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Messages - Julio Di Benedetto

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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.


This is so cool and perhaps controversial in that a music icon is given the highest recognition for his words. 

Never a fan so I have not really got into his poetry but at 75 years old he still performs a 100 plus concerts a year.

Everything and Nothing / Re: 1001 Post on the Hypnos Forum.
« on: October 11, 2016, 06:44:26 PM »
Perhaps with a short handle :o I get to be in that club.

Well Ekstasis things are quite for now and Im all for quality over quantity.

Everything and Nothing / 1001 Post on the Hypnos Forum.
« on: October 11, 2016, 04:25:01 PM »
I said to my self if the day ever came that I made more than a thousand posts and in the interim squandered all those precious hours I would abbreviate my name to....JDB, like APK, JKN or ffcal.  Or do we live in an abbreviated culture so we can compact ourself into symbols :o....Ok I'll shut up :)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: October 11, 2016, 03:55:27 PM »
Anthony I have had my eye on this from the beginning of my modular journey.....I still am very interested in it and its a phenomenal modular synth.  It has many features in it that I love and have not seen implemented in such a compact entity.

If I think what you are think....this would be an no looking back place to jump in and its a well priced piece of kit

Also its banana I miss my Serge.....remember on Star Trek how they played I think chess on multiply layers so you could take a piece above. Not sure thats the best example but I hope you get the idea.  Banana plugs allow you to stack multiple cable outputs to various inputs.....but you can't stack multiple outputs into one input....just a banana fact.

FYI Pomona make some solid banana cables you see on Buchla's and Serge modulars. 

Heres a excellent walk through from a Canadian music store.

Really enjoying this Pete...good to hear the powerful ebb and flow of the ocean surface when many want to express the silence within.  The Vox pieces are wonderful....I would not of imagined a thing like the voice working against or with the sound energy of the ocean...brilliant as is the space your binaural recording make especially with a subject so vast.

Even after going through a hurricane I thought I would be overwhelmed by more ocean sounds...Nah, Im surfer mate, bring it on. ;)...serious Pete, its excellent!


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: October 10, 2016, 05:52:44 AM »
Cool little synth Anthony.....especially when paired with other sound devices.

Tennis with a module :o ;D

Everything and Nothing / Re: Hurricane Mathew
« on: October 07, 2016, 07:25:27 PM »
Yes Scott it sad to lose trees but Mathew really only gave our Royal Poinciana a needed pruning.  Huge limbs by my standard but its a 70ft wide tree, bigger than the house and has pulled up the driveway. Its my tree of life.

Its a huge image but so is the tree.....Shutters up and waiting

Everything and Nothing / Re: Hurricane Mathew
« on: October 07, 2016, 03:58:57 PM »
Thanks so much Richard and Pete,

This day has been hot manual labour clearing the downed trees and foliage from the storm....character building stuff.

Yes Richard...APK and I have a music collaboration coming out on DataObscura...details to follow soon.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Hurricane Mathew
« on: October 07, 2016, 05:43:48 AM »
The Gods have been kind to us in Florida so far.....we still have power this morning, no flooding and all dwells around are intake.  Sustained winds were a mere 68mph which is not even a cat 1 hurricane and Mathew when it passed was roaring @ 145 mph.  All has to do with the eye wall of Mathew being just offshore some 50 miles where the most powerful winds are.  Beach erosion has be minimal.

What looked to be a serious disaster for us has been avoided.  Not so for the Caribbean.  Thoughts go out to those folk.

A fair amount of clean up outside but that is nothing....we are so lucky!

Everything and Nothing / Re: Hurricane Mathew
« on: October 06, 2016, 06:09:45 PM »
Actually moved a major part of my gear to the center of the house.  The studio is on the north east corner of the house which will get the full force of the storm...140 mph sustained wind power are not to be taken lightly.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Hurricane Mathew
« on: October 06, 2016, 06:03:50 PM »
Thanks Chris & APK

Ha..field recording, like that...actually taking lots of pictures, boring really like our garage stuffed with two cars that usually reside outside and other silly things. Its astonishing how close the feeder bands seem, like being in the mountains when your in cloud.

The full force should be here around 2 am friday, thats 5 hours away.

Nothing worst than not being able to see the drama unfolding and in the blackness only hearing the sound of the fury. Its definitely thrilling just sad for the havoc, damage and possible life threats it casts.

Everything and Nothing / Hurricane Mathew
« on: October 06, 2016, 03:17:52 PM »
Well it looks like Mathew will make landfall in my neck of the woods in Florida around 11pm tonight.

Ive been through 3 hurricane back in 2004/5.  This fella is in a different league , a beast at category 4...140 mph sustained winds for around 3-4 hours. Dame, Ive never ever driven that fast.

Cooking a nice dinner with a good Rioja wine before the power goes out and a smokey single malt whisky malt to see me through the fury of mother nature.

Talk to you all on the other side!


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