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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Miss you Forrest!
« on: July 14, 2014, 09:09:53 AM »
Forrest was a significant contributor to the collective wisdom of this forum.  :(

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New Pink Floyd in Fall
« on: July 11, 2014, 12:53:21 PM »
I have the 2 disc set of Metallic Spheres and quite like it. Dave is my fave guitar player and I used to be fond of the Orb, so I find lots to enjoy here. It has that Orb sloppyness to it but I think Dave fits their style like Steve Hillage used to. BTW - It's the second disc of the special edition which is actually my preference.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ableton Live ?
« on: June 08, 2014, 09:36:38 AM »
Looks like you've already made your financial commitment to Live but I thought I'd throw in that many of my friends have moved from various DAWs to Reaper for their Audio/MIDI work.

I used to use Logic on PCs until Apple bought it and abandoned PCs. I'll probably be moving to Reaper too as Sony has stopped updating ACID (no 64bit for instance) and Vegas has become more and more inhospitable for VSTs (though there's workarounds). (I'd still continue to use Vegas for my audiovisual work as it's very strong there.)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Dance music tutorial
« on: June 04, 2014, 11:42:44 AM »
Brilliant!  :)

Note - The angular mod looks great for the studio but will make a hard-to-transport instrument even-harder-to-transport if you plan to gig with it. A fellow used to bring a regular one to play at the PiNG sometimes and it was always a tricky logistical matter for him because it's large and heavy. Probably better than a CS-80 though!

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: What synths did O÷phoi used?
« on: May 26, 2014, 10:22:44 AM »
Yes, they're all Electix modules:

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: What synths did O÷phoi used?
« on: May 19, 2014, 10:30:12 AM »
I'll point Ran Kirlian to this thread and see if he has any thoughts.  He did the last or close to last collab with Gigi.

Tomas - you can just call me John... no need to use my full title.  ;-)

I kind of like it - John the Moderator - like John the Revelator!     8)


It sounds great Loren!

Hi Jana, I enjoyed your drone and float. Unofficial welcome here!  ;D

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.

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