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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: My Music Studio in Progress!!!
« on: December 04, 2013, 02:48:32 PM »
Nice gear.

Thank you, well it is atleast a start...
I am inte the process of trying to get a good deal of the Antelope Eclipse now..I hope I can get it for the pirce.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Show us your Smartphone/Cell Phone
« on: December 03, 2013, 10:01:05 AM »
They can try to sell me 4k all they want, but I'm not biting. All I'm interested in is 1080p OLED.  ;D

Well I am glad there is some one with the brains...unfortunately the bigger part are brainless consumers when it comes to TV...

When they stand in the store, they will most likely watch from a very short distance when they compare, they will see the difference is huge..and that the picture is more clear on the 4K.  Just as with megapixles people are getting fooled with the resolution. Without thinking about that it doesn ote even exist 4k sources yet and that a big part of the picture is made out of upscaling processors.

Well I would also choose a LG OLED tv any day of the week...

It is tragic that there is so much hype with 4K tv, but in the computer monitor market where it would REALLY make
a difference since you watch from a short distance it is not much progression at all..

Besides the new Dell 24 inch Dell monitor which had quite agressive pricing.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: KVR Black friday/cyber monday sales list
« on: December 02, 2013, 08:23:06 PM »
Pete, thanks for the link. I spent a bit of time browsing soniccouture.com and listening to a lot of their sample clips. Almost bought some... we'll see if I can hold out.

I did end up ordering Toraverb this weekend, and almost ordered Lush-101.

Good buy I like Toraverb,  I never used it as primary reverb though But I use it very often in combination with Lexicon reverbs, because the Toraverb gives unique sonic saturation .

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: KVR Black friday/cyber monday sales list
« on: December 02, 2013, 08:21:57 PM »
I did pick up LUSH-101.

I hope you will enjoy, it. I am impressed with the performance boost with the new update...

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: KVR Black friday/cyber monday sales list
« on: December 02, 2013, 08:21:08 PM »
I am in the process of buying the Antelope Eclipse I found a really good Black Friday Deal

http://www.antelopeaudio.com/en/products/Eclipse384-AD-DA-converter

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Show us your Smartphone/Cell Phone
« on: December 02, 2013, 06:20:04 PM »
Yes... I wonder what the trend will be smaller file size..or just better quality..I know
which path the streaming services will choose...will save them a lot of money for sure.
The main reason this format was created was to support 4k resolution broadcasts. In terms of other usages, yes, most will opt for "similar" quality to take advantage of lower bitrates. That's not necessarily a bad thing to save on bandwidth costs for the customer.

Regarding Netflix, I'm impressed what they can accomplish within the bandwidth limitations of streaming media. Yes, some artifacts appear in scenes with flat colour or busy shots of water, trees, etc, but those are hard to compress properly in the best situations. You are aware you need to manually set the bitrate settings within your profile, correct? It defaults to medium.

Since this thread has gone off-topic, I'll go back and mention that my phone is the Samsung Nexus S (aka the google phone). I've had it for two years and done well by it. When it dies, I'll likely get the Nexus 5.

Yes 4K is taking over. The 4k agenda was the weopon to destroy the competion from plasma and OLED but espceially OLED, this why a certain cartel I do not remember what exact companies but I think sony was one of them most big companies that did not do OLED TVs, their agenda was to compete with 4K resolution against 1080p  OLED... this is why we see this 4K hype right now..

Netflix I think have it already, but as I said before resolution is no good if the bitrate is not good... One bad thing about  h.265 you nee about 4 times the amount of processing power. so GPU accerlation is as most especially with 4K which most computers can't handle to today (while some smartphones can)

Netflix does not cost much money luckily per month..so I guess one should not complain too much..but for me personally I can't stand the quality.  It is ok for some low budget tv series etc...



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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: MP3 vs. FLAC
« on: December 02, 2013, 04:58:51 PM »
There is a difference of course, especially what you know what to listen for, the difference is mostly in the transients, mp3 have problems with music with a lot of transients they tend to soften them out. If you use a transient designer and max all transients in the mix you will hear the difference more clearly.

Many albums is offered in 24 bit flac compared to 16 bit mp3...
The difference will be bigger.

What does have a bigger impact on the sound is what volume level you use in your mp3/media player, you should always have 100% volume, the lower volume you have the lest bit depth you will have, in the DAW to come around this problem with digital volume control the daw is using a 64 bit floating point engine to give more headroom.. but media players do not do this not your ipod either...

If you use 50% volume with 16 bit audio if you have 50% volume the bit depth will become 8 bit.  Depending on the music you are listening to and genre and equipment the difference will be more or less obvious.

Volume should always when possible be changed the analogue way, and preferable relay based volume adjustment is considered to be the best system.

EDIT: one thing more to add is that the CODEC of mp3s is important Lame is the best codec..the codec is more important then bitrate when you compare bitrates..so it can be good to know that codecs are being used...I wonder which bandcamp use for instance..I would feel fooled if it was not Lame.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Show us your Smartphone/Cell Phone
« on: December 01, 2013, 05:44:45 PM »
Yeah, the technology behind H.265 is absolutely amazing. That it only requires half the bitrate when compared to H.264 (visually speaking) is a huge leap.

Yes... I wonder what the trend will be smaller file size..or just better quality..I know
which path the streaming services will choose...will save them a lot of money for sure.

Netflix already do false marketing when saying it is full HD etc,  Full HD with a very poor bitrate yes...  There should be some kind of value that combine both the resolution and birate to give a sense of the quality... right it is now it fools a lot of people... Even their ultra hd videos does not say much when the bitrate is poor.

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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: R.I.P. XP
« on: December 01, 2013, 05:08:00 PM »
Win7 is actually a slightly slower operating system than XP. The big increase in speed you're seeing is because of the hot rod hardware you're using now. XP machines might start to have more and more problems as Microsoft stops updating them with security patches, and newer software insists on a more recent OS in order to install.

Enjoy your new machine. Like you, I'm just in the process of getting ready to switch my primary computer from an old, reliable machine to an entirely new one.

Windows 7 have superior memory management.  This reason alone is worth upgrading.

It is true the file copy is slow on windows 7 but there is programs like extremecopy etc...that will  make file coppying fullspeed.

7zip is faster then winrar..

Windows 8 is faster on very old machines (and new) compared to windows xp.
So there is now absolutely no reason be stuck with XP anymore.

Windows 8 work better for DAW computers...Lower DPC latency etc

XP will soon stop offering free security updates... they will only be available for people who pay for 1 year subscription...

I have Windows 8 on a notebook and I find it unintuitive and confusing after having used every other version of Windows including 3.1.  Also the touch interface is NOT needed on a desktop computer and there should be a way to dispense with it; I believe there is in 8.1.

It is very quick to boot though.

Well I suggest you find ways to navigate away from the metro, I only use it to open programs and search... it is rarely I have it open more then 5 seconds...
I can understand people feel confused though..

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I am not considering using a hackintosh - as I said, it's a half-assed solution. To me, it's like putting a Porsche emblem on the front of a Kia and saying "This is just the same, because fit says Porsche on the front."

The "stability argument" I made was about hackintosh, not Windows PCs. You are wrong in surmising that there is no  problem with stability in hackintosh builds. Most people who build a hackintosh refrain from running software updates and OS updates, because these can break the compatibility. To me, making all the extra effort to build a half-assed hack just to save a few dollars, and then become unable to accept software/OS updates, defeats the whole purpose of trying to use the Mac OS in the first place. It's fine if you're a hacker, doing it as an experiment to prove it can be done. If I want to deal with problems like that, I'll just use Windows.

Again, I have no interest in the Mac-versus-Windows argument. It's boring, and most of the arguments made by both sides are untrue, or based on old versions of the opposing system. I truly believe everyone should use what they like. I'm proficient with Windows, and if I had to use it at home, I would.

Well I won't lie to you my knowledge about hackingtosh is limted... well if it is too much of an pain as you describe I can understand it...but maybe it will be worth it for some people as you said..who have the skills and motivation.

I agree about the win/mac argument.  But  a lot of MAC Muppets tend to provoke a lot of windows users a lot of times... I do not mean on this particular forum but in general...

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Show us your Smartphone/Cell Phone
« on: December 01, 2013, 04:09:48 PM »
Is that a photo of you? If so, please post the phone number for your Samsung Galaxy Note.  ;)

It is not my pic unfortunately my screen have cracked glass unfortunately.
I should buy a new one...so I really hope these Quad HD screens are coming in the Q1 of 2014...

I want atleast Snapdragon 805, since it will support the new H.265 video format...which will probably take over very soon because of superior video quality/size ratio.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Show us your Smartphone/Cell Phone
« on: December 01, 2013, 04:06:55 PM »
I had managed to say "cell phone free" until this time last year. Now, I have an iPhone5, and I have no idea how I managed to exist without one.

I mostly use it to keep in touch with my wife, surf the web while in line at stores, take spontaneous photos of the kids, carry new music to the office, and for audio books (I do a lot of walking and Audible is how I get most of my leisure "reading" done these days).

One of my friends has a Samsung Galaxy and, frankly, I find it to be a potentially more attractive option than the iPhone. But, truth be told, I have no complaints. It is so crazy easy to sync everything with the iOS system.

I was also very late to jump on the smartphone train...
But it was cause I found them to be very expensive at the same time I still did only consider them as "toys"
but it was not until 2011 I Found them to be powerful enough I wanted one.. I have used to so much very good for watching movies at work for instance I can even with an hdmi connector connect to a full size tv.

But there is good and bad things about smartphones..
I find it nice to some times not check the phone all the time just let it lay on the desk even if I get messages... I just want ot feel alone some time too..with my own thoughts etc...

Well honestly I would feel very handicapped without it now...But it has without doubt change the society in both good and bad ways it have made people less social I think in t he real world people prefer to text each other now if you walk around in the town all you see is people staring at their screens.

I think one should try to find the right balance... but as it is now the smartphone has become more like a drug for people including myself but I try to control it...
If people are without their smartphones just for 1 hour they feel not good..they get abstinence... if they receive a message they must check the phone immediately otherwise they  can't think straight, all these symptoms can be seen in the brain scanner... it is an addiction similar to a lot of other addictions.  It has changed us.

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It's funny how you're so opposed to cutting corners and taking the "cheap option" with studio gear, yet with a computer you suggest I do just that. A hackintosh is a half-assed solution prone to glitches and driver problems, and requiring all kinds of hacks and tricks in order to get the thing to run at all -- exactly the kind of thing most Mac users are trying to avoid. I don't know anybody doing any serious work on a hackintosh, and if you can show me a link to somebody who has made one of these devices work, through multiple OS upgrades and with an assortment of attached peripherals such as audio interfaces, please show me a link.

The whole point of them seems to be proving that you can get OSX to install on non-Apple hardware, and since I'm willing to pay for good, stable and well-designed computer hardware, why would I put myself through the trouble and grief of trying to build my own?

Even if you do get a hackintosh running, it can be broken by any software or OS upgrade. How can you argue that this is the best way to go? Again, this argument is completely contrary to your usual argument about studio gear, that taking the cheap, half-assed approach to a given piece of equipment doesn't really solve the problem as well as just buying the right equipment the first time.

Now if you don't like OSX at all, that's OK. I don't have any interest in trying to repeat the endless Mac-versus-Windows argument  here. I believe everyone should use the system that makes them happy, and that works for what they're trying to accomplish.

As an anti-apple person it was just a suggestion.  I would not had used hackingtosh myself, I do not think their is problems with stability anymore.

And this stability argument mac vs pc is so old... ever since windows 7 windows has been very stable.. and windows 8 is even more stable...
I have not got any bluescreens in  very long time.. I only got in the beginning when windows 8 was new and little bit buggy.

If you really are serious in considering using hackingtosh I guess you will have to do the homework yourself I am not going to do it for you.  My knowledge regarding hackingtosh is not up to date with the latest generation of Apples OS.

If you build a computer that is not stable, it is only your own fault, to select components requires a lot of research...

I do not think it is fair when they compare PC with MAC... there exist PC with crap components that is no news.

The challenge for Apple is a lot easier since they have full control of their own eco system.  Another advantage is that often the programmers of the programs you use are programmed on the same platform of their users... it makes the user experience more seamless and less probable factors of problems exist within such eco system.   It is good in some sense, but at the same time I prefer freedom then dictatorship and to be forced and locked into a certain eco system.

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When I said it would be "fun to have the coolest, fastest new machine" I was talking about weighing the option of buying the iMac versus waiting for the Mac Pro. I was not implying that the Mac Pro is the coolest, fastest computer in the world, just in the Mac world.

Obviously I could have purchased a fast PC tower and a couple of 27" IPS displays, and saved a bit of money. I chose not to do that. At home, I get to choose which computer I want to use, and I prefer to use a Mac.

You could have built a hackingtosh.

Anyway I really hate the mac OS system..
I can't really say I love metro in windows..but the good thing
it is working with multiple devices..I like that..

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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: R.I.P. XP
« on: December 01, 2013, 02:26:12 PM »
Win7 is actually a slightly slower operating system than XP. The big increase in speed you're seeing is because of the hot rod hardware you're using now. XP machines might start to have more and more problems as Microsoft stops updating them with security patches, and newer software insists on a more recent OS in order to install.

Enjoy your new machine. Like you, I'm just in the process of getting ready to switch my primary computer from an old, reliable machine to an entirely new one.

Windows 7 have superior memory management.  This reason alone is worth upgrading.

It is true the file copy is slow on windows 7 but there is programs like extremecopy etc...that will  make file coppying fullspeed.

7zip is faster then winrar..

Windows 8 is faster on very old machines (and new) compared to windows xp.
So there is now absolutely no reason be stuck with XP anymore.

Windows 8 work better for DAW computers...Lower DPC latency etc

XP will soon stop offering free security updates... they will only be available for people who pay for 1 year subscription...

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Show us your Smartphone/Cell Phone
« on: December 01, 2013, 12:19:03 PM »
I have a Samsung Glaxy Note, I bought it in december 2011, if I have to say it myself I think the timing was perfect to buy the phone.  It has aged well..and not since I have bought it there have been much on the market that impress me enough to make me want to upgrade...

This is my phone with brown letter flip cover.
I haven ever used the silly Pen features, in fact
I do not even have the pen in the phone to save some grams
in weight..







Right now I feel there is no phone I want.
QUAD HD display will be entering the market in 2014, I will only buy a QUAD HD display, and the one I want is from LG, they have presented the screen this summer rumours says it is that screen that is used in the Xplay 3s phone.

This is the screen I am talking about, I will not be stupid to buy a 1080p phone when I know QUAD hd is around the corner... this particular screen also offer superior brightness wish makes it very useful for outdoor use...which is good especailly in the summer.



If I was absolutely forced to buy a phone today it would probably be the LG G2 phone. It has the best screen on the market right now, (the is available to buy), and also a really good camera.



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Everything and Nothing / Show us your Smartphone/Cell Phone
« on: December 01, 2013, 12:11:08 PM »
The smartphones has since some years now become and increasingly more important part of our daily lives, some people might even call it the third part of our brain...

So what smartphone do you have right now ?
Which phone would you buy today if you could ?


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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: KVR Black friday/cyber monday sales list
« on: December 01, 2013, 12:06:31 PM »
Immersion - Have you tried Lush within a host yet - or strictly in standalone mode?
(The host may not "know" how Lush is approaching multiple cores and clicks may occur.)

Host, I am using reaper, it worked for me.
using the Epic pad preset which is one of the most demanding
did not work at all especially not with polyphony but when I added the multi core support it worked without problem even with polyphony.  I guess I can now increase the number of voices too..

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It would be fun to have the coolest, fastest new machine, but that isn't my reason for buying a new computer.

eh :)
Well..I guess not all agree about that :)

Well I find it personally silly that people even in the pro market considering to buy these small portable form factors... because of the form factor and heat issue they are forced to underclock the cpus a full tower chassis with a big cpu cooler however would unlocks the cpus full potential.

I just find it stupid how one can priortize the form factor, but obviously Apple do, and they call that innovation, laptops has been around since the 80s it is nothing new and innovative to use underclocked cpus to make them work in a portable form factor, there is a reason why full towers exist, it is because they unlock the true potential of the computers units... and the physical laws of heat prevents us to unlock this full potential in portable form factor.

People see it as innovation, wow we can fit so much performance in such a portable form factor, but it is in reality counterproductive,  what they are doing is they are walking backwards when it comes to performance.

Well I guess the world is becoming more and more superficial, which explains the need to for small and stylish form factors.   As long as there is a need for more cpu power I will never ever give in to this superficial behavior and priotize a portable and stylish form factor before raw computer performance.
I will never choose a underclocked portable mac then a overclocked PC as it is now...cause I need every % of cpu power I can get... it leaves no room for
stylish form factor and portability.

But I do not like because of it has a unique form factor that it should be " coolest, fastest new machine" it is just wrong...

as I said it is true that Apple for now have monopoly of the CPUs in the mac pro but it will not take long until they are released to the full market.

And to be honest, 12 cores is mostly useful when rendering. Or if you
use many tracks.
For VSTs and VISTis still MHZ is more important then the amount of cores this is a fact. Yeah So I would not be totally crazy just because it is 12 cores, if you render a lot or if render time is very important... then sure..12 cores will be amazing for you.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Digital to analog converters
« on: December 01, 2013, 11:20:26 AM »
one store in germany have this amazing deal on the Antelope Eclipse which I just can't refuse, it have changed my plans radically, I am now trying to sell all I can do afford it in time... the deal ends in 6 days. I hope a swedish store will be able to take in for me for that price.


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