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  1. On 8/10/2019 at 8:23 PM, Bapu said:

    I find the ATH-50s really nice to track to but kind of tight on the head


    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...

  2. 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 :D

    On 6/26/2019 at 7:31 PM, daryl1968 said:

    So, you were 10 when he was born?

    Haha! Yeah, I really do wish I was forty, again :D

    Fifty nine and a bit will have to do.

    On 6/26/2019 at 9:41 PM, Lynn said:

    Andy, you and your son have created a lovely piece of music that is full of texture and movement.  I hope this is the start of something that you two can expand on.  Hope you remain a contributor for a long time!

    Hiya Lynn :)

    Thank you very much for having a listen/watch :D

    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.




    15 hours ago, freddy j said:

    Well you and your son have created a excellent piece of music!  I like this new direction.  Thanks for posting.


    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 :D




    12 hours ago, Joad said:

    cool vid" great song. I know this is gonna sound stupid but I hear a little bit of early Supertramp back when they were more of a jam band.

    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 :)




    3 hours ago, Grem said:

    Good work Andy. I like this a lot.

    Speaking of Drone Metal, I kept waiting to hear a guitar wall of sound drenched in reverb and delay (in synch with the drone of course!). Maybe doing some slide work in there too!!  All underneath the synths and never dominating. Get one of his bud's that he plays with to do it!


    Really good work Andy. Really like your stuff and this is a surprise! The video was really well done. I would have loved this back in the day!! : )

    Hiya Grem!

    Thank you very much for taking the time to watch/listen :D

    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:-




    andy :D


  3. Hello @amiller :)

    I have just finished listening to Hope and Struggle and I have to agree that the melody throughout, plus the guitar playing and its tone is absolutely spot on. I also agree that no lyrics are required for something like this, the music speaks volumes.


    andy :)


  4. 18 hours ago, amiller said:

    I really like this...lots of layers coming and going.


    15 hours ago, Johnbee58 said:

    Kind of like a small tour of different sounds and layers.

    Thanks @amiller and @Johnbee58, :)

    Yes, I guess that where I don't do so well with structure and keys I have to make up in other ways and different layers of sequences is one way. Glad you picked up on that. And thanks for listening to Tangle.


    14 hours ago, Larry Jones said:

    Nice, Andy! Good to hear from you again. And sign the kid up -- for someone who"doesn't like what you do" he did a fine job for you. You drone guys need some rhythm!😎 Seriously, this is excellent ambient, with a toe-tappin' bonus. Thanks for sharing!

    Thanks @Larry Jones :)

    Yes, we are both quite pleased at how this turned out. Of course, there are always improvements to be made but sometimes you have to say enough is enough and release your project to the world.

    Not sure how this would go with the ambient peeps though! Far too exciting!





    13 hours ago, bjornpdx said:

    Nice one Andy. Listening to this I found myself trying to follow the evolving layers, looking for repeating patterns and such. Which to me was as enjoyable as listening to the music, nerd that I am.  Great video too.
    I thought the drum track was very good too. Maybe you owe your kid a favor now like coming up with a head banging drone creation.

    Hi @bjornpdx :)

    Thanks for listening... Glad you enjoyed it, including trying to unravel the tangle haha!

    Yes, some Drone Metal should be on the cards some time in the future ;)


    10 hours ago, daryl1968 said:

    Great stuff Andy. Excellent playing by your young un

    Hiya @daryl1968 :)

    Thanks, and thank you very much for listening to Tangle. I'll pass your comments on to Scott, my youngest (He was 30 in March, BTW)




    5 hours ago, Wookiee said:

    Nice to see you @synkrotron Andy, I like this it has a very cool groove.  Mix come across nicely here on the Adam's 🙂

    Hiya @Wookiee :)

    Thanks for listening, and thanks for reporting back on the mix using your Adam speakers... Much appreciated.




  5. 15 hours ago, Johnbee58 said:

    I guess it's time to give it up!

    No, never give up, so long as you enjoy the process...


    Singing didn't sound too bad to me to be honest and apart from a few of those drifting moments you actually stuck quite close to pitch, and you cover quite a range through the song.

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  6. Hi Peeps,

    I feel a little bit guilty posting something here after abandoning the old Songs forum during the demise of SONAR.

    Plus, my creations were getting more and more "ambient," let's say. Very much an acquired taste, although I always received many great comments during that time.

    Now? Well, I've gone even more off piste and I concentrated more and more on the drone.

    But, I thought I would at least post something here that has some oomph to it. Some structure, and even some kick ***** percussion.

    Normally I program my own percussion but for this track I enlisted the skills of my youngest son. He has been playing drums for a few years now but has only just recently starting playing with a couple of mates. He is strictly a metal head and doesn't like much what I do, ambient wise, but I asked him to come up with something for me. I said, "just play what ever you want... no particular style or feel." Besides, it's not like he's a well rounded jazz player. He practises when he can and plays within his preferred genre.

    He now has a Roland TD-17KVX electronic drum kit so I thought it would be a great idea to record the MIDI performance instead of the audio. I'm sure the purists will be aghast at this but, having recorded real drums before, and needing to spend a considerable amount of time fixing timing issues, MIDI seemed to be the best option, plus it allows the tweaking of the kit within what ever drum VST is used.

    In this case I opted for Battery 4, which at one point I thought was a mistake, having recently upgraded and not done anything with until now. I was quite surprised and disappointed that there was no ride bell samples and I had to raid my Battery 3 stuff to add one in.

    I'll post the YouTube video, which I created myself using Chaotica software, which produces Flame Fractals and animates them.

    I truly hope you enjoy and don't mind me posting here.






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  7. 10 minutes ago, Lynn said:

    Hi Andy, it's good to hear from you!  A big difference in my mixing technique occurred when I picked up a set of Sennheiser HD 300 Pro headphones.  Knowing that many people listen on headphones and earbuds, I paid more attention to them during the post production than ever before.  I'm glad to hear that it translates well for you.  Thanks for responding!

    I've heard a lot of good reviews about those headphones... I am still using my KNS-8400 cans but I have also started using my Tannoy Reveal active monitors as I get closer to finishing the mix. And I also use SPAN, of course. Even my nearfields can't pick everything up, at the low end anyway. My hearing is good for nothing about 10kHz anyway...

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  8. Hiya Douglas,

    Good song here. Can't be over critical of the mix and I thing it sounds okay.

    Having said that, as the song progresses I think I can hear quite a bit of compression, but not with the vocals. Not sure what I am saying here... It's as though the vocals are in a "different space," so to speak. Not that it is bad, of course, it is just something that I haven't been used to lately. I don't use compression at all with my stuff (generally) so I find that when I do hear its effects it kinda stands out to me.

    Anyway, take my words with a pinch of salt cos I don't know what I'm talking about haha :D

    Now I'm listening to The Gentle Hours of Evening... Another nice song this and I let it run rather than closing the browser. Like your singing Douglas :)




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  9. Hiya Lynn, how are you?

    Listening to Can't Wait right now. Sounding quite good on both cans and my nearfields... Good song. A place for everything, and everything in its place, as the saying goes ;)

    I'm not picking up on the screechiness thing. Perhaps it appeals to me :)




  10. 15 hours ago, bjornpdx said:

    Andy, Haven't heard from you in a while.  Thanks for the comment.  I'll have to check out your site and see what you've been up to lately

    Hi Bjorn,

    It was a pleasant listen ;)

    As for my stuff... It has been getting dronier and dronier I'm afraid.

    I do have a new one that has some kind of structure and even drums and I am currently plucking up the courage to post about it here...




  11. 4 hours ago, Kenny Wilson said:

    Thanks for the listen synkrotron ,

    Slower ? 🤣  

    To find out, PM me w a private link of the tune

    I don't have anything specific at the moment Kenny, it was just a thought. If I was to provide you something it would be more along the lines that I did for @James G about 18 months ago.

    I'll PM you a link to that, so as not to clutter up your post here.



  12. Hi Bjorn,

    I really enjoyed listening to Aliye :)

    Nice work with the vocal samples and the accompanying music, it all fits nicely.



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  13. Hi Rob,

    Not listened to any new Bat's Brew stuff for a while... My loss...

    Anyway, this was a fun song. So many facets... Very enjoyable and on my second listen.

    Of course, me giving you any pointers would be a bit of a joke, so I'll leave it at that ;)





  14. Adaptiverb has also been updated to 1.2.1

    I reported a bug last week so I am hoping that the new version fixes that. Not had time to check it out yet.