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Everything and Nothing / Re: Vinyl
« on: January 17, 2008, 02:45:19 PM »
Ha... good choice on Kings of the Wild Frontier... I have very fond memories of that album from back in high school days - specific parties and drinking games...  :)

I have a love/hate relationship with vinyl.   I still love them - I don't play them often.   I can't part with any of my records - I still have them all.  They're all in plastic sleeves.   I love the process of picking out one from the spine - pulling it out of the sleeve, pulling out the record, putting it on the turntable, putting the needle on the record... there's a physical 'love' there that I just don't get from cd's - (and lets not even bring up the whole mp3 thing...)

One of my "life goals" (for want of a beter term) has been to release my music on vinyl.  

It's definitely a niche market (as if we're not already knee deep in one...).

Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: January 17, 2008, 01:02:05 PM »
I'm working my way through The Odd Couple, Season 2. But what I'm really looking forward to is the release of the second season of Barney Miller, finally. One of my favorite shows and it's been like five years since the release of season 1.

I'm also a big fan of Andy Griffith. Thankfully it's always on TVLand so there's no need to buy the DVDs. I think Don Knotts was one of the finest comedic actors ever.

Odd Couple season 3 is out later this month.

The TVLand versions of Andy Griffith are really close to 'uncut' - not quite - but very close.    I remember the old WGN and TBS syndicated versions were missing 4-5 minutes from each episode to make room for commercials (similar issue with MASH and pretty much any pre-1980 tv show).   

It's very fun to see the dvd versions of these shows - I saw colors in MASH I'd never seen before since the syndicated copies had become so faded and washed out.  And of course - fun to see those extra few minutes!

We've watched a few Dick Van Dyke episodes the last couple of nights - along with a disc of Odd Couple season 2 (coincidence!)...

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Audio Interfaces / Soundcards
« on: January 17, 2008, 12:59:10 PM »
Oh yes - always have your salt lick handy... sometimes a grain of salt just isn't enough.  The guy preaching about latency posted the same thing about 15 times in different threads so he's obviously got a bit of a vendetta - he appears to be a DAW builder.  The guy who builds DAW's at ADK Pro audio also posted a couple of times - praising earlier Presonus stuff, but not the Firestudio for some reason.   

All well worth reading more about. 

Also depends greatly on how they're going to be used.   

That and there's also the issue of products that sell a lot more tend to have more problems due to the sheer number of people with them.

In all honesty - I'm confident buying from either Presonus or FocusRite based on the users on this forum that already own the products - I know the people here (mike, you, scott, etc...) know what they're doing and record similar to what my plans are...


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Audio Interfaces / Soundcards
« on: January 17, 2008, 11:44:27 AM »
Just read a few lengthy threads on the Reaper forum on the various interfaces - the Firestudio gets panned pretty badly due to driver issues - and the Saffire Pro 10.   Both get nailed for something called "round trip latency" - which I don't fully get yet - but appears to be a problem if recording/monitoring while using software fx.   Of course - the recommendation is higher priced RME cards... :)

Guess I'll keep reading.   I can get into a little analysis paralysis right now since I'm not pulling out the credit card yet... :)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Audio Interfaces / Soundcards
« on: January 17, 2008, 09:57:16 AM »
Guitar Center's got that deal going on still (until Jan 31)... the control surface appears to be a FaderPort:

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Audio Interfaces / Soundcards
« on: January 17, 2008, 08:25:30 AM »
I saw it - just haven't watched it yet.   My only real hesitation is not having a knob or slider for that 'physical' thing... although I'm sure there's a control surface.

If I can get the mixing to work in the computer - I might sell the Mackie 1604 I bought off of Vnuk. 

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Audio Interfaces / Soundcards
« on: January 17, 2008, 08:00:03 AM »
Heidi's pushed me to look at the larger input models...   it makes sense - I like the flexibility of my 8 in / 8 out Aark24 which is what I'm replacing.

I haven't researched this yet - but I'm interested in the mixer that comes with them now...  if I can control aux sends "easily" - move a chunk of my mixing to directly in the pc.   I don't if I'll like this (although I've never tried it) - but I like using the mixer almost as an instrument in shaping the sound through various effects and feedback loops.  (the aux send to effect back to a channel input trick...).

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Audio Interfaces / Soundcards
« on: January 16, 2008, 01:01:25 PM »
The Firestudio, FP10, and Saphire Pro are still in the running.   I haven't decided for certain which way to go.    I like the idea of being able to route most of my gear directly in and record to seperate tracks.   Even though I'm typically used to going through a mixer and just having a stereo in.   

Hypnos Label Releases / Re: CD release: Nverxion - A Look Within
« on: January 16, 2008, 12:36:38 PM »

beautiful.   mesmerizing.   wonderful album.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Audio Interfaces / Soundcards
« on: January 16, 2008, 12:35:59 PM »
Ah!   Thanks!   Makes sense.   

Now it's down to which one to get - or if I should spend $200 more for the larger 8/10 input models.  Which I get will likely be which ones go on sale for Valentine's Day (because everyone knows that music gear is a hot item for Valentine's Day!   Big sales at Victoria's Secret, Fannie May Candy, and Guitar Center...)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Gear: Audio Interfaces / Soundcards
« on: January 16, 2008, 11:58:07 AM »
I swore there was a thread for this already (or it's just been discussed in one of the other gear threads).

I'm comparing the Presonus Firebox and Focusrite Saphire LE which are both in the same price range.   Both say they support midi in/out.   I see normal midi jacks on the Saphire - the Firebox on the other hand has a combined midi/spdif jack...

I admit - I'm confused by the jack on the Firebox (see: )

Do I just need an adapter of some type?    Would someone mind taking a shot and explaining that one.   I know there are a few owners of these cards on the forum... 


Everything and Nothing / Re: What are your plans and goals in 2008?
« on: January 16, 2008, 10:21:51 AM »
Well - getting us away from geeky books.   Heidi's told me my Valentine's day present is a new sound card - so I just need to pick one and buy it.  :)

(ummm - not that I normally get a Valentine's Day present (at least something that expensive!).. but she's giving me a bit of a kick start to get back in the studio and start writing again.   :) )

Enjoying this completely...   I keep getting interrupted by meetings and phone calls so I'm hearing one track at a time more than the whole thing in one sitting (so can't comment on the track order) - but I'm loving the individual songs.

Everything and Nothing / Re: What are your plans and goals in 2008?
« on: January 15, 2008, 08:43:33 AM »
I've read the Silmarillion 2 or 3 times, but it's been at least a decade since I last tackled it.   It's rough going at the beginning, but starts to get a bit more coherent the further you get into it.   It's intended to somewhat be the ancient history and myths surrounding middle earth - so part of the writing that way is intentional (and partially just due to being unfinished...).

I just started Children of Hurin.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: January 15, 2008, 08:41:42 AM »
Recently picked up Children of Hurin by Tolkien (collected and arranged by his son Christopher and I guess his grandson Adam was also involved.)    I've read most of Tolkien's stuff so I'm really looking forward to this.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Album Cover Wallpaper
« on: January 15, 2008, 08:39:24 AM »
Tangent...  Brewer and Shipley - my aunt is a big huge fan of Dan Fogelberg (she's in mourning right now due to Dan's passing away in December..) - I remember her bringing up Brewer and Shipley albums and having me convert a vinyl to cd for her.   

Anyway - back on topic.  My aunt is looking for some sort of special display type things to display her Fogelberg collection.   

Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: January 14, 2008, 03:22:59 PM »
Gilligan's Island... it's amazing the same plot worked for three seasons.  :)

I've bought a few dvd sets of show that I loved as a kid ... Scooby Doo for example, the first set is great... but don't bother with the "3rd season" which is later 70's and has disco music underneath... I remember them, but it's just not the classic first 2 seasons!

Bob Newhart Show is a nice one - I didn't really watch that much as a kid (in reruns, obviously) - but I like it now.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: January 14, 2008, 02:28:16 PM »
I have all 11 seasons of MASH on dvd.  Before that I had every episode taped off of tv on a ton of vhs tapes (in fact - I had two different sets because a station was runing better syndicated versions than I previously had taped.)

MASH still holds up.

Mike- there's a big Perry Mason 50th anniversary dvd coming out this spring... check on for notes on it.  It was news within the last week or two.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: January 14, 2008, 12:29:51 PM »
Note to readers of the Hypnos Forum: 

Despite viewing Murder She Wrote and Matlock regularly, JKN is in fact NOT in his seventies.  Just clarifying.

If its not age, then what is wrong with JKN ?


Ummmmmm.... hmmmmm... yeah - ok.   I was born in 1970 - however, yeah - I'm weird.  I know.  :)

My favorite show of all time is the Andy Griffith show - it relaxes me - well, at least the first 5 seasons do.   My wife's favorite relaxing show is Leave It To Beaver (also basically before she was born - yeah - I think it went off the air before her birthday.)  We find shows like Murder She Wrote, Dick Van Dyke, Petticoat Junction, Munsters, etc... all nice relaxing things...

Firefly!   Highly recommended -it's a shame that got dropped before it had a chance to really come into it's own.  Very rich universe they built very quickly - great characters.   

Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: January 14, 2008, 11:20:22 AM »
We started watching Veronica Mars - we picked up a couple of seasons during the Thanksgiving Week sales... :)   Good show so far - I've only seen these first two episodes and then I saw half of an episode from a later season.   Heidi's seen more of them which is why we bought it.

Also continued watching Murder She Wrote - half way through season 5 now which is the last one that we currently own.   Consistently good so far.  Yeah - a few "what were they thinking" shows now and then - but always fun to see what guest stars they pulled in and I'd really like to see a family tree to see just how many nieces, nephews, and cousins Jessica Fletcher has.   

I noticed a news bit on Matlock season 1 coming out - I've always wondered what the hold up on that series was (probably due to the series airing on all three 'big' networks and rights/licensing issues due to that - although I don't really know.    I really love Andy Griffith stuff (yeah - I'm cheesy - I don't care.)

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