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  1. averystemmler

    Aiva - Artificial Intelligence Composition: beta starting today

    While you're right, and I expect there'll be many outputs that won't resemble anything in particular, we were discussing a scenario in which there'd already been an accusation of infringement. It wouldn't be so much by "virtue of using the copyrighted input" - because you can certainly study...
  2. averystemmler

    2CAudio 2019 Big Splash Summer Sale !!!

    The thing that initially convinced me to buy Breeze 2, and later Precedence, was Andrew's involvement on this forum. I remember many of the features he described in this update being discussed some 6 months ago in an earlier thread. There's a dedication there!
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    Advice for a recently made redundant, now full time freelancer (not out of choice!)

    All good points. Different lifestyles for different folks. I pay for my health insurance out of pocket, have a cheap car, cheap rent, and cheap taste. I have a strong savings, and very minimal debt. I like the way I live. I'm sure I'll change as I age past my fledgling 27, but I can't...
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    Advice for a recently made redundant, now full time freelancer (not out of choice!)

    While I don't disagree with the "get a day job" sentiment - especially if you don't have a significant savings or low cost of living - I think there's a gradient there, and there are all sorts of ways to make income depending on your skill set. You can do part time work, contract work, on-call...
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    Advice for a recently made redundant, now full time freelancer (not out of choice!)

    My opinion - and take it with a very large grain of salt, because I have by no means "made it" in the industry - is that you'll have a tough time making a go of it if you're desperate. You're starting a business, and that usually requires quite a bit of foresight and investment. Now, as your...
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    2CAudio 2019 Big Splash Summer Sale !!!

    I'm excited to try this! I've noticed that some permutations of Breeze's algorithms naturally skew slightly to the left or right (perceptually, at least), and it sounds like you've devised a way to wrangle this behavior with the Precedence Link. Keep on fighting the good fight!
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    Dragonfly Reverb - Very Nice Free Reverb

    I've discovered that I have different opinions from day to day. I demo'ed the Exponential Audio reverbs a few months ago and actively disliked them. They went on sale after being acquired by Izotope. Idiot that I am, that convinced me to buy them anyways, in spite of my initial impression...
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    Keep Reaper or move to Cubase Artist 10? (Opinions on Cubase Artist?)

    By default, I definitely prefer Cubase's UI and midi editing tools too, but you can make some pretty remarkable improvements to both of those things with some of the scripts and themes available for Reaper. Reapack (and the community at large) is a great source for some really creative tools...
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    Keep Reaper or move to Cubase Artist 10? (Opinions on Cubase Artist?)

    I don't want to say no, because Cubase is a fine DAW and everyone is different. But as someone who transitioned mostly from Cubase Pro to Reaper last year, I'll say that I can't see the benefit of moving from Reaper to a limited version of Cubase. Are there any specific features you want from...
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    VSL instrument licenses vanished from e-licenser

    These VSL stories going around are pretty eye opening. I use VE Pro every day, but there's no way I could ever justify any greater investment into their products than that under the current policy. I'm not anti-dongle, but the price of implementing dongle-based copy-protection is support for...
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    Which reverbs can turn off ER?

    There are rear room microphones for most impulses, which definitely have less pronounced early reflections in the larger spaces, but no way to directly control them.
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    Which reverbs can turn off ER?

    Off the top of my head in no particular order: All the Exponential Audio reverbs Seventh Heaven (both pro and base versions, I think) Valhalla Room Lexicon PCM Native Relab's 480l and VSR24 Reverberate 2 Eareverb 2 B2 and Aether (Breeze 2 kinda does, but not in the way you're looking...
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    Aiva - Artificial Intelligence Composition: beta starting today

    It's a tough subject to put into words, but I think the legal danger comes not because the machine"s creative process is different, but because the machine's creative process is understood. You can look at the machine, see the copyrighted input, and see the process by which it became an...
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    CSS/ CSB Hanging Notes

    That sounds similar to a situation I used to have in Cubase. Rapid controller and note input on multiple midi devices simultaneously would cause notes to hang, regardless of library. It was repeatable by playing notes while sending CCs from a separate device. The more notes and CCs being sent...
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    Legato Strings comparison - one phrase, eight test runs

    I love CSS, but I do absolutely get where you're coming from. Depending on the desired sound, I sometimes end up EQing the everliving shit out of it. And then putting saturation on the top end. More importantly, though, I find that mixing it with CSSS (the solo strings) has an immense impact...
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    CSS/ CSB Hanging Notes

    Easy there cowboy. Troubleshooting is a process of finding the common denominator. With difficult-to-reproduce bugs dispersed across a broad userbase, every variable helps. If, for instance, everyone with hung notes is on version 5.8, using the Audio Units version, and everyone without is on...
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    CSS/ CSB Hanging Notes

    Just a wild, uninformed guess: since it seems to be primarily Logic, and those with this issue mentioned several other Kontakt libraries with hung notes, is it possible that it could be something with the AU version of Kontakt? Are those of you with troubles on Kontakt 5 or Kontakt 6?
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    CSS/ CSB Hanging Notes

    I haven't gotten stuck notes in a project in ages. The last time I did, it was in Cubase, and it had to do with having too many midi devices sending data at once. I expect the note-offs got lost in the flurry. Weirdly, connecting everything to MIDI-OX and sending it all to Cubase over one...
  19. averystemmler

    How Good: Fabfilter Pro-R For Orchestra?

    I agree, especially at smaller settings. Different sources react differently to different patterns of reflections, and I think FabFilter's trademark simplicity is more challenging in a reverb.
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    How Good: Fabfilter Pro-R For Orchestra?

    If clean is the goal, also consider Nimbus from Exponential Audio (now iZotope). I never quite understood what a clean reverb was until I picked it up on the current sale, but I'm finding it much easier to create an inoffensive, clear space than with any of my other offerings. It's the tofu of...
  21. averystemmler

    How Good: Fabfilter Pro-R For Orchestra?

    I waver on the subject. I've spoken favorably about it before, but I keep trying to use it and it just doesn't let me get fiddly enough with the nature of the reverb. Independent control over early and late reflections makes working with different libraries much easier (i turn ERs off entirely...
  22. averystemmler

    ELI5: Mixes in headset sounds great, in friends monitor sounds shit - why?

    I've been demoing it for the past few days, and it's actually really handy. I'm not using any of the integrated features with Ozone or Neutron, but it's a great guide. Might be worth upgrading Ozone for? Maybe.
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    ELI5: Mixes in headset sounds great, in friends monitor sounds shit - why?

    I've been mixing in headphones a lot lately , and I think it's always a bit of a gamble. Having several different headphones/monitors to alternate between is helpful, as is constantly checking the mono mix. I've been using Sonarworks lately, but that sure hasn't stopped me from making bad...
  24. averystemmler

    What is Reaper bad at?

    And Reaper has (experimental but seemingly stable) native Linux versions available now too, which strengthens that analogy. :) I personally won't be satisfied until I can use my kitchen appliances as some kind of unholy slave cluster.
  25. averystemmler

    Sound feedback before master wanted: Orchestral folk music

    Thanks for the details! I always love hearing how other folks are accomplishing things. It reminds me that there are a million ways to set things up, and most of them sound just as good as whatever method I've stumbled on for the day.
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    Sound feedback before master wanted: Orchestral folk music

    Very nice! I'm listening on little Sony earbuds right now, so I don't want to give much of an opinion, but I think the vocals wouldn't be harmed by a little more space. I really like the way the orchestra sits. Would you mind sharing a bit about your reverb configuration? And also which...
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    Soundiron Flatulus !! Don't miss it ! $9.

    I really like the Fart Deco style in their marketing.
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    Soundiron Flatulus !! Don't miss it ! $9.

    Don't forget the highly anticipated Hans Zimmer brAss!
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    Soundiron Flatulus !! Don't miss it ! $9.

    Inspired by visionary composer Arvo Fart. (Pronounced "Fehrt", of course)
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    Soundiron Flatulus !! Don't miss it ! $9.

    Recorded at the edge of silence!
  31. averystemmler

    How do u decide what reverb you use

    I have a weird difficult-to-explain but easy to use system I built in Reaper with with some simple JSFX plugins, but I think this applies to any DAW. The important thing to note is that there are four parallel (no reverb feeds into another reverb) lanes running from each group to the parent...
  32. averystemmler

    I don't care for orchestral templates... Your view?

    I like anything on a slave in VEP to be part of my template, regardless of which DAW I'm working in. All that stuff is static anyways, and the tedium to get all the mic positions routed and grouped would prevent me from ever bothering to use the slaves at all. I used to have literally every...
  33. averystemmler

    Enlighten me on Exponential Audio!

    So I've continued to play around with every reverb I can get my hands on, and I've come to appreciate the Exponential Audio stuff on certain sources. Still difficult to wrangle, and still not my first choice for putting dry signals in a space, but I could see myself using them if money were no...
  34. averystemmler

    Bach Google Doodle

    I'm pleased to report that my robach produced some absolute gibberish under my simple diatonic melody. Our craft is safe for now. :p Neat idea though, on Google's part. They did a good job of making a basic, easy to use notation interface.
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    Enlighten me on Exponential Audio!

    I think it's less "sensitive ears" and more "mental sickness." :) I'm never sure my ears are telling me the truth, tricky devils. If you can't afford Seventh Heaven Pro, I'd suggest the base version, perhaps on a sale. It's every bit as beautiful, just lacking a few features and with a smaller...
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    O8N2 vs FabFilter

    I've replaced Ozone/Neutron stuff with FabFilter equivalents in my workflow a while back. Ozone does have some nifty products - I still use Insight quite a bit, and Tonal Balance Control is really tempting as a reality check for tired ears - but for the basics of EQ, compression, and limiting...
  37. averystemmler

    Enlighten me on Exponential Audio!

    I have a demo of Lustrous Plates going now too. :) LiquidSonics have really ruined most other reverbs for me. Honestly, SHP has even ruined other LiquidSonics reverbs for me. If my studio didn't need a million other upgrades first, I'd be drooling over a real M7 next, because nothing else I...
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    Enlighten me on Exponential Audio!

    EDIT: I didn't want to bump this thread, but I did want to post an update for anyone who stumbles on this later. I've since bought the stereo bundle (Nimbus, R4, and phoenixverb) and I absolutely understand the appeal now. Once you spend some time with the controls, you can dial in incredibly...
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    Sooo many reverbs but which one would you prefer for orchestral use?

    It's, in my opinion, the best balance of flexible and intuitive of the "transparent" algorithmic reverbs I've tried. It's really good at positioning dry/dryish signals in a space, and it's light enough that you can put many instances on smaller groups and tailor the dampening and EQ as needed...
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    A problem with BT Phobos from Spitfire

    I'd never heard of Edison. It looks like there's a standalone version too, which is just what I'd be looking for. I'll check it out, thanks!
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    Sooo many reverbs but which one would you prefer for orchestral use?

    The cinematic studio series is much drier, at least compared to the OT libraries I own (Arks I and II - I assume all Teldex libraries are similar?). CSx libraries do have a sense of space, but a very short tail.
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    A problem with BT Phobos from Spitfire

    I've been tempted a few times by Phobos, so it's good to know it hasn't improved much from the original reports. It's a shame, because I love weird convolution stuff. On a related note, has anyone found a decent offline convolution program for Windows? I used to use SoundHack, but I haven't...
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    Sooo many reverbs but which one would you prefer for orchestral use?

    I've heard that, as very general rule, 1.8 seconds is an "ideal" hall's RT60 for authentic orchestral music in general. As always, variables variables variables, etc etc etc, but it can be a good starting point. I think that's what Boston's Symphony Hall is designed to be at full capacity...
  44. averystemmler

    Orchestral High-Pass

    I still struggle with mixing low end myself, but I do think it's unwise to do anything in a mix (or composition, really) without well-considered reason. There are a lot of variables in music, and I've always been eventually disappointed by rules of thumb. I recommend figuring out a convenient...
  45. averystemmler

    Recommendations for filter plugins with many creative options.

    Another vote from me for Tantra. It's great for getting rhythmic effects quickly. If you own Zebra, I'd also try the included effect version, Zebrafy. It lets you pipe an input signal through all of Zebra's filters, effects, and modulators. You can route midi into it and control parameters...
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    Do you believe in the supposed powers of 432hz tuning?

    I'm not signing up to be his editor. He keeps referencing profundity the likes of which we've never seen, so I'd like to see it. I think that's fair. The worldview I have now has fought through a protective membrane of scathing and vitriol to get there. I'll give his the chance to do the...
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    Do you believe in the supposed powers of 432hz tuning?

    Sure I'll bite. If the offer stands, I'll take it. Everything you've said so far has sounded entirely unsubstantiated (and insultingly arrogant, frankly) to me, but if there's something to back it up in your books, I'd like to know. I can't promise I'll read it all tomorrow, but I'll go...
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    Sooo many reverbs but which one would you prefer for orchestral use?

    Everything has its strengths, I say. For me, its less about whether a sound is orchestral and more about how the recording interacts with the reverb. Unless your recordings/samples are done in an anechoic chamber, there's probably some kind of reflection in there, and it's tough to predict. Of...
  49. averystemmler

    Emotional Textural: Your choice ?

    Granular synthesis in general is good for that, come to think of it. Or a long reverb with a slow attack/minimal ERs.
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    Emotional Textural: Your choice ?

    I would hope it'd depend entirely on the story you're trying to help tell. In my opinion, asking someone to make an emotional texture is like asking a Foley artist to make a "weather texture." There's a lot of undisclosed nuance there. But, if someone told me "make an emotional texture in...
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