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"... some hipster shit."
I like that  :)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 20, 2014, 02:41:35 PM »
- Loscil :: Sketches From New Brighton  (tis a lovely thing. Some dubbyness, some ambient bliss)
- The Archivist :: The Wooden Laser  (Tattersail of Boats fame)

"Cell--Live at Kumharas 2006.  This is simply a psy trance masterpiece."

Totally agree. It's in my all-time favorite list. Brilliant piece of work.

I certainly didn't do everything in the main game either. I'm at 55.
Both of the main addons are very good. I didn't go for the build your own place one.

I recently picked up the Dawnguard addon for Skyrim.
It was excellent !

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Good software EQs
« on: February 07, 2014, 06:59:26 AM »
Yep, nothing against its sound quality, Julio. I have used it. But probably outside Castleview's "low budget". An EQ like apQualizer is under $100 and is like having two quality plugins.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Good software EQs
« on: February 06, 2014, 09:52:08 PM »
Good to hear it's working for you. I find it clean and very flexible. Couldn't live without it. Have it on the master out as a default in my DAW (along with PSP's Vintage Warmer plugin).

Quite often I'm just using it for the spectral readout to keep an eye out for resonances and booming bass end. When you work with a spectrogram a lot you get used to what a sound profile should look like.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Good software EQs
« on: February 06, 2014, 07:38:30 AM »
I do find the Sonnox overpriced, and am not keen on iLoc. Plus too much room given to knobs vs the curve screen for my taste. Also, I don't think it has a Mid/Side option.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Good software EQs
« on: February 05, 2014, 07:11:24 PM »
Having at least one with the spectral readout is invaluable. It's also light on the cpu so you can use a bunch of them. You can adjust the speed/responsiveness of the spectral readout as well. Well worth trying the demo.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Good software EQs
« on: February 05, 2014, 06:14:13 PM »
I use EQs on tracks and mixes way more than any other type of effect. So yep, I think its good to have some reasonable EQ plugins in your arsenal. I also think a built-in spectral readout is a great addition to a software EQ so you can see the initial signal, what needs work, and the result of EQ changes.

A favorite that I use on everything is apEQ, which is now called apQualizr :

There are similar things by other companies, like the excellent one by DMG Audio called EQuick. Little more expensive though, but very good and has a feature or two apEQ doesn't have:

I use little else except a Waves EQ, but I only use it for mastering. The above ones I think of as great for track and everyday use EQs.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 29, 2014, 10:40:24 AM »
New purchases;

The Circular Ruins - Birth Of Tragedy. One listen so far , fantastic.

Very pleased to hear you enjoyed it so much.  8)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 26, 2014, 06:28:28 PM »
And while you are in the mood:

Miles Davis Gets Funky with Keith Jarrett

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 26, 2014, 06:08:25 PM »
Tord Gustavsen Quartet- The Well; great, minimal, slow jazz.

Very nice, Joe.
Thought I'd put up a video for people.
Tord Gustavsen Quartet - The Well

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Behringer X-Touch control surface
« on: January 25, 2014, 07:22:20 PM »
Yes, I think Behringer have certainly been stepping up their game this past year, with the x32 mixers and now this control surface and the motor keyboards.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Mixing tips.
« on: January 24, 2014, 09:04:38 PM »
From Forrest: "My first reaction to those lava lamps in the background was, 'stoner alert!'. "


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 23, 2014, 10:52:22 AM »
The Circular Ruins and Mystified - Fantastic Journey..........this, along with Moss Garden - In The Silence Of The Subconscious, has been on constant play since I discovered same last week. Both really are stunning ambient works.
Very pleased to hear Fantastic Journey is getting some serious listening !

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 22, 2014, 06:49:58 PM »
Margins - Fragile Existence
This is a late 2013 collaborative project between Dan Crossley (Facture/Fluid Audio) and Craig Tattersall (The Boats). Once again, this is an amazing product from Facture in which the packaging/art is as central to the release as the music. The music itself is decent, but not remarkable. It largely combines field recordings and tape loops to create a fractured but ambient atmosphere. The Crossley nature prints that accompany the release are absolutely beautiful, however, and are worth checking out on the Fluid Audio site regardless of how you feel about Tattersall.

Sound samples:
Images samples:

Two thumbs up on this.
Many thanks for pointing it out.

Welcome Hédi.
Enjoyed your music.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Help me finishing my ambient setup :)
« on: January 20, 2014, 05:57:47 PM »
A couple of things.
- Agree with John that you are done with synths. You have what you need. The trick is to learn to program and play what you have, not get more at this point.
- Certainly a good mixer is needed. And if you plan to record into a computer with a DAW then a number of mixer companies have mixers with a built in audio interface and can record something like 16 tracks independently/simultaneously. Starting at the bottom of the price spectrum with Behringer. In fact you might look at their newer range of digital mixers if you want to spend some money. Excellent bang for the buck:
- Effects: well, most of the synths you are using already have effects to shape the sound. Once recorded you might find that software effects are an effective way to go. Whatever DAW you get will come with some effects, and you buy more as needed. There are amazing things out there and they are very convenient to use "in the box".
- DAW: there are of course a number of good ones, and they share a lot of similarities. I ended up using Reaper after trying a few others. But it had what I wanted in a way the others lacked. The moral is that you have to start using something before you learn what you like and don't like, what you want and don't want. Reaper is inexpensive and versatile and a good starting place for those reasons.


Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: Thanks to Mike
« on: January 20, 2014, 05:41:01 PM »
There tends to be a fair bit of spamming every Sunday late at night, and of course if you are from Europe you will be awake and see it a number of hours before the sun rises in North America, but once we are up over here we will remove it pretty quickly.

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