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If you'd like a basic controller, I have an M-Audio Oxygen-49 keyboard controller I'd be happy to just give you if you'd like it (or anyone else if Johnathan doesn't want it). Since I now have the Yamaha AN1X...I plan on using that as my main keyboard and controller.


Jim : just thinking of reasons not to give it away ... don't you think a time will come when another keyboard would be handy for controlling softsynths, especially if it saves preset midi configurations for a bunch of them (which the AN1X won't do) ?  or you want to hold down a chord on one keyboard while playing the other ? Two can be handy.

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Scott: One day I will throw my Oxygen away and get one of them. Handsome controller !

1523
Super generous of you Jim. Its a nice little controller, i have an Oxygen and use it whenever I'm away from home and have a computer with me. Real handy.

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Jonathan: you could also use your Electribe as a midi controller, it has a bunch of knobs that send out control codes.

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I'll have to check my wind synth setup. Any advice on a midi control box? The Micron doesn't seem to output MIDI other than pitch and modulation, at least I can't find anything in the manual.

Modern synths like the Micron (or its bigger relative) usually do send midi cc on their knobs. Maybe just connect it to your DAW, load a softsynth that will respond to midi (on its virtual knobs) and see if it will pick up movement from the Micron knobs.

But there are now loads of good, inexpensive midi boxes. Depends whether you want one with keyboard or not. Novation have some fine small keyboard midi controllers: www.novationmusic.com.  The box I use a lot is the Behringer BCR2000, has lots of rotary knobs (infinite rotation) with neat red position lights: www.behringer.com/BCR2000/index.cfm?lang=eng

But there really are a lot of these things around, made by many companies. On eBay too of course.


Maybe other people here can post what they use for a midi controller.






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I've been exploring soft synths on and off for a couple of years now. Lately I've been trying some of the demos from GForce, in particular their Oddity (Arp) and ImpOSCar and their Minimoog emulation. They're all very good, especially the Arp clone, although I really find working with a mouse frustrating at times and I can certainly feel some latency with my wind synth. I end up just using my Alesis Micron, which I covers all of these sounds very well. I am interested in Gforce's new Virtual String Machine, which covers a wide range of string synths. I'm currently using Garageband 08 as the host, which despite just being bundled with Mac is actually pretty powerful. I have a copy of Logic Express that I really need to dig into.

Jonathan : sounds like you should be using a midi control box with knobs to run those softsynths, so you are twiddling knobs to control synth parameters, not mousing so much. The Micron must put out midi on its few knobs, and can be used.

Its a nuisance if you noticing latency with your EWI ... it should be pretty much unnoticeable when setup properly. Friend of mine has one here and he has no trouble with its latency. He's a very good sax player.

I used to be a fan of ImpOscar, it has terrific rich filters. Haven't used it for quite some time though. But Gforce sure do some excellent work.

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Damn!

More stuff to buy. Anthony, you're batting 1000 with these releases. I thank you but my wallet just wants to be friends.  ;D

:)  great to hear you are enjoying the latest crop of release.
Sorry about the wallet ... but I do try to keep the cost very reasonable, and the artist does get a cut.

Thanks for posting.

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"Refreshing" is the perfect word for me too, Joe.
And if you don't have headphones on, put them on !  Phones open another realm of beauty in this stuff. It is very detailed and well composed.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 17, 2008, 02:04:30 PM »
Cliff Martinez - Will She Come Back?
anyone mentioned the brilliant OST for the Solaris Remake ..... perfect for falling asleep :)

SiF - That Martinez soundtrack is on my all-time best short-list. Enchanting work throughout.
Fine movie too.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 16, 2008, 07:46:18 PM »
I have about a dozen Incredible String Band albums. Used to be a big fan back in the day.
Good to hear someone else mention them  :)

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 16, 2008, 02:59:20 PM »
Moved on to a first listen of

- Numina: Symbiotic Spaces  (I'm new to this, but so far some excellent pieces on disk 1, especially track 4 !)

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Hallu
Merci pour la revue et de votre temps.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 16, 2008, 12:52:13 PM »
Today

- Tom Waits: Rain Dogs 
- Blur : Parklife

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Sounds like the rest of my collection, drkappa :)
I'm betting you are british.

I still really enjoy Telstar!

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / NEW - Entia Non - free EP and new Album
« on: February 15, 2008, 09:18:30 AM »
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Yes, another fine release + EP from DataObscura
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- Entia Non : Fold - new full-length album

- Entia Non : Remora - free EP download



Entia Non, from Australia, creates contemporary experimental ambient.
Shimmering glitchy samples over warm beds of quirky atmospheric drones and
pads. The music is rich with treated field recordings and samples. His releases
on U-cover, Resting Bell, and Test Tube were highly praised. This is complex
and crafted music that rewards close listening. Headphones recommended.

You can find the album HERE

You can find the free EP HERE

Or download the EP directly FROM HERE

Enjoy !


APK
www.dataobscura.com

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TDream, Van Morrison, early Pink Floyd, Soft machine, Brit folk rock, mainly 70s, and a lot of classical vinyl here.
I have a turntable, but have picked up digital verions of everything I liked from the vinyl.


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Just getting back to the Chalk vs Bradley thing ... yes I find Bradley to be much more accomplished. And I mean MUCH more.

Bradley

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Great to hear you are enjoying the EP ... it is mighty fine.

Also, the cheaper digital download version of Timeless is now available
on the www.dataobscura.com site.



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Just finished the second set ... which I believe I enjoyed
more than the first. Some great tracks, especially the opener
by Modell & Mantra -- have to pick that up from the Hypnos
store.

Nice finale by Basinski ... you know what they say, "all swell
that end swell !"  :)

Many thanks, Alan.

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I'm now working my way through Swells 1.

And enjoying most of it so far. Some ups and downs.
Loved the opening Berry !
Found the Chalk surprisingly unlistenable/resonant.
The Bradley is a breath of fresh air ... a stand-out.
I know most of the others after that, but haven't got to them yet.

You do like yer music served up with a lot of noise rather than pure tones :)
Me too.





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