niktu

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  1. Any chance of some feedback/mini review/report/info about what users think of Cubase 4 & 5. Likes, dislikes, etc? Comparisons to Logic & Pro Tools (if you have used either) would be most welcome. I moved to Pro Tools at around the SX2/SX3 mark. I did one of those 'crossgrade' deals a couple of years ago. While I don't regret learning and using the 'industry standard' so to speak, I'm getting tired of no freeze, no ADC and the MIDI editing in Pro Tools (including PT8) still seems a little clunky to use. I remember just liking the way Cubase did its thing and I'm starting to think about going back to it for the 'creative' work. I would love to hear some comparitive feedback, likes or gripes if possible. Cheers gang.
  2. Greetings Punks There's been a bit of dicussion and exercises in our class regarding compression formats. I am starting to realise that as artist/producers, we need to start creating separate mixdowns that are "MP3 friendly" as the norm seeing that MP3 is the format that most people are going to use to listen to your music. Also, a separate MP3 master should be in order as well. CD is for the real fans, right - after they've sampled your MP3s? There are countless complaints about poor conversion from the 24Bit pristine masterpiece to MP3, but if we started mixing and/or mastering with limited bandwidth and brick-wall compression for a better MP3 sound, perhaps we'll start hearing better sounding MP3's. Is it time to take the "MP3 mix" seriously? Are people already doing this? Load of bollocks?
  3. Hey Punks, I've noticed more than a couple of analog tape simulation plugins from reputable devs out there on the intermanet. I've also noticed a few extremely high-priced, high-end, hand-made, tape-sim devices pop up in Sound on Sound and other mags. I've also noticed a couple of older analog tape machines that pop up from time to time on good ol' Ebay and I've been thinking... It seems devs and manufacturers pay serious attention to the art of analog tape simulation. I have also read that some consider that there's nothing like the real thing. I have a house big enough to accomodate a bulky old beast and I've been considering the possible benefits of having a decent condition, Otari 1" 8-track or 16-track (or similar) set up in the spare room to run a pass of digital stems through it to obtain that much touted 'analog bliss'. 'Analog bliss'? Is there such a thing? I am considering, in fact, planning to tart up my semi-pro home studio and open it for business to offer 'audio services' to the demanding masses of Sunbury, the Macedon region and possibly the Northern suburbs of Melbourne. Mastering, non-band recording, voice-overs, sound design, composition for theatre, film, you tube, whateva, etc. I 'm not expecting to be overwhelmed with demand but, that's the plan for now, none the less. Anyway, I've been wonderering if tape might actually be a 'draw card' feature for a niche studio. I have done plenty of recording with 2-inch tape over the years but that was oh, so long ago. Ever since the digital revolution, I have not really had the opportunity to re-evaluate the finer nuance and audio characteristics of tape when compared it to pristine 24Bit digital audio. I'm well aware of tape costs, ongoing maintenance issues and potentially hard-to-get parts but, lets put those issues aside for now. My open questions to the punks at large are... 1. Does tape really give your recordings a shine? An x-factor? A smoothness? A somethingness? 2. Do you think the offer of 'tape' could be a draw-card feature for potential clients? I know this is largely subjective, but I would love to hear some opinion from anyone about your perception of tape and it's relevence or significance in the world of 2009/2010 digital audio (come on lurkers, join up & give us your 2-bob).
  4. Coolio. Looks interesting. Thanks.
  5. Just happened accross this these little nuggets of experience & wisdom. Substantial account for DAW set up, monitoring and delivery guidelines from recognised industy pro's. Wooo. http://www2.grammy.com/Recording_Academy/Producers_And_Engineers/Guidelines/ I just printed one of them out for this arvo's train read. Will take a few more train trips to get thru all of them. Happy guidelinering.
  6. Merry fucken Xmas punks. Hope Santa brings you all nice goodies for your xmas stocking. Santa better bring me that friggin' iMac I ordered soon or I'll be I'll be having a fair crack at his useless little helpers. Ahh, been on the Aldi beer again and getting a tad emotional. Merry Xmas punks.
  7. Wow!!! :wtf: Congratulations mate. :clap: ..and I thought your biggest priority was getting those bloody assignemnts marked before having a beer and watching the footy before finishing your day with a quick remix just after dinner. This will change everything. Congrats & best wishes to you, Matilda and hope mum is doing well.
  8. Just got home. Just orderd some Thai and pouring myself a nice Ballantines with Dry Ginger. Letting tha Aldi beer go this time. I can't believe my day. I live in Sunbury, my sister lives in East St Kilda and was moving to the Peninsula. I've spent 8 friggin hours on the road as well is lift dirty, heavy, awakward things. Poo. Alright, that's enough of the whinging. Wild, cranking storm going on in Sunbury at the mo. Pissing down. Everything's decidedly surreal right now. Slurps scotch. Ahh, feeling better already.
  9. Happy New Year, Jester & co-Punks. Whoa. Got throbbing headache. Need coffee. Need Berocca. Have to help my sister move today. Why friggin' today! Why, why, why!!!
  10. Have a few more things on the way out: http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=140369268484&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT And soon to be listed include: Technics PX222 Digital Piano Have a WD 320Gb Paspport Drive left A 120Gb SSD HD - for Mac. Launches everything fast - signficant perfomance boost Wharfedale MovieStar 70+ surround speaker system. Sort of decent dinky monitors for a budget surround set up. Open to offers. Have decided to relieve myself of my Pro Tools stuff. I've retuned to Cubendo. Digidesign Digi 003 Rack with Pro Tools LE 8. MINT condition with original box, original documentation and 'Transfer of Ownership' form to be signed by me and sent in (fax or email) and also signed by the new owner. The new owner then becomes the legitimate Digidesign registered owner and will be fully eligable to all upgrade offers and can set up their new accounts and registrations with Digidesign. Further, peripheral software such as Ableton Live Lite, Reason Adapted Digidesign Edition and Melodyne Essential can also be transferred legitimately to new owner. Will discuss details if anyone wants the rig. Will consider offers. I also have significant extras that I will likely be selling - such as the Complete Tool Kit, the full McDSP 'Everything Bundle' and all the Air Instruments. Will discuss further if anyone's interested. Again, offers will be considered
  11. Going once... http://shop.ebay.com.au/mr_teacup/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=&_trksid=p4340 It's going - at any price the market dictates. All my stuff. The only thing I can't guarantee is the APA44M. Bought it ignorantly (without enough research) and will probably lose on the resale but fuck it, I'll take what ever I can get. I'm getting one of those i7 iMacs and can't be arsed pissing around. All auctions started at $1. More stuff to come in the next wave of Ebay auctions: TC Powercore Compact (the little one) Technics PX222 Digital Piano A black Macbook (2Ghz/2Gb/320Gb)- originally sold but the noob-tosser that won it, hasn't contacted me and is ignoring my emails. Shit, I hate that. A few WD Passport hard drives - 320Gb A 120Gb SSD HD - for Mac. Launches everything fast - signficant perfomance boost Wharfedale MovieStar 70+ surround speaker system. Sort of decent dinky monitors for a budget surround set up. Open to offers. Still might be selling my Pro Tools stuff. (see previous posts on SP somewhere) Gonna get rid of all this other stuff first. I keep swinging on this one. Will probably flog McDSP Everything bundle and A.I.R. Instruments before I flog the 003/Complete Toolkit so we'll see how my mood is in the new year. Cheers punks
  12. Glad to hear Exohex. Hope you got that dang f/wire lead. I sent it the next day (or day after). Have a few more things on the way out: http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=140369268484&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT And soon to be listed include: Technics PX222 Digital Piano Have a WD 320Gb Paspport Drive left A 120Gb SSD HD - for Mac. Launches everything fast - signficant perfomance boost Wharfedale MovieStar 70+ surround speaker system. Sort of decent dinky monitors for a budget surround set up. Open to offers. Have decided to relieve myself of my Pro Tools stuff. I've retuned to Cubendo. Digidesign Digi 003 Rack with Pro Tools LE 8. MINT condition with original box, original documentation and 'Transfer of Ownership' form to be signed by me and sent in (fax or email) and also signed by the new owner. The new owner then becomes the legitimate Digidesign registered owner and will be fully eligable to all upgrade offers and can set up their new accounts and registrations with Digidesign. Further, peripheral software such as Ableton Live Lite, Reason Adapted Digidesign Edition and Melodyne Essential can also be transferred legitimately to new owner. Will discuss details if anyone wants the rig. Will consider offers. I also have significant extras that I will likely be selling - such as the Complete Tool Kit, the full McDSP 'Everything Bundle' and all the Air Instruments. Will discuss further if anyone's interested. Again, offers will be considered.
  13. Wow man, that's awesome news. You sly dog too for keeping it under your hat all this time. Nicely done. I bet this forum topic title had a whole different meaning for you. Bravo, RB. Very happy for you.
  14. Come again?
  15. If you have the time, Cheyne, that would be friggin' grouse. I find the SP forums to be an excellent resource and far more reliable and accurate than many of the top industry forums too. I can only imagine what gems lay buried from the years before I joined up. Would be fantastic to see the best of the best organised where they can be found. Easy for me to say, but yeah man, that gets my vote. (Insert one of those 'thumbs up' thingies here. Make it a double thumbs up)
  16. ^good article. And good advice. Specially the part about speaking civil. I work for an Ombudsman's scheme and ALL CAPS laced with what the author thinks is witty sarcasm, just doesn't bode well for their cause. Yeah this filtering bizo doesn't look good does it. Ya know, I don't give much of a hoot if I can't access child porn but I'm almost certain it will lead to more broader censorship with political agendas. The internet censored? It was the last true forum of free speech. This is a massive turning point and the world will be watching nevously as world governments will possibly, make that probably, follow suit. We are the guinea pigs. I wonder if Crikey will ever accidentally-on-purpose be black-listed? Not. Happy. Jan.
  17. How does $350 sound? Comes with all plugs (about 14) and shipped in original box with manual and Aussie power supply.
  18. pffft, no probs at all. Weird about the HD.Just PM'd you my details, Spec. Forgot to mention it comes with its own USB/Firewire lead. It didn't come with a bag/pouch.
  19. They're just 2.5"/5400RPM externals (the little ones). I have one USB-only left. Asking $80. And one USB/Firewire (silver "Studio" drive). Asking $100. See WD for more specs here: http://www.wdc.com/en/products/index.asp?cat=9 If you wanted them, Spec, I'd pay for the shipping with insurance. So say, $180 including regsitered & insured post to Perth. BTW, where abouts in Perth are you? I'm a Freo ex-pat. Cheers mate.
  20. Thanks Wise Fox. This is very handy for me at the mo. Just gutted my studio room and preparing to spend some dosh on acoustic treatment and re-positioning my monitors before I put everything back together. This article is just what I needed to consider my placement options. I didn't think it was a good idea to raise the monitors and tilt downwards but the article suggests it might be OK up to a maximum of 15 degrees to the listening position. So, maybe I could raise my monitors a bit and tilt down after all. This could perhaps also minimise the effects of tangential modes in the process (by not having the monitors mounted on a perfectly flat, horizontal plane). Hmmm. :- Thanks again, WF.
  21. I was just got wind of this while perusing the DUC (digidesign forum): http://www.blastwavefx.com/i32/BWFX-Sound-Design-Competition/information.html There isn't much time left though. Needs to be submitted by 15th September. Aussies should get an extra half day or so due to the Euro time difference. The Prizes: The winner will receive The BLASTDRIVE ($5999 value, 31,700 sound effects drive) and a 1-year subscription to Mix Magazine. The top ten runners up will receive a Power Pack of their choice from Blastwave FX. Woooo.
  22. Hey RB, Good luck tonight, mate.
  23. I paid about $900 (from memory) with remote. Bought it from these guys: http://cgi.ebay.com.au/TC-Electronic-Studio-Konnekt48-Konnekt-48-http://cgi.ebay.com.au/TC-Electronic-Studio-Konnekt-48-konnekt48-PROAUDIOSTAR_W0QQitemZ290368821599QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item439b54995f You'd pay about $850 delivered after you beat them down a bit. Amazing value IMO.
  24. I know this doen't directly answer your question but the TC Konnekt 48 can. Just a reverb and two compressors - but they're good ones. Food for thought?