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  1. I have the full set, of course, but I have yet to make use of all of them. I tend not to bother with Synth Pads because, well, it is synth pads, and I have so many VST's and hardware stuff that does a generally better job, in my opinion. I have mainly used Peel Guitar, Frozen Strings and Choir. The Choir is great for vocal sounding drone stuff... The drums are a bit limited but can still sound good, and for free, one cannot complain. Except... One thing that I am not liking about some of the LABS instruments is how they play in the stereo field. I mean, I can understand a piano panning from left to right while going up and down the keyboard, although I don't even like that. But why would a cello do the same? I end up having to put Ozone Imager after the LABS instance in order to "flatten" it. That said, still a great collection of sounds and one of my latest pieces uses five instances of London Atmos, two Choir, one Scary Strings, one Amplified Cello and one Frozen Strings. Plus the usual effects, of course. Definitely more fun to had with LABS, and they are still adding instruments
  2. Is it LOUD enough? took ages to do that
  3. I think you will find that it is "sockie," not "soccer." You're welcome
  4. You have to be REAL FAST around here, and accurate too I am looking forward to having a play with my new Moon Guitar
  5. As you may remember, I do a lot of mangling for my own creations, but I prefer to use effects rather than instruments. Those effects include:- Adaptiverb MGranularMB Objeq Backmask Dumpster Fire These are my "go to" effects right now, but I tend to experiment with what ever I have in my collection. I put an instance of each one of those in their own bus and then "send" tracks to them and use automation to vary the amount. I often set the "send" to pre-fader and set the track fader level to -inf. Excellent for creating soundscapes, in my opinion
  6. And a lot more expensive. Totally with that sentiment. I've been playing my own recordings of random stuff and sticking it in Iris 2. And my Eurorack hardware system is an amazing tool for this kind of thing. Anyway, had a bit more of a play this morning. But before I go into that I think I should state my thoughts on sample library stuff. Basically, I ain't a fan, as I prefer to create my own sounds using both hardware and software instruments and effects. Back in the very late nineties I purchased a Yamaha A3000 (hardware sampler) and I quickly got bored of the whole sample thing. Mainly because, again, I prefer to create my own sounds and I just didn't have the patience to record samples and load them into the A3000. Then in the early naughties I decided to go all VST and stuff. My first ever VST instrument was Absynth. A sample library, you may say, and yes, it uses samples, but I didn't see it as such at the time and I really enjoyed using it, and am still. The band I was in at the time used Battery so I thought it would be a good idea to go down the same route, so I bought Battery 2. I didn't mind samples for percussion as how else could you recreate acoustic kits? I have Drumaxx, but I always use Battery (and since August, EZDrummer) for acoustic kit sounds. Back then I would use SFZ for piano. Don't use piano much in my stuff, but I like to have a piano in my arsenal of tools. At some point SONAR gave us a free version of a piano library but I can't even remember what that was called now, as I have since lost it. A couple of months ago I fancied a new piano library and Noire had just been released, and I like the sound of that, with its "particle" system. So I bought that. And because that runs inside Kontakt Player I installed all the free stuff that comes with that, but have not yet bothered using it. Then I stumbled upon Spitfire Audio LABS, a free, if somewhat limited sample library collection, some of which is a bit off the wall for many, I guess. But I liked what I heard and I now have the complete LABS collection, and use it. So that just about covers my sample library stuff. Back to "3" It was cheap, and that was one of the main attractions for me, after some of the sounds. Now that I have it I suppose I could do without it. Meh... £30... I do like some of the sounds, but there are no real controls to "make the sounds your own." In LABS, the big "wheel" can be assigned to a number of things, such as reverb, envelopes, "tightness" (what ever that is) but in "3" it can only be assigned to reverb, so I found that a bit limiting. And there isn't much by way of dynamics, at least as far as I can tell. I did some tests on three particular "short" presets and there only appears to be two "velocity layers." At least, I think that is what it's called in Sample Library World. So when a different velocity is played, the actual "character" of the sound only changes once, at around the 100 mark (slightly different for each preset). I therefore feel that, unless you do further sound mangling outside of "3" the end result will sound pretty much like everyone else's creations. "Oh, yeah, they have used that '3' library here..."
  7. I've installed and tested, very quickly. Each of the presets sound okay, but you have to go through the full range of the keyboard to get a proper idea. Definitely some inspirational stuff in there. I'll report back as soon as I have something useful
  8. I'm still sat on the fence. I feel I don't use VA-2 enough to justify the upgrade.
  9. Got it. Not put it through its paces yet. I doubt if I will use the sounds "as is" and will be processing them with my usual collection of effects.
  10. This is what I bought at the start of the year, @Simeon Amburgey :- Case - BE QUIET! DARK BASE PRO 900 FULL TOWER GAMING CASE Processor (CPU) - Intel® Core™ i9 Eight Core Processor i9-9900K (3.6GHz) 16MB Cache Motherboard - ASUS® ROG STRIX Z390-E GAMING: ATX, LGA1151, USB 3.1, SATA 6GBs, WIFI - RGB Ready Memory (RAM) - 32GB Corsair VENGEANCE DDR4 2666MHz (2 x 16GB) Graphics Card - ROG STRIX GTX 1050Ti 1st M.2 SSD Drive - 500GB SAMSUNG 970 EVO PLUS M.2, PCIe NVMe (up to 3500MB/R, 3200MB/W) 2nd drive - 1TB Samsung 860 QVO 2.5" SSD Power Supply - CORSAIR 650W TXm SERIES™ SEMI-MODULAR 80 PLUS® GOLD, ULTRA QUIET Processor Cooling - Noctua NH-U14S Ultra Quiet Performance CPU Cooler Of course, things will have moved on a bit since then, but I am still very pleased with it.
  11. Anyone excited about this? https://www.spitfireaudio.com/shop/a-z/bbc-symphony-orchestra/ I am, and I don't even do orchestral stuff...
  12. This song was playing at my local asda (walmart) store earier.
  13. those things should have been thrown into the crack of Mount Doom...
  14. Looks like an output to me
  15. didn't go very well... being uncomfortable after an hour must be a "feature!" How are they sounding, and, more to the point, I think, fitting? Comfy?
  16. I've just bent the headband on my ATH-M50x headphones, on both sides where it connects to the earpieces:- I obviously wouldn't recommend anyone try this at home but my headphones are not quite as tightly clamped around me head now. I now need to wear them for a long-ish session, see how they go.
  17. Interesting... Picking up on this because I recently "invested" in a pair of ATH-M50x headphones, having been using a pair of KRK KNS-8400 for around five years. The KRK's have been falling to bits for a while, now, hence trying the audio-technica 'phones. Like you say, I find the ATH-M50x 'phones get a bit uncomfortable after an hour or so. Although I suppose the experts will tell me that I should have my headphones on for that long at a sitting anyway. I have to wear reading glasses too and I have to remember to make sure that the arms are not inside the 'phone cushions. Okay... back to all the Tech Talk...
  18. Oh... I should have mentioned that I do everything in C Major, at 80 beats per minute
  19. Hiya Freddy, Love this blues tune! Good clear production, and I love them lyrics 👍 Really nice work cheers andy
  20. synkrotron


    Hiya Peeps, Apologies for the late response! I have been quickly popping in and out in between creating another "masterpiece" and usual life things and each time another person has left a comment, so I thought I'd better reply myself, now, before any more comments flood in Haha! Yeah, I really do wish I was forty, again Fifty nine and a bit will have to do. Hiya Lynn Thank you very much for having a listen/watch Scott will probably be getting busier with his own stuff but I'm sure he'll do more stuff for me in the future. And I also need to get back on with my other, not so interesting stuff. cheers, andy Thank you very much, Freddy! More like a temporary diversion than a new direction, but I will certainly do the same again, once in a while. Thank you very much for having a watch/listen cheers andy Thank you very much, Joad, that is most interesting. Not that familiar with Supertramp other than their more popular tracks released back in the mid to late 70's. I guess I was into other things back then cheers, andy Hiya Grem! Thank you very much for taking the time to watch/listen Yes, I keep thinking that I should try some "Drone Metal" stuff. I have the gear... Just need to get down and do it. And in case anyone was wondering, Doom Metal is a thing:- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drone_metal cheers, andy
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