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I use a number of headphones, but I use in ear phones for mastering. I've got a pair of Shure E500s (old version of the SE535s) for critical listening.

Yes, it can be difficult to judge bass levels (and vocal levels too, for that matter), so I also use 'har-bal' and other spectrum displays ('Span' for one)

Interesting! So, it means you do all your work just with headphones?

Yes, I haven't used speakers to monitor or mix since 2003. I've listened to music primarily on phones all my life and I've now adapted to using them all time. I know conventional wisdom says that 'you can't mix on phones', but (for me) I much prefer the whole headphone 'experience'.

Can't partake as I'm a 'headphone-ist', I shall have to take this to the European court of human rights :)

stamps feet and walks away...

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Any Genesis fans?
« on: August 17, 2014, 01:29:03 PM »
'Spectral Mornings' is indeed excellent, am currently re-visiting it and it still sounds good, even now.

'Ekstasis' said:
if it is any genre that gear MATTER it is ambient, since all it is about is ear candy,

Somewhat off-topic from the 'debate', but I felt I had to comment on this one.
Where do you think composition comes into play ?, same for structure and dynamics in a track ? If it was all about beautiful sounding patches and exquisite reverberations, why bother trying to do anything more than play some pretty chords ? 
Any old-timers here remember 'The Universe' patch on the Korg M1 ? All you had to do was noodle around in a pentatonic minor scale and everything sounded great - but it also sounded the same as anyone else doing the same thing...

Speaking of old-timers (like myself, increasingly), it's worth bearing in mind that they may have considerable years of being musicians under their belts and they may not all be deaf either :)

There's a lot more to it than mere 'ear candy' in my view. In order to create full finished tracks is a step beyond that requires considerably more in terms of application and attention to detail.

I was under the impression, that it was high frequency loss that came with age / over-exposure to loud sound over time.
I think it's more likely that you just don't like the spectral balance of the material.

Show the man some respect ! I'm no Steve Roach fan-boy, but it's obvious he deeply knows what he's doing on a technical level.
A lot of artists use low frequencies to add 'weight' to their material, it's not a 'gimmick' for flips sake.

Everything and Nothing / Re: The funniest Man that ever lived is Gone!
« on: August 13, 2014, 12:56:14 AM »
So tragic that a man who gave so much to so many through his work, was still plagued by his inner demons into later life and succumbed to them.

There's a statistic in the UK that one in four people will have mental issues at some point throughout their life, but it's not something that is openly spoke about - particularly in our celebrity driven media.

I don't know anything about this feller, but good on him for giving a stuff about what he's trying to do.  I'd have thought that was seen (generally) as being a laudable thing ?

Everything and Nothing / Re: Any other photography people out there ?
« on: August 10, 2014, 07:13:38 AM »
Great work Julio,

I wish I knew more about the technical aspects of black and white photography to be able to make some informed comments, but they certainly appeal to me on an aesthetic level.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Any Genesis fans?
« on: August 07, 2014, 02:36:14 AM »
I was never a huge fan, but I liked them quite a lot, they had a very english / pastoral sound to me. Post-gabriel, I think 'And then there were three' was a great album. Peter Gabriel's early solo work was much more to my taste - his third and fourth albums being particularly powerful and edgy.
I liked Steve Hackett's work and was fortunate to see him solo (can't remember the album he was promoting)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ableton Live ?
« on: August 06, 2014, 03:16:29 AM »

I know what you mean, I've spent a lot of time on programs / plugins etc. and am still not sure what I may (or may not) do with them. Saying that though, I feel this exploration time is never wasted, even if there is very little to show for it, in terms of 'output'. It feeds into other things, over time.

Currently, I can see me using Live primarily as a sample-mangler, of sorts. The arrangement side of things I'm still unsure about.

Here's my Novation controllers / Live setup, I'm still messing about with possibilities, but these units make a lot more sense of the whole 'Live thing'. For one thing, To be able to do all that real time tweaking, is very interesting, as well as the clip launching thing. The Launchpad mini (in particular) is really good, I wish I'd looked at one years ago.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Any other photography people out there ?
« on: August 02, 2014, 08:46:22 AM »
I thought those Iceland images would be appreciated here.

Yes, Julio North Yorks, am familiar with both those places.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Any other photography people out there ?
« on: August 01, 2014, 06:39:15 AM »
Small world Julio, indeed !

Here's a link to a great selection of infra-red shots taken in Iceland:

Everything and Nothing / Re: Any other photography people out there ?
« on: July 31, 2014, 01:16:31 PM »
Hey Julio, you've been involved in some real photography !

I take it 'art collage' was an unintended descriptor ? :) Please link to your gallery site when it's ready.
Up on the moors eh, whereabouts ? I know the NYM reasonably well. Small world, indeed.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Any other photography people out there ?
« on: July 31, 2014, 06:17:27 AM »
Sorry to hear about 'Brodie', my old girl is approaching 15 and I dread the time when she passes on.
I used a darkroom when I was in the photography club at school - very toxic, all those chemicals way back in the olden days ! Good cameras are cheap these days, but the range is enormous.


Yes, time-lapse photography is fascinating, I think that the 'time compression' element of it and the viewing of unseen worlds with macro photography are very interesting. Nature is my favoured theme, but heavy industry is something else I find fascinating (in a strange way)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Any other photography people out there ?
« on: July 30, 2014, 09:15:56 AM »
Many thanks, Boris !

Particularly like the 'people' section on your site.
Yes, I agree, I think ambient music and photography can have a lot in common.

Everything and Nothing / Re: TunesCore Payments for Spotify Streams
« on: July 29, 2014, 09:33:24 AM »
John said 'Spotify barely pays' and while that's true, they do pay and that amount is on the increase. Through CDBaby it takes months for royalties to come through, a lot of these distribution outfits really do pay nothing ! iTunes does the most.
Bandcamp is a different thing really. 

Everything and Nothing / Any other photography people out there ?
« on: July 29, 2014, 05:21:16 AM »
I'm something of a hobbyist photographer, in that I just do it for the fun I get from it. Saying that, I spend a lot of time doing it. I'm currently using a Sony RX100 and a Sony R1 - both good cameras. These cameras aren't the latest and greatest, but they suit my purposes. I see a gear lust analogy in the photography world, where (for example) some folks over at DP review are constantly buying and selling the newest and the best gear and are never being satisfied with the results they get (technically).

What I do is essentially a documentation of things I see out on my walks, my observations of the world I see (mostly the rural environment in the North-east of the UK). I'm keen on macro photography, as it shows a hitherto unseen world of detail for me. Lastly, my dog 'Maxa' is a much photographed subject.

I probably post about 5% of the shots I take, I try to be selective. I'm learning new techniques all the time and I've recently got into filters - infra-red, graduated color density etc on the RX100. I intend to do more Video work further down the line, as the RX100 takes pretty good video footage.

Anyway, there's a fair bit of my work over at my blog (under the photography category)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ableton Live ?
« on: July 27, 2014, 01:39:13 PM »
Great video, I love the bit at 3:00 (ish) - "one of the most beautiful chords in the universe" ! Good points about moving away from the (piano) keyboard, a friend who has 'Push' says the same.

I've been playing around with Live Intro and a Novation Launchkey 25 and I'm starting to see lots of possibilities. It's a completely different way of doing things that i'm used to and that's the appeal of it (in someways). I think I may have to get a Launchpad (mini) to start to delve into 'clipology' some more. The Novation 'in control' is very interesting too.

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