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Frost* / Re: Should we be concerned ?
November 22, 2010, 09:32:30 PM
Quote from: "AndreasK"Well, I think Jem being such a down to earth guy makes it a lot easier for his fans to accept that he's a human being who has a life other than entertaining us.

And this is the exact reason I stopped going to the Rudess forums, even I believe Jem feels the same way I and a lot of others feel about him, which I will, for the most part, keep to myself.

Besides, I took a gigantic leave from here, for a good few months at least. True, nobody really noticed, but it's the same principle, life got busy, and I had bigger priorities than coming on here to discuss biscuits and crumpets with you lot. :lol:
Gear Corner / Re: Akai synthstation 25
November 19, 2010, 06:29:00 PM
I think I read about in SOS. It's a nice idea but I don't think the iPhone will ever be anything but a hobbyists tool, no matter how much Mr Rudess loves them. Applications crash far too easily (The one time I decided to try and perform with it, guess what happened) the output has a LOT of noise on it, I mean, put some headphones in, and it isn't just mine, there is an audible hiss through passive headphones, not sure about active. It's fun, I'd like an iPad and some kind of software sequencer/scoring program I could put ideas down while I'm out and about, but that's what laptops were invented for.

AKAI already do a fantastic portable MIDI keyboard for such a purpose in fact, the laptop performance keyboard 25, or LPK25 if you like product numbers...

One of my main issues is anything I've ever done musicly on the iPhone I could do 10x better with a DAW, much quicker. Though someone did port Propellerhead Software's old 909 808 and 606 thing to it, which is useful, but slooooooowwwww...
Toys / Frost 2010
November 19, 2010, 06:23:19 PM
Got bored, made this :lol:

Click on it to get the full thing. I couldn't find anything close to the official frost font, but I found someone close to one of the other logo's. Enjoy :)
Ask Frost* / TPE - Milliontown Mix 'niggle'
November 19, 2010, 06:10:50 PM
This definitely isn't like me, but I want to ask something, mainly the board, especially since Jem is busy as a bee right now apparently :D

Go listen to Hyperventilate on TPE, go to 4:00 exactly and listen to the drums.

I believe this is a mix between the direct mic recordings and the ambient mic's, giving it a very big booming sound, with a bit of reverb, it sounds very good and powerful and fits the performance well.

Now skip to Milliontown and go to 17:30, and listen to the fill over the final "I lose" lyric. It sounds incredibly dry and slightly dampened, and I feel the same treatment might have made it more effective. Especially since at that part on the original record there is a heck of a lot of reverb on the drums on that fill, this feels incredibly flat. There may be a valid reason, ie someone sneezed and broke the mic, who knows! :lol:

Sorry for two things, one if someone has already pointed this out, and two if not, I'm sorry for doing so, but whenever I listen to it, this thought always crosses my mind. Sort of like in the 'Here is the News' Frost* report, I quote: "Shit I wish I'd fixed that!", and although this certainly is not my work, it sort of maybe kind of not really but does a little bit applies.

Really I kinda want to know, am I right, or am I talking out my arse here? :lol:
Frost* / Re: TPE Review
November 19, 2010, 05:20:24 PM
Some of the mistranslation is quite poetic...

"Behind a pocket at the bottom of a flight case" - Brilliant album title, right there...

"this year Godfrey Gem in third position behind the best keyboardist Jordan Rudess..." - And Schumacher has spun out!!

And of course Andy Edwards isn't free, {CENSORED} doesn't come cheap :lol: :lol:

And it describes the casing and booklet, and describes the actual CD's as the 'main course', brilliant!
Friends Of Frost* / Re: New mic testing - Snowman
November 19, 2010, 04:59:02 PM
Quote from: "E.S."I'm not, I'm a keyboardist.  :P

Mate, I'd be able to write a lot more interesting and engaging music if I could sing anywhere near as good as you :lol:
Ask Frost* / Re: Sheet Music?
November 19, 2010, 04:57:47 PM
I do a lot of work with Sheet music. I did the score for You/I, but that's about it. I can easily take MIDI files of performances and orchestrate them in Notion :) Importing MIDI into scoring software is never as clean and tidy as the marketing guff makes it out to be!
Frost* / Re: Bit late but.....
November 19, 2010, 04:02:31 PM
He could off load some of his day job on me...
 :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:

(As if)
Frost* / Re: Bit late but.....
November 19, 2010, 12:13:50 PM
Hope it isn't something too serious.  :(
Friends Of Frost* / Re: New mic testing - Snowman
November 17, 2010, 10:49:41 AM
If you aren't a singer I'm not a keyboardist!

*Makes a note: "1. Found a singer - Done. 2. Find money to give to that singer"*

Gear Corner / Best Service Titan
November 12, 2010, 02:37:49 AM
Come see my Meaty Channel and the rare species only found in the Minimoog Sea, the Analog Bass.

:lol: :lol:
Gear Corner / Re: Gear Lust - Autumn Edition
November 10, 2010, 06:15:58 PM
Quote from: "Mouse"I've finally got Pro Tools up and running (I had a few problems getting it to play ball). I'd just like to say RAWK! The first thing I did was run a grand piano through a drawbar organ's rotary to get that Floydy Echoes sound. Love it.  :D

Oh and Gav, I am jealous of your fine looking organ. ...Nope, nothing wrong sounding about that...  :lol:

I'll play a G sharp major sixth on that any day. Hurr.
Ask Frost* / Re: Four Chords?
November 08, 2010, 05:07:12 PM
Axis of awesome are great. I'm friends with them too, they're awesome guys.

I should talk to Benny and get a Frost song in there! :lol:
Alright, keyboards is my area, and I have to say, you want to budget way way way down from the Fantom Korg etc if you're just starting out. I would like if you could give an idea of exactly what your budget is. However lets assume something reasonable and not over the top. I would recommend getting a MIDI keyboard and looking around either for some old modules or get some software based solution. If prog is your thing, I'd certainly recommend something from Waldorf, especially their blofeld desktop. Old roland sample modules are a good idea, though if your budget stretches to it you could possibly look into the Sonic Cell, a desktop Fantom if you will, without the need for a rack mount.
Rolands new Gaia synth thing is pretty nice, at £499 it's a good starter, and from what I've used it does a lot. Tempted to get one myself :D

Though if you want to go the software route, I cannot recommend Reason enough. Especially with the new version, which comes with a bunch of new things like a new autotune/vocoder which looks like the most versatile vocoding bit of fun I've ever seen, and it also comes with a whole load of very useful samples as well, it's all presented like the old racks from way back when, and once you get into it, you can do some pretty serious sound design with it (The intro to The Other Me was done in Reason if I recall correctly with the use of the granular wavetable synth thats included). Everything from drum machines to analogue synths is included, and comes in at around £250 nowadays (Which is a f**king bargain)

Also to the above if you want to incorporate your bass and other audio stuff, you can invest in the sister program to reason, Record, which with Reason as a package costs an extra £100. I was involved with the beta testing of record, and although I've not got the full thing yet, it is fantastic and really easy to use. As is Reason for that matter.

There are demo's available on the Propellerhead website which give you 30 minute play-around time, and you can launch it as many times as you like, and as an added bonus I can provide live video tutorials over skype.

Hope this info is a help to you. :)
Any Other Business / LINKS IN THE FORUM
October 27, 2010, 07:16:58 PM
Dear Web Guy

I checked my preferences and couldn't find an option for this.

Could you change the forum preferences to allow for links to open in a new window?

Cheers. :D