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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.

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.

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.

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

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.  :)

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.

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

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.

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:

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.

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

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

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.  :'(

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.

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.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Eventide UltraChannel for FREE
« on: June 15, 2014, 12:17:26 PM »
I have to manage something like 20 of them for work only because we have Protools, otherwise we would not have them. Waves does not require them anymore so no issue there. I've had at least two dongles fail, good old flashing LED mode means good bye dongle from my experience. Ever try dealing with PACE when one goes bad? Not a good experience. They sent me a replacement, it didn't work as it was registered to someone else, so I could not activate it or install my software. As a temporary solution I ended up using my own personal dongle until we could straighten this out, it took months. Oh yeah, after that they wanted to charge me $50 to transfer my license that I put on my own personal dongle to the new one, nice. I've other bad experiences with PACE dating back to the 90s when they did the keydisc limited number of installs on a floppy drive, with installs mysteriously go missing.

Oh, and the worst installation experience is a combo of anything Avid and iLOK and having to do it about 20 times. That alone makes me want to never use either of these things ever again.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Eventide UltraChannel for FREE
« on: June 15, 2014, 10:21:24 AM »
I've had a lot of issues with iLok and PACE in general over the years. I have an old iLok so I might try it since it is free, but I tend to not get something when I hear the word iLok included with it.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Mutronics Mutator
« on: June 05, 2014, 12:29:15 PM »
I remember the Mutator got good reviews but it seemed pricy to me at the time. I use one of these right now:

I think it's pretty cool but its more than just a filter. You can read about it on their website:

Most of the video demo's are crap, this is probably one of the better ones showing what it can do on using a basic piano sound:

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Dance music tutorial
« on: June 05, 2014, 12:03:29 PM »
Evidently you don't even need to turn your equipment on to make dance music.  ;D

Well I always thought dance music was made with a bunch of toys and that proves it!  :P :D

Everything and Nothing / Re: Does this woman want me to ask her out?
« on: June 03, 2014, 05:07:55 PM »
Just agree with her, maybe in the future whenever that is you two can get lunch, but for now just move on. Either she's not that interested as you suspect, or she's too busy right now, or she's a mess and can't get her act together for a simple lunch. In any case it's not happening right now, maybe that will change but who knows. Forcing the issue won't do anything and dwelling on it is not good for you. 

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