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I've been using FL Studio for composition since 2003 or so. Great DAW!

I agree with Pete. Reaktor Blocks could be what you're looking for.

Alternatively, perhaps a tool such as Noatikl might work better for you.
Google generative music software for more options. I know there's some out there that will create MID files, which you could import into a DAW and finetune from there.

Most importantly, just have fun!  ;D

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Moog's New Polyphonic Synth....One
« on: October 09, 2018, 07:25:05 AM »
Moog One Promo Video

Great video! Thanks for sharing.  :D

excellentissimo! I put the video-link on my tumblr-page: and a merry pre-christmas to you! :))

Hah! Merry pre-christmas to you as well.  ;D
Thank you for sharing the video.

Dave and Richard, thanks for your support. :D

I also realized I forgot to include a link to Bert's review at Sonic Immersion:


Introducing the definitive version of Winter Embrace by Altus (Mike Carss), a Canadian musician with 40+ releases over the course of his career. For the first time, Altus is available on pressed CD. The album was originally released in 2002, and then rebuilt from the ground up in 2017. This is a long-play album that begins in a slow-motion neoclassical minimalist structure, transforming into an ambient bed of sound over the course of 62 minutes. The music was created to accompany the sights and sounds of the first snowfall of the winter season.

CD & download available to purchase on Bandcamp

Europe / Asia / Africa / Australia
Please purchase the CD at Databloem for lower shipping fees

The Creation of Winter Embrace

Stream the full-length version on YouTube

Free MP3 download will be available on December 21st.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach & Robert Rich
« on: July 03, 2017, 06:05:56 AM »
Roach and Obmana 8)
Agreed. These two together produced some amazing music. Well of Souls, Cavern of Sirens, Ascension of Shadows, and Spirit Dome are my favourites.

Spotify likely uses OGG to bypass paying MP3 license fees to Fraunhofer.

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Goodbye iTunes..Hello MusicBee!
« on: February 26, 2017, 09:05:19 AM »
Thanks for the heads up on MusicBee. The best feature IMO is the gapless playback. Flawless.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 11, 2017, 01:01:42 PM »
Altus - Below The Root

3 listens and hearing something new each time. Well done, Mike.

Glad to hear you're enjoying it. Thanks for the support. :)

I have often thought of picking up a Minibrute, really good little mono synth and cheap!

My brother has a Microbrute and manages to produce amazing sounds with it. It's a fun little unit. :)

I think ominsphere looks really dated now days, they need to rethink it all completly, it has been looking pretty much the same since atmosphere.. which is like over 10 years old
The problem is if they drastically change the interface, they'll anger the long-time users. "Don't change what isn't broken," they'll say. Whether or not it's broken is, again, a personal matter. Does it look dated? Sure, the design is kind of grandiose. But I'm comfortable with it, and I can easily navigate through its functions. Just as you are with Alchemy. :)

Julio, I hope you have fun mangling your sounds. I came across this video recently. The guy is a goof, but it's a good example of what you can do.

On that note, I think we've derailed this topic.  :P

Omnisphere 2 allows you to import your own audio files, so you aren't limited by the built-in library. Complaining about the GUI is purely a personal matter, and comes down to what you're comfortable with.

Have fun with it, Julio. There's so many facets to explore within that plugin that I still discover new things fairly regularly.

Pete, it's funny you mentioned Razor. I just re-discovered it a few weeks ago and been making some great music with it since.

NI Guitar Rig does amp and cabinet emulation. I don't have enough experience with the real thing to tell you if it's any good, but running guitars (and other instruments) through it sounds great to my ears. The amount of effects built in are pretty staggering. (17 amps, 27 cabinets, 54 effects according to their site)

Back to analogue emulation, has anyone tried NI Monark? It sounds great, but as others have mentioned regarding emulation, it eats A LOT of CPU cycles, especially since it's only one voice. ;)

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Holy Crapintosh Batman!!!
« on: October 01, 2016, 06:52:57 AM »
Judging by your comments, your growing dislike for Apple is based on their hardware, not their software. I have no idea what's involved with building a hachintosh, but it might be something to consider:

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 18, 2016, 05:20:42 AM »
I'm glad to hear you're enjoying, Dave. Thanks for the support.  ;D

I also produced an album consisting of 22 short tracks (each being 2-3 minutes) called Macro.
It was a fun project that allowed for a lot of experimentation.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Any opinions on TANGE ?
« on: June 12, 2016, 06:19:49 AM »
The 96kb/s files were rips from his StillStream show (since he did live stuff nearly every week for a number of years). Aside from the Tub, which have those select recordings at 256kb/s, I doubt you'll find anything better. I wonder if Gord still has all those original recordings?

You can get a FLAC version of his last live work here:
I assume the version on Bandcamp is the same, but I've not compared it. Note that the majority of the music lives below the 5k range (so it sounds kinda lo-fi), though if you take a look at the music in a spectrum analyzer, you'll see there's no damage from lossy compression during the sequencer parts.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Any opinions on TANGE ?
« on: June 10, 2016, 03:47:54 PM »
I heard back from Gord.

As we suspected, he hasn't created any ambient music since ending his radio show, stating he'd felt the Tange project had run out of steam. He's received requests from Mike Metlay at StillStream to return. Gord said he was considering it, but his health isn't very good and he's tired much of the time. So while he didn't say no, my impression from his message was that it would be unlikely he'd return to make new music, at least not for the foreseeable future.

That said, he's given us a lot of music over the years, freely available on various netlabels. The already-mentioned Tub Full of Tange is over 11 hours.  ;D

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Any opinions on TANGE ?
« on: June 06, 2016, 04:01:01 PM »
Unfortunately, as you said, he's been silent in the ambient world for years. I think he still plays in a band for live gigs, but it's not ambient.
I'll chat him up on FB and see what's happening.

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