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1  Food for your Ears / The Desk / Re: Does anyone have any practical experience with any MFB gear on: December 18, 2012, 12:55:50
At the moment i am just using ableton with reason rewired into it. I dont get a lot of satisfaction from computerized sounds or the workflow of DAWs other than reason. I mostly use samples direct from analogue equipment and those are the sounds that i want to create but id rather be able do everything or as much as possible from analogue or hardware, its just a little expensive.

The DRM1 is a beast for sure but to it properly id want a sequencer, so the price would be bumped up pretty high, probably more that a tr707 off ebay, and only a bit more and i would enter into machinedrum, tempest territory which would surely eclipse the DRM1.

The MFB seems like a good entry level machine but there is the nagging worry that it will fall apart after a few months.

The Nord lead looks pretty good, but the price is high too. Ive been eyeing up the arturia anologue experience stuff and although it is just a VST controller. what you get for the money is pretty good and at the very least could be a good controller.
2  Food for your Ears / The Desk / Does anyone have any practical experience with any MFB gear on: December 17, 2012, 11:07:11
Seriously tempted to save up for the 522. The thing sounds damn good and that is what i keep hearing but I also keep hearing that the built quality is really bad. Seeing as it would be my first bit of analogue equipment and i don't have that much money i am bit worried that if i get a bad one then it could be a big fail. Is it better to save up and get something a bit more solid? Just wondered if anyone has actually had much experience with any MFB stuff.

3  General / The Forum / Re: Bathroom gig - what should I play? on: December 16, 2012, 16:25:40
you should have DJed under the name Grandmaster Flush
4  General / The Forum / Re: Whisky Appreciation Thread on: December 14, 2012, 23:29:52
http://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/  for anything a little bit less common. Cant go wrong with talisker though and its sold everywhere.
5  General / The Forum / Re: Albums By Bristol Artists Please | 2012 on: December 14, 2012, 11:22:07
vessel's album 'order of noise'  Two Thumbs
6  General / The Forum / Re: James Blakes new live stuff on: December 07, 2012, 15:06:31

7  Food for your Ears / The Desk / Re: Ableton - is it any good? on: December 04, 2012, 14:19:58
I have had Ableton live lite 8 for about a month now. Its ok but you can't really do much in the way of straight forward production in it unless you upgrade. It good for making loops etc so if you ever want to play live in that sort of way it is worth getting a good grip. That is the main focus of the program. I find that Ableton stuff, from my rudimentary knowledge of it, tends to sound very synthetic. Some of the effects are pretty bad too. Also the sample pack i got with it is awful.

Try out the demo version online, play around and see what you think before buying.

Generally though its probably better to have a DAW that is aimed for making music like Reason or Cubase etc, then consider getting Ableton for if or when you want to do live performances. If you want to go cheap and get a lot of features consider getting the light versions of two DAWs. Say Cubase and Ableton Live. that way you can produce the elements of the track, record and edit in cubase, rewire it into Ableton Live then use Live to make the track as a live performance sort of thing. Not ideal but for 200 you would cover all bases without splashing out into one DAW that you end up not liking much

thirdly if you think you will use Ableton Live for Djing then that is an extra consideration and would be a big incentive for Live.
8  General / The Forum / Re: USB 1.1 - 2.0 question to do with audio interfaces on: November 23, 2012, 11:07:52
They are backwards compatible, all it'll mean is that your USB port is not running at its optimum

right so it works at least but just runs at 1.1 speed. makes sense. cheers.

9  General / The Forum / USB 1.1 - 2.0 question to do with audio interfaces on: November 23, 2012, 10:54:49
im too computer stupid to work this out. So i have a mac with two USB 2.0 ports. does that mean i can or cant run an audio interface that is USB 1.1? just dont want to spend my money and have driver problems etc

thanks  Two Thumbs
10  General / The Forum / Re: Are green energy solutions actually making things worse? on: October 29, 2012, 13:45:11
about as much as farting into a hurricane
11  General / The Forum / Re: Best dance album ever on: October 29, 2012, 13:02:32
I'm curious if Leftism is still considered the best 'Dance' album out there

No (not in my house!). Is it even dance music, I can't think of any track on there off the top of my head; it is electronica isn't it? Not really music for dancing, I could be wrong, not heard it in 10 years.

its about 50/50 'club' / electronica
12  General / The Forum / Re: Best dance album ever on: October 29, 2012, 12:26:19
Yeah, this wasn't supposed to be a reccomendation thread, I'm curious if Leftism is still considered the best 'Dance' album out there

no probably not, it just appears to be in nearly everyone's list, so its one of several 'best' albums. you asked a very subjective question
13  General / The Forum / Re: Best dance album ever on: October 29, 2012, 11:19:27
Most of this stuff is 10 to 15 years old

Has there been nothing decent since then?

loads! i only put down my favourite 90s albums above.

up there in my top. must be some ive missed though

Radiohead - Kid A
Photek - Solaris
Newworldaquarium - The Dead Bears
Claro Intelecto - Metanarrative
Rhythm and Sound - w/ the artists
Shed - sheding the past
Avalanches - since i left you

14  General / The Forum / Re: Best dance album ever on: October 29, 2012, 08:49:24
Exit Planet Dust
In sides (purely as it was my introduction to orbital)
Play (horribly over played but still a great album)
Platinum Breakz
Music has the right to children

in no particular order.
15  General / The Forum / Re: More Science Win on: October 22, 2012, 11:16:02
Im all up for technological advancements and the research into this and I'm sure it will get better, but logically wouldn't it just make sense to improve renewable energy, and reduce demand for petroleum? the gains from this are so small and will never out-do just using wind or solar power for electric cars. this doesn't seem to solve the problem. Using a load of energy to extract a small amount of carbon from the air to then pump back into the air by putting it in your car  Doh!
16  General / The Forum / Re: Elderly couple unwittingly grow a massive cannabis plant on: October 09, 2012, 10:02:49
imagine living next door. um whoops the football went over the fence again  Pimp

anyway looks like you can get away with much more when you are old. something to look forward to at least.
17  General / The Forum / Elderly couple unwittingly grow a massive cannabis plant on: October 09, 2012, 07:38:01
18  General / The Forum / Re: Hundreds of fat bearded men in tears. on: October 08, 2012, 14:11:48
19  General / The Forum / Re: International "Speak Like a Pirate" day! on: September 19, 2012, 14:34:09
20  General / The Forum / Re: 458 full John Peel sessions on soundcloud on: September 12, 2012, 17:40:05
ahh cheers, i guess i just didnt type in the right search words. Frantic download begins
21  General / The Forum / Re: 458 full John Peel sessions on soundcloud on: September 12, 2012, 17:32:49
they're still there, don't reckon for much longer but I'm doing a frantic download now!


cannot find :/

managed to get the black dog one of their own soundcloud page.
22  General / The Forum / Re: 458 full John Peel sessions on soundcloud on: September 12, 2012, 17:23:02
god damn it BBC (bloody bunch of cnuts)

should have downloaded more of them when i had the chance. Only got the Zion Train one from 94'
23  General / The Forum / 458 full John Peel sessions on soundcloud on: September 12, 2012, 10:24:33

 Slayer LIGHTAH!
24  General / The Forum / Re: clint eastwood is gone bananas on: August 31, 2012, 13:25:17
he comes across as a bumbling old man there.

i find their slogan a bit amusing. "We believe in america". No one is disputing the existence of America.

Actually quite worried if Romney gets in. Could well be the start of Cold War 2 the way he talks about Russia.
25  General / The Forum / Re: The games on: August 06, 2012, 12:02:24
the pun-tathlon
26  General / The Forum / Re: Science, fraud and scandal... on: August 04, 2012, 17:13:51
the scientific community faces two very large problems at the moment (other than funding); accessibility to the wider public and plagiarism.

what i am pretty sure they quote as 20,000 papers a year being fraudulent, based on the images contained in them, is plagiarism. In all scientific journals,w hen you use the image or figure form another piece of published work, it must be referenced and you have to have permission from the original authors or publishers. These things often slip through the net, and its mainly lazy editing rather than deliberate fraud. Either way it is wrong and should never happen. There are complications though such as a person can put in a figure from their own work previously published in a new paper. Without referencing this, this is plagiarism. Also, lets say i make a simple remark in a paper like "the earth is not flat". This is very well known and may not really require a reference, but could technically require one. So the lines of plagiarism are rather blurred. First of all it goes to the authors to be stringent on this and second of all the editors and the reviewers must check this. Its a lot of work and inevitably there are mistakes. Yet there is no obvious fool proof solution to these problems.

Because of this people who do want to abuse the system, and those are very few indeed, often go un-noticed.

Scientists could spend their lives on this and never get anything published because they are too bogged down in laws. Personally i think if the authors are diligent then much of this should fall to those who actually are putting this to press. Like if i made a re-edit of a michael jackson track and send it off to a record label and it gets released, yes that is my fault but the record company are also to blame for not stopping it going further. Scientific reviews are done by other scientists not professional lawyers or editors, because there is not the money to pay for it. Otherwise the cost of publishing would go through the roof and make science even less accessible to the wider public.

What i hate is the way the public can be so eager to demonize the scientific community through scandals etc. It is not a perfect system, mistakes are made and these are very rarely intentional. All this comes down i think to the accessibility of science to the wider public. This starts with pay walls on journals, and is also in part the blame of newspapers, bloggers etc mis-interpreting the information given in the scientific literature. Case in point the daily mail always quoting research into causes of cancer. People now believe that scientists are scrupulous people who beg for funding to piss up the wall on government conspiracies like global warming. This is dangerous! Where would we be if all confidence was lost in science, and funding stopped? i dead to think. I also dont understand such big cuts to science and R and D. These sectors make a lot of money for the government and are about future development. So its sad to see cuts in science happening and that many people are so for it.

Until scientific information is communicated throughout society properly and that the system is improved to minimize plagiarism, intentional or un-intentional, science has to face backlash after backlash. The scientific community must address this and soon.

27  General / The Forum / Dangleboris on: August 03, 2012, 11:49:16

28  General / The Forum / Re: 50 Shades Generator on: August 02, 2012, 19:35:20
is this just a concentrated prose of the viz swearing dictionary?

laughs all round though
my hatchet wound was flowing like a slug in a salt mine
29  General / The Forum / Re: The 'Unpopular Opinions' Thread. Destined to go [NSFW] at some point... on: August 01, 2012, 11:11:07
MP3 is a shit awful format. Thats not a vinyl vs digital vs CD debate its just a fact. The format does not make the dj but seriously why use MP3s when much better digital formats exist.

No one should ever redline the mixer.
30  General / The Forum / Re: The Olympics Thread on: July 30, 2012, 13:53:45
its strange because its a massive sport in germany and quite a lot of places yet id never really heard anything about it back in britain. Great sport, fast paced and just a pinch of brutality in the contact. I think there might well be a bit of a surge of people playing it after the olympics
31  General / The Forum / Re: The Olympics Thread on: July 30, 2012, 12:55:29
can we get back onto the olympics not an argument about capitalism etc and sheeple there are many other threads for that and its boring now.

Handball has been great to watch and so was the fencing. can't wait to see some of the rowing and kayak slalom.
32  General / The Forum / Re: game of thrones on: July 27, 2012, 11:44:27
I think the next season with be pretty hard to do well. The preface to the book states from the off that it is basically just to fill in all the gaps between the second and fourth books so the intertwining stories and characters are sometimes taking place in the order that it is written, or there could be many months or even a year or two between chapters. Also, not much happens!

The fourth book however is insane. Completely non-stop mental.

A lot of it is wandering around and moaning. A lot could be cut without too much trouble perhaps. They have changed things a lot already so i think the book and series will just diverge a bit more. Maybe they will do it like the book are slit in the US, third and fourth book are just one very long book there, and they might just cut to the chase and go for the interesting parts. They left the last series part way into the third book anyway with some people stories.

On "A Feast For Crows" now and not much has happened but its all psychological, cersei is slowly going mad and its building nicely into something but not sure what exactly. Looking forward to a  "Dance With Dragons". no idea how they will convey those two books into series as both are at the same time but each from a  different continent.
33  General / The Forum / Re: The Olympics Thread on: July 27, 2012, 11:36:52
circle moan.
34  General / The Forum / Re: Yogurt dilemma... on: July 25, 2012, 14:50:27

35  General / The Forum / Re: Berlin club royalties hike - could Bristol become the new Berlin of Europe? on: July 24, 2012, 09:50:50
I doubt it. Berlin has a unique history that left huge warehouse spaces and odd buildings perfect for clubbing after reunification. These were then claimed by people or rented out at stupidly low prices and have stayed pretty much in the same hands for a long time. The laws make it easy to stay open for a whole weekend, no one cares much about smoking laws inside the club and postering largely goes un-noticed by police.

What bristol has is a dedicated core of people involved in music - producers, DJs, club promoters and punters. The scene will always be small and it works that way because the club spaces are mainly small. Places like motion will attract people from further afield but that different. I can see bristol"s scene growing quite a bit or becoming renowned a bit more but it will never become "like Berlin" and nowhere will.

Personally id stake a better bet on Krakow becoming a bit of a clubbing capitol- with unsound every year they have the spaces, its still cheap and its easy to get to. They just need a core of a domestic scene to give it the lift off.
36  General / The Forum / Re: game of thrones on: July 16, 2012, 11:45:53
Mackenzie Crook is also in the next seasom

yep, there is some good casting going on for the next season. Jojen Reed might be an interesting one with the drumming kid from Love Actually - might work well. Also there is Diana Rigg as Olenna Redwyne
37  General / The Forum / Re: game of thrones on: July 16, 2012, 11:15:01
Apparently Paul Kaye (AKA Dennis Pennis) is going to be Thoros of Myr in the third series  Slayer

Been reading the books and the first one and the first series overlap well with only a few changes but the second book and second series span the same time but so much was changed in the series. The two are very different. Both really good though. Nearly at the end of the third book now.
38  General / The Forum / Re: Upcoming films on: June 28, 2012, 14:53:10
Kumare might be an interesting one to watch and there is one that i have forgotten the name of - its about a guy who puts an ad in the newspaper about wanting a companion for time traveling and two journalists go and interview him and train with him or something (the trailer makes it look better than i described). really want to see this new Will Farrell one where he speaks in spanish - anyone been to that? does it get a bit boring when the novelty wears off?
39  General / The Forum / Re: German court rules circumcision is 'bodily harm' on: June 27, 2012, 12:42:03
an age restriction on circumcision

At what age though?

Having it done at 13 years old is not nice, I can assure you.

no idea what the best age would be. i think the point is that surgery that is not medically necessary and without consent, at whatever age, should have restrictions on it. At least make circumcision something that has to be done in hospital or something.

On a second note, there is no way that Germany would ban circumcision completely for fear of a political backlash, and for the fact that if it was illegal people would still do it but under even less safe and controlled ways than it is now, defeating the reasons why it would be a good idea to restrict it in the first place.
40  General / The Forum / Re: German court rules circumcision is 'bodily harm' on: June 27, 2012, 11:39:45
i think the debate started in Germany because there are a number of cases every year where a botched circumcision goes wrong, the wound gets infected and the child died or became seriously ill. For the medical reasons that carrying out unnecessary surgery on a child is potentially unsafe, the idea is to put an age restriction on circumcision so that the individual can decide for themselves. I would see that as increasing civil liberties rather than reducing them.
41  General / The Forum / Re: Antarctic ice shelves not melting at all, new field data show on: June 25, 2012, 14:55:51
Melting of sea ice doesn't cause sea level rise

Surely it does? If, say, 200m of an ice floe is submerged and another 100m is above the water then when the whole thing melts the ocean will be fuller of water equivalent to 100m worth of ice?

Put some ice cubes in some water and wait for them to melt. The water level should not change. Adding ice to water displaces a volume of water equal to that of the volume of ice itself, so when it melt there is no volume change. the ice is already in the system and the volume of the system does not change. I don't think I've explained that so well :/

edit; i forgot a slight complication. sea ice is purer than sea water, and slightly less dense, so there should be some rise, only i think its very small compared to other processes that change sea level. I don't know the exact numbers though.

Melting of ice on land is what causes sea level rise as well as thermal expansion and lowering of atmospheric pressure.
42  General / The Forum / Re: Antarctic ice shelves not melting at all, new field data show on: June 25, 2012, 14:34:24
This is good news indeed, as some had thought that huge amounts of ice were melting from the region, which might mean accelerated rates of sea level rise in future.

well for a start, this study is looking at sea ice. Melting of sea ice doesn't cause sea level rise, so this study does not affect that. Admittedly i have not read the full article but no where in the conclusions or abstract does it say that "no ice is being lost at all", it merely says that the estimates given by computer modeling in the past have overestimated melting in this specific region. Secondly it states that the methods of melting are complex and beyond full understanding and they are as yet unable to determine how much melting is occurring exactly.

Interesting post, but the guy who wrote that pop-science article has not written about the actual findings of the research, but a lot of ifs and maybes. 
43  Food for your Ears / Hijackers' Tunes and Mixes / Re: A sunday session - deep house and then an hour of jackin' house on: June 15, 2012, 16:31:55

hopefully that will work
44  Food for your Ears / Hijackers' Tunes and Mixes / Re: A sunday session - deep house and then an hour of jackin' house on: June 15, 2012, 09:28:18
Download link?

oops forgot to sort that out, i will see if i can get one up tonight.
45  Food for your Ears / Hijackers' Tunes and Mixes / A sunday session - deep house and then an hour of jackin' house on: June 14, 2012, 14:03:30

1. Outboxx - Power Cruising
2. Genius of Time - Juxtapose
3. Ron Trent - Pop, Dip and Spin
4. Black Jazz Consortium - Applied Vibes
5. Something on a NDATL sampler
6. Omar S - 002
7. Jouem - Certainty of Salvation
8. Claro Intelecto - Tria
9. Oracy - Funk Advice
10. Oracy - Hold Me
11. Aaron 'fit' Siegel feat. L'Renee - Tonite
12. Krystal Klear -From The Start
13. Jovonn and DJ Deep - Spring
14. kerri Chandler - Back In The Raw
15. Levon Vincent - Bonus Beats
16. Cultural Vibe - Ma Foom Bey
17. Soundhack - untitled
18. Candi Staton - Do Your Duty
19. October - Singularity Jump
20. Krystal Klear - We're Wrong
21. Thumpin' little Mouse - Can't get no rest
22. Nathaniel 'X' Project - Jer and Iz
23. Aaron 'Fit" Siegel Feat. L'Renee - Tonite (Detroit)

first hour is deep house and the second is kind of garage-y house stuff
46  General / The Forum / Re: So I've finally gone digital on: June 14, 2012, 13:09:26
Not sure where is best to download from these days as i only buy vinyl, but whenever i tried to use beatport i found it utterly vile. Hardwax now do downloads, and boomkat might be worth a try. Also there is Juno download, who i think always have a WAV option.
47  General / The Forum / Re: So I've finally gone digital on: June 14, 2012, 11:50:09
if you are going digital i would suggest using WAV or any other high quality file. MP3 is a nearly outdated file format. It made sense when hard drives were small and internet speeds slow. As that has improved there is no excuse for using MP3 other than laziness or cheapness. If you digitalize properly and use good quality audio files, for most sound systems i doubt anyone would tell the different between that and vinyl, the only difference would be the aesthetics of it.
48  Food for your Ears / Hijackers' Tunes and Mixes / Re: Rhythmic Theory mix for Idle Hands agency on: June 12, 2012, 15:44:22
set list looks amazing, will check later for sure. the brstl release sounds great too. Who be the person behind this alias or is is a secret  Wink
49  General / The Forum / Re: game of thrones on: June 06, 2012, 19:38:59
someone may have said before but how far into the books have the tv series gone? just bought the first two books and have started reading them and hopefully i can catch up with the tv series or get ahead of it before the next season comes out.
50  General / The Forum / Re: The Euro 2012 thread on: May 28, 2012, 16:37:13
its all about group B.
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