New blog at kvesti.net

Posted: November 30, 2014 in Music
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Ok. I gave up having blog on non-blogging platform. My blog moved from kvesti.com to kvesti.net. There have been many fast moves, but I think those are now done and everything can continue normally. What comes to future of this site, it started to look more silent. I will keep posting links to music related post on my new blog. But other than that this will be quite silent. It will still stay here. Now you can follow my new blog. That wasn’t the case yesterday.

First little lesson on how internet works. You can put anything to internet, but people don’t find it until they see link to it. Search engines are one way to find those links. When you create new site, it takes some time until you site is shown on search results. When it starts to show it won’t show very high. If you have site that has reputation on search engines, you probably should use it somehow even if your new content is on new site.

For this reason I start to publish links to my new blog posts here. Latest music related post is My initial thoughts on iZotope Iris 2. iZotope Iris 2 was just released and had to get one. Post is written based on promotional material and short test. I try to make review after I have used it more.

On not updating this in future. That plan has changed even more than publishing links to my posts on my personal site. I might be posting here something that is not suitable for my personal site like comments to music related videos. I don’t know when that happen, but it is option at the moment.

Update on everything

Posted: November 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

As you have probably seen, I haven’t updated this blog for a while. After this post updates might become more rare. I haven’t had anything to write here because I haven’t done anything music related. That is main reason for no updates. The reason will change from now on.

I have been updating my online presence for over a month now.  I have put more effort on my movie review blog Kvesti on Movies and Stuff. I also have YouTube channel with same name. Along totally changing my Kvesti on Movies and Stuff I have made new web site www.kvesti.com.  I try to concentrate my online activity there. Kvesti on Movies and Stuff will remain separate, but everything else will be on kvesti.com. Which means that posts I would have posted here will go there from now on.

And there is a catch. Because it is on web site platform rather than blogging platform, I don’t know how you can follow me. I don’t know if there is rss feed or something similar. I haven’t found one yet. I will share every post there on twitter. There is no plan to suddenly become much more active. Probably couple posts and then continue with same pace I had here.

I will leave this site as it is. I won’t copy these posts to new site. Everything there will be new.

 

They released 11 version of their Orchestral Essentials library for existing customers. I tried to download it because I have Orchestral Essentials. I bought it because their Ableton Live library gave me discount. When I tried to download update, I remembered why I won’t buy anything from them and don’t even check their new products. I have no problems with their products. I have problem, because their bandwidth is so precious to them, that you can’t download their software without asking them permission first. And extra downloads cost you extra. It is BS like this, why they I won’t buy their products from their site. Their Ableton Live libraries are different, because you can download them as many times as you want.

I have no problem with copy protection. But this is not it. This is just annoying your paying customers.

I haven’t followed, what new synths are coming or anything else music related I could buy. That is why this blog has been quite silent lately. This synth was so interesting, I had to try demo. I have played with this for few hours. It is quite interesting software synth. It so harder to use than your regular software synths. I haven’t used modular synths, but I think they would feel like this.

You can get simple, but quite interesting sounds out of it. I was missing master volume and a compression, but you can get those from DAW. This is sound source to be used with effects from DAW. Modulation sources are quite limited. As they are in hardware synths. I haven’t got my head around all adjustments yet. I just try different things until I get what I want.

Then to good points. Scalable interface is something I like to see more often. Synth sounds really unique. Physical modeling and 2d lfo makes synth sound like nothing else I have tried. Those give you movement to your sounds. Lack of modulation sources is not such big deal because of that. You can’t build as evolving sounds as some more sophisticated synths, but sounds this creates are interesting in different way. Big plus for using Finnish name. I don’t think this is from Finnish company, but Finnish name make me like this more.

Synth looks simple, but it has huge learning curve. Demo version seemed quite limited out-of-the box. You don’t get huge amount of patches. You need to build your own sounds. It is not simple at first. I think, once you learn to use it, it gives you amazing sounds. I could get quite interesting sounds during few hours I have played with it. This is nerdy synth. It is not fancy, but gives you something other synths don’t give.

I am not sure will I buy this. It gives interesting sounds, but those sounds don’t have much use for me. If physical modelling parts were in separate effect plugin, I would be really interested. Same, if this could take sound from other source and work as physical modelling effect plugin. I will keep demo on my computer and give it another try in future.

Video  —  Posted: March 9, 2014 in Confessions of gear slut, Software
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I didn’t make any new year resolutions, but I think I have bought enough guitars and software synths. Only reason I will buy new guitar this year is Gibson’s 120 anniversary, which brings new special anniversary edition guitars. I have to have one with that anniversary logo on fretboard. Another reason why I want one of those guitars is maple necks. Some of those guitars have maple necks. That is not well advertised on Gibson site, but when you check specs from online stores, you find that information. Currently I am planning to buy Les Paul Studio or SG Special. Probably SG Special because I like SGs more than Les Pauls. All depends what they sound and feel like.

After buying Tone2 Nemesis, I started to think, if I need anymore software synths. I already have more than enough of those. That hasn’t stopped me trying couple new ones. Those have been interesting, but mostly they felt like I could do that same thing with synth I already own. I might try AIR Loom if there was demo, but without demo, AIR won’t get my money. I think I will not buy new software synths, if there won’t be anything that hasn’t been done before. Upgrades are different things. There are few synths I will upgrade when new version is released. Currently there are none of those announced, but year is long time and some of my favourite synths are so old, new versions are almost due.

Hardware synths are totally different thing. I might get one this year…

So I bought Tone2’s Nemesis. Like Saurus and RayBlaster, it has feeling of real instrument. It is hard to explain. All of those synths feel like real instruments. I am not sure, if it is latency or something else. It could be that, because Tone2 has kept their synths quite simple. These three at least. When I installed purchased version I realized, why no-one has made any tutorials. Purchased version got so much information in “watermark”, that no-one want to share it to internet.

I know it is for preventing piracy. I am ok, if they put your name to show, that they can track who has cracked and shared the software. That doesn’t prevent people from making reviews and tutorials to Youtube. But when you put email address, home street, postal code and things like that, you won’t get many people wanting to make tutorials. After this I will reconsider more buying anything from Tone2. It doesn’t matter, that I myself see that information, but that means no tutorials for synths. To be honest, Tone2’s other synths doesn’t have too much tutorials either. This makes sure, there won’t be any more in future.