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It just sounds like a pretty straightforward gain-staging issue, yes the distortion is pretty prominent !

As Scott says, a compressor is generally a good option.

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Greetings

I received an email regarding the above. It's not spam as I've replied to the feller who sent it from Sirius XM.
I have to confess I know next to nothing about SoundExchange royalties and the like (which this agreement seems to be about)
I asked the feller if it would cause problems with my stuff already being up on iTunes etc. via CD Baby and IODA, he said it wouldn't, but I didn't really understand what I would be agreeing to ? I imagine any royalties would be a pittance, but I don't want to sign anything that could cause problems down the line.

Anyone know more about Sirius XM and such things ?

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Obsidian
« on: January 13, 2016, 03:31:05 AM »
Have to say, I'm pretty surprised to see this pricing decision elicit so much drama here. I'm speaking only of the initial responses. Perhaps I'm wrong, but I just assumed this was an artist not as well known for darker ambient music having a little fun with some of the more cliched tropes of the genre. Even if I did have reason to suspect the price reflected a sincere religious conviction, the label "Satanist" is pretty damned uninformative. A self-identified Satanist is at least as likely to be a nature-loving peacenik or a theatrically inclined but otherwise harmless atheist as the depraved caricature the term traditionally connotes.

I agree, the term 'Satanist' is usually bandied around in an uninformed manner. Most so-called 'Satanists' are just playing at it. Pan / negative energy archetypes worship has been around for a long time before it was referred to as anything to do with the christian 'Devil'. I think there are individuals around whose actions are most suitable to be described as 'satanic' - psychopathic individuals in power, who create war and famine for their own goals.

Back on topic, I think Stuart's response may well have been a reaction to a critical initial response.

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Obsidian
« on: January 12, 2016, 03:20:10 AM »
Bit of an odd response to this one. Stuart posts an album and is accused of being a devil-worshipper as he priced it at $6.66.

Can't satanists release ambient music now ? (I'm not implying at all that Diatonis is such a thing, by the way) :) 
If so, the whole dark ambient market will collapse overnight :)

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: David Bowie 1947 - 2016
« on: January 11, 2016, 06:46:07 AM »
We can beat them, just for one day
We can be heroes, just for one day'


RIP David Bowie, one of the brightest stars.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 07, 2016, 12:54:53 PM »

I still remember seeing Sabbath doing Paranoid in London shortly after it was released ... now I feel old   :-\


That is indeed, extremely cool !

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Now Playing / Re: Two ambient guitar recording of me
« on: January 06, 2016, 08:56:06 AM »
I liked 'ambient_guitar' - the playing and the FX. It was nicely ethereal / melancholic. I have to say though I wouldn't have said the FX were remarkable, I'm sure Valhalla's Ubermod could create some similiar textures.

I was less keen on the pitch shifted sound of 'the_last_human_on_earth', as it's a sound that we hear a fair bit in the world of ambient.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: 2016
« on: January 01, 2016, 02:26:56 PM »
Indeed !

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Who is Sanjay Nadeem?
« on: December 14, 2015, 10:46:04 AM »
Here we go, again...

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Who is Sanjay Nadeem?
« on: December 13, 2015, 12:07:13 PM »
What is the point of this post ? I don't see what purpose it is serving at all.

If it is character assassination (and I don't know any of the purported 'facts' one way or another), it's pretty serious.
If there is something in what 'Ekstasis' is claiming, why post it on a public forum, anyway ?


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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 09, 2015, 02:11:46 PM »

Igneous Flame - Opaline . Wonderful , that track Lilac Haze gets me every time. Stunning.


Cheers, man !

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Best DAW for Ambient Music 2015
« on: December 06, 2015, 07:49:22 AM »
I appreciate the original poster's post from the point of view of asking where to start.
I think most people here have found a DAW that suits them, by way of personal preference / trying lots out.
I try to stick with one DAW and really try to get to grips with it. Some DAWs I've tried, just don't appeal to me, so (rather than spending lots of time trying to adapt to them), I move on.


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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Best DAW for Ambient Music 2015
« on: November 28, 2015, 10:31:24 AM »
Yes, a good move methinks too, start simple and take it from there.
Are you going to be recording a real piano out of interest ?

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Best DAW for Ambient Music 2015
« on: November 27, 2015, 03:11:58 AM »
Any thoughts on all these suggestions, 'Johnnyrocket' ?

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It appears that Steve's music and his sense of spirituality (for want of a better word) are very much linked, I'm cool with that. It's the 'artist as guru' bit thats a bit more problematic for me.

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Just looking at Steve's site reveals a rather 'bigged-up' statement from the word go. I wonder how much of this is merely marketing speak or does Steve really believe these things to be the case ?
Either way, it's his choice obviously and I'm sure he's very savvy in terms of self promotion.

I used to work in galleries, endeavouring to explain to the visitors as to what the artist was trying to express in their work. Very often the accompanying texts that came with a show were extremely densely worded and impenetrable.
Over time, I realised the artists whose work was strong in it's own right relied less on verbose chicanery and let the work speak for itself. I tried to take something from that.

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Good post Julio,

Speaking from the artist's perspective, I can see how it may be tempting to do this on Bandcamp, as everything is up there ready to go if you decide to do it. It won't cost anything extra and listeners may well decide to own an artist's full back catalogue if they want (or not !).  It would seem to me that the the discounted price is the significant factor.

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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Soundcloud and its alternatives
« on: November 11, 2015, 03:04:19 AM »
Just seen a great fake (presumably) user's strap line:

I am an actor and a writer and I co-created my breakfast and my son, Malachai.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 04, 2015, 02:06:03 PM »
From memory, the production on 'Fire Dances' is bloody awful - but the material is excellent.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Vinyl is really back
« on: November 04, 2015, 03:58:09 AM »
The last Audio Cassette Factory  8)

Personally I won't be missing these things at all, I wish people were as keen on mini-discs instead !

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