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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: old equipment.
« on: January 05, 2021, 11:01:57 AM »
Is it just the CD burner playing up or the whole device?
If its just the burner have you tried to see if you can get a replacement or compatible model, its amazing what you can sometimes find on ebay!
Sorry, missed this over the new year.

I don't know is the honest answer. The VS has not been made for over 10 years I think, and I know that replacement process can be complicated.
   Luckily Roland headquarters UK is only about 10 miles down the road and they have given me the number of a guy only about 30 miles away who might be able to fix it.
   But until it's open I have no idea of cost and there is a 'open up charge' as well.....

Currently am managing well by recording into Sonar Artist from VS via Zoom digital converter.....the only thing I am missing is recording audio archives of 'component sounds' so once finished, it is finished - perhaps that is best, certainly saves me time and burning extra discs I rarely seem to use.

glad you like it 8)

...not bad for something that was going to be the background to other sounds...

I highly recommend listening to it on good head phones

...and like buses, 2 arrive at the same time.

Sparse V - is a longform version of the 20 minute version from the project Sparse.

I loved listening to the finished shorter track and wanted to make a longer version - hence this album came into being.

I find myself drifting with the music, hearing different things each time, falling into different parts of the mix and depth of sound each time. Even though I have listened to it numerous times I can't tell what is going to happen next and the epheremal movement of the sounds draws me in...

Hi all,

Hoping this year is better than the last...
   I've managed to get back into the studio and have released the following ongoing project:

Rather than an 'album', Sparse is intended to be an ongoing project to be added to over time and allowing me to create music that is not constrained by the need to be a coherent release...
   ...5 tracks to begin with and more to come in the future. I found these tracks do share a sonic connection - something that arose out of the creative process, but looking forward to delving into different sounds in the future

available for free / name your price at

Everything and Nothing / Re: Merry Christmas
« on: December 27, 2020, 04:30:29 PM »
Solstice blessings, Merry Christmas and happy new year to all and sundry

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: old equipment.
« on: December 02, 2020, 02:52:14 PM »
Hi Julio,
Thanks for taking the time to think about it and reply.
I take the 'strange way you record your music' as both a compliment on my methods and end result 8)

I checked out the link you posted - it does look like a good piece of gear, but I don't think it would work for me either. Mainly because I don't play live.
   I suspect I will keep doing what I am doing till something dies completely and then try to reinvent my wheel.

I am getting the sense that the VS2480 was a sort of peak in 'complex' equipment - there are so many aspects of it I don't use, including things like recorded motorised fader mixes (so it then repeats the fader moved on replay) and so on. I always said it was like packing a huge recording studio down into a single box.
   I get the sense from looking at more modern equivalents that they are much simplified and I don't really want to have to spend more money buying outboard items just to repeat what I already have in one place, nor end up working in the computer domain.
   Don't get me wrong - I really value the Sonar software I have, using it in a variety of ways the VS2480 could not do, but it is an effective means rather than my main process.

Now that I have got used to the process to set up to on computer from VS and then reset to listen and tweak it is not so bad as I had initially reacted to.

Similarly my trusty Casio thermal ribbon printer (CW75) recently threw a wobbler - I tried to reinstall but although both computer and printer showed they were connected it would not print.....I tried updating drivers via casio and ended up on a Japanese language webpage and no apparent way to translate.
   I tried some other pages but Mcafee was like - "whoa - don't go there".
   Eventually paid a very small cost to someone on ebay who sent me a disc with updated drivers - after scanning what I needed to open with Mcafee (which said it was fine) I installed and all is working again....

Perhaps learning the cello would have been easier in the long term?? music without any need for cables, electricity etc etc...

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / old equipment.
« on: November 17, 2020, 11:09:55 AM »
I've had my Roland VS2480CD for over 14 years (got it second hand).
   The CD burner has started playing up - will read and rip from but not burn to.

I have considered replacement, but the current range of non computer based DAWs (Tascam and others) seem very basic in comparison. They appear to be stripped down, lean machines with less flexibility, adaptability and range.
   I suspect the quality of the recording is as good, but I would struggle to do what I can do at present...especially as they generally seem to lack digital ins and outs - all my equipment is linked via S/PDIF digital connections (another older technology) - so much of what I do now would no longer be achievable.

I have bought a Zoom44 interface that enables me to record from the VS direct to Sonar on the computer - converting digital to USB.
   I still have to create a final mixdown on the VS - it's just the process of getting it from VS to computer that has changed, it is a longer and slightly more complicated process.
   In the past the computer was mainly used to store final tracks/albums with some use of sonar to play around with some sound effects and long fade in / outs (10 - 20 minutes) - so still getting my head round options and possibilities. Including whether this is the best I can do for what I want to do...

I am open to any thoughts, ideas, discussions, suggestions about how to think or what to do...

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 27, 2020, 12:33:50 PM »
Klaus Schulze - Dune, X.
Steve Roach - Passing
Hawkwind - Space Ritual, Quark, Strangeness and Charm

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: September 07, 2020, 12:16:04 PM »
A bit late to the circus....

American Gods by Neil Gaiman - bought after watching series 1 on bluray…

The series takes the basic story of the book and explores characters, events and themes in more detail and unexpected ways.

I prefer the book and am on second read.

It is indeed very nice 8)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Attunement to natural cycles
« on: August 18, 2020, 01:56:06 PM »
very interesting Jaja, I will enjoy reading this a few times.

I did make music that had rhythm but no beat - exploring how the different time signatures of things like heartbeat, breathing, neurons firing, moon cycles, sun cycles, planetary cycles etc interrelate but usually don't fit together neatly, unlike 4/4 beats (or indeed any other beats) used in making music.
   Had very interesting effects, definitely not easy listening. There was a sense of the mind emotions suddenly realising at some point that the body had been affected somehow, but no idea what or how.

Just downloaded and looking forward to playing with - plus FreqEcho downloaded as well….

Now Playing / Re: Hypnos Collection
« on: April 21, 2020, 01:48:54 PM »
nice to see others collections...hmmm...label or artist....hmmm artist or label.
I admit my Hypnos CDs are ordered some as artist, most as label - all the secret sounds are in label collection.
Not forgetting the binary sublabel releases...

Was recently listening Athlit and some of the Vidna Obmana releases, soundtrack for the aquarium being a favourite

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Roland Jupiter-X
« on: March 28, 2020, 06:57:11 AM »
my first synth, now that brought back some memories - Roland System 100, 102 expander and 104  sequencer... 8) 8) 8)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 26, 2020, 11:40:36 AM »
Sheku - Sheku Plays Elgar.
Beautifully recorded album (but then I just love cello)

always sad to hear such news. thoughts to family and friends. RIP

Hmm, that's a hell of a list to start getting into - thanks.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Merry Christmas
« on: January 03, 2020, 02:41:04 PM »
behind on my own well wishing - Happy New year to everyone.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 03, 2020, 02:38:16 PM »
Steve Roach - Trancearcheology. Really 'digging' this album, much more than expected and surprisingly more than the recent drifting ambient releases.

Fabio Keiner - Morrigan's Lament -
   Very interesting minimal release. I find it really nice to have in the background while I'm doing something.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Dreamtime Sounds - 'Deku'
« on: November 21, 2019, 11:45:20 AM »
I like this, very gentle and as you say meditative - but with shifting textures.

Have you thought of putting up on Bandcamp?

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