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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Reverb Plugin Sound Demos
« on: February 20, 2014, 07:37:29 AM »
Glad they were of some use, feel free to add them to your soundcloud page.

I'II keep quiet about the 'mysteryverbs' for the time being, suffice to say, one of them isn't an actual dedicated 'reverb' plug-in as such...

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Reverb Plugin Sound Demos
« on: February 20, 2014, 04:41:06 AM »
Hi Julio,

Here's a dropbox link to 3 wav files: (43.07MB)

'verbshootout raw'- a 'raw' snip of clean guitar (47 seconds),
'verbshootout mysteryverb 1' - a 'mystery verb' of the above, for your interest
'verbshootout mysteryverb 1_2' - another 'mystery verb'

Hope they are of some use to you.

Can your synth demos be downloaded from Soundcloud ? - I can't figure out the new soundcloud like I could with the old one, regarding some things :)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Reverb Plugin Sound Demos
« on: February 19, 2014, 10:33:48 AM »
Would it be possible to download these demos (as a zip file) ?. I find it difficult to really hear the differences without being able to load them all into a DAW and solo / mute them individually.

I have a favourite reverb (currently) for a long-ish verb sound, but I've been through endless comparisons myself ! 

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Reverb Plugin Sound Demos
« on: February 18, 2014, 02:22:54 AM »
Great post Julio,

Will give it some serious 'ears' ASAP, I've done similiar tests myself, to find the 'best' reverb.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Good software EQs
« on: February 07, 2014, 10:07:24 AM »
I think I work in a different way to most people (in the ambient world) when it comes to mastering and eq, my 'mastering eq' is Har-bal:

I know this piece of software is not universally acclaimed, but I've used it for years and I still find it to be
invaluable. It shows a graph of  the frequency response of the whole track over it's duration and from that graph you can then 'correct' any booms/howls/peaks regarding a mix. I try to attenuate these things in the DAW (using parametric tracking eqs such as the peq2 I mentioned in my earlier post), my aim is to try to achieve a balanced spectrum. This is obviously track dependent, but even with a more problematic spectrum, I still strive for this.

I also (on occasion) use nebula eqs as the 'Dr. Fear', a Pultec emulation and a number of other eqs, more so for my 'Formbank' stuff.

From the Ultima Thule facebook page - am very pleased to be in such esteemed company : :)

'I am delighted to announce that the day of reckoning for Ultima Thule's 25th anniversary new music project is upon us !
Back in October 2013 I invited many of the artists whose music we've supported over the last quarter century to consider creating a new, unreleased piece of music for us, inspired by the theme "going beyond the borders".
The response has been overwhelming, with nearly 40 artists submitting a total of 34 original musical creations, ranging across a gamut of ambient styles.
Ultima Thule is delighted and honoured to premiere the first 13 of these on our 1008th broadcast, this Sunday 9th February.

The featured artists are: Richard Bone, Al Gromer Khan, Peter Miller, Mediadogs, Markus Reuter, Igneous Flame, Robert Rich, Paul Avgerinos, Numina, Steve Roach, Chad Kettering, Terra Ambient and Darshan Ambient.'

Listeners can stream the show live from 22:30 Australian Eastern Summer Time here:
They will also be able to hear this episode in high-quality streaming audio on demand approximately one week later here:

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.

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


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 :)

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.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 28, 2014, 07:14:43 AM »
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.

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.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Igneous Flame 2014 news
« on: January 15, 2014, 01:40:45 PM »
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.

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:

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 !

Good topic Mike.
I use this wee beastie - small but actually rather good :
(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...

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.

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 !

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.

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 ! 

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

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