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  • #16
    Originally posted by mux View Post
    I'm all hardware except for recording on PC at 48k. And I master it onto MD that's my sorta 'tape compression'.
    I remember a thread once (prob. at KvR) where someone was asking if there was an 'MP3 emulator' plugin so they could get that squished/splashy treble sound you get on highly compressed MP3s... It's the new tape warmth obviously. ;)
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    • #17
      Old skool ;)) definately sounds better over a 56k modem
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      • #18
        Industrial made with an MPC Live - something without the usual drums:


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        • #19
          If money is no object, I would recommend Elektron instruments. They just released their new digitakt sampler and are revamping some of their older products, but there is a lot you can do with their stuff when you think outside the box. Dunno if it's your style, but check'em out.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Sky High Diamonds View Post
            I'm making a transition from being fully reliant on a computer to exploring bits of hardware to play/experiment live with.

            Do you have any favourite bits of hardware to recommend? I am specifically interested in those that can be run through a mixing desk and avoid a computer completely. I do need to find a machine to create and sequence solid beats (I realise ambient doesn't generally contain beats but occasionally my works do) and I prefer knobs and flashing lights to keys.

            Am just being open to any ideas for set ups that might work.

            I have recently acquired a big mixing desk tho so anything that can be utilised with that would be great to hear about. Cheers!
            I think you have basically two options that can make a transition easy. Both of these will allow you to create music on the device by itself, but also allow you to expand with hardware in the future.

            1. A Groovebox.
            A groove box is typically a polyphonic synth with a multi-track sequencer. The Korg Electribes are a really affordable entry for a multi-track polyphonic groove box. They cost about $400. Elektron gear of course is something and there are numerous other things out there. One box that is particularly good for ambient I think is the older EMU Command Stations. They have 128 voice polyphony and 16 midi tracks. The synth engine is really good for ambient and pads since it has z-plane filters.

            2. A keyboard Workstation
            Sort of overlooked these days, but I think in the studio these can still be very valuable, especially if you have good keyboard chops. The Roland FA-06 gets great reviews, but these do tend to be on the more expensive side.

            3. Midi sequencer and models
            There has been a renaissance of midi sequencers lately. The Beatstep Pro is fantastic for a few hundred bucks. From there you can add almost any synth module to your chain. There are some other great sequencers out there too.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by sup909 View Post

              I think you have basically two options that can make a transition easy. Both of these will allow you to create music on the device by itself, but also allow you to expand with hardware in the future.

              1. A Groovebox.
              A groove box is typically a polyphonic synth with a multi-track sequencer. The Korg Electribes are a really affordable entry for a multi-track polyphonic groove box. They cost about $400. Elektron gear of course is something and there are numerous other things out there. One box that is particularly good for ambient I think is the older EMU Command Stations. They have 128 voice polyphony and 16 midi tracks. The synth engine is really good for ambient and pads since it has z-plane filters.

              2. A keyboard Workstation
              Sort of overlooked these days, but I think in the studio these can still be very valuable, especially if you have good keyboard chops. The Roland FA-06 gets great reviews, but these do tend to be on the more expensive side.

              3. Midi sequencer and models
              There has been a renaissance of midi sequencers lately. The Beatstep Pro is fantastic for a few hundred bucks. From there you can add almost any synth module to your chain. There are some other great sequencers out there too.
              Thank you, I am still exploring so this is really useful
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              • #22
                Buy Octatrack :D
                Long learning curve, but very rewarding and flexible machine which allows you to do very many different things.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by DeadCat View Post
                  Buy Octatrack :D
                  Long learning curve, but very rewarding and flexible machine which allows you to do very many different things.
                  I love the Octatrack! It's a beautiful, beautiful thing, but, it's currently out of my budget and I have other gear to play with at mo, it is on my wish-list though. Apologies for the delay in replying!
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