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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Soft Synths....What do you like?
« on: July 27, 2012, 01:32:37 AM »
I think this is a really valuable discussion, I don't wish to sidetrack Julio's original post, but it would be great if this was a separate topic.

Also, it would be great if other Netlabel owners and Artists contributed as well as Mike, to get a more balanced view on things. I've written a fair bit about these points in the past and I'd be interested to hear other people's views.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Soft Synths....What do you like?
« on: July 25, 2012, 02:24:11 AM »

I didn't mean to say that Omnisphere is an 'ambient synth', as I said, I've never tried it. However, they are a number of synths out there that are termed as such and an awful lot of libraries, loops etc. that are described as 'ambient'. My point was that I choose to make my own sounds and I find it to be one of the most stimulating elements of ambient. When I was studying, I was exposed to electroacoustic music techniques and a big part of that is the sound design element, it's an 'anti-preset' music if there ever was one. I took this from the genre as it was probably the only thing that resonated with me in the whole 'eam' thing.

On the tools point, I flippantly referred to the Strat as only having three sounds - but it has a massive potential to use all manner of playing techniques to create anew these basic 'presets'. Saying that though, I've heard some synth presets that do sound great, but you know that because they have such instant appeal, they may well be used considerably - unmodified.

No problem with the 'venting', it's good to see more discussion hereabouts !

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Kontakt !
« on: July 24, 2012, 07:09:32 AM »
Cheers David,
Am currently digging into it, that's now 2 weeks with still nothing to show for it !
But I am learning it and there's a lot there. I can see this getting a lot of use.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Soft Synths....What do you like?
« on: July 24, 2012, 07:06:42 AM »
I deleted a lot of the Wusikstation presets as they just seemed to be pre-made sounds in their own right, with no real means of manipulating them. I don't work that way, so they were of no interest to me.
I've never tried Omnisphere, but I find it bizarre when a synth is marketed as an 'ambient synth', as if we musicians don't have the imaginations to make ambient sounds from anything and everything (within reason) ! 

Time to revisit the ACE demo, methinks.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Soft Synths....What do you like?
« on: July 23, 2012, 01:20:51 PM »

I think Wusikstation is an interesting one, not terribly easy going (regarding the installation of /  figuring out what it can do) but it's quite unique.
The library that comes with it is absolutely huge - not in terms of size, but in the number of presets and I've had to do some heavy duty 'pruning'. For me, the most interesting sounds are the wave sequencing ones where you can start with your own sounds.

Slightly off-topic, but I've just bought a really interesting sample library, Orange Tree Sample's 'Lap Steel Guitar'
still getting my head around it, but possible (unusual !) ambient usage, methinks.

APK, same with a Strat, just 3 (or 5) 'presets', what were they thinking ? :)


Mike, You'd hardly expect a 'regular gal' be the bass player in Pixies, of course she's a 'wierdo' :)
Kim is a rockin' bass player and vocalist. 'Cannonball' is such a great track.

I would imagine people will have heard this :

'As cool as Kim Deal'

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Kontakt !
« on: July 16, 2012, 08:51:56 AM »
I finally bought the full version of Kontakt as NI were having a 50% off sale recently, I'd stumbled along with the Kontakt player for a while as I had bought some libraries that were compatible with it.

I was pleasantly surprised that there was quite a bit of good to very good stuff in the full (43GB) Kontakt library - there was very little available info on the library that I could find.

So now, I've got lots to get my head around in the spirit of lifelong learning. It's funny, I find some things just don't entice me to really get to grips with them (Reaper was a case in point), I tend to spend most time on the things I think I'm most likely to use in the future.

Am liking 'Prism' and 'Early Rain' very much, Forrest.

Quality work here, Julio.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 01, 2012, 02:32:43 PM »
Sheer Genius:

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 01, 2012, 02:20:57 PM »
Asteroid - coming in from the void.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Cans.....Whats on your head?
« on: June 21, 2012, 01:53:10 AM »
Panasonic RP-HTX7 'franken-phones'

Okay, so I got kind of sucked into the headphone modding thing. I bought these cheap phones (37) which sound great for the price. I then found out there were quite a few mods people were doing with them to make them sound better - mostly involving Blutack !. I will spare people the sordid details of what I did, but with many modifications and a pair of Shure SRH840 pads attached, they sound really improved. The bass response is mighty and they are probably the most comfortable phones I've owned. Isolation is much better now as well.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Two free tracks
« on: June 16, 2012, 12:41:14 PM »
'Starlit' video

I've made a video to accompany 'Starlit', it uses processed footage of wind motion in a wheatfield. I find these 'natural rhythms' to be fascinating. In this case, the patterns formed by the wind appear to be akin to wave motion.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Cans.....Whats on your head?
« on: June 10, 2012, 09:21:27 AM »
After doing a fair bit of research regarding getting a better pair of phones for mixing, I settled for the Shure SRH840


Initial impressions are promising, much more detailed than my Sennheiser HD280s, a lot more comfortable (the HD280's have very strong clamping), but with slightly less isolation. I was going to get a pair of AKG K550s, but I tried them on in a local hifi shop and I couldn't get a decent seal with them (on my rather large head !) , so I couldn't get a decent bass response.

From what I've read on various forums, you can go a bit mad with the eternal hunt for the 'best', so I went for something affordable that will hopefully do the job for a few years to come.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: 10 from John @ Echoes
« on: May 14, 2012, 03:17:29 AM »
Pretty relevant but fairly obvious points mostly.
By the same token, are musicians also allowed to be critical of a DJ's / critics musical taste as well ? :)

Perhaps slightly off-topic but interesting nonetheless, regarding future formats. He's a bit full-on, but he makes an interesting point:

Julio, Regarding the CD release, It's hard I know but at least you went for it. Releasing a pressed CD is a dream for most artists and one which they can't / won't take the risk on financially. Going for it shows a commitment to the work, which I think is laudable.

All true, I think sometimes it can be thought that an artist is being a bit 'unprofessional' for not releasing their work on a pressed CD, there are good reasons for this.

For an independent ambient label, (I would imagine) the whole scenario of having thousands of silver discs in the garage must be no fun.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Two free tracks
« on: May 09, 2012, 06:09:55 AM »
I've now uploaded these two tracks to my (much underused) Bandcamp page, if people want Flac and other audio formats:


Tectonic Mass

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Two free tracks
« on: April 29, 2012, 03:45:44 AM »
Two tracks that were only previously available on the DVD disc releases of my 'ION' and 'Orcus' albums released in 2010.
I felt that they've been 'exclusive' for long enough and I'm now making them free to download. They are both 320 kbps mp3s and tagged:



Tectonic Mass


Thanks Forrest, I was quite a fan of old Bob back in the day, the trem thing is perhaps more Sylvian influenced.

Anyway, here's a new one that is 'ambient' as opposed to 'ambient(ish)' :)
For the patient folk, there's a quite psychedelic 'melting' bit of video FX towards the end.

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