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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by thirdsystem on October 15, 2014, 11:17:07 AM »
The two new Carpe Sonum releases have arrived here....

       

Bubble - OI ..................Krystian Shek - Sometimes Not.

The Bubble is a really beautiful, dreamy, drifting ambient album. The Shek is a mixture of styles but mainly ambient and is very, very FAX like indeed. Both are superb and can be found on the Carpe Sonum bandcamp page.

The quality of the music and artwork coming from this label is fantastic.
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Might be slightly off topic, but I thought it was interesting that Steve Roach decided to 'release' his 'Bloodmoon Rising' album on Bandcamp only. In terms of flexibility for an artist's output, nothing beats this release what you like for whatever price you like 'format' that is now an option.
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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« Last post by Julio Di Benedetto on October 15, 2014, 07:35:48 AM »
The Solaris is looking pretty ! I'd also like to know what you think of it.

Desk is certainly nice, though perhaps not as deep as I'd like ... I do tend to use some flat, desktop gear and controllers that need quite a bit of space.

And are those 3-way speakers really meant for near field monitoring? They look huge  :)

Hi Anthony....the Focals are large but I think the wide angle made the whole room look bigger than it is which is 12ft x 11ft.  I think Im at the limit in small room size for these monitors.  Setup in the correct triangulation as they are with sonic reflections dealt with by the hanging treatments the monitors are just right.  :)  The actual sweet spot is about 2 ft back from the desk.    They are designed for near to mid field.
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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« Last post by Julio Di Benedetto on October 15, 2014, 07:24:02 AM »
Hi Loren.....would love to see some pictures of the desk.  That is too bad KK Audio are gone.

The Solaris is quite amazing, firstly for its programability, as deep as the Matrix 12, though with more access.  Each "module" and it does feel like programming a modular synth has its own dedicate lcd window with mod sources a button click away.  Its complex yet straight forward.  The A6 was complex and just odd to program

The sound is very unique.  Its virtual analog oscillators sound very good as does the filters but for me having the addition of Waldorf Wavetables & Prophet VS waves under the same hood makes the programming that much interesting.  In a way the sound of the Solaris does remind me of A6 which had a certain bite in a good way to the sound.  I have heard it said that the Solaris has a Teutonic edge to its sound....it is bright if thats what is meant.  It is made in Germany, though Design by John Bowen.  Ive only had the synth a few months.....it took 10 months to make it, longer than usual but that was due to a delay from Fatar who made the actual keyboard.

The build quality is fantastic! Never touched a synth that felt like this. Bowen put the best he could find into the construction.

Software has a few issues though nothing serious.....there are only 150 made so far so R&D is still on going with the users being a part of that.
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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« Last post by APK on October 15, 2014, 06:45:23 AM »
The Solaris is looking pretty ! I'd also like to know what you think of it.

Desk is certainly nice, though perhaps not as deep as I'd like ... I do tend to use some flat, desktop gear and controllers that need quite a bit of space.

And are those 3-way speakers really meant for near field monitoring? They look huge  :)
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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Did Projekt ever press its releases on CDR's???
« Last post by APK on October 15, 2014, 06:38:54 AM »
Thinking of Sam's music industry blog posts, it becomes fairly clear why the CDR format is needed to keep things in print. Doing a 1,000 CD run is is expensive, but the cost per CD is surprisingly cheap. However, if you only sell up to 200 of them then that individual CD price is really 5 x as much ($6 and above). Which is very expensive per album. Which is why CDR is more cost effective for a short run ... because you only pay up front for what you expect to sell. A decent CDR (using Taiyo Yuden + insert + case) usually costs more to produce than a single pressed CD in a run of 1,000, so it isn't that CDR releases are inherently cheaper and should cost the consumer less.
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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« Last post by jkn on October 15, 2014, 06:00:07 AM »
Wonderful desk!  Love how it keeps clutter out and all the gear right there easily accessible.  I have the problem of desk on one end of the room - everything else... on the other end problem... hahahahaha.
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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Did Projekt ever press its releases on CDR's???
« Last post by jkn on October 15, 2014, 05:56:12 AM »
I doubt Sam burned them at home and most likely they went to a manufacturer.  It's *extremely* common especially for lower quantity runs.

However, it should be in the release listing when you buy it so you know exactly what you're getting. 

Humorous story - at least a decade ago I bought a release from someone I knew enough to email - and when I got it it was the best looking CDR I'd ever seen. Gorgeous - but still a CDR.  So I sent him a note saying it was one of the best cdr's I'd seen great job! - and he called me back and said - how the heck did you know?  So I explained the tell tale signs of CD vs CDR to him... he changed the listing to say pro-cdr.  :-)  He had also underestimated the importance not thinking it was that big of a deal -I told him with me it wasn't - but with some fans they'll rake you over the coals for misleading them.

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Can you imagine Steve Roach putting his name on a CDR?  It just would never happen.

http://www.discogs.com/Steve-Roach-Ultra-Immersion-Concert/release/3572624
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I received a response from Sam Rosenthal.  He stated "to keep the album in print" they made 100 cdrs.  He stated they "haven't had any complaints about playability.". See, he knows these can have play issues.  So why release them at all.  I feel it's unethical (maybe too strong a word) to do this without a buyer beware heads up.  You buy a CD on projekt and you assume you're getting a CD.  Period!  I told him I wasn't happy about it and requested he send me a spare CD version disc if he has one.

Can you imagine Steve Roach putting his name on a CDR?  It just would never happen.  Case closed.

Thanks everyone for the feedback.  I'll post the follow-up soon...
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