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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: ROACH Road Trip. . . .the Long Trip
« on: February 22, 2014, 05:39:47 PM »
Sounds like an awesome experience. I think it's really cool of him to do workshops like that.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Reverb Plugin Sound Demos
« on: February 20, 2014, 08:02:54 PM »
All of them sound great and I use ValhallaRoom mostly, but I thought the Eventide and Oxford reverbs sounded the best in that comparison, and I've never used them. It was really close though. I was actually expecting to like the Lexicon reverb the most but I was wrong.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 20, 2014, 07:48:34 PM »
Faures - Continental Drift
Faures is René Margraff/Pillowdiver, Le Berger, and Elintseeker/Fuzz Lee. This release is beautiful--really unique. The primary form of instrumentation is layers upon layers of guitar, with occasional piano, synth, and glitchy electronics. The result is a shoegazing style "wall of sound," but much more restrained and delicate than what might be expected. The music is thick, but delicate. And the melodies, when they emerge, will melt you. Give this a shot; the first two tracks, in particular, are outstanding.


Great find. I'm pretty fond of shoegaze myself and there's definitely a neat "ambient-gaze" vibe.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / New album: Castleview- Winter
« on: February 20, 2014, 09:44:51 AM »

This crazy winter inspired me to record another album. Enjoy!

To be fair, if you're not trying to use any pre-XP programs, you probably won't have many compatibility issues with Windows 8. However, it is still an nuisance for someone like me who does play older PC games, especially since Vista and 7 didn't have compatibility issues to that degree.

Windows 8's compatibility with older programs is worse than it was for Windows 7 and even Vista. Had a heck of a time trying to get Mobil 1 Rally Championship (awesome game BTW) running on my Win8 laptop and when I got it running in a playable state, it doesn't run quite as well as it did on my Vista laptop (slight frame rate dips, despite being well above the game's system requirements). Oddly enough, resolution has no effect whatsoever on the framerate.

I've heard of some other older games having problems too, like Age Of Empires 2 and SWAT 3.

Thankfully, the Compatibility Toolkit works for Windows 8.

Also, not having a Start button is really annoying at first but I've gotten used to that.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Good software EQs
« on: February 06, 2014, 08:50:06 PM »
I bought apQualizr and I love it so far. That'll definitely work for me.

Congratulations on that. Those are some excellent names to be amongst.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Good software EQs
« on: February 05, 2014, 06:24:00 PM »
apQualizr looks awesome. I didn't even realize that there were EQs with the spectral readout built in.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Good software EQs
« on: February 05, 2014, 05:55:54 PM »
I'm looking into upgrading from the equalizers that I use right now, which are sadly freeware VST plugins. I know there's more to shaping tones than just an EQ but I feel like my current ones aren't quite cutting it at times. I've noticed that there are plenty of EQs out there to purchase whether they be hardware or software but I'm not sure what's really good and what's not, especially for ambient music. I do just about everything music-wise within my laptop so I'm not looking for any hardware EQs.

I was also wondering if there were any equalizers in particular that work well with shaping lower frequency drones and textures.

It does not have to be absolute top-of-the-line quality but I'm definitely looking for value (I'm on a low budget). I want something that will give me good control over every detail of my sounds as I shape them into whatever I desire. Also, I've only been using graphic equalizers for the most part but I am definitely open to using other kinds.

I know there's more to shaping tones than just an EQ but I feel like my current ones aren't quite cutting it at times.

So with all that being said, bombard me with recommendations! :)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 05, 2014, 05:11:23 PM »
Robert Rich- Sunyata

An ambient classic.

Not necessarily similar but another reverb plugin worth trying is Airwalker:

Also, Toraverb is great too:

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Absentness - interesting project.
« on: January 29, 2014, 09:54:51 AM »
I think they do have some potential but their sound could be a lot more refined. Some extra low end textures/drones could work some wonders and I would have dialed back the misty sounds. I like that dark,almost black metal aesthetic they have going on though. The execution just needs to be better.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 26, 2014, 06:49:20 PM »
Speaking of Keith Jarrett, I love The Koln Concert.

I've seen some people say that ValhallaShimmer is supposed to be based off of Eventide's Black Hole reverb but I've never tried it myself. I've also never used anything by Eventide, though I'm thinking about getting the 2016 Stereo Room reverb plugin.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 25, 2014, 03:48:58 PM »
Been having a Celer day:

Within Retrospect, The Morning
Four Pieces Two
Panoramic Dreams Bathed In Seldomness

It's a great album, and I'm surprised Alio Die didn't release more music in 2013.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 24, 2014, 06:38:57 PM »
Har & Altus- Shadow District

A true standout in the dark ambient genre.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Mixing tips.
« on: January 24, 2014, 06:37:07 PM »
I think some compression can be okay in ambient music. I've tried it recently to get one of my really low drones under control and it worked for that. I wouldn't apply it to a whole mix though.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 23, 2014, 09:56:26 PM »
Item caligo- Self Deception As Rescue

GV Sound is an excellent netlabel IMO.

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