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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear Acquisition Syndrome releated blog post
« on: September 18, 2012, 06:17:56 AM »
Good topic Pete......if we can't talk about "New Shinny Things" as you put we can at least talk about our GAS.  Good therapy.

I have been on the look out for something new, something that would spark some creativity, something to inspire me with new sound making potential.....its always a fun journey and usually a discovery is made.  Could be hardware, software, fx etc.....however I came up empty and through the process I released that I have all that I need and all that I actually want right here in the studio.   

It is quite refreshing to watch all the NAMM product videos of this years new gear and various other gear related media and come away wanting none of it.  "Im Cure" ;)

Like you I found that delving into sound manipulation techniques has become an inspiring format for new sonic ideas.  Recently Ive been creating new warped sounds by taking my patches in my
Virus TI and sampling them and processing them further in the software dominion.  Sonic recycling!


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Overrated Ambient
« on: September 08, 2012, 03:12:12 PM »
Boards of Canada
Possibly the most overrated group ever, making 'ambientish' music with some beats. They have absolutely nothing to say. Just my opinion.

Care to differ there with you......Boards of Canada " A Beautiful Place Out In the Country" EP has everything to say IMHO.  I also don't thinks its ambient.   

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Alesis Andromeda A6 FS
« on: September 08, 2012, 10:17:12 AM »
The Andromeda is no longer available.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Overrated Ambient
« on: September 08, 2012, 04:54:18 AM »
Does Tim Hecker count as hipster ambient? Got into his music for a while early on, but got out of it. Last time I had a listen at his stuff recently, it looks fatally hipstered out to me. I feel like I could be entirely off base on this one, but am too lazy to dig deeper.

Cant say I know what hipster ambient is but I can say that Tim Hecker's Imaginary Country gets played a lot here.......grunge, distortion & glitch washed over beautiful melodic imagery!

For plenty of unlistenable "uber cool," check out 12k label.  They've released some good stuff, of course, but most of it to me seems more concerned with how it was recorded ("field recordings by a crackling fire with my synth hooked up to a generator so I could be inspired by my natural surroundings!" etc.) rather than how it sounds. 

I think 12k is a "Sound Art" label that occasional puts out music that may fit into a perspective of ambient, at least the ambient music that gets discussed here. Avant Garde, experimental type music is often concerned about the production environment and is as important as some here are about the synths/sound source used to produce their music. :)   Recording guitar in a WW2 ammunition depot could be considered really ambient....the field recording is part of the music.  This is the spirit of 12k for me. 

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 07, 2012, 04:12:21 AM »
Agreed Anthony......the graphics are good.  I got the Flac download through Bandcamp.  As you mentioned Ocean Fire I gave it a spin, had not played it in a while.  Not as accessible as this new release with a quality to it that is clearly 12k.....Still good though!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 05, 2012, 04:01:13 PM »
In the studio today.....

Really enjoying times its Sakamoto with his "film piano" and Willits simple yet processed guitar accompaniment & then its their special ambient experimental elixir !

The one band for me during that period......RUSH

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.

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