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  1. The recommended operating system version depends on your hard and software. You need to know for which macOS versions drivers for your audio- and midi interfaces are currently supplied and also if the creators of your software have confirmed that the latest updates are usable. For example, Native Instruments warns very often about updating macOS because the software requires updates which need to be created and tested. On the other side, drivers and applications require a minimum version to be usable.
  2. Hello, it is now over four years ago since I released the album "West Meets East". Meanwhile, I published some tracks at soundcloud but I didn't create something which is mixed up more professional, mastered by a sound engineer and released on all major platforms. But a few weeks ago, I started to improve two songs with the goal to release a two-track EP at Bandcamp and via a digital distributor on other download and streaming platforms. I also thought about releasing a 7-inch vinyl single but I discarded this because pressing plants are currently very overloaded and therefore, prices are too high, the waiting times too long and most plants currently reject new orders because they have too much in their pipelines to complete. So it will finally become a digital-only release with the following two songs: Lets Harvest Colors La Laguna Negra Not updated at soundcloud I already replayed the bass guitar and changed the drum sounds at Lets Harvest Colors. On both songs, I optimized the mixer volumes and the EQ settings of the instrument tracks in both songs, changed the velocity of selected notes and modified some parameters of specific synthesizers with the goal to make everything more audible. What are your suggestions what I should also change before I should give the audio files to a sound engineer for mastering?
  3. I don't know how to find serious discussions on social media platforms and I also have no idea how social media pages are found by their users. The sites at social media platforms of which people take notices are also only needles in a big haystack. A few sites are very active but the majority is nearly ignored.
  4. The vinyl master-cutting studios have their specifications which the audio files must met. A CD pre-master almost leads to unusable results if it isn't rejected in advance. If a vinyl production sounds bad, the reason is either that a vinyl pre-master exists, but a bad one - or that the laquer cutter did a bad job.
  5. Shpongle - Nothing Lasts... But Nothing is Lost (remastered) is available now. But for a crazy price around €150: https://shponglemusic.bandcamp.com/album/nothing-lasts-but-nothing-is-lost-remastered
  6. During the black weekend we offer our album for €8.50 at Bandcamp until sunday 23:59 CET. No code required. https://progressive-anarchists.bandcamp.com/
  7. Just finished a new track influenced by Ozric Tentacles, Juno Reactor and California Sunshine
  8. Shpongle - Tales Of The Inexpressible (re-issue on blue vinyl) is still available while the black edition in February was sold out a few hours later: https://shponglemusic.bandcamp.com/album/tales-of-the-inexpressible-remastered
  9. Only one day to go and only 183/300 orders yet. Everyone who wants to give this a chance should hurry now.
  10. A new album from Juno Reactor is upcoming: https://www.junoreactor.com/shop/juno-reactor-the-mutant-theatre-2-x-12-vinyl-signed-copies-pre-order/ Actually, a signed copy can be pre-ordered if anybody wishes this.
  11. There are too many terms to describe styles of music. And each of them describes a constricted musical concept without much tolerance for any individualism. As soon as any musican makes his own thing, people start to critise that the music does not match the strict policies of any of these musical concepts. In my opinion, that is a shame. We should think about less musical styles and tolerate individuality of each artist. So, let psytrance, psychill and psybient be synonyms for each other.
  12. Hidria Spacefolk - Symbiosis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQxFAQVVE2A&list=PLA3E82059821541F2 Hidria Spacefolk is a band from Finland combining Space Rock and Suomisaundi. Symbiosis is not their latest album but this one has recently been released on vinyl.
  13. In my opinion, Codex 6 and the "Super Deluxe Edition" of Are You Shpongled? have a very good sound quality but the remastered edition of Tales Of The Inexpressible sounds a little bit worse. I use a Technics SL-1610MK2 with a Technics 207C system. By the way, the Skylon album by Ott is also still available: https://ottsonic.bandcamp.com/album/skylon
  14. Sorry. That happens if you try to translate words which don't really exist in english. What I meant is playing bass with a dirty effect chain. Two different distortion effects are used around a very low phaser. I thought about replaying the bass sequence (because the instrument could really be played better) using a moderate effect config but I finally decided to keep this trash as it is because I think it also has it's own character.
  15. I tried to combine old school goa trance with wobbling dubstep basses and a trashy e-bass setup at a moderate speed of 100 BPM.
  16. If the production of Electronic is more or less an hobby and not your main job, you won't have the practice to compose a qualitative song in a few hours - that's normal. So you can either spend more time on your productions than a pro or compose very simple copy&paste-music. I know a few people who create two to three songs on just one day - background music for movies and commercials or just the music beside the lyrics a songwriter sings. But it is their daily bread and such an output is neccessary if you want to earn an adequate income with your work.
  17. If anybody likes to get the vinyl release - we offer the album for €10 on Bandcamp during the XMAS holidays. Afterwards, the price will be as usual again to be fair to the record dealers which also offer it. https://progressive-anarchists.bandcamp.com/album/west-meets-east
  18. I played around with rosegarden and qtractor but never finalized a song I started with these DAWs. Beside these DAWs, we also have a Bitwig Studio license used under Linux. But when I dropped off the fasttracker and started to use a DAW, it was Logic Audio under Mac OS X. I know how to work with all the factory plugins included into Logic and it is a real science to find alternatives for anything else with a similar handling. But Ubuntu Linux is still my main operating system for anything else beside music production (Mac OS X) and flashing smartphones (Windows).
  19. The first thing I do is to create a single pattern with a cacophony almost every instrument I will probably use in the song. This includes drumkits, percussions and various overdubbed melodic loops. The next step is to clone this "almost all-inclusive" part a few times and to drop different instruments from every copy. Then, I try out possibilities for transitions. When I am tired from working on the middle parts, I create an introduction. When I think it is enough, I create the ending. When the basic structure is complete, I modify the beats and the notation to make it more eclectic. Next step is to optimize velocities and the automata. Last step is to optimize volumes, to apply EQs and using low/highpass filters to wipe out what is not really hearable.
  20. After composing electronic music for several years just to release free downloads, we had the idea to release an album on vinyl. One of our motivation was the reason that very few artists producing psychedelic electronica release on vinyl today and we wanted to do "our small step" to bring psytrance back to vinyl. Because nearly all labels in this genre don't release vinyl since over ten years and if so, only well-known artists like Shpongle or Carbon Based Lifeforms, we made the decision to manage everything ourselves. But another motivation was also to get experience. While we evaluated the offers of different pressing plants, we intensively optimized six of our previously unmastered songs. for the mixdown (the part before the pre-mastering) we did the following steps: 1st: Removing all really necessary parts of our songs to get a playtime of not more than 22 minutes per side. 2nd: Applying low- and highpass filters to every single instrument track and moving them to the positions which were just enough to hear no difference because sometimes, not really perceptible frequencies tend to produce clipping if too loud. Beside that, very low and very high frequencies cannot be depicted trivially on vinyl and we thought that it is better to wipe them out on it's source than on the sum track in the later mastering process. 3rd: Optimizing the volumes of each instrument track. For that, we pre-listened each song many times to find out the best compromise to get everything hearable as well as possible. In some cases, we modified the velocity of single tones to avoid degenerated loudness peaks. Furthermore, we played around with EQs. (pre-)mastering and pressing After we applied our audio modifications as described and could not find anything we could optimized ourselves, a sound engineer pre-mastered our songs to meet the requirements for a vinyl pressing. Just to understand: In case of a vinyl pressing, the pre-mastering is that what is colloquially called mastering while mastering means to cut the laquer as template for the press tools. Finally we got two masters of each song: One for the vinyl release and one to be used for the digital downloads. After we evaluated the offers of different pressing plants, we decided to press our record at Flight 13 Duplication in Karlsruhe (Germany) - including the mastercut and the cover printing. And we are very happy with the result because the vinyl record sounds nearly like the digital pre-master. We decided to produce an edition of 200. More is too much for an unknown artist like us. Less cannot be economic (the production costs per item would be higher than any record store pays for it). By the way, most pressing plants offer price calculators on their websites. But more important than the price is that the cutter does a good job.
  21. In Germany, some people use drugs, some people not. People who don't use drugs almost accept that others do. So, drug dealers are almost the friend of a friend of a friend... and so the drug distribution almost happens in a private enviroment over connections of people and less on the streets or behind shop counters.
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