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[...] What make a synth great is how they response to effects. [...]

What makes a synth great is the player sitting in front of it.


Absolutely, it's the same with guitars, all manner of opinionating doesn't detract from that.

Gear is gear, it's stuff we make music on.

If it's alright with you, that's what we will discuss here. It wouldn't be the first time a thread veered off from it's original intention - would it ?

Pete :  Reaktor 6 is all about Blocks. That is the big factory library addition.

And blocks is all about creating eurorack-like modular environments ... and all the crazy stuff that opens up. It is oriented to the experimental. But can be tamed.

Try the Quadropolis ensemble and its various snapshots. Lot of excellent sounds. You do need the clock running for that.

From the user library try downloading Antique ... its worth the $99 itself. It's a more normal sounding synth based on Monarch-style modules. I think it has a wonderful and very usable sound for electro-ambient. Has lots of excellent snapshots.


Thanks for your reply. Perhaps that's where my issue lies - I have absolutely no background in modular things :)
Yes, 'Antique' is pretty super, I shall have to delve further...

Reaktor 6 -  Am mulling over it with reference to upgrading from Reaktor 5.
Quite a lot of the demos and the like have been too 'uber' for my tastes. However, it looks really deep and I've now got a machine that can run it properly now !

I've been curious about Reaktor 6, too.  If you pick it up, let me know what you think!  I have Reaktor 5.5.


Well, I upgraded to V6. Perhaps it's just early days with my understanding of the new version, but I'm a tad underwhelmed. The Blocks thing is interesting indeed, but the factory library is the same. I guess there's just a lot to take in.
APK, I'd be appreciative if you could list some of your fave ensembles / Blocks etc.

Reaktor 6 -  Am mulling over it with reference to upgrading from Reaktor 5.
Quite a lot of the demos and the like have been too 'uber' for my tastes. However, it looks really deep and I've now got a machine that can run it properly now !

Perhaps I'm going slightly off-topic here, but I can see positives as well as negatives regarding streaming - from an artist's point of view.

I take Jana's view that it is here to stay, whether we like it or not. On the positive side, I'm all for as many people as possible being able to listen to my material and it does all that once you've signed up to them (via CD Baby etc.). On the negative side though, Spotify (in particular) takes a very large slice of the pie. Saying that, they are increasing their royalty payments significantly and recently, I've been getting more royalties from them than from Apple Music.

It appears bigger bands are suffering, in that people are streaming rather than buying CDs / downloads, but (perhaps) for more independent artists who never sold huge amounts of their material may do better out of it all and get more people to listen to their work (?)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: The Art of Listening.....a movie
« on: February 18, 2017, 06:08:36 AM »
Looks intriguing, I'm particularly interested in the 'mobile listening' thing - people listening to music on their devices through earphones, whilst out and about.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: February 14, 2017, 04:20:50 AM »

Star's End also just posted a short Q&A with me for this month's Sound Out column:

Thanks for listening,

Interesting interview, certainly makes a change from the more usual 'and now we can talk about your vast array of vintage synths' approach :)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Reaktor Filter
« on: February 10, 2017, 06:56:57 AM »
Will check this out myself. I'm a big fan of Reaktor too.
I've just bought a new (to me) music computer and one of the first things I installed was Reaktor

Thanks for downloading it.  Please let me know what you think whenever it's convenient.

How have you been using Reaktor in your productions?

I found it to be very interesting, as a 'multi effects' ensemble. I presume you made this for your own specific requirements ?, you sound like you know your stuff.

Off hand, I can't remember exactly how / what I used in Reaktor -  as my recent albums didn't use it all, but I do remember using the Reaktor FX side of things a lot and all manner of granulizers. I found some great stuff in the user library (and a lot of unusable stuff too !) and some great free stuff here:

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Reaktor Filter
« on: February 08, 2017, 04:14:20 AM »
Will check this out myself. I'm a big fan of Reaktor too.
I've just bought a new (to me) music computer and one of the first things I installed was Reaktor

'Ocean Sighs' reviewed by John Shanahan at Hypnagogue:

Very well considered review methinks.


'Ocean Sighs is almost a bit of a throwback album, a reminder of the early days of New Age, where blending quiet synth with the sound of waves would not have been unusual. But I do find it a touch unusual for Igneous Flame, whose work tends to find a comfortable spot between darkness and warmth, with little room for these kinds of standard tropes. Dont get me wrongIm not complaining. On this album Pete Kelly runs the wave sounds through some treatments, adds binaural and vocal harmonic elements, and gives as much weight to the waves as he does to his drones. The result is a set of very deep pieces, absolutely relaxing (especially in headphones) and ready for long looping...'

Now Playing / Re: Downpipe
« on: January 13, 2017, 03:20:59 AM »
Julio, that Plaid track is indeed most excellent.

Here's  two belters from the Gasman - both somewhat 'oblique' :)

I couldn't bear the repetition of anything musical - it would have to be silence, or the sea.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 10, 2017, 08:09:44 AM »
It's just common sense really, this is an ambient music forum after all.
I'd have thought the lack of interest shown would have made a point in itself.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 06, 2017, 01:13:42 PM »
Nina Hagen doing 'White punks on Dope'

The (still mighty) Killing Joke

Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Re: Ambient 028
« on: January 04, 2017, 07:05:13 AM »
What happened to your album project thread - which is now gone ?

Here's my advice (for what its worth), instead of posting lots of work-in-progress stuff, why not just concentrate on finishing an album and releasing it ?

Put it up on Bandcamp - or even better still, iTunes and the like, then see how people respond to it. So, instead of being a critic of other people's projects, you can then be the creator and see what comes with that. You might find it to be an interesting exercise.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Season's Greetings
« on: December 25, 2016, 02:21:32 PM »
Well aye man !
Have a cool yule, one and all !

Now Playing / Re: Downpipe
« on: December 21, 2016, 12:35:25 PM »
Thats excellent Pete.....its got that Giorgio Moroder - American Gigolo & Jan Hammer - Miami Vice vibe to it.  8)

Yeah, Mister Terje is most excellent, he really knows what he's doing. I quite like the Deadmau feller in parts too. 'I surrender' is a top tune (as the young folk say)

Now Playing / Re: Downpipe
« on: December 20, 2016, 09:58:30 AM »
The Terje-meister:

Tardigrade, thanks for your comments.

I'd originally put far more bass parts on the tracks, but later felt that they were too much of a feature. I plan to use the bass (fretless and fretted) much more so on future releases.
Yes, environmental field recordings can be a cliche. I was aware of this and decided (like my previous 'Ocean Sighs' album) to have them throughout the album - as opposed to as an occasional bit of ambiance. Also, my take on this was to use binaural recordings, so they would have more spatial interest than standard stereo recordings. I employed them to add a bit of 'context' to the tracks - the vocal parts being the primary element really. Lastly, they are significant to me as I recorded them all locally and remember where and when I recorded them, I dare say that doesn't really matter for the listener (?)

lfə, thank you also for your comments.

If you're referring to the very end section of 'Violet Sky', it's the Realivox 'Blue' Kontakt library being 'fed' Bach style chords from Xfer's excellent 'Cthulhu' (I also used this combination a
fair bit on my previous album too)

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