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Im curious if you would share that "list" Mike.....suggestions from aficionados!  Recommendation go a long way.   Hope I dont sound too thirsty  :)

Excellent Blake......this might be a good place to exchange whisky tasting notes,  theres just so much to discover in a sniff and sip.  I still do enjoy wine but its so easy to finish a nice bottle in an evening that it actually cost way more than good scotch.   A bottle of scotch in an evening by yourself....that there would be a problem.

Still working out my preference of a splash of water or not.....the higher alcohol whiskies for sure and thus far whiskies that hit around 56% are harder to drink for me as the alcohol seems to get in the way, which is not what the experts say.

Over time Glenlivet was my go to once in a while......need to go back and taste it again.

I did not realize that american bourbon casks played such an important roll in the initial maturation of Scottish single malt whisky.  Laphroaig use Makers Mark Bourbon cask.

Sounds like a Fantastic evening the photograph and story.

You might like to try Caol Ila Islay malt.  It somewhere between Laphroaig and Lagavulin in taste and not as hard one your wallet as Lagavulin.  It is my current dram.

Writers always seem to have great taste in whiskies....hey maybe ambient musician do to.  :)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Cans.....Whats on your head?
« on: December 16, 2013, 08:53:23 PM »
Very.....came to these monitors from a Mastering setup that had lots of audiophile paraphernalia.  I wanted the full range listening capabilities that B&W 802's, my old speakers, within a smaller studio environment.  The Focal Twins delivered.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Cans.....Whats on your head?
« on: December 16, 2013, 07:01:18 PM »
Oh.....the monitors.  Got those in 2007,  dont remember then its gone up a little.  Today $3800 a pair +-

Found this thread buried in the archives......thought I would bring it back to life, tis the season!

I have been enjoying single malts scotch's these past several months.....never really got into them until I picked up a mix pack of small bottles that were Craggenmore 12, Talisker 10 & Lagavulin 16.  Well that change everything.  Its hard to image just sitting with a dram and sniffing and sipping for a half hour.  Such a small amount of liquid produces such aromas and flavor.

My list in particular order though I do tend to favor the Islay malts with their heavy peat smoke.


Ardbeg Ten, Lagavulin & Laphroiag Triple Wood really stand out.  They are all great whiskies.  The Islay ones seem to manage to bottle the smell and almost taste of the Ocean!

Still much more to discover.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Cans.....Whats on your head?
« on: December 16, 2013, 06:48:42 AM »
$345....and the Focals are up against tough competition from my Grado SR325.  I love these cans but they are open backed

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Cans.....Whats on your head?
« on: December 15, 2013, 03:36:24 PM »
Indulging myself this christmas, that and I need a closed back headphone for recording purpose.  Im led to believe these cans translate well with my Focal Twin monitors.  Would be really handy. Lets see.

To me the cosmic consciousness means one is aware of the eternal past and infinite future simultaneously.   Galaxies, planets, our bodies, cells--all part of one big interconnected universe.

I took a very deep breath when I read this....pranayama, the universal breath.  Beautifully put drone on. 

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: KVR Black friday/cyber monday sales list
« on: December 14, 2013, 11:44:32 AM »
Thanks for the link Paul.

Agreed, and I don't mean to say all synths are equal, or that a Casio CZ101 is just as good as an Andromeda or a Moog or a Matrix 12 or any of the "greats." I tend to think of all synths as having their own strengths. For some synths, like a CZ101 or my Roland SH101 (hey, my first two synths both had the number "101"...) one of the strengths is that they're straightforward and easy to learn, so maybe their value is more as learning tools which are limited in terms of practical usage.

This is very true Mike.....the learning is crucial and limited is good.  Without a decent amount of practical electronic synthesis knowledge one would have a hard time getting the most out of an Andromeda or M12.  They are very deep instruments and thus are a constant source of sonic surprises to the seasoned electronic musician. Im a much more knowledgeable programmer after spend time using a modular synth. 

I think a few different "limited" synths in one studio is just as good as using the some of the "greats" because as you suggest one becomes a master.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: KVR Black friday/cyber monday sales list
« on: December 14, 2013, 05:17:14 AM »

In all my years of recording the 2 most significant times when my ears perked up and I went ahhhh, I hear it! I get it! were:

1. when I treated my room and put my monitors on Prime acoustics recoil stabilizers
2. When I ran sound through a real hardware La-2a


I had been wondering about the Prime Acoustic Stabilizers, seen them everywhere and heard good thing but from no one I knew and who's point of view I respect.  Treating ones studio is really the best thing you can do for your sound.  It requires little effort unless you choose to make your own panels, minimum knowledge, because the "where to place the panels" info is all over the web and it does not have to be a big investment. 

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 13, 2013, 05:37:10 AM »
Martian Chronicles : Seren + Oophoi    When I got this cd it did not grab at first.  Ive been playing it a lot these last few weeks and like some of the music in this genre it can need a deeper listening.  It ask that you come to it open.  Great disc that is still unfolding!

Exciting news....Hypnos download offering digital versions of the Hypnos catalog and then hopefully all the other ambient electronic labels and artists. I can see it growing to be a digital "Backroads Music"

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Vangelis
« on: December 12, 2013, 06:43:43 PM »
Yes....could be Forrest.  Vangelis has some sort of corresponding symbols on his pedals as well.  I like the idea of inferred notation.

I remember seeing a Hans Zimmerman score, well the one part he performed and it was numerical, alphabetical and not annotated  in the tradition, I guess a language he could understand.  Being self taught.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Vangelis
« on: December 12, 2013, 03:25:52 PM »
Im still trying to figure out what all the hieroglyphic type symbols refer to.....a musical language of some sort.

Thank you Immersion...this is what I was hoping for as a contribution to this thread.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: effects - old and new
« on: December 10, 2013, 08:29:59 AM »
a lot of the fx these days do tend towards distortion, glitch and grunge such as.....OTO Biscuit.

In some ways I feel that musicians, certainly in this genre are looking to the recording process as FX...that is where it is recorded, natural reverb etc.  Old school put the amp in the stairwell type of thing.

Also the way individual tracks come together with in the DAW can often create an unexpected sense of processing when the actual tracks are clean and dry.  Im finding this a lot personally.

Forrest recently mentioned Audiomulch.......I dont use it but know of it.   Something I want to like into

I do use Iris From time to time which I think of more as an fx processor which it actually is not.....

I do agree the power has increased but the fx remains the same and not always better.

Good post Seren......interested to see what others think.

So Far Immersion if I can sum up for you regarding the possible future of synthesis......classic vintage gear other than Moog sounds bad.  Current analog synths like the Prophet 12 sounds like bad soft synths and soft synths in general also sound bad except the one or two you use though they don't  really sound that good either according to you.  So actually the future is in processing.  The source is of no importance because its the processing that will make these dead synths come alive.  This is what I have come away with so far from your comments.

If you feel there is no future say so.....then say why you think so.....oh, you have already done that then why not offer some possible direction you hope it might go.

Ok, I see what you mean Forrest.  That would be exciting.  It seems most hardware synth allow you to process external audio but only run it through the FX and or filters. I could see some deeper integration as you suggest, not just pass the signal but the signal become part of the synth as a building block or as an oscillator, almost more organic if that possible.  Ive looked for such a thing but I dont think it exist....yet.

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