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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ambient Music Download Pricing
« on: April 07, 2014, 08:40:05 AM »
I wouldn't expect you or anyone else to round the cost down ($13.99 to $13). I'd just prefer to see $13.99 as $14.

Sorry, getting off-topic here. :P

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ambient Music Download Pricing
« on: April 07, 2014, 06:22:58 AM »
Agreed.

IMO, the MP3, FLAC, and ALAC should be the same price, and the 24-bit version should match (or be slightly under) the CD price. $16 for a 24-bit download is kind of ridiculous.

On a side note, I wish people would do away the .99 thing. It's not $13.98 for a CD, it's $14. You're not fooling anyone with that tactic. I find most releases on Bandcamp do away with that pricing tactic, which is nice to see.

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Finally got around to playing, and finishing, Dark Souls (not the second one that was just released). The sense of scope in the environments is excellent.

I must admit though that I played it wrong. I cheated. But I just didn't have time to play it the way it was meant to be played. I just wanted to explore the world and see the monsters/bosses. The funny thing was, despite having unlimited health and stamina, I still died tons. That should tell you something. Hahah!

I've started with Mass Effect 3 now. I've played the others, and have kept my save games to continue the story properly. I've heard about the controversial ending, and have been very curious to see how the game finally ends.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: What is Youtube to you?
« on: April 06, 2014, 05:24:10 AM »
Unless I'm mistaken the Youtube tagging thing has changed, I can't see any tagging options recently (?)
Tags entered by the video creator are invisible to the end-user, but are used when searching and YT displaying related video suggestions.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: What is Youtube to you?
« on: April 05, 2014, 07:19:55 AM »
People talk about the film and music industry (dinosaurs) unable to adapt to the way things are now. Unfortunately, to adapt means doing things that seem wrong to us.

The old proverb "if you can't beat them, join them" works perfectly here. Your listeners love your music so much that they spend the time to build videos and share them with the world. If that isn't passion, I don't know what is. Treat it as word of mouth promotion, which IMO is the best kind.

Chris mentioned the human connection between artist and listener. I completely agree! Post something in the comments section. Make it known that you're aware what's happening. If it's not already in the info of the video, post links to purchase the music.

Yes yes, technically what they're doing is illegal, but if the big boys can't stop it, how can we expect to win?

The ultimate option is to beat them to the punch. Upload the music yourself and tag the shit out of it. Get listeners hitting your page instead of some random listener. Build a YouTube audience and show that you're not afraid to share an entire album. Be sure to remind them that if they enjoy the music, they can support you by purchasing it.

. . . I fully expect to get some negative reactions to this post. ;)

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: What is Youtube to you?
« on: March 30, 2014, 02:10:09 PM »
Isn't it the case that you can upload higher quality audio with YouTube if you want?
Yup. Like Immersion said, you can encode your file with uncompressed audio so it only gets compressed once instead of twice when uploading to YouTube. That's what I do.

Regarding Bandcamp, if someone is going to rip the streams (there's a very easy way to do it via Firefox), they weren't going to buy it anyway. Just another form of piracy I guess. Agreed it's a shame they don't allow you to choose which tracks you want available to stream without paying $10/month.

Immersion, that sucks about the high rates you're getting for PayPal. In Canada, the rate is 2.9% + $0.30 (i.e. $3.20 fee on a $100 sale). I guess the rate is higher in different countries? Believe me, I've heard horror stories about PayPal, but I've been using them for years to buy stuff and receive money through my site. Never had an issue.

And what are they doing with all that money? Probably rolling around in it. ::)

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: What is Youtube to you?
« on: March 30, 2014, 09:07:54 AM »
Audio quality is far from stellar on YouTube, but for the purposes of sampling or discovering music, it's certainly good enough.

I don't agree that sites like PayPal and Bandcamp are greedy for taking a cut. They're businesses. They have overhead costs and staff that need to be paid. This money has to come from somewhere.

Regarding Bandcamp, their pricing structure is very fair. By the way, they only take 10%, which is ridiculously low.
http://bandcamp.com/pricing

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 27, 2014, 03:56:13 PM »
What drone on said. The top referrer to my site is YouTube, with an average bounce rate of 35%. In my case, it's an excellent form of promotion.

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Recently started playing Rogue Legacy. Great little platformer with RPG elements. It has that addictive "just one more try" thing going for it.

Also been playing Saints Row 4 co-op with my bro. That game is ridiculous and hilarious.

Unfortunately, The Witcher 2 hasn't been keeping my attention, much to my disappointment. The story doesn't engage me at all.

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Just throwing in my 2 cents regarding the upgrade from Win7 to Win8:

I can confirm it does indeed run faster/smoother on the same system. Whereas I used to hibernate instead of completely shutting down in Win7, I don't bother anymore because it's just as fast to boot clean. My audio tools (FLStudio and Audition) and associated VSTs run without issue. I was able to lower my latency a bit, and the random crackling I had on my FA-101 is gone in Win8.

If someone refuses to use Win8 just because of Metro, they're missing out. Yes, it's different, but it's a solid OS.

Expecting old games to run on it? Well ok, obviously it's not perfect. ;)
For those of us who play more modern games, they run without issue for me.

Regarding the 8.2 update, I'm really curious to see how far they go to bring that the original start menu. I'd be very surprised to see it operate exactly as Win7.

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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Guild Wars 2
« on: January 25, 2014, 07:46:11 AM »
I played the Neverwinter MMO for a month or so. It's free, so no harm in trying it out. That said, it didn't blow my mind. ;)

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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Guild Wars 2
« on: January 08, 2014, 05:16:33 AM »
There's simply too many games to play. (first world problems)

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I just started playing The Last of Us (PS3).
One word: Cinematic!

Great music too. Lots of ambient guitar stuff.

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This is sort of contradictory. You're playing an MMORPG, which are the most time consuming games out there, but don't have time for Skyrim. :)
I see your point. A missing detail to clarify: I only play MMOs with a gang of friends for a few hours two times a week. I don't log in otherwise.

[...] but the upcoming crowd funded "Star Citizen" and "Elite: Dangerous" are very, very interesting (and very good looking) projects.

Yup, I backed both those games. Star Citizen looks to be quite epic in scope. Hopefully they can deliver on the hype they're selling. Those two games will also support the Oculus Rift. I can't wait for that piece of tech to arrive (the 1080p version, that is).

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Broken Harbour learns to use Logic 9
« on: December 20, 2013, 12:07:21 PM »
hopefully one of my 17 upcoming projects I committed to will get started...
;)
Have fun, and best of luck!

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Everything and Nothing / Re: The new age music 'scene' ?
« on: December 17, 2013, 06:30:47 AM »
I would think new age as a genre is an easier sell compared to ambient. Musically speaking, it's more accessible to a broader audience, versus a drone where "nothing happens" for an hour.

Edit: I should mention I have no problems with a good drone.  8)

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Vangelis
« on: December 12, 2013, 06:48:53 PM »
And the way he commands that orchestral sound with all those custom built boxes and pedals is very impressive too.
Wow, no kidding! Super impressed!

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Streaming radio is generally 128kb for MP3 and 96kb (thereabouts) for AAC. It's very rare to find stations that broadcast at 160 or 192, let alone 320. You're just going to have to bring your CDs and FLACs to work.  ;)

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Everything and Nothing / Re: MP3 player widget?
« on: December 12, 2013, 06:32:07 PM »
The audio player I use on my site is FlowPlayer. It can be a tad complicated to set up at first, but it's highly customizable, and free.
http://flowplayer.org/

Good luck in your search, Mike. I know it's difficult to find a player that fits what you're looking for.

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Am I misunderstanding you? You would prefer that the output of a synth be pre-processed?

I'd want any synth (digital or otherwise) to be as clean as possible, without any colouring or processing. That's the whole point of outboard effects: to shape the sound exactly how the musician wants it. If the output of the synth is already processed, you lose a lot of flexibility.

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