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Steve Roach is over-rated, Vangelis is complete crap, Prometheus is a REALLY SHITTY movie, and New Age Music is not the devils's spawn but actually can be really cool.

How's that?  ;)


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Digital to analog converters
« on: November 21, 2013, 06:12:03 AM »
I dont use software reverb much within the DAW.....if I were looking for good reverb plugin I would certainly check out the Lexicon PCM Native Reverb bundle.  Its not cheap at $600 but from what I have heard its the best of Lexicon sound without the hardware cost which is somewhere at $2000 new.  At one time you could buy individual plugins within the bundle, not sure if thats still available

I had the demo of Aether which I did like but never did buy it for the reason I mentioned but I was impressed.

T.C. Electronics Vss3 reverb which was original part of their Powercore platform is a plugin ported over from TC's 6000 system.  I used it alot when I had a powercore pci card in my old Mac G5 so the software is no longer.   I miss it and would put it up against any high end reverb hard or soft.  For those in the Pro Tools dominion you can still get it as a TDM plugin

As for other software plugins for processing audio......the one and only Sound Toys native bundle.  I recall Paul Vnuk saying on this forum that a good software reverb and the Sound Toys bundle of fx plugins you can come very close to the sound palette of an Eventide Eclipse.  As an Eclipse owner and Sound Toys user I would agree with this.

As to converters....the title of this thread.  There are so many options.  I dont think today there are really any bad converters out there.  It seems a very competitive market where manufacturers cannot afford to put out inferior products.  An all in one box would be my choice. Pre amps, converters monitoring etc under one hood.  Im actually looking at a Metric Halo ULN8 unit as a possible option for myself.  Its high end with a price tag to match but I would be selling high end gear to make the purchase as I consolidated my studio.

I would advise to buy right the first time and have it for life so to speak. :)


Once in a while, a topic comes along that really gets people fired up. At times like that, we see how many people are actually reading.

The "show us your studio pics" that Jesse (Numina) started was one that I recall had some 53,000 views and maybe more by now....thats just staggering.  That many gearsultz?  I guess its also interesting for ambient listen to see where the music they may listen to is recorded.

Actually I find that when your very active on the Forum Mike the participation goes up....thats probably because you say a lot in the context of a thread which can lead to extedted discussions.  Must be the writer in you. ;)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ableton Live 9 and Max for Live
« on: November 20, 2013, 05:57:03 AM »
every time I read posts about Live I download the trial to see what its about and how it may change the way I work for the better and each time I come to the same doesnt work for me.  I understand it and how it is different from logic or cubase and the session view is an interesting place to create ideas etc.  I think its my old school mentality that treats the daw as a mixing desk and tape machine and Live can be this but was not designed to flow the same linear way as traditional daws.  Also 95% of my music is created from synths, mostly hardware recorded directly into logic and the random element the session view offers to explore sonic ideas seems to confuse.   That being said Ive just downloaded the latest trail so can have another look. ;D

A good percentage of the forum members are musicians though I feel its a nice mix of ambient music listens and producers.  The lack of forum members really shows itself when IMHO interesting threads come up and the usual suspects respond and the thread dies at about 8 or so replies....we end up talking to ourselves.  Now this does not actually reflect the amount of people that visit the Hypnos forum.  Some topics have immense viewing numbers.  It would be nice if more viewer became active.

I stay away from Facebook and Twitter though I have accounts.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Bandcamp
« on: November 15, 2013, 09:45:31 PM »
Bandcamp do the all file conversion.....the artist sends them wav files, at say 24bit @ 96k and they will convert it to the other formats.  AS to limiting the free format...thats is up to the artist.  From my experience usually all digital formats are available, though I have not check the Rich bandcamp site you maybe this is new.

If I was shopping I would  do Tomas said and go to ebay and look for a used or refurbished Intel MAc Pro with the specs I need....that being said Im certain the new Mac Pro has more than enough power for my needs.

Perhaps we are not looking into the same crystal ball as Apple how actually create the trends and therefore in some part predict / control the future.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: My Music Studio in Progress!!!
« on: November 11, 2013, 06:31:45 AM »
Very sweet selection of equipment Immersion.

I did not know Trident made monitors but why not.  3 way is an excellent choice.  Lynx are great converts from what Ive read

Interesting that you went for the Dangerous controller and external AD/DA as opposed to an all in one box solution like Metric Halo or a Prism Orpheus.  I think you have gone the right way.  I use my Metric Halo ULN2 for DAW connectivity and their Pre amps and use external Lavry AD/DA conversion.

Mogami is the way to go!

Desk is very nice......low profile on the gear racks like a mastering desks.

I use an Eventide Eclipse so I have and idea of what your going to be hearing although with much more programming and sonic possibilities .

What pre amp will you use or mixing system?

Your signal chain is phenomenal, now all you need to do is acoustically treat your studio so that your beautiful gear can be heard accurately.

My Matrix 12 is very deep in programming and can be challenging mostly because of its age and depending on the day is a Matrix 9 or better a Matrix 11.  The voices can be switch off so its not that much of an issue when a voice chip is cranky.  The Matrix 12 / Xpander work best for me when I just dive in deep with no real sound in mind and start patching does help having used a modular synth before because programming The Matrix 12 / Xpander is modular minded under the hood.

Excited for you new sounding sonic explorations.....Look forward to hearing them.

Apple have always put form and function together in a successful way that few if any other computer manufactures have.

My old dead G4 sitting in the garage is beautiful (IMO) industrial design.  It has huge handles top and bottom smoothly incorporated into the design.  The G5 or "cheese grater" as it was called also has handles incorporated into its design so the handle issue is just Apple staying with its design philosophy.

I tend to agree with the rest of the video presenters points.  Apple have continued to dumb down their pro software such as the new Final Cut Pro which seems nothing more than an upgraded iMove and thus making it accessible to the prosumer market. They maybe doing the same with their hardware regarding function.  I like the new design of the Mac Pro, though it does remind me of a stylish wine bucket.   I bought my 17" Macbook pro just before Apple stopped production.  I image it was just to big to be portable enough....anyway as its my main music, photography and design computer I have USB, Firewire & Thunderbolt cables all over the place so the lack of internal connectivity in this new Mac Pro would not bother me.

Im not in the market for a new mac but I will be curious to see how this is received.


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Drone Masters
« on: November 11, 2013, 04:41:53 AM »
I just recently purchased a used Klaus Wiese's Soma cd for $43.97....the most money Ive ever spent on a single cd.  A perfect copy it is but thats crazy or I am. 

Tomas are you listening.  Digital editions of Klaus Wiese out of print music as Castleview suggested.  :)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Drone Masters
« on: November 09, 2013, 04:59:00 PM »
As Im coming to understand this peculiar side of ambient music from what I have been listening to these past weeks is as drone on suggest...."one chord held over the duration of the piece".....and this is where it gets really interesting because within this apparent minimal approach lies beneath the surface a kaleidoscope of such subtle shifts in tone and structure that the somewhat relentless  "drone" is anything but that.....or is it simply relentless and it is my mind filling in the gaps so to speak.....yet the purpose of minimal repetitive droning trance inducing music is about losing the least for a while.....right? 

What you will not see on the new OSX.....the real Mavericks :o.  I have surfed good size waves but nothing like this nor will I ever.  Like Mike Im waiting

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 03, 2013, 05:46:52 AM »
^You know, I've been meaning to listen to that album for some time but I've never gotten around to it. I bet it's as wonderful as Paul Horn's masterpiece, Inside The Taj Mahal.

As good as electronically created ambience is theres quite a difference from the real thing......I will have to check out the Horn piece.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 02, 2013, 04:37:22 PM »
Deep Listening : Pauline Oliveros, Stuart Dempstar & Panaiotis

A very special to me though released in 1989 on New Albion Records. Trompone, Accordion, Voice, Garden hose & Conch shell to name some of the instruments performed improv in a unique drone space.

From the Liner notes......

"A warden approached us as we prepared to descend 14 feet down into the 186 foot diameter cistern that once held 2 million gallons of water. The warden reproached us for parking a van on the dirt covered ceiling. Pot holes suggested that perhaps the ceiling was not so stable. Once we had made our decent and after my eyes had adjusted to the dim cavern, I realized almost at once that the warden had probably never been inside: the cavernous cylinder is made of reenforced concrete with more pillars per square yard than a skyscraper. The water tank, built in 1970 on an army base, was probably designed to withstand heavy bombing. Our van was the equivalent of a mosquito on a housetop.

The remarkable thing about the acoustic space is the long reverb, which could approach 45 seconds, and the lack of slap echoes and distinct early reflections that are often characteristic of large cathedrals; only pure, smooth reverb, the type that can be simulated electronically but is thought to be unrealistic and fantastical.

The space is real, and unique. A large cathedral will return slap echoes and uneven resonance characteristics. The cistern showed a very smooth frequency response and no echoes, only a smooth reverberation, the amplitude of which appears to begin at the same decibel level as the source. Consequently, it is impossible to tell where the performer stops and the reverberation takes over. One additional aspect of the reverberation field that does not seem to record easily and which makes simulation very difficult, is that it slowly moved from the sound source along the walls until it enveloped the listener: a most remarkable and beautiful phenomena."

Everything and Nothing / Re: A Favor from my Hypnos friends.
« on: October 21, 2013, 06:44:29 PM »
Also Loren...its so easy to get wrapped up in this mini politics I failed to emphasize your special role in this wonderful project....your music was the emotion behind the story. 

Everything and Nothing / Re: A Favor from my Hypnos friends.
« on: October 21, 2013, 01:12:27 PM »
It is disappointing for Trang especially when the work is so beautiful and meaningful.  Thanks for letting us know about her.  I will follow her work.

Any thoughts to doing a Kickstarter type campaign. 

Ive been involved in several specifically for Yoga teacher Elena Brower who raised $75,000 to make her book "The Art of Attention"  Just a thought :)

Everything and Nothing / Re: A Favor from my Hypnos friends.
« on: October 21, 2013, 05:24:30 AM »
The DJ's are ahead by one vote as of 8.22am eastern US time....ONE vote.   I cant vote again at least not yet.  Where every you are in the world...Vote!

Everything and Nothing / Re: A Favor from my Hypnos friends.
« on: October 20, 2013, 08:21:34 PM »
Grabbed some phones from people at work today and voted on them and add 3 more votes from home just now.  I actual listen to the Dj's music to see what Trang was up against.  Cant imagine how this is so close...makes no sense to me. 

Everything and Nothing / Re: A Favor from my Hypnos friends.
« on: October 19, 2013, 04:41:41 PM »
We have seen this surge for the DJ's before.....a few more hours and and we can vote heavily again here on the US east coast.

Everything and Nothing / Re: A Favor from my Hypnos friends.
« on: October 18, 2013, 09:23:06 PM »
3 more of 12:16 am eastern time Trang is 33 votes ahead by my calculation.  Respect to the DJ's but Trang's art is too important to let music get in the way.

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