scenario is a virtual recreation of the traditional mixing console to 24 track tape machine. 

Auditioning Live 9 has opened the potential for working in a new ways.....I need to get over the "sample thing".

Thanks for your input!

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Ableton Live ?
« on: June 06, 2014, 05:26:56 PM »
I have been working with live 9 trial for close to a month off and on and the trial will end soon.....after much thought and viewing Logic X video demos I feel that there is no future for me with Logic and the way it is heading. It is worth another topic for what Apple is doing to its software so I will not go into it here, anyway my current daw is Logic Pro 9.

Much that Ive discovered using Live 9 is exciting and is a very different way of working, primarily because it seems directed towards clips and samples etc.....certainly the arrange view is similar to the more tradition daws such Logic, Pro tools & Cubase to name a few but the session view seems very stiff where clips, samples and audio need to conform its work flow which is not how I create.  I havent given session view a huge amount of time to to be able to uncover its possibilities so that stiffness my just be me.

Max for Live is amazing...Ive downloaded devices and well thats a sonic playground to jump into and get dirty.

I have been an hardware sort of fellow all my musical life, samples really never figured into my creative process other than some sample based technologies such as wavetable synthesis and the occasional rompler.

I guess my question is for those who made the transition from the tradition linear time line daw to was the journey?

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Dance music tutorial
« on: June 05, 2014, 05:05:22 AM »
How did he manage to keep a straight face......the free range egg carton because its better for the chickens.  This will keep me smiling all day. Thanks Pete

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Mutronics Mutator
« on: June 05, 2014, 04:58:01 AM »
I remember the the time I thought it was expensive but I never did hear it,  Im sure it was worth it.  Good for ambient, why not.  Its a big unit,  how much rack space do you have?

I used to have the waldorf D pole filter plugin that  worked well for me....waldorf have recently released the 2 pole, actually this maybe a re release, I think there was a hardware version sometime back, anyway its seems versatile and has a small footprint @ 200 euros.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 03, 2014, 05:04:47 PM »
Just want to say to regular "Currently Playing" contributors you are truly the breath of longevity for this genre....the music I have discovered with your guidance!  Thank you!

Hi Dirk....I pm'ed you through this forum, sorry you did not receive it. Its a really great performance and my first time experiencing your music played live(video), very intimate because of the tight camera frame.
I will remove it if you would prefer.

I got my Andromeda in 2006 and sold it last year......I created many amazing patches on the synth over the years, yet most of them were hard come by.  My relationship with the Andromeda was very much a love hate thing which was based on the user interface not the sound.  The Andromeda, for me, was not enjoyable to program.    As to the type of has the Moog and Oberheim style filters but those are names and do little to suggest the sonic capabilities of this synth and actually sounds nothing like either of those.  It has a unique voice of its own....ok 16 voices and though I was often at odds with the Andromeda it was definitely "Worth the Effort"

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ever heard of a Handpan.....?
« on: June 01, 2014, 05:51:24 AM »
I have actually seen the sonic couture site and it is the only option right now,  thanks for suggesting.  I was thinking of trying to make one and as I researched it I discovered how difficult they are to make and the tuning even more so.  I believe they evolved from steel drums of the Caribbean though the history is not clear.  It is just such a unique sound!

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Ever heard of a Handpan.....?
« on: May 31, 2014, 07:49:00 PM »
I have do much research into this instrument which I wont go into now, and I really would love to have the privilege to play one but....these instruments are very hard to make and few make them. There is a company in the USA called Pantheon Steel that makes them.... and has a 30+ year wait list if you were to try to order one so they work on a lottery basis.....imagine in a "gimme it now" culture many might be dead before they ever played one...myself included! These Handpans in the video are made in Switzerland.

Quick disclaimer as things have been rather sensitive recently with "Youtube" I did contact Loscil / Scott Morgan asking if he was cool with my posting this which he said he was though he thought it was not visually very interesting.  Dirk Serries never responded....So?

As to the visual element I feel it works very well just because it isn't and I sense it is the style of the filmmaker and anyway the music is just wonderful!

Loscil live at [F]luister on Vimeo

Dirk Serries live at [F]luister on Vimeo

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Lexicon PCM Native Sale
« on: May 27, 2014, 02:10:07 PM »
Not sure if this is US wide, world wide or just a Vintage king store special but the Lexicon PCM bundles are 50% off so instead of $999 for the reverb & fx bundle its $499.  Follow the link to see the various bundles offerings.  Good through 6/30/14

Personally I have not settled on a software reverb solution yet....this maybe the time to decide!

Vintage King is one of the best recording equipment stores in the US but shoppers beware, a few choice items and you'll need a second mortgage  ;)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: NI Reaktor 5 Sale
« on: May 23, 2014, 10:54:59 AM »
I think your right Tomas....Komplete 9 for $499, one does get a lot for the price! 

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / NI Reaktor 5 Sale
« on: May 22, 2014, 04:17:01 PM »
NI usually have some crazy sale on Komplete from time to time but this came across to me and for $99 I jumped when the retail price is $399 .....My first soft synth was NI's Generator, and then the first release of Reaktor. After that I drifted more to hardware so 15 years later Im really enjoying seeing some old time ensembles included and a whole plethora of new sonic ends May 28th  :)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Backup?
« on: May 10, 2014, 04:28:20 AM »
I have all projects backed up on a 1T external hard drive…actually I have no files on my laptop.  I have been using drives for the past 10 years and they are able to retrieve all data even if they can't fix one of their hard drives.  I had 2 issues that turned out to be a simple update of some sort, nothing serious and the drives were fix for free.  In one way the manufacturer is my ultimate backup.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 17, 2014, 05:17:13 PM »
Disturbed Earth ::  Castles in Spain

I stumbled across Castles in Spain will searching this artists work due to recent mentions ......excellent production where to my ear the dual tape machines and recording setup really shine and not to mention the music is stunning.  Recorded in 1976 / 1976 I was 14yrs old and had no idea what ambient music was nor Brian Eno..... yet.  That this was recorded that far back sets this music apart for me. It is contemporary though transcends the ambient timeline.

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Laptop Cooling Pads
« on: April 13, 2014, 05:18:26 AM »
I did have a look around ebay usa and found heatsinks that were even more expensive up to $150 for large ones......perhaps aluminum is more expensive this side of the atlantic ???.

The company I linked to has a 2 inch heigh extrusion but the price jumps to $98 for the size that would fit the bottom of the Macbook.

The way I see it.....New iMac 27" with good specs (SSD & Ram) $2500 +- or a $100 heatsink for a perfectly good 17" i7 Macbook Pro.

I will search around some more before I commit......thanks for all your help Tomas!

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Laptop Cooling Pads
« on: April 11, 2014, 09:26:05 PM »
Cooling pad update......well for one thing the fan on this Zalman cooling pad is so quiet I had to hold the unit up to the light to check if it was on or off.  It is a single 6" fan that does move a lot of air.

Improvement.....not enough for my use.  I do believe it will extend the life of the the macbook and I have not had any hair dryer episodes so this is better but not what I am looking for more.

I did find an extruded aluminum heat sink company here in the usa... A 10" x 15" x 1" piece will run around $53.

I am coming to release the laptop is not the best studio computer....perhaps if you perform and you want one computer it will surface but as a quite solution...not the best for audio.

Everything and Nothing / Re: My coworker stopped talking to me
« on: April 09, 2014, 10:44:49 AM »
Because of the close quarters best to confront him and get it out in the takes a fair bit of courage to be direct.  You could also inquire if things are all right with him in his world as you notice a difference recently, sort of being the caring co work, which Im sure you are.....this might get him to talk.  Perhaps others in office may have more insight....anyone he's friendly with that you could talk to.

Its horrible when you just cant walk away and there seems to be no other solution...good luck.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ambient Music Download Pricing
« on: April 07, 2014, 05:48:15 PM »
For some reason 24 bit master quality seems to have garnered  a premium.....sort of like a luxury tax on a $200.000 Rolls Royce or whatever they may cost.  Bandcamp will level the the playing field which is sort of silly for labels who should pay attention to this and not push themselves out of the market place!

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Ambient Music Download Pricing
« on: April 07, 2014, 05:56:06 AM »
I was just over at the Spotted Peccary label website checking out some of their great music and talented roster of artist and happen to click on the music buy option , i.e. cd or download format and was surprised to see such high download prices.


What I am trying to figure out is the reasoning for this pricing structure, specifically the high res downloads..... almost $12 for a flac file and near $16 for 24bit file ???  $2 less the a physical cd or $2 more.

I love this label so understand Im not going after them and one can find some crazy pricing out there when you get into audiophile HD downloads sites.

Could the high price reflect addition storage cost for large file size?
Did the label have additional mastering cost to run a second pass, one @ 16bit for cd replication and another @ 24bit for HR download?
Is the pricing a deterrent to encourage more physical cd sales?
Is this a way to stay alive in a seemingly every shrinking ambient community? 

I think its great that they offer such a wide variety of formats yet Im must say there's some sticker shock involved.

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