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Everything and Nothing / Re: CD-R Deterioration
« on: January 04, 2009, 11:52:34 AM »
I use dBpoweramp to rip.  It uses the Accuraterip database and C1 error reporting from the CD/DVD-ROM among other things to produce a precise copy of the music files. . . . . I placed the Baghiri disc in my crappy home stereo CD player, and it seemed fine.

Do you have access to another CD/DVD-ROM that can rip your discs? I'm wondering if you current DVDrom is the problem and not the discs themselves, especially if they play fine in your regular CD player. If the laser is going bad you would probably get lots of errors, using a different DVDrom device to rip with would probably eliminate one or the other.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Facebook vs. Myspace
« on: January 03, 2009, 11:52:09 AM »
I'm on both. Facebook for me is more actual "friends" oriented, while MySpace is more of a way to expose my muisc. I've heard some people say that Facebook is better for posting events and such then MySpace.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Where are they now? another edition
« on: December 25, 2008, 11:57:13 AM »
A Produce (his last release was the 3-disc career retrospective)

Barry and I have been working on an album together for over a year now. We took a long break but are now back at it, about every other week or so.

Ruben Garcia (got a nice email from him after reviewing his career retro. CD; that was a few years ago)

I have a preliminary copy of a new album from Ruben called Through The Looking Glass. I imagine it will be out next year some time.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Kyma X (Do you still want to learn?)
« on: December 21, 2008, 11:29:11 AM »

Did you buy the used one yet? You might want to hold off as Symbolic is suppose to be releasing a new version very soon that is much more powerful and doesn't require pci cards anymore and is cheaper. I've thought about getting into one myself but they have always been just out of reach for me.

Everything and Nothing / Re: What music is
« on: December 18, 2008, 11:59:23 AM »
There is a discussion going on on the Wiard forum about what music is and if the classification music is unfair to what we do.

From my experience with the Wiard group forum I would expect the consensus answer to this question would be "whatever Grant Richter says is music."  ;D :P

I also like Gary's discription of music. Gary's been on the edge of this music for nearly 30 years and I had the pleasure of hearing Gary do a wonderful piece live on his massive Wiard system last year that I think just about anyone here would love. Here's a little known fact, Steve Roach's Structures From Silence was mixed at Gary's studio way back in the 1980's.

Everything and Nothing / Re: 2008 winter weather
« on: December 18, 2008, 11:47:22 AM »
Yesterday, there was snow in San Francisco, which was downright bizarre. 

I can report that we also had snow in parts of Los Angeles yesterday as well, very unusual. Not where I live but it nearly got cold enough here to snow as well. Our high was 50F, but once the rain started the temperatures dropped and by mid afternoon were in the low 40s.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 16, 2008, 11:38:42 AM »
That sounds interesting Loren.  Are you willing to reveal any more info about your project?

Yeah its no big deal. The schools conductor (I work at UCLA) is up for tenure, so I'm dubbing a bunch of recordings of concerts he's conducted over the years to show what's he's done. Most of them are on cassette and go back to the 1980s. Oh, the Vaughan-Williams piece was Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas  Tallis.

Right now I'm listening to the very first field recording I ever made. A recording I did in Guatemala in 1972 of a cheesy marimba band at a hotel I was staying.  :D

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 15, 2008, 12:55:19 PM »
I'm at work and am working on a project that requires me to listen to some old radio broadcasts of classical music concerts. Right now I'm listening to Vaughan-Williams, Prokofiev, and Britten. Not really ambient but what's coming through the speakers at this moment.  :)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Ergonomically speaking...
« on: November 21, 2008, 01:59:37 PM »
I will say that those mice with a trackball only for your thumb - holy cow those are evil!

I have to agree with you there, I had one of those my first year in grad school. After a few months of using it for several hours a day I would get shooting pains in my shoulder. It took about five years for the pains to completely go away after I stopped using it. That's really been about the only problems I have had, I still use a regular mouse and  don't really have any problems.

In a strange way I feel personally that I have been through the ruff times and am about to come out on the other side. I use to teach part-time at two community colleges and worked at a music store also part-time. About two years ago in one two week period I lost all three jobs. I ended up doing mostly temp work, and had eight different jobs and was on unemployment for four months during 2007. Near the beginning of this year I got my current job, a part-time position at a local university working as a recording technician in the music school.  And now it looks like within the next few months I will be going full-time. Itís been a hard road but I think I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.

As far as how the bad economy has affected us here, we have felt it a bit but it has mostly to do with the state budget problems then anything else. Scheduled pay increases are on hold until further notice. We had to lay off one person in our department, their should be five of us but at this time their are only three, and with the up coming retirement of one individual we will be down to two, although this is only until we can hire two more people so it should only be for a short time period.

By the way, GM is planning to unveil an electric car in the next few years, if it is still a functioning company.

GM did that back in the 1990s here in California. They had a lot of interest, with long lines of people ready to take delivery of a Saturn EV. In response GM refused to sell anyone a car and would only lease them. They then bitched and moaned about the state mandate that required electric cars, and once the lease was up they then took every car back and destroyed them instead of selling them to their lease holders. They even pretty much gave up on hybrid technology when they were the world leaders. Because of this I have very little sympathy to GM and the other big three, they only thought about the short term and have pretty much driven themselves into a ditch.


Each registered voter gets one ballot, with a code number and barcode on it, and it's mailed to your registration address.  Ballots are not accepted without a valid code number, and there is no way that more than one ballot with the same code number on it may be counted.

In Oregon how does one vote if they are homeless? Just wondering, I think its a valid question. Basically if it increases voter participation I am for it.

On the subject of early voting, we had it here in California, but their was only one voting place per county. So you had to drive to where ever the polls where and then you had to wait in line, Here in LA county it was at least a five hour wait to vote.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Concession speech = classy
« on: November 05, 2008, 10:07:55 AM »
I thought both speeches were very good. The way a hard fought campaign should end.

I went to vote on my way to work at 8:30 this morning. Only one person in line in front of me, but all of the voting stations where full which is unusual in itself. No big deal for me, in and out in ten minutes or less.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Intel vs AMD DAW
« on: November 02, 2008, 10:51:49 AM »
I don't condone Microsoft's advertising approach either, BUT at least they haven't just hired a cute guy and expect us to make our choice based on the fact that one guy is young and 'good looking' and the other guy is portly, older and a dag, like the mac ads.

For the record I didn't buy a mac because Apple has some young 'good looking' guy (that guy is good looking?) as a mac. I bought one because for what it does and how it works. Also that older 'dag' guy (whatever that means) is a fairly well known comic here in the states. He's been on a few TV shows (The Daily Show for one) and is known for playing those kinds of characters. Also, neither Microsoft or Apple "hired" those guys for their ads, they hired ad agencies who made the ads and then hired the talent.

Quote from: deepspace
It's just hard to make the switch- I'm just so used to PC and so many (present company excluded I HOPE) mac users are just can I put this...... let me put it this way: they think Photoshop is a game, and that golf online would be a brilliant idea, and their idea of great entertainment is putting up slideshows of themselves on holiday in the bahamas at dinner parties.

Isn't this basically the same thing that you were complaining about Apple's ad campaign above? You are making a judgment on a computer based upon who you perceive mac users are and not upon what the computer can do. I think its fine to use a PC for anything you want if it works for you, but your smugness towards a product is something you might want to reconsider.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Intel vs AMD DAW
« on: October 30, 2008, 12:15:44 PM »
Or one could argue that having XP and OSX on one system, by moving back and forth you can use the best of both worlds as needed.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Intel vs AMD DAW
« on: October 30, 2008, 11:21:52 AM »
I'm thinking of upgrading and going back to an Intel chip, probably a quad core.  And no, I'm not thinking of going mac. ;)

But Mac is Intel now.  ;D

Everything and Nothing / Re: Who you will vote ?
« on: October 29, 2008, 11:41:11 AM »

You might want to take a look at The "free for all" section of this Forum thread to see why Mike closed your thread:

As I said originally in that thread, I was never a big fan of that section but I think it served a useful purpose. And I think closing it was a bit of a mistake. There is no reason that people cannot be civil when discussing religion or politics. I think it would have been better to ban the persons on a temporary basis who were abusing the system. But then again I'm not in charge or a moderator so I don't have to deal with the fallout on a day-to-day basis.

Everything and Nothing / Re: CD player advice
« on: October 19, 2008, 11:26:33 AM »
I just went through this same problem with my 20 year old single disc player. Your problem could be a dirty lens or it could be your laser has finally died, you won't know unless you try cleaning the lens, it might fix the problem or it might not, no guarantee. As for replacing it, you could do what I did, head over to your local Good Will or other thrift store and find another one. I picked up an Onkyo player for $14 which plays perfectly, it even has a digital output.  :) As for new, I know Yamaha still makes a carrousel CD player that is suppose to be pretty good.


Here's all I've been able to do so far...and I think I'm "almost there"...but still encountering some weirdness:

1. Installed the NRV10 on to my Mac. In the Audio/MIDI devices section of the System Preferences, I have the NRV10 as my audio input/output device set to the main "multichannel" configuration.

2. Connected the AN1x and the Virus to the 4x4 according to the quick card instructions (AN1x OUT to the 4x4 IN / 4x4 OUT to the AN1x IN : Virus OUT to the 4x4 IN / 4x4 OUT to the Virus IN).

You didn't mention if you setup the midi also in Audio/MIDI devices. You need to do that as well with all your midi gear. The C4 doesn't that hookup via USB?

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