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Post by slovo » Tue Jan 19, 2010 10:34 pm

Hey Babaluma... a) how do you afford to buy music equipment in Japan!? I love browsing the shops, but aside from 2nd-hand Roland gear everything is faaarrrr too expensive. Teach me your tricks! XD and b) your friend Pawnsphinx is really pretty exciting sounding. His myspace didn't seem to turn up any useful info, do you know when that album will be available? Any chance of those tracks showing up on Amazon mp3? Because it's not super easy to buy mp3s here.

More on topic, the tracks sound great! Support this fledgling enterprise! You can say you were there first!

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Post by Babaluma » Wed Jan 20, 2010 4:54 am

hey slovo,

thanks for the very kind comments.

i bought my modular slowly over the period of 7 or 8 years, so it wasn't too pricey at any one time.

the outboard/mastering gear took me three years to save up for. it always seems to be way more pricey in japan than in the west. the second germ comp was ordered from mercenary audio in the states, as i already had a power supply. it was cheaper to order and pay shipping and import tax from the us, than it was to go into a shop and buy one here. but i'm pretty much done with buying gear now, my dream studio for creating my own music and mastering others is finished. i'm still awaiting a custom fromel seraph deluxe though, to add multiple dimensions to your mix! ;)

pawnsphinx is a very close friend of over fifteen years. he's a true artist and won't compromise his art for anything. he has way more integrity than most of the people i meet. he's a talented oil painter, juggler, tabla player, philosopher, and electronic musician. afaik he doesn't really use his myspace page. so far all of his releases have been "soft", but i think he wants to start getting actual artefacts out there. you can download his currently released projects from the web label SKP here:

http://www.skprecordings.com/

and i think he has some older stuff on enpeg. hopefully he'll jump in and let you know how the album is coming along. or you could ask in his thread on here. i've mastered about 19 tracks of his over the last year and there is a lot of amazing stuff there!

thanks again!

gregg

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Post by Babaluma » Wed Jan 20, 2010 9:10 pm

i've updated the first post with info on rates.

the response to the "one free track" has been astounding and i have a lot of mastering work on right now! i will continue to offer this service, although as more paid work is coming in, that will obviously have to take priority. i should still be able to get the free tracks done within a week.

thanks to everyone who has sent in tracks so far, it has been great to hear so many different styles of music, and i have enjoyed listening to every single one of them. there are some REALLY talented people, and genuinely nice folks, on here.

anyway, after months of thought i have decided on a payment scheme which i think is fair and competitive. for those that have contacted me previous to this post, my offers still stand. from today the new rates apply to new clients. if it's not clear, please just PM me.

all the best,

gregg

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Post by slovo » Wed Jan 20, 2010 10:54 pm

Nice, congrats on getting your dream studio mostly completed. Mine's only just beginning! Didn't realize pawnsphinx was a board member, I'll have to check out his thread. Thanks for the info. I hope I get a certain track I'm thinking of finished in time to take advantage of the free track offer. If you don't mind, next time I head up to Kanagawa I'll have to bug you for advice on music spots to hit. ;)

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Post by Babaluma » Thu Jan 21, 2010 5:05 am

hey slovo,

thanks. the free track offer will last indefinitely. it's something i'll always consider doing. it allows people to try before they buy, and is a good way to build trust with people.

i've only ever bought gear from the following places in japan:

echigoya, 5g, rock on (all in shibuya/harajuku for vintage and new studio gear and synths)
ochanomizu area in tokyo (various shops, for guitar stuff)
ishibashi, shimamura, kurosawa (the "guitar centres" of japan, full of prosumer shit, but can sometimes find bargains there)
soundhouse (japan's largest online retailer, the "musician's friend" of japan?)
yahoo japan auctions (prices are way higher then they used to be for vintage stuff though, gone are the days of 20,000 yen 101's and 30,000 yen re-201s and 60,000 yen ms-20s)
hard off (the "cash converters" of japan, can sometimes find bargains here)

as for kanagawa/yokohama, there's nothing very good here. there's a place called "messe de music", for vintage gear, but prices are high and the manager is a little strange. tokyo is where it's at i reckon!

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Post by slovo » Thu Jan 21, 2010 7:27 pm

Awesome, awesome info, thanks. I can read a bit of kana and Chinese, so stumbling through the Japanese music forums can be quite bewildering. Thanks. One nice thing to pick up via Yahoo Japan, I have to say, is large stuff. Sure, shipping is a fortune, if you're int he US or Europe (not so bad to me in HK hehe) but the savings on higher end Tama gear, for example, can be pretty sweet. But yeah, the electronics are pretty well-picked through, unless you're willing to try junk listings.

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Post by Audio Resistance » Thu Jan 21, 2010 9:05 pm

Thanks for another excellent job Gregg!

I am not going to waste peoples time by trying to explain music with bullshit adjectives. However, I will say how nice it is to have somebody with a love and deep appreciation of electronic music taking care of this important part of the process. I have had local yokels master tracks from me before and the results were less than satisfactory.

If anyone cares to hear the latest track he did the link is below.

http://soundcloud.com/audio-resistance/ ... -satisfied

Thanks again Gregg,

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Post by Babaluma » Fri Jan 22, 2010 1:59 am

Thanks Rob,

It's great to get such high quality submissions, both artistically and in sample rate/bit depth. I hope you get your EP together soon and that it garners the success is deserves!

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Post by nyarlathotep » Fri Jan 22, 2010 6:34 am

I should mention that Babaluma (hermetech studio) has worked on every track for my next ep release and follow up album to be released (as yet only digitally) on SKPR . Unfortunately these releases will not be until much later in the year (July or later).

Babaluma (hermetech studio) has done some very satisfactory work for me ranging from subtle analogue enhancements to tracks and stems through to tightening up entire mixes (where original mix information is no longer available for production uses).

If anyone is interested to hear some of my music there are 2 threads in the 'your tunes here' section one of which (the flaming acid horse) has been mastered by Babaluma (hermetech studio). Comments appreciated :tu:

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Post by Babaluma » Thu Jan 28, 2010 10:07 am

Thank you Mr. Pawnsphinx!

The mastering work is taking off at just the right time, as the hours at my day job will be cut soon.

A big thanks to everyone who has trusted me with their audio babies, I'll try to continue doing a good job.

Keep the submissions coming!

Best wishes,

Gregg

:cthulhu:

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Post by Babaluma » Sat Mar 13, 2010 11:22 pm

Hey all, I have a three week holiday right now, with very little mastering work on, so if any one wants to send me a track for free mastering, then please do so!

Other news:

I will be unveiling the new web site for my mastering business very soon. I will post a link here when it's ready (there are few small design issues to work out first).

I have been very busy mastering many different projects recently, both Muff member's creations, and other bits and pieces. I will announce more info when release dates and purchase info are available.

Keep patching!

Gregg

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Post by VanEck » Sun Mar 14, 2010 2:05 am

Gregg recently mastered our upcoming double disk album... and we are extremely satisfied customers!

Top notch work. We will going to Hermetech for all of our releases from now on.
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Post by tIB » Mon Mar 15, 2010 12:46 am

Just had my sonic turd polished into pure gold by Gregg at Hermetech. He did a great job and once its in the public realm Ill A/B it with the original file up at soundcloud for all to hear.

If I get something down for an EP it will be going his way for sure...Thanks Gregg I owe you at least 2 :guinness:

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Post by Babaluma » Mon Mar 15, 2010 12:54 am

Thanks guys.

:loves:

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Post by Babaluma » Wed Mar 17, 2010 5:16 am

The web site is finally live. I'd be very happy to hear any feedback you have regarding design/content etc.

Here:

http://hermetechmastering.com/

Thanks for all the submissions, both free and paid, and all the great feedback so far.

I've included some of the testimonials from here on the site. If you don't want it up there, or I've got your artist/band name or initials wrong, just let me know and I'll change it.

Keep sending me tracks!

All the best,

Gregg

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Post by tIB » Wed Mar 17, 2010 5:55 am

Great site, nice and clean and the right amount of info, like it a lot.

Good luck :)

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Post by Babaluma » Wed Mar 17, 2010 5:59 am

thanks for the input tIB.

i am wondering about whether to include photos anywhere, and will probably include a proper contact form in the coming days, but i am pretty happy with it.

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Post by tIB » Wed Mar 17, 2010 6:48 am

Maybe some gear porn pics or a studio shot would be nice... depends how tidy you are :tu:

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Post by wetterberg » Wed Mar 17, 2010 10:46 am

I just had my first track mastered at Hermetech, and it was a really pleasant experience - the final product brought out aspects in my work that were otherwise buried in mix-soup.
highly recommended! :tu:

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Post by Babaluma » Fri May 28, 2010 2:36 am

just a quick news update:

i've recently given the site a little make over, and it's now fully up and functional with all content.

http://hermetechmastering.com

i am updating the news page about once every ten days or so.

http://hermetechmastering.com/news

recent projects include work for the following wigglers: jenaumu6, haiku-ish, van eck, parasitk, and wetterberg, as well as other work from dialog>, taoyoyo, pawnsphinx, nanook, psyfi, and dakini records/drumspyder.

thanks for all the continuing support, and keep sending me tracks!

best wishes,

gregg

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Post by Babaluma » Tue Jul 20, 2010 10:10 pm

Another quick update. I have mastered the following releases:

A) The Drumspyder album, "Kytheria", was recently released by Dakini Records in Japan. It's a nice ambient/techno/ethnic crossover with lots of live percussion (mainly Arabic percussion such as Doumbek, Darbuka, frame drum etc.) Think belly dance music for the 21st Century. I have two spare copies on CD to give away, if you want one, just PM me. More info here:

http://www.dakinirecords.com/~English/r ... ng_09.html

and a nice review here:

http://malabhargava.com/general/kytheria.html

B) The Prometheus Burning/Four Pi Movement double album "Displacement Disorder" was recently released by the band themselves. It features Muff member VanEck and is amazing, so please support them! Lots of release parties and a tour to follow soon. More info here:

http://www.prometheus-burning.com/?page_id=636

C) The Taoyoyo "Jello" EP of "cheeky house" music was released a couple of days ago. It is a free download available on BandCamp by following the link here:

http://taoyoyo.com/2010/07/jello-ep-released-2/

I'd love to hear your comments on this free EP!

Keep sending me your tracks...

Gregg

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Post by scozbor » Tue Jul 20, 2010 10:45 pm

cool site greg! was sorry not to see a pic of your mug though :lol:

so cool you did stuff for OOOD. great trance days! :yay:

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Post by Babaluma » Tue Jul 20, 2010 10:49 pm

thanks dude, the OOOD track was just a mastering comparison that we did between me, colin (of the band) and a dude at a top mastering house in london. it was an interesting exercise! my average volume was about 6dB lower than theirs though, dunno if that is good or bad...

if you want to see an ugly pic of my mug you need to search the "show us your ugly face" thread! ;)

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Post by Babaluma » Wed Jul 21, 2010 1:27 am

Babaluma wrote:I have two spare copies on CD to give away, if you want one, just PM me. More info here:

http://www.dakinirecords.com/~English/r ... ng_09.html

and a nice review here:

http://malabhargava.com/general/kytheria.html
only one copy left now!

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Post by tony d » Thu Aug 26, 2010 10:19 pm

Another satisfied customer! well not actually a customer since it was free but i am very inspired to exclusively have Gregg work on any future releases.
Truly a master of his craft.
I will post details of the download once it is released.
Thanks again Gregg, impeccable work.

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