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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Thoughts on the zither?
« on: November 26, 2013, 06:10:37 PM »
I saw a couple of tremoloas available on ebay recently. They weren't as expensive as I expected but then again, there's probably not a huge demand for them. Hadn't heard of the other two but I looked them up and they seem like cool instruments. I've never played a bowed instrument before though.

They sound a bit like bowed psaltry, only a little fuller.  One thing to keep in mind is, at least with the older ones, they are very difficult to tune and to keep in tune.  Helps to have perfect or relative pitch, too.

Forrest

That's good to know. Bowed psalteries seem like they would be fun to play. I think it would be really cool to add a pickup and play one through an amp.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Thoughts on the zither?
« on: November 26, 2013, 05:29:32 PM »
A better title for this topic would have been "Whither the zither?"



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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Thoughts on the zither?
« on: November 26, 2013, 05:26:58 PM »
I saw a couple of tremoloas available on ebay recently. They weren't as expensive as I expected but then again, there's probably not a huge demand for them. Hadn't heard of the other two but I looked them up and they seem like cool instruments. I've never played a bowed instrument before though.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Thoughts on the zither?
« on: November 26, 2013, 04:48:30 PM »
Yeah, the strings do sustain themselves well. It's like they have a little bit of a natural reverb. I like to go pretty light with the EQ as well. Stripping out all the midrange on a zither recording is not a good thing.

Do you have any other zithers besides the guzheng?

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Thoughts on the zither?
« on: November 26, 2013, 03:41:18 PM »
I wonder if any fellow musicians here own and use a zither. I think it might be the best acoustic instrument for ambient music. Laraaji and Klaus Wiese inspired me to play one. I actually have an antique fretless zither made by Oscar Schmidt, which still sounds pretty decent, as well as a toy one that I had bought for really cheap a while back, but that one doesn't sound good imo.

I wouldn't mind putting some new strings on the antique one but I'm kind of scared to do that on my own as I've never done it before. 

For anyone who does have one and record with it, how do you like to treat it with the effects? I like to apply a reasonable amount of chorus and reverb without it becoming unrecognizable. Flanger can be decent if you want to go for something more abstract. I applied flanger to my toy zither on my album Chamber Music, giving it an aquatic sound.

Every kind of zither is open for discussion BTW.

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I'd honestly love to hear a full-length album made by Immersion.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 25, 2013, 07:26:46 PM »
NP: Alio Die & Zeit- A Circular Quest

Great stuff

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Digital to analog converters
« on: November 25, 2013, 09:23:57 AM »
Somebody here should make an album with just that keyboard.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Digital to analog converters
« on: November 24, 2013, 04:13:12 PM »
Well I'm only 23 so I've got plenty of time.  :)

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Digital to analog converters
« on: November 23, 2013, 10:01:17 PM »

Quote from: Immersion
Well I was hoping about have a discussion about how creating the best sound quality possible, of course, what is best for me does not fit all,  the main argument here is that is not worth to invest money in "too expensive" equipment, cause you can mask it with eq and different mixing techniques.

You are clearly the master of presumptions! Please quote the person who said such a statement in this thread!.im sorry to say, but you wont find anyone!

If I had to take a guess, he might have been referring to Paul's post but even that doesn't exactly fit what Immersion seems to be referring to.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 23, 2013, 08:53:51 PM »
Deuter- Haleakala

Not a huge fan of Deuter but this is a great album IMO. I feel like he really declined after he left Kuckuck though.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Digital to analog converters
« on: November 23, 2013, 08:52:42 PM »
I can understand why Immersion would be passionate about having the best sound quality. However, like Tomas and others have said, music is ultimately subjective and most people can't tell the difference between the best quality and something that's just average or below that. For example, there are people out there that probably can't tell the difference between FLAC and MP3.

I think I'm going to stick with my setup for the most part and just try to improve upon using the things that I have, like Paul and I think some others suggested. I'm sure there's a lot than I can improve upon in terms of recording and production. I feel like I have good ideas and a distinct sound, so I think I can definitely build off of that and get better.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Digital to analog converters
« on: November 23, 2013, 09:29:02 AM »
LOL at that picture.

I actually do have access to reel-to-reel tape recorders at my university but I'm not sure if they even work because that studio they're in is garbage. The computers are well over 10 years outdated and barely even work.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Digital to analog converters
« on: November 22, 2013, 05:21:09 PM »
I decided to record today after figuring out how to properly use the Alpha and I noticed an improvement in the sound quality already. I think I'm going to stick with my setup for now.

Also, Toraverb is great.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Digital to analog converters
« on: November 22, 2013, 02:49:33 PM »
Yeah, I actually didn't realize that when I first made the topic. That's my big mistake I guess but if it wasn't for me making this thread to begin with, I wouldn't have figured out that I was even making this mistake.

Now it's starting to make sense to me.

Thanks.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Digital to analog converters
« on: November 22, 2013, 01:21:32 PM »
I decided to start read through the Lexicon Alpha manual today to see if I overlooked anything and I think I overlooked two things: the monitor mix and the line-outs.

What I don't understand completely is how it works as an external soundcard if I'm working only within my laptop itself.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Digital to analog converters
« on: November 21, 2013, 09:01:56 PM »
I've learned more from this forum in a short amount of time than I have from anywhere else on the internet about recording ambient music.

I've only been recording for a year and it's been all at my house. I've never been inside of an actual studio and I don't know anyone else in my area who makes this type of music. This forum has really opened my eyes to recording and also, more ambient music that I hadn't even heard of.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Digital to analog converters
« on: November 21, 2013, 06:24:18 PM »
My head is spinning from all this :o    Castleview next time you should put up some sort of specific parameters so us gear heads keep our big guns in the cabinet.....like what was your first studio setup  ;)  because just the sight of the word converters or ad/da brings out the hoarding mass.  This sounds familiar...must have seen it in another threads somewhere.

But I love how this thread turned out. I should get an award from mgriffin for stimulating all this discussion.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Digital to analog converters
« on: November 21, 2013, 03:03:08 PM »
This is home stereo DA converter, not for recording. It doesn't have analog-to-digital conversion, which is something you would get with a pro audio converter. This could certainly be a good device, but just for listening, not recording.

Thanks for clarifying. It wasn't really clear at all to me from the descriptions.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Digital to analog converters
« on: November 21, 2013, 02:54:28 PM »
I've got my sights set on the Modi USB Digital to Analog Audio Converter:

http://www.amazon.com/Modi-USB-Digital-Analog-Convertor/dp/B00CICPN0K

It's made by Schiit Audio, which has a good reputation from what I've heard, and the reviews on Amazon and elsewhere are unanimously positive, which isn't always common for audio equipment that cheap. And it's well within my grad student budget.

Even if it's not the best on the market, it should still be an improvement over what I've got now.

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