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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: What are your record levels?
« on: October 08, 2010, 10:42:42 PM »
In Ableton Live when I am working on finalizing things I try to stay below 0db as I don't want clipping in the track during playback. I have found that if it is much lower it seems to quiet overall. I will try and play with that when I come up with a new track. Actually I render it in Live then load it into Sound Forge 7.0x and convert the wave to mp3 format, usually @ 128kbps for upload compatibility with the sites I currently use. I should lower output in Live and see how it sounds at same volume level to see if it is *that* much lower overall after running through SF. I usually don't boost/modify it in SF, just use to render to mp3 since Live doesn't do that (still....).


I used to spend a lot of time (and even more when laid off) in Guild Wars, over the past several months a new one has taken hold of me - Perfect World, free MMORPG and waaaaaaay more in-depth for what you have to do compared to the current GW (can't wait for GW2, now I hear pushed out till 1st half of next year.....).

There is a lot of stuff to do in PWi.....check it out, free to play, don't have to spend ANY $ unless YOU WANT something from the boutique (stuff you can't get elsewhere, etc....). I've blown $140 so far in it for flying mounts, materials that were not dropping as well as they were (if u r >5-10 lvls above what drops it, ratio goes WAY DOWN for it, takes a LOT longer,  as an FYI) but it's pretty cool. If you leave game outside an outpost/city you are there when you log back in. You can have multiple accounts BUT have to be different email addresses, etc...


I am getting tired of myspace due to all the damn advertisements and the layout changes, et al. Facebook, I need to sign on to, what is it that's associated with them? Bandcamp of whatever it is to pimp my music more and maybe get a link to it via that route. Anyone done that have info on what I need to do to get it on my facebook page?

Myspace - was cool, now it seems way too corporate and the pushing of use them to pimp your music through their affiliate program, forget the name....tunedb?


Well my contract came to an end last friday but they'd love to bring me back if/when they have funding for it. I am searching again for contract/full-time and have had some interest already but am waiting to see if I get a) phone screener or b) walk-in. I will take contract but prefer perm due to benefits. Things aren't dire just yet but could be in the next couple of months as I have ~6wks of lvl 4/tier 4 fed. benefits then State but that runs out I think mid/late december and no clue what will happen after that. On top of this I had to file out of state since I worked in NH (I live in MA) so have to wait ~2 wks before a determination is made if I can collect from NH or back to MA (they will back-date me as I talked with them already this week, just have to fax paperwork from NH to them and that's done).

So, pins and needles- somewhat, sweating bullets - not quite yet. I am hoping something will come of the recent interest of my submittals. That'd make me VERY HAPPY.

Other than that, I'm just peachy LMAO.


Used to play keyboards with Shroud of Bereavement, check out their video(s)? over at Youtube. Neoclassical doom death metal. I love the new song. I was learning it before I left and it's changed a lot from what it originally was, but it is awesome IMHO. Too bad I didn't get to play it live!


I own one of your cds..I thought you where doom metal ?
Doom/death I guess..anyway nice with people who listen to some dark music here also..

My stuff  (Darkened Soul) is dark ambient, SoB was Doom/Death metal. Still love the stuff.

Used to play keyboards with Shroud of Bereavement, check out their video(s)? over at Youtube. Neoclassical doom death metal. I love the new song. I was learning it before I left and it's changed a lot from what it originally was, but it is awesome IMHO. Too bad I didn't get to play it live!


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Dark Duck prices
« on: September 19, 2010, 06:25:09 PM »
Just want to say a comment about shipping. I mail mine out (Whenever there is a sale lol) via padded mailer to the post office. I was charging $2.50 for US, $4.00 to Canada and $4.50 rest of the world. Reason? Canada costs at least that much last I recall, Europe (Germany for instance) cost me $3.25 minimum then add in cost of mailer, time/gas/packing materials/et al doesn't sound unreasonable.  And yes, shipping prices have gone up postal-wise and not much we can do about it. I know we all would love to get the ROIC back and then a bit of profit but seeing we don't move a *lot* of discs (some of us anyways) I don't ever expect to recoup that lol.

I know Stephen from the DDP and he's always seemed to be a stand-up guy personally. I know him from Dark Duck and here when he comes and posts (haven't seen him here in awhile). That's all I got.



Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Audio interfaces
« on: August 13, 2010, 11:57:42 PM »
I read (after the fact) about getting some card that has the TI chipset on it. I have a Motu 828Mk II from my buddy and had to find a 3rd party FW driver to get it to be able to load the 3 options under the MOTU menu and that was goodness. Then I hit an issue dropping samples from 256 to 192 (it stuck/held in Live 8.1.x)  and was able to reproduce it (and abes were able to as well so now waiting to see when MOTU gets off their duff and resolves that issue). It wasn't a big deal to me but could reproduce it in Vista 64 Ultimate AND XP Pro SP3. Anyways, I bought it from my buddy cuzz he wanted to get something newer (at some point) and it has 8 ins/10 outs and is enough for me. I was looking at the Ultralite but saw a bunch of issues via searching.

I hear RME makes good stuff, but is a bit of a premium. I am just glad the ABes (Ableton) were able to reproduce my issue and are working with MOTU on a resolution. It crashed Live BUT on a reload it was set to the lower value. Going up was ok, only when I lowered the samples did it crash. Then again, quality from any mfr is debatible no?

Just my $0.02 cents.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New Phobos Track
« on: August 06, 2010, 10:18:31 PM »
Thanks Chad,
The track is exclusive to the Drone Download Project and will not appear anywhere else, it is the philosophy of the DDP that all tracks donated are unreleased and will not appear on any other release. Personally its a philosophy I like, as when I contribute a piece to any compilation it will always be exclusive to that particular project.

I need to work on something for DDP as I don't think I contributed to the prior year at all (my bad! Had lots of time being out of work but wasn't motivated, now back to work and less time to do anything!). As far as Glaceverb is concerned, I'll have to check it out as well as download any tracks I am behind on getting from DDP. Great place to contribute to and enjoy others music.

Doctor Who (new season, new doctor) on BBC America, Fringe (lead female is kinda hot in a girl next door kind of way IMHO), Burn Notice (Gabriel Anwar looks SO HOT all ripped/in great shape for a semi-waify way and show is cool cuzz it has Bruce Cambell in it ;-)  Eureka is also cool show on Sci-Fi (SyFy - wtf was with that name change anyways? STUPID!).

Just some of the shows I DVR/watch.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: One or Two computer monitors?
« on: July 15, 2010, 04:52:32 AM »
I share a 20" WS monitor between my two desktops. If you have an app for your desktop that allows for more than one screen why not put one pane on one virtual desktop, other pane (mixer) on other one vs 2 monitors? Granted two would be nice if using one PC and having the need for it but I don't. And on top of that I have the mid-range/size desk (kidney shaped?) from Guitar Center with my M-Audio BX8a's on the sides of the monitor and are right at ear level so it's about perfect for listening to music/audio stuff. I really can't go much bigger than maybe a 22" WS and have the speakers over the edge a tad or right on it. I would love one that takes dual DVI inputs though but haven't found one just yet and this one still works fine. And Ableton Live doesn't break out different panes/panels to separate windows so multiple monitors is a moot point (nor does it support duals yet and not sure when that support would come in).

Just my $0.02 worth.

Thanks Mike, on 3rd week. Things are going fine there. Hoping it's at least 6 months contract to possible conversion, depends how much I can show QA is needed to them with putting processes in place for testing, and finding bugs before it gets out the door.

Good news, I got a job finally and start next monday. Had a 3rd interview this week (was pretty much a done deal. Less money and contractor BUT ~5 miles from my place = gas up once ever 2 wks roughly vs twice a week and it will be a challenge, fun as well (Fantasy Entertainment - they make the photobooth kiosks u see in malls, etc) as a QA engineer to help standardize things (basically set up processes/documentation, scripting for automation, etc). So I am happy!


Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Dropbox is fantastic
« on: May 21, 2010, 12:10:49 PM »
Just signed up and am getting ready to put it onto my laptop and sent an invite to my buddy for collab on Live projects. I used Mike's referral link as well to join.


I am holding off for this weeks episode and the finale sunday (and the one prior I'll watch with the g/f to see if it piques her interest - I want to get the series eventually).

Oh, both albums were made in Reason 4, so I used only its integrated VSTs, couldn't use plugins, but recently I started learning how to use Ableton Live (though its sequencer very messy), so I think will switch it someday and leave Reason  ;D

Sequencer messy? In what way? And are you referring to Arrangement view vs Session view when working in it? I usually work in Session View to record clips into Arrangement View as the song progresses after I get the loops/samples I want in place and effects on each track. I should start using a Return track with effect(s) there to lower CPU usage (not that I'm hitting anything really high, just a way to ease things a bit).



Thanks for posting it. I am pulling it down now. What app do you use for your music creation and what VSTs?


Not surprised at the backpack switch (just watched last weeks episode, 1 more to go to be caught up) and was bummed out with Sun/Jin. A bit surprised at the Sayid(sp) turn seeing what he was doing since he came *back*. Can't wait to watch this weeks episode to be caught up as I've just been DVR-ing them. I still have 2 V and 3 Caprica episodes to catch up on (Caprica still hasn't grabbed me) and SGU is still up in the air for me. But Lost still is holding its charm/mystery for me.


Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Dropbox is fantastic
« on: May 13, 2010, 04:22:20 AM »
So I'd save my Live project as an ALS format file (normal) to a folder where I save them in Live then move it to the Dropbox folder *or* set up Dropbox and use that folder (sub-folder) as the point where I save it while we are working on it. Then I can re-save on my local systems Live projects folders? Ok, that works for me. I can work with that either way.


Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Dropbox is fantastic
« on: May 12, 2010, 06:21:17 PM »
Hmm, so there are a couple different ways to share? I thought it went like this: I create a free account (using your referral link ;-) ) and had him create one as well. Then I would set up a share folder between the two of us inside my main directory setup.

Isn't that how it works? Meaning if I set up a Live set, saved off the als file and uploaded it for him to work on on his Mac and then re-upload it or would it make the changes automatically when he worked on it from his desktop?

And this one-way URL sounds ok too but not what I was looking for. If I understand what I saw on the videos, any changes get synced to the system they are on and have dropbox installed to. So I can create one account and install it onto my DAW and Laptop DAW and work from either one and he would be working on the file after me/before I access it again and the changes take place when I re-connect/he reconnects to the system we use?

I think that's what I got from the video.


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