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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: March 04, 2008, 09:48:16 AM »
I forgot to mention my favorite Behringer product, the Behringer MIC2200 Ultragain Pro also known as the "fake tube" preamp. All the glow of tube electronics but none of the warmth.  ;D

In a similar vein, I really enjoyed this little article about an expensively packaged
preamp that was essentially functioning on a few $3 chips inside:

Packaging can certainly be deceiving. Its clear with software, but I wonder how much high-end hardware is also just a handsome case !

And thanks, Loren, for pointing out this site, I didn't know it.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: March 04, 2008, 06:53:29 AM »
I really like my Behringer BCR2000.
Think that's all I have apart from a couple of their cheap patchbays.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: February 29, 2008, 11:32:05 AM »
I bet Paul meant your 2 screens ... they look great !

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Tools for rhythm-making
« on: February 27, 2008, 06:23:04 PM »
I just picked up a used Alesis Micron.
Its sound is ok, but nothing amazing compared to other digital synths.
However, its rhythm abilities set it apart. Has handy phrase recording and other interesting rhythmic/sequence/pattern stuff on board. Lots of rhythmic presets. I was surprised how good it is. Fine little synth for the money, especially if you want something with rhythms.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 27, 2008, 06:15:32 PM »
Now playing

- Near The parenthesis: Of Soft Construction  (n5md)

A very good album in the idm kinda style common on the n5md label.
A sophisticated sound. Nothing over the top. Often beautiful.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ambient Sub-genres
« on: February 25, 2008, 07:19:17 PM »
Glambient = live performance where the ambient artist wears makeup, glitter, and colourful tights.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ambient Sub-genres
« on: February 25, 2008, 05:27:53 PM »

Zzambient = ambient to sleep by


You should re-post your nomenclature post to a new topic so we can have a separate discussion of it away from the Entia Non thread. Its a good one.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 24, 2008, 05:58:44 PM »
I've been jazzing a lot this weekend.

But on the electro-ambient side

- Paul Bradley : Twenty Hertz  (Interesting early work. Appears not to be guitar-based. Neat sounds)
- Alan Lockett: Swells and Billows 2  (MIX ... its a good set the Bristol Boy strung together)
- Keith Berry: A Strange Feather  (I'm addicted to these curious existential landscapes)
- Spyra: Headphone Concert (that 25min opening track , Jeden, is amazing .. if you like the berlin style its a must)

OK ... I confess  ::)
And have officially updated my personal site:

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 23, 2008, 03:37:46 PM »
Mum-go go smear the poison ivy

Spunknik : I'm a fan of Mum, but the Poison Ivy release didn't work for me. Found it quite a change. You enjoying it ?

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 23, 2008, 03:35:01 PM »
Off The Sky - Cold Distances -- This is still incredibly beautiful stuff. The first couple of tracks are so deep and really does sound like, well, coldness. Excellent!

Rumforskning - Fremtiden -- Essential album. There's just something about the noises and drones in this album. It works!

Yep, couple of mighty fine albums. I'm surprised that more people have not discovered Rumforskning. Can't say I've sold many, but they create some fascinating and addictive glitchy/noisy/drone music.


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.

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

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.

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

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:  The box I use a lot is the Behringer BCR2000, has lots of rotary knobs (infinite rotation) with neat red position lights:

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.

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.


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.

"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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