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Yeah I saw there was a new version out. definitely do not buy it for the looks, it looks kind of plastic, but as you said.. the internals are really great and compare to real expensive high end stuff, it is a hidden gem for people on a tight budget who do not want to compromise.

How is your antelope unit working ?
was it a good buy ?

I don't mind the way it looks, I just like the slanted desktop form factor better. I don't actually own an Antelope box, but I have reviewed most of them and currently have the Goliath on loan for review...I can't talk about it yet until I finish the review other than to say its impressive what they have put in that box...monitor control, preamps with direct controls. Its a beast!

As for my own personal conversion I use an Apogee Symphony I/O MKII at my studio, the latest UA Apollo Twin MKII at my day job, and the Callia at home.

Back to the Drawmer it is a hidden gem, there is nothing in its price range that has its sound and features.

I have been using the Drawmer 2.1 for 2 years and have zero complaints and have compared it to $2,000+ monitor controllers and it held its own and suited my needs better. I have just upgraded to the Drawmer 3.1 as it adds a few more beneficial features, and I like the form factor better.

For home listening I decided to splurge and am in the process of buying a Prism Sound Callia.

Here is my review of it if anyone is interested.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: NAMM 2017
« on: January 27, 2017, 01:28:52 PM »
This year was one of those years of updates, maintenance and minor improvements rather than a year of game changers as it were, but it also depends on what you are looking for.

On the recording side there were some cool new microphones, compressors and eqs as always. I was pretty excited by Eventides new plug-in platform and I really liked the new Maag Compressor.

Slate had his new mic modeling and computer interface. UA updated the Apollo Twin significantly.

As to keyboards, the market is squarely focused on modular gizmos, just as the guitar market is focused on high end boutique pedals. Its very similar.

No new antelope audio products.

What more can you expect from Antelope? They have released something like 5-6 major new products in the past 2 years. Now they are wisely slowing down and focusing on making those the best they can be. I have a Goliath sitting on my kitchen table right now for review :-)

The Blue Sky is amazing and is the first hardware verb for lush space stuff I have heard and loved in years. Even though it is a guitar pedal its conversion is quite good and it uses a full Sharc processor for its sound capabilities.

You are right, I use the M7 more for real spaces for traditional types of rock, jazz, folk with clients...having said that it is a fantastic drum reverb even for ambient which is where I use it most in that context. Its also nice for cathedral type spaces.

When I want deep, lush vintage Lexicon style verbs for my synths I use the Strymon Big Sky reverb most. In fact I have not used or turned on my Lexicon PCM96 in almost a year because of these other two...also because the plug-in PCM is just more convenient.

Every year I sort of set a goal and save up for those one or two items for the studio that I want or need. 2 years ago I upgraded my monitors with a pair of Focal Trio6BE and a set of Amphion One18s. This past year it was a matched pair of Chandler RS-124 compressors, a Bricasti reverb and the Apogee Symphony I/O MKII converter.

This coming year it will probably be a Chandler EMI Redd Microphone and another 2 Redd.47 Tube mic preamps which are the single best and most open, wide and euphonic microphone preamps/input devices I have ever heard or used in my life just magical.

Then next year it will probably be computer upgrade time...

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Waves End of year Sale
« on: January 01, 2017, 10:33:36 PM »
I gave in and purchased the Abbey Road collection. It will make a nice addition to my real Abbey Road/Chandler Mic pres, compressors and Redd mic. :-)

The plates are very nice from a quick play with them and from what some trusted friends in the industry have told me the ADT plug in is the star of the whole package.

Everything and Nothing / Re: R.I.P. Jeff Kowal aka Terra Ambient
« on: April 27, 2016, 05:47:43 PM »
This is quite sad! I feel blessed to have gotten to know Jeff better over the last 3-4 years. Lots of hour spent talking about gear, music and recording. Our conversations got fewer over the past 2 months and we spent more time texting and facebook chatting. I know he was really struggling. This is just such a loss, of a friend and fellow musician and gear freak. My prayers go out to his family!

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: April 12, 2016, 04:28:23 PM »
My Mini MiniMoog,

Had this mother for a few days so its still new to me but its really straight forward as far as tweaking sounds very very good and its reasonable priced, actually its a great deal when you consider what your getting, oh and the build quality is first rate.

Ran the sequencer a few times and re clocked it externally which gave it some interesting patterns. Also functions as a keyboard.

Have not explored the patch bay in much depth yet other than taking the direct pulse and square wave outs and patching them into the main modular.

This is a great piece of kit whether a part of a larger modular system or just by itself hooked up to a midi or cv controller.

Why the QuNexus vs a Midi keyboard? Just curious if there are obvious benefits that I am missing.

I liked it and it was really fun to play and I would highly recommend it, having said that I don't see myself buying one. I already have a Moog Voyager and a Dave Smith Prophet 8 so I don't feel the need to add another analog synth to my set up. I am more of a minimalist when it comes to synthesisers and I told myself I wont buy anymore until I feel like I have milked everything out of the ones I already have.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: New stuff at NAMM
« on: January 27, 2016, 10:52:28 AM »
Played around on that little Korg and it may look like a toy but it was really great sounding and very fast and fun to play, and at that price it will move a ton of units.

...also in defense of the Prophet 8 which IS all analog and the Prophet 12 which IS a digital board and never positioned as a pure analog board, both sound incredible and are fantastic creative pieces. I know folks doing great music with both. Digital oscillator synths from Nords to Korgs, Rolands and more all have their place in the musical landscape. I think its cool that Roland for example are making new analog system 500 modules that can interface with the digital euro rack digital stuff they introduced last year. Its a brave new world for synths and sound design.

Do wish I had more time to spend with the new OB though :-)

Next purchase for me in any case will be a pair of Moog Mother 32 units.


Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: January 09, 2016, 03:08:08 PM »
Just bought the new album, along with a copy of Gongland which I was sure I already owned but must have lost...

Anyway about half way in and I am quite enjoying the thick, warm sound stage of the album and the harmonic content which is a great balance of subtle and complex...very hard to pull this off well and Forrest did that quite nicely. Meaning it the tones and layers are subtle enough to not draw undo attention to them selves in an obvious way and yet they are quite intricate if you listen deeply. Not sure if I am making sense ha ha!

I am also enjoying the blend of real acoustic instruments and electronics and even more so the delights of actual performance!

Great job Forrest!

Hey Drone On, do you post at Hoffman often? Just wondering what handle / screen name you use there?

My hobby has also expanded to collecting and comparing different masters as well as new hi-rez releases, although I am often cautious about those. Sometimes they offer little over the original cd and other times they are amazing and revelatory.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Who is Sanjay Nadeem?
« on: December 14, 2015, 12:32:29 PM »
How does one remix a DAT tape... ???

Put it in a blender?  Maybe add some whine? ;D

That's what I was thinking  ;D

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Who is Sanjay Nadeem?
« on: December 14, 2015, 11:38:41 AM »
How does one remix a DAT tape... ???

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: That Audiophile thing again
« on: August 17, 2015, 10:08:19 PM »
I understand the guy in the original article's point, and yes Audiophiles are an obsessive bunch, but then so are ambient fans, jazz fans, goth fans...basically anything we claim as "ours".

Thing is, it is OK to be an expert at something. Its ok to know more about jazz than someone else and be an expert. Its ok to know more about and appreciate ambient music than someone else. Its ok to devote your time and money to the best sound playback in the universe and train your ear to hear detail and nuance that others do not, the same can be said for a somallie (pretty sure I spelled that know professional wine guys), its ok to be a foodie.

Here is the thing, the balance is A: Don't be a snobby jerk about it, but B: if you are not one of the above, don't get defensive when someone knows more about something than you do, remember a persons opinion is never  more valid than true study and expertise. This second part is a real problem in the world of the internet of instant opinions. Its almost an anti-snobbery, snobbery.  :D

Now on the subject of audiophilia...yes it gets crazy. Many of these guys have playback systems better than the gear used to originally record the music.

Just bumping this back to the top for fans of Ambient'sh ECM style Jazz. Our album is now available on Apple Music if you have that service and want to check it out.

See post number one for more details on the album.


Be carful cuz you know what they say, "Kyma's a bitch" ha ha ha

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Cans.....Whats on your head?
« on: May 20, 2015, 07:58:20 AM »
First of all thanks for the compliment on Seed Julio, and second I agree with Mike, great post!

I just upgraded my headphones to the new Audio Technicha ATH-M70x and all I can say is WOW! The clarity is stunning. The low end may seem shy to some, but its really more that it is not exaggerated like some headphones.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CD vs. CDR
« on: May 20, 2015, 07:54:38 AM »
I just went through a huge re-ripping binge and re-ripped my entire CD collection at lossless and unfortunately pretty much any cdr I had which used a sticky label of any kind is dead  :(

So all of my Oophoi, James Johnson, Vir Unis and Gears of Sand Discs are all DOA.

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