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"Sure, he has a schmaltzy side"
I'll repeat that:
"Sure, he has a schmaltzy side"

"I lost track of him after his 'Chariots of Fire' hit."

My thoughts too.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Blue Cat plugins
« on: December 04, 2013, 05:22:43 PM »
http://www.bluecataudio.com/Products/Product_MB7Mixer/

Interesting looking new multi-band plugin from Blue Cat. The ability to host plugins that act on particular bands is brilliant.
I like the whole multi-band concept.
Anyone used it yet?


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I have a new i7 mac Mini that I put an SSD in. It's great.
My first Apple computer since the apple 2c waaaay back  :)
I've always worked on Windows for audio, but I will begin to do a few things with the Mini.
Such a neat little device. And great if you want portability. Or deskspace.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: KVR Black friday/cyber monday sales list
« on: December 02, 2013, 01:41:58 PM »
I did pick up LUSH-101.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: KVR Black friday/cyber monday sales list
« on: December 01, 2013, 11:59:52 AM »
Scott: It doesn't have a standalone mode, according to the D16 site. So it must use dual cores in a host.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: KVR Black friday/cyber monday sales list
« on: November 30, 2013, 06:13:38 PM »
Well it is a multi-layered synth architecture, so a big patch can be like running up to 8 synths at the same time, with multiple effects. You gotta expect some strain on the system under those conditions. (its a bit like Omnisphere in that regard) But it is a beauty for sure, and it can easily be used with fewer OSC's and effects. And it does have such an excellent, and big interface. 8) It is one of the best straight-forward analog-like subtractive software synths I've tried. I'll probably pick up a copy this weekend.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: KVR Black friday/cyber monday sales list
« on: November 29, 2013, 12:52:27 PM »

D16 synth  LUSH-101 at %50 off. Its a subtractive beauty.

http://www.d16.pl/index.php?menu=241

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I use compressors just to keep transients under control, or just knock down a band of frequencies. I'd be surprised if I was in the minority . . . likely most of us are using compressors while making ambient music.

Correct me if I'm wrong, folks.

Yep, that's exactly it, Mike.
Unlike an EQ, with a compressor you can keep the spikes and unwanted resonances under control without lowering all the material in that frequency range. I use a multiband compressor a lot in mastering, they are brilliant instruments. I also put a hardware compressor on whatever external synth I'm using, just to gently kick in at high levels and stop possible distortion.

Immersion. This is not to eliminate any attack in the sounds (unless that's what one wants of course), but only to keep the volume profile under control.

And yes, I think a real-time spectrum analyser is one of the most essential tools. I find myself using apEQ a lot on individual tracks and takes, its an EQ plugin with a spectral readout behind it. Very, very useful. Quick too.


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Just an aside to Paul's post: I see that Kush also have a matching plugin for the Kush Claraphonic EQ.
I wonder how it compares to the hardware version. Only $149.
http://www.thehouseofkush.com/#!the-clariphonic-dsp/csaa

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Digital to analog converters
« on: November 25, 2013, 11:10:47 AM »
That beast is way out of my price range.

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Thanks for the info guys.
Dear Ester does look interesting, but obviously short and perhaps without replay value.
The Witcher 3 does look just the thing! Will for sure keep and eye open for that.

Right now I'm checking out Deadfall Adventures, looks pretty good.
http://deadfall-game.com/en/dfnews/

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I was wondering if anyone has suggestions for another free roaming game like Skyrim ?
I'm not into industrial/zombies and the like. The beauty of the Skyrim landscape was one of its big appeals for me.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Digital to analog converters
« on: November 23, 2013, 09:11:06 AM »
I just want to say that I like analog as much as the next guy.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Digital to analog converters
« on: November 22, 2013, 02:52:02 PM »
 :)

I wouldn't have discovered the Valhalla plugins if not for this thread.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Digital to analog converters
« on: November 22, 2013, 02:08:52 PM »
Little addition.
That is what was odd about your very first post in this thread. You spoke of wanting a D/A converter, when you actually already have one in the Alpha. I assume you have been listening to your work using the headphone out on the laptop, when you should be using the headphone (or line outs) on the Alpha.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Digital to analog converters
« on: November 22, 2013, 02:04:58 PM »
I decided to start read through the Lexicon Alpha manual today to see if I overlooked anything and I think I overlooked two things: the monitor mix and the line-outs.

What I don't understand completely is how it works as an external soundcard if I'm working only within my laptop itself.

I think what you are missing is that the Alpha (and soundcards generally) is simply an AD/DA converter. It is the interface between your computer and the real world. All it does is convert analog input (from a mic or external synth for example) to the digital signal required by the computer. You work with that digital material in the laptop, but when you want to actually hear the result of what you are doing it has to be converted back to analog (D/A) again to be fed to headphones or speakers. You listen to your work either by its headphone out, or you feed the line outs to an amp and then speakers (or to amplified speakers).



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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Digital to analog converters
« on: November 22, 2013, 08:23:17 AM »
Quick note on reverbs.
- Interesting to hear Paul say he has forsaken the hardware for software reverbs.  8)
- Just been demoing the Valhalla reverb plugins. Damn good !!! At $50 these are a steal. And looks like the guy making them knows exactly what he is doing, technically. I think if these were released by a company with overheads and staff to maintain they would cost a LOT more.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Digital to analog converters
« on: November 21, 2013, 01:44:11 PM »
On AD/DA converters, I also think that the technology has improved greatly over the years so that the basic integrated circuits used in even the inexpensive converters is now on par with what used to be considered top of the line. Such is the nature of electronic advancement. We see if with today's computers and cameras for example. What was once top of the line is now matched by relatively cheap lower-end electronics. And at some point there is simply not much to be gained by spending a ton more money on one piece. That gain may not outweigh putting the money to use buying more equipment or software you currently don't have.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Digital to analog converters
« on: November 21, 2013, 01:35:33 PM »
I agree with Forrest, and was also going to mention Seren's line:

"We also have to consider what we and our peers are trying to achieve in our music
before making suggestions or decrying what facilities they have. If we are not wanting
to create music that is 'true to source' then what we are looking at and why changes."


If you are recording a vocal or acoustic instruments, then pristine clarity and realism is what you probably need, and you need the gear that will achieve it (great mics, preamp,  etc), but not too many of us in the ambient-electro realm are actually doing that. So consider what it is you are creating and match the gear to the expected musical product. Not a lot of reasons for expensive purity if you are going to overdrive, lo-fi, or glitch it up later, for example. Why spend $2000 when $250 will do and leave you money for other things. Plus of course there is the old adage: having the best equipment in the world does not mean you will now create better music.

On reverbs, I'm not sure what all the fuss is about. I very rarely use the things except built in as part of a synth patch.
Way back I found Ambience to be a very good free one: http://magnus.smartelectronix.com/#Ambience
I have used Breeze by 2CAudio. It's great if you need some very long reverb. But has delicacy too.
My favourite is probably WizooVerb. It's very flexible. It was bought buy some other company, digidesign I think.

APK


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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Digital to analog converters
« on: November 20, 2013, 06:48:26 PM »
Hopefully some more people will jump in on this topic, with other recommendations too.

I will certainly look though my software tomorrow and see if I can suggest something in the reverb line. I think reverbs can be very personal, in the sense that they must, to your ears, fit your sound, and also operate in a way that makes intuitive sense.


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