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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: November 25, 2016, 10:17:08 PM »
Its a year since I embarked on my modular synth adventure.

When i started I did not know it mean't that I would actually be building a synthesizer, not in a DIY manner but selecting the parts that form a complete system if thats possible with eurorack. A fair amount of choices along the way turned out to be short term as the system grew and now I feel the modular has evolved far enough.

I will never think of filters, lfo's, Sample & holds, Random generators etc...along with gates, triggers & envelopes to name a few in the same way again.  Composing with a modular system liberates one from the fixed method of traditional synthesis and with that liberty comes the real challenge of sonic freedom.... you are on your own with nothing to fall back on which is both exciting and daunting.

The modular synth requires a different set of operating skills, at least for me it can't approach it with past knowledge. Not acceptable.  It demands that you be open and not try to conform it to your will, eventually, yes, a partnership will come into being but you have to pay you sonic dues. 

The quote below really reflects what I have been suggesting and carries the main sentiment.

“It is comforting to be in a situation and do what you know. You can rely on past experiences to guide you through the process, even as difficulties pop up. The challenge is making the time and space to work on what we don't know. Where the falls are harder and the successes are smaller. I'm constantly looking at the balance between what we know and what we want to learn. How do we continue to pursue new as we rely on refining what we have? What amount of resources do we apply to each? As soon as we try something for the first time we know something about it. We get the initial jitters out of the way. After that, the unknown becomes the possible.”…..Chef Alex Talbot

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Eventide sale on all plugins
« on: November 22, 2016, 09:14:25 PM »
Heres another interesting use of their 2016 stereo Room reverb.....course you could do this with any reverb but this is an Eventide moment.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Eventide sale on all plugins
« on: November 22, 2016, 09:04:44 PM »
yeah if only I was patient.....bought Black Hole about a month ago >:(

Thinking of getting these two...I like what I'm hearing though I rarely use compressors, ok I use soundtoys Decapitator a lot but more for tonal shaping with a bit of boost

Chris, Jana & Pete....appreciate your words very much.

Eno's Ambient 4 is timeless and my personal favorite.....Thank you Pete!

 I thought I would go into a little detail about how "Falling into Place" came about and what it has come to mean for me. 
   I created my soundcloud project Modular Musings this year that was  sort of a sonic diary of my modular synthesizer patches: they were experiments in sound alchemy and quite exciting with some potential.  APK heard the potential in them and suggested we collaborate.  In a way my work was already done.  It was not a project of exchanging files and recording parts in the usual sense.  APK took a selection of my modular musing tracks that resonated for him and went to work using these patches as an armature to sculpt upon.
     I was astonished quite a few times as this project developed.....the first was the speed and ease that APK composed his interpretation and created the musical sentiments of this work. What would have take me months or years was done in weeks.
     The second was how APK took my rather free floating formless pieces of music and added beautiful melodic structure as well as contributing within that structure his one experimental incantations.  He is an ambient master. 
     The third was when the final tracks of the project were ready to be auditioned: from the first few seconds of the first track I knew we had something magical and this continued with each successive piece of music.  Within them was a musical lightness only possible because of the power of the darker passages etched with mystery and a balance of complex emotional elements that created a wonderful sonic maze to journey through. 
       My part in this collaborative project that Im honored to be a part of has been to provide a somewhat curious platform for APK to build the foundation to a skyscraper that run deep to support a gleaming structure up towards the blue.
       I hope you can take a moment and give this music a listen and let us know what you think.

Amazing.....not until the end did I understand that I had journeyed this "world" you have created.  I do hope you put the live performance and this video together in some shape or form.

Wish it had not ended so soon.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 14, 2016, 07:20:32 PM »
Been listening to NIN and came across this.....possibly more powerful than the original

Everything and Nothing / Re: Quad Corner
« on: November 11, 2016, 06:15:51 AM »
Not into surround sound because of lack of equipment but picked this up nevertheless.....excited to have a listen.  Interesting that a large part of the music was pulled from the vaults from the Division Bell period.

Thanks for the heads up Scott.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Tech Talk with Jaja
« on: October 30, 2016, 07:39:04 PM »
Jana, it is very special how you express the relationship to your instruments....they are your friends in music and creation, inspiring and perhaps pushing you to grow.

Thanks for sharing this in section that can often be about impersonal gear eye candy with little content.

The pictures of you studio space have a really good vibe......."these are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise"  ;)

Sort of interesting how Arturia started out emulating the major vintage analog synths and now their own synths are only analog I believe.....they jump right over the virtual Im wrong they have or had a synth called Origin I think filled with all their software.  Word was it was pretty good.

I have often thought of picking up a Minibrute, really good little mono synth and cheap!

That video says it all....the guy is funny.  Sounded really interesting just with grain effect.  I loaded a few simple modular patches into omnisphere preset patch after removing the original sounds sources to use the existing modulation etc.....oh boy this is going to be fun.

yeah the thread is derailed but its got us all talking!

Omnisphere 2 allows you to import your own audio files, so you aren't limited by the built-in library. Complaining about the GUI is purely a personal matter, and comes down to what you're comfortable with.

Have fun with it, Julio. There's so many facets to explore within that plugin that I still discover new things fairly regularly.

Thanks Mike.....the ability to import my own audio files was the reason I purchased it, that and the spirit behind the software development. Spectrasonic seem to be sonic wizards with an interest in the wonderfully strange. The hybrid nature of digital oscillators and sample  and the amazing sounds that have been created  That appeals to me.  Now whatever oddities I craft on my modular synth I can slide that into omnisphere and evolve the sound into.....?

After watching this hang drum video with omnisphere I bought omnisphere 2.  Downloading now.

why lol ? because of the nice sounding hangdrum ?

Because of what omnisphere did to the nice sounding hang drum....not interested in the sound of a hang drum unless I had one and they are near impossible to find.

After watching this hang drum video with omnisphere I bought omnisphere 2.  Downloading now.

One thing is for sure ... analog synths have no hope of emulating what todays digital synths can do.

That's a good point, I usually steer clear of these discussions as I'm not really a keyboard player.

Im not really a keyboard player either, Im a drummer so thats no excuse Pete  ;) ;D

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 22, 2016, 06:29:24 PM »
Off ambient but a favorite of mine KD Lang's Constant Craving...I was in the supermarket the other day and this was piped though.  I must of been a sight leaning up against the canned tomatoes in a state of tragic bliss

Also one of my most important pieces of literature / plays is acted out in the film, Samuel Becketts "Waiting for Godot"

One thing is for sure ... analog synths have no hope of emulating what todays digital synths can do.

Yep thats very true most exciting sounds and processes in my modular synth are digital, not analog.  Analog is analog and there is plenty of it around if you choose to use it and because of this theres no need to wonder about those vintage synths anymore. 

From what Ive heard the new Oberhiem OB-6 it has all the qualities of whatever vintage OB8, OBX, Xpander etc with contemporary engineering. Theres no need to go to past for these sounds.  Yes the electronics in these old synths did create a unique signature and if you have to have it then you will pay.  Im lucky to have one of these synths but I would not look in that direction again.

I have Alchemy that came with Logic X though I have not delved into it but many have spoken highly of it as a sample based soft synth.  The most interesting to me is Omnisphere.  The latest version of Omnisphere has the new feature of dragging and dropping your own samples into it......this is exciting as I could create modular sounds and then use those sounds as sound sources within Omnisphere.  This appeals to me and the possible sonic palettes.

Hello fellow gearheadz......for a long while I have said no, software cannot do analog and please understand the most exciting things currently happening are in the digital domain "soft und hard", so this is no analog snobbery :)

I have had my Oberhiem Matrix 12 for for about 8 years and it has been and still is for me the most amazing piece of kit to play on. 

Arturia have done a software version of Matrix 12 synth...perhaps familiar to some. Well, watching this video I have to say the software really shines.

The Matrix 12 is a huge synth in size and yet you only have primarily six knobs to turn, so even though its massive its not in architecture yet it works brilliantly, it actually helps you to focus on one central area......ok, enough, Im drifting here, yet in a way this limited interactivity of the physical synth may makes it software friendly.

Take a look at the video and brush up on your Japanese. ;)


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: October 17, 2016, 08:37:35 AM »
Thanks for the heads up thirdsystem on the Arial Service Area release.....recorded 1985-1994, sounds so contemporary.  Very different and enjoyable.  I will wait for the cd to come out according to their website.

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