I work in tech and have no fucking clue what this post is about.   Chew on that for a bit!

I was raised Catholic and forces to go to Mass until I was 18 - at which point I promptly stuck my two fingers up and didn't go back unless for weddings, funerals or Christmas.   Well into my thirties I still struggled saying things like 'Jesus' as a form of expression of shock, or 'God damned it'. My indoctrination into the Church had been that thorough. I still feel permanently guilty for just about any form of pleasurable act because we are all sinners after all - or at least if you were raised Catholic you are.

I haven't been to Mass in five years and only used to go on Christmas Eve because they did a pagent and it felt 'Christmas-y'. Recent gf's have all been intelligent and aren't into religion.

The back story is that my dad taught for the Catholic school system here in Canada and that we had to go to Mass in order to keep up appearances.   Both sets of my grandparents came from very devout German Catholic families. 

I always hated church, yet would still strangely consider myself Catholic.    I want my little fella to attend a Catholic school so he'll receive the same perpetual guilt complex I did.   I'd also like to get married in a church, but merely because it feels 'right' and that they're very pretty structures.

That said, the most damning thing I took in school was my world regions course in grade 11 - which thoroughly confirmed to me that humans are whacko when it comes to religion and that Judaism, Islam and Christianity are all the same religions going about it differently. 

The irony?   I'd have never taken that course if I'd have attended a public school.   In a way, being spoon fed and indoctrinated helped me open my mind and discover other insights into religions and thoughts.   I was also perpetually in conflict with the teachings of my 'faith' when my dad was a chemistry teacher who firmly believed in science and scientific method.

I've been told I echo sentiments of B'haism.   I just say I'm not religious - which is true - even though I'd still strangely consider myself Catholic.


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Dermatron wrote:

Yeh like Richard Branson and countless other successful people. Just admit you're wrong and stop insisting on being a twat.

Rather rich coming from you.


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Seems like a strange place for this sort of thing to happen.  Doesn't Finland have a ridiculously low crime rate?

Seems like the police handled it well.  Glad they have the person in custody.


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Also, frankly the quality of mastering has gone to non-existent on some tracks.  With the advent of the Internet, a lot of smaller labels throw a limiter on the master and consider it done.  Sound quality in tracks has really suffered a lot in the past 10 years.


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303 abuser wrote:

i stopped at moog the last time i was in montreal, great shop, i was like a kid in a candy store there.

I've been to the one in Montreal with my gf at the time... Luckily she was there or it may have been a bankrupting experience.  I've never been to the one in Toronto and fear what it would do to my bank account, so I stay away.  The website is taunting enough.  Haha.

It's a dangerous store for someone like me.  A store largely focused on synths and related hardware?  Yes please!


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I do. 

Especially if there's unmastered tunes in there. 

Also to keep in mind that if you're still using mp3s, they're missing a bunch of audio data due to the horrible compression they have. 

Another thing to keep in mind is that just because the tracks are mastered, doesn't mean they're all of the same standard.  I tend to EQ, mildly compress and then limit things so they're all of equal volume.  Mind you, I do all of my mixes in Ableton and don't really mix my mixes live anymore.

smallman1 wrote:

Does she play in Russia regularly?

If yes, I Moscow.


Watch your drug intake Ed, or you might be Russian too hard.

Amps wrote:

Out of idle interest, for the average bedroom producer, is there any general advantage of physical synths over software ones?

As someone who's done both and been at this for over 25 years, I have to say that a good mix of the two is ideal.  There's some things the computer does a lot better - like arrangement in my opinion.  You can get a lot more microscopic.  I also do all of my drum programming in a computer.  It's fun jamming on drum machines and such, but for ease of use and layering, you can't beat a computer.

As for what *sounds* better?  I'll go with hardware.  You can get some great sounds and even make great music solely inside the box, but after working solid in the box for ten years and then switching back to hardware again, I've noticed my stuff sounds like it has more breadth, depth and warmth.  It also packs more oomph.

Frankly, with the cost of analogue synths these days being what they are, you can basically get a really decent brand new analogue synth for the cost of a really good soft synth plugin - and that will be something you can touch and play with instead of clicking about with a mouse.


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303 abuser wrote:

i managed to sell my ddj-sx for $800, which will conveniently fund the digitakt.  now i just have to find stock somewhere in canada.

Look at Moog Music in Toronto/Montreal.  Free shipping and price matching.  I only buy from them.  They're synth people too.  Their site is nice and easy to use.

Alien Reincarnation or whatever the fuck it's called.  Missus dragged me out to see this one.  Not my kind of film.  Fassbender is good in it, but that's to be expected.  So many cliches at play it's not funny.  "Oh I shouldn't look inside this?  Well lets look inside then!"  "I'm going to go for a walk - alone.  I'll be fine!"  It's why I struggle with these types of films.  I suppose it checks the required boxes if you're into these sort of things.

If you like Alien, I gather you'll like this.  Me?  Meh.  6/10.

I quite like Solomun.

Are you going to organize my flight over, Ed?  tongue

Long story short (which I'm not known for)... A DJ/producer mate of mine was going through some life shit and stayed with me for a bit last year to try to sort out his troubles.  I drove him to Toronto in December and basically he has been M.I.A. since and left behind about 400 DVDs, 2 Tech 1210s, an Ecler Duo 4 DJ mixer, a CDJ-1000 MKII, several synths/outboard kit, about 1000 badly maintained prog house and drum n' bass records, a whack of clothes, etc. and various assorted boxes of 'things'. 

He's made constant promises that he's going to come back for it but never shows.  His record of dependability is beyond terrible.  I had warned him plenty of times that if he didn't show by the end of May that I'd be selling on what I could and getting rid of the rest.  I'm keeping the synths and a few records. 

Does that make me an arsehole?  Probably - but he also owes me a whack of money as well.

Anyway, in the purge, I happened upon what appear to be 12 Es.  I'm looking for amusing ideas what to do with them that go beyond me necking the lot and selling them on since I no longer indulge and I don't fancy getting nicked... 

Of course, take this post as maybe being true or not and I won't necessarily heed your advice.

millsy23 wrote:
loopdokter wrote:

It's a proper Ontario Soccer-sanctioned league,.

I did wonder

I'm always willing to share the finer details, mate. wink

seanc80 wrote:

Full 11 aside too.

No fucking around with 'last man back' there.

It's a proper Ontario Soccer-sanctioned league, so that means we get actual refs too.  We play hard for 90 minutes and then promptly head to the pub for Monday Night Trivia (which we often win) and get pissed as possible on a school night.  I enjoy it. Gerry yelling at us from the back with his colourful Oirish is always a laugh.  'You's feckin...' is a common way he starts off directing his back line.

digitalfix wrote:

I recently found this CD for a dollar at a resale store.  Well worth the investment.  It is really all over the map and flows strangely well.

millsy23 wrote:

lol. That is so shit on every conceivable level Loops. I absolutely love it. Gen lol

Big fan of the puns, me.  I aim to please.


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Dan Harwood wrote:

You've been with a bird six months and got her up the duff already? Talk about entrapment!!!

That's how she got me Dan.  If the thing comes out looking like Dermo, I'll know it's not mine.  It wasn't planned, but it happened and we're rolling with it.  It's going to a be a big change but I welcome it and I am looking forward to it.

Anyway, back to Barbican... From what I gather this concert will likely see a release as a Late Night Tales Barbican.  They've been hinting at it through their Bandcamp.


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liquitech1 wrote:

..grab a spot down the front next to the speakers, neck some gear and get mad out of it ffs. Its not 1997 anymore either, Sasha turns up to his gigs nowadays.

We'll see.  I know one of the people who's a co-headliner.  Sent them a message to see what can be done.  It can't hurt to ask, but I doubt I'll be going otherwise.   Sasha didn't show up to a gig here as recently as 5 years ago.  It's a trend for him and Toronto.  Perhaps he doesn't like the place?

I was fortunate to see them in/around 1995 for a whole 8 hours at Guvernment with Laurent Garnier doing 8 hours in the attached concert hall (The Warehouse AKA Kool Haus).  One of the best things I've ever had the pleasure of attending.  I've seen them in Miami at WMC many times over as well.  I'd rather see them somewhere where they can play a proper long set and get stuck in.  The after party hasn't been announced yet, so we'll see what happens there.


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Dan Harwood wrote:

Congrats. Will you be buying him a referee babygrow?

Nah, Bayern and Toronto FC baby kits already on the 'need to be purchased' list though!


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steelydan wrote:

I thought he was a Bender?


I'm as straight as the infamous straightaway on the Nürburgring, but thanks all.


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simonr wrote:
smallman1 wrote:

Go on the Loops, congrats chief!

Are you in charge of the whip round for the baby shower Ed ?

Genuine chuckle.


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Dermatron wrote:

Jay Jr is on the way? You were only playing the MASSIVE sympathy card not just two months ago about your heartbreaking split?

Eh?  I haven't been single since January.  Before that I'd been single for about a year and change. 

Rest assured.  I don't want anything from you.  Your bitterness is unwanted and it seems we all get that regardless.

BedRob wrote:

Sounds like it was one of those "had to have been there" moments

Thanks for sharing

It was a chuckle in what could have been a worse situation.  [shrug]  It fit in with the theme of the thread.


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Mr. C's Acting Career wrote:
zackster wrote:

choosing moderat over aphex twin should be a bannable offense

Hey at least you know what you'll get with Moderat. Fucking Aphex Twin could spend the better part of an hour playing literal sandpaper with some 240 BPM gabba track over the top just to be a weirdo. Not to bash him or anything.

...with his back turned the entire time.

Up there with some of the most amazing and most awful electronic music ever made.  In the top ten for both.  I wouldn't risk it.