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Messages - Paul Vnuk (Ma Ja Le)

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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



Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: How do you record?
« on: December 23, 2007, 06:54:59 PM »
On my desktop DAW I use a Lynx AES 16 PCI card which then is connected to a Lynx Aurora 16 channel ad/da converter.

On my laptop I us a Native Instruments Kore USB soundcard/controller


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Time to fire up the gift card
« on: December 23, 2007, 01:51:50 PM »
I would recomend Chris Short (Ma Ja Le) "The Garden"

You won't regret it!


Everything and Nothing / Re: Production Strategies
« on: December 21, 2007, 08:57:32 AM »
Along with the Beatles and Floyd they are one of my favorite groups of all time!!!


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: pro sessions
« on: December 17, 2007, 09:07:00 PM »
Don't fear drums Mike...let your Soul come over to the Darkside... ;D


Everything and Nothing / Re: Best Friend
« on: December 16, 2007, 02:56:23 PM »
We are here for you Joe and I will keep your friend's family in my prayers.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear for sale and loop libraries too...
« on: December 13, 2007, 11:57:18 AM »
Its a single rack space with only one control. A big silver slider. Turn up the slider...more squash!

No picture yet.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Gear for sale and loop libraries too...
« on: December 13, 2007, 10:37:13 AM »
Cleaning out the studio again.

Tascam FW-1884 - I have the original box, manuals and cables its in great shape and was just checked out by a Tascam tech. $650

DBX - 164 : One big overeasy stereo compressor $150

MIDI Man Digipatch 6x6 digital spdif/Toslink digital patchbay $130

DBX 117 Vintage stereo compressor  $130

I am also selling 18 Sony / Sonic Foundry loops for ACID CD Roms. These are all originals, in the correct rips or burns.

I will prefer to sell them as a bundle for $175, thats less than $10 each.

But I will entertain individual offers for $12 each.

They are:

Groove Spectrum
Street Beats
Signals 1 (Analog Synth Dance Loops)
Cyclotronic Resonator
Paul Black: Whiskey Cigarets and Gumbo (guitar loops)
Vince Andrews Sax Loops
Essential Sounds Vol 2
Vortextual Amplitude (vintage synths)
Drum Tools
Universal Groove elements
Signals II
Funky Extremes 1
Rhythmic Architectural Design Systems 1
Syntonic Generator
Mick Fleetwood Total Druming
Sigi Baldersons Zero Gravity Beats
Funky Extremes II
James Johnson Spektral Minimalism

Buyer pays shipping, fair offers considered.


Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: December 12, 2007, 05:29:45 PM »
I've enjoyed plenty of non-fiction books but very rarely have I felt enraptured and overwhelmed by the beauty of something non-fiction.

See, and I am almost completely the opposite, fiction almost always leave me flat and yet historical/bio non-fiction excites me, maybe it is a sort of artistic voyerism, looking into and studying peoples lives.

Although...I did forget about my favorite fiction writer, Nick Bantock, now his blend of illustration and fiction is near perfection for me.


Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: December 11, 2007, 09:38:35 PM » to completely de-rail this discussion,

I have very rarely in my life been able to get into reading fiction...strange seeing as I was a complete sc-fi nut as a kid (starwars, star Trek, Dr who), but never got into the deep world of sc-fi fiction.

To this day I have never read the Lord of the Rings or Narnia trilogies or lovecraft ect.

What I am really into and cannot get enough of is non-fiction, especially biographies, usually musicians and famous artists.

I don't know why but I am insanely compelled to dig into their lives and find out the eternal "why" and "how" they did what they did.

Some great recient and favorite reads:

Chronicles Volume One by Bob Dylan
John, Paul, George, Ringo and Me by Tony Barrow
Wonderful Tonight by Pattie Boyde
Staying Up Much Too Late (Edward Hopper's Nighthawks and the Dark Side of the American Psyche) by Gordon Theisen
The Beatles by Bob Spitz
The Case for the Real Jesus by Lee Strobel

And the autobiography of Eric Clapton was one of the best reads I have read in a long time!

and I am just about to start Diane Arbus by Patricia Bosworth

Sooo any non-fiction readers in the crowd ???

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: pro sessions
« on: December 11, 2007, 04:39:30 PM »
Make sure you pic up Alien Radio if you can find it!!! Its Awesome  ::)

E-mail me if you cant! I will sell you one for $10 plus shipping.

In fact I have about 10 left if anyone else wants some.


Everything and Nothing / Re: Creating: inspiration, roadblocks, resources
« on: December 11, 2007, 11:52:56 AM »
I pull inspiration from many sources as well...

Could be hearing a song (usually in other genres) which has an idea, musical statement or production value I want to try and/or wrestle with.

Could be seeing a piece of art, my wife is a painter and 3-D artist whose work I am very inspired by. I also am a photographer (what my degree is in) and I often pull these ideas together into my work (both of my Hypnos albums use my photographs on the cover).

Could be a be a book I am reading that has a phrase or idea I get stuck in my head.

Could also be ideas which pop into my head during prayer and quiet time.

So no shortage of inspiration...just the time to do use it all...


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