IMO the best is just to replace the HD and go for one of the "green" models - they definitely will go into sleep mode after a while...some companies (like Seagate) even allow to adjust the time when going to sleep via a tool.
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For those interested in DSP-Quattro (a truly professional-level audio editor for Mac), there's a special deal on it for half off the usual $99.99 price, so you can get it for $49.99. This deal appears to be available today only:
Tomas (your music is great btw), I think their music is such that it doesn't matter to a huge degree how they look when they play it live. It's a little different IMO from guys about to turn 70 who are still playing the same rock 'n roll hits from 50 years ago and bouncing around on stage.
They've both made a lot of relevant music since the 80's and 90's in their respective solo albums, collaborations and so on, so it's hard for me to begrudge them a reunion disc and tour, as this is most likely just that. You're probably right they're doing this for the same reason every other band from previous decades with previous fame reunites.
I don't think it'll hurt their cult status though, the fact that they're gonna sell a ton of music and concerts without essentially changing themselves or their sound tells me that. They'd have to become skinhead nazis (Lisa Gerrard- highly suspect ) and sing only Britney Spears covers in order to ruin the nostalgia.
Listening to a few of their new songs on youtube, I'm impressed that the quality is still good- Brendan's range has narrowed a tad but he can still croon, baby, and Lisa Gerrard can basically phone in those angelic notes without much problem. The songwriting is pretty solid. I'm not sure how relevant an album it is, in terms of their legacy, but at least they reunited with an actual album of quality music. It's not bad music, regardless of whether I'd prefer a different direction.
Tomas I'd agree that if they that just tour and keep singing their old classics indefinitely until there are no more crowds, it would hurt their rep... I just don't see that happening though. There is one great song so far I've heard which is Children of the Sun. This could have easily been the last song on the album (it was the first), a fitting and gracious goodbye, I mean that in the best sense.
Dead Can Dance - Children Of The Sun.wmv
It is/was entirely a workflow issue where wave lab vs sound forge is concerned. I actually will concede that wavelab is more powerful and I did like its effects chaining section, but at the end of the day I can just work quickly and effortlessly in SoundForge so I kept going back to it. I have used it since version 1.0 and spent the better part of the last 10 years as a sound designer for Sony Creative Software & Sonic Foundry before that so, again its a comfortably and workflow thing.
When I tried a demo of Peak for the Mac I found its interface and workflow just completely counterintuitive, clunky and just pain ugly. Again all personal preference, but there it is.
I have wabvelab for PC but hate the way it works and unfortunately there is nothing about Peak I ever liked either, its look, the way it functions, I always go back to soundforge even when that meant transferring files to and from the pc for editing.
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My 2 cents on cdbaby and and the distribution clearing houses:
Rather than keep feeding the iTunes (etc) of the world. I think its great to have a place for downloads like Bandcamp, It's well organized, very functional, and has good rates (last I looked). No setup costs. And it's a personal site ... for the artist or for a label. You can edit it. It's a home base. You can link to a blog from it, and so on.
People naturally think they must have exposure, so they go for getting their music up on loads of sites ... which does not equate with exposure, just possible availability. And you don't necessarily need it available in lots of places. One will do. Exposure is more about people liking your music and spreading the word, which they can only do of course if you promote yourself to begin with, and you might as well promote your single Bandcamp site as a central place for people to checkout your music, buy it, get news, and to come back to.
But maybe I'm just crazy.
These same people generally don't give netlabel/free music a chance simply because they believe it to be somehow inferior to a paid product... and I think we can all agree: just because you paid for it, doesn't mean you're getting quality music.
Reminds me of the problem with a piano .... not enough presets, and people all start sounding the same
Thanks for joining in Tomas......this has always been a concern about presets and great presets like those in omnisphere..... sameness. listeners who generally are not musicians probably can not identify a sound as an omnisphere patch, however there is still a risk of music having a homogenous feel to it. Historically this was true with hardware synths like the Korg Wavestation & the Roland D50 who's sound was everywhere in film scores etc.....did the general public know this?
I will check out the Linplug synth.....I have heard of Rob Papins Albino synth.