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    Hi there!

    I've been writing music on and off for about 20 years - just as a hobby/obsession. First of all I used a Soundblaster AWE32 which had acted as quite a versatile midi-controlled sample player. Then, after some 6 or seven years the hardware broke and I took an extended break. About 5 years ago I got back into music making - firstly with software synths and controllers, then last year I started a hardware setup because I was sick of working infront of a computer screen all the time.

    My home studio consists of:
    • Novation Circuit (mostly used for sequencing external synths - I find editing the onboard synth engine to be a pain even with the Sigabort IPad app).
    • Novation Bass Station 2
    • Novation K Station (love this second-hand beast. It's so hands-on and I can't get a bad noise out of it.
    • Novation Ultranova (only purchased a few days ago so I am yet to explore it).
    • Roland TR8s (a real handful and I'm still miles away from understanding how to use it best).
    • Zoom MS70CDR multieffects pedal (brilliant for budget effects)
    • Soundcraft 12MTK combined mixer/audio interface (awesome second-hand purchase).
    • Ableton
    • Various Novation controllers including launchpad and launchcontrol units.

    I write techno and ambient and you can find me at: https://mikerenouf.bandcamp.com/

    Cheers!

    Mike

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    Hi Mike from over the Pennines. Ambitious project your ‘one a day for November’ but sounding really good so far. Best, Tony
    best wishes, Tony

    https://soundcloud.com/thisnorthernlife

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    • #3
      Hi Mike,

      Good to see you here! I recognize you from youtube! You've commented on a few of my videos and I think we talked a bit about the Bass Station 2 and MS70CDR. I'm listening to your "Novembient" release and it sounds wonderful! Great work

      It's great you're taking a hardware-focused approach. Kinda funny; I've been going the opposite direction lately... When I was starting out I was mainly using my BS2 and MS70CDR, but lately I've become more interested in software. But there is something very immediate and satisfying about using hardware. Evidently like you, I'm also a Novation fan. My main hardware synth at the moment is the Peak.
      Bandcamp | Youtube | SoundCloud

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      • #4
        Originally posted by dreamware View Post
        Hi Mike,

        Good to see you here! I recognize you from youtube! You've commented on a few of my videos and I think we talked a bit about the Bass Station 2 and MS70CDR.
        Yes that was me thanks for your inspiring Ambient Sketches album - it triggered me on this whole escapade! I was blown away by your use of relatively simple kit and how you made such lush soundscapes from it. Mostly Novembient is using that same ideology. I found that grabbing the KStation (which has its own built-in effects) and set of headphones and just jamming on my sofa to be hugely liberating. I had spent a long time with the kit list above all wired together and everything took forever to plan and execute.

        I love Novation's value for money (particularly since most of mine are 2nd hand). I'd love a Summit... But the bank manager and my wife would (justifiably) crucify me.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by ajmiller View Post
          Hi Mike from over the Pennines. Ambitious project your ‘one a day for November’ but sounding really good so far. Best, Tony
          Thanks Tony - just had a listen to some of your tracks over on Soundcloud. I love the addition of some live brass - is that trumpet? 'Park Piece' in particular is fantastic.
          Last edited by Mike_Renouf; 11-21-2019, 01:35 PM.

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          • #6
            Cheers Mike, yes it is trumpet as that’s my first instrument. Park Piece was done for the Cities and Memories project - well worth joining. Tony

            Originally posted by Mike_Renouf View Post

            Thanks Tony - just had a listen to some of your tracks over on Soundcloud. I love the addition of some live brass - is that trumpet? 'Park Piece' in particular is fantastic.
            best wishes, Tony

            https://soundcloud.com/thisnorthernlife

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            • #7
              welcome and enjoy :-)

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Mike_Renouf View Post
                Hi there!

                I've been writing music on and off for about 20 years - just as a hobby/obsession. First of all I used a Soundblaster AWE32 which had acted as quite a versatile midi-controlled sample player. Then, after some 6 or seven years the hardware broke and I took an extended break. About 5 years ago I got back into music making - firstly with software synths and controllers, then last year I started a hardware setup because I was sick of working infront of a computer screen all the time.

                My home studio consists of:
                • Novation Circuit (mostly used for sequencing external synths - I find editing the onboard synth engine to be a pain even with the Sigabort IPad app).
                • Novation Bass Station 2
                • Novation K Station (love this second-hand beast. It's so hands-on and I can't get a bad noise out of it.
                • Novation Ultranova (only purchased a few days ago so I am yet to explore it).
                • Roland TR8s (a real handful and I'm still miles away from understanding how to use it best).
                • Zoom MS70CDR multieffects pedal (brilliant for budget effects)
                • Soundcraft 12MTK combined mixer/audio interface (awesome second-hand purchase).
                • Ableton
                • Various Novation controllers including launchpad and launchcontrol units.

                I write techno and ambient and you can find me at: https://mikerenouf.bandcamp.com/

                Cheers!

                Mike
                Not familiar with Novation much, but I use Ableton quite frequently, and I also have a Roland SP-404 SX linear wave sampler.. the sample length is only limited by the amount of space on the SD card you are using, which means you can make song-length samples (and I've done this).. also lots of easy features to use, filters at the touch of a button, looping, DSP effects like reverb and delay that IMO are 'off the charts' good. 10 banks of 12 samples each.

                I also have a Korg Kronos 2 88 that I use standalone and as a midi controller for my laptop and iPad apps, such as GarageBand, and for a Yamaha DX Reface as well. Mostly recording into a hardware recorder, TASCAM DP-24 SD.

                I will check out some of your stuff. Welcome to the forum, and enjoy your time here!

                https://metapop.com/sonic-bodhi
                https://www.youtube.com/user/SonicBodhi1
                https://sonicbodhi.bandcamp.com/
                https://hearthis.at/sonic-bodhi-iw/

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                • #9
                  Welcome to Ambient Online! I look forward to listening to your music

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                  • #10
                    Welcome!

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                    • #11
                      Welcome to AO. Great intro ... thanks for sharing.
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                      • #12
                        hello and welcome
                        https://soundcloud.com/crepuscular

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                        • #13
                          Hi there Mike

                          Welcome to the ambient online community

                          I hope you enjoy your stay here

                          cheers

                          andy
                          I may not post anything useful, but at least I do it often

                          Latest release - Anomaly available on Bandcamp


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