Wayne, I'm very sorry to hear about your loss. These canine critters really are special beasts.
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Technical question: Is 320 kBs the way to go on MP3s?
In my own opinion, as an addition to many of the superb observations that have already been stated, I believe that an enjoyment and appreciation for ambient music is partly reserved for those people who have a heightened sensitivity to this world, to its turbulance and its serenity. There is much evidence that countless people today live in a rather hurried and restless state, and turn to the television for their education and entertainment. How many do you suspect sit at the top of a forested hill, and quietly observe the sun sinking lower and lower on the horizon, observing the changes of the wind, the reflections of the light upon the clouds, or the sounds of birds? Those that can do the latter (circumstances permitting) and not be bored or impatient, but in awe, are better suited to recognizing the power of ambient music. I don't want to suggest that ambient music can not be appreciated by a business-minded city dweller, always on the move. But I think that the committed listener to this genre is a special class of people, who can look inward and outward, can be silent in this noisy world, and are aware of things that others take no notice of.
I'd say that after being confident in the work and having spent a great deal of time and money to record and master, $1200 CDN to get 500 completed CDs, all in, is nothing
Also, what's the deal with CD-r's? I see them mentioned as a bad thing on this forum all the time; are they just CDs bought from Office Depot with a sticker on them to make them look better, or is it something different? [/quote}
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A humorous thought... My wife tells me that no one will ever notice my music until years after I'm dead. So, now the problem for me is how do I make it so that it will be available in the 23rd century?
The first thing you want to though when you receive an ambient mix is to change the reverb, that is the main difference between ambient artists I think, the professional use good reverbs, the younger generation use cheaper software reverbs.