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Messages - Julio Di Benedetto

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 29, 2014, 06:52:31 AM »
  Ultimately, if musicmaking can no longer pay for itself and, instead, musicians continue to lose money paying for mastering, licensing of photos and artwork, you will have fewer musicians able or willing to do this at a continued loss and I think the pool of available music will gradually become the poorer for it.  If listeners truly respect the musicians whose music they like, they should pay for it, unless the musician chooses to make it available for free

Forrest

What you say here Forrest is becoming a disturbing reality, or perhaps is a reality.  The idea of a pool of music becoming a puddle is a sad picture.  Some might say that there is so much out there that maybe its not a terrible thing yet it would be for the wrong reason.  All suffer for sure.

I feel that artists / musicians need to step up their personal exposure via websites / Bandcamp etc....and offer music fans a decent amount of music to listen to to help the purchasing process and thus avoid the need for youtube browsing.  This is my reason for going to youtube because I often cant find the music discussed here.  30 second sound clips @ amazon, itunes & cdbay does not promoted sales in IMHO. I realize that what you say Forrest goes much deeper and  started with the Napster thing and now "Free" is the first step towards success ???

This is a huge topic.....one worth chatting about for musicians and even more so music lovers.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 28, 2014, 07:12:32 PM »
When music that is mentioned here in the "Now Playing" thread that I might be interested in I follow whatever links are offered and also head to youtube which usually has a fair share of the artists music  to help me decide in my purchase.  It is a great resource.  I agree with Forrest about artists rights yet most of the youtube post I listen to have so much admiration for the music being posted its hard to fault it. 

Really a lot of my music purchasing decisions are often based more on youtube than the artist websites because of the silly 30 second sound clip rule that many adhere.....perhaps a Youtube thread?

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: 'Lumen' released
« on: March 28, 2014, 05:39:12 AM »
Glad you chose to release them, the tracks work well together....really enjoying this Pete!

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: 'Lumen' released
« on: March 27, 2014, 06:23:39 AM »
Downloading now Pete......Liguid Emerald is wonderful, lots of textures and washes that hold together so well, in fact there is some much sonically in this short release it really feels like a full 74 minutes of music.  :)

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Antelope Audio Zen
« on: March 25, 2014, 08:34:31 PM »
I would vote against the Audient, I think Antelope is higher level stuff, it is a non brainer if you ask me... for this price there is no competition..

I did not know this was an election......gear & politics, dangerous combination. ;)

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Antelope Audio Zen
« on: March 24, 2014, 04:56:11 PM »
That might work if you could get the handle off and dont mind not having access to the Adat on the side....I feel it is really a questionable design philosophy. How big is the mobile market? Rack it and their sales could / will double, triple etc.

With their current products I would of thought they could give Prism, Metric Halo, and UAD's Apollo some serious competition instead of coming out with this brilliant but not very practical concept for most.

Perhaps consider this....



and with this  connected you would get 10 mic pres for less than the Audio Zen...just a thought



P.S.....these guys build some very nice large format console....perhaps not as star studded as Solid State Logic but nevertheless....

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Some recent drams...... :)



I will keep going back to this one.....theres some much toffee and orange in this your think you can taste chocolate but thats in your head...Wow, and this is no dessert it has plenty of power on the nose and palette.






This is an unusual one.....theres a beeswax sense to it that is intriguing and a little strange in a good way.....worth trying!






At $29 I said to myself with a snob like tone.....you get what you pay for but I had seen ratings up at 93 points from whiskey magazines so......they are right, its quite amazing and you might ask yourself if there is some Gaelic magic going on that can put a bottle of $29 malt in the same range as a 94 point, $90 bottle of Lagavulin (Whiskey Advocates Magazine).  Only on way to find out ;) 

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Antelope Audio Zen
« on: March 24, 2014, 05:06:24 AM »
To me its seems to be a really good product......12 mic/line pre amps. Nice.  Some of the best conversion and clocking all at a reasonable price.

My issue with it is that it cannot be racked.....I understand it is design for mobile recording and as such the big red handle is perfect.  In a studio situation?  I would look to Prism or Metric Halo and pay more money for their units.  Metric Halo have always be designed around mobile recording but their gear can be racked.

The Audio Zen seems an excellent box but I would not want it in the middle of the studio with all its possible interconnectivity run everywhere.....if this isnt an issue for you then it would be a good solution.

 

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: blofeld, nord lead 3
« on: March 20, 2014, 04:01:54 AM »
As you will be exploring & learning as you compose your music I would recommend the Nord as it has a lot more dedicated pots to turn to achieve the sound you are after.  I feel it can be more of a struggle to work with synths like the Blofeld that have limited pots and deep menu's to have to scroll through.  You will really get to know synthesis in a much more intuitive way with the Nord.  I cant speak for either sonically as I have not played them.

I use a weighted 88 key digital piano controller and I do prefer it but then Im not a classically trained piano player....I imagine my drummer hands are not as sensitive :)

Enjoy the journey!

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: TC Powercore on OSX 10.7
« on: March 19, 2014, 02:26:42 PM »
I did see that there will be some sort of crossgrade offered by UAD but terms seem to be unknown at present. We will have to wait and see!

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: TC Powercore on OSX 10.7
« on: March 19, 2014, 06:14:13 AM »
Good news!.....be interesting to see how existing powercore plugin users will have to just invest in UAD2 hardware system and get the TC plugins at no additional expense or will we have to start from scratch again. 

When I stopped using the powercore system my Sonnox plugins that I used on the powercore platform were available to me as native and my license was switched to my iLok account at no cost.  Curious to see if this will apply to the UAD2 platform with TC plugins.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 18, 2014, 09:16:25 PM »
That new structures track is lovely; order placed!

I agree Chris.....Im not sure but the sounds on the new track seem current and I find that I can breath when I listen.  Sometimes a certain amount of the music we love here can be tense, beautiful but not restful as I find the new piece in this Structures from Silence anniversary edition.  Is this Roach's interpretation 30 yrs later?

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 17, 2014, 11:21:32 AM »


I have been listening to the additional tracks that come with this remastered original....... :)....http://projektrecords.bandcamp.com/album/structures-from-silence-30th-anniversary-deluxe-3-cd-remastered-edition

Looking forward to receiving the CD

I have the original cd release but never did get the 2nd remastered release......I feel this one is worth it for the bonus tracks.  Structures from Silence still stands as my favorite Roach recording to this day!

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 11, 2014, 05:47:10 AM »
I have to admit coming to it via the film Amadeus.....

I was familiar with the Requiem but once I had seen Amadeus it completely change the way I listened to Mozart, especially the Requiem.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 09, 2014, 03:03:55 PM »
Enjoying the Tench label releases in general.....thanks for the heads up Chris

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: TC Powercore on OSX 10.7
« on: March 02, 2014, 10:51:44 PM »
Thanks Loren for the info.....from what I have read the company seems really stand up in support for discontinued products.  I may just roll the dice.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / TC Powercore on OSX 10.7
« on: March 01, 2014, 10:18:05 PM »
Powercore is gone sadly.....as Ive said elsewhere I bought a power core pci express card just to run TC's VSS3 Reverb plugin.  I still have the card and was considering getting a chassis for my laptop to hopefully run it again but TC electronics official dont support the platform beyond OSX 10.6..Snow leopard   So before I drop the cash on a thunderbolt Pci express expansion chassis I am hoping for some confirmation positive or negative that may help me decide to peruse this.  Can it work...because out there in the web I have not read confident reports

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 01, 2014, 09:35:56 PM »
Disintegration Loops #6...... :)


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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Reverb Plugin Sound Demos
« on: February 26, 2014, 06:21:25 AM »
Julio,

Thanks very much for adding the guitar stuff to your demos, very interesting to hear these verbs (some of which I couldn't demo myself as I don't use an iLok thingy).
The thing that struck me is that they all sound good - dense and tonally balanced. I suppose it becomes a bit like fine wine appreciation - the differences are more perceptible with a more refined palette (so to speak) Saying that, I had a preference for the Sonnox Oxford, the lexicon PCM examples (very 'clean') and the softude TSAR 1's spatial effect.

I have to say though, that my favourites (for clean guitar) were still my two 'mysteryverbs', which are:
'mysteryverb1' A Nebula library (EMT140VNXT) of a sampled plate reverb
http://vnxtsound.blogspot.co.uk/2010/01/so-finally-vnxtemt140-ready-emt-140s.html

'mysteryverb1_2' Valhalla Uber-mod 'lateweb' preset (that I modified)

Ubermod is particularly interesting, as it's not sold as a reverb plugin as such, but you can really create things from scratch, with easy access to lots of parameters and it has extensive modulation parameters too. That Nebula library (to me) is just a great capture of a plate.

Lastly, one of my favourite verbs is actually the 'reverb' effect in Native Instrument's 'Razor' synth. I wish that was available as a standalone effect, as it's unique.

I feel your guitar piece Pete is well played with just the right articulation to show off these verbs, better than the synth demo which is interesting but has more going on which of course shows off the verbs in another way.

I agree they all sound good and as you say it is like fine wine appreciation.....

Interesting the Valhalla uber mod is a delay not a reverb....would not know it from the demo.

Thanks again for your contribution to this thread!

The reverb demos are expiring one by one and I honestly can not say which one I would buy at this point as my preference changes.....at least this thread is here to come back to for reference.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Reverb Plugin Sound Demos
« on: February 24, 2014, 02:44:15 PM »
Just got done adding Pete Kelly's Guitar recording passed through each plugin......the differences are subtle.  The mix is set at 60% wet.

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