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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by chris23 on Today at 08:53:21 AM »
Robert Farrugia - Slow Morning
Soft, mostly beatless, ambient textures from Archives. Beautiful packaging, featuring photos from losingtoday.
https://archivesdubmusic.bandcamp.com/album/slow-morning
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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by Castleview on March 21, 2017, 07:07:23 PM »
Rec008 - Сознательное Подсознательное

Great ambient drones with a touch of shoegazy noise.

https://rec008.bandcamp.com/album/--3
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Friday 24th march 20.00 - 0.00 CET / 7 - 11pm (UK Time) WavemansUnderground at http://www.underground-aexpaerten.de/Radio1.html or www.radiosunrise.de be our guest

Announcement for upcomming 5th Cosmic Nights concert in ZLDR Belgium, may 20 2017. Tonight I'll play from (*)Perceptual Defence & Syndromeda who performing Live at Cosmic Nights.

Keep looking at https://www.facebook.com/CosmicNightsBelgium/ for the complete Line Up !

Playlist in following order: Hior Chronik, Erik Wollo & Byron Metcalf, Synchronized, Interstellaris, 3bc, Hollan Holmes, KneToNatoR, (*)Alio Die & Lorenzo Montana, Perceptual Defence & Syndromeda, Stephan Boutenko, Ashot Danielyan & Lutz Thuns, Ron Boots, Lorenzo Montana, Andy Pickford, Christian Richet, Super Fata, Mathias Grassow.

(*) have both Birthday 24th....... wish them well as they are in the chat !

---Note--- all tracks are between 128 - 192 kbps. Info about the played tracks and other upcomming concerts in the chat only
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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Some ['ramp] and Parsick news
« Last post by doombient on March 21, 2017, 03:36:37 AM »
Hi all,

after the rather fierce doombient.two album I am happy to announce the release of the third limited-edition doombient album, kalte sterne ("cold stars") as a digital download:

https://ramp1.bandcamp.com/album/doombient-three-kalte-sterne

Recorded live in concert at Bochum Planetarium on 24th February 2007 and originally released in a limited production run of 100 copies back in 2008, it was to become the final recording of the original line-up of ['ramp]. On the same night, the official release of ceasing to exist was celebrated, and it comes to no surprise that doombient.three is the most tranquil and peaceful recording of the trilogy. If you are fond of cinematic deep-space music with a colder and somewhat darker edge to it, you might like this one. 

Thanks for listening and, of course, for your support,

Stephen
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Congratulations RME do some good stuff, especially good and stable drivers.
I got the RME HDSPe AES card, AES is still the best way for low latency audio.

I really enjoy the interface, it sounds great and goes up to 192KHz.

Glad you like it, did it meet your expectations, I will say it once again, do not use a lot of wet signal, 28 percent is the sweetspot if you use like 50% percent or something it sounds like junk imo. Of course atleast 20 second decay time to get the best sound. I think the random hall algorithms is the best.
One more tips , almost all presets use hf/lf filters,  when it comes to ambient reverb there is nothing worse when there is a filter that cuts off the high frequencies, I always have it totally open so all high frequencies to shine thru so you get this nice open expensive sound. I think there is way too many presets...I tend to just use a standard preset with some minor tweaks that is enough and I leave it the same all the time.

Both the RME audio interface and the Lexicon reverb are easy to use and meet my expectations. I am currently reworking my recordings for my upcoming album (release date is the 29th of march), so I have direct comparison to my old equipment. A universe lies between the old and new devices, but it is also a challenge to rework the sounds while they profit so much. About reverb defaults: I also never use defaults and always open the HF and LF. About standards of dry/wet: I use Send-mode and with the Lexicon you can choose the reverb-out-frequency. So I am able to try out something more than simple dry/wet.

I am glad it did meet your expectations,  yes I can imagine there will be a big difference in sound. You are such a cool girl who are into this stuff! ;)
I will try to listen to the album you told me about this week.
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Congratulations RME do some good stuff, especially good and stable drivers.
I got the RME HDSPe AES card, AES is still the best way for low latency audio.

I really enjoy the interface, it sounds great and goes up to 192KHz.

Glad you like it, did it meet your expectations, I will say it once again, do not use a lot of wet signal, 28 percent is the sweetspot if you use like 50% percent or something it sounds like junk imo. Of course atleast 20 second decay time to get the best sound. I think the random hall algorithms is the best.
One more tips , almost all presets use hf/lf filters,  when it comes to ambient reverb there is nothing worse when there is a filter that cuts off the high frequencies, I always have it totally open so all high frequencies to shine thru so you get this nice open expensive sound. I think there is way too many presets...I tend to just use a standard preset with some minor tweaks that is enough and I leave it the same all the time.

Both the RME audio interface and the Lexicon reverb are easy to use and meet my expectations. I am currently reworking my recordings for my upcoming album (release date is the 29th of march), so I have direct comparison to my old equipment. A universe lies between the old and new devices, but it is also a challenge to rework the sounds while they profit so much. About reverb defaults: I also never use defaults and always open the HF and LF. About standards of dry/wet: I use Send-mode and with the Lexicon you can choose the reverb-out-frequency. So I am able to try out something more than simple dry/wet.
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VALANX - RADIANT ORBS OF ABZU [cromMC 1703]
limited cassette/digital release coming soon.
Release 10th of April 2017.

You can listen and order here:

Cromlech Records Bandcamp



Valanx is Arne Weinberg's main project and makes its debut on Cromlech Records with this 40 minute tape release. "Radiant Orbs of Abzu" consists of two 20 minute pieces of abstract experimentalism, drone constructs and dark ambient atmospheres. Both tracks are intertwined and form one long complete composition that is best experienced in one listening session. The two segments have been created as a sonic adulation to Absu, the Sumerian god of fresh water of the world. Absu (or Abzu) is also a reference to the primeval sea below the void space of the underworld and the earth above.
Available as a limited tape release (incl. digital download) and digital release.
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Upgraded my signal chain recently to a Phoenix Audio pre amp.....I have run all my synths through mic pre's since around 2007 and my studio has been balance since then.  Having the Eq is really nice though I tend to over do it just because it makes the pre's sing.  Its a bit strange to me as the low frequencies are on the right side and high on the left.  This is the first external hardware Eq I've had so what do I know ;D...think it may have something to do with the much revered Neve 1073 pre amp that a good deal of manufactures are inspired to recreate and harness its sonic virtues



That you buy Phoenix Audio stuff means you have done a lot of reserach, Phoenix Audio a kind of hidden gem in the audio community, they use transformless designs , it brings the best of both worlds, the sound of neve and the clean sound of solid state.
The guys behind the company did repair for neve.  Even though they cost a lot you still get a lot for the money they are a lot more cheaper then  lets say a neve, but Phoenix Audio also bring their unique sound and combination of both worlds .

I had plans to buy the NICE DI for guitars and also the NICERIZER as summarizer I also had plans to buy the EQ,  their 500 Series is most affordable, I had plans to buy 3 of their 500 series to fill a 19 rack. DSR-8 Was my choice after long research  If I buy a mic pre today I would choose DSR most likely.

Sound pur made some good review of them.
https://www.youtube.com/user/soundpurestudios/search?query=+Phoenix


Your are right Ekstasis, Phoenix Audio do make really "Nice" kit.....you have obviously research it yourself.  The Nice Di was something I had looked at a while back before I wanted to commit to a full pre amp, its well priced.

The DRS - Q4 Mk2 actually has no transformers on the inputs but has them on the outputs.  I do not touch the input gain and leave it at its lowest setting but dial in the gain on the output to saturate the transformer.  For super clean the reverse would be the case. Its not really colored compared to my experience with tubes but the pre amp has a beautiful way it articulates the sound of whatever goes through, in my case its synths and the Eq is very special

I had an eye on a few pre amps in traditional rack form and 500....the main contenders were the Avedis MA5 in API 500 series and the Aurora Audio GTQ2 Dual Channel Preamp/EQ....both look back to 1970's British console design pre's for inspiration.  I found the Phoenix Audio Mic pre on sale for around $800 off the list price at a us dealer, Zen Pro Audio, the rest is history as they say.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New Steve roach album the passing
« Last post by Ekstasis on March 19, 2017, 04:43:54 PM »
This is an extended version of a track from many years ago that was part of a compilation album 'Steve Roach Dreaming...now, then a retrospective 1982 - 1997'

It was much shorter and one of my favourites - possibly the main reason I have kept the CD all these years.

I like the new longer version - it manages to be the same and different at the same time

Need to check that out...thanks for informing us.I do not remember he wrote anything about the in the album information
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Congratulations RME do some good stuff, especially good and stable drivers.
I got the RME HDSPe AES card, AES is still the best way for low latency audio.

I really enjoy the interface, it sounds great and goes up to 192KHz.

Glad you like it, did it meet your expectations, I will say it once again, do not use a lot of wet signal, 28 percent is the sweetspot if you use like 50% percent or something it sounds like junk imo. Of course atleast 20 second decay time to get the best sound. I think the random hall algorithms is the best.
One more tips , almost all presets use hf/lf filters,  when it comes to ambient reverb there is nothing worse when there is a filter that cuts off the high frequencies, I always have it totally open so all high frequencies to shine thru so you get this nice open expensive sound. I think there is way too many presets...I tend to just use a standard preset with some minor tweaks that is enough and I leave it the same all the time.
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