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Nice to get to know you better Ekstasis. I hope you achieve your dream of creating ambient music in your own boat some day.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Quad Corner
« on: November 09, 2016, 10:12:25 AM »
For any Americans who need cheering up today, has Pink Floyd's final album "The Endless River" on sale today for only $8. IMO it was already worthwhile at $20 or whatever.

This is a small box set with a CD plus a Blu Ray with 5.1 mixes of the album by Andy Jackson (who is very good) and additional audio and Audio Visual materials. There's a slim hard bound book and a few art cards included.

It's all instrumental pieces (except the final track) culled from the leftovers from "The Division Bell" sessions and is quite enjoyable if your expectations are low. This is no "Wish You Were Here" or "Dark Side" but more the level of "More" or perhaps "Obscured". There's melancholy pleasure in hearing Rick Wright's final keyboard work and more of Gilmour's guitar playing. The surround mix, which leans towards quad, is the special sauce here which elevates the experience.

Many call this their ambient album and I'll just say that it leans in that direction and has the gentler feel of a David Gilmour album. This package is an excellent bargain at $8.

Everything and Nothing / Quad Corner
« on: November 09, 2016, 09:52:16 AM »
Hey, I started this thread to talk surround mixes (ambient and otherwise)from time to time.

Hopefully anyone with a surround system or interest in surround sound will chip in too.  8)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Tech Talk with Jaja
« on: November 06, 2016, 09:22:14 PM »
Listening to your track Tayeta on the Drone Zone right now.   Just what I needed.

Are the Rolands the instruments on this?

Wow... 6 years! Welcome back.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: October 10, 2016, 06:03:52 PM »
Another friend (a modular synthesist who I respect as an experimental musician, and who works at Long & McQuade) had recommended it to him for his needs.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: October 10, 2016, 06:00:49 PM »
I've never tried it Anthony - but I went to see a dance piece where a friend was performing his score live and he played one as his main instrument. I was really impressed with the sound. A solid, tight bass sound even in a concrete room. A nice touch was one of the dancers holding his notebook while he patched up the synth on the side of the stage before the piece, so that it felt like a part of the performance.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Hurricane Mathew
« on: October 08, 2016, 01:47:23 PM »
That's a wonderful tree!

Everything and Nothing / Re: Hurricane Mathew
« on: October 07, 2016, 05:23:48 PM »
Glad to hear you didn't get the full force Julio. It's stll very sad to lose trees.

Richard, I love that phrase "richly fragrenced instruments" and Forrest, still loving the album.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Exponential Audio's new Nimbus Reverb
« on: September 28, 2016, 10:32:01 AM »
I've had occasional problems with iLok (which I bought for the Lexicon verbs, which I've ended up only using occasionally as I prefer the Valhallas) so I would never use an iLoked product that needs the dongle live - but they're fine for the studio. Some products can work without the dongle and since I'm not switching computers regularly, that's acceptable.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Metric Halo plugin Sale
« on: September 20, 2016, 10:10:22 AM »
"Reverb time of up to seven seconds".  Deal breaker for me.  ;)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: August 17, 2016, 09:28:03 AM »
[...] and now we know the meaning of VCS3, I wonder what AKS stands for  ::)  ;D

A krappy sequencer.

Aye, kool shite.

Just an idea...


Good one!

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: August 16, 2016, 10:14:00 AM »
Zinovieff has actually given his approval to the iVCS3 app for iPads.

He even wrote the preface to the manual, and in what seems typical Zinovieff style, after stating "Personally I cannot criticize it in any way." concludes with "To cast myself completely back to the 1960's I would like to see a couple of random voltage generators developed next year as an add-on module."  ;D   I would not be surprized to see Apesoft do just that as they're great app developers and do take the designs further with updates on a regular basis.

The app even has rather insanely detailed options such as 6 different spring reverb algorithms (with various cpu consumption) and 3 different ring modulator algorithms with a slider for "Ring Modulator Leakage"!

Here's a couple of reviews/overviews:

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: August 16, 2016, 09:23:45 AM »
Here's a recent interview with Peter Zinovieff (who designed the VCS-3). His history with electronic music reveals the VCS-3's "modular" roots as a wall of oscillators and such.

And another, kind of fun, interview:

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: August 15, 2016, 10:10:24 AM »
A Synthi AKS (VCS-3 in a case) was my second synth (bought from David Pritchard - "Noctural Earthworm Stew" - if that means anything to you). I really appreciated all the basic synth power in a small briefcase and I felt like a secret agent (with a case full of gadgetry) when taking it home on the bus from Toronto to Ottawa the first time. I think that nowdays you could cook up a similar small, shallow Eurorack system in a briefcase (though without the speakers).

It's one of the synths I regret selling years later because it is so self-contained. Besides the basic 3 VCOs, Noise, VCF, Envelope and VCAs, it also had a great ring modulator, spring reverb and powered stereo speakers plus the wacky keyboard/sequencer. If I still owned it, it would hang on a hook in my kitchen wall like art and I'd twiddle up strange sounds while waiting for water to boil and for listening while washing dishes. Could just grab it from the hook to take to a jam.

Its self-contained nature was also the reason I sold it. Everything was non-standard. The control voltages were not 1V/octave. The Trapezoid had a linear output instead of exponential (which I prefer most of the time). The sequencer could not be synced with other instruments. I really wished for octave switches on the VCOs when I was using with my rock band. I usually just set up one patch per set during breaks and my Minimoog did the heavy lifting, as it was fast to tweak. You can wire up pins to 1/4" jacks to interface with other gear but you have to be careful about scaling, polarities and such. (The built in meter was a huge help though, for understanding what's going on. I eventually built a meter into a Moog cabinet but it didn't have the nice zero volts at 12 o'clock response to observe voltages moving through both polarities.) When I needed money to buy my first proper half-track, it was the logical instrument to go because I couldn't get it to play along with my other voltage controlled synths without convoluted patches involving the patch bay in my Korg 3100 (which had some handy modules available).

I've recently bought a VCS-3 app for my iPad which sounds very good and adds more capabilities to the original but in a confusing fashion. I believe it will reward more time spent learning its new elements and configurations.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: August 04, 2016, 08:10:50 PM »
How come I always see these guy with these huge modulars but they never release any actual music dispite often superior sound..
it feels like it is only a plaything for them like toys..

If I had more analouge stuff I would make good music.. but right now I have been forced to sell off my converter so I do not even have sound in my speakers anymore.. that sucks

You definitely get the modular=lego set vibe from watching I Dream of Wires and I think that collecting modules and making weird sounds is a pretty great hobby compared to most. I suppose the guitar collectors with great instruments who never release albums would be a good comparison (although they're kind of taking the vintage instruments away from the non-wealthy players).

There's still lots of folks wielding their modulars to make good music though. Living in Toronto, I get to see lots of shows with artists carting in modulars small and large. I love how much weird firepower people can pack into a choice Eurorack.

I'm very sorry to hear you've been parted from your converter. I know how much pure sound means to you. Perhaps you can find a reasonable smaller used unit to keep you working on music until you can connect with your dream unit(s) again. Good luck...

Everything and Nothing / Re: Forum Inactivity
« on: July 27, 2016, 09:07:40 AM »
Hi Jana, I'm fine thanks. Rather behind my own schedule regarding the projects I'm working on, though.

It seems that people have moved on to a degree (Mike included). Unfortunately, a number of people have passed on as well.

I remember my first 'Hi it's me and here's my new surround sound ambient album' post many years ago and how it was pretty much well ignored, until I stuck around and started contributing.

Pete, Tell me more about your surround album(s). Still available?

Everything and Nothing / Re: Forum Inactivity
« on: July 23, 2016, 10:48:01 AM »
I still enjoy the tech talk and the album discussions. I haven't landed anywhere else that has held me, but you can hear the wind blow through here sometimes. Very ambient...

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: June 07, 2016, 11:33:34 AM »
With all that, you won't need visuals Loren!

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