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Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: 2014 Hypnos release schedule?
« on: April 18, 2014, 01:23:46 PM »
Must agree... stunning image!

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Antelope Audio Zen
« on: April 10, 2014, 12:36:50 PM »
I'm guessing you mean the Alesis Air FX on my left and Air Synth on my right. I use them at selected concerts because it adds an extra visual element.

The Air FX is mainly an effect unit but has a few synth programs too. There's a really solid C drone synth with vector control over volume and the filter which was perfect for this show - the first concert in our Drone Cycle 2012 and rooted in C. (A 3rd vector is for pitch but I find it unplayable except for octave swoops and drones at the extremes of the range.) I usually run each unit through an Alesis ModFX unit (Phlngr or Bitrman) for additional sound manipulation plus verb/echo inside my laptop to float them a bit. The Air Synth is all synths and percussion and is more playable pitchwise, though still tricky. I have affinity for about 10 of the presets and can twist them up in the ModFX.

BTW - This show was about 3 months before I switched from ProSonus Firebox to RME UCX, though I doubt the audible difference would be noticeable on YouTube in a full mix.

I've just uploaded a new video to YouTube of dreamSTATE and Heiki Sillaste performing Winter Light (from our album The North Shore) live at THE AMBiENT PiNG mixed with some suitably snowy footage. Cheers!

I've been a bad lad and haven't been keeping up with dreamSTATE ballyhoo here
but I will try to redeem myself and share more music and videos. Here we go...

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Antelope Audio Zen
« on: April 09, 2014, 11:36:55 AM »
Hi Scott,

Can you describe a bit your workflow? Do you record plenty of outboard synths/instuments?


I go back and forth between doing everything with VSTs in Bidule to using outboard synths like my Moog or beloved JD-990s (and now-beloved iPads) with occasional guitar or doodads to build tracks. I like the flexibility of a hybrid approach and the RME gives me a lot of flex with Firewire, Light pipe, SPDIF and quality analog ins and outs.

When working with Jamie (the other half of dreamSTATE), I have 4 stereo pairs streaming to him through light pipe for live 32-bit recording (in his Bidule setup which seems to like 32-bit recording the best when recording a dozen or so stereo pairs plus playing all of Jamie's synths) from various sections of my portable rig (synth and iPad inputs, VSTs, sequences & FX) which has been great for capturing live and improv flows which can be edited later. I usually have an in/out pair going to my Kaoss Pad3. The two sets of MIDI i/o are very handy for connecting our two rigs together for sequencer syncing plus MIDI i/o to my iPad.

If I have my laptop/RME-UCX then I don't use a mixer, just the UCX as the hardware ins and outs with a very nice vst mixer Jamie assembled being controlled from my Doepfer Drehbank for spontaneous adjustments. We're very live oriented but in the studio I can plug in whatever I need quickly into the front jacks and the RME Totalmix software, while sometimes headscratchy to figure routings, is very good.

Sooo no, not a lot of recording of bowls, bells and acoustic instruments that you might be interested in my opinion about the preamps for. I can just state that the RME sounded immediately better to me than my PreSonus and that the clocking has been reliable (and switches smoothly and automatically between different master/slave configurations). It sounds good and robust with external electronic instruments and quality VSTs. I hope this is some help.

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Laptop Cooling Pads
« on: April 05, 2014, 12:52:38 PM »
Jamie and I (dreamSTATE) use PC laptops and have been employing simple rubber spacers (about 3/4") which we slip under the back corners to allow more airflow and it works quite well.

Some artists performing with MACs at THE AMBiENT PiNG have had crashes from the extra heat of stage lights and such. Bases with fans like you have seem to help with that problem, so from my observations, this will be a help.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Antelope Audio Zen
« on: April 05, 2014, 11:36:19 AM »
I haven't done any serious comparisons but I thought I'd drop in and note that I've been using an RME Fireface UCX for the last couple of years and I've been very happy with the sound quality and the way it locks up reliably with outside clocks or serves as master. Jamie & I always have our systems linked together in dreamSTATE concerts and now we can send high quality audio back and forth through ADAT lightpipes as well as our MIDI links. We also appreciate the compact size to fit our live systems. (I did immediately hear an audio improvement from our previous PreSonus units.)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: What is Youtube to you?
« on: April 05, 2014, 11:02:14 AM »
I've found this thread interesting and stimulating. I think discussions and arguments between worthy participents are valuable but can easily end up with feathers ruffled and some cuts suffered when people swing too hard. Hopefully retreating from a thread or the forum for a week instead of leaving altogether is a viable strategy because we value our long distance friends here. Cheers!

I'm not sure if he uses e-bow on his slide-guitar based ambient works but I think you may find an affinity for the music of (former Hypnos forum member) Solyaris.

Jim Field of Northumbria has a good hand on the e-bow and looping.

Anomalous Disturbances springs to mind. Lots of e-bow, guitar synth and looping.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: what Tv series should I see ?
« on: February 24, 2014, 12:06:06 PM »
Millennium didn't really have a conclusive conclusion  ;)  and there really should have been another season to take it to the millennium.

A kind of postscript episode in the X-Files happened at the end of 1999.

I've happened on episodes of Lexx in the past and was never very impressed.

Fringe is quite brilliant with a definite X-Files vibe and wonderful main characters.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: ROACH Road Trip. . . .the Long Trip
« on: February 17, 2014, 09:39:47 PM »
Very cool!

Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: Thanks to Mike
« on: January 21, 2014, 02:35:30 PM »
Yeah! Thanks to the Antispam Ninjas here!

Hey Scott: Now we know where your avatar comes from !

You *&%#!    :P

Listened to the sound samples and I'm looking forward to the new Node.

Hope people won't start thinking that this is where my avatar comes from!

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Cans.....Whats on your head?
« on: January 05, 2014, 12:30:07 PM »
At the bottom end of the headphone scale... i recently bought a set of the current Apple iPhone earbuds to update the ones that came with my iPhone4S and they have a much more balanced response with less highend edge. A great $30 upgrade for portable listening if you have an older iPhone.

In the studio I still use the AKG K240 as it's a sound I like and know (and I don't like cans that rest on my ears). Always test on the buds too though. The headphone out on my RME Fireface UCX is quite good for a small interface that you can easily gig with.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Good VST synths that are also affordable.
« on: December 28, 2013, 11:01:31 AM »
Both Alchemy and Rapture are very good recommendations.

I used Rapture until buying Alchemy and never went back as I prefer the interface - but I was just talking to Jamie about spending some time with Rapture again.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Binaural Recordings?
« on: December 28, 2013, 10:48:35 AM »
BTW - there's an ORB/David Gilmour album "Metallic Spheres" that has a special edition with an alternate version/mix of the album in "360 sound" (some kind of alt binaural) but unfortunately I don't hear much difference - though I love having two distinct versions of the album. Also BTW it's my fave ORB album in quite a while.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Binaural Recordings?
« on: December 27, 2013, 11:36:36 PM »
I'd be interested in this. I'd be evern more interested in an actual surround mix on DVD/BluRay/SACD/whatever!

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