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I have changed the name of the thread. Feel free to discuss virtual gear as well.
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Gear is gear, it's stuff we make music on.

If it's alright with you, that's what we will discuss here. It wouldn't be the first time a thread veered off from it's original intention - would it ?

Go ahead, if you want to talk virtual gear be my guest. But it is not the intention of this thread.

At this point, it would have been best to just not say anything and let it go.
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Gear is gear, it's stuff we make music on.

If it's alright with you, that's what we will discuss here. It wouldn't be the first time a thread veered off from it's original intention - would it ?
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Pete :  Reaktor 6 is all about Blocks. That is the big factory library addition.

And blocks is all about creating eurorack-like modular environments ... and all the crazy stuff that opens up. It is oriented to the experimental. But can be tamed.

Try the Quadropolis ensemble and its various snapshots. Lot of excellent sounds. You do need the clock running for that.

From the user library try downloading Antique ... its worth the $99 itself. It's a more normal sounding synth based on Monarch-style modules. I think it has a wonderful and very usable sound for electro-ambient. Has lots of excellent snapshots.

Please keep in mind software is not gear, have that discussion in another thread please, this thread is about gear, physical gear not software.
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Pete :  Reaktor 6 is all about Blocks. That is the big factory library addition.

And blocks is all about creating eurorack-like modular environments ... and all the crazy stuff that opens up. It is oriented to the experimental. But can be tamed.

Try the Quadropolis ensemble and its various snapshots. Lot of excellent sounds. You do need the clock running for that.

From the user library try downloading Antique ... its worth the $99 itself. It's a more normal sounding synth based on Monarch-style modules. I think it has a wonderful and very usable sound for electro-ambient. Has lots of excellent snapshots.

APK


Thanks for your reply. Perhaps that's where my issue lies - I have absolutely no background in modular things :)
Yes, 'Antique' is pretty super, I shall have to delve further...
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Pete :  Reaktor 6 is all about Blocks. That is the big factory library addition.

And blocks is all about creating eurorack-like modular environments ... and all the crazy stuff that opens up. It is oriented to the experimental. But can be tamed.

Try the Quadropolis ensemble and its various snapshots. Lot of excellent sounds. You do need the clock running for that.

From the user library try downloading Antique ... its worth the $99 itself. It's a more normal sounding synth based on Monarch-style modules. I think it has a wonderful and very usable sound for electro-ambient. Has lots of excellent snapshots.


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Reaktor 6 -  Am mulling over it with reference to upgrading from Reaktor 5.
Quite a lot of the demos and the like have been too 'uber' for my tastes. However, it looks really deep and I've now got a machine that can run it properly now !

I've been curious about Reaktor 6, too.  If you pick it up, let me know what you think!  I have Reaktor 5.5.

Forrest


Well, I upgraded to V6. Perhaps it's just early days with my understanding of the new version, but I'm a tad underwhelmed. The Blocks thing is interesting indeed, but the factory library is the same. I guess there's just a lot to take in.
APK, I'd be appreciative if you could list some of your fave ensembles / Blocks etc.
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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: TC Electronics' reverbs
« Last post by Castleview on April 02, 2017, 03:59:49 PM »
Wow, a lot of those are super pricey. You weren't kidding.

I'm sure they're great and worthwhile if I was in a surf rock band but not for an ambient musician who might only use one a little bit here and there.

A good plugin might be better for me. I noticed the AKG BX-20 has a plugin but even that's a bit pricey. If I get one of those, it might be that one. It sounds really good. I noticed PSP makes one too.

Thanks for the recs. Those at least give me a good idea of what a good spring reverb sounds like.
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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: TC Electronics' reverbs
« Last post by doombient on April 02, 2017, 01:00:02 PM »
There is plenty of them around. The problem is, most of them are "vintage" and thus fairly pricey.

The Sound Workshop 242 is a classic stereo spring reverb, a bit like the Klark Teknik DN 50 (which is also stereo). Both are 19" rackmounts. Fostex, D&R, Tapco, Quad/Eight, Masterroom, Vesta Fire, Furman, and Korg also made rackmounts.

The Great British Spring is a stereo device but fairly awkward to carry around (let alone place in the studio). Shipping one of these could be a real challenge.

The king of springs would be the AKG BX-20 but this one has become extremely expensive recently, as well as its smaller siblings, the BX-25(E), BX-15, or BX-10. I would not spend a fortune on a BX-5. Too limited for the price it fetches.

For guitar and instant Dick Dale the Lafayette Reverb is interesting (marketed under different brand names), as well as the Schaller Reverb. These two are mono.

Vermona RetroVerb is one of the more contemporary (and affordable) offerings. Ekdahl Moisturizer probably is a bit too hip and correspondingly more expensive.

My personal favourite would be a BBD echo, combined with a spring reverb (e. g. Evans/Electra EP-250). This, or a Roland RE-201/301/501/555. Sweet tone.

Stephen
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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: TC Electronics' reverbs
« Last post by Castleview on April 02, 2017, 12:12:54 PM »
The Polara actually has a spring reverb in it. Haven't really played with it yet but that might be great to use when ebowing, in conjunction with my fuzz pedals to get a gritty, atmospheric sound that's not too washed out.

Just curious, what are usually considered the best spring reverbs? I've never really looked into them.
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