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Welcome back to making music.  I can't imagine taking a break that long.
There's only one problem, this track is way too short.   ;)

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I started a new game in Dragon Age: Origins (PC), playing an "evil" character this time.  I'm looking forward to seeing what changes from my first play-through.  The only problem I have is that so far the good and evil options are so black and white, whereas Mass Effect 2 had all these shades of gray.
All in all, Dragon Age still did a fairly good job at scratching my Baldur's Gate itch.  And when I had originally finished it, I didn't want it to end.

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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: OK, Mac-haters!
« on: November 19, 2010, 05:18:37 AM »
Although I don't condone such violence to any technology, that pretty much sums up what I want to do to my Macs on a daily basis.   ;D

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Wow!  I'm extremely impressed.  Your musical and (I assume) AfterEffects skills are top-notch.
I've also created short videos as promos for my own work, instead of using just audio samples, but nothing comes close to this kind of quality.  Bravo!

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Just in time for Halloween... Amnesia: The Dark Descent.
http://www.amnesiagame.com/

A spooky first-person adventure game that's been getting great reviews.  I just bought it on Steam (I love their sales)... I'll probably try it out this weekend.

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Speaking of MMOs, did anyone ever play Asheron's Call 2?  It was my first MMO experience, and I still have very fond memories of that game.

Not only was the game world beautiful (amazing engine for it's time), the music was essentially generative ambient music.  And it would change depending on the situation.  If there were no enemies around, the music would be fairly calm.  Otherwise it would become more active, especially during combat.  This is very different from what most games do, where a totally different soundtrack will play/loop depending on the situation.  The music in the game never really fully changed.  It was all based on 10-20 second loops that were chosen at random.
Anyway I'm rambling, but I've yet to see such a unique music experience in a game since.  If anyone's curious to hear it, I could post a track I had compiled years ago.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Hardware loopers
« on: October 04, 2010, 07:11:22 PM »
Looks interesting but its windows only, not much use to me.  :(

He was demoing using the standalone version. A VST version is available so as long as your host supports it, you're good.

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To anyone playing Oblivion on PC:
http://www.pcgamer.com/2010/07/16/ten-essential-oblivion-mods/

I cannot WAIT for Elder Scrolls V!

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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Asus VS Apple Gaybook
« on: September 05, 2010, 08:50:33 AM »
Gaybook...  Really?  I thought we were adults here.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Audio interfaces
« on: August 13, 2010, 06:58:36 PM »
I'm happy to say the Edirol FA-101 with the TI firewire card has been rock solid.  It's always nice to be able to make music without fighting with the technology.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Is there such a thing as a "black CD"???
« on: July 23, 2010, 06:07:18 PM »
Sounds fishy to me... especially since the manager was rather defensive when you asked the question.
Burning on black CD-Rs is a good way to hide the fact it's burned.   ;)

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Space Station tour
« on: June 01, 2010, 04:20:04 AM »
There's so many things to bonk your head on up there.  ;D
Very cool video.

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Alien prequel
« on: May 06, 2010, 05:06:01 PM »
Fingers crossed they don't screw it up.  :P

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Press Releases
« on: May 05, 2010, 04:27:14 AM »
I am horrible when it comes to writing up some kind of description for a new release, which is why I've started using short videos (1-2 minutes) as a promo.  At the same time, the listener can hear exactly what the music sounds like... instead of me TRYING to convey it in words.  ;D

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Alien prequel
« on: May 05, 2010, 04:20:51 AM »
I am approaching these films with caution.  In a way, I don't want to know about the space jockey... I love the idea that his story is never told, yet it's such a pivotal piece of information.  A rare thing in film, especially Hollywood.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Audio interfaces
« on: May 03, 2010, 04:09:32 AM »
Heh, the reason I went with a external box is because a number of other people I spoke to said that internal cards can be more problematic.  Go figure, right?  ;)
It's a desktop system, so there's no reason I couldn't use a PCIe card.

If things really don't work out, I might take back the FA-101 and try that route to see if my problems go away.

Thanks again for your advice.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Audio interfaces
« on: May 01, 2010, 03:03:34 PM »
I can't say if that's the case, and not sure how to find out such a thing.  However, given that the video playback and audio aren't really connected (I'm not using the audio stream from the video file) I don't think it's a problem in that respect.

I forgot to mention that if I use my SB X-Fi card, the problem doesn't happen.  So once again, it's something to do with the interface.  As I said before, I'm hoping that installing the suggested TI firewire card will fix the problem.  We shall see.  ;)

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Space vampires?  See Lifeforce.  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089489/
Good 80s flick. :)

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Audio interfaces
« on: May 01, 2010, 11:27:52 AM »
The reason I prefer to go with Firewire is because I worry about the other USB devices (mouse, keyboard, midi keyboard, security dongle) interfering with the audio interface.  I like that there's nothing else in the chain to muck things up.  ;)

In any case, I was able to purchase the FA-101 at a decent price ($150 less than MSRP) and almost all my problems are gone.  The squealing sound due to CPU usage is history, and my multitrack playback is clean.  But I still get crackling when using one plugin (video playback for writing music to picture).  Again, no amount of changes to settings for buffering and latency make it go away.

I've also noted in the manual that TI is highly suggested, so I'll just switch out my firewire card and ...hopefully... that'll fix the crackling for that one plugin.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Audio interfaces
« on: April 30, 2010, 05:54:21 PM »
Thanks for the advice, Loren.  I have a number of firewire cables hanging around so I tested them all.  Unfortunately, no change with any of them.  In my forum searches, I have heard of grounding problems with various audio interfaces and had a feeling that might be the case.

I also ran into some instructions on defeating the ground to solve the problem, but I'm interested in opening the box to do such a thing.  Ground wires are there for a reason.  ;)

Black, I have found others who have the same problem (the squealing noise) so I'm not alone.  It seems to be a rare occurrence though.

Who knows... maybe it's just a lemon?  At this point, I really don't care.  I'm just mad at this box, and I'm done trying to get it work properly.  I didn't pay anything for it (it was purchased for me), and I know someone else who could use it, despite its faults.  So I don't see it as a loss.

For anyone curious, I'll send an update once I purchase and test the Edirol.  Fingers crossed everything works out.  ;)
Thanks again everyone for your help and advice.

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