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Old 5 days ago
  #61
Oh, and I probably wouldn't have bought a Quantum—I would've bought a bunch of wavetable/sampling soft-synths instead. But, now that I own it, I cannot seem to let go of it. Damn thing is really programmable with near-knob-per-function usability. Its UI and tactile operation simply can't be matched by anything ITB. Its sounds both sit well in the mix and cut through in the mix. Hard to ask for anything more in a hardware synth.
Old 5 days ago
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I’d waste less time on forums like this and their strange myths like “Repro 5 is exactly like a real P5!” I’d spend a lot of time listening to synths by myself, ask my friends to listen, to make a more accurate judgment. And only use those I really loved.

I’d listen to wise old men who said “if a piece of gear doesn’t give you the tinglies...pass.”
Old 5 days ago
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I’d listen to wise old men who said “if a piece of gear doesn’t give you the tinglies...pass.”
The saying is, "When you turn it on, does it return the favour?" With a vibra... vibraphone the answer is always yes.
Old 5 days ago
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The saying is, "When you turn it on, does it return the favour?" With a vibra... vibraphone the answer is always yes.
Well, a washing machine can do that too but I don’t have one of those in the studio.

Yet.
Old 5 days ago
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Well, a washing machine can do that too but I don’t have one of those in the studio.

Yet.
Don't forget industrial sewing machines, might be more copacetic for studio use.
Old 5 days ago
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Don't forget industrial sewing machines
I see you’ve done your research.

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might be more copacetic
Blimey. That’s a big one for this time in the morning.
Old 5 days ago
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I see you’ve done your research.



Blimey. That’s a big one for this time in the morning.
Indeed, I'm a woman of vast and seemingly useless knowledge.

*obligatory that's what she said joke*

Anyhow, I thought of something else I'd tell my past self. Don't try to recreate the past, make the future instead.
Old 5 days ago
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I'd spend all the money on surfboards instead and spend even more time out with nature than on forums and in dark studios and remember the world really isn't as bad as the internet would let you think it is.

On a serious note - nothing. All part of the learning journey and every choice moves you forward.
Old 5 days ago
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*obligatory that's what she said joke*
Obvs. As them kidz say.

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Anyhow, I thought of something else I'd tell my past self. Don't try to recreate the past, make the future instead.
I struggle with this. Not so much with recreating the past but with moving on and letting go of my regrets.

Blimey, that got heavy quickly.

*non-obligatory... gravitational... reference?!*
Old 5 days ago
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* Buy Used Gear almost 100% of the time.
* be an Early Adopter nearly 0% of the time.
* always Check Firmware Status before buying.
* try to always RTFM before buying.
* Less is More. More is cool, but it's harder...
* Fvck Trends... don't get caught up in any hype.
* Focus on Proven Hardware, Known Quantities.

* Make Music more than Buy Gear or Talk About It.
Old 5 days ago
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I struggle with this. Not so much with recreating the past but with moving on and letting go of my regrets.

Blimey, that got heavy quickly.

*non-obligatory... gravitational... reference?!*
I think that's just part of being human, there's a lot of things I wish could do differently but I can't do anything about it aside from do better now.

"Is there a problem with Earth's gravitational pull in the future? Why is everything so heavy?"
Old 5 days ago
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I wish I spent more time in pawn shops rather than music stores. I always bought new gear. I guess today's equivalent would be Reverb/CL/Ebay.

Throughout my history, I've been smart with my gear & set up, but it wasn't "large" until recently. I've always worked with a sort of recording studio mentality so when I would acquire gear I had already worked out where it'll go, how it'll be hooked up and used. Mixers and/or patch bays were in use from the very start. Bought/replaced stands/desks as needed. I bought good gear that I could afford and stuck with it forever.

If you are the cable-maker type, you owe it to yourself to get one of these with the shrink-wrap tube labels. BUT, masking tape and a Sharpie work just as well.
Old 5 days ago
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I'd give Michelle F more attention
Old 5 days ago
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I think that's just part of being human, there's a lot of things I wish could do differently but I can't do anything about it aside from do better now.
Oh I know. The trouble is I know the theory but... “there’s a difference between knowing the path, and walking the path”. I look at the path a lot. Looks nice.

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"Is there a problem with Earth's gravitational pull in the future? Why is everything so heavy?"
Ha! Showing your age now, McFly.
Old 5 days ago
  #75
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Oh I know. The trouble is I know the theory but... “there’s a difference between knowing the path, and walking the path”. I look at the path a lot. Looks nice.



Ha! Showing your age now, McFly.
I get that, it really wasn't until last year that I finally got better about it. Even then I still have moments of, "Ugh, if only I had done X and Y sooner!" I think it's just part of growing up and maturing, though I try and learn from others to minimize said pains.

Haha, I'm not that terriblely old. I just turned 28 yesterday, but I'm an old soul and love all the music, shows, and movies before my time.
Old 5 days ago
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I think it's just part of growing up and maturing
I’ll let you know once I smell like Stilton.

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Haha, I'm not that terriblely old. I just turned 28 yesterday, but I'm an old soul and love all the music, shows, and movies before my time.
Happy (belated) Birthday!

Sheesh. 28!? I had only just begun to start the 20-year journey of regret. I’m so glad you are wiser than I was back then. Or... now.
Old 5 days ago
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Or, buy a bunch of Black Corporation rack-synths (I have way too many DSI keyboarded synths) instead of the Studio Electronics synths; e.g., Xerxes is high on my list.
Yup, build a wall.

Old 5 days ago
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I’ll let you know once I smell like Stilton.



Happy (belated) Birthday!

Sheesh. 28!? I had only just begun to start the 20-year journey of regret. I’m so glad you are wiser than I was back then. Or... now.


Thanks!

Well I guess it's different for everyone, not sure that I'm wiser though. I'm still finding myself, as it were.
Old 5 days ago
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Yup, build a wall.

Great Wall of Synths, now that's a wall I can get behind.
Old 4 days ago
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ok, if i were starting today implanting things i've learned, some with time, some hard way doing it wrong etc..


instead of throwing all money on synths, i'd start with a condensed setup but re-direct money and/or take a loan to:
  • buy best 3way active monitors i could afford, something like neumann kh310
  • install DIY acoustic treatment( as i have learned to build in the meantime), both absorption and various difussors
  • buy a much better chair than i used to work on in the beginnings
  • never leave the otb mixer summing setup in the first place, before going itb for years. ive come a full circle now.
  • not waste a single moment with home mastering, hardware or software, and pay a pro i trust instead. better yet arrange an automated, ongoing arrangement to send everything over. cheaper.
  • buy good mics for acoustic stuff sooner than i did, reamp, a fender amp, dynamic for amp - in general, give more attention to non-synth stuff, acoustic, electroacoustic recording/istruments, and all the beautiful cross polination that happens when acoustic and electronic merge
  • get the best hammer controller or digital piano i can afford, from day one. wasted so much time working on semi weighted. especially when writing orchestral or piano music, it speeds up things considerably.


there's probably more, some synth setup specific stuff, but this is what first came to mind.


oh i forgot the most important thing for fueling creativity, getting things done, be in connection with deepest lvels of my artistic being blah blah:
  • never EVER join or read Gearslutz forum, or any similar forum. its a black hole sucking out all energy, willpower, creativity that could have been used for making tunes instead. its more important than any of the above. what good is great monitoring and acoustics, if you just check forums, listen to youtube synth demos, and inevitably - browse tons of classifieds for hoarding synths ..


too late now
Old 4 days ago
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I'm still finding myself, as it were.
That’s the trouble with playing hide & seek with yourself. It can take a while until you see your own reflection.
Old 4 days ago
  #82
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I honestly can't answer this. My early music career went great. Literally, it couldn't have went better. There were things at the margins I could have done different, but the failures were just things that just don't go right when you are taking risks. I think being more patient would have been better. It would have been preferable if my father didn't drop dead when I was 16, and created a financial hole, and a mother problem. I probably should have pursued my Ph.d. earlier, but I completed it, and it is a money printing machine. So....I don't know...I am where I am at, and it all had to happen the way it happened.
Old 4 days ago
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Never, ever, ever join Gearslutz!
Actually, Gearslutz has been an enormously useful source of information (and opinion, and, yes, wasted time) for me in considering and planning my own big studio and instrument upgrade, which has been in slow process for the last 5 to 6 years, since we moved into a new house. But, even before, when I had another growing studio in my old rented home in Hollyweird.

Many years back (and well before spending time on GS) I spent time almost every single day, for years, on PSW (Pro Sound Web) and the recording forums, like Terry Manning’s Whatever Works. Where you had a lot of experienced and knowledgeable discourse on all things studio, recording, equipment, techniques, tips, advise, etc, They subsequently (basically) shut down that massive forum and its wealth of priceless archived recording-related topics and discussions, which was very, very sad, but Manning and others moved on to PRW (Pro Recording Workshop) to continue to provide a quality forum for recording professionals, albeit scaled down and more low key.

My advise on Gearslutz, fwiw, is, yes, by all means, sign up and contribute, and continually filter out the useful info wheat from the worthless ego chaff. Just know going in that the site if rife with trolls, especially triBal trolls on this sub-forum, which are increasing in number, not decreasing, which is also sad, but a sign o the times...

So, my new forum modo and highest recommendation of lessons learned, etc., is;

“Just Say Ignore” (to trolls!)
Old 4 days ago
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Yup, build a wall.

Dude, you really need to warn us before posting porn of this level! My boss was in the room when I saw this and creamed myself!
Old 4 days ago
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Id go back ten years ago when I started and tell myself quality, not quantity...Ive always thought 3 or 4 synths are better than one but its not true, what the truth is I just like playing/purchasing/learning new gear...and that means I cant afford $2k synths every month so I buy lots of cheap stuff so I can watch fedex deliver something.

Although Ive got some decent stuff...I had a massive clearout...bought an OB6, Pro 2, and a VC340...Ive never been so productive, rather than trying to fit synths into a certain sound, these make the sound I want to make to begin with.

But even after selling off all the tabletops, the $300 "toys", the racks that sat under the desk Im starting to do it again...ah well, I never listen to my own advice anyway
Old 4 days ago
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Oh one more thing...drum machines are an utter waste of $$$...seriously give yourself a shake, no one on the planet earth can hear them over decently recorded samples in a mix. You should be arrested, they should be banned, take them to court!!!
Old 4 days ago
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Dude, you really need to warn us before posting porn of this level! My boss was in the room when I saw this and creamed myself!


Legit LOL!
Old 4 days ago
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Dude, you really need to warn us before posting porn of this level! My boss was in the room when I saw this and creamed myself!
Eew. That is a picture I did not need in my head... and I don’t even know what you look like! Who’d have thought you’re a cross between David Hasselhoff and Boris Johnson!?

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Oh one more thing...drum machines are an utter waste of $$$...seriously give yourself a shake, no one on the planet earth can hear them over decently recorded samples in a mix. You should be arrested, they should be banned, take them to court!!!
Agree about the sound in the mix, but it’s not all about the sound with drum machines so much though. Not for me. It’s about coming up with rhythms on the fly when messing around - especially if you have a machine that can do polyrhythms. I find them inspiring in the way that HW synths are inspiring. Ya know?
Old 4 days ago
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Eew. That is a picture I did not need in my head... and I don’t even know what you look like! Who’d have thought you’re a cross between David Hasselhoff and Boris Johnson!?



Agree about the sound in the mix, but it’s not all about the sound with drum machines so much though. Not for me. It’s about coming up with rhythms on the fly when messing around - especially if you have a machine that can do polyrhythms. I find them inspiring in the way that HW synths are inspiring. Ya know?
Im kinda kidding...I still use an mpc live or Push and a BSP...wouldnt, couldnt, just paint them in
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