My old trusty Sony headphones broke where the headpiece joins the earpiece a while back. I tried gluing them a couple of time but by the third break I knew they would never work out. I got myself a nice pair of Sennheiser HD25 Mk II’s which I’ve always loved. I took them for a test drive this weekend and recorded the result and named it Wizz, Bang, Boing.
It is 2 hour psychedelic trance journey to a damp land inhabited by heavy wild things stomping about bending balloons into fantastic shapes as robot insects flit between the speaker stacks looking for their guitars.
Update: I have moved this 200+ MB mix to adrive.com. You should be able to download it with no problems now!
linkage: download via the demo mix page
I am enjoying all the extra time off at the moment as it is giving me some time to do some mixing. I’ve just uploaded a new downtempo demo mix Fluidity. You can find the details on the demo mixes page.
linkage: download via demo mix page
I have just uploaded a new full on Psytrance mix journeying into the Void that Binds. This was recorded the first time I mixed this set. It’s on the quirky side with a solid pace and nice and psychedelic. 144 – 149 BPM. The divshare player doesn’t seem to like it for some reason – but downloaded plays fine
linkage: download via demo page
I spent a while working on the arrangement of this set as it proved decidedly tricky to get the diversity of tracks to flow together into some sort of coherent whole. Still I’m happy with the outcome. Enjoy!
linkage: jan 2008: paradine dj demo – thorn of crowns (105mb, 1:17 mins), all demo mixes
A friend was visiting a few weeks ago and brought in his M-audio Torq Xponent in for me to have a mix on. I enjoyed my self so much over the next 24 hours that I went and got myself one.
I had been having some problems with my existing system a M-Audio external Audiophile sound card and Virtual DJ software. The Audiophile sound card with ASIO drivers crashed way too often to be performance worthy. The pitch would drop and the sound would start distorting, usually as a second track was added to a mix.
The Xponent includes a two channel sound card so I wouldn’t have to worry about using the crappy on board Ac97 sound card for the headphone channelas an added bonus of upgrading.
Having had the system for a couple of weeks now using the included Torq mixing software I have been pretty happy with the results. The Torq software still seems to have a few problems and has crashed a number of times, which is a few times too many. The software is a year on and up to V1.04 so they are addressing problems – but more to resolve. I don’t have 100% confidence to play live with it at this point in time, but I hope that will change by the next version.
I have set up a dedicated 3 GB partition on my mobile desktop, a Clevo D900k, with WinXP SP 2 and all Windoze updates installed. The partition is on a striped RAID array for optimal performance. Base system drivers installed ie. RAID, AMD processor management, as well as WiFi for Windoze updates. All unnecessary Windows components have been uninstalled and I have disabled any service (see this post) that isn’t going to be required. There are a lot that you do not need for DJ’ing and diasbling them can give any computer a performance boost.
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I have just finished a new Psytrance demo mix. It begins at 144 bpm and steadily advances to 148. Lots of layers and pretty hectic in some places. I hope you enjoy your trip to the Hall of the Mountain King.
linkage: direct via divshare, all mixes on the demo mix page
I have uploaded a new demo mix. It is a 40 minute journey with some chilled out energy at 122 bpm. It was mixed with mp3′s on virtual dj with a novation remote-25 for midi control.
linkage: download paradine demo mixes
I’ve spent a bit of time getting the
portable mobile desktop, Gargantulon into a fit shape and all is going well. I have set up Virtual DJ and hooked in my Novation Remote 25 Midi Controller and configured it so I can use the sliders and keys instead of a mixer. So far so good. The major downside is that with only one sound card, you don’t get any headphone support to cue or fade in the next track. It turns out that you don’t actually need it. I have recorded a 60 min Psytrance demo mix if you want to have a listen. Downtempo mix to follow.
Let me know how you get on using DivShare and any feedback on the mix is always appreciated.
linkage: download paradine psytrance demo mix