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Ott responded on 07/16/2019
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Yes, I did consider that but occasionally I have to use a trackpad when working on just my laptop and I find them a bit clumsy. I've had a mouse in my right hand for thirty years and it's a bit disconcerting [and slow] trying to use anything else. See also: trackballs, gfx tablets, etc.

Still, at least they didn't put the FUCKING CHARGE SOCKET UNDERNEATH!!

One theory I read about why they did that, thus making the Magic Mouse 2 unusable whilst charging, is so that your granny and grandad wouldn't leave theirs plugged in permanently, thus making it look to all the world like a wired mouse circa 1989.

I remember staring at it in disbelief, consumed by that familiar rage that makes Apple so throughly detestable as a company.

Which reminds me: with regard to the pop-up box that pesters me to upgrade to the latest OS, the result of which will be my audio hardware not working for the next five months, the opposite of 'Install now' is not 'Ask me later'.

Hate.

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Hello Ott, I haven't been around here in a while.. as I have finally saved up enough for a good DAW, Midi contoller, an Aura Handpan and some monitors. I am looking at buying my first Synth. I am stuck between the Roland System 1, Arturia Microbrute, or the Roland JD-XI.. Now for my question How do you start a track?


Ott responded on 07/16/2019
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With an idea.

That's all it takes, one idea. Doesn't even need to be a good one, as you can discard it later. it's just a start point.

Have one idea and realise it. Then make something that works with it. Switch things on and off, make variations, derivatives. Keep doing that until it sounds finished.

Out of those three I'd take the Roland JD-XI.

EDIT: "Aura Handpan"? £1725 for a dustbin lid that plays 9 notes and sounds like an ice-cream truck? Madness. I'd fuck that off and get a Prophet or a Prologue instead.

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Would you ever do a kick starter with music contributions again!?


Ott responded on 07/15/2019
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Yes, and I'll be announcing it soon.

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Your favourite dormouse... I mean DAW mouse, IE most ergonomic/comfortable ?


Ott responded on 07/15/2019
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Dunno but I fucking HATE this Apple Magic Mouse 2 I paid stupid money for and which is currently inflaming my carpal tunnels and accidentally double-clicking things of its own accord. A less ergonomically suitable design it is hard to imagine.

Trouble is, I'm addicted to swiping sideways with my finger. in that respect, all other mice seem primitive by comparison. If you know of a more comfortable, less annoying mouse which enables you to swipe left and right, let me know.

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"...Everything is acceptable as long as house prices don't crash" This whole vocal part is gold, where is it from? much love ott


Ott responded on 07/15/2019
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It's a quote by a genius comedian called Marcus Brigstocke.

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Which sennheiser headphones are you using? I thought it was the hd600 but I found out that there are also two more similar models in the market, the hd650 and hd660. I am looking for headphones to check the low end in my mixes and I would like to know how satisfied you are with what you are using.

Also, have you by any chance happened to hear the Kali Audio monitors (former JBL engineers). There is a lot of hype in forums and reviews but your opinion is much more appreciated!
Thanks in advance!


Ott responded on 07/15/2019
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I'm using HD650s, which I really like. They're comfortable and sonically quite neutral.

I haven't tried those monitors but I'm not really in the market for any. I'm an NS10-user for life. In thirty years of searching I've never heard anything that comes close, although for a time I was intrigued by Barefoot Micromains.

Unlikely I'd ever spend ELEVEN GRAND on a pair of speakers though. I'd rather donate it to an orphanage or a dog sanctuary or something.

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Hi Ott, You drums always sound so great and tight. what's your secret and fx chains like. Do you process Kick and snare separately than the rest of the kit? or do you get all your kit going through something like a dbx 160 at the end? As much info as you can fit here would be massively appreciated. Thanks for all you do!


Ott responded on 07/15/2019
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I process everything separately and gradually combine the elements into stereo audio mix downs. So, by the end of a mix, from maybe 30 individual sounds the elements will be grouped and bounced down into tracks like 'hats' and 'snares' and kicks' ][always more than one of each] etc. I'll usually end up with 6 stereo tracks of drums.

It helps to program and play musically-interesting drum parts and it's important to make sure they're all in complimentary tunings [unless you purposely want them to jar against each other]. Once you've got that all in order it's all about your transients and your compression. Bit of EQ helps too.

It's a huge subject and one I can't even start to cover in 1000 characters, but experimentation is key. It really helps to be able to think like a drummer so watch as many drumming videos as you can on YouTube. Pay particular attention to people like Clyde Stubblefield and Bernard Purdie.

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The only dream I have is to analyze every bit of the elements in your remix of Shpongle's "Around the World in a Tea Daze" I know it's against the rules in every book, but mine is just a wish requesting that you share the project file. Any chance? :) I want to learn so much stuff about this track! Hear me out! :)


Ott responded on 07/15/2019
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I probably didn't even save the project. I never do.

Once the mix is finalised, mastered and released there seems to be no point in hanging on to it. It's just baggage.

There's not a lot to that track though. My favourite element is Chris Barker's [Ott & The All-Seeing I bass player] bass line, and I like Raj's flute through a cheap delay pedal.

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Ive noticed you have purchased multiple Waldorf Pulses, is this an ongoing collection, or was it a job lot and why! do they run in poly chain mode or was that the pulse plus, or are you modding them to create the worlds biggest poly synth that grows each year.Thanks In Advance.Malk


Ott responded on 05/29/2019
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A friend of mine had a few hardware synths functioning as doorstops in his studio and somewhat impulsively I offered to buy them as a job lot, which he accepted gleefully. One of them was a Waldorf Pulse Which was the last one I switched on and the one I least expected to like.
It turned out to be brilliant.

I discovered from reading the manual that you can poly-chain them, which I took as a challenge, and set about buying up cheap ones from eBay. I paid between £200 - £250 and ended up scoring another four. I also bought a cheap passive summing box to sum the outputs and a 5A 12v PSU to power them.

The polychaining works flawlessly and it sounds magnificent in full flight, but it’s not something you’d use to whizz up a quick pad sound. It’s a bit... ‘idiosyncratic’. Does fantastic ‘broken robot’ noises and ridiculously huge unison bass things.

Not terribly portable.