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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....

Audient ASP880 - Feature Roundup


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

iD22 - Feature Roundup


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: Schmidt Synthesizer
« on: March 19, 2014, 06:21:57 AM »
Im in......maybe we can use the Schmidt on a monthly rotation basis  ;D

So I dropped a zero in my calculations, $500k  :o......hope the Synclaviar comes through for you Loren.

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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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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Schmidt Synthesizer
« on: March 18, 2014, 08:51:55 PM »
WNAMM13:Here Comes The Schmidt Polysynth - Video


Wow.....the first video I watched did not do that much for me, but once I understood the story in this video it really is an achievement. He continued where the Oberheim Matrix 12 stopped.  @ $30k its beyond most but I recall the New England Digital Synclaviar was about $50,000 in 1984 depending on the model.

The obie /moog sounds are very good but from a few reclusive patches I heard this really excels at the experimental.  I suppose you could say that is the same as the Matrix 12, great at bread & butter analog but really spreads its wings with serious modulation which is what its all about.

Thanks Immersion

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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...... :)

William Basinski - Disintegration Loop 6 (dlp6)

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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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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 23, 2014, 11:24:52 PM »


Just a great Guitar piece of work....really evolves as the piece progress   http://www.12k.com/index.php/site/releases/sleeping_pills/

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Reverb Plugin Sound Demos
« on: February 23, 2014, 10:53:52 PM »
Yes Immersion I understand your perspective...why not put an entire PCM96 hardware processor ITB. .

Its sort of funny because I was a bit perturbed by the buy in price for the UAD 224....Core 2 Satellite + plugin.  I just am really starting to love it.  I recall buying a Powercore platform just to install the TC VSS 3 Reverb.

I suppose the point is that Im realizing I can go ITB without giving up anything and perhaps gaining a certain something  ???  I dont know...makes sense to me ;D

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