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hmmm, i thjink I am old fashioned and out of date - don't use computers to play music at all.

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Welcome back Jim,

a tip - throw any preconceptions away and just create music you enjoy.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Cans.....Whats on your head?
« on: December 30, 2013, 02:31:16 PM »
A good treble will help bring out the details, but good overall clarity should have good bass and mid as well - otherwise the headphones (imho) are just overbright and harsh...

For me the whole spectrum should have clarity and detail - no point having a great treble if the bass is just mud or the mids sounding like through the bottom of a dustbin.

I would in general agree that a good amp and source are important - but with the grado's I heard new details in the music being played on my 15 year old Panasonic 'walkman' cd player.....the hi-fi shop said that I obviously knew what I was doing for the listening test and were very respectful and helpful.

The grado's can pull great detail from even basic equipment due to their sensitivity and level of overall detail and clarity.

I then got to play some of my music on the £16,000 set up they had in the shop - was very nice indeed.


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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Cans.....Whats on your head?
« on: December 29, 2013, 03:18:43 PM »
I would not say the Grado's are about the treble. You can have treble without clarity....you can have treble that is just harsh, unbalanced and muddy in it's own way.

The headphone forum's are full of varying opinions on all makes and models, so it is hard to make sense of what everyone is saying - many people seem to prefer different headphones for different genres of music.

For me, I enjoy the Grado 325's clarity and detail - I sound tested them with a number of other makes and after my Beyerdynamics (see earlier in the thread)  they were the only ones to make me go WOW. I took my portable cd player and CDs I knew well - did not want to get swayed by listening to a system I did not know and can't afford.

I have a Kodo CD and there is a point where one of the drummers moves across the soundstage - on everything else he (assuming it is a he) is sort of 'vaguely here and moving to vaguely there'. On the Grado's it is a pinpoint positioning and I can 'see' him move all the way across.....and this is on my 1999 technics player, not a modern state of the art player.

With them I have heard sounds and textures in my own music I had never heard before -  unfortunately not always for the good in some of my older stuff. Hopefully the headphones are helping me to be in more in control of my own sounds since I got them. it is hard to know as whatever else I play my music on I am uncertain how much of what I am hearing is what is being played or what I remember while making the music....

They are not comfortable or styled for fashion - so I assume all the money goes into making the sound as good as it is.

I've not compared them to the tesla's or other hi-flying phones, such as electro-statics to see what I'd have to do for an improvement I can hear and enjoy....

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Christmas wishes from Mike & Lena
« on: December 27, 2013, 08:39:07 AM »
sending you belated Christmas greetings and best wishes for 2014 to everyone.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Cans.....Whats on your head?
« on: December 27, 2013, 08:12:26 AM »






had these 2 years now - still think they are fantastic. Though those Focals look very, very nice Julio

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
« on: December 24, 2013, 03:10:13 AM »
thanks for the thumbs up - glad you are enjoying Strands.

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
« on: December 20, 2013, 01:53:01 AM »
I've started putting music onto bandcamp - http://serenffordd.bandcamp.com - no longer putting much on Soundcloud....will update if and when i do.

Also some new additions to my studio:

Stagg Electric fretless bass


Current rack set up including new Electrix Repeater and TC Fireworx


and overall picture


Hoping to get some time over the hoildays to play around and explore

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Who has to work on Christmas eve?
« on: December 20, 2013, 01:47:01 AM »
I worked 1/2 of Christmas eve - and unfortunately it was not spent listening to nice music.....

back in work on 27th, but off next week.

But this year I am not..... 8)

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 17, 2013, 05:53:04 AM »
Seren Ffordd & Oophoi - The Martian Chronicles
Something I failed to buy on release, and now I'm staving off the regret. Wonderful and dark; minimal and mature.

 8)

been playing - Hawkwind - leave no star unturned - live 1972.

beautifully rambumctious, chaotic, noisy, low-fi, everything being played more constantly than everything else.

made me smile all the way through...

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 13, 2013, 12:23:44 PM »
Thanks for the thumbs up Julio.

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I find 'The Magnificent Void' is my choice of Steve's releases for these sort of experiences

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: effects - old and new
« on: December 10, 2013, 04:12:18 PM »
Hi Immersion - my initial post was considering the lack of any 'new' kind of effect not whether old or new versions are better or not than each other.

I think I am surprised that no one has come up with something really new in the 20 years or so I was out of the loop - unless of course, as I said, people can direct me to effects I've not heard of yet.

Granular synthesis is one thing I had heard of, but not found anything recommended to start exploring with on a novice basis - any recommendations welcome people....

Anyone here building phaser effects units, pm me please.....

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / effects - old and new
« on: December 10, 2013, 04:40:57 AM »
I'd like to tease a theme out of the middle of another thread.....

....after almost 20 years of neither listening to recorded music, nor recording music I was very surprised when I started dipping my toes back in to the river again.

In some ways I was positively amazed - the things digital synths and DAWs can now do would have taken a building the size of Rockfield recording studios in the 70's and 80's (when I was recording) to achieve.

In other ways I was negatively amazed - despite all the advancements, effects units appeared to be basically the same, more complicated, more powerful, but still focussed around the same set of processes that had been around for years - reverb, phase, flange, echo, filters, ring mod etc.

I know I may not have looked hard enough or in the right place, but I am surprised about this - I would be very happy to be corrected and guided to interesting effects or other sound processing

Please discuss:

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 09, 2013, 06:21:27 AM »
We were given tickets for a concert in the local city theatre - music of the movies and musicals - this would not be my usual cup of tea but a 56 piece orchestra and 40+ choir made it a delight. The solo singersd were very good too - but the amplifeid voice had a different quality to the choirs...

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: KVR Black friday/cyber monday sales list
« on: December 06, 2013, 01:47:07 AM »
what sort of deal did you get on it? the list price is nearly equal to everything I have....

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: KVR Black friday/cyber monday sales list
« on: December 05, 2013, 03:26:48 PM »
very nice looking piece of kit there 8)

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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: MP3 vs. FLAC
« on: December 03, 2013, 08:50:38 AM »
I am led to believe the restored version is an 'exact copy' and therefore should sound the same as the original wav......


Yes, because FLAC is lossless compression, you could do this conversion many times and not lose any quality. It's like Zip compression - you can zip and unzip a TIF file and it won't change the quality of the source.

In that case I am happy to use it.....

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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: MP3 vs. FLAC
« on: December 03, 2013, 01:34:04 AM »
I've never been much into MP3 - only using it for listening to works in progress or for listening to my own music on a portable device when away from home.

Having just started up on Bandcamp I tried converting wav - flac - wav, and found the end file size was the same as the original.

I am led to believe the restored version is an 'exact copy' and therefore should sound the same as the original wav......

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Oophoi's work is quite varied, even within his own genre 8).

Like any artist you have to explore and find the ones that grab you. Some can be very deeply minimal in nature - but I find it hard to seperate them out in order to think what someone might enjoy if there are some discs they have not.

Athlit is considered a classic and well worth digging into.

If you can clarify what aspects you liked in some and disliked inothers we might be able to make further recommendations.

Must admit I never found any of his music hard to get into.....

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