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  Looking for help with beginner studio setup
Posted by: Spectraz - 16th November 2017, 23:08 - Replies (7)

I have always wanted to create music, yet I have never been able to put together a decent setup. A part of the problem is that I don't entirely understand how the gear 'communicates' with each other in a digital / analogue studio environment. Moreover, I have had problems with recording in my old version of Cubase, since old projects failed to load, and the midi keyboard seemed to live a life of its own.

I obviously need to sort this out during the forthcoming years. That's why I created this post and hopefully some of you will be able to give input and feedback so I can move on, and build some sort of momentum and foundation. As for goals, on is obviously just to sit around and create and experiment with gear. Another goal is to start an own label for any tracks I might finish and have a Bandcamp page.

Here is my current setup (packed away at the moment):

Computer
HP Pavilion a6632sc - Phenom 8550 / 3GB / 640GB / GeForce 9500 GS / DVD±RW / Vista HP - (I installed an older OS that worked better with Cubase)

I will probably need a new computer correct? Price range?

Sequencer
Cubase Essential 4 - (I never got this program to work correctly and it was buggy, had problems with loading projects and it didn't really connect well with the gear. It was probably my fault. What is today's most popular choice? And what do you guys use? Logic? Ableton?)

External soundcard
Edirol - UA 25EX - (This might still work and is decent right?)

MIDI-Keyboard
M-Audio - Oxygen 8 v2, USB MIDI - (It worked, but I wasn't happy about it. It didn't work well with the Blofeld, but that might have been my fault though. In this case I am thinking that I ought to work with a workstation of somekind, or perhaps use a bigger USB MIDI-Keyboard.)

Headphones
AKG240S - (I think that the sound was good for it is supposed to be used for: creating and mixdowns. However, sometimes i just want to hear the HIFI-loudness version of the tune, do you know what I mean? - How it is supposed to sound in a loud pair of speakers or a couple of headphones that are maxed out when it comes to bass. When I made a tune, and it sounded ok (to my unskilled ear), then the final unmastered result sounded lame and without packing a punch.)

Studio monitors
Genelec GE-8020AP - (I am very happy with these for now. They are probably the best thing about the setup to be honest.  Neutral ) I thank Johan 'Wezzler' for the recommendation.

Synths
Waldorf Blofeld - (Yes, I bought a Blofeld many years ago, and apparently some producers use it for ambient / techno?! I think this piece of gear will stay in my setup, but I need it to team up well with sequencer / midi / workstation etc. in order to be able to record it. I never actually understood how I recorded it. Should I use MIDI and arrange all the parameters and save the settings with creating a tune, or should I record waw's of the Blofeld and save on the computer, thus saving a sound digitally and go from there?)



When it comes to creating music, I'm mainly concerned with these genres:

Jungle, Drum 'N' Bass, Hip-Hop, beats/breakbeat, Techno, Dubtechno, Ambient Techno, Ambient, Acid, experimental soundscapes

So, guys, what pieces of the gear puzzle am I missing? I am a beginner in terms of studio creation and analogue hardware Oops , but I can get around in the digital environment so I atleast can make a 4/4 beat with drums and percussion. Hahaha

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Smile BANGFACE Weekender 2018 - 15-19 March, Southport
Posted by: bangface - 16th November 2017, 15:57 - Replies (1)

BANGFACE Weekender 2018
15-19 March @ Southport Holiday Park

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Chase & Status (dj set) - Strictly D&B/Jungle set feat. Rage
Napalm Death - The Godfathers of Grindcore!
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Speedy J
Ben Sims
A Guy Called Gerald
Altern-8
The Upbeats
ISR Live - Lenny Dee / Unexist / Satronic / Malke
Helena Hauff
Friction
Luke Vibert
Dillinja
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Current Value AV
Steve Davis & Kavus Torabi
Liquid
2 Bad Mice
Phace
Original Sin
Paula Temple
Ansome
Slugabed
Hellfish
The DJ Producer
Le Bask
Floxytek
Mark Archer
Ceephax Acid Crew
Rico Tubbs
Scott Brown
Champion
Crystal Distortion
Somatic Responses
Gein
End.User
Phibes
Aries
Dolphin
The Teknoist
Jerome Hill
GFOTY
Kane West
Spinee
Deathmachine
Ruby My Dear
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Spongebob Squarewave
Jamie Bostron
Benton
Spinscott
Kanji Kinetic
RRRitalin
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  Sarah Jane Gray (artist, one half of Broken Library band)
Posted by: Muttley - 14th November 2017, 15:28 - Replies (1)

I encountered Sarah Jane Grey and her bandmate Sam Pope, playing covers and original material as the band Broken Library, in Witney in late October 2017. The happy couple suffered joint brain haemorraghes at different points in life, and Headway charity helped them to release this.

I've just visited Sarah's artist website for the first time, piqued by the CD paintings in the inner sleeve of their "Jigsaw" album, a collection of song-writing covers and original works. The album is available to buy on there, and the busking style gig I attended filled me with hope and joy.

Both very friendly folk, and Sarah's a dab had with paints - check out her watercolour paintings here: http://sarahjaneg.co.uk/into-the-waterfall-portfolio/ ...I find them imbued with child-like clarity and optimism, but with a earnest maturity beyond their years that Is capturing of all the finer aspects of texture, tone, and ordinance. Having studied visual art at the Open Uni the material would fit right in at the Tate, it's that interesting.

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Secret d*bstep.. more like rotting on my doorstep @#!
Posted by: +ToRMeNT+ - 12th November 2017, 21:33 - Replies (17)

instant stream of consciousness thought for a thread title, ya dig?  lol. 


Listen. 

We all know NOBODY listens to dubstep anymore. Scratch SadwavePerhaps for good reason too. I mean.. imo, trap has usurped most of dubstep's production sounds, while incredibly simplifying production techniques 10 fold, AND has jointly provided an even MORE extreme bass perversion for those that need it. Dubstep seems rather pedestrian by today's standards in bass music productions, imo. In 2017,  i view dubstep as a mere footnote to what was to come.  Still, you can't deny, whether good or bad, bass musics, hip-hop, trap, later eras of dnb (as we know), and a myriad of current commercial pop electronic tunes heard anywhere today, would NOT be here without dubstep.  It happened.  People know what dubstep is..  the general public who know nothing of dance music lingo, know the term "dubstep".   The sound was completely integrated, and passively received, perhaps killing any "edge" the music may have had, of course.  In all honesty, a dark, instrumental trap mix is more interesting to listen to, more "head nodding" , subversive, and extreme in comparison.  

If anything, I think that any notable reference to dubstep today might merely reinforce the standard UK garage connection, which I am a fan of, from back in the day. There are still blips of decent tunes posted about.  It has been roughly 15 years + of reference points you can sift through now. I stopped listening in... I can't even remember. Maybe 2006?  I was even still djing back then. Perhaps some of the Skull Disco releases were some of my final dubstep vinyl purchases back then?  Hotflush was moving on, as were other labels and producers.   "brostep" killed it for me.. perhaps the genre in general.  Things moved on and changed, as we all know. Grime stepped up again in recent years, to various degrees.  I STILL listen to old Hotflush Recordings podcast and mixes.  Earlier Hotflush Recs is always an instant reference point for me, it is like "comfort food" for my sonic tastes. heh. Hotflush was always quality back then. TOASTY for life really. Smile

Kahn & Neek, Bandulu Recs, doing it for recent stuff.   I might check out blips here and there. Hence this thread. 

Random dubstep picks, from 15+ years of music now, perhaps some grime'ting as well.   Including stuff I've never heard myself, nor checked out before the music fell void to my needs.   Feel free to share your own discoveries and gems. 

Cheers.  Xyxthumbs


Truth - Deep Medi Musik, October 2017.  

I like this.  

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  Blue Lab Beats
Posted by: B - 12th November 2017, 20:41 - Replies (1)

I've been following these two young fellas, Blue Lab Beats, for a bit now and think they're great. I love their Blue Skies EP and went to see them live in the Eastern Curve Garden in Dalston at a night called woodburner, the garden was jumping. They've just released a couple of debut singles and I hate to say I'm disappointed, however, I still maintain they are ones to watch. I had a chat with them and they are yet to discover jungle. They are musical sponges so hopefully they will take it more on a 4 Hero tip, which is what they reminded me of when I first heard them.  Anyway, make up your own mind:

http://bluelabbeats.com

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  Good Hip Hop Mixtapes
Posted by: Spectraz - 11th November 2017, 22:10 - Replies (3)

I just heard some old mixtape from Marc Mac, which I hadn't heard before. Let's post links to good hip hop mixtapes in this thread and dig up some old gems.

https://visioneers.bandcamp.com/album/dirty-old-mixtape

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  ESCHATON - THE ALPHA RADIO SESSIONS - Updated 18/01/2018
Posted by: Euphony - 11th November 2017, 11:20 - Replies (15)

Grin Grin Grin

Ok, as the Omni Sessions have officially concluded and I will be hosting a bi-weekly show on Alpha Radio I will put an archive up here of each show. I have already posted up Show 3, which was the last Omni Session. So, here are the first 2 shows Cool 

Eschaton 2017 Alpha Session Show 1 - Deep DnB & Atmospherica

Tracklist:

Daniel Knoxville – Galaxiam
Radium – Nova
Pageant – Do You Remember
TGM – Lakes of Rila
Parhelia – Canyon of Pha'axt
Audioholic – Tallinn Minute
Eschaton and Parallel – Funkin' Ages
Optimystic – Run Me Down
Booca – Boreal Mantra
Cryogenics – Celestial Nymphs VIP
The Drumkilla – Constellations
Mizeyesis & AwakeFM – Memories of a Distant Planet
Eschaton and Parallel – Conscious Awareness (Remix)
Abstract Drumz – Transition
Deep Stealth – Night Air
Parhelia – And it Rained Moths
LTJ Bukem – Water Colours
Sci-Clone – Lucid
Rantoul – The Ladder
Aural Imbalance – Realm of Innocence
Makoto – Enterprise
Aural Imbalance – Rain on Sullust
AP Organism & Outluke – Raja in Space

>>>>>DOWNLOADABLE SOUNDCLOUD MIX<<<<<<<<

>>>>>>>STREAMABLE MIXCLOUD LINK<<<<<<<<<<<


Eschaton 2017 Alpha Session Show 2 - 1991 Oldskool

Tracklist:

Shades of Rhythm – Sweet Sensation
Tech-Noise – I Luv U
Xray Xperiments – Take No Chance
The Noise Engineer – Let's Go
Q Bass – Hardcore Will Never Die (E-Type Mix)
Turntable Symphony – Instructions of Life (Blapps Possee Remix)
Red Shift - Showdown
The Predator – The Outer Limits
Shades of Rhythm - Homicide
The Noise Engineer – Paranoia (Acid Ravers Mix)
Shaft – Bolts Beats
The Psychopaths – Nightmare
Sonic Experience – Protein
Tek 9 – Kingdom of Dub
Tigers in Space – Untitled Revolution
Rhythm Section – Future
Syko – Night of the Demon
The Raid – The Party (Original Mix)
The KCL Project – There will be a Time
Speedy J – Wicked Saw
The Holy Ghost – Liquidation
XES – Roller Coaster
Rhythm Section – Check out the Bass Bass
Tekno 2 – Jet Star
The Holy Ghost – Stealth
2 For Joy – Let the Bass Kick
Armageddon – Raybone
NRG – Trip Switch
Break the Limits – E-Yeah
Armageddon – String
Oracle – DXD
After Dark – Raw
Dimension – Phenomena
The Rhythm Foundation – Let the Whole World Know

>>>>>DOWNLOADABLE SOUNDCLOUD MIX<<<<<<<<

>>>>>>>STREAMABLE MIXCLOUD LINK<<<<<<<<<<<

I will post up future shows in this thread too Grin  Wave

http://alpharadio.live/

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  Seba & Ulrich Schnauss - Snöflingor EP (Blu Mar Ten Music)
Posted by: DIB - 10th November 2017, 10:17 - Replies (2)

https://www.blumarten.com/product/bmt043...-schnauss/

https://blumarten.bandcamp.com/album/sn-flingor-ep

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  Adam F : Pressure/Rushin'
Posted by: firefinga - 10th November 2017, 09:14 - Replies (2)

Early Adam F tracks unearthed and released via DeepJungle:

https://deepjungle.bandcamp.com/album/da...d-12-vinyl








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  Roger Eno - New Album
Posted by: DJ ML - 9th November 2017, 01:25 - No Replies

http://www.recitalprogram.com/this-floating-world/

New album by Roger Eno, is out this week, his first in 10 years!  Cool

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