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Mr. UPGrade

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    Mr. UPGrade got a reaction from IooN Cosmic Downtempo in Ableton vs Logic vs Fruityloops .... ?   
    I started my production journey with FL Studio back in 2012. Its very interesting DAW, it has realy fast workflow and is very easy to learn. The advantage is also that you have a LOT of free resources online (like for example http://howtomakeelectronicmusic.com/).There was one thing that i really didnt like, and that was lack of audio tracks. Clip based workflow is awesome for a lot of working with  midi. (which btw i think is awesome, especialy the piano roll and midi tools in it). 
     
    While using FL Studio i downloaded almoust all software there is in trial versions and had a list of things that i wanted to test how they are done in other DAW (i.e. bounce track, bounce clip, editing notes, working with autiomation and stuff like automation follow clips, saving presets and efect chains and all that good jazz). After i think 3 months of testing, i bought my second DAW - Studio One (version 2.5) and I`m very happy with it. The workflow is awesome and the gui is realy clean. I didnt had any problems with crashing or anything like that. My killer feature number one is the ability to take and midi clip (one loop of youre synth killer bass line for example) and just drag and drop it into the browser and studio one will save midi, audio and whole preset for synth and all inserts on its track so whenever i`m doing any sound design sessions or while doing a track i did something that i`m not fully happy in that context i just drag it into "ideas" folder and i have whole preset with midi clip stored and becouse they where saved with audio files you can audition them in browser.
     
    I wasnt fully happy with live while testing (a did 8, and demo of 9 when it lounched), it was interesting to think it in context of live (which i dont plan to do) but for me it missed many functionalities and the hardest part to work with was automation and midi editor which for me such big time. 
     
    I have bitwig (bought it on some promotion) and i`m beggining to love it (its definitly not live ready) but it has all those "ableton live issues" fixed, for me its nsane for making fx and some wicked drones and stuff like that. The killer thing is that you have all those midi and audio controllers (no, not fx) that for example can control filter cuf off (or any other parameter) based on midi notes from other track. But i dont plan to use it to whole song stuff, when i will learn enought (and when they will polish a bit bitwig) i hope to do most "composing" in bitwig and export raw mixdowns for mix/master in Studio One (i dont know how but the mix quality and headroom are so freaking awesome i never can get similar efects in other DAW).
     
    One more thing about bitwig - it has the open api controller which is f..... amazing becouse you can turn almoust any controller into "ableton push" or akai apc. I have maschine studio and the current functions implemented are insane and i think that with some more work done in bitwig this will be the killer DAW for live. 
     
    PS. I know i have a lot of gear and software and i`m a lousy starting producer but thats the pro/con of working 10 years in IT, i have money but i don`t have time
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    Mr. UPGrade got a reaction from snowdrop in Introductions (Say Hello)   
    Hi,
     
    I`m Jakub and i`m from Poland.
     
    I found this forum and psybient.org by accident while googling Androcell, when I run into the interview on psybient.org. 
     
    I`m listening to psybient/downtempo music for around 2 years now and just starting to explore all those produces - both big names like CBL, Androcell, Solar Fields, and the maybe smaller names from http://www.ektoplazm.com/portal.
    For past 3 years I`m learning music production, but with strange path, becouse I`ve started by making drum loops as background beat for plaing on my electric/bass guitars. In the same time i was exploring more electronic genres (both faster and slower stuff) and was more and more into listening and eventually producing downtempo music. Unfortunetly my personal life and full time job as software engineer (which lately i just hate with passion) often collided with music production, so to be honest last 8 months was productive and previous around 2 years was only learning some basics. Thats why my soundcloud are only 2 demos which are very old and proper new stuff will arive very soon:) 

    As for what inspire me, i think its a lot of eastern philosophy, photography (i`m also a amature photographer) and nature (my track My Spirit is Free was actually inspired by my view from the window and surroundings that i see every day while walking my dog). 
     
    Peace
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    Mr. UPGrade got a reaction from yiannis in What do you enjoy about psychedelic downtempo?   
    Well for me is a bit of everything mentioned above. I`m rather new to ambient/chillout/downtempo music - around 2 years of listening and before that it was just Peace Orchestra and FSOL.
     
    Based on that experienced i can say that all the slower tempo genres are very not defined and blury when comes to labeling, and imho thats why they are so interesting and provide many different (lets call it) enterteinment values. Some slower tracks are dreamy and takes you into deep emotional journey thats rather chilly and other like for me Echoes of An Empty Room from E-Mantra thats great for walking/running and excercises. 
     
    One thing that I`m not shure if was mentioned here, that i really like about many downtempo tracks is that they arent so everly compressed and FULL ON LOUDNESS, CLUB LEVEL. Of course they are sometimes loud and club friendly but not to the point of for example many trance/psytrance tracks out there lately (i love psy trance but sometimes its just d much, and 2 loud). 
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    Mr. UPGrade got a reaction from snowdrop in What do you enjoy about psychedelic downtempo?   
    Well for me is a bit of everything mentioned above. I`m rather new to ambient/chillout/downtempo music - around 2 years of listening and before that it was just Peace Orchestra and FSOL.
     
    Based on that experienced i can say that all the slower tempo genres are very not defined and blury when comes to labeling, and imho thats why they are so interesting and provide many different (lets call it) enterteinment values. Some slower tracks are dreamy and takes you into deep emotional journey thats rather chilly and other like for me Echoes of An Empty Room from E-Mantra thats great for walking/running and excercises. 
     
    One thing that I`m not shure if was mentioned here, that i really like about many downtempo tracks is that they arent so everly compressed and FULL ON LOUDNESS, CLUB LEVEL. Of course they are sometimes loud and club friendly but not to the point of for example many trance/psytrance tracks out there lately (i love psy trance but sometimes its just d much, and 2 loud). 
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    Mr. UPGrade reacted to Jatab in The Official Carbon Based Lifeforms Discussion Thread   
    Just love CBL albums - my fav is "Hydroponic Garden"  but "World of sleepers" is most personal as I`ve got serious illness in short time after I bought this CD and was in coma for 3 weeks - then my wife put headphones over my ears with music from this album as she knew how much I like it, (hoped it`ll help me to get better soon)  - she was absolutely right   I belive it could be effect of sample from track "Abiogenesis"  ( "wake up" )

     
     
     
    btw. :  Remastered by Vincent ( Aes Dana ) reedition of "Interloper"  will be released shortly  
    https://www.facebook.com/carbonbasedlifeforms?fref=ts
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    Mr. UPGrade reacted to snowdrop in The Official Carbon Based Lifeforms Discussion Thread   
    My relationship with CBL is an unusually emotional one. I had a boyfriend who used to play it when we were together and the relationship ended with him betraying me very badly, so I couldn't listen to it for months. About three years later I was at Boom (last year) with my current partner, he was having a miserable time because of the heat and we were getting really upset with each other. We were at the Sacred Fire just having just had another horrible argument and then CBL appeared and helped us to heal so much of the pain we were feeling at that moment.
     
    So yeah, that's my 'me and CBL' story
     
    Jatab - yours is pretty inspirational!
     
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    Mr. UPGrade reacted to Mønsterhed in What do you enjoy about psychedelic downtempo?   
    I do somewhat disagree, yannis. Not that that's a bad thing. We all have our preferences
    I like that it for me is blank canvas to project whatever I'm feeling onto. I always shy away from vocals or music that "wants" me to feel something specific. If it's well enough made I will feel whatever the artist intended without it feeling forced, if you catch my drift. These days I also tend to go for less psy stuff and more "classical" ambient, like the output of Taylor Deupree, Virtual and Ishq and some of what A Strangely Isolated Place puts out. I used to be into whomps and wobbles in chill, but that doesn't really speak to me anymore. These days I'm all about flowing soundscapes and strange (sometimes hypnotic, something upbeat) rhythmic patterns.
     
    Some of the things I like about chillout stages, though, are a completely different thing. To me chillout stages are almost living entities in themselves in the sense that they change over the course of a festival and even across the span of a day. A chill stage can be a vastly different experience at night than it is in the afternoon. The vast variation is absolutely key to a well constructed chillout environment. You've got to have the stuff to make you dance your feet off, the stuff to mellow out to and the deep and intropective "sleepy" sounding sets.
    And not only in music does a stage change, but many times also physically. I remember the SUN chill stage (first year) being made of hay that was slowly rearanged and spread out over the course the week. That's why it to me resembles a living, breathing being.
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    Mr. UPGrade reacted to yiannis in What do you enjoy about psychedelic downtempo?   
    The title should be self-explanatory.
     
    For me it's the following:
     
    1. Obviously, the slow tempo. I love it when it's  around 70-100 bpm.
    2. The pads. Extremely important for me. It feels like swimming or diving in an aural sea.
    3. The layers. Although I can appreciate some minimal psybient, like some Virtual and Robert Rich releases, it sends me to other worlds when there are arpeggios and effects around the main themes.
    4. The melodies. I can't enjoy purely weird or experimental music for too long.
    5. The ethnic element. a. Vocals, Arabic, Far Eastern, Tuvan, almost anything goes. I know they are anathema to a lot of listeners, but I love them as a part of the whole. Not so much as the main focus, although I do like Entheogenic, for example, who sometimes tend to overuse them b. Instrumentation: I enjoy all manner of traditional instruments, but I have a soft spot for tablas, stringed and wind instruments.
    6. The emotional aspect. This might be my favourite element.
    7. The "fractal" quality of some of the music. As it says on a sample I heard recently (but can't remember where    ) "self similar, but not the same," when I get deep into a tune it feels like getting ever deeper into the Mandelbrot. I know it's the most typical example there is, but that's what it feels like. And it also gets progressively brighter, with various visual effects that look like tricks your eyes play on you on a sunny day, following the effects. I don't often have the will to focus inward for too long though.
    8. Nature sounds from field recordings. What would Matt Hillier's music be without them?
    9. Some artwork is fantastic and deepens the experience in its own right. I adore the art on Dakini releases, for instance.
     
    As I've said elsewhere, I used to value the spiritual aspect, but now it's not as important for me anymore.
     
    And you?
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    Mr. UPGrade reacted to andorra in Stereo width VST recommendations   
    Here's a free stereo control plugin.
     
    http://a1audio.de/index.php/a1stereocontrol
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    Mr. UPGrade got a reaction from Gagarin Project in Stereo width VST recommendations   
    For analizing and shaping stereo with i often use
     
    Flux stereo tool (http://www.fluxhome.com/products/)
     
    and 
     
    Voxengo MSED (http://www.voxengo.com/product/msed/)
     
    Both are free
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    Mr. UPGrade got a reaction from Gagarin Project in When did you start listening to psybient / psychill music?   
    I started with FSOL, dont remember the album (i had a lot of mp3 from different albums, you know high school days;)) and some other chill stuff like Krudder and Dorfmeister and Peace Orchestra. It was a time when i was moving from rock/metal into some electronic and jazz but i didnt listen to a lot of it back then, becouse i also discovered Goa, DnB, and later on Dubstep and becouse I like to explore genres I didnt focus too much on any of them but in 2014 I really got hooked by Androcell, Carbon Based Life Forms AES DENA and a lot of related artists (thanks to Spotify for that !! )  Now Psybient and related genres are on top of my listening queue:) 
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