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Messages - Paul Vnuk (Ma Ja Le)

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Everything and Nothing / Re: What should a small record label do?
« on: February 22, 2008, 10:45:28 PM »
Mike, click on the older posts link on the bottom of his pages and you will find 15 Hypnos releases...maybe more, but I was so pissed off I stopped counting, and yes one of them was one of mine...I realize it is 5 years old but I am still ticked!


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: ECM: Nick Bartsch's Ronin: Holon
« on: February 22, 2008, 08:48:43 AM »
I am not usually that impulsive, but this album was too hard to pass up.

Wow thanks for the heads up on this!


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Tools for rhythm-making
« on: February 03, 2008, 11:55:42 AM »
Pattern gatting is cool, the Moogerfooger Murf is really cool for that too...except that with no tap or precise tempo it is totaly organic and a pain to sync...


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Tools for rhythm-making
« on: February 02, 2008, 08:57:41 PM »
I probably spend more time making music as a percussionist than anything else, my current set up consists of a selection of Remo drums (Tubanos, Djembe, Dumbek & Klong Ya) as well as tablas, box drums, tamborra, and anything else I can rattles, shake or hit.

On the electronic side, I too use a Roland HPD-15 and a Korg Wavedrum.

For sequenced beats I use Reaktor, Stylus and BFD, but as my set-up moves more and more outside of the computer I am looking for a good drum machine/groove box. I would love a machine drum, but they are $$$ and the new Linn Drum 2 looks promising, but seeing the prototype at NAMM, the thing is freakin huge...last choice, but most probale would be an electribe like everyone else.


Everything and Nothing / Re: Kombucha tea
« on: January 29, 2008, 04:50:18 PM »
OOOOHHH a tea thread!!!

I love tea!

Currently my wife and I are much closer to the indian / british way af making and drinking tea. In other words, it must be black, opaque and you must put sugar and cream in it...damn now I have to go make a cup  ::)

The best tea I have ever had however was in Hong Kong, brewed in an old tea shop by a gentleman who appeared to be in his 90' was quite the ritual, but more smooth and pure than I have ever been able to achieve here at home.

Also I love african Rooboos tea, again best drank latte style with milk and sugar, and the tea leafs should be boiled in the water for 6 minutes to be at optimum strength and flavor I was taught.

Indians, and Bengali people also boil the leaves right in the water, with the milk and sugar all at once.


Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: January 29, 2008, 04:44:01 PM »
Hey Mike, my wife and I are huge Thin Man fans, there is just something in old films that still surpasses many modern films of today.

Speaking of old films, Philadelphia Story is still one of my all time favorites!

As for now watching I am on Season 11 of Frasier and when that series is done, I will probably go back and start MASH all over from the beginning.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Alesis Andromeda----Worth the Effort???
« on: January 26, 2008, 06:06:07 PM »
Honestly for around the same price...give or take $300 I would get a Prohpet 8 instead.

Jut my opinion...


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: How do you record?
« on: January 26, 2008, 04:55:07 PM »
The hopeful news Lloren is that this was a merger VS a buyout / takeover. TC still retains their autonomy. Maybe this means we will finally see the resurrection of Oberheim in a Powercore softsynth version.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: How do you record?
« on: January 25, 2008, 06:01:57 PM »
In that price range I would look at the Presonus or better yet the TC Konect.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: How do you record?
« on: January 25, 2008, 12:44:40 PM »
Hey JKN, what features are you looking for?

  • Number of ins and outs?
  • Firewire / USB ?
  • Control surface / mixer?

I have reviewed a few and may be able to offer a few suggestions.

One of my favorites off the top of my head is the Mackie Onyx, 8 channel I/O (4 of which are the awesome sounding Onyx Mic Pre) Its Firewire.

You can also buy any configuration of Mackie Onyx Mixer and add the Firewire card.


Everything and Nothing / Re: yikes - first tornado warning of the year
« on: January 07, 2008, 10:20:38 PM »
We had warmings 2 counties away this afternoon...probably same front as you John since we are 6 hrs above you...


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: January 04, 2008, 07:50:01 PM »
I think Seren really hit on something for me and thats the interrest in other and ancient cultures.

I have no native american artifacts in my studio, but I do have african & east indian masks as well as a large collection of african, arabic, indonesian and indian drums.

Decor wise I am still working on having a studio that is very Frank lloyd Wright.


Everything and Nothing / Re: What's HOT and what's NOT
« on: January 04, 2008, 04:03:20 PM »
Nicely put APK! I echo your thoughts.


Everything and Nothing / Re: What's HOT and what's NOT
« on: January 04, 2008, 01:10:47 PM »
Well I guess the whole melody...acoustic instruments thing is good news for the new Ma Ja Le album when it comes out this year.

Paul  ;D

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: December 28, 2007, 06:12:59 PM »
nahhh he's right its the Verb !!!  ;D

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: December 27, 2007, 06:27:22 PM »
My synths are sub-mixed through a Mackie VLZ3 mixer, they are linked MIDI-wise with a Roland/Edirol UM-880 patchbay which can be switched at the touch of a button to my studio DAW or my laptop.

I also have (3) 48 point patchbays, 2 are balanced and one is unbalanced which can route any mic pre, compressor, eq or effects unit to any daw input/output at anytime.

When I get really anal about sound quality I will disconect my synths from the mackie and go direct in through a pre and such.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Time to fire up the gift card
« on: December 26, 2007, 05:43:52 PM »
Thanks, I will add that to my check out list

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Time to fire up the gift card
« on: December 26, 2007, 03:51:29 PM »
I used my Itunes gift card to get 2 Van Morrison albums (Astral Weeks & Moondance), not ambient but great music I can't believe it took me this long to buy.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: December 26, 2007, 12:25:19 PM »
I think Mike brings up a great point about learning vs timing vs quantity.

My studio and my studio "life" as such are divided into two distinct areas,

On the recording side I have a pretty hard and fast rule that If there is a piece of equipment that I have not used in six months or so, I usually sell it. It makes no sense to have a studio full of stuff that sits there and does nothing while we tend to gravitate toward certain pieces over and over.

Only once have I sold a piece I regretted, I spend much more time wondering..."Do I really need this and could that money be better used elsewhere?"

I have also mapped out what I want / need for my studio to run efficiently and professionally without need or excuses, but with out gratuity.

For instance, my design was to have 16 channels of high end mic pre, an A-D/D-A system to handle tracking that at once and then sufficient, quality outboard EQ's and Compressors for a hybrid "out of the box" mix down.

I am about 5 pieces away of accomplishing said goal...

Keyboard wise I have also adopted this approach slightly, I have slimmed my keyboard rig down to 5 (not counting my Rhodes) and even that may get chopped down to 4 soon (bye bye V-Synth).

It just seemed irresponsible in a way to have a mountain of synths most of which I had barley scratched the surface of their true potential. So I decided to focus on ringing out the most of what I could from fewer synths instead of having one synth which I only played a patch or two. Plus like a guitarist will "fall in love with, or at least respect in the morning" a particular instrument, I wanted a few synths I could look at as instruments in and of themselves, vs a commodity of sound sources.

Plus with soft synths being so good, the uniqueness of most digital instruments has diminished in my eyes, unless it is for some aspect like the time stretching and control of the V-synth or the architecture of some of the Waldorf pieces.

Anyway, I know that for many gear hounds and synth enthusiasts this is pure heresy...


PS Mike that is a really big violin along the wall !!!

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: December 25, 2007, 08:43:19 PM »
Here is a few shots I took a few weeks ago...

Mix Position



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