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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Buying Soundcloud 'plays'
« on: April 21, 2014, 05:44:26 PM »
Pete, i think it´s  relevant as all those issue can´t be separated…..the forum issue was just an example, but if you look in a more open view, it´s all connected to each other.

As I said:

"It´s like anywhere…artists want to be loved and admired even they know those responses very often are just blabla or simply based on to leave a comment for a good will. For many artists it´s like a mental masturbation to feel valuable IMO."

For me this connects very much to your original question (" I see mostly comments of a overtly positive nature such as 'great track' etc., which surely isn't informative / instructive for anyone ?"

Greetings,
Tomas

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Buying Soundcloud 'plays'
« on: April 20, 2014, 04:36:43 PM »
It´s like anywhere…artists want to be loved and admired even they know those responses very often are just blabla or simply based on to leave a comment for a good will. For many artists it´s like a mental masturbation to feel valuable IMO.

i believe its a problem in today´s communication ability - You can see it even here on the board…when a discussion gets more "spicy" (and interesting) you have right away those ultra sensitive chaps who feel personal insulted by other peoples opinion. So, for most it´s more save and comfortable to echo the opinion of majority or to participate to those speaking in an "intellectual" way (even their speech is completely on the surface).

So, for me all this "liking" you describe is just a "fashion" in a world where most people are scared to express their real opinion in public, especially if they are in minority.

Greetings,
Tomas

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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Laptop Cooling Pads
« on: April 12, 2014, 03:22:55 AM »

I did find an extruded aluminum heat sink company here in the usa...http://www.heatsinkusa.com/10-000/ A 10" x 15" x 1" piece will run around $53.


That´s very expensive….also 1" isn´t really enough to get the heat away

I bought mine used on Ebay here in Germany - there were a lot of offers! Maybe ebay USA is the place to check….

Greetings,
Tomas

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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Laptop Cooling Pads
« on: April 12, 2014, 03:18:02 AM »
Do you put anything between the heatsink and the computer to prevent metal on metal scratching.  I release direct contact is vital for heat transference.

No i don´t have something between haven´t problems with scratches too as the body of those heatsink´s usually are flat. I did bought a 2nd one (another company) for my Mac Mini and it was also totally flat.

Greetings,
Tomas

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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Laptop Cooling Pads
« on: April 05, 2014, 08:02:02 AM »
Julio.

I have something like this:

http://www.ebay.de/itm/141243350254?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

http://www.ebay.de/itm/351026813007?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

I´ve turned this block so the Macbook is lying on the flat side (you can´t see in the pictures above) - improves the heat issues at lot for me and, as side effect, the fan is also quite! Just keep an eye that the block has enough height (mine has 6 cm, but i think 4cm should be fine as well).

Greetings,
Tomas

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: What is Youtube to you?
« on: April 05, 2014, 07:42:14 AM »
Quote from: Altus


The old proverb "if you can't beat them, join them" works perfectly here. Your listeners love your music so much that they spend the time to build videos and share them with the world. If that isn't passion, I don't know what is. Treat it as word of mouth promotion, which IMO is the best kind.

If they ask the artist first, then it´s not a problem at all - and asking don´t need a lot of effort. The downside is, that an artists or label may have a specific aesthetically idea about the video and its quality, because a bad video can (in some degree) ruin the music also.

Quote from: Altus

The ultimate option is to beat them to the punch. Upload the music yourself and tag the shit out of it. Get listeners hitting your page instead of some random listener. Build a YouTube audience and show that you're not afraid to share an entire album. Be sure to remind them that if they enjoy the music, they can support you by purchasing it.

That´s exactly the way how i do it (except offering an entire album) and it works very well because of the direct link in the description. Also i report illegal videos to put them down…and it has a nice side effect because too many videos (of the same track) minimize the chance, that potential fans visiting my channel.

Some good points you´ve mentioned here Altus!

Greetings,
Tomas

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: What is Youtube to you?
« on: April 04, 2014, 06:31:54 PM »
Yes Tomas....Im am wine drinker too, but Ive been watching some All Blacks Rugby history recently and some how wine just does work in that scenario, though New Zealand makes great wine so maybe. ;D

LOL  ;D

Haven´t tested any from them so far…..Actually, we have to ask APK - another wine specialist! NZ wines???

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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Laptop Cooling Pads
« on: April 04, 2014, 06:18:04 PM »
Hi Julio,

as heat goes up, i don´t think this will improve a lot….my Macbook was going to be very hot on the keyboard…now i´ve installed 2x SSD (one by replacing the DVD) and the temperatures decreased massively. Though I have to say, I´m using a 2012 model while all the 2011 (and previous) models do had this problems about heating on the button. So, this cooling pad may work for you, but I think you may can improve it even more by using an complete aluminum heatsink (no fan needed) + replacing the HD by an SSD.

Greetings,
Tomas

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: What is Youtube to you?
« on: April 04, 2014, 05:54:46 PM »
When we are done we'll all go down the pub and have a beer or two but in the interim this needs to run its course.

Being a wine drinker only i think Mike can close the thread right now  ;D

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: What is Youtube to you?
« on: April 04, 2014, 05:16:23 PM »
You know, I really think this thread should be closed because every time I check it there are personal attacks.  Take it off forum, I say...

I disagree, because a discussion including different opinions makes it more alive. Please tell me at last one personal attack written here!

I do believe this forum is not a Kindergarten place, so I think members can cope with other personal opinions.

Greetings,
Tomas

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: What is Youtube to you?
« on: April 04, 2014, 04:24:06 PM »
Quote from: ffcal

BTW, I think my Animism release is available for streaming from Bandcamp, but I am ambivalent about that because of potential for recording the stream.

You THINK???

You are complaining here about broken copyrights concerning yours and other music, but for a particular own release you even don´t know if it is available for stream? Thats´s really odd IMO... What about having a clear knowledge concerning the legal availability of your music?

If you really don´t know ("i think") about that, then all the rest of what you said before makes it sounding for me like a pseudo-intellectual speech. And as I said before, so far unfortunately i haven´t heard any future based suggestions/ideas about your point concerning the "Youtube copyright issue".

Greetings,
Tomas

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: What is Youtube to you?
« on: April 04, 2014, 12:58:57 PM »
Chris:  "But I find it hard to accept your assumption that most record labels' interest in piracy has nothing to do with a concern for how piracy affects sales. "

I think you've ignored most what I've been trying to say.  What you said was a direct insult.  I'm done trying to explain it to you.

Forrest

I´m really surprised about your response…i mean, Chris tried to explain what he meant and (even it´s a personal opinion) many things he said making sense for me (i.e. piracy vs sales affects). But you just jump on an "insult" you imply it was against you. I´m not a native english speaker but from all I´ve read, i can´t see any direct insult. For me it seems you are currently quite stuck with your artist right fights but won´t like to expand this discussion. All people responding in this thread agreed on protecting copyrights so far, but you still hang on it and constantly repeat this issue.

I have no idea why, but for me it feels more like a defense position than trying to find solution to cope with that issue, because right now I haven´t  heard ANY ideas/suggestions from you here to make things better….so far I´ve only heard moaning.

Greetings,
Tomas

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: What is Youtube to you?
« on: April 04, 2014, 03:44:15 AM »
Quote from: ffcal

I don't think you broke the law by posting the Youtube link to that album...

Clearly not!

The video is up since 13.09.2012 (!!!) with currently +/- 47000 views

If the artist/label (in more than 6 months) hasn´t done something against this full upload, then it seems he´s/they´re fine with it for whatever reason. The argument "he/the label may haven´t seen it yet" won´t work at all concerning Youtube.

Greetings,
Tomas

I think you're assuming a level of diligence that many artists, their heirs or their labels may not have and may not be inclined to exercise because the financial rewards are too small.  An artist's legal rights are not based on how effective they are playing "whack-a-mole."  If I were awarded statutory damages for tracking down my and Projekt's illegal album postings, I would gladly do it full-time.

Here's a hypothetical:  let's say you owned a summer cabin in the middle of Wyoming, but only had the time to visit it once every year or so and barely had the resources to maintain it.  A group of enterprising teenagers periodically broke into the cabin and made off with some of the cabin's belongings.  If it took you a year or two discover the theft, should that affect or not whether a crime was committed?  And in the case of your Youtube example, but does it make it any less wrong that more people were doing the same thing?  (In case you're wondering, I've never been a  believer in the wisdom of mobs.)

Forrest

 :D Forrest, you sound like i´m on the other "side" protecting those uploads…LOL

It´s clear, that it is illegal and i´m not happy about it either. BUT, you can complain as much as you want about,
 it WILL NOT change anything about it that users are uploading copyright music on Youtube now and in the future.

So currently there are only 2 options for artists/labels:

1. Doing nothing about it
2. The artist and/or label gets active (yes, that takes effort and time)

I perfectly understand that you are pissed off by this issue (so I am) but your points are going in a circle now.

Greetings,
Tomas


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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: What is Youtube to you?
« on: April 03, 2014, 02:49:01 PM »
Quote from: ffcal

I don't think you broke the law by posting the Youtube link to that album...

Clearly not!

The video is up since 13.09.2012 (!!!) with currently +/- 47000 views

If the artist/label (in more than 6 months) hasn´t done something against this full upload, then it seems he´s/they´re fine with it for whatever reason. The argument "he/the label may haven´t seen it yet" won´t work at all concerning Youtube.

Greetings,
Tomas


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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: What is Youtube to you?
« on: March 31, 2014, 04:52:37 PM »
IMO the howling concerning copyright issue on Youtube is completely overrated in the discussion.

I have a Youtube account and for each new release I upload at last one music video (sometimes 2 videos). Each week I use the search on Youtube to check for possible illegal uploads. If somethings appears, I simply use the copyright complain form provided by Youtube - almost always the illegal content is deleted between 2-4 hours. So, the copyright concerns some are mentioning here seems to me like a "phantom complaining discussion" because everyone has clearly the option to control/sort out that matter by doing something actively.

Greetings,
Tomas

Yes, getting a copyrighted file off of Youtube is much more straightforward than it used to be.  But I think it points to a greater ethical issue about whether music has become devalued to the point where it viewed by many as a "free" commodity by default.  It is not simply a matter of complaining that the car is replacing the hose and buggy.  The so-called new business model leaves musicians and small labels out of the picture almost entirely, and companies like Pandora are actively seeking to cut what are already miniscule royalties any further.  This may not have any effect on people who offer their music for free, who are hobbyists or who already operate at a loss, but it certainly discourages throwing more good money after bad.

If that amounts to "howling," then I guess I am a wolf.

Forrest

For the new business model:

At the end of the day there are only 2 kind of listeners…those who can "live or feel the music" and are willing to support the artists and those who rip them off by just having "something new" in their collection. Finally, even all those rippers constantly do need new music (like a drug), but personally i don't think they will ever see and understand value in any music they can get in this way. For them it´s just a silly hobby to collect and build a library which has no meaning at all…anything they have is just replaceable and kind of "meaningless" in long terms…for me, those people aren´t be able to give value to music or art, because two weeks later they urgently need the next release (by artist x or y) which is then available…. and so on. Of course, the availability of illegal music for any artist is critical, but even so it´s also a question who "gets it" - those rippers have anything but also nothing because after some time they deeply understand inside that any of this stuff they own is just based on something like a repeating pattern "great i have it" - no matter how many music they will get by this illegal way, I strongly believe it won't make the person happy about their music collection - finally for them it´s just based on collector behaviors. So, I don´t think it´s really worth to spend any time analyzing those "listeners" who are looking for a musical quickie only :-D

Greetings ,
Tomas

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: What is Youtube to you?
« on: March 31, 2014, 01:28:18 PM »
IMO the howling concerning copyright issue on Youtube is completely overrated in the discussion.

I have a Youtube account and for each new release I upload at last one music video (sometimes 2 videos). Each week I use the search on Youtube to check for possible illegal uploads. If somethings appears, I simply use the copyright complain form provided by Youtube - almost always the illegal content is deleted between 2-4 hours. So, the copyright concerns some are mentioning here seems to me like a "phantom complaining discussion" because everyone has clearly the option to control/sort out that matter by doing something actively.

Greetings,
Tomas

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: blofeld, nord lead 3
« on: March 20, 2014, 04:35:55 AM »
If space is not a problem, I would suggest keeping the Nordlead for all the reasons Julio mentioned.

Alternatively try to sell the Nord and find a Nord Rack Version! I bought this over Key-Version because, as you´ve realized too, of the very cheap Keyboard.

Greetings,
Tomas

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OBERHEIM FVS (Four Voice)


Glad I don´t have this one…you can create this sound with most freeware plugins…

Don´t understand the hype!

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 25, 2014, 03:40:16 PM »
Not a big fan of them, but this one is really good (expect from the kind of 90´s cheesy "trance" ending):

Coldplay - Midnight


better quality:

http://www.clipfish.de/musikvideos/video/4049099/coldplay-midnight/

Greetings,
Tomas

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: EQ Searching
« on: February 25, 2014, 02:54:35 PM »
I am pretty sure you mean the SurferEQ.

Nope, as i said there was a visual keyboard appearing in the plugin

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