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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: On Inspiration - Chuck Close quote
« on: September 14, 2014, 08:17:20 PM »
That's beautiful gear but also a beautiful room. (off topic?)

Yes, I thing this studio is a good example of having great gear but not going over the top and having too much. I can see someone doing a lot of great stuff with such a set up.

I've been thinking about doing something similar at work, bringing in 3 or 4 synths, a few effects and just working on some music during my free time at work, a sort of minimal working space to see how that goes. I'll still have my main studio at home with too much gear to fall back on.  ;D

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: On Inspiration - Chuck Close quote
« on: September 13, 2014, 09:43:14 AM »

You Send me your gear, I can help you to get some balance.

You send me a very large check and I just might do that.  ;D

I don't care if other artists have smaller or computer based studios,

You completely missed my point but I'm not surprised.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: On Inspiration - Chuck Close quote
« on: September 12, 2014, 11:00:52 PM »
The weak link should always be you and not the gear, so if anything have to improve is the artist not the gear.


If their was a uniformed agreement what the perfect gear is then I might agree with you but their is none. Just about every artist has their own opinion what is perfect when it comes to what kind of equipment they use and what kind of sound quality is desirable. As your pictures show just about every artist has a different palate of instruments that they use. Also, having a large pile of gear does not make one a great artist, their has to be a balance.

To balance out the pictures of huge piles of gear here's one artists studio. Scott Morgan, also known as loscil. Not a lot of gear there but a lot of people seem to enjoy his music anyway.



The banging on rocks line reminds me of the fact that there is an album made with nothing but stones:

http://www.discogs.com/Lilith-Stone/release/674336


Here's another great album of music made almost entirely of stones:

http://www.discogs.com/Stephan-Micus-The-Music-Of-Stones/master/207350

Doesn't get more basic than this, yet it's still a great album.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: On Inspiration - Chuck Close quote
« on: September 12, 2014, 06:15:23 PM »
I kind of agree with the original quote, even though I probably work the opposite of what he says. Inspiration has been my focus for my work, and right now I seem be struggling with that. I should probably just dig in and start making sounds which usually does get me over this creative hump, so in a roundabout sort of way I end up coming around to his point of view.

Technology, when it comes to creativity is really a bit of a moving target. You can complain about not having the right tools, but in the end that's really a crutch to not do anything. People have been doing interesting work for years with hardly a thing. And this is coming from someone who probably is too enthralled with technology and has too many toys to play with.  :o ;D

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Alesis Andromeda A6 FS
« on: September 11, 2014, 03:37:31 PM »
does the A6 have any kind of unofficial software editor controlled with midi? from what I have heard
it is kind of pain in the ass to program

Yes as we all know it's much easier to program a synth that has something like 70 knobs and just as many buttons with a large LCD screen on a computer with only a mouse.   ;D ;)

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Everything and Nothing / Re: TIDAL - Lossless audio streaming service
« on: September 07, 2014, 10:08:40 PM »
Does this interest anyone, or am I alone in my snooty audio ways? Haha!  ;)

I am all for high quality lossless audio, but not the streaming part.

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I remember back in the late 90s I brought my OBXa in for repair to a store called Musictek in the valley here in LA. The guy who was the analog synth guru for repairs had me bring my OBXa back to his office so he could start working on it right away. After putting it on his bench I turned around and there stacked in the corner were at least 10 Waldorf Waves, all waiting to be serviced. The tech told me they were the authorized repair shop for them on the West Coast and they would usually receive at least one a week in for repair. Most had been there for months waiting for parts from Waldorf. Great looking synth, one that I lusted after for a while, but after hearing him talk about the difficulties with them and the frequency that they broke down, my lust factor went down quite a bit.

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I would guess Steve  . . .

Yes that is a guess.  ;D  Sorry but I am not going to say what each artist makes per disc, I can't speak for other artists and I don't wish to give such details about my own deals.

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Buying from either supports both. Sam makes the CDs, Steve gets them from Sam, they both make a little bit off of each disc.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: USB albums
« on: August 18, 2014, 12:42:21 PM »
The only usb release that I own is "The Beatles Stereo USB" set, which is their entire collection of albums all on one usb stick in 24 bit FLAC format. From what I read they are actually made from the final transfer from tape before they were remastered for 16 bit CD and vinyl release. Here is a picture of it just for fun.  :)


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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Any Genesis fans?
« on: August 18, 2014, 12:35:27 PM »
I saw Gabriel on the Security tour as well and it remains one of my favorite shows of all time.  I remember the show starting with the band walking down the aisles, from the back of the theater, all playing various percussion instruments as they eventually made it to the stage playing Rhythm of the Heat.  For the song Lay Your Hands On Me, Gabriel walked on the backs of the theater seats singing "lay your hands on me" while the fans were reaching out to touch him.  It was like Jesus wading through a fevered crowd.

I forgot about the band walking in through the aisles playing, that was a great way to start. But for Lay Your Hands On Me he took it a step further for my show. During the ending part where the band keeps singing the title "Lay your hands on me" over and over again. Peter walked out to the foot of the stage, put his arms out in a cross, turned his back to the audience, and then just fell backwards into the audience. They grabbed him as he fell holding him above their heads and moved him around the front 10 rows like a beach ball at a sports event. All the while Peter with a wireless handheld mic in his hand would sing "over meeeee!" again and again. Finally he "surfed" his way back to the stage and ended the song.

I agree 3 or Melt (I heard an interview with Peter where he referred to his earlier albums by their cover art, so in order was "Car," "Scratch," and "Melt") is a great album as well, maybe my second favorite. And yes So does have some great songs, "Red Rain" being one, but I understand that was a left over track from Security, it sure fits in better with that album if you ask me. I even like Up, the song "I Grieve" is a very personal song that I relate to, my father had just passed away and that song really talked to me during that time period.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Any Genesis fans?
« on: August 14, 2014, 11:57:04 PM »
I only saw them live once on the Abacab tour, probably to me their last ok album with Duke being their last strong one. After that just a few songs here and there were ok. I love the Peter Gabriel era of Genesis, some of my favorite stuff from them.

I saw Peter Gabriel live many times, and Security(4) is one of my all time favorite albums, it would be a desert island disc for sure. And the show for that tour was amazing, one of my favorite all time concerts.

Personally I think both Genesis and Gabriel suffered creatively in the late 80s. I know a lot of people love it, and it was his break out album but So is one of my least favorites of his (with 2 being my least favorite). I always thought SO stood for "Sold Out."   ;D

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Miss you Forrest!
« on: July 15, 2014, 06:19:34 PM »

So, just disappearing without telling the reason(s) really isnīt a mature action


Well Forrest is a pretty nice guy, and my guess is his reason for disappearing without telling us is he probably didn't want to embarrass you. Not all of us like to be confrontational Tomas.

and for that reason I wonīt miss persons acting in this regard.

This might become a very lonely place.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Jon Hassell Live on the radio
« on: July 13, 2014, 06:37:56 PM »
I thought others might be interested, he will be live on KCRW this Wednesday at 11:15. You can get more info and a link to listen online here:

http://www.kcrw.com/music/shows/morning-becomes-eclectic/jon-hassell-2014-07-16

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Mogami is overpriced yes, but for me they feel like a safe card.. when you buy them you bascially do not need to worry about "cables"  they just do their job...

Same with Belden, they have been making high quality cable for years. Many pro studios here in the US use Belden cables. I started using them after a friend of mine who built studios for a living told me about them.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: World Cup ?
« on: July 01, 2014, 05:09:11 PM »

1. The ridiculously overacted fake injuries.

Basically flopping, I hate it too. The European's invented it and brought it to basketball as well, it nearly ruined the game here in the states. I feel sorry for Mexico, they basically lost because of a flop.

3. Ties. It's ridiculous that a fan of any sports team should be excited that their team struggled to a 0-0 tie.

I don't find ties all that bad, a tie game can be exciting. In lots of sports you use to be able to end in a tie like college football. And now they have replaced the tie with the most ridiculous tie braking system ever invented, I would much prefer a tie game compared to that system. Their is a great documentary out called Harvard beats Yale 29-29, well worth checking out even if you don't find football that interesting. And this is coming from someone who basically hates american style football today. I think it shows that a tie can be more exciting than even a win.

4. Too much time with the ball kicked around aimlessly at midfield.

Compared to American football where everyone stands around in a huttle for 45 seconds before any action begins?  ;D Midfield action is sort of the same, getting everyone in position for an attack, it just takes time because the field is so big.

Ok well the US lost now, so we can all go back to ignoring the rest of the world cup.  ;D

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Everything and Nothing / Re: World Cup ?
« on: June 26, 2014, 11:15:55 PM »
My favorite take on the whole World Cup thing.  ;D

http://teamcoco.com/video/triumph-world-cup-part-1

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ableton Live ?
« on: June 25, 2014, 06:59:28 PM »
Just watched a quick tutorial on using Live as a slave and Logic 9 as master....very cool.  Turns Live into a very large and powerful software instrument.  Ive known of Rewire for years but never needed it or thought to use.  Glad you mentioned Tomas. Thanks

I've used Rewire with Reason, never thought of using it with Live, good idea!  8) Rewire comes in handy once in a while, just remember when you get your Rewire tracks all set the way you want them to record them in Logic so they can be part of the final session in case at some time in the distant future you need to go back and redo something. I did that with one track with some drum parts in Reason and I lost the original Reason session so that track is lost forever.  :'(

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ableton Live ?
« on: June 23, 2014, 05:17:57 PM »
Hi Julio,

first of all I do agree with you that Logic X has no future. The "1 window-view" either you like or hate…I hate it! Working with Midi is a real pain in the ass and 64 Bit plugins only (without internal bridge) is a joke. If you have Logic 8 you want miss anything.


I don't understand the issue here, I can use two windows in Logic X:



It works the same as Logic 9. Working with midi is easy, no big deal. Yeah I don't like the 64 bit only part, and I have yet to use the drum thingy they added. I only use X once in a while at work, my home studio is still Logic 9. 

Have fun in Ableton Live, I don't use it for anything serious but I know a lot of people who do great things with it. Having said that after playing with it a bit at work I have to say I'm not all that pleased with the quality of the audio, it seems a bit grainy to me, but what do I know.

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As the frugal musician that I am, I use Hosa cables.  :-[

I'm even more frugal, I make my own.  ;D  I use Belden cable with Neutrik connectors, it's pretty cheap if you buy a box of cable and cut them to length. Mogami is fine stuff but over priced and over hyped. As for Hosa, I've been hosed by them too many times.  :P :D Actually I haven't been, but I think they are a bit pricey too for what you get.

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