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Thanks, Anthony. That was a great description.
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Perfect description.  I think some of the black ones are pressed, or the silver may have been sprayed black.  The reissue of Kiss Destroyer was like this. 
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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, 04:31:11 PM »
Chris.
Not sure there is any such thing as a "pro-CDR".
All CDRs are burned. You can have blank CDR disks screen printed if you want, just like pressed disks, then burn them. This is why it looks just like a pressed CD on the top side. But a CDR will have a different underside. You can buy CDRs that are silver on the underside and they therefore look just like pressed disks, but how you can tell it is a CDR is that when you burn data onto a CDR there is a noticeable ring (or color change) where the burning stops (at the end of the music). You will see it if you look closely in good light.

At DataObscura I use only Taiyo Yuden CDR disks. These are reported to be the best. They use a dye in their manufacture which makes the under surface look slightly green or blue. This color also lets you know it is CDR. I could use silver disks, but they are simply not as long lasting or trustworthy as the dyed ones.

All pressed CDs, as far as I know, are silver underneath and have no burn line on them ... because they are pressed rather than burned.
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So I explained the tell tale signs of CD vs CDR to him... he changed the listing to say pro-cdr.  :-) 

What are the tell tale signs? I can clearly tell the difference between a CD-R style data disc that I would buy at the store and a pressed CD. The DataObscura CDRs and other discs that forum members sell (e.g., El Culto) are also clearly distinct from other discs. But I'm not sure how to tell the difference between the pro-CDRs and regular CDs.
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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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