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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: February 09, 2016, 11:00:44 PM »
That's exactly what it is, I needed something tall for my longer cables, so I took a 2x4 and cut it to the same length as the patch-cable holders, then routed out a hole big enough for the mic stand to fit in and screwed the cable holders to either side. It works pretty well.   :)

Adjustable height too. Very creative.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: February 09, 2016, 12:55:28 PM »
This relates to Chris23's question. Your modular looks absolutely amazing... but I'm super impressed with what looks like two patch-cable combs screwed to a 2x4 and stuck on a mic stand. 8) ;D

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Would you pay $1,000 for a CD?
« on: February 08, 2016, 10:19:11 AM »
I'm still saving up to make a bid on that Wu-Tang album.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: February 04, 2016, 09:02:00 PM »
Here is a rather not so great photo of my current modular. I'll try to post something better later.

The photo looks like it's producing a slightly blurry, slightly askew sound.   ;)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: February 01, 2016, 12:19:38 PM »
I know that at least Loren has a surround sound system, so this seems an appropriate place to post this. Mode Recordings has released a series of DVD-A and DVD discs containing all of Subotnick's pieces recorded in quad - which began with Touch. Scroll down to the bottom of the link for links to each release. They also have visual components and interviews.

I have all three volumes and they're treasures. Volume 2, with Sidewinder and Until Spring, is a personal favourite but each is exquisite - modular synthesis with detailed spacial control as part of the composition. Highly recommended - and if you search a bit, also found through Amazon.

I have none of your gear so I can only offer generalities:

What do your meters show you? Into the red or yellow when the clicks occur?

Traditionally guitarists use compression to keep their levels boosted. An option.

Another option is a good brickwall limiter with a ceiling just below zero, so you can keep your levels high.

Does the H3000 has an input limiter option?

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: James Johnson on BC
« on: January 26, 2016, 10:18:48 AM »
Nice to see. James has been laying low too long.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Another Year, Another NAMM Show
« on: January 15, 2016, 08:26:04 PM »
Won't be there... but if you see Dave Smith, maybe you could enquire if a firmware update for the Pro 2 is in the wind.   :)

I am loving the little beast, but it needs some fixes.

Have fun!

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Obsidian
« on: January 13, 2016, 08:03:58 PM »
I was finding it peculiar that both Third System (who took my ribbing gracefully) and Drone On are self-proclaimed Black Sabbath fans but still took offence to (what I am guessing was intended humourously for a black ambient album presentation) a number overused in pop culture and jokes (ie "668 - the neighbour of the beast") and with a decimal point which really makes it a different number.

I did note that you can buy the 6 tracks individually for .99 each = $5.94    ...     Problem solved!   :)

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Obsidian
« on: January 12, 2016, 11:30:41 PM »
Hey Third System, I couldn't help but notice in another thread that you're a big Black Sabbath fan and don't boycott their albums.  ;)

I know you're into high end audio... but I listened to these on my iPad speakers and really enjoyed them.  ;)

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: David Bowie 1947 - 2016
« on: January 11, 2016, 12:36:53 PM »
Truly a hero to so many of us.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CD Shipping costs.
« on: January 04, 2016, 10:36:24 AM »
I read some years back that the US postal rates (particularly international) went crazy to support 75-years-in-advance pension plans for employees enforced by congress. Apparently it's a back-door approach to destroying the union (and perhaps the post office itself) making large private companies like fedex more competitive, since the post office was supposed to be non-profit. I did a quick search and found one article about it.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: New Toy for Studio
« on: December 28, 2015, 01:29:02 PM »
Well, my relationship with the Pro 2 has kept deepening, so I can't let the darned thing go now. I can imagine the polygoodness of the P12 but even though the P2 sequencer has some bugs, it still has me entranced with its direct connections to the sound shaping. It's my new friend now. Lord help me if I ever try the P12 too. ;)

Thanks for the tip on Contact's "Discreet Music". Lynn and I experienced Contact performing it as "opening act" for Bang On A Can's "Music For Airports" performance at the Music Gallery here in Toronto. I've been waiting over 2 years for the album to finally be released.

Truthfully, I found the live performance went on far too long (60") for what was a 20" or so piece, as you sit there observing the performers. In a true "ignorable as it is interesting", creating an atmosphere CD experience, I think it will be much better. Bang On A Can, BTW were much more "entertaining" performing the shorter Airports pieces, more or less to "scale".

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: New Toy for Studio
« on: December 24, 2015, 09:40:16 AM »
Loren, How's your relationship with the Prophet 12 going?

I bought a Pro 2 on Cyber Monday and have loved the sound and spontaneous editing possibilities but the sequencer has a bug or two which may or may not be fixed in a future  firmware update. I spotted a used Prophet 12 for only 2 or 3 hundred more than the Pro 2 with taxes and have been having a tough time making up my mind about returning the Pro (30 day return policy) or keeping it. I appreciate the smaller form (more likely to be taken to jams and gigs), the superwaves and the sequencer (which does work well, but in a more limited fashion than I expected) The proper 12/6 note 4-osc polyphony and double arps on the Prophet 12 seem seductive too. (They're both very expensive in Canada as our dollar is weak now.)

Anyway, I think I've conveyed my confusion in this win/win situation, so I thought I'd feel you out about how much you've actually been using your 12 in the last 6 months and if you've had any Pro 2 exposure yourself.

Now I have a quad system and the BluRay of DSotM with both the newer James Guthrie 5.1 and the original Alan Parsons Quad mix - and no pops or crackles.


You must have the Immersion Box Set (not related to Mr. Roach  ;D). I was thinking about getting that, is it worth it for the surround sound mixes?

I have the DSotM and WYWH Immersion boxes (The Wall box did not contain any surround mixes.) I definitely found them worthwhile for the surround mixes and each set contains both the original quad mixes and newer James Guthrie 5.1 mixes to compare and contrast. As for the rest of the content, each box contains a corresponding live set from 1974 which are interesting and enjoyable and the DSotM box has a CD with some interesting out takes like the Travel Sequence (replaced by On The Run) and an early rough Parsons mix of the album. There's visual odds and ends too, such as Concert Screen Films, live tracks and a doc. DSotM has one more disc.

As for the rest of the detritus: the books are good, coasters OK, DSotM marbles surprisingly charming and I was pleasantly surprised when my wife said she'd grab the scarves and wear them at school. (She teaches high school.) Other than scarves, all the junk resides in the boxes. The CDs have been ripped for my iPod and the BluRays inserted into old DSotM and WYWH CD cases and placed into my surround shelf for easy access. I love being immersed in these albums. WYWH is my personal favourite album for SOYCD alone.

The prices on Amazon often seem to dip, which helps offset the regular high price, but they "may" be getting scarcer. Also investigate to take advantage of the weak Canadian dollar.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: December 11, 2015, 04:08:55 PM »
Ahoy! My preorder has just been "shipped" out.  8)

I was always searching for the best sound. The Japanese Floyd (that I bought) were not it for me.
My favourite DSotM was the British Quad pressing which had the most solid bass (and heartbeat). I wore that out even though I had no quad system.

Now I have a quad system and the BluRay of DSotM with both the newer James Guthrie 5.1 and the original Alan Parsons Quad mix - and no pops or crackles.


I know when I used to buy Japanese vinyl pressings, they would often sound like very different masters. ie: Pink Floyd's Meddle had overwhelming bass, as I recall.  If they use those vinyl masters, as Loren was saying, then the CDs would share their character, better or worse.

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