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Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: December 22, 2007, 07:23:52 PM »
Spongebob Squarepants, Naruto, Futurama, Metalocalypse (too funny, love the music!), Family Guy (hehehhehehe in peter's voice). God that show is just to damn funny. I'd love to meet Seth McFarlane.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Darkened Soul
« on: December 22, 2007, 07:20:33 PM »
Hi Mike,

I just downloaded 'Dreamscapes' - thanks for making your music available for free download. I admit, I'm not generally a fan of dark ambient, but your music avoids whatever it is that I don't like about it. Maybe 'Dreamscapes' will help me define what I don't like about the subgenre by showing me what's good about it. I'm only a few tracks in right now, but I like it.

Hi Mark,

Thanks for the kind words. Seasons of Dark and Light is probably similar to Dreamscapes with respect to not REALLY dark, it has some nice light moments on it.   I haven't gone as dark as I want to with DS yet along the lines of Desiderii Marghinis, Yen Pox, and the like. I love the dark ambient stuff I've heard/came across. Some of these guys are really talented with regards to getting the atmosphere/aura/thoughts across on it.  I also really like the first Sephiroth release, Catherdon, it's fantastic. Another good really dark one is Jonathan (forget last name atm) Hollow Earth - Dog Days of the Holocaust and his new project Angel of Decay. Also New Risen Throne (CMI) is really cool stuff.

 But I'm also a fan of martial stuff like Coph Nia, Triarii, Scontrum releases, War Office Propaganda stuff and the like.  My new project is moving more in that vein but not specifically the german style commentary stuff in a lot of it (arditi, etc...).

Mike

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Everything and Nothing / Re: The holiday food you're waiting for
« on: December 20, 2007, 04:22:36 PM »
Gonna make a lasagna again with some ground beef and italian sausage mixed into the layers I guess. Not sure other than maybe a salad to go with it but that should be enough for the two of us for a couple days ;-) Depends on if I do one tray or two.....

But I could also go for some baked chicken wings rubbed with olive oil and maybe some spices on them too!

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Puremagnetik
« on: December 20, 2007, 04:21:00 PM »
Hi Mark,

I've installed them all except to my laptop which I just got Live 7 installed and am doing a full image of it now with Acronis. Once I get the boxed version I'll do another after installing the rest of the Live stuff. As for using, I've checked a few of them out that I have. I've gotten probably a half dozen since I signed up earlier this year from them. They just came out with Technoscape for Live 7 which should be interesting. For the price I think it's worth it for a year subscription. It gives you time to  check out what they have that you can get and what they continue putting out while in the membership. Once I get my living room done (next week right after xmas ceiling work begins, sheetrocking...oh yeah....and new fan for room and new microwave for kitchen finally) I should have more time to sit down and work on things. Plus I am looking at leaving my band to continue to focus on my stuff and save a few bucks per month from band rent and gas for show playing. It's been 4 yrs now and it's been fun! Played some cool shows, met some cool people, toured, play festivals (nothing really huge). But I think it's time to sideline from live playing in the band. I'll still help on the side as I can/as needed/when needed.

Mike

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: pro sessions
« on: December 18, 2007, 06:11:12 AM »
Don't fear drums Mike...let your Soul come over to the Darkside... ;D

Paul

Hahahahaha, I'm trying. I started using the Extreme's orchestral combi's and matching the bpm and using metronome to do some simple progressions for Mired In Twilight. I just have to work on that some more. Usually we were drawing them in the piano roll editor/midi track in Live and using different drum samples in Impulse. Now that there are drum racks and I have a Korg padKontrol maybe I'll get to finally using that too!

Mike

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I just bought Ableton Live, it's the first DAW I've spent money on and the first one that I've felt I understand. I've been playing for a long time but only recently decided to get into digital recording. Ableton Live has made the move to digital very easy. I'm only just starting to get familiar with the feature set, so I can't comment there, but the built in help and the ease of use are far beyond Live's competitors in my opinion. Cubase and Pro Tools made me feel that DAWs were a club that I didn't belong to; Live has welcomed me in and is giving me a tour...

I got a great deal on the software as well. I installed Live Lite 6 from a friend's trial disc, upgraded to the full version of Live 6 for $269 directly from the Ableton web site, and, at least as of a week ago, the full version of Live 7 is included as well.

Nice! Did you get Session Drums as well as EIC 2 with it? I would assume yes. I haven't really dug too deeply under the hood but the application is amazing with things you can do with it. Mind boggling at times. I am glad my buddy has been using this for awhile as I pick his brain regularly when I haven't used Live much. Getting back into the trenches of it so more lesson viewing and all to go through and check out the new instruments and drum samples.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: pro sessions
« on: December 17, 2007, 08:37:45 PM »
I've heard that "Available Light" is also an awesome loop library...   :-* = J.

Haha, is that because you contributed to that one too?! I have your other two libraries from Sony BTW. I have Available Light and Loop Noir (recommend both). I am picky with what I get and I am tired of all the drum ones that are out there, I have pretty much no use for them unless I want to (and do) mangle them in Live. Iuse Super Impulse Response (SIR) and there's a free version 1.0.11 or you can pay ~$150 (euro?) for SIR2. I will stick with the original freebie ;-) and I bought the 3 IR discs from Darrel Burgen's Spirit Canyon releases which I use with SIR. I just hate that most of the (crap) is hip hop/drums/etc...and nothing really STRICTLY ambient/dark ambient (I prefer finding the latter). One place for a BUNCH of free loops/samples is www.freesound.org which has a pretty extensive library and I think a user from the old forum (not sure if he's back here or not yet) has stuff there.

Mike

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Puremagnetik
« on: December 15, 2007, 06:18:01 AM »
Anyone here use their stuff in Ableton or Reason? They have a bunch of different racks, instruments, etc...and you can pay for a yearly subscription at www.puremagnetik.com and get their monthly releases. They are called micropacks. I signed up awhile ago and have gotten several already for use within Ableton Live. Some cool stuff. They just released a new one which I will be installing (along with others) to Live 7 later today to check out.


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I don't know why you'd want to render out directly to mp3.  Even if you want to post a compressed version of your track somewhere, wouldn't you want to keep an archive of an uncompressed version?  If so, then render to wav or aif and then convert that (just takes a few seconds) to mp3, in a separate application.

I'd like to have that ability. To me it should have been in there a long time ago. But no, what do they do instead? They allow you to use mp3's as clips. To me that's *ok* but a) you got to load the compressed file, then you have to work with loop areas, etc...if you want to pick out pieces of the mp3's. I just think it should have been in there at least 2 versions ago, more like in version 4!  It is a beast of a piece of software. I just don't get how most folks appear to be dj-ing with it when it is so much more. Oh, and now they include the ability to put in video clips....Why? I was against that personally and posted such as I saw no need for a DAW application like Live to add video into it when there are so many other nice things folks keep requesting that don't make it in (bezier curves...WHY NOT IN THERE?!?). I mainly work with samples and mangle them with SIR and Impulse Responses, record some MIDI clips, render to audio and work in arrangement view to piece it together for tracks. But as I said in other reply I do need to start sitting down with it and going through the lessons and mucking around under the hood. And get my padKontrol hooked in to use it with drum racks (nice addition!).

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Oh, and I didn't upgrade to version 7.  I don't usually take each upgrade that's offered by software vendors.  I understand they want to do regular upgrades every year or so, to keep the cash rolling in, but I rarely feel that every single version upgrade is worth the price.  I think I upgraded Live from version 1 to version 4 to version 6, and I'll wait to see what future versions have in store, before I buy another upgrade.

Yeah, I've got $800+ tied up into these last two full blown upgrades plus purchasing Operator back I think in Live 5. I think that I am good for awhile with this software as I really need to sit down and get under the hood to learn more of it.  ;D

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 11, 2007, 10:43:40 AM »
Worship - Dooom
Limbonic Art - The Ultimate Death Worship

And no, don't read a trend into it just because the holiday is approaching! I love DOOM and Limbonic Art are an interesting pair of musicians who play some brutal black metal (older stuff is more symphonic/keyboard use)
but is kinda unique.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: pro sessions
« on: December 11, 2007, 10:36:23 AM »
I have sampled from Future Music or Computer Music discs and I may actually own a set (one came with M-Audio hardware I believe). What I dislike is the fact that 90% of these are beat type loop libraries. I could care less for that and would prefer to see more sound efx/ambient stuff. I recently got Loop Noir and Available Light from Sony and have Ugly Remnants and Arythmia from said magazine discs and other stuff obtained elsewhere. But Pro Sessions has some decent stuff. Get them at your local Guitar Center!

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I love Ableton Live so much that I wish I could have its love child.


Hahaha, did you upgrade to Version 7 that just came out? I got the boxed version for Session Drums and EIC 2 and the other new instruments (Tension, Electric, and Analog) plus Simpler, Sampler, Operator et. al. Waiting on boxed version to get here (probably next week due to printing machine malfunction...grrrrrrrrr. I use Live, either my Korg Triton Extreme 61 or Roland V-Synth 61 for MIDI input and recording stuff from (Korg mostly). I have Native Instruments Komplete 4 and 5 packages (started with Komplete 2 originally and Komplete Care 2005/2006). Live is a hell of a piece of software. My only complaint is you can't render it out as an mp3 (you can however use mp3's as your audio clips and slice em up, etc...). Why it doesn't is beyond me after all this time. Unless it's a licensing thing. Still, that should have been in there as of V4 in my opinion. But Sound Forge 7 does what I need it to.


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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Darkened Soul
« on: December 09, 2007, 07:53:11 PM »
My first release is available for download at last.fm as well as here http://www.earthmantra.com/ and of course off my website under downloads section (have to register..sorry!).

Mike

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You're quite welcome...in fact, I am thinking about putting at least maybe a couple of more of my albums up for free download:)..


Do you still have them for sale when you put them up for free or only newer releases? I have a second release I haven't put out for free yet. Folks who care to can still buy them. I need to get the split artwork up on the store side and fix the shipping costs as they are not what they should be so I have to dig for that in osCommerce.

Mike

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Darkened Soul
« on: December 09, 2007, 03:54:32 PM »
Well here we are again with a new forum! Yay.....!  Anyways, started working on some new Darkened Soul material and a Mired In Twilight material. I have a short intro track for that project and a 7+min track for DS. I am going to probably start working to get a full length for both projects so I can have some new releases in the near future (next year most likely by the time I get both of them done).

I have artwork being printed up at a local Kinko's so I can list the split between Darkened Soul and Fearsore for purchase off my website. I'm also getting inserts done for both of my first two releases so they'll look more professional (hopefully!) and just make them up on an as-needed basis. The DS releases are listed off my Store page from my website and hopefully it's working as I expect it to.

I figured it'd be easier to have one thread for both my projects and not cluster up the forum ;-)

Mike

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Ah! Now I see 2 additional that I am pulling down (the bottom two) as I think I got the others last week. I'll have to check on my NAS box. Thanks!

Mike

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 09, 2007, 03:43:20 PM »
New Risen Throne/Locust Reign - Prophets From The Abyss
Herbst9 vs Z'ev

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