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Gear Corner / Korg Micro-X
« on: April 30, 2010, 12:48:13 AM »
Anyone uses this little but powerful synthy?

I'm looking into a small midi keyboard for my mobile studio and ran into some EXTREMELY impressive YT vids about this synth. Of course this is not a midi keyboard ( but it can act like on obviously) but it sounds bloody awesome if you ask me but research told me it's not supported by Windows 7 and it's almost discontinued as we speak. I mean, wtf?! It's been on the market for only 4 years.

I know I know.... it's a small Korg synth and it doesn't have a nifty mic to power these ridiculous vocoders that seems to be a part of EVERY small Korg synth these days so the lack of that is the kiss of death for this piece of apparatus. What's up with that anyway? I mean I can appreciate the occasional vocoder but why does it have to be a part of every fricken small synth Korg releases?!

Apart from that I have to admit Korg builds some fine small keyboards (like the Micro-X, Micro XL, Micro sampler and R3) for a fair price all right.... They're about to release a Micro workstation; how sexy is that?!

So Ron, what on earth is the point of this thread then?

Hmmmm.... well, some one who tells me that the Micro-X isn't discontinued anytime soon and WILL be supported by Windows 7 anyway. I that case ..... it's mine!!!! 8-)

Did I ever told you my first synth back in 1985 was a 2nd hand Korg Polysix?!
I loved it for 4 months and then traded it for a Casio CZ-101!
I loved that for another 4 months and traded  it for a Siel Opera 6!
And then I switch back to  guitars for about 10 years until I bought a Kawai K4 back in 1995.
To end up with nothing but soft synths since 2002.

But anyway, does someone use the Korg micro-X and if not, why not?!  :cry:

Then again, I might as well side track completely and get me a X-50 that is basically a Micro-X .... uhmmm... XXL and get rid of my PCR-80 midi keyboard. Call me a librarian or a laborianarian but I'm a sucker for Korg sound engines all together as God is our witness and so help me God. (Not that there's anything wrong with Phantoms or Tritons but they're to expensive for my needs)

So yeah. Discuss!

Any Other Business / I just LOVE port!
« on: April 30, 2010, 12:31:55 AM »
Therefore ...... I'm taking a flight to Portugal this Monday to check out some of the local brands!  :mrgreen:

Word is the economy is down the drain over there (much like Greece and Spain) so I'm on a quest to get it back on its feet again. Wish me luck.

Cheers!  :D

Gear Corner / New DAW: some considerations!
« on: April 16, 2010, 05:59:05 PM »
This summer I'll be shopping for a new PC (Pentium Core i7, 4Gb ram) to replace my good old "workstation" (Pentium 4, 2 Gb ram). It will (just as the current one) have atleast 2 HD's; 1 (c: drive) for applications and 1 (d: drive) for recording. But with todays sample libraries (Superior Drummer, SampleTank, Wusikstation, Dimension Pro etc) the demand of Gb's is becoming an issues.

I've had sample libraries installed on both drives and didn't notice much difference in performance. Word is it's better to stream them from anything other then the c: drive though.

So with both issues in mind that leaves me with 2 options:
putting in a 3rd HD and put the libraries there ...... or ..... use an external HD for that. The big advantage of streaming it from an external HD is that I can use the thing also for my laptop (I have Cubase + all my plug ins installed on that as well to act as my mobile "studio"). The disadvantage might be the streaming speed.

The question I have:
Is streaming from an internal drive always faster (and perhaps smoother) then from an external drive or does it depend on the type of drive?

Thanks!  :)

PS: and I'll stick with Windows XP btw. Vista is poo and Windows 7 is to new; it will cause problems with hard/software no doubt). And I'll leave 64 bits Windows alone for a few years; support is still poor for that.

Any Other Business / Skiing!
« on: February 10, 2010, 03:30:57 PM »
Last time I did it was 1990...... so it's been a while!

Went to Winterberg in Germany last Monday and Tuesday:

Trying to stay on my feet after 2 cups of "Jager" tea (60% water, 40 % Jagermeister!)

It was fun! And it's like riding a bike; you're back on track before you know it.  :D

Other Bands / MuteMath
« on: December 16, 2009, 08:30:34 AM »
Been a fan for a couple of years now and it took them ages to come up with album No 2 but the wait has been worth it! Their ARMISTICE album is fantastic! Full of driven and exciting pop/rock songs.

Check them out --> http://

Other Bands / A Tribute to The Flower Kings
« on: November 20, 2009, 04:25:51 PM »
Ghost Circus will contribute to the newest Colussus project: A Tribute to The flower kings.

I'm personally VERY excited about this because TFK has been one of my favorit bands these past 10 years. We'll be doing a version of "What If God Is Alone" from their "Hotel Paradox" album. Estimated release of the "Triple CDs box-set including 80 pages booklet" is Sept 2010.


Friends Of Frost* / RWA - Fall (free download): Frosties collab tune
« on: November 06, 2009, 01:33:07 PM »
Hi ho!  :D

New RWA track. This one is called "FALL".
Lot's of gits and drums; barely any keys. Except for the bass part.


Enjoy!  :shock:
Or not!  ;)



ps: if anyone wants to do vocals to this track; be my guest!

Any Other Business / Who's coming to my...............
« on: October 19, 2009, 07:07:00 AM »
Windows 7 launch party?!?!?!?!?!?!?!  :D  :D  :D

Suggestions for YOUR party!

Other Bands / Re: New Kevin Gilbert Releases Coming This Month
« on: October 02, 2009, 08:26:18 AM »
Interesting. I'm a fan of his work.

It's just....... well, usually there's a reason why this stuff hasn't been released before. Usually the artist simply didn't find it good enough. NDV did a great job finishing "The Shaming" but most of that was all ready recorded and Nick was a big part of that. I wonder how Kevin would feel about other people releasing this stuff. There are tons of examples of "unreleased" material by The Beatles, Bob Marley, Frank Zappa etc. that just should have stayed unreleased.

I hope I'm wrong though!  :)
If it turn out to be good stuff I'll still pick it up. But not without hearing what others have to say about it. I have more then enough "previously unreleased bonus track material" in my CD collection collecting dust.  ;)

Any Other Business / The terrors of Rock & Roll.....................
« on: September 13, 2009, 01:14:40 PM »

WTF?!  :shock:

Any Other Business / Galgo and Galga released!
« on: September 07, 2009, 01:14:43 AM »


I know; it's sounds like 2 new VA synths from Waldorf.... but it are dogs.
Our dogs for that matter.

On the right is Nouk (male = a Galgo) adopted in April '08
On the left is Nicky (female = a Galga) adopted in August '09

Now, I've been a cat person all my life (we have 3 currently) but since we adopted our first dog 16 years ago I really fell in love with the bastards. That dog died early 2008 and we ran into Greyhound Resque Holland a couple of months later.

In all honestly.... both my wife and I were never particulary impressed by greyhounds; they look......... a bit funny!  :wink: Until we started to find out about their nature: they must be the sweetest dogs EVER! It seems no matter how much they've been abused (these two come from Spain and have had their share) they will never attack a person. It takes a few days to regain their general trust in humans and a couple of months to socialize them again but once they do they are the best dogs ever!  8-)

Now I even consider them to be beautiful. Funny how that works.....

Gear Corner / There's no grade like...............
« on: September 03, 2009, 03:16:48 PM »
:mrgreen:  Upgrade!  :mrgreen:

I took care of a few loose ends, studio wise. A bunch of low budget but very effective upgrades over the past few months:
First there was the e-drum kit extension + Toontrack SD2. Took me weeks if not months to get it just right. So much to tweak..... But I'm happy now! :-)

Then I got rid of my 2 CRT 19" screens and replaced them with 2 TFT 20" (900 x 1600) screens:

This also gave me some much need room to re-place my keyboard so now everything is superbly ergonomically.

Then I picked up:
- 5 T-racks plug ins + a reverb from IK-multimedia from their "pay one get 6" group buy. Excellent addition to my T-racks classics.
- Wusik EVE 2. A great addition to Wusik Station 5. It's a separate plug in for piano's, organ's, trons etc. Very nice.
- Sanford Cobalt. A dead cheap ($25) VA-synth plug in with a fantastic sound. I kinda missed having one of those.
- A Line 6 FBV-short board. It was about time. Ordered it yesterday to have access to wah/volume and switch on/off stuff.
- A Line 6 POD mount. The POD is now mounted (duh) to the wall for full access.
- 2 additional Line 6 sound packs; I now officially have 160 amps!  :D

It sounds like a lot but it are all purchases between 20 - 125 euro. I think the FBV is the most expensive one (125). All in all these items make studio time more comfortable. And the last few months were great also to sort this stuff out. I also re-organized some sound/preset libraries (mainly from SampleTank and WusikStation) since they take up a crap load of space on my hard drive. I also figured out some undiscovered stuff in Cubase 4 and started working with the Line 6 editor software to re-organize my POD-XT. All those matters are usually ignored because there's no time.

So! I'm back in business. Ready to go and finish GCIII!  :D

Gear Corner / Line 6 POD-farm: FREE DOWNLOAD in September
« on: September 02, 2009, 08:47:16 PM »
It is! September!

Mighty nice of them! -->
Does require a Line 6 device of any kind (a POD or audio interface, whatever) or an iLok. But that was the case anyhow. The package is free this month!  :D

Gear Corner / T-racks promotion group buy
« on: August 06, 2009, 03:47:02 PM »
Just wanted to notify you about a rather fab groupbuy thing IK-multimedia is running for the T-racks 3 single mix/mastering plug ins.


Normal prize for these are 75 euro a piece. The original deal was "buy 1 and get 2 for free".
Great deal all ready but IK raises you with 1 extra everytime they break a 500 customers barrier. It's all ready at "buy 1 get 3 for free" level and within a few days the "get 4 for free" level will be reach.


If and when the amount of 2000 customers is reach before August 31th (which will most likely happen because about 100 customers jump in every day) you'll get the CRS Hall reverb plug in for free!  :D

I know I sound like a sales manager here but this is a sweet deal. I've been using the T-racks 1.3 classics for more then 6 years now and loving them. The new single additional plug ins are very good and highly recommended. If you ever wanted to get these, this is the time!  8-)

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