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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Audio Interfaces / Soundcards
« on: April 24, 2008, 05:02:16 AM »
Hey Mike, since you're "rocking" Vista, maybe you'll enjoy this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPv8PPl7ANU




OMFG....are they RETARDED!? GOD that was AWFUL! Man, that was pretty lame if you ask me! Especially trying to spoof sprinsteen......

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Darkened Soul
« on: April 18, 2008, 08:12:01 PM »
Title of the release will be Bathys. At this point I'm not going to make any announcement as you'll be hearing it soon enough here somewhere ;-)  Working out details on it. But it's coming soon! Yay!

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Audio Interfaces / Soundcards
« on: April 17, 2008, 05:10:59 AM »
DS, I use ableton as my main brain these days. I wrote VAST on Sonar and it was really hard for me. A few friends kept nagging me to try live and as soon as I did I realized it's perfect for the way I write my music.  I like the simple nature of the program and I also really like the closed instuments and effects.  I wrote Villa Galaxia entirely in Live.

 :P

Hi Saul, DS (Mike) here. Nice to know! I'm still learning this beast even though I've been using it for some time now (well...having gotten into it back in 3.02 days and slowly messing with it, really slowly....). There's a lot to it than meets the eye IMHO. I am still waiting on m-audio but they have yet to respond to my request to beta test the drives (3 wks since I think I put in the request). Maybe because I flamed them for taking so long on getting Vista 64 drivers as a way of getting back? If that's the case I'll move on to other hardware!  Not that I am running Vista all the time, I haven't fired it up in weeks. I suppose I should but I'm avoiding SP1 for the time being due to issues still with it apparently.

Do you have samples of VAST online at your site? I'll have to go take a look.

Mike

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: WURM SERIES: OOPHOI
« on: March 31, 2008, 09:35:39 AM »
Well I am currently listening to Rapoon - Time Frost. I am really enjoying the final track - Ice Whispers - which clocks in at over 34 mins in length! It's shimmering movement and darker tone is awesome! The others were on the lighter side for me but were ok. But the last one is definitely my favorite as it shifts/shimmers along the way. Nicely done!

Next up is Oophoi's An Aerial View.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Audio Interfaces / Soundcards
« on: March 30, 2008, 03:52:51 PM »
I put in to get onto the beta testing for Vista 64 driver testing but haven't heard from M-Audio yet on it. I'll check to see if they have anything available as beta tonight. I just noticed it last week when I went to check on any updates there. It's for my Delta66 card which Vista doesn't know about. I'm also probably going to stay away from SP1 until they fix some issues with it/re-release it.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Audio Interfaces / Soundcards
« on: March 30, 2008, 03:51:04 PM »
Saul, that almost looks like Ableton Live but I don't know what platform you work on (windows/apple).

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: 24/16bit Downloadable Loop Packs
« on: March 30, 2008, 03:49:52 PM »
Here's a link associated with the topic. LOTS of stuff here and you can upload your own once you sign up there.

http://freesound.iua.upf.edu/

I had another one but can't find it in my current bookmarks. I'll post it later when I sift through mail for the site.

Mike

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Darkened Soul
« on: March 30, 2008, 03:46:03 PM »
Well I have 6 tracks completed with a run time of about 49 mins. I am on the fence if I want to bump it into the ~55-60 minute range. Now I have to start thinking/working on some mock-up artwork for this one. All titles in greek via english-greek translation dictionary online. Some titles may not be pronounced right (hey, I'm not greek so....  ;D ). Still debating on the title, one of the songs or something that may cover what they are about....probably a song title that would encompass most of the tracks. I'll figure it out. I don't have any samples of them online at this time, not sure if I will just yet, if so they'll be at artistserver, myspace possibly and I need to put some newer stuff up at my old soundclick account.


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Everything and Nothing / Re: TV: Lost
« on: March 25, 2008, 04:59:21 AM »
Finally got caught up as of last night with all the episodes I DVR'd. And after talking to my buddy I understand now what the Oceanic 6 refers to. I had no clue! And the episode where Sun has the baby and Jin is running around getting the Panda....then he's at the Ambassadors room to drop it off had me going..."What?". After talking to my buddy last night now I get it. Future/Past split between the two of them. Strange/twisted if you ask me. But it certainly has been a good season! Now to sit down and start watching the Sarah Connor Chronicles which I haven't even watched (all DVR'd)....so I have time to get caught up on it as well. But now we wait only till 4/24 for more Lost episodes!


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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: WURM SERIES: OOPHOI
« on: March 25, 2008, 04:51:19 AM »
Darkened Soul--
You could have ordered Rapoon's GM disc from www.rapoon.net for (I think I paid) $18, or could have been $16, shipping included.  Direct ordernig from Mr. Storey has been very cost effective for me. :-)

Yeah, I'll probably hold off getting things from across the pond if I can get them in the US from other places, like the artists themselves. I'll try to remember next time!

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Everything and Nothing / Re: download to cdr>
« on: March 19, 2008, 02:15:21 PM »
I made mine in I think 320kbps for high quality mp3's in the zip file off my website (have to register to be able to get to it). It's also at www.earthmantra.com website which includes artwork and also at last.fm as well (probably no artwork there for it). I find that when I make a track in Ableton I have to load it into Sound Forge and resave it as a Wave file after usually taking out extra silence or tweaking fade in/out on it. Then I render it to an mp3 as well at anywhere from 128-256kpbs depending on where I am going to upload it. I use Nero pretty much exclusively for burning. I also don't burn at max speed, I drop it down to usually 8-16x and use Wave files when I do CD-R's that come through via any sales off website. I have to get the shopping cart fixed as something isn't quite right after creating an account and logging into it.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 19, 2008, 02:11:31 PM »
The Shining - Halmstad
Moonsorrow - forget title of album, good one though if you like pagan metal sung in native tongue mostly
Evoken - A Caress of the Void (man, I've been listening to this one QUITE a bit in the past week in the car....love em!)

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Darkened Soul
« on: March 19, 2008, 02:04:54 PM »
Another track done on sunday so a couple/few more and I may send Mike Griffin a demo of it to see what he thinks for Secret Sounds release. I should really start thinking about artwork on this one too as well as a title for it....


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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: WURM SERIES: OOPHOI
« on: March 19, 2008, 02:02:22 PM »
I just ordered the Oophoi and Rapoon CD's this morning from GM. I hate the Euro conversion.... ;-( >$50 for two discs! I think I'll wait next time for getting them thru someplace in the US....but still looking forward to them. I believe I have both of the others (I know I have Cryosphere and think I got Netherworld...not I gotta go dig em up).

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Everything and Nothing / Re: New PC build
« on: March 14, 2008, 05:04:49 AM »
Well it's up and running. I had to take the locking tab bracket out to get the video card to seat properly and be able to be locked down. Currently overclocked to 3.330Ghz and will be replacing the stock cooler with the Zalman now that I figure out it latches to the base vs screws in like the 9700 NT did. So clean CPU top, re-apply the grease, seat cooler and latch it down and put it all back together again and see how the temps are at that point. Overclocking temps are pretty good (less than 60c under load compared to high 60's on the E6850 system).

So far I am quite happy with it.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: New PC build
« on: March 07, 2008, 06:56:22 AM »
All parts are in as of yesterday! So now I may start on putting it together tonight and see if everything fires up ok. Depends on mobo layout w/regards to wiring from case. It'll be up tomorrow at the latest barring any failed components. Fingers crossed! For memory I went with Crucial Ballistix Tracer this time. I have Corsair Dominator in the other new system (4Gb).

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Everything and Nothing / New PC build
« on: March 04, 2008, 06:48:16 PM »
I thought I had a thread here....oh well, if so, move to it please!

I am building a replacement for my main PC which is on 24x7. The specs are below. Cost ~$1450

Thermaltake Armor full tower
Thermaltake Toughpower 600W PSU (cable management which I like)
ABit IP35 Pro mobo
E8400 3.0Ghz Penryn CPU
Zalman 9500 HFS/cooler
2x640Gb SATA II HD's
XFX 8800GT 512Mb Extreme video card
Samsung SATA Optical DVD burner
2Gb DDR2-800 memory

I don't know if I'll be overclocking this one yet seeing it'll be on 24x7. I may do it a smidge (10% maybe ;-)

My DAW/Game system is:
Thermaltake Armor case
Thermaltake Toughpower 700W PSU (cable management which I like)
E6850 Conroe 3.0Ghz CPU OC'd to 3.6Ghz
4Gb (1024x4) Corsair Dominator memory
XFX 8800GTS 640Mb Extreme video card
Zalman 9700 NT HFS/Cooler
Samsung optical SATA DVD burner
2x500Gb SATA II HD's RAID 0 (for performance)
1x500Gb SATA II HD for audio/game installs
This one cost me ~$1900 back in october but had ~$120 in rebates. I have one/two for new build. Prices now would have saved me probably ~$200 or more due to price drops on stuff. I was going to go for the Q9450 Quad Penryn but decided not to seeing a) not many programs take advantage of multicore CPUs still and b) I read it only had an 8x multiplier vs 9x which limits how far you can crank it up to. I've read people have gotten the E8400 to 4.0Ghz on air cooling. I don't plan on going that high! I have learned that it's better to overclock with only 2 sticks of memory vs 4 as things get a bit trickier when you have 4 sticks. So 2x2Gb is easier to OC than 4x1Gb sticks as an FYI. Also a lot of good info in the www.anandtech.com forum on overclocking and builds in general. Same for www.eggxpert.com forums.

I should be running the new system this weekend as the rest of the parts are due in thursday! So I know what I'm doing saturday during the day. Installing the hardware then XP Pro SP2 and partitioning it to maybe put Vista 32 bit ultimate on it when I get it from MS from doing a survey on my other new system.

Mike

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 16, 2008, 02:35:30 PM »
Herbst9 vs Z'ev - Through Bleak Landscapes - nice kinda noisy in a sense of what's going on. I like it. Interesting stuff.
After:
Sear Bliss: Glory and Perdition (if you like black metal check this band out, Trumpet/Trombone! AWESOME stuff! Excellent production, been in touch with Andras (singer/bassist), I have a few of theirs as well as Decade of Perdition DVD (unfortunately it's PAL....plays on PC but not on my Panasonic....grrrrrr. My old apex would have played it but I tossed it when it started having issues playing discs...). But it is pretty cool stuff for black metal. Well played, great production and again the use of Horns in it is a treat and not overdone at all, works very well in the music.

and after that...probably some DOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooommmmmmmmmm! ;-)

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Darkened Soul
« on: February 16, 2008, 02:29:54 PM »
I've got 2 new tracks done and a 3rd that I may rename to fit the way I am naming the tracks (using english to greek translator to find closest match). So far about 25 mins with the 3 tracks. I need to work on at the minimum 3-5 more tracks so I can get up to at least an hours worth (preferably longer) of music to have a new release soon. No timeframe at this point. I should probably start thinking of a title for it as well as thinking about the artwork. I should also go revisit Abyss to see if I can salvage what's done and either add to it or do a total rework of it. I'd wanted to do 2 long tracks for what I'd call an EP which would have been (if I didn't lose cavernous track) pushing about 40-50 mins for the two of them. I want to rework Abyss, that could end up on the new release though. I don't know!

LOL, at least I've been a bit more active with it lately! Now to get Mired In Twilight moving forward as well...but that's a bit of a different beast.


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I was debating on losing my M-Audio Omni Studio breakout box + Delta66 to maybe go the UltraLite but I've read some negative things about it. What's this Presonus item running? You're using it with a laptop right? I'd have to get a firewire card since the new systems mobo doesn't have firewire. I knew that in the beginning before getting it. I wanted it for overclocking and DDR3 support.

Anyways Mike, look at Ableton Live, comes in Windows or Mac flavor ;-) and at least two of us here are using it. You can download the demo and use pretty much all of it sans saving and possibly some stuff not there, i.e. instruments like Operator, Sampler, Tension, Analog and Electric probably aren't there. But Simpler and Impulse should be (sampler and drum machine program to drop samples into). With the drum rack in Live 7 it's MUCH bigger than before, now up to 128 slots, padKontrol maps correctly now too. Pretty slick piece of software but it isn't cheap. Not sure if they are offering cross-grades. You'd have to check their website at www.ableton.com. It's worth downloading to check it out anyways. ;-)  A lot of folks use it for DJ-ing...I have no use for that side of it but lots of stuff to do in it. WAY too much IMHO, plus Quicktime video support for those into doing videos with their audio.

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