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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.
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! ;-)

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.

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 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.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear for sale @ Hypnos HQ, 2008
« on: January 08, 2008, 02:26:34 PM »
I will have to see if former guitarist/band leader is still interested in an audio interface. Currently unemployed unfortunately so I can't offload my PC w/21" monitor to him for cheap yet. Too bad that Motu doesn't have MIDI. I don't think the mkII has MIDI either, he'd have to look at the Ultralite which is like ~$550. The other may be doable if he has the cash. I ain't fronting anything for him/anyone cept myself ;-)

I'll let you know. If you sell it, that's fine. Don't wait too long on response from me on this.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Darkened Soul
« on: January 08, 2008, 02:22:01 PM »
i am listening to mike's sorta collab with fearsore - absence of absolutes and it is a great cd! it has all of mike's signature dark drones and deep atmospheres. i am not familiar with wiley wells but would like to find more of his stuff.

Well, you can check out what he has over at to see if he has anything new(er) posted there. I don't think he's got a regular website like a lot of us do.

Everything and Nothing / Re: What are your plans and goals in 2008?
« on: January 08, 2008, 02:20:53 PM »
Well, I left Shroud of Bereavement to concentrate on my own projects so 2 goals are to have  2 full length releases, one for Darkened Soul and one for Mired In Twilight (which I'll shop around to mike this time ;-) ). Continue learning guitar to eventually add some of it into the music quite possibly (acoustic most likely unless I got electric on the 7 string for some evil drone sounds.....muwhahaha

Lose some weight is another goal, get back into some form of exercising.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 01, 2008, 12:19:45 AM »
Deinonychus - War Machines
New Risen Throne/Locust Reign - Prophets From The Abyss
Megaptera - Staring back at you
The Knell - Harm (gotta throw some doom in there ;-) )

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: December 29, 2007, 07:43:27 PM »
When a) I figure out how to put a picture in the post and I get my *studio* area set up and gear on the desk I'll take a photo or two to show the layout. Maybe even sneak the guitar stand in there ;-)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 29, 2007, 07:41:53 PM »
Uaral - Sounds of Pain (FINALLY I have a real copy...took me forever to find it!)
Uaral - Lamentos a Poema Muerto (official debut)

They're from Chile, play doom but use flute, organ, piano acoustic guitars (beautiful stuff here), a variety of vocal styles (growls, screams, black metal, clean, in native tongue and I think some english) but it's really REALLY cool stuff! Beautiful guitar work (classical/acoustic/spanish style). They have a fan page over at myspace where you can check out a couple tracks or so. A real jewel in the rough as first time I listened I didn't really pay a lot of attention, on a burn to CD it was a whole new thing! Floored me!.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Puremagnetik
« on: December 29, 2007, 06:33:22 PM »
Hi, I don't know what they have for tabla/indian stuff. I know they have an acoustic guitar thing out recently but probably wouldn't be in the subscription, i.e. buy separately. Not sure who has them. Check out TrackTeam threads over at ableton forum too for more free stuff for Live.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: How do you record?
« on: December 23, 2007, 05:50:29 PM »
I have 2 DAW's as we want to call them. A desktop (newly built overclocked 3.0Ghz C2D E6850) and I put my Delta66 + omni studio breakout box into it. I was debating on going with the M-Audio Ultralite for ~$550. Lot's of outs/ins and has MIDI on it. And it's firewire so portable. But I'd have had to get a firewire pci-x card for my mobo since it didn't come with it onboard. I hear FW is like zero latency compared to USB interfaces but I don't know firsthand on it. I use Live with the omni-studio and MIDIMan 2x2 for MIDI connectivity for the synths.

My laptop is another issue. It has the built-in video cam/audio into the display and I get nothing but feedback when I leave volumes normal. I have yet to find a way to completely turn it off so I don't have that problem. So in the meantime I just work within Live and will copy the .als file over since both systems have the samples (in different locations so some tweaking will be needed to duplicate it on the desktop). Glad to see Ben and Mark using Live. It's a helluva piece of software IMHO.

If you have firewire and see a lower/zero latency go with one of those. If not look at the USB options. I've seen some complaining about the M-Audio Ultralite on the net so you may want to read up on it before getting it. For me, MIDI and audio in/out is what I am looking at. I don't care about effects on the unit, etc...that's what the software is for.  The laptop is an HP Pavilion DV9000T custom built which I updated the HD's to dual 120's then swapped the boot disk to a 250Gb due to running out of space with Native Instruments K2->K4->K5 installation. Nice 17" widescreen and price was decent searching for HP Laptop coupon last year, saved an additional $132 over HP's $150 when configuring it. Helps to search for them before buying (coupons).

Anyways, that's what I have along with M-Audio BX8a powered Studio Monitors aside my 20" WS samsung LCD on my Producers desk from Guitar Center ($399 I think, got it for $230 from friend who works there). Nice 5' desk w/42" top shelf and under it in middle you can rack-mount gear. I have my furman power conditioner there.

If I don't log in before X-Mas, HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL OF YOU!


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Puremagnetik
« on: December 22, 2007, 07:27:12 PM »
First you can never have enough sounds, just like CD's! LOL. It is a helluva program if you ask me with what you can do with it. I am still scratching the surface and I've been using it off and on since I got into it well over a year ago or so with Live 3.0.2->3.0.4->4.x->5.x->6.x->7.0.1. There's a LOT to learn on it just from the standpoint of understanding what everything is in the first place. If I understood the guts to synthesizers/synthesizing I'd probably be a lot further along......but seeing I should have some more time on my hands I should buckle down and dig out the lessons (recommended to go through them all as I review them now and then and still haven't gone through them completely) and the manual! And of course continue working on learning guitar more too.

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.

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...).


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!

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.


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


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!


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.

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 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.


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 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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