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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: TC Electronics' reverbs
« on: April 09, 2017, 12:27:59 PM »
[...] I'm sure they're great and worthwhile if I was in a surf rock band but not for an ambient musician who might only use one a little bit here and there. [...]

I wouldn't call Brian Eno "surf rock" but he did use a Roland RE-501 Chorus Echo in conjunction with a Lexicon 224. This is what made "Plateaux of Mirrors" and "The Pearl" so lush-sounding.

Stephen

Wow, I didn't know that.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: TC Electronics' reverbs
« on: April 05, 2017, 03:59:49 AM »
I have TCM3000 and Fireworx
Both do very different things - both have the ability to play around with settings and save as user patches.
I like them, not sure if they are cold and sterile (perhaps 'clean and clear' is another adjective) as I've made music that is both that and warm and fuzzy....
If I had the money I'd get a second M3000.

I've found that whatever reverb I use, I have favourite settings. I had Glaceverb as I like the potential for really shifting sounds around...and I tend to send all my sounds through a variety of manipulations....

Thanks. Really nice to get your take. I've noticed more ambient musicians use Lexicon, Eventide, and other brands and I was a bit curious what the consensus was on TC. I know Loren Nerell and Oophoi have used TC reverbs before but outside of that, I haven't seen too many ambient musicians talk about them.

I ended up ordering the M300 because I found one for pretty cheap. I know it's more of a budget version of the M3000 but it's probably still an upgrade over my Nanoverb at the very least.

Let us know what you think after you've played with it for a while.

and keep an eye on ebay - that's where I got my fireworx for 250.......

Wow, I've seen them go for a lot more so that sounds like an awesome deal.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: TC Electronics' reverbs
« on: April 04, 2017, 05:48:23 PM »
I have TCM3000 and Fireworx
Both do very different things - both have the ability to play around with settings and save as user patches.
I like them, not sure if they are cold and sterile (perhaps 'clean and clear' is another adjective) as I've made music that is both that and warm and fuzzy....
If I had the money I'd get a second M3000.

I've found that whatever reverb I use, I have favourite settings. I had Glaceverb as I like the potential for really shifting sounds around...and I tend to send all my sounds through a variety of manipulations....

Thanks. Really nice to get your take. I've noticed more ambient musicians use Lexicon, Eventide, and other brands and I was a bit curious what the consensus was on TC. I know Loren Nerell and Oophoi have used TC reverbs before but outside of that, I haven't seen too many ambient musicians talk about them.

I ended up ordering the M300 because I found one for pretty cheap. I know it's more of a budget version of the M3000 but it's probably still an upgrade over my Nanoverb at the very least.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: TC Electronics' reverbs
« on: April 02, 2017, 03:59:49 PM »
Wow, a lot of those are super pricey. You weren't kidding.

I'm sure they're great and worthwhile if I was in a surf rock band but not for an ambient musician who might only use one a little bit here and there.

A good plugin might be better for me. I noticed the AKG BX-20 has a plugin but even that's a bit pricey. If I get one of those, it might be that one. It sounds really good. I noticed PSP makes one too.

Thanks for the recs. Those at least give me a good idea of what a good spring reverb sounds like.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: TC Electronics' reverbs
« on: April 02, 2017, 12:12:54 PM »
The Polara actually has a spring reverb in it. Haven't really played with it yet but that might be great to use when ebowing, in conjunction with my fuzz pedals to get a gritty, atmospheric sound that's not too washed out.

Just curious, what are usually considered the best spring reverbs? I've never really looked into them.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: TC Electronics' reverbs
« on: April 02, 2017, 11:40:06 AM »
I plan to mix it with my Digitech Polara (which has Lexicon reverbs in it) and I also have ValhallaRoom, ValhallaShimmer, Toraverb, and the Eventide Blackhole on my computer, so I've got some extra options.

I've used an Alesis Nanoverb a lot in the past on my guitar and other external sound sources and it's a bit cold too (and not the cleanest) but I've always liked the thickness of a lot of the reverbs in it, particularly the hall reverbs, and it contrasted well with my plugins. Still works fine but I wanted another external reverb that's a bit different, a little cleaner.

The few TC reverbs I've heard sound pretty clean to me.

I plan to do some shoegazy guitar textures anyways so I really don't even need the cleanest reverb for everything. I actually thought about buying an old Midiverb and Quadraverb but I don't know how much longer they'd last. It would be nice to have something cleaner for synths though.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / TC Electronics' reverbs
« on: April 02, 2017, 10:21:14 AM »
How are their reverbs? Have my eyes on a used M300 for a cheap price and I was wondering how their budget and higher end offerings compare to other brands. The Hall of Fame, SkySurfer, and Arena pedals seem really cool too.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 21, 2017, 07:07:23 PM »
Rec008 - Сознательное Подсознательное

Great ambient drones with a touch of shoegazy noise.

https://rec008.bandcamp.com/album/--3

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Teufelsberg Reverb
« on: March 09, 2017, 05:18:21 PM »
Glaceverb and Ambience are solid freeware reverbs.
I can't get Glaceverb to work on my new windows 10 computer - any tips or clues as it has some very nice sounds and is very easy to tweak

I use it on my 64bit Windows 8.1 computer just fine, but I also use it within a 32 bit program. I'm getting a Windows 10 laptop soon so I'll have to try that one for myself.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 02, 2017, 09:37:04 PM »
I don't see enough proof yet to suggest that Tardigrade is either aelfa or drone on, or a troll at all. I'm all for dealing with trolls swiftly but not when there's little or no proof.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Lo-Fi Ambient Recommendations
« on: February 25, 2017, 12:20:38 PM »
I'm surprised nobody has mentioned Rapoon yet.




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Independent Music Reviews / Re: New Ambient/Experimental Music Blog
« on: February 22, 2017, 07:29:06 PM »
Yeah, it's crazy how rare their albums are. I only have 3 of their albums on CD myself: Collusion, Digilogue, and What Is Not True. I also have their Mort Aux Vaches sessions that I downloaded from Amazon while it was up briefly. Legendary group for sure and there's nothing else quite like them.

Hafler Trio is bad about that too, but Andrew McKenzie is supposed to be really curmudgeony nowadays about digital music and doesn't want his music being circulated around anymore IIRC.

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Independent Music Reviews / Re: New Ambient/Experimental Music Blog
« on: February 22, 2017, 04:38:55 PM »
That RYM list is great. I was actually listening to Maeror Tri last night.

Also, I wish I had more Zoviet France albums.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 18, 2017, 06:45:44 PM »
I don't really remember Loscil's music either, and I've heard two albums worth. I remember them being decent but nothing too remarkable. Good for him for having success though because he has brought new fans to the genre.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Teufelsberg Reverb
« on: February 17, 2017, 07:52:58 PM »
Glaceverb and Ambience are solid freeware reverbs.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 15, 2017, 08:07:18 PM »
Just wanted to say it is great to read discussions talking about musicians I know nothing about - don't stop talking....

Mathias Grassow does have a huge discography - two of my favourites are Dissolution (very dense music) and True North with Amiri Baghiri.
you may also like Upuaut (with Oophoi and Baghiri), Sphere, Space and Eclipse.


I'll have to check those out. Oophoi is another one whose huge discography is something I've only scratched the surface of. I do have Upuaut and like that one quite a bit.

The Spirals Of Time is a must if you haven't heard it yet.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Teufelsberg Reverb
« on: February 14, 2017, 05:55:45 PM »
The reverb is there but super subtle. Not something I'd use regularly. Cool concept though.

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Special thanks to cvac for the first review of Elemental Wave on his new blog.

https://everydayambient.wordpress.com/2017/02/13/castleview-elemental-wave/

Overall this is an interesting album I enjoy listening to. I found it effective for daytime background listening, falling asleep, and more attentive listening. At thirty-three minutes, the album is short but potent.

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: February 11, 2017, 01:38:57 PM »

That's cool Forrest, never seen a Marxolin before. I have a related instrument, the Marxophone. I've never used it on any of my projects yet, maybe some day. Here's a picture of what mine looks like:



BTW looking forward to receiving my copy of your new album.  :)

I have one of those, too!   ;D   But yours is in much better condition than mine.  Remember that album that Pink Floyd was supposed to do with rubber bands?  Maybe we could do an ambient album with only Marxophones!

Let me know what you think of my new one!

Forrest

I have an old zither that's kind of similar, but I haven't used it in a long time. It's not in great shape but all the strings were still on it the last I checked.

Apparently, they were more popular 100 years ago.

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Cool! Glad you liked it. I actually design my albums partially with sleep in mind.

Also, here are some extra DL keys I received:

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Plus, we decided to drop the $2 after some extra consideration. We thought it'd be best to do that since the album is pretty short.

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