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Dear Mister DiCola.

Thank you for all the answers you\'ve given me. especially the one about the K-2000 sound you\'ve created. I just love that wickedness aftertouch in the sound. Just gives me chills all over.

What I do was surprised to hear from you, was the name "FENDER RHODES ELECTRIC PIANO". I never knew that Fender was part of Rhodes. I know that Fender is one of the biggest Guitar manufacturers and that they produce amplifiers, but I didn\'t know that they where part of Rhodes.

Anyway, the sound from that Rodes is so beautifull on the ears... like during the evening when you\'re tired from work and on the couch with a good novel in your hand... and this song on the HiFi System. Song two gives some sort of space like feeling to it.

Well Mister DiCola. Thank you ones more for your reply and if there is going to be a concert, then I wouldn\'t want to mis that. Then I sure would love to come over to the States.

Good luck with your future projects.
Best Wishes, Niels Berndsen
Well... I could give this topic a number of titles.

When styles of "Yes". "Rush" and "Focus" unite.
Jazz in a modern Jacket.

and so on, and so on. First of all I would like to say to TDRS Music, that the latest CD has arrived in perfect condition. Compliments go out to the designer of the case, I love this sort of art very much.

I\'ve been listening to the music made by Vince DiCola for quite some time now, but on this CD... I\'d never could imagine a high class style of Modern Jazz music. Though the first song begins somewhat suddenly, though at some point it begins to fall into place. "Like a puzzlebox being overturned on a table and suddenly all the pieces find their spot."

My most favourite part of the CD begins around 13 minutes within the first song. One word came to my mind when I heard the united sound of the electric base, with effect, the keyboards and synthesizer sound and the drums. "Solid!"

The second song is to me a song to catch my breath after the first song.... or should I actually say session. The songs on this CD are so long, that they could actually be called suites. Modern style suites that is. The third song is a perfect finally to the entire recording. Truely a Master Piece.

Allthough I love the cover styles very much.... I had slightly hoped to see a small booklet with at least a picture inside, for example, taken from inside the studio during one of the sessions.... "the masters of sound and music at work" as to say.

But I would like to know two things. As a starting musician I\'m always curious to know which instruments where used during the recording of the "Found Objects" CD. Yes, I do know it concludes a drumkit and an Electric Bass guitar, but I would like to know how many keybaords and/or Synthesizers where used.

second question is because I love to experiment with sound... and there was one perticular sound that just made me go out of my mind. During the first song, around time mark 0.13.26 and 0.13.40, there\'s a keyboard or synthesizer sound that\'s played as a solo part. Well Mr. DiCola, can you please tell me what kind of name that sound is... and , if possible, if this sound can be played on an Alesis QS 6.1 Synthesizer. I would be very very thankfull. :-)

Well... to top off this topic, I thanking Vince DiCola, Doane Perry and Paul Ill for their latest recording. I love it very much guys. I hope to hear more soon.

Oh... and before I go... will there be a concert? Just like a concert "Rush" or "Yes" would do?
Hi Snubnog.

Thanks for the reply. :) Well.. this idea came to my mind when I was trying out several Audio DVD\'s and DTS demo\'s that I\'ve received from DTS themselfs during a convention where I was. Anyway... I was going through my CD collection and I suddenly realised the huge potential  for Synthesizer music, seeing I\'ve become a big fan of Vince DiCola\'s work. Because he does allot of music composing on Keyboards and synthesizers, what good oppertunity is there to record an album in 5.1 surround, perhaps even in DTS quality, to reach the full dimension capable with synthesizer technology.

I also saw you mentioning SACD. Sadly though I can\'t play those on my DVD player. Mine is a NAD T 512 (Region free made) Which will only play CD, DVD, MP3 and Mpeg Multichannel.

Oh well... time will come when I buy a DVD Player that play\'s all formats. ;D
I myself am a tech-head. Everything in the multimedia industry... computers, audio and video, I just love to explore. Soon the IBC (International Broadcast Convention) is going to be held in the RAI exhibition in Amsterdam. I\'m going to be there for sure, above all you always get loads of free material on CD and DVD. The stands to look for are the ones from DTS, THX, Dolby Digital and several more.

This upcoming event raised a question. Will TDRS-music in the near future be making audio recordings in Dolby Surround or even DTS?

I\'ve noticed that almost every new Home cinema system, HIFI system or any sound system contains 5 speakers and a subwoofer for the ultimate surround experiance.

I already own several DVD\'s which where recorded in Dolby 5.1 and DTS and I can say that the experiance is absolutely mindblowing.

Uhm... I was wondering... could you tell the name of the album?  :) Good luck with the recording sessions.
indeed... I actually rather prefer real CD\'s with everything... booklet and casing, instead of downloading it. It makes the product then more complete and unique. That\'s one of the reasones why I haven\'t downloaded the great piano solo\'s yet. I like more to have the origional thing then having to download it and burn it on a blank CD.

I\'ll be checking up for this new CD soon. Thanks for the reply and succes with the recording sessions
I´ve got a question for Mister Dicola. It´s been a while since I´ve, succesfully ordered and received 4 albums from you, which I enjoy listening to all the time. Seeing that you are a very important rollmodel for me, I´ve singed myself up for keyboard lessons... after all, having a keyboard and 2 synthesizers, but sadly no experiance playing on them, I thought it would be about time I start having lessons.

I´ve been monitoring the internet lately and I was surprised to see the the all new website of the upcoming, and still in production being, Transformers Movie. Having browsed through scripts and credits... I was kinda sad to see the You, Mister Dicola, are not the one who was asked to write the soundtrack for it. I would like to know if they´ve even asked you... if you would want to write music for this movie.

Anyway... I´ve also been keeping a close eye on TDRSmusic. I was wondering... and would like to know if there are any new projects you are working on and if there´s a new album in production.

Well.. this is all for now. Got to go to study. I hope to hear from you Mister Dicola. Good luck with the music business.

Greetings and cheers, Niels.
Sorry I forgot to mention it, but to some of you this topic seems very the same as the one written by Synthesize. Wel.. maybe some of you had guessed it... I had forgotten my password and had to resign in seeing that I\'ve changed internet profiders a short while ago.

I hope this explains it.

I\'ve got one question for Vince about the "Legacy" song on the Protoform Sessions CD. I\'ve noticed 2 very unique robot like voices on this version. I would like to know which vocoder has been used for this, cause I\'ve heard about a vocoder made by Senheiser, that has only been produced a very short while and that this vocoder was one of the best ever build.

Well... thank you very much in advance for your answer.

Greetings from Niels aka Mixmaster
Hello Everyone.

Let me first of all introduce myself. My name is Niels Berndsen and I\'m from the Netherlands in Europe. I\'m not sure if there are more TDRS music fans from the Netherlands here... but that doesn\'t matter now.

My story starts when the TFTM (TransFormers, The Movie) came out in 1986. I was, long before that year, a huge fan of the series. But with this movie, I came to know the musician who made the score, Vince DiCola. I\'ve been always a big fan of Synthesizer and keyboard music because of it\'s versatily and endless possibilities. The artists that enspired me the most back then where Jan Hammer (Miami Vice theme), Vangelis and Jean Michel Jarre. The two I just named last, are kinda in the retro style of synthesizer music. When Vince DiCola was... introduced to me with the score of TFTM, I found finally that specific kind of synthesizer/keyboard style of music that I was looking for... yet to discribe what type of genre it is... still leaves me with a question mark above my head... but I love this style of music.

At TDRS I had bought already the two albums "Falling Off a Clef" and "in - VINCE - ible". To me master pieces for sure. Although I\'ve heard about a double disc version of the entire score of the TFTM and have seen images of the cover of the CD case, I\'ve been unlucky to find it. Although I\'ve just bought two, very very valuable, CD\'s from Vince. " The Protoform Sessions" and "Artistic Transformations". With "The Protoform Sessions". I would like to say to Vince that for several pieces, that you mentioned not making it to the final recording, I was somewhat dissapointed that they did not make it... especially my favourite piece "Evil Decepticon Theme". That piece could have been a great add-on to the movie. After having seen the movie for several times now... it appears that the final result is somewhat rushed.

However... and for those that would like to buy the Album of "Artistic Transformations"... be prepared for a musical Shock.

Recently I\'ve bought a High-end sound System from NAD with DTS, Dolby Digital and THX in it and when I played this album... I can\'t express exactly what came over me, but you have to hear it. It\'s almost like you\'re sitting on the first row right in front of the stage where the music is being played... LIVE! That\'s how good this album sounds. I\'ve heard allot of piano music played by virtuoso\'s like \'Dream Theater\'s\' keyboard artist Jordan Rudess, Dutch Piano Virtuoso Wibi Surjadi and Toon Vijera and Kemal Ultanur who where responsible for several soundtracks made for movie\'s being shown in several Planetaria in Europe.

But non of them compare to the sound on "Artistic Transformations". The sound is pure and I would like to know, as a audio technician\'s point of view, what kind or brand/type of microphone was used in order to record this album. Low key\'s on the piano are purely coming from the Left-side and high notes are coming from the Right. It\'s almost like sitting inside of the Piano... better yet... I\'m feeling as if I\'m sitting in the Piano stool.

Well... this has become a very long Topic introduction so far. To Mister Vince DiCola I would like to wish you all the luck in the future with new projects and I hope that the, much awaited real-life movie of the Transformers in 2007, will have your name on the Movie Score.

To everyone else on this forum and at TDRS-Music I would like to give you my best wishes for 2006.

greetings from Niels Berndsen