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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Good software EQs
« on: February 06, 2014, 03:36:00 AM »
I use Eq all the time, almost always for cutting resonant/peaky frequencies. I've got some Nebula Eqs which are supposed to be very good emulations of real hardware Eq units, but I rarely use them (just subtle usage in the mastering stage. There's a lot of talk about how 'good' or 'bad' software eqs are. I have to say, I'm just not totally convinced either way.

For me, a good 'working' eq is low cpu (as I use lots of instances in every track I'm working on) and has a spectral display. I'm mostly just using high pass and low pass roll offs for synth sounds with a 'full' spectrum. I use the 'peq2' eq that is part of FLStudio, it fulfills the above criteria. I'm sure it could be argued that it may not be the last word in quality, but it's very easy to use and for ''corrective' eq-ing, it does the job.

APK's suggestion looks a good one for a vst solution, mine perhaps less so, as 'peq2' is part of a DAW.


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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 04, 2014, 03:04:22 PM »
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Fields of the Nephilim: 5 CD box set.  One of the best goth bands ever.

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From memory 'The Neph' weren't considered that great by the goths at the time. I lived in Leeds during the goth scene and didst frequent the Faversham and the mighty Phonographique club. Goth nirvana for me was seeing the Sisters on their First and last tour at Leeds Uni (where Eldritch studied Russian). I kind of miss those days - sometimes :)

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Help me finishing my ambient setup :)
« on: February 04, 2014, 09:15:50 AM »
Would you care to share the 'better' advice here ?, it may be of some use to someone else.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 28, 2014, 07:14:43 AM »
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Been on a Rush revisit these last few days...

I haven't followed them throughout their career, but I was a big fan of their early work. Lifeson's solo work on 'Hemispheres' (in particular) was totally unique.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Mixing tips.
« on: January 25, 2014, 06:06:15 AM »
Pretty interesting (I can only comment on the 1st vid, as thats the only one I;ve watched). Goes to show there's no immutable 'right' or 'wrong' way to do these things - each to their own.
Regarding his presentation, he does have something of the 'lugubrious' about him.
 
Couple of things @ 3:23, he mentions boosting at 20K - is this for the bats out there ? :)
A 5:42 I see what looks like a pair of the evil 'beats' heedphones...

I don't diss pop music at all, it's much more complex to do (good pop, that is) than most of it might sound.

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Igneous Flame 2014 news
« on: January 15, 2014, 01:40:45 PM »
Hello,
I'm having email migration issues at the mo', as I've got a new (to me) PC for the internet and I've not figured things out yet.

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Igneous Flame 2014 news
« on: January 08, 2014, 04:44:02 AM »
Still working away on new material here at Flame acres.
New year – new albums to be released. Here’s an update:

My ‘IRIS’ album has been put on hold temporarily while I’m working on a newer project which will be my next release. This album (provisionally titled ‘Ikon’) is a more experimental project than is ‘usual’ for my material. Percussives and a harder electronic sound are the order of the day for this one, there will be quite a range of ‘sonic dynamics’ on this one.

I shall be returning to ‘IRIS’ once ‘Ikon’ has been released. It will be a primarily guitar orientated work and more ‘musical’ in a formal sense than my more abstract other work. Currently I’m hoping for a late summer / august release, but this will be more definite when I return to working on this project.

Blog post link:
https://igneousflame.wordpress.com/2014/01/08/2014-musical-projects-news

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Ambient Music + Copyright
« on: January 06, 2014, 09:07:42 AM »
Good post Mike, filling in a bit more context to where things ended up.

A shame in a sense, considering his obvious interest in matters ambient and gear in particular. I should say though, that if I came onto a forum like this at a relatively early stage in my musical development, I would be much more willing to listen to other more established people's advice - not always, but more so than repeatedly stating my own opinions / observations in an overly autocratic manner.

Of course a forum is full of opinions, but some discussion should arise out of differing opinions - hopefully !

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Good topic Mike.
I use this wee beastie - small but actually rather good :
http://www.necosoundlab.com/portable_V3/
(I actually use the older V2 model, with the upgrade to the AD8610 op amps)

That Aune looks boss too Mike, I've used an Aune minidac for years - good sound and rock solid reliability.

Beware audiophiles telling you what you should be hearing. It's such a partisan area and one not necessarily founded on purely technical levels either...

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Ambient Music + Copyright
« on: January 05, 2014, 08:57:45 AM »
Personally, I baulk at the idea of sampling someone else's work (irregardless of genre), I just don't see the point. However, 'sampling' your own sounds and using them in something like Kontakt (for example), is a creative endeavour I'm all for.

For me, using commercially available loop libraries etc. completely unaltered, is something I also don't see the appeal of (from a purely artistic point of view) either.

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Seren has given some very good advice here.
Time is an important factor too, sometimes I stumble across something in a few minutes that may have taken a long time previously to get to that point.
Gear is less of an issue, in my view, imagination is much more relevant. Experiment - it's great fun !

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Tomas,
Apologies, I didn't mean to side-track your thread with heavy legal stuff, I was just trying to contrast what some people do with commercially available content to create music.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Help me find good cider
« on: January 02, 2014, 09:16:21 AM »
I went down to Glastonbury years ago and bought a gallon of 'real' scrumpy from a farm. You wouldn't want to have too much of that stuff - gut rot indeed ! 

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Foobar2000 - lean and efficient for me, used to use winamp.

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I think blatant plagiarism (piracy of sorts) is one thing, but 'reworking' material is a much more grey area. What do you need to do to a sound / sample to make it 'yours' ? I'm sure some legal musicologists would know. Is reversing it enough, for example ?

Interesting point on the legality side, all manner of sample packs and ambient libraries are used 'as is' frequently. I used to work with a guy who used those Acid Loops CDs entirely to create (so called) 'Hypnosis music' CDs, which sold very well. Personally, I thought he wasn't doing much artistically to create them, but who's to say how people should use this material ?
 

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Binaural Recordings?
« on: January 01, 2014, 04:27:46 AM »
From memory, the field recordings were all binaurally recorded and some were transformed into drones, mixed in with 'regular' dronage. Most of the tracks were used as installation soundtracks in various art projects I was involved in quite some time ago.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Good VST synths that are also affordable.
« on: December 29, 2013, 12:23:28 PM »
I bought it as I saw a documentary about Eno and he was extolling the virtues of the synth.
Whatever you may think of his music, Eno knows a great deal about sound and production, so his recommendation made me try it out.

It's far from a toy or 'silly', it's a perfectly valid alternative to any other kind of standard interface.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Good VST synths that are also affordable.
« on: December 29, 2013, 10:34:27 AM »
Synplant - you never know what you might get !
Brilliant interface, limited sound scope, but I think that's actually in it's favour.

http://soniccharge.com/synplant

Our Brian digs it as well !

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Binaural Recordings?
« on: December 28, 2013, 02:22:06 PM »
To clarify - the Binaural recording technique:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binaural_recording

I studied ambisonics when I was a Uni, what constitutes dimensional space is very much open for discussion. Ditto for 'superior dimensional sound' :)

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Binaural Recordings?
« on: December 28, 2013, 01:36:39 PM »
Hi Loren,

I'd say there's a big difference between binaural recordings and 'binaural plugins', which mostly appear to be some kind of HRTF (head related transfer functions) placement arrangements. Nothing wrong with that, I think they can be very interesting, using 'space' as a compositional consideration in a mix.

You don't lose information with the recording binaural technique, it's just a different way of capturing spatial information. I've found using a binaural recording of something like rain or a storm for example, gives a great spatial element to a track. Binaural recordings I'd say are
perhaps more suited to field recordings. If you (or anyone else) is interested in hearing an album of material derived from binaural recordings. I've made my 'Binaural Soundtracks' album a free download: 

http://db.tt/Yih70M83
(Dropbox link 67.9 MB zip file)

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